Category Archives: Recipes

DIY Knob Hanger

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I’ve been wanting some knobs in my closet to hang clothes on.  I had some pink crystally knobs I found clearanced at Hobbs a couple years ago.  Had a couple knobs left over from the shelf I hung in my bathroom and bought a few more at Hobbs last week when they were 50% off (Hobbs = Hobby Lobby).  Also found this pre-made wood slat hanger for $18 (using my 40% off coupon, of course, lol).  It was worth $18 to me NOT to have to go buy the wood, chop the wood and sand the wood.

I painted every other slat with simple craft paint.

Then Modge-Podge’d scrapbook paper onto the other slats.  Just squirted the Modge Podge on and smoothed it out with a sponge brush.  Once the paper was down I added a Modge Podge coat to the top and also a coat to the painted slats so they all had the same matte finish.  FYI – printed cardstock was a bit better to use verses regular scrapbook paper.  The paper worked just fine but if you’re a picky – the paper can wrinkle (i thought it added more character) but the cardstock is thicker so it didn’t wrinkle.

Then I took it outside to my work table, better known as my picnic table and sanded off the edges and a bit off the top of the boards.

I wanted them to look a little aged so I added some “Burnt Umber” paint (it’s outdoor paint but I already had it).  I watered it down a bit but that wasn’t enough. So . . .

I sponge brushed it on the edges (red board) and then used a wet paper towel to wipe it off – wiping over the whole board.  The floral on right is already done.

These boards are brown washed.  It’s kind of like scrapbooking when you rub the edges of your paper with a brown ink pad. The sheen is still on the boards from the Matte Modge Podge but the edges look a little worn with the brown paint.

Got my drill & paddle bit out and added my knobs!  LOVE IT!!!!

Here are some close up pics . . . It’s a very easy, fun and not expensive project to do!  This pre-made wood slat is about 30″ long but Hobbs has a great variety of pre-made wood projects. I want to make more!!!

WOW Me Wednesday!

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Mom and Pete were up from Albuquerque for Belley’s party so thought I’d look into my “Dinner” Pinterest board to try something new.  Voila . . . “Green Chili Chicken Bake”.  It was yummy and super simple!  Enjoy . . . . What do you think Uncle Lyndie?

INGREDIENTS:

  • 3-4 Boneless skinless chicken breasts, trimmed
  • 1 – 8 oz package cream cheese, softened
  • 1 – 4 oz can chopped green chilis
  • 1 cup monterey jack cheese, shredded
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/4 tsp ground cumin
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp pepper
  1. Heat the oven to 375F.
  2. In a medium bowl, mix the cream cheese, garlic powder, cumin, salt and pepper until combined. Then stir in the green chilis and stir until evenly mixed.  The key here is just making sure that you are starting with nice softened cream cheese.
  3. Lay the chicken breasts flat in a baking dish. Cover the chicken breasts with the green chili mixture. Then top with the monterey jack cheese.
  4. Bake on the middle rack (uncovered) for 35-45 minutes or until chicken is cooked through and the juices run clear.
  5. The recipe suggests serving over rice but I didn’t feel there was enough sauce to do that so I’d just serve it as the main dish.

Here’s the original link: http://www.thepinningmama.com/green-chili-chicken-bake-recipe/

WOW Me Wednesday

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We have a new “Kneaders” in town and I’m in love with their “Chicken Salad”.  I usually make my chicken salad a little sweet with grapes and walnuts.  Their’s is a little more savory.  I found this recipe on Pinterest but it didn’t include water chestnuts and dill which is in Kneaders Chicken Salad.  When I make this again, I’ll half this recipe:

Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup white vinegar
  • salt (to taste)
  • pepper (to taste)
  • 1-1/4 cup mayonnaise
  • 1-1/4 cup sour cream
  • 4 stocks celery, chopped
  • 1 bunch green onion, chopped
  • (I added 1/2 teaspoon of dill & about 1/2 can of chopped water chestnuts)
  • 4-6 boneless, skinless chicken breasts; cooked and shredded (I used two of those large cans of cooked chicken from Sam’s Club)
  • 6-8 rolls or bread of choice (depending on your bread choice – I think it made more than this, like 12 sandwiches) (I would recommend croissants)

Instructions

  1. Mix vinegar, salt, pepper, dill, mayonnaise and sour cream together.
  2. Mix celery, green onion, chicken and water chestnuts in separate bowl.
  3. Mix all ingredients together.
  4. Let set overnight or for a few hours for the best flavor.

