artsy-fartsy mama: June 2015

Cheesy Chicken Bacon Pasta

When it comes to making dinner, I need something that doesn't take a lot of work and that will satisfy my family. This Cheesy Chicken Bacon Pasta is comfort food at its best with a delightful combination of chicken, bacon, and macaroni & cheese all baked to perfection! This is one of my husband's favorite meals, and my daughter loves it, too! It reheats well, so leftovers (if you have any) are no problem at all. You can even pre-cook some of the ingredients beforehand if you want to save time!

Cheesy Chicken Bacon Pasta Recipe at artsyfartsymama.com

Ingredients:
16 oz pasta (any shape will work - I used Rotini)
3-4 chicken breasts
5-6 strips bacon
2 cans cream of chicken soup
2 cups shredded cheddar cheese

Directions:

  1. Cook bacon and crumble.
  2. Cut chicken into bite-sized pieces. Place chicken in hot bacon grease and cook thoroughly. 
  3. While the chicken is cooking, boil your pasta according to package directions.
  4. Drain the pasta and put it into a 9x13 baking dish. Add in the chicken, cream of chicken soup, half of the bacon crumbles, and 1 cup of shredded cheese. Stir until everything is combined.
  5. Top with 1 cup shredded cheese and the remaining bacon.
  6. Bake at 350ยบ for 30 minutes or until the cheese on top is melted.


Artsy-Fartsy Link Party

Welcome to Artsy-Fartsy Link Party! I'm excited to have you here and welcome to everyone who's new to the party!! I really appreciate everyone who linked up last party and I look forward to seeing what everyone has to share this week. I am always so inspired every week by the projects and recipes shared.

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It's always so hard to narrow down features for these parties.
Here are a few of my favorites from the last party:

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DIY Watercolor Magnets by Lines Across
Grilled Chicken Sandwich Wraps by The It Mom
DIY Dinosaur Handle Cups by White Lights on Wednesday
Slow Cooker Taco Dip by Honey & Birch
Sweet Potato Tots by Pancake Warriors
Make Citronella Candles by Marty's Musings
Vanilla And Chocolate Pudding Pops by The SITS Girls
Custom Roasting Sticks by Clean and Scentsible

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Vinyl Transfer Glad Press'n Seal Hack

This post is part of a social shopper marketing insight campaign with Pollinate Media Group® and Glad, but all my opinions are my own. #pmedia #pressnsealhacks http://my-disclosur.es/OBsstV

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The things you can create with vinyl are endless. One of my favorite gift ideas is putting a cute vinyl design onto a painted block. It's really an inexpensive gift that you can customize in no time! I'm excited to share one of my favorite vinyl crafting hacks with you today that can save you even more money: using Glad Press'n Seal to transfer your vinyl!! Sounds crazy, I know. But it really works!

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To make a vinyl block, you'll need all your supplies:
  • 2x4 wood cut into the length you want (mine is about 4 1/2 inches)
  • Paint (I love this Americana Peony Pink)
  • Vinyl cut into the design or quote you love
  • Glad Press'n Seal
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Start by painting your block. For best coverage, I paint between 3-4 coats. Let each coat dry completely before adding a new one. You can also sand the edges of the block to give a more distressed look.

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Now, here's the trick! Most vinyl transfer tape/paper can cost around $9.99 for about 6 feet, where you can purchase 70 feet of Glad Press'n Seal for only $2.96 at Walmart! Pretty sure we can all afford 4¢ per foot (saving around $1.62 per foot), right?!

Cut a piece of Glad Press'n Seal to fit your vinyl and grab a vinyl scraper or credit card.

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Lay the tacky side of the Glad Press'n Seal down over the vinyl. Gently run the scraper over the Glad Press'n Seal to help it really stick to the vinyl. I also love that the Glad Press'n Seal is clear so that I can see what I'm doing!

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Start at one corner and slowly peel up the Glad Press'n Seal. The vinyl sticks to it just like transfer tape. If you have some stubborn vinyl that isn't sticking to the Glad Press'n Seal, just lay the Glad Press'n Seal back down and scrape it a little more until the vinyl sticks.

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Lay the Glad Press'n Seal with the vinyl sticky side down on the block. Put in on lightly so you can easily shift it if needed. Here's another time the Glad Press'n Seal being clear is super helpful. You can see exactly where you're placing it, so you are less likely to put it on crooked!!

Once you've got the vinyl in place, use the scraper and press the vinyl down. Scrape all over the vinyl so you get the entire design stuck to the block.

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Start at one corner and slowly peel the Glad Press'n Seal. The vinyl should stay stuck to the block and the Glad Press'n Seal comes right off. If you have any vinyl that hasn't stuck to the block, lay the vinyl and Glad Press'n Seal back down and scrape the area until it sticks.

