30 September 2011

Chicken Cordon Bleu

Inspired by a luncheon I recently went to, I set out on finding a recipe for Chicken Cordon Bleu. I found it! And it's a good one.

Chicken Cordon Bleu
(serves 4)

I followed the recipe as linked above, and then I took the suggestions of one of the comments. It reads:

After baking for 30 minutes, then add the cheese.
"I read the reviews and took the suggestion of some others. First of all, I dipped the chicken in egg wash, then laid the slices of ham and cheese on top. I got a plate and sprinkled breadcrumbs and placed the chicken on it and rolled it from there. I also added a pat of butter on top of each. It came out beautifully and you must use the sauce (which is 1 can of cream of chicken soup, 1/2 cup of sour cream and 1 tbsp of lemon juice). I put a bed of white rice on the plates, put the chicken cordon blue on top of the rice covered with the cream sauce. A good side dish is buttered rolls, mmm-mhmm! All I can say was that it was such a beautiful presentation and absolutely heavenly!"

The only thing I didn't do was dip the chicken in an egg wash. I forgot about that part.  Or use toothpicks, because apparently we don't have any. Amazingly, the chicken didn't unroll or anything! I do have to say, this recipe was easier than I thought it would be. Though, smashing the chicken with a meat hammer was a whole lot messier than I originally though. I would highly suggest an apron or a HAZMAT suit.  I was going to take pictures of the whole process, but the raw chicken splattered everywhere, and I didn't want to clean my camera. I also used "store brand" ingredients and it tasted just fine.  My husband has already demanded that I make it again. I'd recommend this recipe to anyone.

nom nom nom

29 September 2011

Dinner from Pinterest

Most of you know what Pinterest is, correct? Yeah, well, I'm addicted to it. I feel like I'm an idea hoarder or something. So, I've decided to try a few things I've collected over the past few days. Last night, I tried some recipes.

Chicken and Spinach Stuffed Shells (enjoyed with a spinach salad, adorned with bacon and croutons.)

This was actually a pretty yummy recipe! Being that there's just two of us, I cut the amounts in half, except I forgot to cut the amount of onion in half. Whoops. Though, I did use a full jar of sauce. I'm glad I cut it in half, though. I was able to stuff about 15-20 shells out of it or a 9x13 pan's worth.

Before the bag of cheese I dumped on there.

If I made this recipe again, I would not put so much onion in it (lolz) and I would make it with turkey. While, I enjoyed the chicken in it, it felt like it didn't belong. I think turkey or beef would be a better replacement for it.

For dessert, I made the Frozen Reese's Peanut Butter Pie. I'm not gonna lie, this recipe made me a little mad. Don't get me wrong, it is DELICIOUS. You see that picture on the website? I realize it's the tiny pie version, not the 9" springform pan version. First off, I couldn't get the Oreo crumbs to stick to the walls of my pan, so I gave up and just made a bottom layer. And then when I made the filling portion? No where near thick enough. Just look!

nom nom nom


If I made this again, I would make it in a pie tin. Or hell, just be lazy and buy the pre-made Oreo crust. But, don't let those small things stop you from making this pie. It's seriously delicious. Chunks of Reese's surrounded by peanutbuttery goodness and line with a layer of Oreos? Yes, please.

Tomorrow, I may try a few crafts.

24 September 2011

Thief!

 I have nothing to say, but I'm saying this.
(stolen from my friend over at Heart Shaped Leaves.)
Age: Quarter of a Century
Bed size: Queen!
Chore that you hate: Mopping.
Dogs: Not at the moment. I had two growing up, and planning to get one later in the future.
Essential start to your day: Putting on my glasses, taking my Synthyroid, then staring at the computer until I'm coherent.
Favorite color: Today, I'm all about some red. Tomorrow...could be blue?
Gold or Silver: It used to be silver, but now I'm down with gold, too.
Height: 65"
Instruments you play: Flute, piano, and I'm learning my ukulele and banjo.
Job title: Domestic Engineer
Kids: None yet.
Lived: Georgia, Kentucky and Texas
Motor vehicle: Honda Fit!
Nicknames: Ber, Amberghini, hey you
Overnight hospital stays: None that I can recall.
Pet peeves: bad drivers, ignorance, and people poking me
Quote from a movie:
"It's 106 miles to Chicago. We've got a full tank of gas, half a pack of cigarettes, it's dark and we're wearing sunglasses." "Hit it."

