Saturday, December 6, 2014

Chicken Alfredo

Hello All!
Here today to share one of our favorite recipes. Chicken Alfredo! This alfredo sauce is amazing and just as good if not better than what you'll find in the restaurants.

This is a recipe you'll have to multi-task for but it's well worth it.
Here's what you'll need, plus the chicken  :)

 First I cut the chicken into small pieces and let it set in italian dressing. No certain amount, use your best judgement.
Next I start boiling water for the pasta. 
And start cooking the chicken.

Once you get those two things going you can start on the sauce.
First I add the butter to a pot.
Once the butter is melted add your heavy cream

Get those two mixed in together and then add your parmesan cheese 1/2 cup at a time
Give it sometime for the cheese to melt before you add more
When all the cheese is mixed in I let it cook a little longer to finish melting the cheese and let the flavors mix.
Here's a picture of the finished product of everything mixed together

Chicken Alfredo
1 pint heavy cream
1/2 cup butter
1 1/2 c shredded parmesan cheese
1 lb pasta (any kind you like)
1 lb chicken

1. Cut chicken into bite size pieces
2. Marinate in italian dressing
3. Boil pasta according to pkg
4.Cook chicken over medium heat in skillet
5.Melt butter in pot over low medium
6. Add heavy cream
7.Add parmesan cheese 1/2 c at a time
8. Cook until sauce is smooth and all cheese is melted.
8. Once everything is finished mix together and Enjoy!

Would love to hear your feedback if you try this recipe.

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Halloween Craft

We had recently emptied a jelly jar and some spaghetti sauce jars I decided to wash them out and save them instead of tossing them as I normally would. I had been thinking of a fun easy and cheap halloween craft to do with the boys. This is what we came up with

We used some white tissue paper and since I could find orange tissue paper at the time we used streamers. Also used mod podge and then black construction paper for the faces. And voila they are our new ghost and jack o lantern decorations. I also popped in some battery powered tea lights to light them up :) This is now one of our favorite Halloween decorations!

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Make your own rotisserie chicken

       Wow didn't realize it's been a month since my last post I really will get better with this! Life is about to get really crazy around here. Monday is Lucas' very first day of school. I can't believe the big day is this close. Zack starts back at college on Wednesday while also working a part time job and Lucas has started rec soccer which is every Wednesday and Saturday! Seeing as our life is about to get very busy and very little time for cooking I stocked up on some ingredients for crock pot meals and we recently tested a new one out.
       This past weekend we tried making our own "rotisserie" style chicken. Now I don't have a rotisserie oven but this pretty much does the trick.Unfortunately I don't have any exact measurements for you. We first started by cutting up some potatoes into little cubes and placed them on the bottom of crockpot.  Then we sprinkled the seasonings(list below) just enough to cover them up. We took a big spoon and mixed it all up real good to make sure the potatoes were evenly coated. Then we placed the chicken on top and rubbed the seasonings into the chicken. Covered with lid and put the crock pot on high for 5 hours. Sounds easy enough right?! We threw a bag of frozen corn in the microwave and walah dinner was done. Perfect for those crazy school days soccer nights :)

Seasonings used:
Italian seasoning
Old Bay
Garlic Powder
Onion Powder
Here's a pic before it started cooking:

Monday, July 21, 2014

Ham and Cheese Sliders

I had girls night at my house this past Friday night  which meant I had to make some kind of food. I wanted to make something that we could also pack up and take on our fishing trip Saturday. So i turned to these Ham and Cheese sliders. Let me warn you these are very addicting! I am still getting used to how to take pics with directions lol so here's just a picture of the finished product!

Ham and Cheese Hawaiian Roll Sliders:
2 packages of Hawaiian rolls
1 lb virginia ham
1 lb swiss cheese
1/2 cup melted butter
3 T worcestershire sauce
2 T dijon mustard
a dash of onion powder or dried onions
2 9x13 pans

1. Preheat oven to 350
2. Cut the rolls in half (you can do this while they are all together or you can do it individually) 
3. Mix together butter, worcestershire sauce, mustard and onions and set aside
4. Place one piece of swiss cheese and one piece of ham on each roll.
5. Use a basting brush and spread mixture on top of meat and cheese as well as on top of roll
6. Bake for 15-20 minutes
7. Enjoy!

Fun filled weekend

We had a very busy yet fun family weekend! This was Lucas and Mommy's first fishing trip! Zack's family has always been into hunting and fishing and my family not so much. I have always been open to the fishing thing however you wouldn't catch me hunting or even eating deer or rabbits or anything of that sort. This chick sticks to the basics, cow, chicken and pig oh and fish!

We went out on a charter boat in the chesapeake bay with Zack, Lucas, me, my mother in law, father in law, brother in law and his girlfriend.(Nathan had to sit this one out and spent the day with his Nona,my mom) The weather was absolutely gorgeous. We had a blast! I would definitely go again. Lucas caught 21 spot fish! The most of anyone by a long shot! Since he couldn't reel in the big ones he liked playing with the spot fish lol And do you know who caught the biggest rock fish....well this girl right here :) The very first one we caught and the biggest.

Heres a few pictures from our day. We also got some pics and video with our go pro camera so more to come later. If you happen to be in this area and are looking for a charter boat we used this guy and had a great experience. He was great with the experienced and inexperienced.

