What I Made this Week – Irish Nachos and Enchilada Casserole

I made my most favorite thing I’ve ever made today.  Irish Nachos. Basically, thinly sliced potatoes topped with cheese and bacon.  So easy and so ridiculously good.  I’m not going to tell you this is healthy, but I am going to tell you that it is gluten free.

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Ingredients

1 Large Red Potato

1 c Mexican blend shredded cheese

1/4 cooked bacon, crumbled

1 T sour cream, for dipping

1.  Preheat oven to 425

2.  Thinly slice the potato.  I used my Pampered Chef slicer, which I adore and use all the time.

3.  Sprinkle potato slices with salt and pepper

4.  Top potato slices with cheese and bacon

5.  Bake for 20-25 minutes

6.  Serve with a dollop of sour cream

Up next is a quick and also very yummy Enchilada Casserole.  This one is also gluten free!

Enchilada Casserole

Ingredients

12 White Corn Tortillas

1 small can Enchilada sauce

1/2 packet Taco seasoning

1lb. Chicken, cooked and shredded

1 bag shredded Mexican blend cheese

1 cup sour cream

1 small can black beans

1.  Preheat oven to 325

2. Mix beans, enchilada sauce and taco seasoning in a bowl

3.  Using an 8×8, spoon a small amount of enchilada sauce mixture into the bottom of the pan

4.  Line the pan with four tortillas

5.  Layer the tortillas with sauce mixture, chicken, 3 dollops of sour cream and cheese

6.  Repeat the layering with the remaining tortillas, using only cheese and sauce on last layer

I’m actually looking forward to work so that I can eat this for lunch tomorrow!

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Mini Yarn Pumpkin – Craft Tutorial

I was so inspired by this adorable yarn pumpkin garland from Design Improvised that I just had to try them myself!  She has a great tutorial, so check out it!  I ended up just making stand alone pumpkins because I don’t have a great place to hang garland, but I like having the option of displaying them in different ways, as you’ll see below.

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Here’s what you need to make your own pumpkins:

Materials for Yarn Pumpkins

  • Orange Yarn
  • Green ribbon or pipe cleaner
  • Scissors

How To:

1.  Start making a medium-ish (four finger) pom pom (instructions for that here).

2.  Once you’ve wrapped the string around your fingers about 100 times, tie it off and fluff it into a pumpkin shape.  Don’t cut into the yarn loops, unless you want pom pom style pumpkins.

3.  Attach a bit of the green ribbon and curl with scissors for the stem.

I made a bunch of them in about 20 minutes and the cost is minimal. I got the yarn for less than $3 and I had the ribbon on hand.  Totally adorable and kids will love making these!  I’ve done a similar craft with my Girl Scout Troop and they loved it.

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What I Made This Week – Crock Pot Cheesy Mexican Chicken

One thing I do love about Fall is fall food.  I broke out the crockpot this week and made a cheesy Mexican style chicken to use as taco filling.

Crockpot Cheesy Mexican Chicken Taco

I mostly followed this recipe from Gonna Want Seconds.  It was really easy to make, the hardest part was shredding the chicken.  Basically, you just plop everything in the crockpot and let it cook.  I left mine in for close to 4 hours on high.  I deviated from the recipe a little.  I left out the corn that it calls for and also the chiles because I don’t like things too spicy.

Crockpot Cheesy Mexican Chicken

People, this came out so good.  Seriously.  Most of the time when I make stuff in the crock pot it comes out *good*, but not super awesome.  This came out super awesome.  My daughter had some and she loved it.  It’s enough spicy with the taco seasoning for me, but not too much.  More smokey than hot hot.  I’m slightly obsessed with Mexican food and this definitely hits the spot.  I can’t wait to have it for lunch tomorrow!

Get Your Wallet. We’re Going to H&M

Have you checked out the awesome home department at H&M lately? There’s so much good stuff!

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Soft Things:

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Hard Things:

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Shiny Things:

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Scratchy Stuff:

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Fall Wreath Tutorial- Burlap, Gourds and Feathers

I’ve accepted the fact that Fall is here in spirit, no matter what the calendar says.  What better way to celebrate than with a little wreath making??  I looked for inspiration last week in this post and I definitely pulled a lot of elements from what I found.