Right or left handed: Ambidextrous.
Siblings: Older brother
Underwear: Why yes, I do wear them.
Vegetable you hate: Cabbage
What makes you run late: Oversleeping
X-Rays you’ve had: Teeth, back, hips, guts, ankle, hand, wrist, and I think that's it?
Yummy food that you make: EVERYTHING.
Zoo animal: Flamingos. 

23 September 2011

Finally!

I can finally show you two out of three secret projects I've finished! Well, the third one's not finished, but still.

Object in Question #1:

A scarf for my mother. I'm stash busting (can you believe it's true?) and I bought some Berroco Touché in a peachy salmon color (7927) back when my favorite LYS in Georgia was having it's retirement sell. When I saw that color, I knew it would alternate perfectly between the two colors of coats that my mother has. So I snatched up enough, and merrily went about my way.
I had the yarn for about a year and a half before I knew what I wanted to do with it. I would KNIT IT. With my new found skillz, I used the Lime Scarf pattern I found on Ravelry, and knitted my heart out for my second finished knitted item. I LOVE the way it turned out. I was so proud, and the yarn, it's 50% rayon and 50% cotton, feels amazingly soft and drapes beautifully. If you're not a yarn snob, by all means, you need to try some. I will be buying more in the future.
But, I finished this scarf the first week of September, and finally sent it out to my mother who received it sometime this week. I highly recommend this pattern, and I highly recommend this yarn.

Object in Question #2:

Color Swap partner's handmade: A mini Dia de los Muertos skull! (aka Day of the Dead)

My favorite swap on Ravelry, the Color Swap, is an amazing swap. It's a secret swap, and you either request from your partner a color, theme or both! I find it more fun to do both. My partner requested her colors to be dark red, black and white. Now, that's something I can do. She also mentioned that she's a sewer and loves dia de los muertos things. I live in El Paso, how hard can this be? As I'm typing this, I'm sitting here regretting every moment that I forgot to take a picture of what I mailed her. I got her some spectacular custom dyed yarn from Dyeabolical Yarns, and then scowered her wish list for that one perfect item, and then get smaller things from there. So, I went skipping about El Paso for Dia de los Muertos stuff. And it was quite an adventure, interestingly enough, I couldn't find much that wasn't way out of my price range. But, I did end up getting her some fantastic finds. And then, I had to decide on a handmade. I normally sew something, but my sewing machine wasn't working properly until now. I couldn't knit very well yet, so crochet it was. And crocheting is really starting to bother my wrist, so I did something small. I made a Yorick! and then embroidered on him. My first time, too.  Great experience.

22 September 2011

Serger curtains!

Okay, so I lied. I didn't work on my red velvet jacket yesterday. I didn't want to break my sewing machine right after I got it fixed, so I decided to make something simple: curtains! I finally made my kitchen curtains, and it only took an hour! YES.

You can click on it to make it bigger.
Okay, so they need ironing, but there they are! PERFECT. And how did I do it, you may be asking yourself?

Well first off, I bought a yard (42" x 36") of this fabric from Spoonflower.com. Then, I just cut it straight in half and hoped for the best.  After that, I took my handy dandy serger and serged all around the edges, because I'm lazy like that and I hate hemming.
Because I was using a tension rod, and wanted the little frilly bit at the top, I measured about two inches and folded it over.

And then I sewed right along the serged edge there.

After that, I stuck the tension rod back in there, and measured a pocket for it.


Marked a line from end to end, and sewed my pocket. And then I folded a half inch on the bottom to make a pretty end, which I forgot to take pictures of, and voila! Simple, cute, instant curtains.

I love them, the husband approves of them, and that's all that matters. :)

21 September 2011

It's about time!

So, yesterday P'cess realized (probably after seeing the boots) that she knew what my costume was, because we stalk each other on Pinterest. And then Andrea was confused, but she guessed right. And Rosey had the best wrong answer ever.

