Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Cheesy Chicken and Pasta


This recipe is addictive.  Creamy, cheesy and full of flavor.  I can never stop myself from having seconds.  :) I hope you like it too!

Cheesy Chicken and Pasta

Ingredients:
8oz Penne Pasta
2 Tablespoon All-Purpose Flour
1/2 teaspoon Salt
1 teaspoon Ground Red Pepper
1/2 teaspoon Ground Black Pepper
2-3 Chicken Breast Halves, cubed
1 Tablespoon Vegetable Oil
1 cup chopped Green Bell Pepper
1/2 cup chopped White Onion
1 Tablespoon seeded and chopped, Jalapeno Pepper
2 cloves Garlic, minced
2 Tablespoon All-Purpose Flour
3/4 cup Chicken Broth
1/2 cup Milk
1 teaspoon Worcestershire Sauce
2 cups Shredded Monterey Jack Cheese (8oz)
1/4 cup Sour Cream

Cook pasta according to package directions.  Drain and keep warm.

In a small mixing bowl, combine flour, salt, red pepper, and black pepper. Toss flour mixture with chicken to coat. Set aside.

In a large skillet heat oil over medium-high heat (add more oil as necessary during cooking). Add bell pepper, onion, jalapeno and garlic; cook and stir until vegetables are tender. Remove vegetables and set aside.

Add chicken to skillet. Cook and stir 4-5 minutes or until chicken is no longer pink. Remove chicken from skillet and set aside.

Stir 2 Tablespoons flour into drippings in skillet. Add chicken broth, milk and Worcestershire sauce. Cook and stir until thickened and bubbly. Add the monterey jack cheese, stirring until cheese melts. Add sour cream and stir until blended. Stir in chicken, vegetables and pasta. Cook until heated through. Do not boil.

Makes 6 Servings

Monday, February 27, 2012

Link Party 56

It's time for another link party!  Before you link up check out my favorites from last week:

Rainbow Birthday Party from RACKS and Mooby

Coke Can Bracelet from Today's Mama

Homemade Glitter Playdough from Days of Chalk and Chocolate

Multicolored Striped Zebra Desk from Little House in the Big D

Fabric Lined Drawers from Cherished Bliss

Thank you all for linking up!  If your project was featured feel free to grab a button from my sidebar.


PARTY ETIQUETTE:
  • Please become a follower of Polish The Stars
  • Link up anything related to the domestic arts: crafts, recipes, photography, cleaning tips, money saving tips, decorating, etc. NO advertising or Etsy shops.
  • In the "Name" spot put the name of your project or recipe.
  • Link directly to your post - not your home page.
  • Add my button or a text link to your post to spread the word.
  • By linking up you give me permission to use content from your post for the purposes of featuring your project.
This party will be open until Friday at Midnight. My favorite projects will be featured at next week's party!


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Monday, February 20, 2012

Link Party 55

I'm in a bit of a hurry so this one is going to be short and sweet. :) Check out my favorite links from last week:

Alfredo Chicken Penne from A Pumpkin And A Princess


Pallet Backed Bookshelf from Over The Big Moon

Strawberry Bread from Short & Sweet

Vintage Nursery from The Stories of A & Z and Little B

Thank you all for linking up!  If your project was featured feel free to grab a button from my sidebar.


PARTY ETIQUETTE:
  • Please become a follower of Polish The Stars
  • Link up anything related to the domestic arts: crafts, recipes, photography, cleaning tips, money saving tips, decorating, etc. NO advertising or Etsy shops.
  • In the "Name" spot put the name of your project or recipe.
  • Link directly to your post - not your home page.
  • Add my button or a text link to your post to spread the word.
  • By linking up you give me permission to use content from your post for the purposes of featuring your project.
This party will be open until Friday at Midnight. My favorite projects will be featured at next week's party!


Polish The Stars

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Chicken Enchiladas


My husband and I love Mexican food and I have several Enchilada recipes so we can mix things up.  This one is one of my favorites!

