I love Skinnytaste and Baked Chicken with Dijon and Lime

24 Apr

The weather here in the eastern part of the U.S. is ca-ray-zy!  One day it’s sunny and 75 degrees and the next day it’s snowing!  What in the heck is going on?  I never know if I should plan for warm, comforting foods for dinner or plan something for the grill.  Either way, I still have to cook.  Poo.  Can I have next week off, please?

Since there is no way to figure this out, I have to go with things that work in any type of weather.  One of those things is good ole baked chicken.  Except, it’s usually so boring.  I mean, you could season it a little to help it along.  Or you could do what I do and that’s scour the internet for recipes.  Ones that are easy, don’t have obscure ingredients in them that no one’s heard of, and actually taste good.

Which brings me to my favorite website, Skinnytaste.  The woman is a genius.  Literally.  If a woman can come up with recipes for those of us that aren’t naturally inclined in the kitchen to be able to make with ease, then she’s brilliant in my book.

And to top it off, they are ALL waist conscious recipes.  If you’re into Weight Watchers, which I do happen to be, then you’ll love her even more.  She posts all of the nutritional information along with the points values.  I just love it because I can actually cook meals that don’t make me gain a million pounds and my family would never guess they are eating my “diet” food.

Here’s what I made last night:

      Baked Chicken with Dijon and Lime.  Yum.

You can find her recipe here.

But since I’m a girl that totally needs pictures to guide me through each step, I figured that there may be a few of you out there that need the same.

Baked Chicken with Dijon and Lime:

  • 8 small chicken thighs, skin removed
  • 3 tbsp Dijon mustard
  • 1 tbsp light mayonnaise
  • 1 clove garlic, crushed
  • 1 lime, squeezed, and lime zest
  • 3/4 tsp pepper
  • salt
  • dried parsley

First get your ingredients together and preheat your oven to 400 degrees.  Then wash your chicken thoroughly, place it in a bowl and season with salt.

Next, get a smaller bowl and mix the mustard, mayo, garlic, lime and pepper together.

Oops!  I forgot a picture of me putting in the garlic but I think you can handle it!

Last, pour the ingredients on top of the chicken in the larger bowl and get your hands in there and mix it up!  Place it in a dish that has been sprayed with cooking spray to prevent sticking. Topped with dried parsley. 

Cook for approximately 30-35 minutes.  Gina says to put it under the broiler to brown it up but I’m too impatient for that part so I usually stop there. 

Yummo!

My family requests this often.  Along with everything I’ve ever cooked from Skinnytaste.  I tell everyone I know about the site.  Everyone.  And now you know too!  Thank you, Gina, for making my life easy.

Happy Eating!!  (Because when is it not?)

K. ❤

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I’ve been a busy little bee!

23 Apr

I’ve been buzzing around my house all weekend working on many projects for y’all! (Yes, I’m a Texas girl ;)) First thing I HAD to do was clean up my craft room. It was a mess! Every time I turned around, I was tripping over cords, boxes filled with supplies, a Pilates machine (that cost me an arm and a leg yet I never seem to stretch those body parts on it) and just basic crap all over.

Don’t get me wrong. I love having so much room to work. In our last house, I just took over an extra bedroom. But here, I get to have to whole finished basement all to myself! Pretty lucky! However, when we moved to our new house in Pennsylvania a few months ago, everything got put back in the wrong place by the movers.

So I’ve basically been rummaging through bins, boxes and bags to find what I need. Throwing one thing out-of-the-way to make room for the next project. It’s driving me bonkers!

And since I’ll be opening a Etsy shop soon, I realized my antique desk a retired professor for Colorado School of the Mines gave me just isn’t BIG enough! Give me room baby!

Ready to see the after?

Me too! But this will take about a week to complete.

I’ve got my eye on a new work table, some bins, and some shelving so I hope to share those with you soon!

Come back soon to see a glorious (to me anyway) transformation!

I’d love to see your workspaces so please

be sure to comment and share!!

21 Apr

I love this idea for homemade stamps from erasers. WhollyKao did an awesome job of explaining the how-to so I’ll just leave it to her! Have you ever tried something like this? Are you into paper crafts? I’m definitely going to give it a try.

whollykao

Howdy! I told you this tutorial was going to be about making stamps out of pencil erasers…right?

Well, let’s cut to the chase. I saw this tutorial on Creature Comforts a while ago, and thought it was a fantastic idea. It’s an easy and cost effective way to spruce up cards and packaging. I tried it over the weekend and had a lot of fun using the stamps to make little cards.

Did I mention that this is a great way to use old no.2 pencils you have lying around? Yup, even if the eraser is dried out and leaves streaks on your paper when you try to erase. The only caveat is that the erasers need to be new (never used), so that you can have a flat stamping surface.

To make your stamps, you will need:
-no.2 pencils with new/unused erasers
-X-acto knife
-ballpoint pen
-stamp pads
-paper…

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Shabby Chiffon Couture Headband Tutorial

21 Apr

Did you get a chance to see the stunning hairband I put together the other day?

