i am going to share my son's all time favorite meal that I make with you....yes, Chicken Pot Pie. I have shared this recipe with several of my family and friends. I actually got this receipe from a lady I use to work with. She frequently went to a bar/lounge and they were famous for their chicken pot pie. They only served it once a week and almost always sold out. She became very good friends with the owners and they shared their recipe with her. She in turn shared it with me.
It is very simple and inexpensive. I am not a huge fan of very many canned foods, however, I made an exception with this one. Of course, you can change anything canned into fresh very easily.
*Preheat oven to 350
*Take pie crusts out of packaging so they can thaw (about 20-30 mins)
I am definitely not a fan of canned meat, but it makes for a quick recipe if that's what you are looking for. Most of the time I cook my chicken for my pot pies or I pick up a rotisserie chicken at my local deli and chopped some of the chicken up to use for the pie. Whatever works best for you is the better choice.
So here is one of the DIY's I did for my little girl's 2 year old birthday party! I took some photos of her a few days earlier and had them printed out so that I could hang 3 of them up for her party. Yes, I did actually coordinate one of her outfits to match her birthday decor...lol!
So this is really easy...I just fumbled around until I figured out what I wanted. I knew I wanted to hang the photos on the wall behind my dining room table. I haven't decided how I want to decorate that large wall yet, so there wasn't anything on it to move.
I had already purchased the Minnie Mouse Honey Comb decorative balls that are typically hung from the ceiling....however, once I opened them, I realized how small they are and wouldn't look right hanging them where I had planned. This is when I decided I would only open them halfway and tape them to the wall with double sided tape above the frames.....giving the illusion that the frames were hanging from them.
I purchased a black and white polk a dot ribbon and taped them to the backs of the frames and to the wall....The frames were actually attached to the wall via Command Velcro Strips.
1. Measure and cut ribbon to equal lengths of your choice. (1 per frame)
2. Decide where you want your frames on the wall, measure and place command strip on back of frames.
3. Tape the ribbon to the back top corners of the frames and place on the wall...tape top pointed part of ribbon to wall that will be underneather the minnie mouse honey comb ball or whatever your topper will be.
4. Secure your topper (minnie mouse honey comb ball, ribbon, signs, etc...) to the wall covering the top point of the ribbon...thus giving the illusion that they are hanging from the topper.
This smoothie kinda puts you in mind of a Chai smoothie...I love ginger for that little kick and pick me up! The ginger, apples and cinnamon really give it that fall, festive and warming feel, but you still have the freshness of the spinach. Ginger is a good replacement for caffeine if you are a coffee or tea drinker in the morning. I will admit...I still sometimes do both (drink my smoothie and then my coffee...lol!) Anyway, I hope you enjoy it! If you make it and like it...please comment and let me know!
It was a little cold here this morning, so I turned on my fireplace.....I began thinking about fall foods and I got inspired! So, I decided to go the the grocery store and pick of some of my favorite veggies for roasting. (Approximately $30.00) I thought it would be a nice idea to prep some veggie packets for my lunch or dinner for this upcoming week. I love my veggies, but I don't enjoy slicing and prepping food everyday.
What I love about these veggie packets is that if you are having a dinner or a party....you can make these packets a day or two ahead of time....leave them in the refrigerator until your are ready to roast them. The clean is up easy, because you just throw out the foil. Each person has there own side dish of veggies and you don't have a mess. I like this too, because if you aren't serving food right away, but you want to set up your buffet of food...you can leave them in the packet and they will stay warm for quite awhile. Everyone can grab their own veggie packet to add to their plates.
So above are all the veggies I chose for my packets, however you can choose whatever you like. I use the garlic and lemon to make my oil drizzle to coat the veggies.
Directions for 1 pack
So here is what mine looks like before I pour my oil mixture onto it and wrap it up. There really isn't any technique I use to wrap the veggies, other than I try to keep the opening of the foil towards the top of the packet so the juices and oils don't run out. I place the packet in a small baking pan to prevent any leaky messes in the oven. I like to use the non-stick aluminum foil to prevent my veggies from sticking.
I preheat my oven to 425 and then place my veggies in. I cooked them for approximately 45 mins.
These veggies are very flavorful and are great by themselves or paired with couscous or rice! You can eat them as your main dish or as a side.
I like to store the rest of my unwashed veggies in a large zip top bag to add to a dinner recipe for that week. The reason I say "unwashed"....is because if you wash all your veggies and then store them...they have a greater chance of growing mildew or other icky stuff. It is always best to wash right before use. Below you will see I made 5 packets for this upcoming week for my lunch or dinner. I hope you enjoy and are inspired!
You will love these and your guests with love them even more! I made these for Thanksgiving one year and they were a BIG hit! They are really easy to make. I had never made them before, so I practiced the night before Thanksgiving....and it was a good thing I did. I let them cook a little to long and I ended up with applesauce! The picture below is of my final result. To make the presentation even more appealing....I bought a jar or 2 of the cooked apples from the Cracker Barrel Store/Resturant and poured it around the apple before serving as well as added a cinnamon stick on top. This is great side dish for the holidays! I hope you enjoy!
