Saturday, February 25, 2012

Baking Bacon - the easy way to cook bacon

 Beautiful Bacon, done the bak'in way.  I just tried this yesterday, and I love it.  I also reheated a piece in the microwave and it was good!  I plan on making twice baked potatoes today, and wanted to have some of this for the topping.

Start with a cold oven.  Spray baking pan with non stick spray, or if you choose to use a wire rack atop your pan, spray that.  Place baking strips on pan and place in oven.  Turn on to 400 degrees F and bake for 14-16 minutes.  Keep an eye on it towards the end.  Once cooked, take off pan immediately and place on paper towel.  If you leave them on the pan they could overcook. 

Now enjoy bacon anytime of the day!

Have leftover bacon?  Make Sweet Bacon Peas!

Tank Top to Dress

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Friday, February 24, 2012

Kid's R Smart

Our daughter's new hiding spot for her books...right in the couch.  So just in case I'm sitting down, she can also plop down and hand me a book to read to her.  What a smart kid.  

What smart thing does your kid do?

Need ideas for dinner?

 A-1 Good n hot burgers
 Steak and Bleu Cheese Salad

Sweet Bacon Peas

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Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Gifting Cookies + Dinner

 St Paddy's Day is coming up and this could be a sweet way to give the gift of cookies.
 For Valentine's Day, I made Snicker doodles and put them in this cute pack for my husband. 
 I used wax paper and fabric.  I cut the wax paper to the size I wanted with my pinking shears.  I then did the same with my fabric, just a shorter version so it would slip over top of the paper, and add some flair.

 I sewed up each side and put one inside the other.  Really fun and fast.  I believe the blog Skip to my Lou gave me the idea for the wax paper.

So what's for dinner tonight?  
We're having:
Baked Chicken, sliced over top the Pasta
Monterrey Jack Cheese Pasta (I'm using a recipe similar to this)
French Bread, sliced, buttered, and broiled
Roasted Carrots

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Monday, February 20, 2012

Creamed Spinach

This creamed spinach is so tasty and comforting.  I hope you'll try it.

8 oz of frozen spinach
2 Tbps Parmesan cheese
2 Tbps Flour
1 Cup Milk
2 Tbsp butter
1/2 tsp Garlic powder
1/3 Cup Mozzarella Cheese

 Defrost spinach and squeeze out as much water as you can.  Heat a pan and add butter to melt.  Once melted add the flour and stir to mix.  Slowly add milk with a whisk watching for lumps.  Once smooth, add spinach, Parmesan cheese, salt, pepper, garlic powder.  Warm up over medium heat.  Add mozzarella cheese, stirring to melt.  Serve.

This dish is always welcomed by me and is great for lunch the next day.  I like to add a little Parmesan cheese to the top too. 

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Friday, February 17, 2012

How to fix a skirt with a broken zipper, without a zipper

Clothes with broken zippers. Annoying. I've had this skirt for over two years.  I wore it once and the zipper wouldn't go back down...then I broke it.   Should I rip out this one, and put in a normal one instead of an invisible?  I would have to rip out a lot of seams just to get into it enough to put it in.

Less is more, and I had buttons that matched. So no $ required,  I set out to fix it this way. 
I sewed a zigzag stitch into a rectangle that would fit my buttons.  I then used scissors and a seam ripper to open up the new holes. 
I sewed my buttons on.  Worked like a charm.  You really only see one button when I'm wearing it, because of the sash.
Ready to Wear
I feel like I got something new and that ALWAYS feels good.

Biscuits and Gravy

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Monday, February 13, 2012

Best Pork Chops and Luvs Coupons

I have never had much luck with pork chops.  Usually it turns out all dried out.  Sad.  Especially when you work so hard to make a good meal.  Since my Stuffed Pork Chops, I've grown to like them again.  This recipe uses some of the same ideas.