Sunday we went to church to check out where the boy will be getting baptized in a few short weeks. Then headed to visit Zack's grandparents. After that we headed to his parents for a family fish fry to eat some of the yummy rockfish we caught! What did you do this weekend?!

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Mickey Mouse Clubhouse Classroom

So let's start getting to the crafty stuff. I love crafts, anything you can be creative with (photography, scrapbooking, parties, baking you name it) Prior to being a dental receptionist I was a preschool teacher for a local learning center for 4 years. I loved it, I love the kids and the people and all the fun you get to have. Why did I leave you ask? Didn't pay well, lots of work outside of work and it became to big of a corporation for me. Oh and they changed their minds all the time. For example always changing the guidelines of your classroom. This was when I re did my room to Mickey Mouse Clubhouse. Being a total Disney fanatic I had so much fun.

Ok lets get the part you came for :) I only have 2 pictures of the room unfortunately.
So one of our requirements was to have some kind of kindness tree. We used Chip and Dale's tree for this! We made the tree out of no fade brown butcher paper. We used no fade green butcher paper for the grass and then laminated that and the acorns at our local staples. We then could use the acorns to write what kind things the children had done. For example Janey held the door open for Jack. 

This masterpiece ;) was the circle time board (The Clubhouse). We used all no fade butcher paper for this as well. The main part of the head was the size of a hula hoop. We used Mickey's shoe as our daily schedule, the slide to display our numbers and you can't see it but on the wall to the left is the big Mickey glove balloon. We used that for our "Handy Helpers".
I found the alphabet heads at an awesome website the best part about them is they are free! Just download and print :) My other favorite part about them was all the letters were Mickey heads except for vowels they were Minnie. Here is a direct link to those but I suggest checking out the whole website they have multiple other Disney/Mickey things as well. So we cut them out, laminated them and put them up. I am trying to get more pic of the room and if I do I will post some other things as well. 
Thanks for stopping by.

Sunday, July 6, 2014

Happy 4th of July

Hi all! It's been a bit but I'm trying to get into the groove of writing more posts. I hope everyone had a Happy 4th of July! We actually didn't have any cookouts or parties to attend this year. We spent most of the day at home getting some chores done and then went to see the local parade with my brother in law and nieces. Here's some pics from the parade!

After the parade we all went back to our house, ordered some pizzas, and went to the playground until it was time to light off fireworks :) We had a great day. Anytime spent with my little family is time I cherish. So what did YOU do for the 4th?

Friday, June 20, 2014

Love this stuff

Every so often I come across a product I dont just like but LOVE! My youngest, Nathan had always been scratching and digging at his head. I had decided to try changing his shampoo. I've never been a huge fan of the normal baby brand anyway but thats what everyone always buys for people having babies. lol So I went down the kid bathing aisle in Wegmans and came across this!

Jason Kids Only! Natural has significantly helped his poor little head. I have always had issues with products because a large majority of bathing products contain sulfates, which I'm allergic to if I get too much. I also found out that you want to stay away from the shampoos and body washes that contain alcohol because it just dries the skin out. AND this is some of the best smelling shampoo ever! I will be looking into switching the body washes over for my boys as well!

Just wanted to share this awesome product with you :)

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Graduation basket

How many of you have graduation parties to go to this month? Looking for something cute? We have 3 in my family and we just went to one this past weekend. My cousin graduated high school and is getting ready to go to Univ of MD! I wanted to put together a cute little gift yet affordable. I found this somewhere on pinterest and thought it was adorable!
Here's the poem for anyone interested:
After completing MOUNDS
of homework and PIECING(Reeses pieces)
together all of your knowledge
you’ve finally hit PAYDAY, Graduation!!!
As you head off to college
Don’t listen to any SNICKERS
You’re no DUM DUM, you’re
one HOT TAMALE on your WAY (milky way) to
making 100 GRAND J

Congratulations on your Graduation


Hello all! We have had a busy week here. Our oldest, Lucas graduated preschool last week. Here's a photo of our little graduate:
Can't believe he's off to Kindergarten next year. This momma is happy, sad and nervous. How's he going to do all day everyday at school, eating lunch and making friends. I know he will survive but his pre-k was only 3 days a week for 3 hours lol It seems like such a huge jump! Loved the little ceremony they had for graduation they are too cute at this age!

What have you all been up to? Everyone getting ready for summer vacation?!

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

A little about us

Hello and welcome to our blog! We are so excited to finally get started here. We will be posting updates about our crazy little family, home updates along with some crafts. I like a little bit of everything so I'm sure you will see an assortment of interests :) Let me introduce us first. I'm Kristian, momma, wife, receptionist and on location photographer....remember where I said I have many interests, as you can tell I like to wear many hats ;) My husband Zack aka Daddy is prior military and now a Dental Lab tech at a local Orthodontic office. We have two wild and crazy yet oh so fun loving BOYS! A 5 year old, Lucas and 1 year old Nathan. They certainly keep us on our toes but we wouldn't have it any other way. So come along and follow us on this crazy ride called LIFE! Here's a recent photo from this past Easter. Don't worry theres plenty more photos to come!