Thursday, October 28, 2010

My Foyer Make-Over Part 1

Ever since we moved into our house a year and almost a half ago, I’ve wanted to repaint the trim in our foyer.  The previous owners had the trim painted an ugly ‘purple’ color as I call it.  It’s probably really called ‘mauve’ but it still looks purple to me.  Well we I finally got around to repaint it white.  Unfortunately we don’t have the paint for the trim in the rest of the house so I had to do my best to find a pretty white.  I started the first coat the other day and finished the second coat today and am now waiting for it to dry so I can take the tape off and clean up the newspaper.  Here is a sneak peak of how it looks.

The new color is on the left… old yucky purple color on the left.
After: During:

I can see the improvement already!  I will post final pictures when I am done.

Crockpot Honey Maple Chicken and Sweet Potatoes

I love sweet potatoes!  And since it is getting cooler I will be making then more often.  Last week I came up with this yummy sweet potato and chicken meal.


3 or 4 boneless skinless chicken breasts
2 or 3 sweet potatoes (cubed)
1/3 cup maple syrup
1/4 cup honey
2 tbsp of butter
2 tbsp of brown sugar

I started by putting my chicken at the bottom of my crockpot (doesn’t matter if it’s still frozen).  On top of that I poured the syrup, honey, butter and brown sugar.  Next I tossed the sweet potato on top of the chicken.  I cooked on low for 5 hours.  I made sure to stir it about halfway through so that the sweet potato got some of that yummy juice!  It came out quite flavorful!  This is a great fall meal!



Monday, October 18, 2010

Mexican Lasagna

I made this super yummy dish the other night and it was a big hit!  I had most the ingredients on hand which was the reason I came up with the idea.  I only had to get tortillas and the taco seasoning.

Here are your ingredients:

1 lb of ground turkey or beef
1 can of Fiesta Nacho Cheese soup
1 can of whole kernel corn

1 can of crushed tomatillos
1 taco seasoning packet
1 cup of shredded mexican cheese
6-8 flour tortillas
salsa or sour cream for garnish

Preheat over to 350 degrees.
First cook up your ground meat. This is where I get to use one of my favorite kitchen utensils, my Pampered Chef Mix ‘n Chop.  It really is such a dandy little tool.

Next add the seasoning packet, corn (drained), tomatillos, and soup.  Mix till it’s well blended.  Simmer for 2-3 minutes.

Next take a medium sized casserole dish and line the bottom of it with two tortillas.  Then scoop some of the meat mixture (about 1/4 of it) on top of the tortillas and spread it out.  Now layer two more tortillas and top with the meat mixture.  Add one more layer of tortilla and meat mixture.  I had room for one more layer so I added another tortilla layer and meat mixture.  Lastly I topped with the cup of shredded mexican cheese.  
Pop your dish into the oven for about 15 minutes or until cheese on top is melted and bubbly. 
It came out delicious.  And it’s a yummy alternative to taco night!  And you can easily do this with chicken as your meat.


Sunday, October 17, 2010

Menu Plan for the week 10/17

I actually planned out my meals for this week, a task that I rarely get around to doing.

Friday: We ate a yummy dish that I created which my husband dubbed Mexican Lasagna. I will be posting the recipe once I upload the pics.
Saturday: Pizza at a friend's house.
Sunday: Chicken parm and alfredo cooked by my husband. =)
Monday: Shrimp Lomein with roasted broccoli and red peppers
Tuesday: Honey maple crockpot chicken and sweet potatoes
Wednesday: Easy beer and ketchup meatballs and roasted parmesan cauliflower
Thursday: Chicken Alfredo and green beans
Friday: Chicken fries and corn on the cob.

What's on your menu this week? Any good recipes to share?

Friday, October 15, 2010

Mushroom & Onion Crockpot Chicken

Yesterday I cooked up a very easy and delicious crockpot meal.

3 boneless chicken breasts
1 can of golden mushroom soup
1 onion chopped
4 gloves of garlic minced
Salt & pepper to taste

Place chicken breasts in the stoneware. Add onion, garlic and salt and pepper to stoneware. Lastly pour soup on top of chicken. Cook on high for about 6 hours. I served it with chicken flavored rice and it came out delicious! Unfortunately I didn't take a picture of it.