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Now your vinyl block is complete! Feel free to reuse the Glad Press'n Seal pieces for other vinyl projects. I've noticed it starts to lose it's tackiness after about 3 uses, but at that price, I can afford to use a fresh piece every time!

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For more creative ideas, tips and tricks from Glad, be sure to visit them on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Pinterest!


45 Strawberry Recipes

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One of our favorite things about summer is that strawberries are in season! We love using strawberries in all kinds of sweet treats and desserts, and love getting creative with our favorite fruit. Today I'm sharing 45 amazing recipes featuring strawberries that everyone will love!!

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1. Homemade Pop Tarts from Cooking Classy
2. Strawberry Spinach Salad with Candied Pecans from I Wash...You Dry
3. Strawberry Shortcake Cupcakes from Artsy-Fartsy Mama
4. Copycat Starbucks Strawberries and Creme Frappuccino from Simplee Thrifty
5. Homemade Strawberry Fruit Rollups from Fifteen Spatulas
6. Strawberry Rolls with Vanilla Glaze from Baker by Nature
7. Healthy Homemade Strawberry Fruit Snacks from Desserts with Benefits
8. Best Strawberry Sheet Cake from Southern Bite
9. Strawberry Stuffed French Toast from Tasty Kitchen
10. Old Fashioned Strawberry Jam from Happy Money Saver
11. Strawberry Pretzel Salad from Swanky Recipes
12. Strawberry Vanilla Yogurt Muffins from Well Plated
13. Strawberry Lemonade Fudge from A Spicy Perspective
14. Strawberry Banana Granola Bars from Amy's Healthy Baking
15. Strawberry Pie from With a Grateful Prayer and a Thankful Heart
16. Strawberry Limeade from Growing Up Gabel
17. Strawberry Cream Cheese Bread from The Baker Upstairs
18. Fruit Salsa with Cinnamon Crisps from Spend with Pennies
19. Easy Chocolate Nutella Tart from Shaken Together
20. Strawberry Shortcake Popsicles from Cincy Shopper
21. Strawberry Cheesecake Chocolate Crepes from Cooking and Beer
22. Strawberry Shortcake from A Pretty Life in the Suburbs
23. Strawberry Chocolate Chip Cake from Julia's Album
24. Strawberry Pretzel Parfait from Dessert for Two
25. Strawberry Coffee Cake Muffins from Living Better Together
26. Easy Fresh Strawberry Scones from Popsicle Blog
27. Strawberry Dole Whip from Chocolate Covered Katie
28. Strawberry Glazed Doughnuts from Mary Quite Contrary Bake
29. Refreshing Strawberry Iced Tea from Baby Loving Mama
30. Strawberry Hand Pies from Not Quite Nigella
31. Strawberry Banana Oatmeal Smoothie from Artsy-Fartsy Mama
32. No Bake Strawberry Cloud Cake from Pink When
33. Healthy Strawberry Oat Squares from Sally's Baking Addiction
34. Strawberry Creme Truffles from My Whole Food Life
35. Strawberry Icebox Cake from Sprinkle Some Sugar
36. Strawberry Pancakes from Pastry Affair
37. Strawberry Bruschetta Appetizers from The NY Melrose Family
38. Strawberry Lemonade from Laylita's Recipes
39. Dulce Quesadilla from A Cedar Spoon
40. Strawberry Pecan Pretzel Salad from The Gunny Sack
41. Strawberry Banana Bread from Wine & Glue
42. Strawberry Cream Fruit Dip from Artsy-Fartsy Mama
43. Strawberry Cheesecake Chimichangas from OMG Chocolate Desserts
44. 3-Ingredient Nonfat Strawberry Frozen Yogurt from Simple Nourished Living
45. Strawberry Cheesecake Pinwheels from A Night Owl


Artsy-Fartsy Link Party

Welcome to Artsy-Fartsy Link Party! I'm excited to have you here and welcome to everyone who's new to the party!! I really appreciate everyone who linked up last party and I look forward to seeing what everyone has to share this week. I am always so inspired every week by the projects and recipes shared.

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Here are a few of my favorites from the last party:

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DIY LEGO Minifig Kid’s Game Activity with FREE Printables by Jenny at Dapper House
Cilantro Lime Grilled Shrimp with Avocado Cilantro Dip by Food Faith Fitness
Summer Letter Set by Summer Scraps
Blueberry Mint Sorbet by A Simple Pantry
Circus Animal Cookie Ice Cream by Kleinworth & Co.
Picnic Party Deck Cart by Crafts a la Mode
BBQ Cupcakes by A Mother Thing
USA Map String Art by Domestically Speaking

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Foil Watercolor Gift Tags

I received product in exchange for this post. All opinions shared are 100% my own.

