THIS MONTH ON MOMMY DIARIES
I can't wait to experiment a little more with gel stain. It was so simple and really adds another dimension to your furniture or project. We found a 10$ dresser on craigslist that I painted turquoise for the boy's room and I'm planning on antiquing it a little with our gel stain. It comes in a white-ish color that I think would look really pretty under some blue, green, or yellow paint. It gives your furniture an antique or weathered look. Our mahogany stain looks REALLY pretty and vintage looking with our blue shelf in the boy's room. I'll put up some pictures, pronto!
I'm a mom of four now. Life is busy around my house and I rarely get five minutes to myself (outside of the shower). So, as you can imagine, my appearance has taken a turn for the worst.
What are some quick easy tricks you ladies use to keep yourself looking tip top?
What is needed?
-Blocks from your child's toy box.
-Scrap-booking letters. The big kind. (I got mine in this big book of paper letters at Wal-Mart... I use them for everything, totally worth buying)
-Some thick wire.
-Some ribbon, it can be the ugliest ribbon on earth, no one's going to see it.
-Oh, and Mod-Podge.
1.Mod-podge the letters to the blocks. Then sand edges if you want to have that rougher look.
2. Take the drill and put some holes into the tops of some of the blocks... use the size just smaller than the size of you wire.
3. Twist the wire around, making sure the end is sort of a flat spiral (like you would draw on paper). The spiral is what will hold the photo, so maybe have a picture you don't care about around to test it on.
4. When the Mod-Podge is dry take your hot glue gun and glue the ribbon to the back of the blocks (making sure they are all at the same level so they'll stand... and leaving a little room between each block so you can move them around).
5. Stick the wires into the tops of the blocks and add pictures.
6. Move to an approved location and enjoy.
It's so easy you'll be up and running for your crafts as soon as you're done reading. Mwahahaha.
1/2 C honey
1/2 C melted butter
1/4 C mustard
1 tsp salt
1 tsp curry powder
Mix together and pout over an 8x8in pan full of chicken breasts. Bake on 350 for 50-60 min or until chicken is cooked through. Serve on rice.
I have to double this for my family and use a 9x13 pan of chicken, and I use chicken tenders instead of chicken breasts.
So, what's good with curry these days?
This dinner also reheats pretty well, so I make extras and my husband takes it to work the next day for lunch.
This meal is easiest made in an electric skillet.
Chicken Ingredients :
2- 3 lbs of chicken
Cut chicken into pieces.
Make abowl of cornstarch and add a little bit of garlic salt. Make a bowl of the eggs whisked. Dips the chicken into the eggs and then into the cornstarch
.Put in at pan at 375 , pretty hot with oil
.Brown in sections, set aside on paper towel. Add oil each time each time you add a new batch.
3 cups of sugar
1 ½ c. vinegar
1 ½ c. chicken broth (or water and a bouillon cube)
3 tbs ketchup
3 tbs soy sauce
3 teaspoons garlic salt
Simmer 5-10 minutes
Turn down electric to 240
Pour liquid in pan
And on another note, I have an amazing friend, Allyson Condie, who is an author and has just released the novel Being Sixteen.
Tomato and Spinach Pasta Toss
12 oz Italian Sausage
6 oz baby spinach leaves
2 1/2 c rotini pasta
2 T Parmesan cheese, grated
1 c mozzarella cheese, grated
14-20 oz diced tomatoes, Italian style
Brown sausage in large nonstick skillet. Drain grease, lower heat, then add tomatoes and spinach to the meat. Heat until spinach is wilted.
Cook pasta according to directions. Drain water.
Add meat mixture and pasta together. Stir, and add both cheeses just before serving. Toss just until mixed through.
Be prepared to be wowed. This stuff is so good. And it's really yummy as leftovers because the noodles absorb the sauce. Oh man, good!!
Szechuan Chicken Noodle Toss
4 quarts of water
6 oz thin spaghetti
1 pkg (16 oz) frozen oriental vegetables
1 T margarine
1 lb boneless skinless chicken breasts, cut into 2-inch strips
2 garlic cloves, minced
1/8 t crushed red pepper flakes
1 T canola oil
1/3 c stir fry sauce
3 green onions, chopped
Bring water to a boil, add spaghetti; cook for 4 minutes, then add veggies; cook 3-4 min longer until spaghetti and veggies are tender. Drain. Toss with margarine; set aside and keep warm.
In nonstick skillet, stir-fry the chicken, garlic and red pepper flakes in oil until chicken is no longer pink. Add stir fry sauce; heat through. Add onions and spaghetti mixture; toss to coat.
Yield: 4 servings
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