Friday, February 28, 2014

36. When Calls The Heart

36. Read 5 fiction books.... (1/5)

I recently finished reading the first book in Janette Oke's Canadian West Series, When Calls the Heart.

I knew I wanted to finish the first book before I they started airing the new tv series they decided to make after the release of the movie... So I finished the book just in time for the TV show... and I have been loving the TV series!

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

45. Watch 5 black & white movie (2/5)

45. Watch 5 black & white movies.... 

2 down...

1. His Girl Friday

Love me some Cary Grant...

2. The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance

And who would pass up some John Wayne and Jimmy (James) Stewart!

I grew up watching these movies with my dad... So watching them without him was a little weird... Now to find me 3 more classic black and white movies!

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

French Fried Onion Chicken and Rice Casserole

French Fried Onion Chicken and Rice Casserole

Who doesn't like French Fried Onions... And they can be used for things other than the Thanksgiving Green Bean Casserole... So when I found this recipe I had to try it!

For this casserole... Ingredients:
  • 1 box Chicken-flavor Rice-A-Roni
  • 1 can Cream Of Mushroom Soup 
  • 1 container Sour Cream
  • 2 cups cooked chicken (the original recipe used a Rotisserie chicken but I used boiled shredded chicken instead)
  • 1 container French-fried Onions

Cook Rice-A-Roni according to package.

While it cooked I put a large pot of chicken on to cook... But only used about 2 cups of the chicken, shredded for this recipe.

In a pan mix the soup and sour cream...

As well as the cooked Rice-A-Roni and cooked chicken...

TIP: You can shred your cooked chicken in your Kitchen Aid Mixer!

Mix all 4 ingredients (soup, sour cream, rice-a-roni, and chicken).

Bake at 350 degrees for 35 minutes.

Cover with the french fried onions and bake for 5 more minutes...

Then it is time to enjoy this yummy goodness!

Sunday, February 16, 2014

Chicken Taco Bowls

Chicken Taco Bowls

I had pin two different recipes... Here and Here... One was called a chili and the other a taco bowl and they both used the crockpot... But my chicken was already cooked... I took their ideas and made my own that I made without the crockpot.

Ingredients - 
2 cups shredded Chicken (I also had some broth with my chicken)
3 cups of Salsa
1 can black beans, drained
1/2 bag of frozen corn or 1 can of corn (I have made this twice and once used the frozen corn and once used the canned corn.)
1 Spoonful of Minced Garlic (I have a jar of minced garlic in the fridge and used a nice spoonful)
1 Tbsp Chili powder
1/2 Tbsp cumin
1/2 tsp dried oregano
1/8 tsp red pepper flakes (you could also use cayenne pepper)
Salt to taste
Pepper to taste
Cooked rice (you could use white, brown, or Mexican)
Shredded Cheese of choice

Add all ingredients to pot...

Love all the colors from everything!

Stir and cook til warm. I let mine simmer on medium-low heat for about 20-25 minutes to let me flavors mix together.

Serve over rice and add toppings of choice (cheese, sour cream, green onions, cilantro, etc.)

Friday, February 14, 2014

Cheesy Broccoli Potato Soup

Cheesy Broccoli Potato Soup

I found the idea for this soup from this post here. While I used her general suggestions for the ingredients I changed how much I used of what!

Ingredients - 
2 Tablespoons or more of butter (I ended up using more butter, it just varies on how much onions, celery, and carrots you use)
1 chopped onion
1 handful finely chopped carrot (I used a good handful of baby carrots and chopped them up)
2-3 celery stick, finely chopped (I like celery in my soups... But feel free to add less)
1 Tablespoon minced garlic (I have a jar of pre-minced and just got a large spoonful out... You can never have too much garlic)
4 cups chicken broth (This time I used 4 chicken bullion cubes to make the 4 cups, the second time I made it I used homemade broth)
2 large baking potatoes, peeled and chopped
1 Tablespoon flour
1/2 cup water
2/3 cup milk
2 cups chopped broccoli (I didn't measure this... Just filled the bowl, chopped up, and went with it!)
2 cups or more shredded cheddar cheese (if you like it cheesy add more...)

Chop up the celery, onions, and carrots. Melt butter in pot.

Saute onions, celery, and carrots in butter. I ended up adding extra butter because of the amount of veggies I was sauteing.

Add garlic and cook for another minute or two.

Add chicken broth...

And potatoes. Cook until potatoes are tender.

Meanwhile, mix the flour and water together.

After potatoes are tender, add the flour water mix and allow soup to thicken slightly.

Add milk... 

And Broccoli...

Cook until Broccoli is tender!

Add cheese and stir up. I turned the heat off before adding the cheese... It is hot enough to melt the cheese without needing anymore heat.

Serve up! You can top with sour cream or even bacon or eat just how it is... Enjoy!

Sunday, February 2, 2014

90. Decorate for Christmas in November

90. Decorate for Christmas in November

Yes it is February and I am just now showing you my Christmas decorations, but I want to note I didn't take photos of all of them til after Christmas AND I just took them down a little over a week ago to decorate everything for Mardi Gras (photos to come soon)!

I managed not to get a photo of the wreath I made on the door but here is a photo of me after I finished making it. I made this back in September (yes, photos in another post to come soon!) when we were at Colin's parents waiting out a hurricane which turned out to be just a small rain storm by the time it hit land. 

The week before Thanksgiving, I finished my class for my Masters class which meant I could pull out the Christmas decorations. The first one I pulled out was my favorite one bought in 2012. You see in 2012 Colin was in the hospital for 3 weeks of December and the only Christmas decorations that came out at the house was the tree and only the lights made it on the tree. Colin's hospital room needed a little holiday cheer so I bought this Charlie Brown tree at Walgreen's. It is the most simple but special Christmas decoration we have because it has a great deal of memories to go with it.

Next up, my least favorite part... Putting the tree together!

Testing the lights... I always hold my breath when plugging up the lights... I ended up just using the blue ones this year.

Lights on the tree!

I bought two new items for my mantle this year and loved how they turned out. I have another photo of these by the window but the glare is rough so I wanted to share a better photo!

Tree all decorated with the ornaments and star!

Full shot of the living room...

I have had these candle sticks for a long time... I like how you can change them up by simply changing the candles to match the color theme you want.

Here is the other new buy for this year... I used some leftover pine cones that were spray painted but not used on the wreath!

I had some extra ornaments left so I used this vase we had tucked away in the cabinets...

This is the photo I was talking about... Window glare!

And lastly my favorite homemade decoration for this year... I found a photo on Pinterest but it really didn't have any instructions so with my dads help figuring out the block sizes I was able to make one of these for me and my mom during our Thanksgiving trip to MS!

Saturday, February 1, 2014

93. Send out Christmas cards

93. Send out Christmas Cards

Our Christmas 2013 card. 

The best price I have ever found for cards is SAM's and they are also a really good quality!