Monday, February 28, 2011

March Menu 1

 I'm going to break up the monthly menus to coordinate with when I buy groceries which is every other Friday. Its a little easier for me to post it this way and to make the shopping list I take with me to the store. I will post recipes throughout the month, enjoy!

Mar 1 Spaghetti with Garlic Bread
Mar 2 Creamy Ranch Pork Chops with rice and veggies
Mar 3 >> Take Out <<
Mar 4 Rotisserie Chicken with potatoes and veggies
Mar 5 Stuffed Shells with Garlic Bread (make full batch freeze half)
Mar 6 Crock Pot Italian Chicken with steamed veggies
Mar 7 Homemade Calzones
Mar 8 Smokey Chicken & cheese potato casserole
Mar 9 Spaghetti with Garlic Bread
Mar 10 >> Take Out <<
Mar 11 Asian Pork Chops with glazed carrots and snow peas
Mar 12 Soft Tacos and Tostadas
Mar 13 Crock Pot Chicken Tetrazini with steamed broccoli
Mar 14 Stuffed Shells with Garlic Bread
Mar 15 BBQ Chicken Sandwiches
Mar 16 Chicken & Dressing Casserole with sweet potatoes
Mar 17 >> Take Out <<

Saturday, February 26, 2011

Outlander Series

I'm going to take a small break from showing projects and tell you about a series of books that I absolutely adore! Diana Gabaldon's Outlander series of seven books so far just makes my heart skip a beat!

If you enjoy the first book you must keep going. The characters develop with even more intensity and new ones come to life. Each book continues the lives and trials of James and Clare Fraser. This mix of Sci-Fi historical and romance is thrilling. Diana's gift for bringing words to life so you can imagine smells, colors, fear, anticipation and love is amazing! Her deep historical study of life in 1740's Scotland to the 1940's is brilliant. She is not afraid of writing about the horrors of life in prison during war, some parts which may shock you. Life back then was definitely different then it is now, so many hardships and personal struggles that none of us today would ever dream of having to live through. I give this series a 5 star rating absolutely wonderful!

List of books in order
Dragonfly in Amber
Drums of Autumn
The Fiery Cross
A Breath of Snow and Ashes
An Echo in the Bone

You can read in Diana's own words about her descriptions of the books here.

Have a great Saturday!

Thursday, February 24, 2011

Thrift find

Last weekend while browsing sales I came across this piece. It needed some love and so I brought it home.
Someone had painted over the laminate green it use to be and did not do it right.
 It was painted cream with some kind of darker coffee looking stuff yuk
I began by sanding down the table top. It had scratches and looked like whiteout spilled in places.
Then using Citristrip I removed the paint.
Here is what it looks like 5 hours later.. ewww!
Now begins the task of scraping all the paint and green laminate off
This is what I need to get down to the dull green is all thats left
After removing all the paint I then sanded everything the shelves and molding top and the table part.
Ok So yesterday while hubs and I were cleaning and rearranging the shop he paused to look over what I've been working on. He picked up my new little mouse sander and did some sanding. Somehow he broke it!!!!!
OMG the horror!!! LOL Luckily it was just bought last week and I still have box and receipt! Well until I get a new one this project is on hold. I know growing up we were taught to share but I might be having second thoughts when it comes to my project tools LOL!

Have a great day!

Sunday, February 20, 2011

Week #3 Challenge Recipe Binder

I know I'm a little late at getting this out there but here is Week #3 Challenge Recipe Binder from A Bowl Full of Lemons. Click the Link and join us as new organizational projects are posted each Sunday!

I inherited my grandmothers recipe collection and have decided to leave it exactly as she left it. Very neat and organized with each card typed and slipped inside a plastic protective sleeve. She also had a small red binder with what I believe was her most used recipes. My recipes are stored inside my laptop and I would need more printer ink to print everything to put in a binder! So here I share with you how she organized her recipes.

Each card she hand typed on the typewriter and put inside plastic protective sleeves

Everything in its place

Inside the small red binder recipes are hand written, typed and clipped from magazines. 

I'll cherish these forever well until I pass them down eventually :)

Monday, February 14, 2011

Smokey Chicken & Cheese Potato Casserole

Happy Valentine's Day! I'm going to share a few pics from around the web that I find romantic and a super easy recipe
Beautiful view and delicious food 
Outdoor bath for two with candles 
Wow! This bed I just love! Couldn't you just melt right away!
Whatever your Valentine plans or where ever make the most of it with your special someone!
To my Husband I want to say thank you for everything you do for us and our family. 
Every day you make sacrifices to better our lives.
Each day you bring laughter and love to me and I will love you forever and always
No Matter What!

I made this for the first time and it was really good even my son liked it!

