Thursday, March 23, 2017

Gluten Free Chicken and Rice



One of my favorite meals growing up was my mom's Chicken and Rice. It is an easy, fast meal and my mom made it often. I always feel a little nostalgic every time I eat it. When I went gluten free, it was one of the recipes I was sad to lose but after messing with the ingredients and amounts for more than a year, I have finally made a delicious gluten free version that tastes just like the way my mama made it.



Cream of Chicken Soup Substitute: 

  • 1 cup Cold Milk
  • 2 Tbsp Cornstarch
  • 1 1/2 Tbsp Butter
  • 1 tsp Chicken Bouillon
  • 1/2 tsp Salt


Ina pan blend the  milk and cornstarch and cornstarch together. Stir in butter, bouillon, and salt. Heat to boiling then turn down to a simmer. Simmer for a couple of minutes to help thicken the soup. 


Gluten Free Chicken and Rice

  • Cream of chicken soup substitute 
  • 3 cups water
  • 2 1/2 cups instant rice 
  • 2 boneless, skinless chicken breast
  • 1 green pepper, diced 
  • 1 Tablespoon dried onion
  • 1/2 stick of butter, melted
  • 1 teaspoon of salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon paprika


Mix together the cream chicken soup, water, bell pepper and rice in a casserole dish that fits in your microwave. Add the two chicken breast to the top of the mixture. Pour the melted butter on top of the chicken and season the chicken with the salt and paprika,

Microwave for 30 minutes every 15 minutes turn dish unless your microwave is a turning one. Pull the chicken out of the dish and dice up. Stir the chicken back up and serve topped with a little paprika.

A simple, easy dish. Perfect for any weeknight!

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Thursday, March 16, 2017

DIY Dresser and Toy Storage Stickers with Cricut

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Cricut. The opinions and text are all mine.

It's true, I love to make fun crafts with my Cricut but I have loved creating amazing useful things too. I have been so surprised how easy it has been to organize all aspects of my life with my Cricut. Today I am going to show you how I used my Cricut to help my toddler be able to put her own things away. These dresser and toy storage stickers are game changers!

To make this stickers, head over to the Explore site and select the great big blue, Create a New Project button. Hit the insert images button on the left hand side and then type different pieces of apparel in the search box. I ended up searching for a shirt, pants, underwear, headbands and jammies but you can search for whatever you need to label your drawers. You can find the ones I used here.


I wanted these images to be extremely simple so it would be easy for my toddler to understand them. I simplified all of the images in Design Space by turning off layers. You can turn off a layer in Design Space by clicking on the eye in the layers section on the far right side of the screen. Simply click the eye on what you don't want to cut and it will take it off your screen without completely deleting it. Measure the open space on the dresser you want to use the stickers on and resize the images to fit. My images are a little less than 3 inches tall.


Make your images all the same colors and your Cricut will know that you plan on cutting them out of the same color vinyl and place them all on one cutting mat to be cut at the same time.


Set your Cricut to vinyl and cut out your images.



Weed off the excess vinyl leaving just the clothes behind. These images are so simple you can get away with peeling them off and putting them on the dresser without transfer tape.


After your vinyl has been added you are ready to let your toddler help put away their own clothes, or at least be able to grab a pair of pajamas when it is time for bed.


Making these dresser stickers gave me the idea to add photo labels to our toy storage too. I want my toddler to learn from a young age to help put up and put away her own toys and this was the perfect way to do it!


To make this stickers, head over to the Explore site and select the great big blue, Create a New Project button. Hit the insert images button on the left hand side and then type kinds of toys in the search box. If a type of toy isn't available figure out photo would describe that toy well. For our bin of cars I found a car, for our doctor kit, a stethoscope for the Littlest Petshop toys, a paw print. Miniature food toys are represented by an apple, the magnets a red horseshoe and Mr. Potato Head by a mustache. Thing of simple things your toddler can recognize and associate with their toys and search for those things. You can find the things I searched for here.


I simplified these images just like I did the dresser images to only need one color of vinyl. I found bins for each category of toy and separated them out.


I cut the labels from all different colors of vinyl depending on the image and then weeded off the excess, leaving just the image.


Most of the images are so simple, you can get away with not using transfer tape.


Add the images to the side of each box so it can be seen when the boxes are stacked on top of each other.


Add the boxes to the closet for easy and cute organization.


