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Thin, sliced pork chops
1 can cream of mushroom soup
Brown pork chops in frying pan on stovetop.
Pour can of soup over pork chops in same pan.
Cover and simmer for 15 minutes.
Perfect Baked Potatoes
Medium baking potatoes
Salt & Pepper
Preheat oven to 400.
Fork holes into potatoes.
Microwave potatoes (approximately 4-5 minutes)
On foil (individual sheet for each potato), season potatoes with olive oil, salt, pepper, garlic powder, & onion powder.
Wrap tight in the foil.
Bake for 1 hour in preheated oven.
(I bake them right on the oven rack; no pan needed)
So I've been trying to think of creative items to hang above baby's crib as a mobile. I thought, for sure, I would go with paper lanterns. But I couldn't find any I loved. So, as I'm making my merry way around Hobby Lobby today, I stumbled upon these (see below) wooden painted animal/plant shapes. With a little bit of creative brain power, I decided to make my own crib mobile......
1 bag fresh spinach leaves (6-10 oz)
2 cups fresh pre-sliced mushrooms
1/2 cup fresh pre-diced tomatoes
1 lb cooked shrimp, peeled/deveined (thawed)
4 slices bacon
1 medium peach
1/2 cup fat-free sun-dried tomato vinaigrette
1/2 teaspoon green pepper sauce
Place spinach, mushrooms, tomatoes, and shrimp in salad bowl.
Cut bacon into bite-size pieces; place in microwave-safe bowl (wash hands).
Cover bacon; microwave on HIGH 3-4 minutes or until bacon is lightly crisp. Wash knife and cutting board with hot, soapy water.
Peel peach and cut into bite-size pieces; add to salad bowl.
Stir vinaigrette and pepper sauce into bacon and drippings. Cover and microwave on HIGH 1 minute or until hot. Pour mixture over salad; toss to coat. Serve.
1 Bakery baguette
4 large fresh basil leaves
2 oz fresh mozzarella cheese
1/2 cup fresh pre-diced tomatoes
1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
2 tablespoons basil pesto
1 tablespoon diced pimientos
Cut bread in half lengthwise, using an electric or serrated knife.
Stack basil leaves and slice into thin strips; cut mozzarella into bite-size pieces. Set both aside.
Cut bread in half lengthwise, using an electric or serrated knife. Stack basil leaves and slice into thin strips; cut mozzarella into bite-size pieces. Set both aside.
Combine remaining ingredients in small bowl; spread onto bread halves. Top with mozzarella and basil. Slice bruschetta and serve.
Here are my supplies: Mod Podge, sponge brush, scrapbook paper, felt, tiles, and glue gun (the clear spray paint sealant didn't make the photo, but it's a vital supply!)
For these, I cut my felt in squares and hot glued them to the bottom of each coaster....but for all of my other coasters, I cute the felt into small circles and hot glued those on each corner on the back of each coaster (the circles look much neater)!
So then you're going to layer your supplies on the tile in the following order:
(1) Mod podge (1 layer)
(2) Scrapbook paper
(3) Mod podge (2-3 layers)
(4) Clear spray paint/sealant (once the mod podge gas dried)
And here's how they turned out:
And here's some other ones I did!
I've made a bunch of these! Such a simple and inexpensive gift!
1 whole Recipe For Pizza Crust (can use recipe found on website-below-or storebought crust)
2 whole Boneless, Skinless Chicken Breasts
1/2 cup Barbecue Sauce
Olive Oil, For Drizzling
Salt For Sprinkling
16 ounces, weight Fresh Mozzarella Cheese, Sliced Thinly
1/2 whole Red Onion, Cut In Half And Sliced Very Thin
Chopped Cilantro, to taste
Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
Salt chicken breasts on both sides, then place in an ovenproof dish. Pour BBQ sauce over the breasts and turn them over to coat. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes, or until chicken is done. Remove from oven and cut into a fine dice. Set aside.
Increase oven temperature to 500 degrees.
Roll/stretch out one pizza crust. Lay it on a sheet pan drizzled with olive oil. Drizzle a little olive oil on the crust, then sprinkle on a little salt.
Spoon a couple of tablespoons of extra BBQ sauce on the crust and spread it evenly. Top sauce with half the sliced mozzarella. Sprinkle on half the diced chicken and thinly sliced red onion.
Sprinkle again with a little salt, then bake for 15 to 17 minutes, or until crust is golden brown and toppings are bubbly.
Remove from the oven and sprinkle on plenty of chopped cilantro. Cut into squares and serve immediately. Repeat with other crust and other ingredients, or save for another time.