Smokey Chicken & Cheese Potato Casserole

    Nonstick cooking spray
1  10-3/4-ounce can  condensed cream of chicken with herbs soup
1  8-ounce carton  dairy sour cream
6  ounces  smoked cheddar cheese, shredded (1-1/2 cups)
1  28-ounce package  frozen loose-pack diced hash brown potatoes with onion and peppers, thawed
3  cups  chopped smoked or roasted chicken or turkey
    Crushed croutons (optional)
1. Lightly coat the inside of a 3-1/2- or 4-quart slow cooker with nonstick cooking spray. In the cooker combine soup, sour cream, cheese, frozen potatoes, and chicken.
2. Cover and cook on low-heat setting for 5 to 6 hours. If desired, top each serving with crushed croutons. Makes 6 servings.

Saturday, February 12, 2011

Beautiful Saturday!!

Had fun this morning browsing sales alone! Bought some material and half off picture frames at Hobby Lobby came home and made some new bedroom decor. They will hang over the nightstands on the appropriate sides of course, got this idea from pictures I seen on another blog. I used a pencil and traced the letters onto the material then embroidery the letters.

Mounted the material in the frames and this project is done!
Picked up another item and will have pictures of it tomorrow. I must go and wrap my mothers birthday gift! 

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Chicken tortilla soup with cheese & pepper bread

So simple so easy so YUMMY! Specially when its cold outside and your taste buds are wanting something warm and spicy.
Chicken Tortilla Soup
For the soup you will need
1 lb of chicken breast
1 can corn (drained)
1 can black beans (drained and rinsed)
1 can diced tomatoes (drained)
1 packet fajita seasoning
tablespoon finely chopped cilantro (optional)
Toppings: sour cream, shredded cheese, chives, crushed tortilla chips

*Fill a deep stew pot half way with water, cut chicken into bite size pieces and add to water bring to nice rolling boil till chicken is cooked.
*To water and chicken add corn, beans, tomatoes, seasoning packet and cilantro. Cook on medium heat for about 7 minutes.
*Dish out into bowl and top with spoonful of sour cream, cheese, chives and tortilla chips

Cheese & Pepper Bread
2 cups flour
1 1/2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
1 tsp sugar
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp freshly ground black pepper
1 cup buttermilk
1/3 cup of melted butter
2 eggs

*Heat oven to 350
*Grease a 9x5 bread pan
*In large bowl combine flour, cheese, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, salt and pepper. Mix well.
*In smaller bowl combine buttermilk, butter and eggs.
*Add to dry ingredients and mix well.
*Pour into prepared baking pan and bake at 350 for 35 to 45 mins (took my oven 45 mins) you can check by sticking a toothpick in center if its clean then its done.

This was my first time baking this bread and Oh My GOSH! It was so good and buttery I loved it! Enjoy!
**Adding a edit here... I did not have buttermilk on hand so I took a cup of regular milk and added a splash of apple cider vinegar ... voilla you have buttermilk :)

Now sit back, relax and enjoy!

Monday, February 7, 2011

Ready for this weekend!!

After being stuck and I mean really stuck at home for 4 days because of the ice and snow I'm ready to look at garage sales this weekend. Weather is expected to be in the 70's!!! I'm desperately looking for a china hutch to repurpose. I know we just remodeled the kitchen but I have an entire wall with nothing but a window. I think an old china hutch redone is just the trick for adding a little more storage and put something along that wall. I'm needing a new coffee table, and possibly two low dressers to serve as a new TV stand and a front entry way table/storage. Hopefully I have luck in finding something!

Thursday, February 3, 2011

February Dinner Menu

I do this anyways at the house and stick it up on the side of the fridge to keep track of dinners. So thought I would share it here :)

Feb 1 Mexican Chicken with Rice
Feb 2 Baked Ziti with Garlic Bread
Feb 3 Burgers with Fried Potatoes
Feb 4 Soup with Grilled Cheese
Feb 5 General Tso Chicken with Rice
Feb 6 Crock Pot Rotisserie Chicken with Potatoes & Veggies
Feb 7 Tacos
Feb 8 Parmesean Chicken with Spaghetti
Feb 9 Chicken Tortilla Soup with Cheese & Pepper Bread
Feb 10 Huge Breakfast Burritos
Feb 11 Smokey Chicken & Cheese Potato Casserole
Feb 12 Chicken Salad Croissants with Chips
Feb 13 Homemade Chili with Cornbread Muffins
Feb 14 Chicken Quesadillas with Mexican Salad
Feb 15 Homemade Pizza
Feb 16 Tacos
Feb 17 >>> Take Out Night <<<
Feb 18 Soup with Grilled Cheese
Feb 19 Chicken Fried Chicken with gravy Mashed Potatoes and Veggie
Feb 20 Crock Pot Beef Stew with Cornbread
Feb 21 Chicken Fajita Pitas with Salad
Feb 22 Homemade Calzones
Feb 23 Chicken Enchilada Casserole
Feb 24 >>> Take Out Night <<<
Feb 25 General Tso Chicken with Rice
Feb 26 Tacos
Feb 27 Roast with Potatoes, Carrots and Brown Rice
Feb 28 Crock Pot Steak & Peppers with Mashed Potatoes

**Extra Baking for Church or Home**
Peach Cobbler
Breakfast Crock Pot Casserole
Coffee Cake

I will try and share recipes or sites I find them at as I bake these dinners through out the month!

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