Friday, February 27, 2009

Chicken Wraps

Katie and I thought this would be a good recipe for today. It is so easy and both of our families just love them. I think we have them at least once a week.

You will need the following:

1 can of chicken (they can be found near the tuna fish)
1 tub of cream cheese (I think it is the 8oz, you will only need 1/2)
1 tablespoon of butter
1/4 cup of milk
1 can of crescent rolls
dash of salt and pepper
Bread crumbs (optional)
1 can of cream of chicken soup (optional)

Preheat oven to 325-350 degrees depending on how fast or hot your oven cooks.

In a mixing bowl, mix all the ingrediants together, rmember only 1/2 of the cream cheese. Open the crescent rolls and break them so that they are in squares. You will only be able to make 4 per crescent package. If you need more, then double the recipe.

Spoon equal amts of the mixtures into the middle of the crescent squares. Then fold the crescent opposites sides together and pinch it at the top.

This next part is optional. Take some bread crumbs and sprinkle on the top of the crescents.

Stick in the over for 20-25 min depending on how fast your over cooks. You just want them lightly browned on top but not dough in the middle.

If you want the sauce to put on top, take the can of cream of chicken soup and put in a small sauce pan. Fill the milk up 1/2 way in the can (if you fill the whole can up like the directions say, you get A LOT of sauce) and slowly whick on the stove, medium heat until is is bubbly.

Serve with rice and a side and you have a quick easy meal. The prep time is maybe 10-15 min. I like to make it in the morning and stick in the fridge and then when it is closer to dinner time, I just have to take out, put in the rolls and cook.

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Decorative Wooden Letters

The tutorial for today is something that is so easy and so cute. I decided to do this for my daughter's friend's birthday.

1. Go to Michaels and pick out your letters. I like the white smaller letters.
2. Pick out the decorative paper that you want to use to dress up your letters. Then you put your letters on the front of the paper and trace around them and then cut them out.

3. Then you modge podge the letters onto the wooden letters. Then modge podge over the paper to keep the paper on their.
4. Then you can continue to dress them up anyway you want. I decided to add ribbon to mine.

After your letters are finished you can then decided what to do with them. Michaels also has white sticks that go in the letters and then you can put them in a white piece of wood that they have as well. But you could also put hooks in them and hang them on the wall, or find a cute flower pot and put the stick in the pot. Many different possiblites.

I put hooks in the back and put ribbon on them so she can hang them on her wall. (I am sorry it is sideways, I don't why it changes it)

Friday, February 20, 2009

Lasgna in a Pot

Here is another Laymon recipe that Katie and I grew up having. I like this meal because it is so quick and my family loves it.

1 bag of egg noodles
1 jar of spagetti sauce
1 bag of shredded cheese
1 container of sour cream or rigotta cheese

Boil the egg noodles. Drain. Put back in pot. Then toss in as much sauce, sour cream or rigatta cheese, and shredded cheese that you want. I like mine creamy and my kids like it cheesey so I probably over do a little bit of the cheese. Stir and serve. I serve it with bread and broccoli on the side. It is super fast and easy and a great leftover meal as well. If you don't want to make a lot, just use 1/2 a bag of the egg noodles.

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Tutorial Tuesday

For this tutorial Tuesday, I am going to show you how to make a photo quilt.The great thing about photo quilts, is that you can do so many different things to them. You can do as little or as many squares and pictures as you want, different fabrics, and you can also make it into a wall hanging instead of a quilt.

This was the first photo quilt that I made several years ago for my best friend.

Photo quilt my mom made for her exchange student

Another one that my mom made

Materials you will need for a twin size quilt:
-3 yards of fabric (60" wide) for the top
-3 yards of fabric (60" wide) for the bottom (if you don't want to use batting, buy fleece for the bottom)
-1 yard of white fabric
-Quick Fuse by june tailor - 3 per pack White, fusible inkjet fabric sheets or Avery Printable Fabric #3384, Inkjet, 5 sheets per pack White, Iron-on or sew (these are the brands that I like to use)

1. For the first step, you want to get your pictures printed out on the fabric sheets. Then you are going to iron the picture onto white fabric. Be sure to read the instructions on the fabric sheets and follow those instructions. For the photos, you can put just one picture in each square, or you can make a collage of the pictures for each square.

