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Thursday, February 17, 2011

Spinach Feta Florentine Chicken

This is probably the fanciest looking dinner I've ever made, but one of the easiest.

You'll need:
1 package boneless skinless chicken breast
1 package fresh spinach
1 package sliced mushrooms
4 roma tomatoes sliced
1 container feta cheese
Light balsamic vinaigrette salad dressing- 8oz
12 oz angel hair pasta (I used penne)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Layer spinach, chicken, mushrooms, tomatoes, and feta in a sprayed 13x9" pan. Pour 8oz salad dressing over the top. Bake @350 for 30 min uncovered. Serve over pasta.

Rag Letters

I found an inspiration online to make fabric letters to hang on the wall or to use as toys for little ones. I ran the idea past a friend of mine with a new baby and she liked it. This was my experiment to figure out the best way to make these, but I am extremely happy with the way it worked out.

For this project you will need
*fabric (I used flannel because it frays the best)
*fusible interfacing
*sewing machine
*letter patterns

First, I printed off letters from the computer. I used the biggest font size that could fit one letter on one sheet of paper.

Once you have your letters printed out, cut them with a 1/4 inch seam allowance. Set the letter patterns aside and lay out your fabric with the wrong side up. Lay the interfacing on top of that with the rough side down. I positioned my interfacing so I could simply fold up the other layer of fabric as seen here.

Make sure your interfacing is smooth. Iron on the interfacing following the instructions of the manufacturer. *Note: I used the interfacing on only one side of the fabric, but now that it's finished I think I should have used it on both pieces. So from now on, iron on the interfacing to the entire piece of fabric, fold it in half, and then cut out your letters.
Once you have it all ironed on, fold up your fabric so you have 3 layers. fabric, interfacing, fabric.

Pin on the patterns and cut out your letters.

When they are cut out, take out your pins and they should look like this.

The next step is to sew around the border of the letters. I used the presser foot as a guide on how big to make the seems.
Make sure you don't forget the inside of letters like I did! I had to go back and finish the a.

Once your letters are all sewn, cut small slits around the edge of each letter. My secret weapon for this is spring loaded scissors like these:
They bounce back open and are much easier on the hands for this type of cutting. These are a lifesaver when making rag quilts.

Your slits should look like this, but be careful to not cut the seem, because it will all unravel when you wash it.
Next, wash and dry it with a full load of laundry. This helps you get the frayed effect.

When they are complete, they look like this:

Thursday, February 3, 2011

Valentine Marshmallow Pops

A couple friends of mine were talking about how they made marshmallow pops. Of course this interested me as I LOVE marshmallows. So this is completely stolen off of an awesome blog written by a friend of theirs. This momma is so creative and always does creative stuff with her daughter. Check it out. http://www.funnydayswithmommyandmaddie.com/2011/01/sweet-valentine.html

So after dropping Cole off at school, Rylie and I went to pick up groceries. We grabbed some of the heart shaped marshmallows and some pretty valentine sprinkles.
Later in the day when Mr. Cole was home from school, we made the marshmallow pops and they turned out pretty darn good.

We started with some CaniQuick but I screwed it up by adding milk to it. I was hoping it would thin it out a bit and be easier to dip the marshmallows. NOPE! It instantly got all gross and lumpy.
OH almost forgot to mention that I got to use my AWESOME new double boiler that I got for Christmas. :) Fits on any size pot.

Luckily we had a plan B. Chocolate chips.

Little helpers decorated

and then enjoyed :)