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Isn’t she a beauty?  I love the feathers.  (Note to all birds in my area, please start dropping pretty feathers so that I don’t have to spend $7 on 4 of them at the store).

Here’s how I did it and what you need to make one, too!

Materials:

Materials for Fall Wreath

1 Wreath Form – I reused a straw one I used at Easter

Glue Gun

10 yard roll of Burlap – 5in wide

Gourds or other fall decoration of your choosing

Feathers, flowers or something else with some height that you love

Step 1:

Cut  most  of the burlap into about 4″ pieces.  You will need some uncut burlap at the end to cover the back of the wreath. I cut about 10 pieces at a time.

Step 2:

Fold the burlap as shown.  This doesn’t have to be perfect.  It took me a few tries to get a shape I liked and I can’t really tell the difference between the first technique and the one I finally landed on.

Fall Wreath Technique

I put a dab of hot glue at the bottom, where my fingers are holding the burlap to help keep this shape.

Step 3:

Attach the piece of burlap to the wreath with hot glue.  (I am not responsible for the hot glue burns you will most definitely get!)

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Continue attaching burlap pieces around the wreath until complete

Step 4:

Using the leftover burlap, cover the back side of the wreath.  I used the remaining uncut burlap and hot glued and pinned it with floral pins just to cover the straw.

Step 5:

Hot glue your decorative items to the wreath.  I like to use the “thriller, spiller, filler” theory on wreaths (like with potted plants!).  The feathers in this case are the tall “thrillers”, the gourds are the “spillers” and the burlap is the “filler”.  As for location of the decorative items, it’s a personal choice. Play around with it and see what you like.

This took me a little longer than the first wreath I tried.  About an hour in total.  If you need to buy the wreath form, this should cost less than $25 dollars.  Get a coupon and you could knock a few bucks off of that.  And take a peek at the prices of a ready made wreath.  You will have no problem plunking down $25 for something that looks as good AND gives you the “Yeah, I did that!” feeling.

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What I Made This Week – Paleo Sweet Potato, Ham and Egg Muffins

Apparently I’m obsessed with egg bakes.  I make one almost every week.  I like to be able to grab a piece in the morning and pop it in the microwave when I get to work and have a nice hot breakfast to start my day.  Up this week is a dish inspired by this recipe from Easy Health Living .

  Paleo Sweet Potato Ham and Egg Breakfast Muffins

Ingredients

1 Large Sweet Potato

6 eggs

1 cup Diced Ham

1.  Preheat oven to 425

2.  Grease muffin pans

3.  Roast sweet potato until  cooked through, about 1 hr.

4.  Beat eggs

5.  Once cooked, slice sweet potato in half and scoop the cooked potato into a bowl

6.  Line the muffin tin with sweet potato, forming a small bowl:

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6.  Add some ham to each cup:

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7.  Fill muffin cups with beaten eggs about 3/4 full:

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8.  Bake for 20-25 minutes or until golden brown on top

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I think this might be my favorite egg bake so far.  I love the combo of sweet and savory.  I think I’ll try it with sausage next time and I might add a little cinnamon to the sweet potato, too.

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Fall Wreath Inspiration

Once upon a time I thought I didn’t like wreaths, except for at Christmas time.  Then I did this Easter wreath and I’ve been itching for another one ever since.   I raided Etsy today for inspiration.

20 Simple & Stunning Fall Wreaths from Etsy

 

I like my wreaths simple with a modern twist. These are my favorites.  Click the pic to head over to Etsy and check them out!

