Monday, March 31, 2014

Easy Slow Cooker Teriyaki Chicken

Housewife Eclectic: Easy Slow Cooker Teriyaki Chicken

This recipe has been one of my mom's go-to favorites ever since my childhood. It is easy to pull together, needs minimal ingredients and is always a crowd pleaser. One of the things I love about this recipe is that you can make it in the slow cooker, or on the stove top. I prefer the slow cooker because it is so easy to throw together, but I love that if I forget to get it going in the morning, dinner isn't ruined.

You will need:

  • Chicken Thighs 3-4 pounds, with skin and fat removed
  • 1/2 c. soy sauce
  • 1/2 c. brown sugar
  • 1 c. water
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder

Place the chicken in your slow cooker. Mix the sauce ingredients together and then cover the chicken with the sauce. Cook on low for about 6 hours. Pull the chicken out and cut off the bones, add back to the mixture for another hour of cooking.

If you need to cook the chicken on the stove top. Follow the same instruction, but instead of the slow cooker add to a deep pot and bring to a boil. After the boil turn down to a simmer for 30-40 minutes.

This recipe is perfect paired with a generous bed of rice. Do you have favorite meals from your childhood?
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Sunday, March 30, 2014

"Wear Clothes That Make You Feel Happy" Peter Som's DesigNation Collection For Kohl's

“I participated in a campaign for Mom Central Consulting on behalf of Kohl’s. I received a gift card as a thank you for participating”
Kohl's has always been my one stop clothing shop for my entire family. I love their darling and durable children's clothes and my husband willingly wears clothes from their men's department, which says a lot. I can also buy cute, fashion forward clothes for myself. All at the same store. This season I am looking to Kohl's and their new partnership for a new, fun look that I can carry from spring into colorful summer wear. 

This spring Kohl's has partnered with Renowned American Fashion Designer, Peter Som, to bring the beautiful and airy Peter Som's DesigNation Collection to Kohl's. This collection, inspired by the beachy feel of St. Barths included bold colors in feminine dresses and gorgeous separates. The perfect looks to dress up for night or down for the beach. 

Right now, you can RSVP to the Kohl's Peter Som Watch & Shop Google Hangout on April 4th at 12:00 PM ET, for the chance to be one of the firsts to see and shop the full collection right from the hangout. Peter Som will be online to talk about his collection and show off the pieces. I absolutely can't wait to get my hands on some of these new pieces. I am in love with the color combinations. Who will be joining be at the Google Hangout? 
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Thursday, March 27, 2014

Cheesecake and Orange Cake- You're Invited Link-Up

Wow! Can you believe it’s already been six whole weeks since we started the You’re Invited link party? We’ve seen so many amazing projects and recipes linked up! I love that the link up is slowly growing and seeing so many new faces joining in on the fun! It’s Jesseca’s turn to take the wheel and feature some of her favorites form the last party!
You're invited header 2 Hey everyone! Glad to be back in charge and excited to share a few posts that I’ve been working on this week! The focus has been more on the sweet side, but I did manage to throw in one savory recipe! Make sure you stop by my site and enter the fun Tillamook giveaway I have going on, but be quick! It ends April 2nd at midnight! On to the good stuff…
Narrowing down my favorites from last week was tough. Everyone linked up some amazing recipes and projects! These were my top three:
Time to link up! I can’t wait to see what you all have been working on this week. Make sure to invite your friends to link up too so we can share the love. You're Invited Invitation & Rules
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Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Coloring Book T-Shirts

Housewife Eclectic: Coloring Book T-Shirts
Whenever the grand kids all get together at my mom's house, one of their favorite things to do is make coloring book t-shirts. These t-shirts are perfect for just about any age that can trace a simple drawing. It keeps the younger kids occupied coloring and the older kids love the chance to have a personalized t-shirt that they made all by themselves. 

You will need:
  • a plain white shirt
  • coloring books
  • masking tape
  • a piece of cardboard or foam core
  • fabric markers

Housewife Eclectic: Coloring Book T-Shirts
 Pick a coloring book page that your child wants to duplicate. Tape the coloring page to the foam core or cardboard. Slide the cardboard inside the shirt and tape the shirt to the cardboard. This will keep the picture from sliding around while you trace it.

