Thursday, November 29, 2012

making and baking.

Sugared Chicken
Thawed chicken breasts (3lbs)
1 cup brown sugar
1 T garlic powder or 2 T minced garlic
3 T olive oil (I use garlic olive oil)
1. Grease a 9x9 baking dish
2. Preheat oven to 450
3. Combine brown sugar, garlic, and olive oil in a small bowl.
4. Coat each piece of chicken in mixture and then place in baking dish.
5. Sprinkle the rest of the mixture over chicken in the dish.
6. Cover with aluminium foil and bake for 25-30 minutes or until thoroughly cooked depending on the size of the chicken breasts
7. Enjoy!
This is a super easy recipe (anything with more than 5 ingredients? forget it.) and also one of our favorites so I thought I should share! Let me know if anybody else makes this and how they do it. I love to hear new ideas/recipes!

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

making a chicken alfredo bake {yummy!}

Yesterday I promised you all I would post this little gem of a recipe on here today. So here I am...sharing our dinner from Sunday and how I made it!

Chicken Alfredo Bake

16oz noodles (ziti works best!)
2 jars of alfredo sauce (we use Ragu Roasted Garlic)
2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese
1/4 cup parmesan cheese (grated)
15oz ricotta cheese
2 T garlic powder or 2 garlic cloves minced
2 eggs
8oz sour cream
3 chicken breasts

1. Cook and drain pasta as instructed.
2. Boil chicken breasts until thoroughly cooked and then dice into cubes.
2. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
3. Lightly grease a 13x9 baking pan
4. Mix all ingredients except the mozzarella cheese together in a bowl and beat with fork until smooth
5. Spread mixture into greased baking pan and coat with mozzarella.
6. Place in oven and bake 30-45 minutes or until golden brown on top
7. Remove from oven and enjoy! :)
**baker beware: this recipes makes A LOT

And there you have it!! We paired ours with iceberg lettuce and dressing, but if you're into the the whole carb thing, I'm sure some garlic bread would be wonderful with it too! :)

If any of you try this out, let me know how it turned out!! Or, if you have a different recipe for something similar, please share that also--I love new trying new recipes!

Thursday, November 8, 2012

tackling Pinterest, one bottle of wine at a time.

Last night, a friend and I had our first ever "White Girl Wednesday" and decided to tackle some Pinterest projects and a few bottles of wine.

We exchanged messages all week trying to decide what pins we actually wanted to make (besides washboard abs) and came up with a few things. We hit the craft store on Tuesday and by Wednesday we were prepared.

So what did I make?

Well, we made these wine bottles empty...

But in the midst of the giggles, wine drinking, and chatting (and being in complete wedding mode; come on, its only SEVEN weeks away!) I actually did make something. I saw this on Pinterest one day and immediately knew I wanted to make it and would totally use it. So, I made myself a cupcake stand.

4 mirrors which I bought at Hobby Lobby
E6000 glue
paint brush
candle stick holders from Dollar Tree.

1. I flipped the mirrors over and measured each, marking it with a pencil exactly in the center.
2. I then put E6000 glue (this is where I used the small paint brush) on the top of the candlestick and glued it to the marking on the bottom of the mirror.

3. Once glued down, I used my paint brush and went around the edges, really sealing the candlestick in place
4. I did this to all four mirrors and had to wait for them to dry.

5. Once dry, I combined two at a time, doing the same thing as above, only I didn't use the extra glue around the edges.
ps-to mark the top of the mirrors I used lipliner

6. Once those were dry, I combined the two pieces and voila!

I am even more in love with this stand than I thought I would be. I was even thinking that just one smaller unit (the smallest mirror and stand) would be a cute bedroom or bathroom decoration to hold something?! Any thoughts?

I will TRY to get my friend to write a guest blog post for me on her project, but in case she doesn' is what she made. They are these cute little rocks with pictures, letters, etc. that she put behind them and then turned them into magnets. This is the one she made for me! Isn't it cute?!

So what do you guys think?? Do you think it turned out ok? Better yet, is it wedding approved?!

If you want to check out some other bloggers' projects, click the link below and snoop around!

Monday, November 5, 2012

...showing you our wedding invites. {finally}

I can finally show you all my invites!! I was waiting for them to make it to their final destination before I put up pictures of them, but I think they all got to where they were going. So here they are!

I am absolutely in love with them. They are so wintery, and exactly what I wanted...
It is hard to tell in the picture, but the blue envelope is very shimmery and changes color in the lighting...

 The silver is the same way. Very shimmery! (The RSVP is actually a double-sided stamped postcard, so all they have to do is fill it out and slip it in the mailbox.)
And aren't these stamps gorgeous? When else could I ever use these?!
So there they are.

I hope you all have a wonderful week!!

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