Bourbon Chicken like all the Chinese restaurants sell in the mall.....yes that's what this tasted like. I found the recipe through Pinterest of course (Bourbon Chicken Recipe). Served it over rice, side of steamed asparagus and some frozen pork potstickers that were surprisingly very good. It was as if we had ordered carry out. Jarad said I could make it again which in this house means it was pretty tasty.
*I doubled the sauce and I added the cornstarch that I mixed in a bit of cold water.
In the mail a couple weeks back I got a coupon from TXU for a free ham. So the search began for what I could make with them besides the same ol', same ol'. After I found this recipe pinned on Pinterest this was the winner and man were they delicious. At Fajita Friday where they were served the boys, including mine who said I shouldn't make them, raved and said I could make them anytime. I didn't put the poppy seeds in them as the recipe suggests and I didn't get a picture of them. They weren't around long.
Yes I know Thanksgiving is still tomorrow. I know Christmas shirts don't need to be worn soon. But they need to be ordered if you would like one and I enjoy making them. Here are a few that I've made and I have some more ideas as well.
It's been a busy week. Between the orders from the shop, getting back to quilting and oh yea work it's been busy but oh so fun. The pillow covers have been added to my shop and can also be put on a shirt or onesie instead.
I almost forgot to post a song...but I have a song that I love the sound of. This song is being spotlighted on a Subaru commercial. And this Sean Hayes should not be confused with the actor that played Jack on Will and Grace. I only know this after trying to find the song once I heard it a couple times on the commercial. Hope you enjoy!!!
Even though I think establishments start to decorate for Christmas way too early I was excited to see last week that Michael Buble has put out a new Christmas album. (Not as excited to see Justin Beiber's) I love Christmas but enjoy it for that period of time after Thanksgiving until New Year's day. Then I'm done with it until the next year. So although I won't really be enjoying this song fully till the Friday after Thanksgiving I thought I would share since it already is starting to look like Christmas with all the decorations going up around town.
I made this shirt for my nephew, Turner, and have added it to my shop. The feathers can be changed to different color schemes for boys or girls. It can be added to tshirts of any colors, long sleeve, short sleeve or on onesies. I've also seen where the feathers are ribbons which is very cute.
My all time favorite fast food item is the Mexican pizza at Taco Bell. So when I came across a pin on Pinterest with an imitation recipe I had to try it. It tasted just like I had gotten it from the nearest Taco Bell but better. It tasted so good I have to confess that I ate two of them but hey the meal comes with two tacos so what's the difference right?!? (Click here for the recipe)
I'm so excited to have added a shop page and look forward to creating items for those that want different and unique gifts. I'm continually trying to come up with new ideas and love giving what I've come up with. I wanted others to be able to have that opportunity too and new things will be added as I create them. There are already three projects in the works that I will be able to post soon. I look forward to hearing your feedback and your ideas on other things to create.
After a great weekend away for a wedding I wasn't sure if I wanted to make dinner because I was a little tired from all the festivities. But with a little inspiration from Pinterest I came up with a pretty good dinner menu.
The steaks I just broiled in the toaster oven. The mushrooms I used this recipe and the potatoes I used this recipe. Served a lite caesar salad from a kit and everything turned out yummy.
Now to rest and watch a little tv before the work week is back upon us.
In an effort to be a better blogger I think some themed days will keep me on a schedule. So for my love of music, on Thursdays I am going to share a song that I've been enjoying throughout the past week. This week's song is Luke Bryan's song, I don't want this Night to End. The country station that I listen to that comes out of Conroe has been playing it regularly and I crank it up everytime. Enjoy!!
"Don't Want This Night To End" Girl I know I don’t know you But your pretty little eyes so blue Are pulling me in Like the moon on your skin I’m so glad you trusted me To slide up on this dusty seat And let your hair down Get out of town Got the stars coming out over my hood And all I know now is it’s going good You got your hands up You’re rocking in my truck You got the radio on You’re singing every song I’m set on cruise control I’m slowly losing hold Of everything I got You’re looking so damn hot And I don’t know what road we’re on Or where we’ve been From staring at you girl All I know is I don’t want this night to end Gonna cuss the morning when it comes Cause I know the rising sun Ain’t no good for me Cause you’ll have to leave Gonna make the most of every mile Do anything to make your smile Land on my lips Get drunk on your kiss Clock on the dash says 3:35 There’s plenty of gas and the night’s still alive You got your hands up You’re rocking in my truck You got the radio on You’re singing every song I’m set on cruise control I’m slowly losing hold Of everything I got You’re looking so damn hot And I don’t know what road we’re on Or where we’ve been From staring at you girl All I know is I don’t want this night to end You got your hands up You’re rocking in my truck You got the radio on You’re singing every song I’m set on cruise control I’m slowly losing hold Of everything I got You’re looking so damn hot And I don’t know what road we’re on Or where we’ve been From staring at you girl All I know is I don’t want this night to end I don’t want this night to end No I don’t want this night to end
For the wedding that we are going to this weekend, I also made this ornament. I've seen this done on Pinterest and a few friends have made them as well. What a neat way to keep your invitation and celebrate now and remember throughout the years at Christmas.