This is a simple smoothie I made 1 day....just using whatever I had in my kitchen. I loved this with mandarin oranges. If I would have had some mint...I would have thrown that in there too! I love mint in pretty much any smoothie! It is not very sweet, so if you want it sweet....then add your choice of sweeter.
So, this is NOT really a salad, but more of a dessert dish you can eat with your meal....the same way many people eat cranberry sauce with their meal. It is a great dish for the holidays for that reason. This dish is honestly great for anytime of year. It sets up like a creamy textured jello. I absolutely love it! You can put it in a serving dish to set up or individual cups/dishes if you want to jazz it up and make it pretty and personalized for guests. My grandmother made it and the first time I had it, I was about 10 years old. I remember thinking it had shredded carrots in it (it was the cheddar cheese), but knew I liked it. It didn't seem like veggies should be in my dessert (unless it was carrot cake.) Later she told me it was cheese....I was really confused, because it didnt' taste like cheese, but I really liked it. She actually gave me this recipe when I was about 15 years old. She and I were talking about my first time eating it and how confused I was. I told her I would like to make it one day. It wasn't until I was in my early 20's that I made it. I really treasure this recipe because it was from her and she is not with us anymore. I hope you enjoy it! REMEMBER...you can add or take out any of the fruit or nuts and replace with what you like. I sometimes add shredded coconut to mine as well.
I had such a fun time putting my little girl's party together! I will share details of some of the small projects I did that helped bring it all together for me in an upcoming blog post. She had a blast and we all did too!
So, these are 3 frames that I have on the wall beside my fireplace in our great room. Our ceilings in this room are approximately 20 ft high so there was a large open space on the wall. I didn't want to clutter it with furniture, so I decided on framed photos I took. The top photo is from Savannah, Georgia (one of my favorite small towns every!) I named my daughter after that town, if that tells you how much I love it! Anyway, the middle photo is from one of our trips to Germany when we were standing at the top of the Alps. Beautiful site. The photo on the bottom is from Mexico when we visited the Mayan ruins.
The top and bottom frames were from my grandmother. They were originally old and a not so pretty brown color. The middle frame was a gold frame. All I did was paint them with a flat solid white or cream color paint. I then painted them with a satin beige colored paint...very lightly....making sure not to let it seep into the details of the wood, so that the base color would shine through to show the detail. I think I actually used a sponge brush to lightly paint the beige paint. Very easy and inexpensive.
Here are two frames that I received from someone. They were orginally baby blue with flowers on them. The were Pottery Barn frames, but I didn't have any use for the color and design. I spray painted them black and then used beige paint and lightly brushed over them. I printed out some photos I took of a cafe we visited in Prague...It was a french cafe, so when I found this sign, I thought it would be fitting to place over these photos.
Below is the guest room in my home. When we first moved in, I knew I wanted this room to be relaxing and soothing for our guests. I didn't however, want to spend a bunch of money purchasing new furniture for the room. We had a couple of pieces we considered getting rid of, so I thought PAINT! Yes, I will paint almost anything! The bed was my mom's bed. She passed away in 2011, so this is a nice way to remember her. The bed was originally and oak color, so I decided to distress it white. I loved the outcome!
Not only did I paint the bed, but I also painted the table lamps. They were some inexpensive lamps I purchased years ago, just because we needed lighting in a particular room, not for decor puposes. I never liked the bronze color of them orginally.
My sweet little girl Savannah will be 2 years old this weekend! I am so excited and a little sad all at the same time. She is in love with Minnie Mouse, so I decided that will be the theme of the party. I will take pictures of everything this weekend. I wanted to share this little craft project that was very spontaneous. I went to Walmart this morning to pick up a few things and let Savannah browse the toy isles for what seemed to be hours....lol! This is her favorite outting right now. Anyway, while I was there I decided to check out the arts and crafts section. I noticed these cute foam letters. I looked to see if they had enough to spell Savannah's name....and they did. Then I thought, what could I do with this? I knew I wanted to use it in the decor for her birthday party somehow. Since her name is pretty long and I have an 8 ft long table in my dining room where her party will be...I figured it would make a great centerpiece that could go down the middle. I knew I had some wood skewers at home, so I found these 3 inch styrofoam cubes that I could stick them in and stick the letter on top. I bought some ribbon (although I am 1 pack of ribbon short....I'll go back later to grab it) to wrap around the cubes. I hope you all enjoy this little craft project!
Below is my table with all supplies need:
1. 3 inch styrofoam cubes
2. Ribbon (amount will be determined by how many letters you have)
4. hot glue gun
5. 11.75 inch skewers
6. spray paint for skewers
I cut the ribbon into 12 1/2 inch pieces to wrap around the cube and hot glue as you go.
I used 11.75 inch long wooden skewers.
I used a white gloss paint. I prefer Krylon....but for this....you could use anything. I just happened to have this already.
I used 3 inch styrofoam cubes.
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