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Monday, November 29, 2010

Turkey Pie

I wanted to pass along a great change-up to use turkey day leftovers. This recipe is so easy and versatile.

To Begin, grease a pie plate and set the oven to 400 degrees. Arrange in the pie plate: 2 cups cut up turkey, 1 cup prepared stuffing in pieces, 1/4 cup thinly sliced green onions, 1/2 cup veggies(peas, corn, whatever is left over from your dinner), 1/2 teaspoon seasoned salt, and pepper to taste.

Beat 1 cup milk, 2 eggs, 1/2 cup Bisquick until smooth. Pour over everything in pie plate.

Bake until golden for 30-35 minutes.

Cool 5 minutes and serve with hot turkey gravy. Yum! It is a nice change from the usual turkey sandwiches. Have a happy Monday and take care. Nancy

Saturday, November 27, 2010

And So the Christmas Holiday Begins...

Hi everyone. I hope everybody's Thanksgiving was filled with family and fun. I want to start out by thanking Kari from Craftadoodle for sending me this adorable flag. She contacted me and let me know that she drew my name to win one of her creations and let me pick which one. Check out her blog to see what she has been up to. She keeps very busy by making all kinds of cute things. Thanks again Kari.

I have been having fun making things that make my new craft room a little more colorful and functional. I made this pincushion/thread catcher from a pattern. It has been so helpful next to my machine. I am always snipping threads and dragging them with me all over the house because I just lay them off to the side. No longer! The pattern called for doll pellets to give the pin cushion a little weight to sit on the counter top. I couldn't find them locally but a lady that works at my local Jo Ann Fabrics brought in a baggie full of her own stash for me when she overheard me asking if they had them for sale there. Thanks Emily!

Now this sewing machine cover is definitely colorful but I was so disappointed that it is too tight at the bottom. I made it from a pattern and in true "Nancy" fashion, assumed that all machines are the same size and never measured my machine before I started to see if it would fit. But I am keeping it even though it looks a bit wonky when I pull it tightly down. My reasoning for keeping it is that it looks better than the white plastic cover I was using before!

I am going to sign off with a little "up close and personal" Mickey because she is just so darned cute and I couldn't resist! This is for my sister Suzie who is a fellow animal lover and gets it!

Have a wonderful weekend. I will have a fun Thanksgiving leftover recipe for you next time and I sent out my Christmas handmade gift to my exchange partner so I will have pictures of that. Take care. Nancy

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

What I Have Been Up to and Soup Too!

Hi everyone. I have been very busy with work, jury duty and the usual stuff we all do, not to mention fighting a sinus infection(again). I wanted to get this recipe for Chicken Tortilla Soup to you. It is a keeper for sure! Combine in a big soup pot: 2 cans cream of chicken soup, 2 cans cream of potato soup, 1 14oz can low sodium chicken broth, 2 cups of milk, 1 can of Green Giant mexicorn, small can of chopped green chiles(if desired), and 2 shredded cooked chicken breasts. Cook and stir until it begins to simmer. Add 1 cup Mexican Blend shredded cheese and three flour tortillas cut into thin strips. Stir and serve with extra cheese and dollops of sour cream if desired. It is really, really good. Enjoy!

I wanted to throw in a picture of the swiffer duster covers I made from Sew Much Ado's wonderful tutorials. Family members are requesting them as additions to their Christmas gifts. Cleaning supplies can be fun!

Have a great week everyone and take care. Nancy

Thursday, November 11, 2010

A Hot Cocoa Kind of Day

Happy Veteran's Day everyone. I had today off from school and jury duty so I am just puttering around. I am sure I will find my way into my craft room soon! My morning mug was filled with something a little different today. Normally, I have a cup of tea(actually several!) upon waking. But today, I made Ashlee's homemade hot chocolate recipe from I'm Topsy Turvy. Wow! It is pretty wonderful. My youngest considers himself somewhat of a hot cocoa expert and he loved it. I found cute snowman-shaped marshmallows that are French vanilla flavored. They were perfect with it.

I wanted to show off a picture of the swiffer covers I made from Sew Much Ado's great tutorial. I thought her idea was genius. They work better than the disposable, boughten ones. Now, I will make the hand duster covers that she showed.

Since I found my way to blogging, I can't believe how much I have learned from so many of you. It is such a wonderful experience. I have found recipes and crafts that have made my life and that of my family's better and richer. Thanks everyone! I just hope I can contribute here and there to this wonderful community.

I have a wonderful chicken tortilla soup recipe that was given to me by a good friend. I made it last night and it is beyond good. Hopefully, I will get it on here tomorrow.

