UA-59651954-28 Crafty Allie: April 2013

Sunday, April 28, 2013

The Best Chicken Tortilla Soup EVER!

I don't mean to brag, but this was the best by far I have ever made, or had tasted in my entire life.
I actually got the idea off of pinterest, but I added a few of my own choices.

So lets begin...


2 Chicken Breasts
1 can of Sweet whole Corn (whole corn not the mushy kind)
1 can of Black Beans
1 diced Yellow or Red Onion
1/2 bushel of Cilantro
1 can of Tomato sauce
1 large can of diced tomatoes (or large can of Rotel)
3 tbs of Garlic Salt
1 tbs of lime juice
Colby Jack Shredded Cheese (as much as you want its of the top)
Tortilla Chips
Avocado (optional)

Thoroughly cook your chicken, by either baking it or rotisserie.

After its cooked cut into tiny cubes or shred it.

In a large pot or crock pot add the chicken and all of the ingredients (except for the cheese, tortilla chips and Avocado).

Cook on medium for about 20 minutes stirring occasionally, then let it stew for at least 3 hours on low.

Place your soup in the bowl add desired amount of cheese, sliced avocado slices, and tortilla chips and ENJOY!

You may want a margarita with it, because its so yummy! I'll have to post my famous Margarita recipe some day!

Thanks for tuning in folks!

Sunday, April 21, 2013

A New Life (repainted 50's dresser)

I had the best weekend ever! It started out with spending the night at my sisters on Friday, no kids, no husband, just SISTER time.

Had a great Saturday night gambling at Winstar in Oklahoma with my good friends and Hubby!

Sunday ended with a revamp of this 50's dresser!

On Saturday morning, my sister and I went garage sale-ing. One of our favorite things to do together! We got some really great deals, but the big sha-bang was finding this 50's dresser.

Yep, bought her for only $20!!! Eeekkk! I am still just so excited. I am excited because it's SOLID wood, and it has cedar lined drawers. I mean this high quality my friends!

Anytime you can find and old dresser with cedar lined drawers for a cheap price, snag it!

I already had the paint, so literally this baby only cost me $20!

I sanded it down just a little bit first, removing some big clumps of paint and or stains, then I began painting it with this BABY...
It's a Graco Spraystation 2900. I bought it last year to paint my craft room furniture. I love it, and one day maybe I'll paint the house with it.
You can cut down your painting by several hours. Its spays very evenly, and doesn't make a huge mess. I would definitely paint outside with it, unless you have everything near by covered, including the floor, because its a sprayer and it does get on things a little bit, plus if your startled and your hand is on the trigger, for sure other things could be sprayed.

It was a little bit windy this afternoon, so I moved the cars far down the driveway, and all was good.

The paint is a Black Primer plus Paint by Behr.

 However, normally I would paint it with a coat of oil based paint first to make sure it doesn't chip. I already had this, and well I was in a hurry to get it done. I am sure I'll regret it, but it works for now!

I painted the whole thing first, and then once it seemed to be a little dried I took out the drawers and painted on the sides of the drawers and on the sides inside the dresser to make sure none of the old white paint showed.

I absolutely LOVE It! It's for my son's room. He has had a small one since he was 2 years old in his room and he has out grown it. I have known for about 2 years now that he needed a bigger dresser, but its one of these things where I knew patience would pay off. Most the time the ones I see are either not the right style, too big, or way too expensive. So needless to say, I am glad I waited and found one for cheap and really great quality. And... if he so decides he wants to keep it forever, it can go with him when he moves out.

Well, there ya have it. Hope you got some new idears. Painting old (or new) isn't hard at all, just takes a little  hunting and some elbow grease. But in this case if ya have a sprayer, its not hard at all. And look its a beautiful new piece. I kind of want it for my room :(

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Monday, April 8, 2013

Letter Photo Art

I'm so exited to share this craft with you guys! 
My entry hall has been in some major need of redecorating! I mean I've been in my house for 11 years and I have had the same pictures up in the entry hall, even my husband was tired of them. Now that is pretty sad, when a man gets involved!

So for months now, ok at least a year, I've been thinking about how to change it up. A couple of months ago I saw a great idea on pintrest. So here is where my inspiration came from:

She has the most amazing site, so go on out and tour her blog, you'll love it! (click on the image to be directed to her blog).