Fall Berry Monogram Wreath Fall Wreath Berry by ElegantWreath, $85.00

Fall Pumpkin Wreath Geometric Wreath by AnnabelleEveDesigns, $45.00

 

JUTE MONOGRAM WREATH With Satin Ribbon Pick A by PomPomFairytale, $19.99

Fall Burlap Wreaths Fall Wreaths Halloween by NaturesDoorway, $40.00

Coffee filter wreath for fall. fall wreath by YourHandmadeWreath, $60.00

Fall wreath autumn wreath fall door wreath by designsdivinebyjb, $69.00

red berry wreath fall wreaths autumn wreath front by aniamelisa, $59.00

Monogram Fall Wreath Fall Decor Home Front Door by RefinedWreath, $60.00

fall wreath autumn wreaths monogram wreaths by aniamelisa on Etsy, $79.00

Burlap Fall Wreath Brown Wreath Rustic Wreath by JBJunkMarket, $45.00

What I Made This Week – Gluten Free Snickerdoodles

It’s back to school for us tomorrow and I thought it would be fun to make something delicious for the kids snack that was sort of healthy, too.  I had some leftover almond flour so I did a quick Pinterest search for something I could make with that and found a recipe for Almond Flour Snickerdoodles on Meaningful Eats.  I love this recipe because I had everything I needed in the pantry already.  The almond flour is not a staple for us (although that may change now that I’ve tried these cookies!), but the rest is pretty simple stuff.

Gluten Free Snickerdoodles

I have to say, of all the things I’ve tried with gluten free substitutes, this is my favorite.  These cookies are delicious and sweet (they are loaded with sugar, after all) and they had a nice texture.  They didn’t taste like something was missing, you know what I mean?  My kids tried them and they both liked them, too.  Ok, so my son said they were pretty good, but that’s basically the best you’re going to get out of him!

 

 

 

This Will Make you Laugh Out Loud

Don’t look at this picture if you are in a setting where you are supposed to be quiet or solemn or reserved.

 

Matthew's 1st BDay

 

Buy It, Spy It or DIY It – World Market Edition

Today, friends, we are window shopping at Cost Plus World Market.  Come along with me, k?

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Jackson Rectangular Table with Metal Base | World Market

Buy It – I love this table for $269! The metal and the rustic wood together is great and I like a table that feels airy and not bottom heavy.  Good price for a great table!

Eden Table

Buy It – What??  Two “buy it”s in a row?  Crazy, I know.  But, at $69, this little table is adorable.  I love the finish on it.

Desert Santa Maria McKenzie Ottoman | World Market

DIY It – I LOVE this ottoman and there are a bunch of them in gorgeous fabrics.  I’ve seen this fabric in my never ending search for fabric for DIY curtains and I sort of feel like you could build this puppy from scratch.  Maybe.

Green Josephine Desk

Buy It – Ok, this could go either way, buy it or diy it, but honestly, I couldn’t DIY this thing.  And it’s $199, so not totally, horribly expensive.  And, also, I completely love the color so much that I don’t think I can live without it.

Gerber Loran Headboard

DIY It – Obviously.  That fabric is ridiculous.

Arrow Throw Pillow

Buy It – Oh, my God, World Market, Cost Plus, whatever your name is, take my money right now!  $29 for 18 square inches of gorgeousness.  If only my kid didn’t have a penchant for throwing every throw pillow in the world on the ground.  Is it hoarding if I buy this and put it in storage until my kids move out?

Chindi Bust with Antlers

DIY It – Love this guy!  You could buy it for $70, but, if you already have a ceramic or other faux animal head, this is an easy DIY.  I’ve seen that type of rope or twine at Home Depot in lots of pretty colors.

Aqua Suti Pouf

Buy It – What?  What??  $39 for a pouf?  I’m going to need to rename this post “Just Buy Everything”

Petrified Wood on Stand

DIY It – Ok, this one is a fun DIY, I bet.  Wood slices (which I believe you can buy at Michaels) and one of those wood burning tools?  That would be neat.

Mini Journals, Set of 6

Buy It – Ok, so I realize that at some point this post went off the rails and has really just become a shopping spree.  But, these little journals (2″x3″) are $18 for 6 of them.  They are the cutest little things I have ever seen.  Ever.  My daughter is going to flip when she sees these.

I didn’t even make it through all of the departments.  World Market is my new favorite place on the internet.  I think it says a lot that I did not find a single “Spy It”.  That tells me that the goods here are pretty unique and priced well.  Well done, World Market, well done.  You just about defeated my little blog game.