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WOW Me Wednesday!

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Tuna, Capers & Lemon Alfredo

I don’t have a picture of my casserole, I ate it before I remembered to take a pic! But I wanted to post this today.  It’s getting cold outside and this is such a quick, delicious and simple “go to” comfort dinner to throw together after work!  Mine is a bit different from the pic above but it was too weird to post without anyyyy pic.

 

Ingredients: (Makes enough for about 2-3 people)

1 can tuna (drained)

1 jar Alfredo Sauce (I use the four cheese kind)

Capers – as many as you like (I like a lot)

1/2 lemon

1 1/4 cup dry pasta – your choice (i use mini bow tie or mini penne)

Pine nuts – optional

Boil pasta and drain.  Add as much of the Alfredo Sauce as you like.  Add tuna, squeeze 1/2 fresh lemon juice & add capers.  Stir and warm over low heat.  Serve topped with pine nuts! YUMMMMMM

That’s it!! Enjoy with some sourdough!

 

WOW Me Wednesday!

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Tomato Basil Artichoke Baked Chicken

I was down in the Springs over the weekend and Amie cooked this for dinner – it was delicious so I thought I’d share!  Very simple and very yummy!

Here are the ingredients:

  • 4 chicken breasts (1.8 to 2 lb total), if chicken breasts are large, use 2 and half them horizontally
  • salt
  • Italian seasoning (herbal)
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 7 large artichokes hearts (one 14 oz can), drained
  • 7 large fresh basil leaves, chopped
  • 1 large roma tomato, chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/4 cup grated parmesan cheese
  • 8 oz fresh mozzarella cheese, sliced

And here is the link for the instructions: http://juliasalbum.com/2016/05/tomato-basil-artichoke-baked-chicken/

Enjoy!

Pumpkin – Fence Pickets

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Here is another fence picket scraps project.  I laid down 5 fence picket scraps and drew a pumpkin on them.  I used my jigsaw to cut the shapes out, one picket at a time and then I numbered the backs.  Clamping the boards down was helpful in the cutting process.  It was hard to hold them and cut them at the same time.

Then I took my orbital sander with the heavy grit pad (I don’t remember the number grit) and sanded all the rough edges.

Then I bought some orange and green outdoor acrylic paint at Joanne’s (the kind with the flip tops).  I squirted some into a cup and added water, then applied with a sponge brush.  I still have some exterior deck stain so I lightly rubbed all the edges and a bit over the orange and green.  It drys pretty quickly.

I then used wood glue and my nail gun to attach strips to the back to hold them together and to the bottom scrap for a stand.

Voila!! How stickin’ cute is that!!

Sweet, Spicy and Smokey Dry Rub

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I try to give a little “thank you” whenever I’m hosting a gathering.  Since I’d decided on a “pulled meat” competition I thought I’d make some dry rub meat seasoning for a little gift.

I found these cute little kraft boxes at Hobby Lobby and I made the tags on my computer using a “business card” template.  I forgot to take a picture of all the spices but I just put everything together and used a mini food processor to combine.  Then I scooped them into tiny baggie type bags and then put the bags of seasoning into these boxes.  Here’s the original link ( http://kneadtocook.com/sweet-spicy-and-smoky-dry-rub)  & recipe:

Ingredients:

3/4 cup of light brown sugar
2 tablespoons of salt (I used Lo Salt reduced sodium alternative)
1 tablespoon of chipotle chili powder
1 tablespoon of smoked paprika
1 tablespoon of garlic powder
2 teaspoons of ground cumin
1/2 teaspoon of cayenne pepper
1/2 teaspoon thyme
1/2 teaspoon of ground cinnamon

Directions:  Place everything into a mini food processor, Vitamix or you can mix by hand or by adding everything to a tupperware container with a lid.  Process until well-combined.  Store in a container with a lid for up to 6-9 months.

This can be used on chicken, pork or beef.  Rub a generous amount on the meat and refrigerate for best results up to 24 hours or a minimum of 1 hour.  Place the meat on a hot grill and cook until desired temperature is achieved.  Enjoy!

Pumpkin Spice Almonds

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I made these last night, just in time for my Harvest Party.  This is 3 lbs of almonds so I tripled the recipe.  Crazy super simple and very yummy!

The recipe calls for 1 cup of almonds but I used 1lb almonds per batch.  Here you go:   1 pound whole raw almonds, 1/4 cup water, 1/2 cup sugar, and 1 TBL of pumpkin pie spice (if you can’t find it at the grocery store – the recipe is on the link).  Add the water, sugar and pumpkin spice to a large sauce pan and bring to boil.  Add the almonds and remove from heat.  Stir almonds until well coated and then scoop out onto a parchment paper lined cooked sheet.  Use fork to spread apart and let them dry.  I leave them out uncovered until they dry, it takes awhile.  Then store in airtight container.  Perfect treat to welcome in Fall.  Great little gift idea too.  Here is the original link:  http://www.anightowlblog.com/2015/11/pumpkin-spice-almonds.html/

Tin Foil – Wood Boxes

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I have a few projects in my mind to use up a bunch of fence picket scraps I’ve been storing, here’s one of them.  The fence picket scraps are 3 1/2″ wide and various lengths.  My Harvest Party is this weekend and I wanted something cuter to put some tin foil trays in.  I’d seen something similar on Pinterest a long time ago.  These are the large bread tins you use at Christmas time for your give-away banana bread.

The long sides and bottoms are 8″ long and the ends are 5″ long.  The fence picket scraps were not wide enough for the bottom piece so I had some scrap siding laying around that  happened to be the perfect width.  I just cut it to 8″.  Then I used some wood glue and my finish nailer (well my 10 year borrowed finish nailer, lol – thanks Wayne!).

Not sure if I’ll stain them or just clear coat them but they will be the perfect size for pickles and hot peppers.

DIY – Kid’s Picnic Table

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I’m laughing because as I went to find the link I used for this table, I realized I put the legs on the wrong side of the supports!!  LOL  Anywho,  as I’ve mentioned before, I have a lot of scrap wood in my barn.  I also have some 2×4’s that my neighbor gave me because they were starting to warp.

This is where I just realized I messed up.  The legs should have been on the other side of those supports.  Now I understand why my center support was shorter than it was suppose to be, lol.  Well . . . it looks good and should be ok?! right?!

I had pressure treated wood left over I used for the table top & enough of the warped 2×4’s to use for the rest.

Just need to stain or paint it!  Here’s the original link – it’s an Ana White project:  http://www.ana-white.com/2010/04/plans-bigger-kids-picnic-table.html