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Thursday, May 26, 2016

Freedom Fridays With All My Bloggy Friends #134


Welcome My Friends to another week of sharing, bloggy love and lots of fun!! 
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This Week's Features!



   Enchilritochanga from The Ramblings of An Aspiring Small Town Girl ***Most Viewed*** 
Americana Decoupage Chairs from H2O Bungalow
Watermelon Lime Ice (Granita) from The Domestic Lifestylist
Backyard BBQ Decor Ideas from Old Time Pottery (Do More for Less)
Southern Ambrosia from I Should Be Mopping the Floor
 Harry Potter Inspired Wands from Saw It Did It
Mixed Berry Tart Recipe from The Jenny Evolution



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Monday, May 23, 2016

Pesto Chicken Salad


 I think I am married to the number one fan of basil!   My sweet hubby loves loads of basil in sauces, in Bruschetta and in Pesto! (his favorite)    
 And just this week, our basil in our herb garden was ready to be harvested, so we whipped up our first batch of Homemade Basil Pesto for the summer!     Store bought pesto is delicious but Homemade Pesto with Fresh Basil from the garden is amazing!  But alas we are watching our carbs this month so Pasta was not on our menu, so we came up with a delicious twist on Chicken Salad, a Pesto Chicken Salad!    This could be served on a garden salad, stuffed into tomatoes or even on bread for a delicious sandwich.    
**Be sure and check out our recipe for Homemade Pesto, either click thru here or scroll to the bottom for pictures of other recipes we love! 


Pesto Chicken Salad

Ingredients
  • 4 cups of cooked chicken breasts, shredded or chopped (about 2 large breasts)
  • 3 Tablespoons of finely chopped red onion
  • 1/3 cup Homemade basil pesto (or store bought) 
  • 2 tablespoons mayonaise
Instructions
1. Combine pesto, mayonnaise and onion in a medium bowl.
2. Add the shredded chicken and toss to coat
3. Serve on a bed of lettuce or on top of a tossed salad
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Some of our other favorites:




Basil Pesto




Pesto Pasta



Stromboli 



Bruschetta





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Thursday, May 19, 2016

Freedom Fridays With All My Bloggy Friends #133



Welcome My Friends to another week of sharing, bloggy love and lots of fun!! 
This party is a Rules Free Party and we welcome all your recipes, crafts, projects, giveaways, etc!!
 Jamie @ Love Bakes Good Cakes  and I love to see what you are doing and we work hard sharing as many of your links as we can on our social media sites!! 


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This Week's Features!

Farmers Goulash from Miz Helen's Country Cottage ***Most Viewed*** 
Loaded Carnita Skillet Nachos on the Grill from A Little Slice of Us
Chalk Painted Concrete from Woods of Bell Trees
Mexican Stuffed Shells from Tornadough Alli
How to Make Paper Hyacinth Flowers from One Little Project
Italian Lemon Bundt Cake from Cooking with Carlee
DIY Patriotic Shutter from Hoosier Homemade

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Thursday, May 12, 2016

Freedom Fridays With All My Bloggy Friends #132


Welcome My Friends to another week of sharing, bloggy love and lots of fun!! 
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This Week's Features!



   DIY Boxed Zippered Pouch from Gluesticks ***Most Viewed*** 
DIY Fire Pit Cover and Game Board from All Things Heart and Home
Hasselback Chicken Stuffed with Mozzarella, Tomato and Basil from Walking on Sunshine
Wire May Day Basket from Dukes and Duchesses
Mini Taco Salad Cups from Meatloaf and Melodrama
 How to Make a Sunflower Wreath from How to Make a Burlap Wreath
The Best Red Enchilada Recipe from My Latina Table



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Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Vintage Crochet Doilies on Embroidery Hoops Collage


Since I have been undecided concerning the direction I wished to take in decorating my Master bedroom here on the ranch, the walls were still bare until just recently!  
   I visualized something totally different from most ranch-houses but still something that reflected my idea of a charming vintage bedroom.   My sweet (and very talented) sis-in-law had found a picture of a collage of numerous wooden embroidery hoops encircling vintage crochet doilies. The hoops were hung from a branch that would be perfect hanging behind a bed!   After she completed her gorgeous collage she sweetly passed a basket of various wooden embroidery hoops to me that she didn't need.    (no worries, as soon as she gets her collage hung in the guesthouse at her ranch, I'll ask for pictures) 



   Any way, we started with this basket of leftover hoops that my mother-in-law had collected over the years.     And then we were able to find numerous vintage hand crocheted doilies in the local antique stores in several sizes.   We found that one can usually buy these doilies anywhere from $1 to $4 per doily! 

