Sunday, February 1, 2015

New Recipes Weekend

It's the weekend, I usually like to bake something.  It may be a new recipe, or maybe something I've made many times.  This weekend I tried two new recipes.  The first was a granola bar recipe that I found on Pinterest.  Later in the evening, I made chicken thighs, also a recipe from Pinterest.

I followed the recipe almost exactly, but used mini pretzel twists, instead of the pretzel gold fish.  We don't have the pretzel gold fish, so I had to use what I had.  They still tasted great.  I think next time I make these, I will add some nuts.  Maybe pecans, or almonds.
For dinner I made One Pot Chicken and Potatoes.  I bought some chicken thighs on sale at the grocery store, so began the search for a new recipe on Pinterest.  I wanted something besides breaded and fried chicken.  I found several others that sounded good, but I figured my picky husband would like this one best. This was so easy, and very yummy!  I even had the leftovers for lunch Sunday, and it still tasted good.  I cut the recipe in half, because we do not need that much food.  This picture is actually my left overs the next day.  There weren't many potatoes left, because my husband picked those out, and left the carrots.  For the green beans, I just open a can of green beans, add about a 1/2 tablespoon of butter, sprinkle with garlic powder, salt and pepper.  Then microwave for 2 minutes.  I also love to make cheesy green beans.  I will have to share that recipe on here someday.
Since these were not my recipe creations, I did not post the actual recipes to my site.  Rather, I posted links to the creator's web sites, just click the recipe title above each picture for the link.  I hope you enjoy these as much as I did.  Thanks for stopping by.

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Stitch Fix

I've received several Stitch Fixes in the mail, but have not posted any in my blog. So, here goes.

This is the 4th Stitch Fix I received, and I loved most of it.

La Made Northridge cowl neck jersey top, $68. Like the color, but not the fit. It just did not look good on me, could be my lack of cleavage. :)

Octavia Bree heathered knit snood scarf blak, $28. Beautiful and super soft. I wish I could wear this, but I'm not big on bulk around my neck. 

41Hawthorne Jewel tone purple Abriamna long sleeve knit cardigan, $48, I love this, and right now I plan on keeping it. The only reason I will send it back, is because I can't afford it. I should have a couple of credits in the next day or two, then I will get it. If not, I will have to send it back. Because I'm definatley keeping the next two items.

Kut From The Kloth Nave Parcey polka dot skinny jeans, $48.00. These are so cute and comfy. I asked my stylist for affordable jeans, and that's what I got. I also pinned these on Pinterest. What's really great is there long enough for me, I'm 5'9".
Brixon Ivy Orange Lawley cable knit open cardigan, $68. The price is a little high, but I love it so much I'm keeping it.

Check out Stitch Fix for yourself. It's $20 month and you set up how often you want to receive your items. $20 is for the styling fee, but it goes as a credit toward your purchase, if you decide to keep any of your fix. You will get 5 items a month. Keep what you want, and pay for it, send back what you don't want. No shipping and handling. Here's a link to Stitch Fix

Wednesday, September 4, 2013

My Baby Bump Collage

I have not posted on my blog much lately.  I was too busy working, going to dr appointments, being pregnant, etc.  After I had her I was too busy working, commuting, and spending time with her.  So, now I am finally posting this.  She will be 8 months old Saturday.  I got this idea from Pinterest, before I even knew I was pregnant. When I did get pregnant, I had my husband take pictures every week or so.  He did it every time, with no complaint, not counting a few eye rolls.

Thursday, September 20, 2012

Litter box, turned into a storage box.