Hopefully this won't confuse you more, but these are instructions that my mom made for me awhile ago that I followed.

2. You are going to cut the strips of fabric out that will go around the photos. You can make the strips of fabric next to the photo however wide you want it to be. If you want less fabric between the picture, than make the strips skinner. If you want more fabric, then make them wider. I think my strips were about 6". Remember to add the 5/8" allowance. The bottom, top, and middle strips are going to be wider than all the other strips. Mine were about 8". When you are cutting the strips, make sure they are all even so the rows match up evenly when all together.

3. Now start sewing!! Sew the first row first. Fabric strip, picture, strip, picture, strip, picture, strip. Repeat for the other two rows.

4. Then sew the top strip to the top of the first row. Then sew the middle strip to the bottom of the first row. Then sew the next row to the middle strip....and so on, until you sew on the bottom strip. Ta Da! Now the top of the photo quilt is done!

5. Next, lay the bottom right side down. Then lay the batting down on top of that. Then lay the top of the quilt right side up on top of the batting. (One quilt I made, I did not use batting. Instead, I used fleece for the bottom fabric and it worked out great)

6. Fold the bottom fabric over the top fabric about an inch and pin. Sew around the edges.

7. Then start threading and tying the yarn around the quilt evenly.

And you are done!!

The photo quilts do not hold up in the washer very well. You have to dry clean them, I believe. The washer might ruin the pictures. You can also make a wall hanging instead of a quilt.

This is a wall hanging that Amanda made

Sorry this picture is sideways! Blogger keeps rotating it...anyways, here is another wall hanging that Amanda made for her daughter

For the wall hanging, you will only need 2 yards of fabric. And the top strip will be a lot longer so you can fold it over to put the rod through it.

I hope that wasn't too confusing for you!!!

Saturday, February 14, 2009

Saturday Spotlight on SITS

WOW!!! We are being featured on the Saturday Spotlight on SITS :) We are very, very excited about it. Plus, we are giving away some really cute things over there. So go stop over and say hi and enter the giveaway!

Friday, February 13, 2009

Winner for "You Can Make This" giveaway

We have a winner for the You Can Make This giveaway! My daughter assisted me in picking the name out of a hat. And the winner is...

Congratulations Tricia!

Easy Kid Valentine Recipes

I found these two easy valentine recipes for kids on

Cornflake Hearts

  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 3 cups miniature marshmallows
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp red or pink food coloring
  • 4 cups corn flakes
  • Small heart candies (like the ones you find for decorating cupcakes in the baking isle).
  • Wax paper

1. Melt butter, add marshmallows, stirring until all marshmallows are melted.

2. Add extract and food coloring. Stir until it is a uniform red or pink color.

3. When mixture is smooth, add corn flakes. Mix well, but gently so as not to crush the cornflakes. Let the mixture cool enough so that you can handle it, but not too much or you won’t be able to shape it.

4. Form into heart shapes on sheets of waxed paper, decorate with candy hearts. Let cool.

Krispie Kisses

You’ll need a batch of the basic recipe (below) and a very small funnel.

1. Make a batch of rice krispie treats and let it cool slightly so that you can handle it.

2. Butter the inside of the funnel.

3. Using your hands, pack the rice krispie treats into the funnel, then turn it over onto a cookie sheet to cool.


There are a couple of variations on this basic recipe.

