Thursday, January 27, 2011

'Shades of Purple (ish) HMET treasury chain game' by NaturallyComfy

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Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Cajun Chicken Pasta Recipe

This recipe is my attempt to make Chili's cajun chicken pasta.  Everone in my family loves it.  And it's pretty easy which is a plus for me.  This is not an exact amount on the chicken and the pasta.  You can adjust the amount for larger or smaller family.  This is what I use to feed 4 of us.

4 -6 pieces of boneless chicken breast (I use the skinless, boneless frozen breasts)
16 oz. box of penne rigate pasta
cajun seasoning ( I use McCormick)
some olive oil and butter (or whatever oil you prefer to cook the chicken)

Ingredients for the sauce
1 pint of heavy whipping cream
1/2 cup butter
1 1/2 cups of grated parmesan cheese

Thaw the chicken and cut it in bite size strips.  Add about a Tablespoon of butter and a little pour of olive oil to a large frying pan.  When that is melted and hot (careful not to let the butter get scorched), add the chicken.  Sprinkle on some of the cajun seasoning. Cook on about medium till it's done all the way through.  As the chicken is cooking, get your pasta water on to boil.  Cook the pasta according to package directions.  I use most of the box of pasta, you can use however much you need for your family size. 
As the chicken and pasta water are going, start a medium saucepan for the sauce.  I turn it on low and put the 1/2 cup of butter in to start melting.  When the butter is melted I add the heavy cream, whisking it in slowly,  then when the butter and the cream are getting hot I slowly add the parmesan cheese, whisking it until it's blended well.  I tun the heat up to about medium until it is blended and hot,stirring frequently, then remove from heat.  It will thicken some after removing from heat. 
When the pasta, sauce and chicken are all cooked and pasta strained, add the sauce to the pan of pasta,  mix it in well.  ( If you used less pasta you may need to adjust the amount of sauce)  You can always divide the sauce recipe in half if you are cooking for just 2. Then put the pasta on a plate, add some chicken to the top of the pasta and sprinkle a little cajun seasoning on top.
We usually have some garlic toast with it.

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Cute Duct Tape Bows Tutorial

Today I would like to show you how to make duct tape bows.  Actually my son is the duct tape artist.  So he agreed to share how he makes these cute little bows that could be used for lots of crafty things.  In this tutorial he used a hair pin to finish it.  These are not to be used for babies as they could be a choking hazard.  He has given them to his teenage sister and her friends.
Here's how you do it.

First cut a piece of duct tape 2 inches long. Making sure to cut it straight so that you won't have sticky tape sticking out anywhere. Ben uses my old cheapy cutting mat that I discarded to cut it on and an exacto knife.  You will also need to cut a small strip for the middle of your bow approximately 1/2 cm wide and 1 inch long.

You now have a 2" X 2" piece of duct tape

Fold the piece of tape in half
Now fold each side down to the first fold

After each side is folded down you have what looks like a bow

Now you are ready for the little strip you cut for the middle

Wrap this piece tightly around the middle of the bow

Your bow is finished

If you'd like you can turn it over and put in a hairpin in the back.  These could be used for all kinds of crafts besides hair bows. 

Monday, January 24, 2011

Are We There Yet?

 No not yet.  I actually have nothing against snow.  Unlike most grown ups, I kinda like snow.  But here it is, only January and I'm am so looking forward to spring and summer.  I am looking forward to sun, gardening, summer produce, being able to go out without wearing 5 layers of clothing.  I know you are longing for it too.  So today I'm putting up pictures to help us all get through until strawberry pickin' time.  What are you looking forward to this summer?

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Dusting Off The Old Blog

So, it's been a long time since I updated this blog.  I have taken some time to re-evaluate, regroup, refresh, re whatever.  I spent the summer learning how to grow a garden.   It was challenging and enjoyable and I'll be doing it again this spring/summer.
 I have renewed my determination to have a successful Etsy shop/craft business.  On that note I have been busy making things for my shop and  probably a venture into the craft show world.  Since it's so cold and I am trying to get a good bit of items into my shop I have been working on lots of fleece hats and scarves.  I have had a lot of fleece sitting around here and love working with fleece. (I am all about the comfort)  So I will leave you with a few pictures of what I have been working on and I will be updating again soon. 

Brown and Gold Flower Burst Set

Black and Red Round Drawstring Bag

Shades of Brown Striped Fleece Scarf