Friday, October 26, 2012

Chicken Divan


Pre-Cooked Rotisserie Chicken or Chicken Breasts, Boneless, Skinless
1 whole or 3 breasts
Frozen broccoli spears
1 bag
Shredded cheese
1 1/2 cups
Evaporated milk
14 1/2 oz
Condensed cream of chicken soup
10 3/4 oz
French fried onions
3 1/2 oz

  1. Cut up the pre-cooked rotisserie chicken.  Or cook chicken breasts and dice.
  2. Thaw frozen broccoli.
  3. Place chicken in an un-greased baking dish (9x13).  Arrange vegetables on top of chicken and top with shredded cheese.
  4. Mix evaporated milk and soup.  Pour sauce over baking dish.  Bake at 350 uncovered for 25 minutes.  Place onions on top and bake 5 minutes longer.

*Make 4-6 servings*

I like the pre-cooked chicken way of making this for when you are in a hurry.  All this meal took was cutting up the chicken and dumping into a pan.  My husband really loved this and asked me to make it again and I only had 2 dishes to wash!

For those busy moms who are wondering how I have time...Here is what my girls were doing while I cooked : )
Remember this meal only took a very short time because all it took was dumping things into a pan!

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

How to make a tutu

Tulle (The spool I buy is 5.75 inches wide and 25 yards long)  For a baby to toddler tutu I usually use 2 spools...The more you use the fuller it is.  You can use one color or mix and match.
Elastic (I use Knit 3/4 inch)
Sewing machine or needle to hand stitch
Scrap cardboard piece (I used a paper plate)
*Optional:  A pretty ribbon to tie in the front.

1.  Cut your card board piece to the length you want your tulle to stick out from your tutu (Mine was cut around 7 inches) Wrap your tulle around the cardboard until you have used the entire spool.  Cut all the tulle at one end of the cardboard piece.  The length of your tulle will be double the cardboard length (about 14 inches for mine), but will be tied on the elastic so will end up the length of the cardboard once tied.  You can always trim it down once your tutu in complete.

 2.  You are left with lots of pieces of tulle.
3. Cut your elastic to the desired size.  Just measure your little girls waist first to get a proper size. Then sew the ends together. When sewing I like to stitch back and forth a few times to make sure it is sturdy.
4. Now begin tying your tulle around the elastic waist band.  You are essentially just tying a knot around the elastic.  Leaving both ends of the tulle pointing out in the same direction.

5.  Continue to tie your tulle all the way around the entire elastic piece.  Make sure to push the tulle pieces close together as you are tying to make it full.  Once you are finished you can trim the tulle pieces to make them all the same length and even.  And now you have a darling tutu for your little lady!

Cranberry Chicken

This recipe is a family favorite and hardly takes any time to put together.  Serve it with your favorite side dishes.

Fresh Chicken Breasts
Whole Berry Cranberries
1 can
Onion Soup Mix
1 package
Cream of Mushroom soup
Optional, 1 can

  1. In a stone baker or pyrex pan, place chicken.
  2. In a bowl mix cranberries, onion soup mix, and optional cream of mushroom soup.  Pour over chicken in pan.
  3. Cover with lid and place in the oven.  Bake at 425 degrees for 1-1 1/2 hours.

Monday, October 8, 2012

Chilled Mixed Berry Dessert

Small frozen bag of mixed berries
1 or 2 
Cool Whip, Medium size
1 large
Jell-O instant pudding, Cheese cake flavor
1 small box

  1. Mix yogurt and pudding mix together.
  2. Mix in berries and cool whip.
  3. Chill before serving.

Friday, October 5, 2012

Lost Sock Board

*How to make a Lost Sock Board*

Who doesn't have random lost socks that you are always looking for laying around.  This little board can be hung in your laundry room with your lost socks until the match is found!  I didn't create this idea, but this is my take on it : )

Wood board, Cut to whatever size you like or buy a pre-cut board
Clothes Pins
Scrapbook paper
Mod Podge
Heavy duty Glue (I like "GOOP")
Vinyl letters (Can be cut out on a Cricut, or you can order from people who will do it for you on ETSY)

1.  Sand your board and paint it.  I did 2 coats.
2.  Cut scrapbook paper to the size of the front of your clothes pin.  Then apply pod podge under the scrapbook paper and smooth the paper onto the cloths pin.  Then mod podge over the scrapbook paper.  Allow to dry.
3. Apply your vinyl writing to your board.  *You can cut out your own vinyl on a cricut, purchase letter stickers, or order a pre-cut saying on ETSY.*  I did this before I got the cricut and ordered from etsy.  Most people are happy to make you a custom project.  I spend $11 with shipping for the letters.
4.  To the back of your board install your wall hanging hardware.
4.  Use heavy duty glue such as GOOP to glue your decorated clothes pins to your board.  Allow to fully dry.
5.  Hang on your laundry room wall for a cute and functional decoration.

Curly Hair Bows

*How to make cute curly Hair Bows*

Ribbon of your choice (3/8 inch), the textured kind works well
Fabric stiffener
Straws or wooden dowels
Clothes Pins
Foam Paint brush
Needle and thread
Hair clips
Glue (I love "GOOP")

1.  Start by clipping your ribbon to the top of the straw
2.  Then spiral wrap the ribbon down the straw
3.  Cut and secure the ribbon with a clothes pin at the bottom of your straw.
4.  Paint the fabric stiffener all over the ribbon in a thin layer.  Allow to dry completely.  I allowed mine to dry over night.

5.  Remove ribbon from straws.  You will be left with darling ribbon curly cues.
6.  Cut to desired length.  I cut mine in 1/2.
7.  Stack them on top of each other making them go in different directions as you stack.  Stack them on a threaded needle so that as you stack you are stitching them together.  Sew through the layers on the way up and then thread the needle back though to the bottom.  Tie off thread and cut.
8.  Glue a hair clip onto the back with GOOP.

Finished Product!
9.  Put in your little girl's hair to make her look super cute