YUMMMMMM – here’s the link that I found (just remember to add the dill & water chestnuts): http://tinyurl.com/lbnuzcs

Dreamy Lemon Creme Almonds

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These are the most DREAMY Lemon Almonds you will EVERRRRRRR taste!  I’m not kidding!  I rarely shop at “Sprouts” but came across these one day and have introduced this addiction to some of my friends and family.  My daughter loves them too and asked me have to have at her bridal shower.  They’re a tad expensive, in my eyes, but soooo worth the occasional splurge.  I usually try to keep my purchase to a pound – mostly because they’re like homemade chocolate chip cookies – I just can’t eat one and they’re not exactly called skinny almonds, lol!  This mason jar is 24oz and 1 pound fills it nicely.

If you have a Sprouts near you, and you like lemon, it would totally be worth a trip for the almonds alone!  And how cute are they for a little Easter treat!  Just sayin’!

Cake Pops or Cake Balls

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I love my Babycakes Cake Pop/Ball maker and Pancake Pen (that’s the tube in the background with the green lid).  I bought the Babycakes maker at Kohl’s some time ago and I found the Pancake Pen at Home Goods.  I made these for Amie’s birthday last month.  Her favorite cake mix is Funfetti so I made the cake mix from the directions on the box and put the batter in my Pancake Pen.

I sprayed the maker with a little Pam Spray and filled the 1/2 circles with cake batter.  The Pancake Pen makes it so easy.

About 8 minutes later!  I carefully pop them out with the little fork thing that comes with your kit and let them cool in the tray (also in your kit) before moving to parchment paper.

This is what happens when you over fill – you get Saturn Balls!  It’s really no big deal – you can easily break off the Saturn ring.

I prefer making the balls over making pops – they’re just easier to handle and they can fit in cupcake liners for a cute display.  I just melted some Wilton pink candy melts and dipped the balls to coat.  Then back onto some parchment paper to cool – add some sprinkles if you like while the coating is still warm. The cake mix box yielded about 60ish cake balls.  Love these little tidbits!

Overnight Oatmeal

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My new favorite breakfast!  I’m not much of a breakfast person but know that I should be.  I came across this post on Pinterest and thought I’d give it a try.  YUM!  Super simple – I use a 16 oz. mason jar, get it ready at night and voila, breakfast in the morning.  I actually take the mason jar to work and leave it in the fridge.  I usually heat it up a tad but if you’re European feel free to eat it cold, lol.  The recipe was a little “soupy” for me so I cut down the milk to 1/2 cup – this will make 2 servings.

Mocha Overnight Oats

1 cup Old Fashioned Oats

1/2 cup milk (I use 1%) and 1/2 cup brewed coffee

2 TBS honey & 1 TBS cocoa

Add everything to your mason jar, shake and let it sit overnight or longer.

Here is the original link: http://houseofyumm.com/mocha-overnight-oats

Colander Light Fixture

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I decided to move the light fixture I had in my pantry to over my little Coffee Corner, hence, I needed a new light fixture for my pantry.  I bought this Pioneer Woman Large Colander for $10 at Walmart.  Then I went to Lowe’s and bought this ceramic light socket kit for about $8.

Then I drilled a hole in the center with a universal drill bit.

Added the light socket kit. Ok, technically my electrician added the light socket! Thank, Hep!

Then spray painted the chrome rims on the colander with Rust-Oleum Metallic Antique Brass.  The knobs I added to the cabinets are antique brass and I didn’t like the shiny chrome.  I also spray painted the chain (which I already had) and the ceiling plate (forgot to take a pic).  The ceiling plate kit and pieces cost about another $15.

Ta daa!

Love it! So cute for a pantry light and only cost about $35!