Thursday, July 31, 2014

No-Sew DIY T-shirts

I  found these easy no-sew 
D.I.Y T-shirt 
ideas on Pinterest 
So my daughters and I
gathered some old t-shirts
and created fun new shirts!

Here's How:

The first one is super simple
Just cut off the collar
and the cuffs of both sleeves.
Then cut a slit from top of the sleeve 
from the shoulder down.
Now take the cuffs 
and cut off the stitching.
Use the cuffs 
as string for the bows.
Pinch the top of the shoulder and the neck
and cinch it together in a bow.
Like this:

Next was my oldest daughter's
school t-shirt, 
which she wears as a
night shirt since it's a 
little too big.
But not anymore!

I started by cutting off the sleeves
in half oval shapes
creating a tank top.
Then I cut in triangles 
on each sides of the back.
Next I took some extra pieces
from a tank that I cut
(not pictured)
and tied bows 
around the middle of the back
and the shoulders.
Now she has a fun summer tank
which I think would 
be great as a swim suit cover!

For my youngest,
who is a little bit of a spitfire,
I decided to try the fringe bottom.
So I did everything 
exactly the same as the first t-shirt
but then I took it a step further
by cutting slits up the 
bottom of the shirt 
all the way around.
She loves her new fringe shirt
and the best part about it is 
this t-shirt had a hole at the bottom 
of the sleeve which is now gone!

This was a super fun and easy project.
For the first round we used old t-shirts that we 
didn't really care too much about.
Next I am going to try this
with some of my (mens) vintage comic book 
t-shirts to give them a "girly" look.
Will post more on that later.

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Cheesy Chicken Enchiladas Verde

Cheesy Chicken Enchiladas Verde 

Step One: Poach Chicken

Season Chicken with Cumin, 
Oregano, Cayenne Pepper, Fresh Ground Pepper
and whatever other seasonings you prefer
Place Chicken Breasts in a stock pot 
Cover with Chicken broth/stock
Add one lime cut in half
and half an onion cut in half
Bring to a boil.
Cover and reduce heat
Simmer 20 minutes
until chicken is fully cooked

Step Two: Mix Enchilada Filling

Shred chicken in large bowl
Add a big spoonful of cream cheese
and a big spoonful of sour cream
Half a can of green chile enchilada sauce
1 can of diced green chiles 
season to taste.

Step Three: Roll Enchiladas

Spoon 1/8 cup of filling in each tortilla
Roll enchiladas and arrange in casserole dish

Step Four: Top Enchiladas

Cover with remainder of enchilada sauce
Top with grated cheese

Step Five: Bake Enchiladas
Cover with foil
and bake at 375 degrees
for 20 minutes.
Remove foil
Bake for 10 more minutes


Monday, July 21, 2014

Chicken Salad 3 Ways

 I love chicken salad
and I'm not talking about 
canned chicken and mayo
on a boring old piece of bread.
I am talking about 
beautifully poached chicken 
salad with the works! 

Here are three wonderful ways 
to serve up chicken salad:
In a wrap:
On a bun:
Over a bed of lettuce:

To poach your chicken 

You'll need:
Chicken broth
Half an Onion
Boneless, Skinless Chicken Breast

Put ingredients into a stock pot 
and bring to a boil.
Reduce heat to low, 
and simmer for about 20 minutes.
Then let chicken cool.

While the chicken is cooling,
assemble "the works"
Chop fruit, veggies & nuts.

Suggested ingredients:

Green Apples, Red Onions, Celery, 
Carrots, Grapes, Walnuts, Pecans, 
Dried Cranberries, Dried Cherries, Raisins...

Next shred chicken.

Then whip up your dressing.
To cut back on calories use equal parts 
mayo and plain greek yogurt.
*I like to add about a spoonful 
of honey mustard.

Finally mix it all up and
season with dill weed, garlic powder
and fresh ground pepper.

Monday, July 14, 2014

Let's talk Breakfast

I admit, 
I used to skip breakfast all the time. 
Until I discovered all the benefits
of eating a healthy breakfast.
Then I realized it's actually really easy!

Quick and Easy Breakfast Ideas

Freezing your fruit ahead of time
makes breakfast a breeze!
Get my Purple Kale Smoothie Recipe Here:

This is my secret weapon for a 
guilt-free protein-packed breakfast:

Breakfast Taco

Caloric Breakdown:
5 Tablespoons of Egg Whites (42 Cal.) 
(Cooked with nonstick olive oil cooking spray)
1 Wheat & Black Bean Tortilla (100 Cal.)
Sprinked with cheddar cheese (approximately 60 Cal.)
Topped with a spoonful of Homemade Salsa (4 Cal.)
Total: 206 Calories
Add a piece of fruit 
and you've got a balanced breakfast!