It was totally EASY to make!

Don’t believe me?  Okay.  It did take about 30 minutes from start to finish but once you’ve made one of these beauties, you’ll be making them in 1/2 the time! AND, the steps were simple.

First, get your supplies together.  You’ll need:

  • a glue gun.   I use one that has high and low temp and a very fine nozzle so that I can put the glue in the exact place I need.  It also allows me to as little or as much as I need too.  Which comes in handy when you need to do a tiny touch-up. Of course, I get my project right the first time so touch-ups aren’t needed! 🙂
  • a strip of fabric in your choice of color.  For this project, I used 36″ for the larger rose and 18′ for the smaller one.
  • felt for the back of the flowers.  It can be purchased from any craft store.  Make sure to get the softer sheets instead of the stiffer ones.  You’ll want this to match the color of your fabric like the small circles in the photo.  I used black today only for demonstration purposes as it’s easier for you to see.  I’m sweet like that!
  • Chiffon flowers in different sizes.  I got mine from here.
  • Scissors
  • Fold over elastic headband.  I got these from here.
  • Patience!

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Now that you’ve gotten your supplies together, let’s get down to business.

Fold your 2 1/2 to 3″ wide fabric into thirds.  You’ll want do this because most fabrics are one-sided and when you “turn” the rose it will continue to show the right side of the fabric.

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Once folded into thirds, take the end of the fabric and create a pointed tip by folding both the bottom and top into each other.

This will create a bud-like center.  Roll this center 3-4 times.  It’s a good idea to put a dab of glue here to help hold it in place.

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Now take the next section of the fabric from the bottom with your thumb and forefinger and fold towards you.  Do this 2 times.

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After each 2nd turn, put a small amount of glue being careful to “tuck” it in a spot that won’t be visible.

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Keep turning, folding and glueing until you have a small tail of fabric at the end.  Flip the flower over and glue the tail to the underneath of the flower.  No one will see this because it will be covered in felt.

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Lay it down in a pattern that you like.  This is when you’ll add the chiffon flowers or flowers of your choice.  REMEMBER not to glue at this point until you are completely satisfied with how it looks.  Now that you LOVE it, glue it down onto your felt piece.  I overlapped my flowers slightly on top of each other to create some depth.

Back cut the felt so that it’s not visible when being worn.

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At this time you can add a larger clip but I prefer a headband since it is a larger, heavier piece.  Be sure to look at it from the front to determine how you want it to lay on the band before gluing.  Add another piece of felt to cover the band.

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Ta-dah! and Oh! La’ La’!!

Have you ever made embellished headbands?  I’d love to see what you’ve done so leave a comment and link us back to your creation.

Enjoy~

K.

Oh La’ La’ ~ Couture Headbands

19 Apr

Remember when I showed you these?

Well, I promised that if you came back that I’d show you what I had created

with these shabby chic little pretties.

So today, I sat down and made a few things to whet your appetite for the coming tutorial on how to make these

lovely hairbands, headbands. clips, hair accessories,

whatever you choose to call them.

Isn’t it gorgeous?

With the vintage fabric hand-rolled flowers

and those delicate, shabby chic flowers placed so perfectly together.

I just love it!  It would be so beautiful on a baby, in a bride’s hair,

or for a vintage inspired accessory.

It’s permanently affixed to a super-soft headband hand-made from fold over elastic

so it will never leave a mark!!  Gotta love that!

One more look~

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 She has a little friend!  Isn’t she cute??

Tell me what you think.  Do you like this couture look?

I know I do!  Oh la’ la’!!

What type of hair accessory is your favorite for you or your little one?

Semi-Homemade Teacher Appreciation Gifts

18 Apr

So a couple of days ago, my daughter brought home a letter from the room mother of her class.

It was a week-long list of what they would like for the parents and students to do to show our 2 co-teachers a little appreciation for all the hard work they do.

Believe me, teacher‘s do really appreciate being recognized.  I know, I’ve been an elementary teacher for years and when a sweet face comes in with a flower, some candy or even just a card, it makes us feel…well, fuzzy and warm inside.

So when I got this letter, I knew I had to put together a post about all the great ideas I’ve come across.

Simply click on the links below to go right to these genius ladies who thought them up!

1. You’re a Lifesaver 

2.  Many Thanks!

3.  Hugs

4.  Smartie 

5.  Bloom

6.  A Drink and a Treat

7.  Teacher Treats

8.  Popular Teacher

Now go make a teacher feel awesome!

I <3 Chiffon Flowers

17 Apr

Just LOOK at these gorgeous little chiffon flowers I just received in the mail!!  I got them from here.

 I’ve been anxiously awaiting these for the last week. I can’t wait to get started on a few hair accessories I’ve been creating in my mind.

Come back soon to see what I come up with! There may even be a tutorial to follow!

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