Thursday, November 29, 2012

Stuffed Chicken Shells {freezer meal}

My friend Holly made Stuffed Chicken Shells for our November Meal Exchange. It was so yummy and definitely on our future meal list. 

This isn't my typical dump and freezer recipe but the time you spend on this recipe is worth it. The recipe feeds 12 so you can easily split this into two or even three meal (if you have a small family). 

Chicken Stuffed Shells

1- 12 oz box of stuffed shells
1-tablespoon of vegetable oil
1-onion, chopped
4-skinless, boneless chicken breast, chopped into small pieces or shredded 
2-boxes of Stuffing, any flavor
1-cup mayonnaise
2-10 3/4 oz can of condensed cream of chicken soup

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Bring large pot of water to boil to cook shells. Cook according to package directions; drain. Set aside. 

In the meantime, in a large skillet, heat oil. Add onion and cook 2 to 3 minutes. Add chicken breast pieces and stir-fry until cooked through, about 10 minutes. Remove from heat. 

Prepare stuffing according to package directions. In a large bowl, mix prepared stuffing with cooked chicken and onion mixture. Stir in mayonnaise. Use a large spoon to generously fill the cooked pasta shells with the stuffing mixture. 

After stuffing the individual shells, arrange them on a cookie sheet lined with wax paper, and freeze. Store the frozen stuffed shells in a resealable freezer bag.

To serves arrange stuffed shells in two lightly greased 9-by-13-inch baking pans. In a bowl, combine cream of chicken soup with 2 soup cans of water. Pour the mixture over the shells. Cover the pans with aluminum foil and bake for 45 minutes until heated through and bubbly.

If you don't like canned condensed soup here's a recipe for homemade condensed cream of chicken soup


Wednesday, November 28, 2012

4380 days

4380 days ago I married my friend, love, soul mate. There was no dress or guest list. Just two people promising to spend their lives together. Some days are amazing and a few are ugly. But I have loved every one of them. I'm thankful that he choose to live life with me. Happy Anniversary, my love!

Our eleventh.

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Tuesday 10 {Holiday Movies}

Today I'm co-hosting Tuesday 10 with the dynamic Lena from Lena B, Actually. This week's prompt is favorite holiday movies. This is only a prompt. Any and all list are welcome.

Warning: This list is not a family friendly list. ;) Here are my favorite adult holiday movies, in no particular order.

Die Hard- Nothing says holiday cheer more than John McClane saving his wife from terrorists during a Christmas party. 
Gremlins- I'm putting a Mogwai on my Christmas list. I could follow the rules. 
Love Actually- I love movies with lots of storylines that come together in the end. It such a feel good movie. 
National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation- The lights, the tree blowing up, the moose mug. Hilarious!
Elf- Elf is another hilarious Christmas movie. "I just like to smile. Smiling's my favorite". 
Trading Places- What could go wrong when a broker and street hustler change places? So so much! 
Edward Scissorhands- Who doesn't love Johnny Depp in this beautiful yet heartbreaking love story? Swoon!
Bad Santa- I love the kid!
Christmas with the Kranks- This movie is very cheesy but I watch it every.single.time it's on tv.
Lethal Weapon- Murtaugh and Riggs had an unlucky Christmas. I love the chemistry between the two.
Interesting facts:  Five of these movies are from the 80's.  I guess you can tell what I grew up watching.  Also Jamie Lee Curtis is on the list twice.  Did you notice that A Christmas Story is missing?  I have to be honest, I don't like the movie.  I watch it every year because hubs loves it, but me not so much.

What's your favorite adult Christmas movie?

Monday, November 26, 2012

Hello Monday

We had a lovely Thanksgiving. This year I hosted dinner and loved starting new tradition. I am very blessed.
Hello family day. Since Jesse worked most of Thanksgiving, we made Friday family day. It involved pjs, ridiculously long naps, playing games and a lot of snuggling. It was a perfect day.

Hello flurries. Saturday we had a few flurries so the girls went outside to catch them. Olivia was so excited. She was running around yelling, "winter is coming, winter is coming." Oh the joy of childhood. Wait until she finds out we have snow in the forecast for Tuesday.
Hello Christmas tree. The girls helped me decorate the tree Sunday. They loved it a little too much.
They could not keep their little hands off the ornaments. There was a lot of redirection, a couple of time outs and an early bedtime because mama and daddy were just plain tired.  My punishment for giving them an early bedtime was they were up at 5 am this morning and playing with the tree within two minutes of seeing it. Sigh... *update* I just fished a glass ornament out of Emily's mouth so now all the ornaments live on the top 1/4 of the tree.
Hello sickies. I was hoping to get a few new items listed last night but Olivia woke up crying and then threw up all over her bed. So I traded in the laptop for some snuggles.

Although I don't have new items I still have a sale that ends today. Use code THANKS2012 for 25% off all items in the shop. This will be the last sale I have this year. So if you've been eyeing something, now is the time to buy it.

Linking with Hello Monday and Miscellany Monday

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Black Friday/Cyber Monday

This weekend marks the biggest shopping season of the year. Are you a Black Friday shopper? Not me. Going to the mall on the weekend gives me hives. I can't imagine going out on Black Friday. But I do plan on taking advantage of some on-line sales.

