Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Easy Cheesy Chicken Casserole

On a chilly fall night, I love nothing better than sitting down to a hot meal.  Sadly, yesterday I forgot to thaw my chicken.  Hope seemed lost. Suddenly I remembered I have a can of cooked chicken in my pantry.  Hope restored!  Except that canned chicken has virtually no flavor.  What's a girl to do other than doctor it up? So here it is- my split-second, canned-chicken-to-the-rescue Easy Cheesy Chicken Casserole recipe.

One 10oz can of cooked chicken (drained)
One cup (ish) frozen broccoli florets
One can condensed Broccoli and Cheese Soup
One cup of Milk
Two cups (ish) almost-all-the-way cooked rotini or bow-tie noodles
Salt, pepper, garlic powder... really whatever seasonings you like
Parmesan Cheese

1.Go ahead and set the noodles on to boil (they take the longest).
2.Combine the milk, soup, and broccoli in a 10" skillet and bring to a boil. Add your seasonings.Turn down the heat and let it simmer for about five minutes (until the broccoli is tender). Stir the chicken into the mix. Turn on low heat and cover to keep it warm.

3. When your noodles have cooked almost all the way, add them to your skillet and raise the heat to cook the pasta the rest of the way. This makes the noodles have more flavor.

4. Top with shredded parmesan cheese and enjoy!

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Easy as (apple) pie Fall Decoration

I am trying to keep the spirit of fall around as long as possible.  It seems everywhere I go, Christmas music is playing, trees are up, and everyone is focusing on the winter holidays.  Why can't fall be celebrated equally?  It is my favorite season. In Alabama, we get the most beautiful colors on our trees.  It's really breath taking.  A favorite thing of mine is apple picking.  I love to decorate with the apples. A bowl full on the table in the kitchen or on the coffee table... Lovely.  Sadly however my bathroom was feeling left out of the festivities.  Solution?

Toilet Paper Apples!!!!

I took two long pieces of red tissue paper and rolled my TP up with it, tucking the sides down into the hole made by the cardboard tube.  I made the stems out of some brown cardstock and the leaves out of scrapbook paper, and hot glued them to the tissue paper (NOT the toilet paper) inside the hole where I tucked the sides.  Now my little bathroom gets to celebrate fall with its very own basket of "apples!"

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Music Lover's Bowl

My husband and I are big music fans.  I sang in choir all through high school and college, while my husband started band in 6th grade and played all the way through college (he's an amazing percussionist!).  He is now a band director at the local high school.  We are still trying to fix up his office (both at the school and at our new home), so I thought this would make the perfect decoration:
A bowl made from a vinyl record.  It was amazingly cheap and easy and FAST!!  It actually didn't cost me anything because we have a ton of records, and this one was scratched already.  If you don't have any on hand, thrift shops usually have them for sale for next to nothing.

First, I preheated my oven to 200 degrees.  Place a mixing bowl upside down onto a baking sheet (this makes it easier to put in and out of the oven.  Set your record on top of the bowl. Stick it in to "bake" for 8 minutes. The record will get hot and start to deform around your bowl.

When you take it out of your oven, it should look something like this.  Let it cool completely before you take it off the bowl base.  After it cools, it is just as strong and sturdy as it was before. 

This was so easy to do, and the results are wonderful!

Have fun!
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Tuesday, November 15, 2011


I am hopelessly addicted to this website.  It is truly a crafter/cook/diy-er's best friend.  I find all sorts of ideas here (and I've made a few of them myself!).  I pin recipes, crafts, organizational ideas, art projects for my students, plus whatever else catches my eye.  They have a little bit of everything!

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Thursday, November 10, 2011

Picture Frame

Again, I originally saw something like this on Pinterest.  I have gotten absolutely addicted to making things with toilet paper rolls.  This is one of my favorites so far.  I started with a whole bunch of empty paper roll tubes.  I cut them into thin strips.  To make the actual picture frame part, I hot glued wooden dowels to the backs of the frames (not over the part where the picture goes).  Then I started by making the star flower shape in the middle and added swirls and loops until I figured out a design I liked. When it was all glued together, I spray painted it dark red to match my living room. It took several hours total, but I really had fun, and I think it ended up looking pretty nice! If you have any questions about it, please leave a comment, and I'll do my best to answer them!

Tip Junkie handmade projects

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Tuesday, November 1, 2011


I made this lovely monogram out of a box lid and a wooden letter.  It's actually the lid from the box that my Bare Minerals makeup came in, so it's pretty sturdy.  I mod podged some scrapbook paper on it to cover it and the wooden letter (.99 from walmart).  I inked the edges of the wood to age it up just a little bit and hot glued it to the box.  It took 5 minutes! So simple and so pretty!

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Toilet Paper Tube Wreath

I saw something like this on Pinterest.  I started collecting toilet paper tubes about 6 weeks ago. From my house, friends' houses... Basically if there was an empty roll, people knew to save them for me. I cut them into 6 pieces and arranged them in a circle.  I used an upside down mixing bowl to make sure I got the shape right. I hot-glued them together and made these paper flowers to embellish it.  I am in love with the results!

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