Monday, June 17, 2013

DIY: Chalkboard Vinyl Labels

I bought glass canisters for my baking stuff awhile ago and found these cute chalkboard vinyl labels -- so I decided to use some of them!
  



The labels were just like stickers and were super easy to apply! I just applied them from the middle and smoothed them out from middle to edge so that all of the air bubbles were gone.


All done!



I took a piece of chalk and wet the tip and wrote on the labels. 



They turned out great!!

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If you can't find any labels near you - this site has super amazing labels you can print out and customize:

ALSO

You could use a stencil to spray on primer & chalkboard paint to your canisters.

Sunday, June 16, 2013

One Dish Chicken Bake


I love going through the recipe book I received at my bridal shower. Today, I decided to make one of the recipes -- and it was so easy, quick, and filling!

  • I took 2 chicken breasts and sliced them in half to make 4 thin pieces and laid them in a 9x13 pan.
  • I took one box of cornbread stuffing and added 1 1/4 cup of boiling water and 3 tbsp of butter and combined the ingredients. Then Will topped each piece of chicken with the stuffing.
  • Then in a measuring cup I whisked 1/3 cup of milk and 1 can of cream of mushroom. Will topped the chicken and stuffing with the soup mix.
  • We threw it in a 375 degree oven for 30 minutes -- but I would have left it longer (maybe 40 minutes) if the chicken breasts were thicker.



 The chicken was so moist and the stuffing and gravy was delicious


Saturday, June 15, 2013

Asparagus Tart


I love cooking with asparagus, and I love homemade flatbread/pizza/tart recipes -- so it was clear that when I stumbled on this recipe, I had to make it!

I've made it before with Gruyere cheese, and it was absolutely delicious! Gruyere has such a beautiful, smoky flavor but I felt like trying something a little different -- so I used smoked Mozzarella and Fontina. I like to cut the cheese blend with Fontina because it's very creamy.


Will and I shredded the cheese.



It produced about 3 cups, but we didn't end up using all of it. 
(Side note: this cheese blend tasted great on salad!)



I defrosted 1 sheet of pastry dough and floured my work area.



I rolled the dough into a 16-by-10 inch rectangle.



I transferred the pastry dough onto a baking sheet and scored the dough 1 inch from the edge.



I then took a fork and pierced the dough about 1/2 to 1 inch inside of the scored rectangle. This keeps the inside from puffing up.



I baked the dough in a 400 degree oven for 15 minutes, or until it was golden. Looking back, I would have baked it a little less.


I sprinkles on the cheese mixture...



... and placed the cleaned, trimmed asparagus on top of the cheese, alternating ends and tips.



I brushed a little olive oil (about 2 tbsp) on the asparagus and sprinkled salt and pepper before throwing it back in the oven for 20-25 minutes.



Here it is -- fresh out of the oven! 



This tart was so crisp, cheesy, and delicious :)





Monday, June 10, 2013

DIY: Chalkboard Frame


I had this open space above my stove and I didn't really know what to put there. My husband suggested a chalkboard and I loved the idea -- so I did some research and found that it is super easy to make!!






We found a well-ventilated area to set up the spraying area. We put cardboard on a table in our garage and laid the glass on it.


Wait until the glass is dry (about an hour).


We did one horizontal coat about an hour after the primer and waited overnight to do a vertical coat.

After it's dry, place glass back into the frame. Wait 24 hours before using. Before your first use, use the side of the chalk to "coat" the entire board. To clean, I use a wet paper towel. And if you find the chalk isn't showing up well -- wet the tip of the chalk or write/draw on a wet board.


Sunday, June 9, 2013

Green & Gold Graduation Party

Yesterday, I went to my best friend Aly's younger brother's high school graduation party. She planned everything -- from decorations to dessert. It turned out amazing!

The dessert table was filled with yummy treats!


These were the cutest handmade favors! Each one says "KISSING HIGH SCHOOL GOODBYE... HELLO COLLEGE" and had personalized Hershey kisses inside.


The cupcake cake was so amazing -- and delicious!




Aly took Ho Hos and wrapped them with the high school colors like little diplomas.



I loved the ring pop idea as class rings -- so clever!


These cookies were also such a great way to show off school colors.


I though the Smarties was such a fun idea!


Can you believe she hand cut all of these table decorations?! The green and gold confetti circles were also personalized.


Here's the appetizer table. Later on, they put out an amazing spread!


Even the napkins and water bottles were personalized!



I loved the paper straws!




Aly is available to plan events and weddings.