2 Pork Chops, at least 1inch thick
3/4 Cup Water
2 Tbps Brown Sugar
2 Tbsps Salt
2 Tbsp Butter
Olive Oil
Garlic Powder

Start by making your brine.  Add Pork Chops to water, brown sugar and salt in a container, and cover. Let sit for at least 4 hrs or over night in your fridge. 

Take pork chops out and season with garlic powder and pepper.  Heat olive oil and sear on all sides, about 2-3 mins. 

Heat oven to 450 f degrees with your baking pan in there.  Take pork chops from pan and place on preheated pan.  Bake for 20-30 mins, turning once halfway through.  Check for doneness.

Once you take them out, add a little pat of butter over top and cover loosely until ready to serve.

These were amazingly great, and I even got a compliment.  Means you should try it! 

I'll be making this for Valentine's Dinner I think.  Are you doing anything special? 

Also, for those you who love luvs!  You can sign up for Luvs coupons and possibly win diapers for a year on their site.  Check it out!

If you are on Pinterest, please follow me!  I want to see your stuff!

Serve with..?
Baked Cheesy Mashed Potatoes

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Thursday, February 9, 2012

T-Shirt to Cardigan Simple Tutorial

Pin It I've been checking out Pinterest lately.  So much cool stuff in one place.

I've even found some ideas to add to this one that I just did.  A target T-Shirt into a cardigan.  Talk about comfortable. 

I cut the shirt down the middle in the top layer only. 
I then cut one side of the front at an angle.  The flipped that piece to a to the other side and cut along the same line.

I ironed the front over once, since it doesn't fray and sewed on up.
Super simple.

I have a hard time not wearing this shirt at least 3 times a week now.  I'd better make another one so I can change it up.  Do you have a shirt to transform?

Buffalo Chicken Salad

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Sunday, February 5, 2012

Valentine's Day Love Shirt Applique tutorial

I've been waiting to do this one for a long time.  My husband drew up the letters.

 I grabbed some scrap fabric and a cute blue shirt.  Andrew used a pencil and drew up the design.
 I cut out my pieces and ironed them onto fusible interfacing. 
 I cut them out and sprayed some Sulky Temp Adhesive Spray on the back, and stuck them on the shirt in the position I wanted them. 
 I sewed each letter on.  Alot of stopping and turning on this one.
She was so excited, she grabbed this one from me.  I guess that means she approves!
This took about twenty minutes and I really enjoyed it. 

What would you put on your shirt?  and Are you having a Super Bowl party!? 

Chicken and Pineapple Quesadillas

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Friday, February 3, 2012

Chili Mac with Black Beans

I recently had a stock up on black beans.  Before this past year, I'd never bothered with them. I decided to try to incorporate these with my chili mac instead of the usual chili beans or kidney beans.  Did I mention I still hate butter beans?  Since I was a wee child.  Just can't do it.  Lima beans, get me outta here.  After all these years, they still put the green lima beans in the mixed vegetable bags and cans.  I never buy em of course. It also seem so far that my little girl is going down the same road. 

This recipe has a few ingredients which make it budget friendly.

1/2 lb Ground beef
1/2 Small onion, chopped
2 Tsp Chili Powder
1 Tsp Garlic Powder
1 Tsp Sugar
1/4 to 1/3 Cup of Black beans (whatever your preference)
1 14 oz Can Diced tomatoes -Chili Ready (it will say it on the can)
1 Can Tomato Sauce (14oz)
8 oz of Elbow noodle

Cook beef in a skillet with onions.  Add seasonings, not including sugar.  Drain. Boil pasta. Puree or pulse the chili ready diced tomatoes.  Add back to meat in skillet along with the can of tomato sauce, sugar, and black beans.  Heat.  Combine ingredients together.  Serve it up!  I liked to top with fresh chopped onion, sour cream and cheese.  Yum.  I had some leftovers for lunch for a couple days too.

Also great to make on Super Bowl Sunday!  What are you making?

Dress made with a tank top

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