Friday, July 17, 2015

Crockpot Chicken and Broccoli Over Rice

Makes 4-6 Servings
  • 3-4 boneless skinless chicken breasts
  • 14 ounce can Cream of Chicken Soup
  • 14 ounce can Broccoli Cheese Soup
  • 14 ounces Chicken Broth
  • a pinch - Black Pepper, Celery Salt, White Pepper, Cayenne pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic salt
  • 6 cups steamed broccoli florets (Boiled in hot water for 3 minutes then drained)
  • Shredded cheddar cheese (if desired - we use it to top)
  1. Place soups, chicken broth, seasonings and garlic salt into a crockpot over low heat.  Whisk until smooth.  Add chicken, pressing to the bottom. Cover lid and cook on low for 6 hours or on high for 3 hours.
  2. When chicken is cooked, use forks to shred into pieces.  Stir in broccoli
  3. Serve over steamed rice and sprinkle with cheese if desired.
[pictures coming soon]

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Super Easy Shredded Chicken Tacos

So, I really don't like meals that take me forever to put together, I usually realize I have no ingredients for most of what I want to make.  My favorite thing, is my crockpot.  This meal was totally made for me!  We've been in a funk lately.  Today, I decided to give chicken tacos a shot.  SO EASY!!  

This is what you need.
1 package Taco Seasoning (do not mix with water)
4 Boneless, Skinless Chicken Breasts, (I used frozen)1 16oz jar Salsa (any kind you want)

1 can black beans

Dump all ingredients into a crockpot.  Cook on high for 4 to 6 hours or on low for 6 to 8 hours. When done, the chicken will shred easily with a fork.

Serve over tortillas (we used flour), with lettuce, cheese, avocado, whatever you love with your tacos!!

{photos coming soon}

Thursday, January 8, 2015

Crockpot Cheesy Ham and Potatoes

In this family, we love meat and potatoes.  Add cheese to that and we are in heaven.  We bought a ham for the holidays, and then didn't end up ever finishing it.  I decided to make a cheesy ham & Potato casserole, but who has time for that?!  I decided to try it in the crockpot!

6 medium potatoes, peeled and sliced
2 cups, cubed cooked Ham
1 small bell pepper (I used green, its what I had)
1/2 medium onion
1 11 oz can condensed cheddar Cheese soup (I've also used Broccoli & cheese and Cream of Celery)
3/4 cup Milk
3 Tbsp Flour
1 tsp ground black pepper
8 oz Shredded Cheddar Cheese
Optional Items:
1 package frozen corn
1 cup Green Beans

1.  Combine potatoes, ham, green pepper and onion in a 3 1/2 to 4 quart crockpot; mix well.
2.  In a small bowl, combine soup, milk flour, and black pepper; beat with wire whisk until smooth. Pour soup mixture over potato mixture and stir gently to mix. Top with shredded cheese.
3.  Cover and cook on low setting for about 8 to 10 hours or until potatoes are tender.

{pictures to come soon}

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Painting Washer/Dryer Pedestals

If anyone has looked at these pedestals, then you know they are crazy expensive!!  $250 each is an insane amount for drawers to raise your washer/dryer.  But anyone who hasn't bought them, knows that the height of the washer/dryer without them is super low.  I'd been sitting on the floor changing and folding my laundry.  We have the Samsung Merlot combo, which are hard to come by.  One day we went to Home Depot and they had the "Blue Silver" pedestal on clearance for $40 each.  $40!!!!  We scooped up two of them, because you cannot beat $80, compared to $500.  I asked around Home Depot, but no one seemed to know if I could paint them.  I searched the internet high and low trying to find out the same, there was nothing!   We decided to look at some paint chips, but later decided on spray paint.  We found a color that matched our "Merlot" almost exactly, it's called "Royal Garnet Satin"
We debated on whether or not to use a primer on the pedestals before spraying.  But since my Husband painted them while I was out of town, the primer didn't happen.  He used 1 can per pedestal.   We've thought of using a gloss over the top, since the spray was satin, but we decided against it.  Sure they aren't the same gloss as the combo, but to us, it doesn't matter.  The only place you can see that they look different is when you look into the laundry room from the family room.

For a little under $100, we love our new pedestals

Saturday, August 16, 2014

Puppy Chow

1 - 14oz box Chex (corn or rice)
1 cup semisweet chocolate chips
1 cup creamy peanut butter
¼ cup butter
2 cups powdered sugar, divided in half

Special Equipment 
2 gallon-sized Ziploc bags
Very large (at least 4 quart) mixing bowl

Pour cereal into very large mixing bowl, and set aside.
Place chocolate, peanut butter, and butter in a large microwavable bowl, microwave for 1 minute on high, then stir the mixture with a heatproof spoon or spatula until entirely melted and combined. (Alternatively, In a medium saucepan over low heat, combine chocolate, peanut butter, and butter. Heat the mixture, stirring constantly with a heatproof spoon or spatula).
Pour melted chocolate mixture over cereal in the large mixing bowl, and mix with a heatproof spoon or rubber spatula until all the cereal is coated with the chocolate mixture. Divide the cereal into two gallon-sized ziploc bags, and add half the powdered sugar to each (add more as desired). Seal the bags, and shake the mixtures until the powdered sugar evenly coats the cereal.
Open the bags and let the puppy chow cool completely.  It will keep for up to a week in an airtight container at room temperature.  But, we like to Freeze ours and it doesn't last a week, because my husband LOVES it and eats it all.  

{pictures to come soon}

Friday, August 15, 2014

Bathroom Overhaul

New look to the Kids bathroom! 
I picked my color, Sweet Mustard (from Lowes). Its crazy bright, but I LOVE it! You cannot be depressed in this bathroom!! The reason I had to paint, was I took down the towel bar, after patching the holes, I had huge white spots. I'd wanted hooks for the kids, so CK can hang towels!! I moved the towel ring as well, down and over, it used to be over the plug. Then I got the wild hair and painted the cabinets. That bathroom is so small that I knew I didn't want to go darker. I'm so loving it!!

I still want to frame out the mirror and change the light fixture, but those are things I cannot do by myself.

Cabinets before.

Paint color before with new paint color

HJÄLMAREN Towel rack with 5 hooks from IKEA

As far as painting the cabinets.  It was SUUUPER easy!  I went into my local Lowes and talked to the best lady in the paint department.  She suggested Valspar Bonding Primer, for glossy surfaces.  OMG  so awesome!  No sanding needed!!  I did 2 coats of primer.  I used a large brush to paint it on.  I let it dry completely between coats.  

I painted the cabinets in "Betsy's Linen".  I did 4 coats of paint, because the grooves were so difficult to get into. I mostly used a foam roller, except I used a foam brush for the grooves.  

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

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