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We have had several weddings in the last month and I have always liked the plaques that have the couples new name, wedding date, etc. So after seeing several ideas on pinterest I made a couple for the weddings that have past and the one this weekend.
The below I made for Natalie and Joe and she got to use as decorations at the wedding. It matched the burlap table runners I had made as well as the Mrs & Mr pillows.
The back of the Mr and Mrs pillow is some chic green patterned cotton fabric. The blue thread on the tableclothes matched the bridesmaid dresses perfectly.
All of these projects were simple and easy but a custom present for the new couples that I hope they will proudly display in their homes.
Sundays are usually the only night during the week that Jarad and I have dinner together. So on those nights we sit at the table and enjoy a "family dinner." Tonight I made a crock pot recipe from my Better Homes and Garden crock pot cookbook. It was super easy. The recipe called for flank steak but I used a thin sirloin because it was on sale. You brown the 1 lb or so piece(s) on both side on medium high heat. Place a cup of sliced onion and a sliced pepper on bottom of crock pot. Sprinkle on 1 1/2 teaspoon of italian seasoning. Place meat on top and then pour a can of beef broth over and cook for 5-6 hours on high. Assemble the sandwiches on a crusty bun with provolone cheese and horseradish mayo. I found a horseradish dijon mayo that was so good. Served the sandwiches with sweet potato fries and voila a pretty inexpensive (about $10 for entire meal depending on what ingredients you may have in cupboard)and a yummy dinner.
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A couple weeks back I made a fabric wreath for our door. There are tons of tutorials out there and tons of themes that could be done...sports, holidays, colors, etc. I'd always wanted a wreath for the door and football season was the perfect excuse. A yard and a half of three different Texas Longhorn themed fabrics, wood circle (I used embroidery wood hoop. Some use a wire hanger), black ribbon and a Texas ornament was all it took. Simple but just enough to show our Texas pride. I should have done one side Texas and one Tennessee... maybe next season. A Christmas one is already in the design phase and I already have a hoop since an embroidery hoop is actually 2 hoops. Oh and I'd like to thank the academy... I mean my neighbors for leaving the hook on their door when they moved out. I knew those extra command strips would eventually come in handy. Yes I've had them since college.
Mr. Pete's Birthday was Saturday and a bbq and college fotball as what he wanted to do with his day. Everyone needs a little treat on their birthday and so I went to my Bake It, Make It, Shake It board on Pinterest Tmake sure you're following me) and founf something appropriate for the occassion. Birthday Cake Rice Crispy Treats were the winner and they were delicious.
Our sweet basset hound Petey's kennel is beside the bed on my side and I use it as my nightstand. The grates of the kennel don't fair well with the glass of water that I like to keep beside the bed. I had been using a hard back book as a stabilizer but wanted something cuter and larger. One day I would like to have a wood kennel like the below.
As I was thinking about my diliema I decided that a tray would be the perfect solution. I went to Ross cause I knew they had inexpensive trays. I couldn't find one that I liked but I went ahead and purchased and planned to paint it. The tray looked like this from the store.
I mod podged a piece of scrapbook paper to the bottom and painted the rest with brown paint. I was attempting a bit of texture but wish I would have done it smoothly instead. All in all I am happy with the turn out.
It works perfectly and matches nicely with the decor of the room. Since having the tray I haven't spilt my water and I can keep all my bedside items in one spot nicely.
What better to make on a Friday night than homemade pizza. Natalie recently sent out her rehearsal dinner invites and they are having it at BJ's Restaurant and Brewhouse. They have a Cheeseburger pizza on their menu that is so yummy and one of the choices that we will have at their dinner. Since I got the invite I have been craving this pizza and September 30th is too far away and so are any of the local BJ's. So I set out to make my own. I looked at several recipes online and put together my own.