Chicken Enchiladas
adapted from Campbell's Kitchen

Ingredients:
1 can (10 3/4 oz) Condensed Cream of Chicken Soup
1/2 cup Sour Cream
1 cup Picante Sauce
2 teaspoon Chili Powder
2 cups Cooked Chicken, chopped
2 cup shredded Monterey Jack Cheese, divided
8 Flour Tortillas
Tomato, chopped
Green Onions, chopped

In a medium bowl, stir together thesoup, sour cream, picante sauce, and chili powder.

In a large bowl, combine 1 cup of the soup mixture, chicken and 1 cup cheese.

Cover the bottom of an ungreased 9x13" baking dish with 1/2 cup of the soup mixture.  Divide the chicken mixture among the tortillas and spread down the middle of each one.  Place in the prepared baking dish seam side down.  Cover the filled tortillas with the remaining soup mixture.  Top with the remaining cheese.

Cover baking dish with aluminum foil and bake at 350F for 40 minutes or until the cheese is melted and edges are bubbly.  Top with tomato and green onions.

Monday, February 13, 2012

Monday Link Party 54

Maybe it's just because I'm hungry right now but seem to be even more awesome recipes than usual in the link party last week.  Here are a few of my favorite posts including a couple of the recipes.  :)

Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Brownies from Crumbs and Chaos.

Zipper & Chains Clutch from Unfortunately Oh!

Scribble Card from Lines Across My Face

Brownie Batter Dip from Once a Mom Always a Cook

Craft Room Art from Cherished Bliss

Thank you all for linking up!  If your project was featured feel free to grab a button from my sidebar.


PARTY ETIQUETTE:
  • Please become a follower of Polish The Stars
  • Link up anything related to the domestic arts: crafts, recipes, photography, cleaning tips, money saving tips, decorating, etc. NO advertising or Etsy shops.
  • In the "Name" spot put the name of your project or recipe.
  • Link directly to your post - not your home page.
  • Add my button or a text link to your post to spread the word.
  • By linking up you give me permission to use content from your post for the purposes of featuring your project.
This party will be open until Friday at Midnight. My favorite projects will be featured at next week's party!


Polish The Stars

Saturday, February 11, 2012

Safe To Eat Sugar Cookie Dough


I always loved eating cookie dough as a kid.  However, as I have gotten older my fear of food poisoning has curbed my desired to eat anything with raw eggs.  So I was thrilled when I found this recipe for safe cookie dough.  Now I can eat to my heart's content with my only fear being a sugar overdose!

Safe To Eat Sugar Cookie Dough
adapted from Willow Bird Baking

Ingredients:
1/2 cup Butter, softened
3/4 cup Granulated Sugar
1 1/3 cup All-Purpose Flour
1/2 teaspoon Pure Vanilla Extract
1-2 Tablespoons Water

In a medium bowl, cream butter and sugar for 2-3 minutes until light and fluffy. Mix in flour and vanilla.  Add water one Tablespoon at a time until you reach a cookie dough consistency.

NOTE: This recipe is just for people who want to eat the dough itself.  You cannot bake this.  Without eggs, baking powder, etc. they won't bake right. 

Friday, February 10, 2012

Dinosaur Eggs


Before making egg salad the other day, Jer and I had some fun and turned them into Dinosaur Eggs!  He had such a great time we ended up making a second batch.  :)


Start by hard boiling your eggs.  Once they are cool enough to handle, lightly press down and crack the shell but don't press so hard that you crack the egg itself.  Roll it a little to crack the shell all the way around.

For the dye I mixed 1 cup boiling water and 20 drops of green food coloring.  The box said to add some vinegar but I didn't have any and it worked fine since we were coloring the egg itself and not the shell.  Place the egg in the hot colored water and let sit for a few minutes then remove to a paper plate.  Repeat with remaining eggs.

Remove the shells and you have miniature dinosaur eggs!

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Pasta and Pinto Bean Chili



This chili has some serious kick to it and is not for the faint of heart.  If you don't like a lot of heat you might want to substitute tomatoes without the chilies or cut out the salsa.  For those who enjoy spicy foods - this one is for you!

Pasta & Pinto Bean Chili

Ingredients:
1 Tablespoon Vegetable Oil
1 cup chopped White Onion
1 cup chopped Green Bell Pepper
3 cup Water
1/2 cup Salsa
2 teaspoon Chili Powder
1/2 teaspoon Salt
1/4 teaspoon Ground Cinnamon
2 (10oz each) cans Diced Tomatoes with Green Chilies, undrained
4 oz Rotini noodles
1 (15oz) can Pinto Beans, rinsed and drained

In a large 4-quart pot, heat oil over medium-high heat.  Cook onion and bell pepper in oil for 3-5 minutes or until crisp-tender.  