So, while you are making your shopping list, I want to introduce you to some great shops (owned by some of my favorite people) and share their Black Friday/Cyber Monday sales with you.

BAM Crafty Mommas is having a 20% off sale Friday-Monday  Use the code THANKS20. My girls love her chalkboard mats and her baby bibs and burp clothes are so soft. Angel is also offering free shipping on a bundle of 10 coffee sleeves. They are perfect stocking stuffers.

Baby Zebra Creations is having a 25% off sale Friday-Monday, on all items including personalized items. Use code HOHOHOLIDAY25. If you are looking for a unique children's gifts, Amy has got you covered. She offers the cutest reusable coloring pages. And don't tell Olivia but she's getting a mermaid towel for Christmas.

The Strawberry Hill is having a $7 (30% off) headband sale Friday-Monday on Facebook. I can't not tell how much I love her headbands. I wish I could buy Sasha made coordinating headbands for the girls for our family photos. I also have a couple of headbands for myself and they are so comfortable.

Imprintalish Handmade is having a 20% off sale Friday-Monday. Use code BLACK20. Lish creates the coolest upcycled accessories. I love all the textures and materials in her pieces. I've got a serious eye on that bracelet. Lish also has an ongoing 10% off sale until Christmas. Use code HOLIDAY.

And of course, October Morning is also having a sale Friday-Monday. I'm offering 25% off all items with the code THANKS2012.

If you are new to Etsy, Little Blue Feathers has a great post on how to buy on Etsy. While I'm talking about Little Blue Feathers, let me just say that she makes me want a dog. These bow ties and flower accessories make me smile every time I see them.

If you have a sale going on this weekend please leave your information in the comments. Happy Shopping!

Monday, November 19, 2012

Hello Monday

Hello Thanksgiving week! My house is a hot mess. We still have Halloween decorations up and I'm just itching to put up our Christmas decorations. However, we're hosting Thanksgiving dinner for Jesse's family this year so Christmas will have to wait until Friday.
 Hello small town parades. We joined some friends for our town's annual Christmas parade. All the kids had so much fun. Olivia's favorite part was the cheerleaders and Emily's was the doggies. Our parade is a tad bit too long (two hours) but we had fun. A salted caramel hot chocolate helped keep us warm. Next year there is talk of spiced rum and cider.

Friday, November 16, 2012

H&E Photography

I want to introduce you to one of my fabulous sponsors {and friend}, Holly from H&E Photography. Last month we had a family photo session with Holly and she did an outstanding job. My girls love her energy and we had a fun time. You can't tell but it was sprinkling during most of our session.
 If you live in South Central Pennsylvania you should check out H&E Photography. I promise you will not be disappointed. Not only is Holly talented, brilliant and hilarious but she has a heart of gold. Right now she is booking Christmas mini sessions.

So go check her out..go on. You don't want to miss out!

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Freezer to Crock Pot {Sausage and Peppers}

One of our freezer meals from this month's exchange was Sausage and Peppers. It's another freeze and dump crock pot meal. Easy peasy.

I'm not a huge fan of sausage but this meal was simple and yummy. I served it with angel hair pasta and shredded mozzarella cheese. We also had salad and garlic bread.

Freezer to Crock Pot Sausage and Peppers

1 pound of Italian sausage
1 green pepper, sliced
1/2 red pepper, sliced
1/2 red onion, sliced
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 can of diced Italian tomatoes
1 Tbsp Italian seasoning

Mix all the ingredients in a freezer bag and freezer flat.

To cook: Thaw in fridge overnight. Add 1 Tbsp of olive oil to the crock pot. Dump the sausage mix in the crock pot. Cook on low for 6-8 hours.

It doesn't get any easier than that! What is your favorite freezer to crock pot meal?

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

I Heart Handmade Market {recap}

The I Heart Handmade Market was a huge success. I'm so proud of Angel and Sasha and all the hard work they put into producing this event. From the moment the doors opened until they closed there was a steady stream of shoppers. Over 900 shoppers attended the event. There is no doubt our community was excited to have a fresh new craft show.

I was very nervous about my products (and myself) on display but I ended up having a lot of fun. It was nice to meet other people and explain my products and the development of them.
Next time I need to have a better display showing my bookmarks in action. Most of the shoppers thought they were headbands until I gave them a demonstration. 

Here's a look at the other talented vendors.
BAM Crafty Mommas
The Strawberry Hill
Fun with Needles
Avy's Sew Right Creations
Good Neighbors Candle Company
Mumu's Card Goodies
Sammys Grammy
Thoughtful Gems
ReNewed Intent
Sew Faithful
Baby Zebra Creations
Pink Pearl Studio
Jumpin' Jax Pet Supplies
Cherished Keepsakes by Shelah
Girl with a Frog Tattoo
Homemade Expressions
Pine Hill Granola
Maku's Handbags
Rochelle Crochet
Nothing Sweeter
Kelle J Alonso

Pretty Yolks
Peace of Grace
Fairy GodMother Artisan Shop
I can't wait until the next one!

All the photos were taken by F2 Photography.