1/2 lb ground beef
half of an onion
1/4 t minced garlic
pizza crust, 2 individual or one large
1/4 c 1000 Island Salad Dressing
4 oz Cheddar Cheese, shredded
Iceberg lettuce, shredded
small tomato, chopped
dill pickles, chopped
salt and pepper to taste
Preheat your oven to 450 degrees. Then brown your meat with the onion and garlic. Adding salt and pepper to taste.
I walked around the grocery looking for the large Boboli or the like pizza crust and could not find them. I wasn't in my normal grocery and didn't want Pillsbury in refrigerator section. I finally found flatbread in the bakery and thought it would be even better since it was just me this Friday night.
You then spread the dressing on to your liking. I didn't want too much but enough to get that flavor. Then spread half of the meat on each crust if making two. I made one last night and the other for lunch today. Cover with cheese.
Bake for 7 to 8 mins. Pull out of oven and let sit for a couple minutes. Then put lettuce, tomato and pickle. Cut and enjoy. Didn't taste exactly like BJ's but was still quite tasty and will make again. Maybe for the husband next time.
And what's a Friday night without a little wine. I had a bottle of my favorite on hand. When I first purchased this wine I bought it because I liked the label. That's how you chose wine, right?!?! But then I really liked it because it wasn't too dry nor too sweet and now Sam's, which is right across the street, sells it for $7.99/bottle.
Back Label reads "Our vineyard works hard to bring you the richest, smoothest Cabernet Sauvignon from California's desirable Central Coast, where the sun drenched grapes create full and elegantly-textured wines. Scrumptious flavors of decadent dark fruits, molten mocha and toasty oak melt into a long silky finish. In other words: Sinful. Serve with warm baked brie drizzled with honey or petite filet mignon with a cabernet reduction."
In one of my nights of endless Pinterest stalking I saw a picture of a dish drying the rack that was used as a file folder holder. Genius idea since we have one that was tucked in the top of the laundry room out of use. We hardly have any counter space and we love the dishwasher method. I dream of a bigger kitchen on a weekly basis. So I set the computer down, shook myself out of my Pinterest trance and made this idea happen.
And it was perfect. I even think my crafting buddy liked it. He told me so!!!
I'm all about making my cards to go along with my gifts since I have a) gotten the Cricut and b) been gifted and purchased some great paper. I saw this post, Wedding Dress, on one of the blogs I follow and knew that I had to try my hand at it and Natalie's shower was the perfect reason to make it. It took me several trys to get the lace to shape to a dress. I started it and put it down cause I got so frustrated. But I think after the many attempts it came out too cute.
A closer look. I loved the addition of the little bling because every bride needs a little.
I borrowed the wording for the inside from a card that I got at my bridal shower.
"The perfect gown, the perfect day, the perfect bride-to-be, a shower of wished for everything you need to go with you perfect man!"
Each item on the table had a place card with what the dish was and what Natalie's favorite is. Some of her favorites we had to reinvent to party / finger foods. For instance, she loves chicken enchiladas and so we made a enchilada ring. The place cards were simple blue paper wrapped with same green ribbon from cork board that held favors and then a white card printed with menu item.
I still had extra fabric after making invitations and cork board and we were serving cupcakes even tho Natalie said she didn't like cupcakes. She's said they are messy to eat. So I made cupcake picks. I covered a 2" circle with the fabric in a button / rosette type look. Then covered the front fabric bunch with a 1 1/2" white circle that I glued a 1" M and stamped with the mini J & N. The J & N stamps were from a mini stamp set that I got in the $1 bin at Michael's. Steal!!
How pretty were the flowers. Tina bought them a couple days in advance so they would be open day of. Her MIL shared a neat trick tho that if you don't purchase in advance no worries use a blow dryer to coax open.
We had two dishes that were rings or circles and of course one had to be a giant diamond ring. I printed a diamond clip art on white card stock, painted glittery clear glue over it, cut a slit in side of ham ring (Natalie's fav was honey baked ham) and stuck it in. Simple and cute.
The other rav of the party was the mashed potato bar. Again very easy to put together and served in martini glasses (shhh don't tell but the glasses were from the dollar store and the perfect green). They made for a stellar presentation and yummy fav.
Everything turned out perfect and there wasn't too much food left.
Buffalo Chicken Dip (there are many variations of this dip. Tina had her own that included blue cheese)
Olive Cheese Spread (Tina's MIL made this and was delicious. Want this recipe)
Mashed Potato Bar
Ham Ring (she told how to make this. seemed fairly simple. will have to get the recipe and will share once I do)
Veggie Tray with dip made from Greek yogurt and ranch dry dip mix