Trace the picture onto the shirt using a black fabric marker. After the picture is traced, coloring in the shirt just like you would any other coloring page. Make sure to use fabric markers so the picture will stay after many washing and wearings. I love the Sharpie fabric markers, you can find them here.
Housewife Eclectic: Coloring Book T-Shirts
After your child is done coloring the picture, remove the shirt from the cardboard and it is ready to wear. The kids love the shirts and I love that it is a completely electronic free afternoon! 
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Friday, March 21, 2014

How To Decorate a Mug So It Lasts

I have seen a ton of posts floating around Pinterest for Sharpie mugs and lots of frustrated posts by people who tried out the method and couldn't make it work. While it can work if you use the Oil-Based Sharpies, I have found the best method is to use porcelain paint pens. These pens are easily set by baking your decorated items in your home oven and last over being washed many times.  

You will need: 
  • Pebeo Porcelain Paint Pens, you can find some here
  • Stickers or other decorations to dot around
  • An Oven
For this decoration, I took a set of stickers and placed them on the cup, giving a surface to dot around. After I finished the decoration, I simply peeled the the stickers off the cup and finished the design. After you finish your design, in order to make it resistant to the dishwasher first air dry your design for 24 hours. After 24 hours is up, bake your design in an 150 degree oven for about 35 minutes. 

There are quite a few different brands of paint pens, I just personally prefer Pebeo because I have used it with good success in the past, and no, this isn't sponsored, just my opinion. If you use another brand of paint pen, just make sure you read the baking instructions for those individual pens. 

I used this method for the first time almost four years ago, and the mugs are still holding strong. What would you write on a mug?

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Thursday, March 20, 2014

Chocolate Dipped Marshmallows and Spring Banners- You're Invited Link Up

These link parties are quickly becoming one of my favorite things! I LOVE seeing what you are all working on and we are so thankful to each of you that takes the time to link up projects every week! We would love it if you would link up your projects this week as well, but first, we need to get to some features from last week. You're invited header 2 As you know, we each take a week to choose the features, and this week the features come from Jonie who blogs at Just Between Friends. Hey everyone! I am so excited to share some of my favorite projects with you as well as pick the features. I decided I needed something bright and fun to look at and thought you might like that too. My Easter sign is still something I LOVE, and my hello sign still hangs up in my house. Plus, the porch table is still on my porch. These are all projects that when I finished them I knew they would be something I could enjoy forever! They are just bright and fun! Click the links below the pictures to go to the tutorials for each project. featured projects
I had so much fun going through each of the links from last week! It was hard to narrow it down to just 4 favorites, but here they are. I think you'll see why I chose each one of them! They are all such fun spring projects. To find out more about each project, you can click the link below the picture. Link Party features
And now for the fun part! We want to see what YOU have been working on! Be sure to read through the rules before linking up, and then link up to your heart's content! The link party will be running for an entire week so come back and see what has been linked, and link up projects that you have been working on. You're Invited Invitation & Rules  
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Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Light Guacamole made with Greek Yogurt

There a few things that I love more than guacamole. I love it on my tacos or just with a package of tortilla chips. The one thing I don't love about guacamole is the calories. If I am not careful, I can eat an entire bowl of guacamole in one sitting. Three avocados is enough to kill anybody's calories for the day. When I am looking for a lighter, delicious option, I will make this Light Guacamole. It is easy to pull together, and made with Greek Yogurt, for added protein. 

You will need:
1 Large Avocado, mashed
1 Container Plain Greek Yogurt
The juice of one lime, to taste
1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. chili powder

Combine the avocado and Greek yogurt until smooth, you can do this by hand or in a food processor. I prefer to use my food processor so it is ultra creamy. Add the lime juice a little bit at a time, tasting as you go. I usually end up using 3/4 of the juice in the lime. Mix the lime juice in until smooth. Add the salt and chili powder. Mix again. 

Use anywhere you would use regular guacamole, for that great avocado taste without so many calories. 

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Thursday, March 13, 2014

Rainbows and Girl Scout Cookies- You're Invited Creative Link Up

Thanks to everyone that linked up their projects last week! It is so fun to see what everyone is working on. This weeks features are from Holly at Bits of Everything. You're-Invited   I love partying with these girls. Jessaca from One Sweet Appetite, Jonie from Just Between Friends, and Debra from Housewife Eclectic. They all have such great ideas, be sure to go see what they've been up to. Here at Bits of Everything, I've been trying to keep up with all of the fun that comes with holidays. With St. Patrick's Day right around the corner, I have had a lot of fun with rainbows! My sister, Cali has also been busy teaching us all about Photography. She has already done two lessons for us with another one coming next week. One of my favorite posts is our Year in Review 81 Pictures Collage Template. Love it! I use it every year! Links below image. Bits-of-Everything
It's so hard to pick my favorites from the link party last week, but here are a few you won't want to miss. features St. Patrick's Day Coloring Cards by Do Small Thing With Love -- 40+ Girl Scout Cookie Recipes by Big Red Clifford -- Mint Chocolate Cookie Bars by All About the Mommies -- Peach Cobbler Smoothie by Dessert Now, Dinner Later Let's get a new party started. Have fun!

