Friday, May 23, 2014

73. Donate my hair

73. Donate my hair

I decided it was time for a much needed summer hair cut...

And I was able to donate my hair at the same time!!!

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

16. Recover Old Card Table for less than $5

I was wanting a card table to have around the house. So I started looking at the stores to see how much a new card table would run me. Then I remembered I had an old card table at my parents house. I forgot the card table was a little beat up.

I wanted to see if there was a way to recover the table and sure enough pinterest helped me out with these two options. One lady used a hot glue gun and the other lady used a staple gun.

I headed to Hobby Lobby to collect my needed supplies....

Table Covering (this could be a table cloth or material cut) - I found these table cloth materials, see the backing had the soft cushion. It was $4.99 at HL, but I got it on sale for $3.29!!!
Spray Paint for frame - this is optional. I wanted my frame to match the new top
Hot Glue Gun or Staple Gun & Staples - I used a Hot Glue Gun because I didn't want the expense of buying a staple gun
Screw Driver - I used a phillips to remove the screws from the table and a flat one to help pop the staples out from the old covering

I picked the grey and white material, and see the backing.

Remove the top by flipping the table upside down and removing the screws. Somehow I managed not to get a picture of this. Probably because I couldn't remove all the screws from the table and had to go get my neighbors electric screw driver.

Once the top is removed spray your frame. I ended up spraying mine a few times to make sure it was coated. In between the different coats of paint I continued on with the project. Don't forget to not only spray the frame standing on its feet but also upside down to ensure you cover the bottom of the frame and feet!

Remove old top and all the staples. Some of the staples will come out as you pull the top off but I also used a small flat head screw driver to finish popping them all off the top.

You will be left with a blank canvas.

Lay down the new top and pull it flat. Cut the edges down to where it can be pulled over. I glued one edge at a time, leaving the corners undone, cut the next edge, then glue it. This way I was able to tug at it and not have cut off too much.

I used the hot glue gun and only glued small areas at a time.

I would hold the edge down for a few minutes then move on to the next area.

The corners were a little tricky. I folded down the corner and glued it. Then folded the areas left standing down. Sounds complicated but it wasn't.

And there you have it. A brand new cute top!

Screw the newly covered top onto the newly painted frame and there you have it. A cute custom redone card table for $5 and less than 2 hours of my time!!

Monday, May 19, 2014

Spanish Chicken

This recipe I found in my Ultimate Chicken Cookbook by Taste of Home.

Spanish Chicken

Ingredients -
2 Chicken Breast, cut in half
2 tablespoons canola oil
1 medium onion
1/4 cup chopped green pepper (I used canned ones)
1 garlic clove, minced (my cooking BFF is already minced garlic)
1 can diced tomatoes, undrained
1 cup water
3/4 cup uncooked long grain rice
2 teaspoons (or cubes) chicken bouillon
1-3 teaspoons chili powder (I only used 1 thinking 3 might be too much.... 1 was not enough!)
1/8 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/8 teaspoon ground cumin
1/8 teaspoon pepper
1/2 cup picante sauce (I didn't measure this out, just spooned directly from the jar until my chicken was covered.
1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese
1 can black olives

In a large skillet, brown chicken in the oil for around 2-3 minutes on each side.

You are wanting them to be lightly browned on both side, remove from heat.

In the same skillet, sauté onions, green pepper, and garlic until tender.

Stir in the tomatoes, water, rice, bouillon and seasonings. Bring it to a boil.

Carefully pour into a greased pan/

Top with chicken, cover and bake at 350 for 35-40 minutes or until rice is tender.

Uncover, top chicken with picante sauce.

Then sprinkle on cheese and black olives. Bake an additional 5 minutes or until the cheese is melted. I turned the oven off when I pulled it out to add the toppings and put it back in the warm oven.

Serve and enjoy!

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Recipe: Cheesy Broccoli Rice Chicken Casserole

The last week or so I have been wanting a casserole that had chicken, rice, and broccoli in it. But I couldn't find what I wanted. I found this recipe, but it didn't have chicken. Then I found this one; but I didn't want the crackers on top. So I decided to take the ideas from both of these recipes and make my own up as I went along!

For Broccoli - 
1 head of broccolii
2 Tbsp butter
2 cloves of minced garlic
salt and pepper

Other Ingredients - 
12 oz chicken breast, or 1 large chicken breast, cooked and shredded
2 cups uncooked instant brown rice (I used minute brown rice but you can use white rice)
1 3/4 cups chicken broth (I used the chicken broth from cooking the chicken, however you can just use water to make the rice)
4 Tbsp butter
4 cloves of garlic, minced
1/4 cup All-Purpose Flour
2 cups of milk
1-2 tsp Dijon mustard (I used squeezed the bottle one good time)
1/3-1/2 cup shredded Parmesan cheese, I used fresh grated but you don't have to use fresh
2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
Salt and pepper

Because I can never make good broccoli on the stove top, I looked to the internet for a way to try it in the microwave and found this one from Taste of Home; I didn't completely follow it... Yes, I am not a complete recipe follower! I just used the broccoli, butter, garlic, salt and pepper I listed above, covered and ran it for 4 minutes. Super easy and yummy too!

After the broccoli was done in the microwave I cooked the rice in the microwave for 9 minutes. I decided to use the chicken broth from when I cooked the chicken, because everyone knows rice cooked in chicken broth is way better than rice cooked in water!!

While the microwave was doing its part to cook dinner I started making the cheese sauce. Sauté garlic and butter. Add flour and whisk it together. Slowly add milk... note... slowly! Add mustard, salt, and pepper. Turn off heat and add cheese. Then your cheese sauce is done! 

In the dish I cooked the broccoli in I added the shredded chicken, cooked rice, and stirred it all together.

Add the cheese sauce to the mix and stir it up good! Top with cheese. I baked it at 350 for 10 minutes... Basically until the cheese was all melted.

Serve and enjoy... And yes, I might have had a second helping!!