Saturday, November 22, 2014

One Pan Complete Chicken Dinner

The other night I was trying to decide what to make for dinner.  It was a busy night and I couldn't think of anything.  I knew I had chicken in my house so I headed over to pinterest and typed in Chicken Casserole (am I the only one who does this?).

I would not call this recipe a casserole but I would call it delicious and easy!

I found it over at Recipe Binder.  I'll be honest, I kind of expected this one to just be food we could eat.  I wasn't expecting fantastic but it really was.

For my family of nine I used:
8 chicken breasts
4 cans of cut green beans
10 potatoes
1 cup of butter
2 packages of Italian dressing mix

I expected leftovers.  I was foolish.  We maybe had a half a cup of green beans left, if there had been more potatoes and chicken it would have been eaten.  The chicken was incredibly moist, the potatoes were cooked through, the beans were nice and hot, and everything was very flavorful.

I split everything into 2-9x13 casserole dishes.  My chicken was probably still 80% frozen (so you know it doesn't need to be totally defrosted).  Lay things into the casserole dish as show in the photo.  I sliced up my sticks of butter and spread out over the chicken, potatoes, and green beans.  Then sprinkle a package of Italian dressing over the top of everything.  Cover with tinfoil and bake for an hour at 350°.

When I told Paula about how great this recipe turned out she said "Oh, I've seen that, our cousin recently made it!".  She mixed it up a little bit with red potatoes and Italian seasoning if you want to try that check hers out.

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Christmas Cards

There is a list a mile long of favorite things at Christmas time but at the top of the list is Christmas cards. I love to make cards and Christmas gives you a great opportunity to create some beautiful and unique cards.  These are a few of the cards I've made in the past few years.  I also like to use them when I decorate the house for the Holidays. 

I found this red card with a square already cut out which made it pretty easy to decorate.  The glitter paper really helps the Christmas tree pop. I also liked the shape of this card because it is different.

This next card is my favorite. It has a lot of detail and dimension.  The ornament is made out of glitter paper and beads to embellish it.  The tree is paper with sequins and the L was cut out of thin cardboard and wrapped with yarn.  I was so thrilled with how it turned out. I really want to make this same card only bigger to display.

The idea for this card came from the shape of a gift tag.  I used 12x12 red cardstock paper and folded it to make an accordion card. Each tag is 4 inches.  I used ribbon on this card to finish it off.

The unique thing about this card is the circle is a coaster.  I found a package of them in the $1 bin at Joann's and I thought it fit right into the style of this card.  

I hope these cards help give you a few new ideas for handmade Christmas Cards this year.  When you take the time to make someone a card it really shows them how much you care about them.

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Riverton Housewives Round Up #137

Another week of 2014 is gone, insanity I tell ya!  This past weekend Paula and I loaded up in my birthday present (Nate bought me a awesome is he?!!) and headed to see family in Idaho for a few days.  In case you're wondering no one has more fun than we do :)  Here's a tiny little video so you can laugh and smile with us.

Next week is Thanksgiving, can you believe it?  This year has literally flown by.  Have a wonderful week!

Welcome to the Riverton Housewives Round Up #137!
  We want to see it all!  Recipes, crafts, organization, refashioning...whatever you can come up with!
After linking up, please take some time to check out some of the other link and share the love! :-)

We only have a few rules to play at our party!

~You must be a follower of our blog.  (Feel free to follow us on Facebook too!)
~Please pick a couple of your favorite posts and link up.  Just make sure it's nothing you've linked up with us before!
~Make sure you link back to our blog somewhere in your post or on your blog.  (A text link will be fine, but we do have a great button over there on the right you can use too!)
~Please no giveaways or Etsy shops.
~And we'd love for you to check out a few other linkers to share the love!

If you have been featured, be sure to check out our Pinterest where we have pinned all your awesome creations!
Also as a reminder, if we can't save a photo or link to the URL we can't feature your awesome stuff.

So get to linking up!  We can't wait to see all the amazing stuff you all have to share!

Here is what we LOVED from last Round Up!

If you're looking to get a jump start on Christmas you should head over to The Ribbon Retreat Blog, it's full of wonderful ideas including this Santa Painted Mason Jar.  Isn't it so adorable.

Life is Poppin' is treating us to this adorable (and simple) Thanksgiving treat.  My kids are going to have so much fun making these Easy Candy Corn Turkey Cookies.

Speaking of Thanksgiving!  If you're looking for some fun activities to do throughout the day the Lou Lou Girls have a whole bunch of Family Friendly Thanksgiving Games to keep everyone busy and having fun.

Our most viewed for the week comes from It's Always Ruetten and is a Round Up of Slow Cooker Meals for Fall.  I don't know about you but I am incredibly intrigued by the Pizza Soup, I think my kids would love it.

We're always so thankful to everyone who comes and parties with us.  I'm looking forward to you all helping me figure out my menu for the upcoming weeks and of course there are crafts that need to be made.  I can't wait to see what you've been up to!

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Red And White Pasta

My friend brought this red and white pasta dish to our family for dinner one night and they all loved it. I asked her for the recipe and I was so surprised how easy it was. My kids don't usually like tomatoes and most red sauces so I was happy how much they loved this! It goes great with these easy  breadsticks here. This recipe is perfect to make earlier in the day when you know you are going to have a busy night and just pop it in the oven when you are ready to eat! 

Monday, November 17, 2014

Fun Christmas Projects

I can't believe Thanksgiving is next week!  I feel pretty unprepared that Christmas is right around the corner.  I'm a total Christmas shopping procrastinator...I'm always running around at the last minute to make sure I have everything I need.  You'd think one of these years I'd learn! :-)
If you're looking to get a little bit of a jumpstart on the holidays, check out these fun Christmas projects!  

This Christmas Card storage helps you keep all the cards you get from each year together!

Kids always want to give gifts to their friends and this is a fun way to let them!  Another big plus is that the kids can do most of the work! :-)

Check out this post for lots of wonderful ideas for homemade Christmas cards!

This Block Nativity Set is child friendly and pretty easy to make!  

A Santa Beard Advent Calendar is perfect for little ones!  You just add a cotton ball to his beard each day to count down to Christmas!

A Book Advent Calendar is so much fun!  You get to open a new book each night and share a fun Christmas story!

I hope these have given  you some fun Christmas ideas!  What are your favorite Christmas projects?


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