I'm going to be a Circus Ringmaster! *waits for the collective Ohhhs* Get it now? The patriotic picture was the pattern of the jacket I was going to be creating, the red fabric was the color of the jacket, and me in the hat, well, I was going to wear that hat. And yesterday's, the rings - three ring circus, Ronald McDonald - least scary clown I could find, and then the boots, well, I was going to be wearing them! HUZZAH.

I started cutting out my pieces yesterday, which I forgot with a cat is always a battle for me.

i can halp?
So, after pushing Winnie out of the way multiple times and moving Scout from attacking the pattern pieces, I finally managed to get them all cut out. Took an hour to cut four different pieces. Thanks, cats. BUT on a better note, I FINALLY got my sewing machine to work. It's a Singer Futura II, which means it's from the 1970s. My aunt gave it to me one Christmas, and I finally was able to find a manual and get it to work! AND IT DOES. Though, I need to adjust stitch length. MOVING ON. I'm planning to attempt to make my jacket today. Hopefully, I'll be able to report later this week wheather or not it's awesome.

Note to self: velvet sheds something awful.

20 September 2011

*sad trombone*

I can't believe no one guess properly yesterday! I suppose I threw you off with that first picture. That's actually a sewing pattern, I'll be using one of the pieces from it. Though, I have to say "Sexy Abe Lincoln" is a pretty funny thought.

I'll give you more clues:





And!




Yes, I am getting those boots for this costume. The last entry was all about what I'm wearing, this one, not so much.

GO GO GO.

18 September 2011

It's that time of the year...

...where I get overly excited about Halloween costumes. Didn't you know one of my passions is costume making? Well, you do now. And I know what I'm going to be this year! I've tossed around a few ideas in my head. For a while, an AAGPBL Player (aka "A League of Their Own") uniform was numero uno. I was so gonna do it. Then, I was going to be a saloon girl. Then a fairy. Then a ballerina. Then Mary Poppins. Then just some fancy Victorian lady. And THEN I started rummaging through my Chest o' Fabric. AND IT DAWNED ON ME. I know what I'm going to be! I have 80% of everything, all I'd have to do is find some sparkly tights, boots, and probably some thread. Curious as to what I'm going to be? Here's some hints:

And and and


Oh and:

Circa 2005

Confused yet? Or has someone out there got it?

16 September 2011

Cowboy Beans!

Like I said in a previous post, I was going to make Penzey's Forward! Cowboy beans. And I did!


Okay, so it's not the prettiest picture ever, but whatever. There they are! I used Bush's Original Baked Beans. I love the way they taste. But, Brian said it was too sweet. Well, okay. So, I send him with a container of it to his unit. 8 out of 10 guys thought they were too sweet while two guys thought they were perfect and one asked for more! So, next time, I'll use a more BBQ flavored type of baked bean. Or perhaps not a flavored one at all?

And just for good measure, the kitties kinda getting along:


In this picture, Winnie (the grey tabby) is growling at Scout (the orange tabby) and right after the shutter snaps, Scout attacks. Yeah. One day we'll have kitty harmony.

13 September 2011

Spicy!

I ordered some spices about a week ago, and they came in today! YAY!

Yeah, that's not suspicious at all.
And I'm THRILLED. Mainly,  because yesterday, I got in the mail the new Penzey's magazine and on the front cover was a big ass pot of deliciousness. You can kinda see it here in the picture with my NEW SPICES:

Okay, not really, but the recipe is called Forward! Cowboy Beans (which apparently isn't on the website. Hm.) But it looks delicious. It's got beef, bacon, corn chunks, and...beans. I was thinking about making it for a Troop BBQ we have next week, but I'm not sure how it'll taste. So, I'll make half a pot and see how it comes out.

So, my spices! You can't really see them, I now realize, but I indulged in:

-mulling spices
-minced garlic
-Arizona Dreaming
-Forward!
-Cinnamon
-Italian seasoning
-and it came with a free sample of Tuscan Sunset. Yum. Thanks Penzey's!


So, basically, I just wanted to brag about my delicious spices, and hopefully, I'll be able to give you a written report on the Cowboy Beans.

10 September 2011

Kitten-face.