I have some clutter in my living room, that was really bothering me.  A few magazines, crochet patterns, and a mess of resumes.  I needed a neat place to put them, besides the floor, but also keep them close at hand when I need them.  I'm not much for sitting and zoning out at the tv, which is pretty much what my husband does after work.  So, I spend quality time next to him, crocheting, flipping through a magazine, working on my resume, or playing on the IPhone while sometimes watching tv.  I really don't like wasting time.  I went into my craft room, searching for some type of storage or an empty box I could convert to storage.  I found an almost empty box of cat litter.  The cats live outside now, so the litter is just taking up space.  So, I dumped what was left in a bag (I might need it for something later!).  I cut the top of the box off, then cleaned the inside out with a damp paper towel.

Empty cat litter box

I took the box outside, with black spray paint.  I love this spray paint.  I repainted some ugly blue storage containers my husband brought home for me with this paint.  They are styling now!

This paint is Krylon Fusion for Plastic in Black Gloss.  It works great on cardboard too!

If you miss any spots, you can always touch up with a black permanent marker.  Which is what I did.

Next, I got a piece of 12x12 scrapbook paper.  I cut off 3 inches of each end, making it 9x9 inches.  I took the square piece and spray glued it to the center of the front.  I glued the other 2 pieces to the sides.  I left the back blank, but you can put paper on it also.

Front of litter box

One side of litter box

My other side of the box was shorter, because of the opening/pour spout of the litter box, so my shorter piece of paper fit it just right.  I just forgot to take a picture of it.

I hope you try this simple revamp of any old sturdy box.  Great storage, and super cute!!

Crispy Chicken Legs in the oven

Every time I make chicken, my step daughter and husband grab for the chicken legs.  So, this time I bought a package of chicken legs.  This recipe is simple, crunchy, lots of flavor, and was ate up by everyone!  I just can't beat that.

The Ingredients:
8-10    chicken legs
1 c       buttermilk
3 tbsps butter melted
1 c       flour
1/4 c    Italian bread crumbs (plain would work also)
1 tsp    salt
1 pkg   Italian salad dressing mix

Put your chicken legs in a bowl or ziplock bag.  Add buttermilk and melted butter and let soak for at least 15 minutes.  Your butter may get clumpy if your chicken legs are really cold.  This is ok.  I just like the extra flavor and juices of the butter.

Pre heat oven to 425F

Mix your flour, bread crumbs, Italian seasoning and salt in a baggy.  Drop your chicken in & shake until covered.  Place your chicken in a baking dish lined with tinfoil that has been sprayed with cooking spray.

I baked mine for 1 hour & 15 minutes, turning halfway through.  Always check your chicken is not pink, and runs clear.  Your chicken may cook quicker, so double check it after about 50 minutes.  My family will not eat pink chicken!

We also had green beans and "Atomic Buffalo  Turds", which I cooked with the chicken.  I stuck them in about halfway through the chicken cooking process.  They are awesome!  Check out their link, they have directions for oven, grill, and smoker.
Today I am 23 weeks and 6 days pregnant.  About to hit the 3rd trimester!!

I am not the best Blogger out there, it has been awhile!  I've even been laid off, and still have not got around to blogging.  Searching for a job is a lot of work, but I finally got a job offer yesterday.  I must say, I am proud of myself getting a good job with my baby bump!

Everything is going great with the pregnancy.  We had the 20 week ultrasound, and now we know it's a girl!!  Her name will be Ragan Marie.  She is progressing just the way she should.  I'm so proud of her!  Here's a couple of her ultrasound pictures.
She looks like my step daughter, Kennedy in this one!!

Here I am!  Baby bump at 20 weeks.

This is Kennedy, when we told her it was a girl!  She was so happy.
She's ready for bed, we got home pretty late after 2 doctors appointments
in OKC (a three hour drive for us)

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Today I am 19 weeks and 4 days pregnant!  Next week we will find out if it's a boy or girl.  I have an appointment with my OB dr, and the high risk Dr.  Dr Smith (high risk) will do the ultrasound, to check for abnormalties, the progress of the baby, and the gender.  We can't wait!  Here's my belly change so far.  I did this on my phone, I will do something much cuter once I get closer, or until the baby is here.