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I've always loved watercoloring, and pairing that look with foils is simply gorgeous. With the Minc machine, some free printables and watercolors, you can create some uniquely stunning foil watercolor gift tags and artwork in just minutes!!

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Start by printing out the "You Are My Sunshine" gift tags on heavy cardstock or watercolor paper with at little texture as possible. Cut the gift tags out and grab some watercolors. Any kind of watercolors will do!! You'll also need a paint brush and a small cup of water.

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For best results painting on cardstock, wet the watercolors, then paint on the dry paper. Get creative! Paint in any colors, make messy or clean paint strokes, and paint a section of the tag, or the entire thing!

**Very important: let the paper dry completely before adding foil in the next step! When the tags have dried, take a damp cloth or paper towel and wipe the front of the tags. This will help remove some of the paint off the printed text.

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There are tons of ways to foil projects, but none are as easy and quick as using the Minc, especially for this project!! The Minc is an incredible crafting tool that turns laser printed items (both pre-made or your own custom designs) into a beautifully foiled creation in just seconds. You can see more in my previous post introducing the Minc and showing what it can do!

Turn on the Minc machine and set the heat setting to 3. The Minc foils come in a variety of colors, so it's fun to be able to coordinate them with the watercolor colors I used on the tags. Cut the foils with sharp scissors to cover the wording on the gift tags.

Open the carrier sheet and place the painted gift tags face up. Carefully lay the foil pieces over the tags (color side up) and lightly press down and make sure none of the text is uncovered. Carefully lay the top of the carrier sheet down over your project and smooth it out with your hand.

Tip: Sometimes static on the carrier sheet can cause the foil to shift, so just work slowly and try to keep everything in place as best you can.

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Run the carrier sheet through the Minc, then remove the tags and foil. Peel up the foil, and voila! Foiled, watercolored tags in just minutes!!

**The reason you need to find a watercolor paper with little to no texture is because the foil won't stick properly on textured paper. The smoother the paper, the better.

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To finish turning the tags into usable tags, simply use a standard hole punch to punch a hole in the center of the beveled side of the tag.

Free Printable Foil Watercolor Gift Tags at artsyfartsymama.com

Use some baker's twine, ribbon, or jute and thread it through the hole in the tag so you can easily attach it to any gift or package.

Free Printable Foil Watercolor Gift Tags at artsyfartsymama.com

I love the unique look these tags give to any gift, and will really "brighten" someone's day! Even though I don't have a lot of gifts to give out right now, I just can't stop making these tags because it's so easy and fun!!


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I've also made the "You Are My Sunshine" into a printable 8x10 for you to frame and put on display! Print it out on cardstock or untextured watercolor paper, then paint to your heart's content. Let it dry, then run it through the Minc the same way as the gift tags.

Make your own Foil Watercolor "You Are My Sunshine" Print at artsyfartsymama.com

Peel the foil, and place your print in a frame or hang on a clipboard. It really adds some color and shine to your space and it's fun to create custom decor for your home!


If you want to make your own foil creations, the Minc starter kit and accessories are available at Hobby Lobby and Jo-Ann, as well as local stores and online shops.


Strawberry Shortcake Cupcakes

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Strawberry shortcake is a must-have during the summer. Instead of making an entire pan of it and eating it all myself in one day, I decided to make a smaller, more portable version of my favorite dessert: strawberry shortcake cupcakes with a whipped cream cream cheese frosting!!

Strawberry Shortcake Cupcakes at artsyfartsymama.com

Using your favorite white cake recipe (or cake mix), bake 24 cupcakes. Let cool completely.

While the cupcakes are cooling, wash and cut the tops off 25-30 small or medium sized strawberries.

With a spoon, scoop out the center of the cupcake so that there's just enough room to fit a strawberry. Place a strawberry into the center of each cupcake.

Strawberry Shortcake Cupcakes at artsyfartsymama.com

Next, it's time to top that cupcake with some light, fluffy whipped cream cream cheese frosting! This frosting also makes a delicious fruit dip!!

Frosting Recipe:
8 oz Cream Cheese
12 oz Whipped Topping
3-4 Tablespoons Powdered Sugar

Directions:
  1. Combine the cream cheese and powdered sugar with a hand mixer until fluffy.
  2. Fold in whipped topping with a spatula or hand mixer on low until combined.
  3. Add frosting to tops of cupcakes with a spoon or using a piping bag.
  4. Slice strawberries and add a slice to the top.


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Welcome to Artsy-Fartsy Link Party! I'm excited to have you here and welcome to everyone who's new to the party!! I really appreciate everyone who linked up last party and I look forward to seeing what everyone has to share this week. I am always so inspired every week by the projects and recipes shared.