  Some of the doilies were not quite big enough for the frames or they were just too large and some of the intricate work would be lost if they were cut to size so we decided to cover the hoops with burlap.  I had several yards of burlap left over from another project that would be perfect as a backing to display the doilies on the frames.

   
We placed the burlap on the hoop and trimmed it with just enough burlap to fold down over the inside of the frame.  




We used crafters glue to carefully bend and seal the leftover burlap to the inside of the embroidery frame.   It did take a little time to get the leftover burlap to stick neatly since burlap is so coarse.   We  continued to work on it, adding more glue as needed and used wet paper towels to press the glued burlap to the frame. It just took a little patience and this was the neat result. 
  The doily was then tacked or sewed to the front of the burlap



For the doilies that were the correct size, we put the doily on top of the burlap and then applied the hoop over both layers.  Using the craft glue, the burlap and the doily were neatly glued down to the inside of the hoop.   We did need to trim or cut some of the doilies to fit but the glue will keep the doilies from unraveling.    

  

We began assembling the collage by laying the hoops out on the floor and playing with the pattern placement.  We ended up buying a couple more small frames to fill in our collage.    You can see where we have a few of the doilies not attached at this point so we could play with the sizes and determine how many more were needed to get the result we wanted.   




After we had our placement to our liking, we had to attach each hoop to another in a manner that we could hang the entire collage.  




We made sure the hoops touched each other on at least three sides and using a pencil, we marked each spot.   We worked starting at the top with two or three at a time. 




We drilled two tiny holes, one on each side of every penciled mark with a 1/16"  drill bit.   








Cut a piece of jewelry wire about 3  or 3 1/2 inches long and bend it into this shape.  




Slide the wire into the holes of the first hoop and then slide it into the corresponding holes of the next hoop and twist the two ends of the wire to secure the hoops together.   We had to carefully flip each section of the collage back and forth as we were attaching the wires, checking each time that we did not lose our arrangement pattern. 



We hung the collage using screws and the metal portion of the hoops.   We attached it in several places to insure it would hang at the desired level and angle.  




This could be made in different arrangements and sizes but ours measures about  46 inches wide and 38 inches tall.        (FYI-This is a King size bed)


Our Supplies and Tools used for this project:

3-   12" wooden embroidery hoops
5-   10" wooden embroidery hoops
2-     8" wooden embroidery hoops
3-     6" wooden embroidery hoops
2-     4" wooden embroidery hoops

15 vintage doilies in various sizes to fit the hoops

2 yards of burlap

craft glue

jewelry wire 

screws to mount collage on wall

Drill and 1/16" drill bit
needle and thread to tack or sew doilies to the burlap frames




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Thursday, May 5, 2016

Freedom Fridays With All My Bloggy Friends #131


Welcome My Friends to another week of sharing, bloggy love and lots of fun!! 
This party is a Rules Free Party and we welcome all your recipes, crafts, projects, giveaways, etc!!
 Jamie @ Love Bakes Good Cakes  and I love to see what you are doing and we work hard sharing as many of your links as we can on our social media sites!! 



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This Week's Features!



   Easy Chicken Enchilada Verde Soup from Suburban Simpicity  ***Most Viewed*** 
How to Make Your Own Signs from My Love 2 Create
Upside Down Strawberries and Cream Cake from Tornadough Alli
Decadent Mudslide Cupcakes from Virtually Yours
X Planter from My Love 2 Create
 Snickers Cookies Recipe from Swanky Recipes
God Bless the USA Free Printable from How to Nest for Less



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Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Best Homemade Guacamole


I don't think I have ever met anyone that doesn't like Guacamole and to be honest, I have never met any guacamole that I don't like!   I think it is because I am just a lover of avocados, so anytime I can dip a chip in it, I'm happy!  I make my guacamole just a little different, a little chunky but with a creamier taste.   I get this my adding the old controversial, Miracle Whip, not enough to dilate those awesome avocados but just enough to add the right creamy flavor.     And I don't add lime juice!  Yikes!   No worries, for some reason (not a science major here) the Miracle Whip will delay the guacamole from turning brown so quickly just like lime juice but not with that lime flavor!   And I add a little bit of heat (or as we say a little "bite" with fresh roasted Jalapeños!  
 Anyway all this brings the right balance for my household and I hope you will enjoy it also!     



