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Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Poppy Seed Chicken

Poppy Seed Chicken
2-3 chicken breasts or 1 whole chicken
8 oz. sour cream
2 cans cream of mushroom soup
2 T. poppy seeds
1 T. dried chopped onion (or 1/2 diced white onion)
1t. garlic powder (or 1 clove garlic)
1 cube butter
45 Ritz crackers

Boil chicken. When fully cooked remove from heat and cool for a few minutes. While cooling, preheat the oven to 350* F. Mix sour cream, soup and poppy seeds. Add onion and garlic powder. Chop or shred chicken, then add to mixture. Mix well. Spread in the bottom of a 9" x 13" pan.
Melt 1 cube butter, and crush the crackers. Add melted butter to crushed crackers and stir. Put on top of the chicken mixture. Bake for about 30 minutes. Serve over rice. Yummy!

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Valentine's Wreath

Here's the Valentine's wreath for which I also used Chantal's idea. It's quick and easy. I think I'll be using some extra fabric to make some for Halloween and Christmas!

First start with a Styrofoam wreath like this one. If you prefer you can use a wooden "O" from the wood craft section of your local craft store.
Get several different Valentine's Day fabrics and cut out 1 1/2" - 3" strips. Organize the fabrics in the order you like. (Instead of measure twice, cut once; arrange twice, glue once.)Apply a liberal amount of Mod Podge the size of your fabric strip. Press the fabric down well, making sure to get rid of any air bubbles. Allow the MP to dry, and then apply another coat over the top if desired. (I applied another coat so that the wreath would be more weather-proof.)
After the top coat of MP dries, select several ribbons and/or rickrack. Measure and cut to the necessary length. Use craft glue to adhere to the wreath where the fabrics meet. Make sure the ends are glued down well.
To embellish a little more I got a couple of Styrofoam balls, and covered them with fabric. Then I wrapped ribbons around them and tied them to the wreath. Hang it on your door and enjoy!

Valentine's Crafts Heart Table Runner

I will be upfront and admit that I shamelessly stole these ideas from Chantal, Charmaine's sister. (Charmaine is a contributor on this blog.) Chantal did several crafts for Halloween, that I decided to convert to Valentine's ideas because I have very few Valentine's decorations.
This first project is the heart table runner. I have stopped here because I can't decide how to embellish these without making them look overdone. So for this year this is how they will look. If you have any ideas on how to make them cuter please comment!
First cut out a template. I used my Cricut and cut out a large and a medium heart. I traced the large heart on the red felt, and the medium heart on the pink felt.I cut out a total of 10 red and 10 pink hearts.Next I sewed them together using a zig zag stitch with about a 1/4" border.Lastly I sewed the hearts together, alternating right-side-up and upside down hearts.

This is the finished runner. It looks okay, but I'd like to make it pop. Any suggestions?