Wednesday, March 16, 2011

The Wearin' O' The Green!

I went through the boys closets tonight and realized that they had zero green clothes. Only blue and brown. Aaugh!
So I decided to make them some quick outfits for St. Patty's Day. Normally I wouldn't care, but Cabub seemed really intent on becoming friends with a leprechaun and the Caveman's birthday is on St. Patrick's Day. I spent several hours trying to figure out how to cut fabric on my Silhouette machine and now I think I will be addicted! It was easy once I figured it out and I think the boys' shirts turned out stinking cute!
Tonight after Cabub went to bed I wrote him a letter responding to his friendly letter that he had written to the leprechauns. I made Neal eat the green skittles he had hand-picked for his buddy, and then wrecked havoc on the kitchen. I of course, turned the milk green, set out the lucky charms, made a scavenger hunt with gold coins, opened all the cupboards, turned all the chairs around, wrote messages on all the mirrors with green marker, and I even left leprechaun pee in the toilet! Oh how I love green food coloring! I hope my two little leprechauns enjoy their day tomorrow. I love those two cuties!

Monday, March 14, 2011

New toy receptacle

I have been looking the last few weeks for a place to store all the boys toys. I have baskets all over the house with toys in them, but I wanted a place that you couldn't see the toys at all. I love a store in AF called, Finder's Keepers. A dresser that I love there is mustard colored, but when I look from my front door to my family room I just can't picture it all blending together. So, I started looking for another option. I found this one on KSL and Sweetie Pie Pie went and snagged it for me before it could get away. It is beastly heavy. I could only help carry it a few feet before we had to put it down. My dad is repainting it for me, because the black and white colors don't really fit what I have in mind for that room. I can't wait to have it all finished!

Finally finished my apron!

I finally finished making an apron for myself! I love the cute ruffles, especially the tutu layer! My friend, Michelle, at work shared her pattern with me. It was simple enough that I could handle it! Cabub wants me to work on his apron now, minus the ruffles and tutu.

Hawaiian Haystacks

A dinner favorite at our house. I like that you can put which ingredients you want on yours, and it can have different options for someone else. Hence, our picky eater Cabub is satisfied. Even the Caveman is happy with this option.

Hawaiian Haystacks

4 cooked chicken breasts
4 cups cooked rice
1 can cream of chicken soup, heated

Optional toppings:
chow mein noodles
green onions

Layer rice on bottom of bowl, followed by the chicken and the toppings of your choice. Spoon cream of chicken soup on top.

* I made the chicken in the crockpot. I layered the chicken in the pan, and sprinkled Montreal Chicken seasoning on top of the meat. Then I poured a can of chicken both in the pan. I cooked it on high for 3 1/2 hours. It was ready to shred with forks when we were home from church. Super easy!

Chocolate Peanut Butter Bars Yumminess!

When I was in elementary school in Sugar City, Idaho, this was my favorite dessert in the cafeteria. I think my addiction to chocolate and sugar stems from growing up in a city called Sugar City. I got this recipe from one of my students mothers. We sure love this recipe in our house.

Chocolate PB Bars

1 cup melted butter
1 cup brown sugar
1 tsp. vanilla
1 1/2 cups creamy peanut butter
4 cups powdered sugar
1- 12 oz. bag milk chocolate chips

Mix together butter, brown sugar, vanilla and peanut butter. Add powdered sugar slowly until the mixture is firm, but not too stiff. Put in a 9x13 pan. Melt chocolate chips and spread on top of peanut butter mixture. Chill until chocolate sets.

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Tortellini Chicken Salad

This is a yummy salad that I got the recipe from a friend of mine, Kjristina. She is my Pampered Chef guru! We eat this a lot.

Tortellini Chicken Salad
(serves 4)
8 oz. cheese tortellini
8 oz. boneless skinless chicken breast
2 stalks celery
1/2 cup red seedless grapes
1/4 cup chopped toasted pecans
1/2 cup mayo
1 T white wine vinegar
1-2 t honey
1 t Dijon mustard
salt and pepper to taste

Cook chicken in 10" skillet until no longer pink. Cut into bite sized pieces. Cook tortellini according to package directions. Drain and place in a bowl with the chicken. Add celery, grapes, and pecans. Mix well.
In a separate bowl, combine the mayo, vinegar, honey, and mustard. Pour over chicken mixture and mix well. Season with salt and pepper.
Here begins my new blog... I love to copy ideas from amazing people and then tweak them to fit me!
A little about me... I am a wife, a mother to two handsome little dudes, and a 5th grade teacher. I am too busy for my own good and a teensy bit OCD about things trying to fit perfectly into my chaotic life. I love to cook, garden, read, teach, create, explore, and try new things.
Mostly, this blog is for me to keep track of the things that I like to do and record recipes so they don't get too lost in my kitchen cupboard! We'll see how it goes...! :)