Monday, July 18, 2011

Made with Love Event

Hey Everyone!
I am participating in an event featuring handmade artists and designers who are sharing their talents this week.

I am one of 29 sponsors on The Reynolds Mom. Each one of us is giving something away. I am offering a $15.00 gift certificate to my 
Etsy Shop.
Three blogs are participating in this event.
My entry is on 
There is also...
Go and check them out! You can enter to win anything you find to be cute, awesome or tasty.
This is going on all week so

Thursday, July 14, 2011

Anything You Wanna Call It Casserole

 In a Relief Society Meeting last month they shared with us a recipe for 
Condensed Cream of "Something" Soup. 
It is a dry mix that, when you need some cream soup for a recipe you just add water. It is much less expensive then buying a can of soup at the market. 
Since I had everything needed to make up a batch I went a step further and made up a gallon containers worth.

Cream of "something" soup recipe
1 cup non-fat dried milk
3/4 cup cornstarch
1/4 cup bouillon (if you have cubes you have to smash them up)
  You can use whatever kind you like (ie, beef, veggie)
4 Tablespoons freeze dried minced onions (I used the minced onions from Sam's Club)
1 teaspoon dried basil
1 teaspoon dried thyme (I couldn't find the thyme so I used dried parsley instead)
1 teaspoon pepper
(For the equivalent of one can of condensed cream soup, mix 1/3 cup dry mix with 1 1/4 cup water. Cook until thick)

I keep it in the pantry and as you can see the recipe is taped on the outside. (so I don't lose it...cause I will if it ain't connected!)
Anyway, the lady that showed us how to make this awesome stuff made up a sample. She just cooked up some elbow macaroni and mixed it with the soup, added a little cheese and warmed it through in the oven. 
It was GOOD!!
Last week I was in a pinch as to what to cook for dinner so I made that same recipe up but added chicken. The pan was emptied! 
That rarely happens at our house.
Tonight, after painting furniture all day.(post to come later) I didn't really want to cook all day. 
I will make that again but add something new.
Todays addition??? The ever loved, every devoured while still too hot to touch.
I don't know about all of you but bacon is the
candy of meat for me! I have to make a few extra pieces just... well just because!
Chicken Bacon Noodle Casserole
There are no exact measurements. Make it according to your family size.
Elbow macaroni, cooked
Cream of Something soup, thickened
cheddar cheese, grated
chicken, shredded
bacon, cooked and diced
salt and pepper to taste
Combine all the ingredients in a large bowl. Mix to combine. Pour in a 13x9 inch baking dish. Cover. Bake at 350 degrees for 25-30 minutes or until bubbling.
Remember: You can add anything you want. I am trying to figure out a way to sneak in broccoli. Any ideas?

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Friday, July 1, 2011

Birthday Shirt

My baby turned 5!
Little Dude got a party this year. Since we have 4 kids we decided that they would get big neighborhood parties on the significant years and just cake and ice cream with family all the other.
This year was a biggie!
I just got a Silhouette vinyl machine and have been using it for just about everything. 
Birthday Boy T-shirt time!
(Sorry I couldn't get any really good pics of the shirt. He wouldn't hold still)

It was fun to hunt for a cute logo and the candles added the perfect touch for the front.

 What are you supposed to do on your birthday? 
Eat Cake of course!

The face says it all! 
He is annoyed that I make him pose with his cake and yet... he loves the attention. 
Little Dude rocks and he had a great birthday with a cool shirt that all of his friends thought was "cool"!!
I did learn a few tricks when using the fusible vinyl. 
1. Wash the new shirt first. Get the sizing out of it.
2. Turn the shirt wrong side out when washing it. I did have a corner come up in the wash but a quick press with the iron fixed it.
3. Don't rub the iron on the project. Press gently and lift. I kinda goofed up the Y in birthday because I moved the iron instead of lifting it right off.
Have fun!!