Add remaining ingredients except pasta and beans.  Bring to a boil.  Reduce heat to medium-low and simmer uncovered for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally.

Stir in pasta and beans.  Bring to a boil then reduce heat to medium.  Cook, uncovered, 8-10 minutes until pasta is tender.

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Jeremy's Superhero Room


The Superhero Room is complete!  I've shown you how I created Superman's Closet Door...


...which opens into the superhero changing room...


....and the Gotham City Skyline Painted Headboard complete with the bat signal.


Now here is a look at the room as a whole.  This wall is by far my favorite but there are a few other little touches in the room that pull it all together.


The next wall has Jer's superhero logo that I cut out of black vinyl using my silhouette.  You could easily trace it on to contact paper or poster board and cut it out by hand though.  I installed a coat hook to hang his Superhero Cape.  I intended to make a Batman cape to go with it but my sewing machine died on me and I haven't been able to replace it yet.  :( 


Then there is the toy wall.  Yes, my son is very spoiled.  Between grandparents, great-grandparents, godparents, aunts, and hand-me-downs from the cousins...the boy gets a lot of toys.  We actually don't get to buy him very much ourselves because he is already so spoiled by everyone else!  


Our upstairs is an old converted attic so this wall is kind of weird with the angled ceiling and old chimney but for a kid's room it works pretty well.  Most of the toys fit on the two small white bookshelves from Walmart and the smaller toys go in plastic shoe boxes with photos on the front showing what kind of toys go in each one.


On the last wall hangs the comic book art that I made.  I had thought about tracing out the superheros and painting them on myself but I decided to go the easy route instead.  I used some comic books that we have for crafting purposes (not from my husband's collection - that would very be a bad idea) and decoupaged a few pages onto some scrap wood then nailed saw edge hangers on the back.

Most of the stuff we already had on hand so our purchases for the room were:
Sample size California Poppy (red) paint - $2.94
Sample size Sorcerer (dark gray) paint -$2.94
Black Comforter - $17.47

Not bad for a total of: $36.82!

Monday, February 6, 2012

Monday Link Party 53

Here are a few of my favorites from last week's awesome link party:


This Framed Skeleton Key from La Petite Vie is so simple and elegant.


Paint Speckled Pawprints created an awesome upcycle with this Scrap Wood Floor Lamp.  I love funky and unique pieces like this!


Can you believe that Bleak 2 Unique took that old curvy rocking chair and transformed it into this cute Tangerine Owl?!


The Book of Jimmy shared these beautiful Door Knob Coat Hangers.  I've seen different versions of these but I love how this one includes the plate with the skeleton key hole.


It's always difficult to find fun boy crafts so it was great to see this Volcano Tutorial from A Pumpkin And A Princess.

Thank you all for linking up!  If your project was featured feel free to grab a button from my sidebar.



PARTY ETIQUETTE:
  • Please become a follower of Polish The Stars
  • Link up anything related to the domestic arts: crafts, recipes, photography, cleaning tips, money saving tips, decorating, etc. NO advertising or Etsy shops.
  • In the "Name" spot put the name of your project or recipe.
  • Link directly to your post - not your home page.
  • Add my button or a text link to your post to spread the word.
  • By linking up you give me permission to use content from your post for the purposes of featuring your project.
This party will be open until Friday at Midnight. My favorite projects will be featured at next week's party!


Polish The Stars

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Conversation Heart Cake


I'm not a big fan of Valentine's Day so this is probably the only post you will find here on the topic this year.  The one thing that I do like about it is the conversation hearts!  Not the sweettart kind though - it has to be the old school necco wafer kind.  

I was hungry for cake the other day and decided to bake two heart shape cakes and turn them into conversation hearts.  I just used a funfetti mix and a can of vanilla icing with a bit of red icing coloring.  Then glitter red gel icing left over from my cake balls.  Nothing fancy but it was an easy and fun treat.  :)