When most people think about buying a Cricut, their minds immediately jump to the craftier side of things, but the Cricut can be used for so many things. You can make DIY dresser or toy stickers like I showed you. You can use them to cut out chalkboard labels for your pantry and labels for your medicine cabinet. You can use it to make your own planner stickers and upcycle jars for storage. While there are about a million different ways to get crafty with the Cricut there are also a million different ways to get organized with a Cricut. Just another way to use it!

What would you organize with a Cricut?
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Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Peanut Butter Cheesecake Tarts

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser, MARS Incorporated. All opinions are mine alone. #SweeterEaster  #CollectiveBias


Easter is just around the corner, bringing with it all things bright and spring. I am so excited to pull the Easter decorations out and have fresh flowers in the house again. One of our favorite things to make every spring are these easy and delicious cheesecake tarts. They are just about the easiest cheesecakes you will ever make with just a hint of peanut butter. Finish them off with a DOVE® Peanut Butter Egg for the perfect combination of peanut butter, cheesecake and chocolate.

You will need:

  • 2 8-oz packages of cream cheese (softened)
  • 2 eggs
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla
  • 1 vanilla wafer for each cheesecake 
  • 1 tablespoon peanut butter
  • cupcake wrappers
  • DOVE® Peanut Butter Egg for each cheesecake

Mix together the cream cheese, sugar, vanilla and eggs together until very smooth. Add a wafer to the bottom of each muffin tin with the flat side of the wafer down.


Spoon the filling over the wafers until each cupcake wrapper is two thirds full of filling. This should take just about all of the filling you made.


Bake the tarts at 350 degrees for 15-20 minutes. It usually takes my oven on the longer side for these to be completely set. Wait for the cheesecakes to cool completely and then top with a DOVE® Peanut Butter Egg for that extra pop of peanut butter. I like to drizzle caramel over the top of the egg and the cheesecake but it isn't necessary.

To get these DOVE® Peanut Butter Eggs head to Walmart, the go to destination for all of your Easter needs. They are brand new this year and can be found in the seasonal candy aisle.


These cheesecake tarts would also be delicious topped with other varieties of candy including M&M’S® White Chocolate and Starburst® Jelly Beans Strawberry (new and exclusive at Walmart)


It is the perfect time to make these delicious treats with an Ibotta offer. Earn up to $3.00 with the rebate. 

How are you going to enjoy your DOVE® Peanut Butter Egg?
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Monday, March 13, 2017

How to Make Cascarones (Confetti Eggs)


We were introduced to Cascarones the first Easter we lived on the Mexican border. When a friend bought over an entire flat of eggs for the kids to play with, I couldn't quite figure out what they were for. We always dyed eggs for Easter but these were already dyed. When she showed my daughter how to smash her first confetti egg, I have never seen a kid so happy. Who doesn't want to smash confetti on someone's head? 

In South Texas, you could buy Cascarones every where. When we moved back to Utah, not willing to give up our favorite tradition, I learned to make them myself. If I had known they were this easy I would have made them myself all along! 


You will need: 
  • eggs
  • a skewer 
  • food coloring
  • vinegar 
  • confetti 
  • tissue paper
  • white glue 


To empty your eggs, gently hit the bottom of the egg on a hard surface. You want the egg to just barely crack. Take your skewer and slide it into the egg through the crack, widening the crack as you go to leave a hole in the bottom. Dump the contents into a bowl. Rinse the egg really well and set aside to dry. Repeat for the entire carton. 



Once you have all of your eggs cleaned out and washed, you are ready to dye them. Fill each cup with a half a cup of water, 1 tablespoon of vinegar and 20 drops of food coloring. This will ensure a deep and vibrant color on the eggs. Hollow eggs are a little tricky to dye since they don't sink. When you put your egg in the dye make sure the entire egg is filled with the dye and then it will stay down in the water. Leave the eggs in the dye for about 2 minutes each and then set them to dry.


Once the eggs are completely dry you are ready to fill them with confetti. You can buy bags of confetti on Amazon, or you can make your own. For circle confetti use a three hole punch and colorful paper. For faster DIY confetti use a cross cut paper shredder and colorful paper. Fill each egg full of paper. You can use a funnel, but I just use my hands and it works great.


Cut small squares of tissue paper the same color as your egg. You want the squares just big enough to cover the hole in the egg. Put a line of glue around the opening in the egg, then put the tissue paper over the glue and press down. I find cupping the egg in my hand, tissue paper down helps secure it the best. Let the glue dry and then you are ready for a party! 


Take the kids outside and let them take turns cracking the eggs on each other's heads. I promise you it will soon become one of their favorite Easter traditions. Our kids could take or leave the egg hunt, but Cascarones are a must! 



What fun Easter Traditions do you have?

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