Guacamole
Ingredients
  • 2 fresh jalapeños
  • 1/2 cup fresh cilantro
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 4 large avocados
  • 5 roma tomatoes, seeded and diced
  • ½ cup diced red onion
  • ¼ cup Miracle Whip dressing
Instructions
1. In a blender or small food processor, puree the cilantro, Miracle Whip and salt together until smooth
2. Roast the jalapeños on a grill or grill skillet until blackened, place in small brown paper bag while still hot and seal to steam.
3. In a medium bowl, roughly mash the avocados and stir in the cilantro, miracle whip mixture
4. Remove the jalapeños from the bag and peel. Cut off the stem and dice the jalapeños
5. Gently stir in the diced jalapeños, tomatoes and onion.
6. Serve with tortilla chips or as a compliment to any Mexican dish
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Other Mexican Dishes you might Enjoy:



Steak Tacos



Carne Asada




Chicken Enchilada Casserole





Red Enchiladas, Stacked Chihuahua  Style








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Thursday, April 28, 2016

Freedom Fridays With All My Bloggy Friends #130



Welcome My Friends to another week of sharing, bloggy love and lots of fun!! 
This party is a Rules Free Party and we welcome all your recipes, crafts, projects, giveaways, etc!!
 Jamie @ Love Bakes Good Cakes  and I love to see what you are doing and we work hard sharing as many of your links as we can on our social media sites!! 


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This Week's Features!



Bakery Style Banana Bread from Gluesticks ***Most Viewed*** 
Tired Tray from The Navage Patch
Spinach Dip Stuffed French Bread from Tornadough Alli
Repurposed Changing Table to Potting Bench from DIY Inspired
Mushroom Asiago Chicken from Living On Cloud Nine
DIY Crazy Colorful Crayons from The Homespun Hydrangea
Cheesy Zucchini Rice from Everyday Made Fresh 

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Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Pesto Pasta


I'm sure I have mentioned way too many times how much we love basil here on the Ranch!  Bruschetta and Pesto Pasta are our all time favorite ways to enjoy this wonderful herb and I grow as much basil as I can and we devour all of it, I mean all of it. 
   This time of the year, I am in complete withdrawal since our basil is just now getting big enough to pick. (I know I can buy fresh basil in our local market, but it is just so expensive to make into pesto)   So I wait and sweet talk my new little basil plants until we have enough leaves to harvest for a batch of our Homemade Basil Pesto! (for my favorite go-to basil pesto recipe, click right here or scroll down for pictures and click thru there)  
It was so funny, that it took me forever to learn to make Pesto Pasta.    It's not hard but some things I just can't grasp, I mean I always thought that there had to be more to it than just mix!    Yep, I kinda over-thought that but it's so easy and I'm embarrassed it took me so long.  HA
  Anyways for a quick dinner, this is such a delicious fresh way to enjoy pasta and for a variation, add strips or cubes of cooked chicken or strips of leftover steak.  Serve with crusty bread and a fresh salad (or this Mozzarella ,Tomato, Black Olive and Cucumber Salad)  and we hope you enjoy it, my friends.   




Pasta with Basil Pesto

Ingredients
  • 12 ounces of bow tie pasta (or your favorite pasta)
  • Homemade Pesto (Click for recipe)  (or store bought can be substituted
  • Shredded fresh Parmesan cheese, optional
Instructions
1. Cook pasta in boiling salted water according to package instructions
2. Drain and return to pan
3. Spoon pesto onto the hot pasta, gently stirring to coat
4. Continue to add pesto according to your taste
5. Top with parmesan Cheese, if desired
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