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

DIY Jeweled Choker for Girls Dancewear Costume

My 5-year-old is the master of dress-up. I am pretty sure she would never wear normal clothes if I didn't make her. I will take her out somewhere in perfectly normal clothes, only to discover she had a sparkly dress-up top on underneath her jacket. I love the creativity and fun that dress-ups bring and she loves the chance to show her personality through her clothes. When I found this Replica of a Traditional Flamenco Dress, from Costume Discounters, for less than $25, I knew she had to have it. the bold colors and fun ruffles just screamed her name. 

The costume came in the mail extremely quickly and fit perfectly. My daughter's favorite part was the rose headpiece that fit perfectly over her bun that came with the dress. To complete the costume, we whipped up a simple jeweled choker. It came together in less than five minutes and was the perfect addition to this fun costume, this choker would also be fabulous for a Cinderella costume. 
You will need:

  • 3/4 inch black sating ribbon 
  • E-6000 or similar glue
  • large rhinestone
  • Fray Check
  • Sticky Back Velcro Circles in black  
Measure the neck of the person who the choker is for, add an extra inch to allow for fastening and then cut that much black ribbon. In the case of my 5-year-old, her neck measured 10 inches, so I cut 11. Fray check both ends of the ribbon to prevent future fraying. Attach the sticky backed Velcro, so the ribbon makes a loop. Fold the ribbon in half to find the exact center, unfold and glue the rhinestone to the center. Allow the choker to dry completely before wearing.  

 This Flamenco Costume has awakened a new love of Flamenco dance in my little girl, we have sat for hours watching different dance videos on YouTube, while my daughter, all dressed up tries to imitate the grace and power of Flamenco. We have really enjoyed this costume, it has held up to lots of play and dancing and it hangs really well. I love that it has a tie in the back of the costume, to help it fit every child.
We have loved this dress so much for creative play, that I think our next purchase is going to be the Spanish Princess dress. Who doesn't love a dress that twirls when you dance? 
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Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Sweet and Easy Cornbread

There are few foods my husband loves more than bread. Corn bread, bread sticks, rolls, you name it. He loves it. The one thing I don't love about his bread obsession, is how much time homemade bread can add to a meal. This simple and easy cornbread recipe let's me add a bread element to dinner without adding time for rising or kneading and it has a sweet element that my 5-year-old loves. 

You will need:
  • 2 and 1/4 Cups flour
  • 1 and  1/8 Cups sugar
  • 1 and 1/2 Cups Cornmeal
  • 3 eggs
  • 2 and 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 2 and 1/4 Cups milk
  • 4 tsp. baking powder
  • 3/4 C. oil

Mix all of the dry ingredients together then add the wet ingredients. Add to a greased 9x13 pan and bake at 350 degrees for 30 to 40 minutes or until a toothpick comes out of the center clean.

What is your go to bread recipe?
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Monday, March 10, 2014

DIY Crate Shelf

Housewife Eclectic: DIY Crate Shelf
This is one of those projects I have had finished for years, but have never posted, mostly because I don't love the photos. My bathroom is a pretty shade of blue, and while I love the blue for everyday, taking a picture inside a small, poorly lit space that is painted all blue is never ideal for a photograph. Even though I don't love how the pictures turned out for this project, I love the project itself. 

This crate shelf, is really simple, just a stained crate hung using decorative L brackets, but it breaks up a long wall in our bathroom and gives us a pretty place to store hand towels and extra rolls of toilet paper. 

You will need:
  • A crate
  • stain, I love the gel stain
  • foam brush
  • painter's rag
  • L brackets
  • Hardware

Housewife Eclectic: DIY Crate Shelf
Give your crate a good sanding, so the surface is ready to accept the stain. You want to sand in the direction of the grain and with a fine grain of sandpaper. Then starting with the inside of the crate and work your way out. Using a foam brush, brush on a layer of stain. Wait about five minutes and then using the painter's rag, rub the stain into the wood.
Housewife Eclectic: DIY Crate Shelf
 Allow the first coat of stain to dry completely, if I have enough time, I will let the project dry over night. Repeat the staining process the next morning, apply a coat of stain and then rubbing in into the wood after it has sat for a few minutes. The photo below is the crate between the first and second coats of stain.
Housewife Eclectic: DIY Crate Shelf
After your crate is completely dry, attach L brackets to the bottom and then attach them to the wall. I went with a white more decorative bracket, but you could change up the entire look of the shelf, by going with an different bracket.
I love how simple this shelf is, the longest part is just waiting for the stain to dry, I want to paint some white to hang up in my daughter's room too!
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Thursday, March 6, 2014

Lemon Velvet Squares and Lime Jello Parfaits- You're Invited Link Party and Features

Thank you to everyone that participated last week. Each of us will take one week a month to feature some of our favorites from the party. This week's features are by Debra from Housewife Eclectic. Make sure you link up some projects and recipes of your own so you’ll be in the running for next weeks featured favorites.
You're invited header 2I love being able to host a party with some of my favorite people including  Jesseca from One Sweet Appetite,  Holly from Bits of Everything, and Jonie from Just Between Friends.