Well, we done done it now. Yesterday, my husband and I went to the shelter to see when the original kitten we picked out would be ready. We spent about 30 minutes there, talking to the girl, and watching Brian being attacked by various cats and kittens. Hilarious. So, the girl told us that we wouldn't be able to get little Phobe for quite a while, but that there were orange tabby females at Petsmart. Brian about wet his pants to get there. So, we removed the kittens we were trying to steal from our pockets, and headed to Petsmart. And there she was. Beautiful little Trinity....Trinity? This is not the Matrix! So, we gathered our supplies for the kitten (food, more litter, dish, collar) adopted our kitten, and went merrily on our way. This cat, did not meow or whine ONCE on the way home. I was so impressed, our other cat, Winnie, would have done had a conniption by then.
So, we decided to change little Trinity to Scout. Little Scout. Scout was born in the shelter, and so small places has been all she's known. And so now, she's living up to her name. No place has been unexplored.

Winnie keeps a watchful eye from above the fridge. She'll get used to her soon.

Nom.

06 September 2011

LOOK AT IT omg. LOOK AT IT.

YOU GUYS. LOL OMG YOU GUYS. I finished my peachy teaser post I posted a while back (all will be revealed soon), and now, now I'm starting on something for ME. The Saroyan Scarf! It's a little challenging for me, but I like a good challenge.

I have this so far:


I am so proud of myself, you can't really tell it, but to the left there, that's supposed to be a LEAF. Oh yes. My first leaf. *sniffles* Perhaps when I have made more leaves, you'll be able to tell.

And if you look closely, you can see my gangsta stitch markers. Twistie Ties. I have stitch markers some where, but I tore my room apart, and I still can't find them. I have to say, they work very nicely.

ALSO, I just realized I have 22 followers now! Helloooooo everybody! :D

04 September 2011

Holy Crap.

You guys. You know that voice inside of your head that tells you not to do things and stuff like "I told you so?" Yeah. Mine is my mother. Before you start laughing, and think I'm crazy, let me explain.
Hey! You don't belong in there!


Still have more to go.
My craft room is FINALLY finished being painted. Well, besides the ceiling, and that's my husband's job, and who knows when the hell he'll get to it with his busy schedule. ANYWHO. I'm starting to unpack and organize things. I decided to tackle my cedar chest first, which is where all my fabric is stored. I start with the fabric I have in one of those blue IKEA bags. Only took up like  ¼ of my cedar chest. And then I start on my 22 gallon tote. Holy crap. I'd forgotten I had half the fabric that I was finding! I have stuff that ranges from cupcakes, to brocade, to outdoor canvas, to white pleather to fabric from the 60s, 70s, and 80s! Then, I found two bolts of fabric, some upholstery stuff, and then Mom sent me some fabric I forgot that's at least 70 yards. And I still have another roll back in Georgia. And then I found zippers, buttons, grommets, doorknobs, at least 50 patterns, etc. I could go on forever. And then...then that voice came from the depths of my head, "Don't go shopping until you've searched through what you have." YES MOTHER. I now understand what she meant. As I'm fondling some of the fabric I haven't seen in years, patterns I meant to make, a surge of creativity washed over me. Now...if only my sewing machine worked...

03 September 2011

It's pronouced "Lah-zag-nuh."

A day after...
I have been dying for some lasagna for a couple of weeks. I was going to make some last week, but some back trouble prevented it. So, I was determined yesterday, to make some before anymore chaos could break loose. I searched the internet and I found this one: World's Best Lasagna. (I love this website, can't you tell?) It's rated 5 stars with 5700+ votes. I figured, why the hell not? It takes three hours to cook, and those three hours are worth it!

I did a few things differently, just because I couldn't find things/wasn't thinking. What did I do? Well, for one, I couldn't find any sweet Italian sausage, so I just used mild Italian sausage instead. I also was being lazy and used the dried parsley I had instead of fresh chopped parsley. And I forgot to buy shredded Parmesan, so I just used the stuff that's normally reserved for spaghetti. Over all, it still turned out delicious and husband approved.
Layers of CHEESE and MEAT.

I would totally make this again, even though it took three hours to cook. Though, I had one problem with it. It says it serves 12, but when I started layering it in the pan I had a whole lasagnas worth of meat and sauce left. Maybe I didn't have a deep enough dish and it was all supposed to go in there? Because, mine was over flowing already. Either way, it still was delicious. I'm actually thinking about freezing it for a later lasagna. Save me some time for next time.