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It's always so hard to narrow down features for these parties. Here are a few of my favorites from the last party:

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Summer Swimsuit Clothesline Wreath by Fynes Designs
Chocolate Salted Caramel Bars by Midwest Modern Momma
(Almost) Freddy's Fry Sauce and Seasoning by Mama Plus One
15 Minute Easy Cupcake Bouquet by Must Have Mom
Lamp Revamp by I'm Flying South
S’mores Ice Cream Cups by Home Cooking Memories
Faux Garden Clock by Worthing Court

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Patriotic Necklace and Pinwheel Hair Clip

Fizzy Pops provided me with the materials used in this post. All opinions are my own.

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The 4th of July is on its way, which means lots of bright red, white, and blue decor, fireworks, and a full day of celebrating our country. To get my daughter all ready for the big day, I've teamed up with Fizzy Pops to create some unique accessories to wear in celebration of our country's birthday.

Be sure to read to the end of the post so you can win supplies to make your own patriotic necklace and pinwheel hair clips with patriotic bottle cap embellishments!

DIY Patriotic Necklace Tutorial at artsyfartsymama.com

At Fizzy Pops, you can find beads in practically every size, shape, and color. I chose a variety of reds, whites, and blues, including flowers and striped beads to create a fun, patriotic bubblegum neckalce. Making necklaces with these fun beads really is easy. The hardest part is laying them out and rearranging them until you finally get a pattern you love!!

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At one end of the beading wire, add the lobster clasp and a crimp bead. Thread the wire through the lobster clasp then back through the crimp bead and crimp it closed. Start threading your beads onto the wire. When you get to the end, add the small chain and crimp bead and crimp it closed. Now your necklace is finished and ready for wear!

I had some extra beads, so I put together an adorable patriotic bracelet. Simply thread the beads onto some Stretch Magic elastic thread. Once the beads have been added, tie the ends together multiple times. Pull the knot tight and add a drop of super glue over the knot. Simple as that!!

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Now that the jewelry is done, I'm excited to show you how to make some adorable patriotic pinwheel hair clips! I got my red, white, and blue felt from Busy Little Bird. You'll need to cut two 3" by 3" squares of felt for each pinwheel. I'm making two pinwheels - one red & white, and the other blue & white.

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Stack the two squares of felt and cut into each corner about 1 1/2 inches. I measured in from each corner and marked a dot with a marker, but you could easily eyeball it and it will still look great! Just be sure not to cut all the way through the center of the felt!

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This step is totally optional, but I just love the look of sewing the edges. Start at one of the corners, and sew a triangular "figure 8" about 1/8" away from the edges. You can sew with your sewing machine or by hand in the thread color of your choice. Then, turn the square and sew another "figure 8" to finish the other two sides. Don't worry if your sewed lines aren't perfectly straight (see the blue square above??) - you won't even be able to tell once the pinwheels are done!!

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To assemble your pinwheels, start with one corner and fold it down to the center. Repeat for every other corner until you have four corners folded into the center. You can sew all the corners down in the center with a little thread and a needle, or use some glue. Hot glue, fabric glue, and super glue have all worked great for me! Once all the corner edges have been tacked down, you can fluff up the pinwheel a little to get the look you want.

DIY Patriotic Bottlecap Tutorial at artsyfartsymama.com

To make the pinwheels a bit more patriotic, I put together some cute bottle caps with a design from My Computer is My Canvas. To make these bottle caps, you'll need the design printed on photo paper, glue (I really prefer Gorilla Super Glue), a 1" circle punch, epoxy stickers and bottle cap blanks from Fizzy Pops.

Punch the patriotic design out with the circle punch. Then, carefully place the epoxy sticker over the design and scrape the back of the design gently to remove any air bubbles. Next, drop a couple drops of glue onto the bottle cap blank and press the image/epoxy sticker on the bottle cap blank with the design facing up. Let the bottle cap dry and then it's ready to use!

DIY Patriotic Pinwheel Hair Clip Tutorial at artsyfartsymama.com

To attach the bottle caps to the pinwheels, simply add a large drop of hot glue or super glue to the center of the pinwheel and press the bottle cap down and hold until the glue is dry.

DIY Patriotic Pinwheel Hair Clip Tutorial at artsyfartsymama.com

Add a 1/4" strip of felt to the top of an alligator clip with hot glue. Then, attach the alligator clip felt side down to the back of the pinwheel. Once the glue has set, the pinwheel hair clip is done and ready to wear to show your USA pride!

DIY Patriotic Necklace and Pinwheel Hair Clip Tutorial at artsyfartsymama.com

My daughter is so excited to wear her new patriotic accessories this summer. And thanks to  Fizzy Pops, My Computer is My Canvas, and Busy Little Bird one of YOU will get to win all the supplies to make a patriotic necklace and felt pinwheel hair clips, too!!

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