1. You can dip your kisses in chocolate to make a more traditional kiss, but it is messy.

2. You can use a spoon to drizzle chocolate over the kiss.

3. You can make them with love messages inside, similar to the little kisses. Just write a message on a strip of paper, string it through the small end of the funnel so that only part of it will be inside the kiss, and then pack the cereal mixture inside the funnel.Here’s the basic recipe

Ingredients: 3 tablespoons margarine or butter, 1 package (10 oz., about 40) regular marshmallows or 4 cups miniature marshmallows, 6 cups rice krispies cereal

Directions: In a large microwave-safe bowl, melt margarine and marshmallows on HIGH for 2 minutes, stirring after 1 minute. Stir mixture until smooth. Add rice krispies cereal, stirring until well coated. When slightly cooled, shape cereal mixture into desired shape using buttered hands, or lay out flat on waxed paper. Allow to cool.

I also found a similar recipe on According to Kelly on how to make the rice krispie kisses.

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Vinyl Lettering Frame

This Tuesday's Tutorial is a really cute idea. My sister gave me this idea that she had done. Mine did not turn out as good as hers but it is stilll a greally cute idea and I am sure that all you crafty people out there can put your own cute creative spins on it.

1. Take a regular frame and take the back off of it and then adhere the glass to the frame. I just used this Crafter's Pick glue because it dries clear.

2. Then take your vinyl lettering and you adhere it to the inside of the frame. Of course, my cricut machine that I have does not print the letters backwards, so I had to put my letters on the front.

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Friday, February 6, 2009

Chicken Broccoli Divan

Chicken Broccoli Divan
From: Campbell's Kitchen
Prep: 10 minutesBake: 20 minutes
Serves: 4

4 cups cooked broccoli flowerets
1 1/2 cups cubed cooked chicken
1 can (10 3/4 ounces) Campbell's® Condensed Cream of Chicken Soup (Regular or 98% Fat Free)
1/3 cup milk
1/2 cup shredded Cheddar cheese
2 tbsp. dry bread crumbs
1 tbsp. butter, melted
Heat the oven to 450°F. Place the broccoli and chicken into a 9-inch deep-dish pie plate.
Stir the soup and milk in a small bowl. Pour the soup mixture over the broccoli and chicken. Sprinkle with the cheese. Stir the bread crumbs and butter in a small bowl. Sprinkle the bread crumbs over the cheese.
Bake for 20 minutes or until the cheese is melted and the bread crumbs are golden brown.
Tip: You can use leftover cooked turkey instead of the chicken in this recipe.
Serving Suggestion: Serve brown rice and a simple tomato salad: tomato wedges with chopped fresh basil and red wine vinaigrette on Romaine lettuce cups. For dessert serve apple crisp.
This is a family favorite! It is so easy and quick to make and tastes so good and is healthy for you too. Enjoy!

Thursday, February 5, 2009

"You Can Make This" Giveaway

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In fact, if you would like to try out some products for free, you can sign up for their FREE newsletter. After sign-up, you'll receive a link to your email inbox asking you to confirm subscription. Simply click on that link, and you'll receive all of these product instructions pictured here, plus an online video and digital scrapbooking frames.

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Monday, February 2, 2009

Bean Bags and Crayon Rolls

I really love making these crayon rolls. They are super easy to make and my kids love them. They are great to just put in the diaper bag and have with me to help keep my kids busy. Love this craft!! I got the instructions on how to make a crayon roll at Skip to my Lou.

Every Saturday, my kids and I go to the family storytime at the library. And they sing this bean bag song that my kids really enjoy. During the song, you are suppose to put the bean bag on parts of your body, like elbow, foot, or head, etc. And then throw it up in the air and catch it. Well, I thought that since this keeps them so entertained at the library, I should make them some bean bags to play with at home. And they are easy to make. I made two in 5 minutes.

My daughters were so excited about these bean bags that I made. They have been carrying them around and playing with them nonstop. They even slept with their bean bags!First, cut two squares out of fabric (scrap fabric works great for this).
Then put right sides together and sew all around, leaving an opening to turn in the right way. Flip it to the right side.
Fill with rice, beans, or whatever. I used rice.
Then handsew the opening closed. I was a little lazy with this step and just used my sewing machine to sew it closed. And done!
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