Things have been busy at Housewife Eclectic the last month or so. I have been creating for both St. Patrick's Day and our little one on the way, we also have some major Frozen fever in our house. We sing along to the soundtrack on a daily basis and my little girl couldn't wait to get her hands on a Frozen dress up, so we made this fun Anna cloak. Click the links below the photo to be taken to the instructions for any of the posts.

Last week had some incredible link-ups. These are just a few of my favorites. Don't you just absolutely love the Yellow Entertainment Center? I love the combination of colors in this Living Room Gallery Wall and the Lemon Velvet squares look completely delicious, as well as the Lime Jello Parfaits.

Now for the party! You're Invited Invitation & Rules

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Disney on Ice Rockin' Ever After

 Disney on Ice is one of our favorite Grandma outings of the year, and last night's Rockin' Ever After was absolutely no exception. Honestly, we have been to other Disney on Ice shows that featured some of the same princesses, so I was expecting some repeats, but there weren't any. Even though the shows featured the same princesses, they were completely different. I loved how this year's Disney on Ice really focused on the music and the special effects were amazing.
I wish I could have take a picture of my daughter's face during The Little Mermaid section, especially the aerial stunts when Ariel is swimming to the surface after getting her legs. The ice skater was so graceful in the air, that my daughter was completely open-mouthed the whole time. 
 Our little group at Disney on Ice this year, my mom and I with our Little Merida and a Little Anna.
 This picture from the Brave segment, is probably my favorite picture from the night. It captures Merida's personality so well. My daughter loved seeing Merida on ice for the first time and her favorite part of the night was the fireworks that accompanied any time Merida shot an arrow.

We look forward to Disney on Ice every year. It is a fabulous way to bring the Disney magic to your family without having to travel all the way to California or Florida. There is still time to check out Rockin' Ever After while it is still in Salt Lake City.

Tickets are currently on sale for all of the Salt Lake City shows, March 6-9th at the Energy Solutions Arena You can buy tickets online at Smithtix.comby phone at 800-888-TIXX, and at the EnergySolutions Arena Box Office. Ticket price levels are $20, $25, $40 (VIP) and $52 (Rinkside); Opening Night special discount prices available for only $12 each (not valid on premium seating; limit 6 tickets per order). Use the coupon code MOM at online checkout to receive a discount on tickets on the $20 and $25 tickets
For more information, visit or Disney on Ice on FacebookTwitter and YouTube

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Giveaway: Les Miserables at the Hale Centre Theater

Do you hear the people sing? Last year it seemed like everyone was talking about the new Les Misérables movie and while the movie was good, there is absolutely nothing like seeing Les Misérables live, the way it was meant to be seen. There is so much emotion and and drama in this play, that is hard to convey through a television screen. That is why I was absolutely thrilled when I saw that Les Misérables was on Hale Centre Theater's season line up. 

Hale Centre Theater, known as Utah's Premier Family Theater, is located in West Valley Utah and is one of our favorite places to go if we are looking for a night out. Last year, I saw a couple of plays with a few different friends and they were all fantastic. I keep trying to convince my husband that we need season tickets. 

I am really excited for the rest of the 2014 season, especially for Catch Me If You Can and Disney's Mary Poppins. The rest of the season looks like this.

  • Les Misérables 
  • Arsenic and Old Lace
  • Disney’s Mary Poppins
  • She Loves Me
  • Catch Me If You Can
Les Misérables is already showing to be extremely popular and is almost completely sold out, so order tickets soon if you plan on attending. 

I am thrilled to have tickets to the Monday, March 17th showing of Les Misérables and to offer you the chance to come see the show with me. Two lucky readers, will win a pair of tickets to the show. There will be a meet and greet portion that starts at 6 pm before the show and then the show will start at 7:30. 

This giveaway is only open to Utah residence to can attend the showing of Les Misérables on Monday, March 17, 2014 at 7:30pm. To enter, fill out the rafflecopter below. I can't wait to see you there. 

Do you want even more chances to win? You can enter another giveaway for tickets at Utah Sweet Savings. 
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