Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Chicken and Rice Casserole

This is another family fav that is quick and easy.

3 Cups of shredded rotisserie chicken with out skin
1 Can of Cream of Celery
2 Cans of French Style Green Beans
1 Diced sauteed onion
1 Pkg Uncle Ben's Ready Wild Rice
1 Cup of Mayo
2 Cups of Sharp Cheddar Cheese
Salt and Pepper to taste

1. Saute onion with olive oil or a little butter.
2. Mix all the ingredients, except cheese, together in a large bowl.
3. Spray baking dish with Pam and pour all ingredients, except cheese into the dish.  Sprinkle cheese on top.  Bake at 350 for 20-25 minutes.

This is great leftovers which is always a big plus for us!!  I hope you enjoy and if you find a way to make it any better, please share your tasty ideas.

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Super Chic Valentines Day Gift

As I mentioned in my blog post Hearts With Love that I was making a little valentines gift for my girlfriends and here is what I came up with.

I put magnets on the back of the hearts.
And put them on top of some mason jars which I filled with two different sugar scrub recipes.  Brown Sugar Scrub and Vanilla Brown Sugar Scrub.

 I think they turned out so cute and it was super affordable.  A nice little way of telling the special ladies in your life that you are thinking about them.

Total Cost: $20 ($1.67 per jar)
Crayon Hearts- $4.00
Magnets- $2.00
Jars- $8.00 a dozen
Sugar Scrub- $6.00

My Very Own Shim Sunburst Mirror

So, I jumped on the Shim mirror band wagon and this was probably one of my favorite projects.

Here is what you need:

14 packages of shims (10 per package)
Mirror (I used a mirror for candles which you can get at any craft store)
Wooden circle (You can get this at Michaels and it is with the wreath items)
Wood glue
Super glue
Stain or paint

The hardest part is starting off with the pattern you like.  You can do anything you want.  I went in sets of five and staggered them.  I tried using hot glue with the shims, but it will leave a little bit of a space between the shims and I thought this was a bit messy.  I chose to use your regular old wood glue.  Remember if you get wood glue on wood you want to stain, wipe it off immediately with a damp rag because the stain won't take to the wood.  I would glue in quarter parts and let the wood glue set.  This will help keep the shims from moving around on you. 

Staining this was the hardest part.  I probably would have stained the ends of the shims first, then glued them together, and lastly stained the entire thing.  I had to use a small craft brush to get between the shims.  And the final look.......

Ta da- Shimmy Shim Shim Mirror!

Total Cost: $31.57
Shims- $1.58 per pkg- $22.12
Stain- $6.70
Mirror- $1.40
Wood Circle- $1.35