Sunday, July 13, 2014

Welcome Home Cookies

I bake these cookies
every time my husband returns
 from a business trip.

Sometimes I think he goes on
fakes trips just so that I will make 
these cookies.

So I suppose they don't 
have to be "Welcome Home" cookies.
They could just be, 
"Here have a cookie" cookies
or "Nice shirt, here's a cookie" cookies
or even,
"It's Wednesday, lets eat cookies" cookies

All I'm saying is,
you have GOT to try these cookies!
*Preferably with a big glass of ice cold milk

Here's what you'll need: 

1 cup butter
1/4 cup sugar
3/4 cup brown sugar
1 package of butterscotch instant pudding
2 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/8 cup cream cheese
2 1/2 cups flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 cups chocolate chips

Step one: Cream together the butter and sugar
Step two: Mix in pudding mix, eggs, vanilla, and cream cheese
Step three: Mix dry ingredients in a medium bowl
Step four: Combine dry ingredients and wet ingredients. 
Step five: Fold in chocolate chips
Step six: Cover and chill in refrigerator for 1 hour 
*or freeze for 15 minutes.
Step seven: Form round cookie dough balls 
and place on baking sheet. 
Step between 7 and 8: Eat cookie dough 
(or not, because it contains raw eggs and raw eggs are bad,
 or do because come on, it's cookie dough
 it's super yummy. Hey, it's your call.)
Step eight: Bake for 12 minutes
Step nine: Cool on baking sheet for 90 seconds
Step ten: Let cool on cooling rack

Celebrating a birthday? 
Skip the cake!

Make these "Birthday Cookies"

Happy Birthday

Here's a stack of cookies!

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Zucchini Meatball Sub

Meatball subs are kind of my weakness
 So when my kids begged me 
to make them last night,
I admit I got a little nervous. 
Since I've been pretty "good" lately,
I didn't want to let those
gooey meatballs 
lure me into eating way too much
like those little temptresses always do. 
So I improvised,
skipped the bun, 
and created a zucchini sub instead! 
I have to say, 
I think I actually prefer it this way. 

Here's the recipe:

Homemade Turkey Meatballs

One Pound Ground Turkey
One Egg
1/2 Cup Breadcrumbs
Half an Onion (Diced)
1/4 Cup Fresh Grated Parmesan
Couple shakes of Worcestershire sauce
Splash of milk
Italian Seasonings
Garlic Powder
Red Pepper Flakes
Salt & Pepper

*I don't ever really measure seasoning.

So just be generous 

and you'll end up with tasty meatballs.

Mix everything in a large bowl.
Form your meatballs.
Place them on a baking sheet 
(After lining it with foil 
and spraying it down with nonstick spray.)
Bake in preheated oven at 375 degrees 
for about 25 minutes.

Of course you're welcome to make your own sauce
after all, Homemade is Better.
But I took the easy way out this time
and used a jar of whatever was in the pantry.

Now at this point go ahead 
toast your bun or hoagie
and serve it up old school


Skip the bun (and the carbs)
Grill up a few slices of zucchini instead.
Trust me, 
You won't even miss the bread!
Top with fresh parmesan. 


Monday, July 7, 2014

Meatless Monday: Quinoa and Black Bean Tacos

Haven't tried Quinoa? 

What are you waiting for?!

There are so many benefits of eating this  
It's affordable, extremely healthy 
can be served hot or cold, 
and is darn tasty too!

Quick and easy
 Meatless Monday recipe
with Quinoa:


Olive Oil
Vegetable Broth, Black Beans, 
Diced Green Chiles, Diced Tomatoes

Cumin, Cayenne Pepper, Black Pepper, 
Frozen Corn, Fresh Cilantro


Step one: In a large sauce pan
saute onion and garlic in olive oil.
Step two: Add quinoa and vegetable broth, 
diced tomatoes/green chiles, and seasoning.
Step three: Bring to a boil, reduce heat and cover, 
simmer for 20 minutes.

Step four: Add frozen corn and 
simmer 5 more minutes.
Step five: Stir in black beans and cilantro

Serve with tortillas, 
cheese and sour cream if desired.

Saturday, July 5, 2014

Greek Pasta Salad

This salad is super easy and super SUPER tasty! 

Here's what you'll need:

1/2 Box Bowtie pasta (cooked)
 1 Cucumber (chopped)
2 Roma tomatoes (chopped)
1/8 cup Banana peppers (chopped)
 1/4 cup Kalamata olives
1 Cup of Italian dressing 

Here's how easy it is: 

Mix everything,
and you're done. 


Adapted from Chef in Training