Christmas Mantel!

Christmas Mantel!

So remember these things I found at the flea market? I paid $12 for them. They were for my christmas mantel!!   We took the fabric off (and when I say we, I mean Adrian). I got a small wreath and all these little things from Walmart. I wanted to keep it simple and have a wintery feel and I found everything I wanted right there so I went with it. And then we had this:   We used the other frame to make the N for Noel (and again, when I say we, I mean him again…). We used an old frame from the thrift store for the L and got the E from Michael’s and I painted it white. We found the wreath for the O and the tree at Michael’s too. The tree was originally gold but I spray painted it and the pinecone silver. I got this lantern online <3     So there we have it, my Christmas mantel.  A little edit. I found something to plug the hole! It’s an old ornament I had. It’s perfect!  ...

Chicken Parmesam

Chicken Parmesam

Chicken Parm! This is kid friendly and doesn’t take too long to make, which is perfect for working moms. Ingredients: – Chicken breasts – Panko breadcrumbs – Flour – 2 or 3 eggs – Spaghetti – Tomato sauce – Mozzarella – Parmesan – Salt and Pepper Instructions: – Pre-heat oven at 400F. – Pound your chicken until it’s thin. – Salt and Pepper to taste. – Dredge in flour, shake excess off. – Dip in the egg. – Coat in panko crumbs (I added pepper to the panko). – Brown in the skillet until the crumbs are browned  4-5min on each side. – Put all the chicken pieces in a glass pan. – Cover all the pieces with mozzarella and top with parmesan. – Cook for about 10min or until your chicken is cooked through. – I did not make my own tomato sauce. As a working mom, getting a sauce from a jar is a shortcut I take. Pick your fav...

Yarn wrapped bottles

Yarn wrapped bottles

I started with 3 empty bottles and 3 different colors of yarn. I had seen a picture on Pinterest using colored twine but I couldn’t find that anywhere that had colors I wanted or reasonably priced so I opted for yarn instead. I meant to do this months ago so I had picked spring colors back then ; )   I did not use the coke bottle in the end simply because of time. When the bottle changes width, it becomes a little time consuming so I opted to switch it out for another. (Hello Hell’s Kitchen in the background!)   For the cream bottle, I used my hot glue gun but the glue dried very fast and it didn’t look good once it dried. So I used regular tacky glue. Put some all around the bottle and then put your yarn around it a few times.   I didn’t use glue or anything on the body of the bottle.  I did make the yarn pretty tight and kept pushing it down towards the bottom of the bottle.   When you get to the part where the bottle narrows, it becomes a little bit more tricky. I put glue all around and kept wrapping but you won’t be able to do it as tight. Keep pushing things down so there isn’t any gaps. Keep going to the top. I put glue on the whole top part of the bottle and wrapped it until I got to the top. I found that red bottle at a thrift store yesterday. It doesn’t match or fit but I love it and I need to look at it for a few days more before figuring out where it’s going to live : )   You can decorate them after if you want or just leave them like this. Maybe one day, I will get my mantle together and do a proper decor for it ; ) (credit unknown for this picture) Little tip: if you run into where the yarn has been knotted together (grrr), don’t panic! Make the knot ends point down towards where you are going. Once covered, it’s barely noticeable. Plus, it’s supposed to be rustic,...

Mini Chicken Pot Pies

Mini Chicken Pot Pies

  Ingredients: 2 or 3 chicken breasts 22oz can of cream of chicken soup 1 cup of chicken broth 1 potato 3 celery stalks 3 carrots Salt and Pepper 2 cans of biscuits 1. Preheat oven at 375F. 2. Cook the chicken almost all the way through and chop it up in small pieces. 3. Chop the potato, carrots, and celery up small (next time I am using carrots and peas). Cook the veggies until tender. 4. Mix the cream of chicken and the chicken broth together. Salt and pepper to taste. 5. Add the chicken and veggies to the bowl and mix well. 6. Take each biscuit and flatten them as much as you can. Place them in a greased muffin tin. Spoon the mixture in. 7. Cook at 375F for 20min.  ...

More Chickens!

More Chickens!

The chickens are growing so much. They are about 3 months old now and are sooo big! This is Cap, one of our 2 roosters. He was very curious today about my phone. Peep is pretty as ever but has a snooty attitude and she is not amused! Janey is..different. Her feathers have a blue/purple tint to them and when I get my camera fixed, maybe I will get a good pic.   Blooper!!! Layla and Morley live a hard life and are begrudgingly enjoying a warm blanket from the...

Tarte aux fraises

Tarte aux fraises

  This is an amazing desert that I haven’t made in so long. Maybe one day I will be brave and make my own crust. What I really want to do is make individual portions but I don’t have the glasswear *yet* . I got this recipe from this french youtube video. Ingredients 17oz of milk 3 egg yolks 1 whole egg 1/2 cup of sugar 1/5 cup of flour Either a stick of vanilla or vanilla extract. Here’s what you do! 1. Mix the sugar and all the eggs and mix well. 2.Add flour and mix well. 3.Bring the milk to a boil, add vanilla to it. Stir constantly. 4. Add milk to the flour, sugar and egg mixtue.  Mix well. 5. Return the mixture to a pot and cook for about 5min stirring constantly until it is thick. Pour into a cooked pie crust and add strawberries. Let cool We are going to add a touch more sugar next time and a bit more vanilla. I used extract since I couldn’t find a vanilla...

Layla the frisbee dog

Layla the frisbee dog

Here is a video of the chicks that I couldn’t post from my phone the other day. Morley came out and they all ran to him. He is such a great uncle! He checks on them and they feel safe with him. http://heavenspeace.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2015/04/20150412_140800.mp4   Layla is so happy with her frisbee! I threw it for over an hour with her. I don’t throw far very well so I decided to try to teach her how to catch it close. She tumbled a few times but in the end, we both got it! (Do you know how hard it is to take a picture and throw a frisbee and get the pic all at the same time???) Layla is our 9 month old dutch shepherd. She is very true to her breed and we are so in love with her!   This was the same day as the chic video but doesn’t he have such a hard life?  ...