Hi everyone and happy almost New Year! I love the new year because I can envision a clean slate on which to imagine myself doing everything I should be doing or all the things I always wanted to do. Maybe one of these years I can make those things a reality-at least a few of them!
On to a yummy idea my husband had. Christmas Eve we usually have hot and hearty appetizers for the four of us. We watch a Christmas movie or two and play games. It is a very special tradition we enjoy. This year, while discussing what we wanted to have, my husband came up with this pizza idea-chicken taco pizza. I started with a Boboli pizza crust. I mixed mild taco sauce and Ragu pizza sauce and spread that on the crust. In a large frying pan, I heated the shredded breast meat of a rotisserie chicken, water and taco seasoning mix. I cooked it until the water and seasoning mix really coated the chicken and became thick and bubbly. I put the chicken all over the crust and sprinkled shredded Mexican blend cheese over the chicken. I baked it according to the Boboli instructions. Meanwhile, we chopped tomatoes and shredded lettuce to put on top. My oldest doesn't care for lettuce or tomatoes so we let everyone put on their own but you could pile that stuff on when the pizza comes out of the oven. We served it with taco sauce and sour cream. It was fantastic. We will definitely have that again! We also had Buffalo Chicken Wing Dip and we played Clue and Uno and Mario Cart on the Wii. It was a great Christmas Eve.
I hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas. I can't believe how fast this vacation has gone. I am not even close to being ready to go back to work this week! Have a safe and happy New Year and take care. I will talk to you next year! Nancy
Sunday, December 16, 2012
Hi everyone and happy Sunday. I have been very busy these past few days doing my last few handmade projects for Christmas. I made this felt Ninja lip balm holder for my great niece as a package tie on for her gift. I think it turned out cute. She can attach it to her backpack and it will go everywhere with her. I love that you can personalize it by choosing felt colors the little girl likes. Riley likes pink and purple. I found the pattern and instructions in the new magazine Make it Yourself . It is a Better Homes and Gardens publication. There are a lot of great projects in the magazine. It was a first issue.
I wanted to thank all of you who dropped me a line hoping I was feeling better. I am feeling better, thank you. I am working on a fun project for some of my son's friends. It involves crochet and it is a lot of fun-more on that later. Well, have a wonderful week and take care. Nancy
Monday, December 10, 2012
On to my crafty adventure of the week. I joined an ornament swap hosted by the Natural Nester sisters. My partner is an avid runner. I asked her what she collects and she said running shoes! We could either make or buy an ornament. I felt it was important to make one so I set out to make a running shoe. You know how I am without a pattern. I stressed about it a little and then I got a photo-like picture off the web of a good running shoe. I was trying to figure how to translate that into felt when a friend suggested I use a clip art picture instead. That worked out much better-thanks Nicole! So I was off and running-no pun intended! I think it turned out kind of cute. I used pinking shears for the tread and embroidery floss for the laces. I lightly stuffed it with fiberfill and sewed everything by hand. I hope she likes it. It was fun when I headed in the right direction.
I don't know if I mentioned that I found out recently that I am allergic to chocolate. It really upsets my stomach so I stopped eating it. It has been several months. I went for a check up and my doctor mentioned that I had lost weight and he wanted to know if it was intentional. I kind of thought about it and said it must be the chocolate and explained it to him. Well, I better keep the stuff you see above out of my house or I will be gaining weight and will have some explaining to do! That amazing stuff in the jars is crock pot dulce de leche from Your Homebased Mom. She mentions that you will probably eat it by the spoon right out of the jar and she was tragically right! It is amazing. I made the three jars as a trial run because I want to give some as gift add ons for Christmas. I think I should make a disclaimer and put it with the jars to warn the people who I give the jars to so they will be aware of the danger! It really is that good. Seriously there are recipes to make with it, mine just never made it that far!
My husband enjoys using my Babycakes appliances from time to time to make some goodies. He recently made maple-glazed donuts from Making Memories. They were awesome. My maple extract is way darker than the extract used in the original recipe. It almost looks chocolate. I think we made way too much frosting but better too much than not enough! I am a frosting girl for sure.
I have asked for the cupcake maker from Babycakes for Christmas. I have liked all the other Babycakes makers I have so I am sure the cupcake one should be fun. It is like the Easy bake oven for grown-ups! I LOVED my Easy bake oven when I was little. I used it every weekend!
I hope everyone has a great week. Are you finished with your shopping? I am almost done. I have a few things to make yet and I have get togethers starting this week to exchange gifts. I also have to come up with what to make for Christmas Eve here with my own family and what to bring for my husband's family gathering Christmas day. We usually have elaborate appetizers and hot dips Christmas Eve. I'm thinking homemade pizza and chicken wing dip. Stay healthy and take care. Nancy
Sunday, December 2, 2012
Happy Sunday everyone. December is here and now time will literally fly until Christmas. My mother always used to say that the older she got time just flew by, and as a youngster thinking Christmas would never get here, I didn't really believe her. Now I do!
I participated in Craftaholics Anonymous's Handmade Gift Exchange for the third year and had alot of fun making my partners gifts. I asked what the colors of her dining room were and I made her a really cool 4 fat quarter apron. I enjoyed making this and will probably make myself one when things die down after the holidays. You know what a collector of fat quarters I am!
loyalty card wallet because I loved mine so much. I really loved the fabric I used for this. Mostly it came from a charm pack I won in a giveaway from my Friday Night Sew In and I also threw in scraps from fat quarters. I finished it by using my machine to embroider her name on a ribbon so it is uniquely hers.
Now onto my leftover pumpkin dilemma. I bought a ginormous can of pure pumpkin this year. I am not sure why except to say that in years past all of my local stores sold out before Thanksgiving and I had to use the preseasoned pumpkin pie filling. Anyway, I decided to make the Impossible Pumpkin pie this year from Bisquick. That left me with some serious pumpkin left. I hate to waste food and, besides that my husband loves pumpkin so I set out to find other recipes to use it up. Here we go...
pumpkin cream cheese braid. It was delicious and amazing. I like to have breakfast for dinner once a week so I really fancy it up and make sure I have either a coffee cake or danish to go with the savory foods. This was perfect. It was gobbled up very fast!
We put up our Christmas decorations yesterday and I discovered some areas lacking so I am going to start working on making what I need to fill the gaps. I could use some real Christmas tree skirts on a couple of my small trees that have fabric puddled at the base. Also, I need to make two place mats for my kitchen table. I have a couple of contenders so I better decide and get going! I hope everyone has a great week. Take care. Nancy