I am so excited, I joined my first Christmas handmade gift blog exchange and I am anxiously awaiting the info about who I am making a gift for!

I leave you, as usual, with a picture of my Mickey sleeping on my bed this morning with her little face covered. She has it tough believe me! Have a good day and take care, Nancy

Monday, November 8, 2010

My Giveaway Winner and a Dip Recipe

Happy Monday all! It was a chilly day here in the Northeast. I am trying to tear myself out of my new craftroom to do housework, but I am not having much luck! My family got fed this weekend, but that and some clean clothes are about all they are gonna get! My part-time morning job at the school is painful on days I would rather be in there creating or just planning what to create next.
I wanted to share a Buffalo Chicken Dip with you. I had this over the weekend and it is wildly popular in my house. Please don't get frustrated with me, but I don't have alot of exact measurements for this. I call it a "dump" recipe because I just eyeball everything. So, let's say I am giving you a base to change this up the way your family would like it. Start with: the breast meat from a rotisserie chicken shredded, wing sauce of your choice and heat level, 8 oz. cream cheese, softened, blue cheese dressing, and 2 c. shredded cheese blend.
Mix the chicken with the wing sauce. Put in the bottom of an ungreased 8x8 baking pan. In the same bowl, I mix the softened cream cheese with the blue cheese dressing. You can add blue cheese crumbles if you wish. Put on top of the chicken layer and spread evenly. Cover with the 2 C. shredded cheese and bake at 350 degrees until bubbly. Usually it takes about half an hour. Serve with tortilla chips or any chips of your choice. It is yummy.
A couple of other notes: I received my giveaway prizes from Brittany at Pretty Handy Girl. Thank you so much. There is a craft book at Amazon I have my eye on(big surprise there!)Thanks for enabling my craft book addiction. The cd holder for my visor is pretty too and all in my favorite color-red!
I worked on a practical project this weekend-swiffer covers. Sew Much Ado has the best tutorials. I found the instructions there and they were easy and they work great. I used purchased chenille instead of socks but these still will save alot of money compared to buying the refills and throwing them out after using them. I have both sizes and the extra large Swiffer's refills are very difficult to find around here.

I realized that I am always talking about my cat Mickey. I am a cat person and she is my baby but I wanted you to meet Billie, my 11 year old chocolate lab. She is such a sweet dog. We all love her very much. I will try to remember to throw in a picture of her too from time to time.

I also wanted to announce the winner of my giveaway. Nancy from Silly Stitching was the winner. Congrats Nancy(I got the package out this morning) and thank you so much to all who entered. Have a great evening. I will be watching Dancing With the Stars(I am such a fan). Take care. Nancy

Monday, November 1, 2010

My First Giveaway

Hello everyone! I must say that my Monday was made a whole lot brighter when I received an email from Brittany from Pretty Handy Girl this morning. She informed me that I had won her giveaway. Don't you love that kind of news to start your day?!! Thanks Brittany!

I have decided to have my first giveaway. I am a craft book junkie as anyone who knows me can tell you! Just look at my bookshelves in my new craftroom-loaded to the brim with books. So, I chose my favorite apron book by EllynAnne Geisel that has the basic bib apron pattern and I purchased another copy to give away to one of you. But wait, there's more(I love that cheesy infomercial stuff!) I made a quick little apron with pockets from a tutorial from Sew Many Ways to throw in and last, but not least, a bag of chocolate covered peanuts. One of the things I love about aprons are the memories they bring back for me. My mom always had an apron on and in her apron pockets were-you guessed it-chocolate covered peanuts! So here we go with the giveaway rules:1) please leave a comment on this post and make sure there is an email to contact you 2) for an extra entry, become a follower of Flatrock Cabin or remind me that you are 3) for a third entry, put a note about my giveaway on your blog and spread the word and let me know you did. I hope I get to meet alot of new crafters and apron enthusiasts through this giveaway!

Now I want to show you what I have been up to in my new craftroom. I have had this Christmas collar cut out and unsewn for about 6 years! Well, I finally completed it. I started with a pattern for the basic collar but I used Christmas tree appliques from an old book of iron on designs. I think it will look cute with a turtleneck . The possibilities are endless when I consider the other holidays. Maybe I will make one without the appliques and just pick a real pretty fall leaf fabric.
I am going to leave you with a little Mickey. I hope you can see this easily in the picture, but she has a habit of sitting under my dining room table after dinner with her little chin resting on the rungs of a chair. It is like she is just too tired to hold her head up herself! She is priceless!

Please enter my giveaway. I will draw a winner on Sunday. Have a great evening and take care. Nancy