Monday, November 28, 2011

Chicken and Spinach Pasta Bake


INGREDIENTS
8 oz uncooked rigatoni
1 T olive oil
1 c chopped onion
1 (10 oz) pack frozen spinach, thawed
3 c cubed, cooked chicken breasts
1 (14 oz) can Italian-style diced tomatoes, drained
1 (8 oz) container Philadelphia chive & onion cream cheese
½ t salt, ½ t pepper
1½ c shredded mozzarella cheese

DIRECTIONS
Prepare rigatoni according to pkg directions.  Spread oil on bottom of 11x17 in baking dish; add onion in a single layer.  Bake at 375 for 15 minutes or just until tender.  Transfer onion to large bowl, set aside.

Drain chopped spinach well, pressing between paper towels.  Stir in rigatoni, spinach, chicken, & next 4 ingredients into onion in bowl.  Spoon mixture into dish & sprinkle evenly with shredded mozzarella cheese.  Bake covered at 375 for 30 minutes; uncover & bake 15 more minutes or until bubbly.

http://www.savingmoneylivinglife.com/2010/06/chicken-spinach-pasta-bake.html

*I served with strawberry fields salad (publix) and sister schubert wheat rolls Pin It

Monday, November 21, 2011

Easy Crunchy Chicken & Rice Casserole



INGREDIENTS
1 Rotisserie chicken (already cooked)
1 can cream of mushroom soup
2-3 scoops sour cream
1 Tbsp mayo
Handful of chopped green olives (I buy them already chopped in a jar)
Handful of chopped celery and onion (whatever you prefer. I use both!)
2 cups instant rice (white or brown..I used brown for this one)
Shredded Cheese
Potato chips

DIRECTIONS
Prepare rice as directed on box.
Cut up chicken (removing skin) and layer on the bottom of casserole dish (I use 9x13 glass pyrex dish).
Mix cooked rice, soup, sour cream, mayo, olives, celery, & onions together; pour and smooth over layer of chicken.
Top with a layer of shredded cheese & crushed potato chips (you can really use any kind of cheese/chips. For this recipe I used Publix shredded mexican blend cheese & Lays classic potato chips. Mom likes to use Cape Cod Cracked Pepper Chips which are also VERY delicious).
I also put another layer of cheese on top of the crushed potato chips...what can I say, I LOVE CHEESE!
Bake at 350 for 20-30 min or until cheese has melted, chips are brown, and casserole is hot!

**I served with Publix Strawberry Fields Salad Kit (YUM!) and Sister Schubert Yeast Dinner Rolls! Pin It

Sunday, November 20, 2011

Creamy Chicken Pot Pie


INGREDIENTS
1 lb. boneless skinless chicken breasts, cut into bite-size pieces
2 cups frozen mixed vegetables (carrots, corn, green beans, peas), thawed, drained
1 tub(10 oz.) PHILADELPHIA Savory Garlic Cooking Creme
1 ready-to-use refrigerated pie crust (1/2 of 14.1-oz. pkg.)

DIRECTIONS
Heat oven to 400°F. Cook and stir chicken in large nonstick skillet on medium heat 5 to 6 min. or until chicken is lightly browned. Add vegetables; cook 1 to 2 min. or until heated through. Stir in cooking creme; spoon into 9-inch pie plate. Cover with crust; seal and flute edge. Cut several slits in crust. Place pie plate on baking sheet. Bake 25 to 30 min. or until golden brown.

http://www.kraftbrands.com/philly/recipes/pages/recipe-detail.aspx?recipeId=121717 Pin It

Saturday, November 19, 2011

Frame Upgrade

So, I had a brown frame (Sorry, I forgot to take a before picture) and needed a present for my parents anniversary. I spray-painted the frame silver, added some ribbon detail as well as a sticker with the words "simply adorable." I gave it to them with a picture of my son! What do you have around your house that needs an upgrade? Pin It

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Salisbury Steak with Creamy Mushroom Sauce


INGREDIENTS
1-1/2 lb. lean ground beef
1 pkg.(6 oz.) STOVE TOP Stuffing Mix for Chicken
1 cup water
1 onion, finely chopped, divided
2 tsp. oil, divided
1 pkg.(8 oz.) sliced fresh mushrooms
1 can(14.5 oz.) fat-free reduced-sodium beef broth
1/4 cup PHILADELPHIA Original Cooking Creme

DIRECTIONS
Mix meat, stuffing mix, water and 1/3 cup onions until well blended. Shape into 6 (1/2-inch-thick) patties. Heat 1 tsp. oil in large nonstick skillet on medium heat. Add patties; cook 2 to 3 min. on each side or until browned on both sides. Remove from skillet; cover to keep warm. Add remaining oil, onions and mushrooms to skillet; cook 3 to 5 min. or until vegetables are tender, stirring frequently. Add broth to skillet. Bring to simmer. Add meat patties; cover. Simmer on medium-low heat 13 to 15 min. or until done (160ºF), turning occasionally. Transfer burgers to serving plate, reserving drippings in pan; cover burgers to keep warm. Add cooking creme to drippings in skillet; cook and stir on low heat 2 min. or until sauce is well blended. Spoon over burgers.

**I served with Caesar salad and mashed potatoes Pin It

Friday, November 11, 2011

DIY Greeting Cards

I think it is a bit ridiculous to spend $4+ on greeting cards, so I decided to start making some of my own. Here are some examples. My supplies included: cardstock, scrapbook paper, stickers, etc (pretty much anything you have on hand). I hope you get inspired to make some of your own:)

 Anniversary card for my amazing parents!

 Baby shower card

Birthday cards Pin It

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Sticky Note Frames

These sticky note frames make great gifts! (and they're so inexpensive!) I got the idea from Paper Wings!

Supplies: clear, plastic frames (I bought mine at Wal-Mart), post-its, 
scrapbook paper/ribbons/stickers/etc





Some of my sticky notes did NOT want to stick! I recommend
Post-It brand and some extra adhesive to adhere to frame:) Pin It

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Hidden Valley Ranch Porkchops


INGREDIENTS
1 packet (1 ounce) Hidden Valley® Original Ranch® Salad Dressing & Seasoning Mix
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
6 pork loin rib chops about 1-inch thick
Dash of paprika (optional)

DIRECTIONS
Preheat the oven to 450ºF.

In a small bowl, add the Seasoning mix, together with the salt, pepper, and paprika and mix well. Liberally sprinkle the porkchops on both sides with the seasoning mixture.

Arrange the chops on a baking sheet or try with a rack. Bake the pork chops for 20 minutes, turning once until browned or an internal temperature of 160ºF is reached. Serve immediately.

*I served with baked asparagus, brown rice, & Sister Schubert Wheat Yeast Rolls Pin It