Thursday, April 14, 2011


This is a just a quick post to share two new recipes the family tried last night - both were very good and I would positively make them again.  The first one uses the new Philadelphia Cooking Creme Santa Fe blend variety - have you tried those yet - I bought one in three of the four flavors (Savory Garlic, Santa Fe blend, and Italian Cheese and Herb).  The photo and recipe are from the the site.

Santa Fe Chicken Casserole

3 cups shredded cooked chicken breasts
1 can (15 oz) black beans, rinsed
1 can (14.5 oz) diced tomatoes, drained
2 green onions, sliced
1 tub (10 oz) Philadelphia Santa Fe Blend Cooking Creme, divided
3 flour tortillas (6 inch)
3/4 cup Mexican style finely shredded four cheese, divided

Heat oven to 375ºF.  Combine first 4 ingredients in large bowl. Add 3/4 cup cooking creme; mix lightly. Spoon 1/3 of the chicken mixture into 9-inch pie plate; top with 1 tortilla, half the remaining chicken mixture and 1/4 cup shredded cheese. Cover with second tortilla, remaining chicken mixture, 1/4 cup shredded cheese and remaining tortilla. Top with remaining cooking creme and shredded cheese; cover. Bake 20 min. or until heated through; uncover. Bake 5 min. or until cheese is golden brown. 

NOTE:  I will make 2 changes the next time:  1) add a can of drained corn, 2) bake for about 10 minutes longer.

The next recipe is from a church cookbook - banana salad.  I do think those cookbooks always seem to have some of the best recipes I've ever found.

Banana Salad
2/3 c. sugar
2 eggs
1/3 c. flour
1 1/3 cup milk
1 tsp. vanilla
chopped peanuts

Stir and cook first 5 ingredients over medium heat until thick.  Cool.  Layer bananas, dressing, and chopped peanuts, then add another layer of bananas, dressing and chopped peanuts. 

NOTE:  I used a 9” pie plate for this recipe.

One more day until the weekend!  I hope everyone is enjoying the beautiful, sunny, warm weather.

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

12 Hour Scrapbooking

Last Saturday I went to an all day scrapbook getaway at Treasured Memories Retreat in Brownsburg and had a great time.  I haven't worked on my scrapbooks for 2 1/2 to 3 years and will admit that I was very nervous about having enough pictures, paper, embellishments, tools, ideas, etc., but no worries - I had enough of everything and even found a few new tools to put on my wish list. 

Here are some of the finished pages from last weekend.

Another all day scrapbook getaway will be here soon and I want to be ready, so I'm off to gather more pictures, get ideas, and buy those tools on my wish list.

Monday, April 11, 2011

Trololo Sing Along!

This video is so weird, funny, old, hilarious - whatever word you choose, it probably describes this video.  If I've shared this before, sorry for the duplication, but it's good for a smile on a rainy day like today.

Friday, April 8, 2011

Trivet project completed

I've been wanting to start sewing again and one of my first projects is this trivet I made in class at Sew Vac Central in Crawfordsville.  I had a great time with the other ladies that evening...sewing....laughing....sewing.....laughing....  Here is the finished product.



 You start with some squares, folded into prairie triangles. All triangles are stitched on at the points.

 Keep adding rows of prairie triangles.....

You keep going until you reach the desired size, pin the backing on, trace a circle on your fabric, and cut.  By this time, the trivet is heavy.  Sew on the bias and you're done! 

Here are the trivets from the other ladies that took the class.  I took these pictures before class was over, so they are not finished projects.

One made with vintage fabric.

This one reminds me of my grandmother and a farmhouse.  Sooo cute!

Beautiful batik mother would like this one.

Pretty floral - I love how the light blue really stands out.

I'm signing up for a few more classes that Kelly is teaching (she's so much fun!).  If you would like the class schedule for Sew Vac Central, click here

Have a great weekend!
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