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Saturday, August 27, 2011

DIY Necklaces

Saturday, August 27, 2011

DIY Necklaces

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I got some great deals on some jewelry pieces, so of course I had to give jewelry-making a try! After much searching, I finally found some Dimensional Magic - and certainly put it to good use! I had so much fun! Can't wait to make more, and believe me, I will :)

Sunday, August 21, 2011

Alfredo Lasagna Roll-Ups

Sunday, August 21, 2011

Alfredo Lasagna Roll-Ups

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When I saw the idea for rolled up lasagna on Pinterest, I knew I had to try it. Instead of making my regular lasagna recipe for the filling/sauce, I used my favorite alfredo recipe and chicken instead!
I made up my own version, and it turned out surprisingly FANTASTIC!


I will tell you how to make these babies in just a few, but first here is the recipe I love for
Alfredo Sauce:
1 pint heavy cream • 2 Tablespoon cream cheese
1 teaspoon garlic powder • 1 stick of butter
1/2 - 3/4 cup Parmesan cheese

In saucepan, combine butter, cream & cream cheese. Simmer until it's all melted & mixed well.
Add Parmesan & garlic powder. Simmer for 15-20 minutes on low.

Now that you have that ready, let's make some lasagna roll-ups!

To make 6 roll-ups, I used:
8x8" glass pan
6 lasagna noodles
alfredo sauce
2-3 chicken tenderloins
Italian seasoning
Mozzarella, Parmesan or whatever cheese you like

Prep pan by spraying with a little bit of non-stick spray and pour some alfredo sauce in to just cover the bottom of the pan. Start cooking the chicken with a little bit of Italian seasoning, and it helps to start boiling a pan of water for noodles at the same time.

When chicken is done, cut into small (slightly smaller than bite-size) pieces and split into 6 piles. When the water is at a rolling boil, drop in noodles and cook for about 8-10 minutes (or until al dente). Drain and rinse with cold water to prevent them from sticking to each other. (*Very Important!*) Lay out the noodles on some wax paper & blot dry with a paper towel.

Spread a little bit of alfredo sauce over each noodle. (Don't put too much or it will make a bigger mess for you to clean up later.) Sprinkle a little bit of Italian seasoning. Take one of your little groups of chicken and try to spread them out evenly over the noodle. Add a little bit of cheese. To roll up, start at one end and roll the noodle over the toppings. They can be hard to handle if they weren't dried. You won't be able to roll them tight and will have to lift the noodle a little over the chicken, otherwise you will end up pushing all the toppings out the other side.

Place the roll-up in the pan, seam-side down so they don't come undone. Once they are all in the pan, pour some more alfredo sauce overtop & try to get in between the roll-ups so they won't stick together. Sprinkle a little Italian seasoning if you want, then add cheese on top. Then bake at 350 degrees for about 30 minutes, or until the cheese is completely melted on top.

And that's it! Super easy, and so yummy!!
I love how they are single-sized, so you don't end up with a bunch of leftovers and they are great to pack in a lunch or freeze for later.

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Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Quiet {Flip} Book

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Quiet {Flip} Book

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 This is a project I have been working on since June. It's taken me a while, but I am SO happy with how it turned out!! Better than I expected! I'm not sure what to call it yet - it's a quiet book because it's made of cloth, but it's a flip/body/mix & match book... So for now, it's a quiet {flip} book!

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Frame Makeover & Printable

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Frame Makeover & Printable

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I had this old frame set I wanted to use, but I'm not a fan of the old, bronzy color. So, I gave it a makeover!

Take a look at the before & after:
It was so easy, and didn't take long at all. Love projects like this!

Here's how I did it:
Congratulations, frame. You are my next makeover victim! muahaha...

Let's take a closer look, shall we? See, the color isn't bad... it's just not my style.

 I painted a light coat of Metallic Pearl White paint (same paint used on Quatrefoil Canvas project) with a foam spouncer.
Just dot the paint on - sliding it across the frame didn't put the paint on right.
I do like the black antique look in all the cracks though, so I tried not to paint too much.

 This is after about 2 coats. I ended up doing 3 total to make sure I had all the bronze covered.
Make sure to wait for each coat to dry before starting the next one!

All done! I love how it turned out! So shiny & pretty!
Notice the difference a third coat of paint makes...

Then, I decided to make a cute picture to put on the inside. I love it!

What? You want one, too? Sure!! Just click on the picture to view full size & print one for yourself!
{Images are for personal use only; please don't resell or use for any commercial purposes. Thanks!}



Another before & after:

Then put it on display to remind yourself that being "YOU" is beautiful!