Anyway, so I've wanted to do this for a while, just had way to many other projects going on, but a couple of weeks ago I found a rod iron hook decor at a  garage sale and I knew it was fate, that I start my project soon.

So without further ado...

Paint brush or mini roller brush
Sand Paper
cheap frames
hot glue/and hot glue gun
Wood board (8 inches in length, width depends on how long your name is)
photo letter pictures

Here is the before photo of the board I got.

So, yes pat myself on the back, got it a home depot in the scraps section for $1. Yep that's right, $1. But when I got it home my husband is like "cool, but you know its warped, well bowed".So then I said "so, Adds Character". He said it would be fine as long as I used the flatter side. But later I found that it mattered a little more than I anticipated. It was difficult to adhere the frames, because of it not being level :(  Live and learn, live and Learn. There were more to choose from, I just wanted this length, because I didn't have to have my husband cut it.

Anyway, I then sanded it down with a 60 grain sand paper on all of the edges. By the way make you sure you get a rag and really wipe hard to get the sand paper off. I used my hand, and well there were still grits of sand here and there. Live and learn!

I painted  with a Behr Sampler. If you've read my school desk makeover then you already know that this is the best crafters paint ever. Its only $3 and you choose the color, and they mix it. The color I chose was Country Club
Ohhh so Ritzy! 
I don't think many country clubers make their own stuff like this though, lol.

While letting it dry, I spray painted my iron hook thingy!

I used a flat black spray paint that is only $1 at home depot.

Then a little while later (like 20 minutes) I applied another coat to the board, then went back and flipped my rod and did the back, then later went and sprayed down the top one more time.

After the paint was dry on the board I, put my photo letters in their frames. I got these letters off of the web. I just googled photo letters, and typed in the letter I wanted. Now, most are going to be copy right stamped, but a few aren't. Those are the ones I nabbed. I then uploaded it to my local photo processing store, and it only costs $6 for all letters. Oh and by the way, two were not black and white, so I did go and make them that way.

After, I put the pictues in their frames, I then pulled off the stand and hook parts so it would lay flat on the board. I had my husband carefully measure how far apart each one should be, then I hot glued them down the board, one by one. As mentioned above it took a few times to make sure it was secure since my board wasn't level. 

After we attached them, we flipped it over and put on two hanger hooks. You may need more if your board is larger than mine (my board was 18 inches long). After we attached the hooks, we realized that we should have attached those before putting the frames on, one ended up falling off from the movement. But that is ok, that just means that one needed more glue and would have eventually fallen off.

Now for the last step, see next to my E, it says est. in 2001. That is oracal vinyl cut from my cricut. I was determined to squeeze it on there. I love it on there!

So this is the before pictures of my pitiful decor...

And this is the after photo...

Ahh, much better! Total cost of this project was only $14.
$1 for the board, $3 for the paint, $4 for the frames (each $1), $1 for the hanger hooks and then $4 for the rod iron, and $1 for spray paint I love, love, love how it all turned out!

                                     Thanks for tuning in!
                                        Until Next time...

Thursday, April 4, 2013

Best Veggie Casserol

Ok my non-existent fans. Ok, I take that back, I think I have one follower. I am here again, but not so much for a crafty moment. Although, I guess the definition could vary of the word Crafty. Hold on gotta go look it up now....

Craft:  To use skill in making something. 

Ok, were good, I made it by hand and used my hard core 

skills! Lmao!

Well today I am here to share my original recipe. I thought it 

up while thinking of another recipe. It is very similar to Texas 



18 oz can of cream chicken

2 cans of mixed veggies

1 bag of shredded frozen hash browns

2 tbs of garlic salt

1 tbs dill

3/4 of a large Onion

1/2 cup of margarine

1 box of chicken flavor stuffing

2 cups of shredded cheddar cheese

2 tbs of garlic salt

1 tbs dill

PREHEAT OVEN TO 350 degrees

1) Thaw hash browns

2) Chop and saute the onions with about 2 tbs of margarine of olive oil

3)Mix the onions, hash browns, cream of chicken, mixed veggies, garlic salt, and dill all together in a large bowl. After mixing place in a large 9 x 12 Pyrex pan

4) cook for 40 minutes

5) the last 10 minutes melt 1/2 cup of butter in the microwave, then add it to the stuffing.

6) after the full 40 minutes, remove from the oven and evenly place the 2 cups of cheese on the top of the casserole, and then evenly spread the stuffing on top of that.

7) bake for an additional 15 minutes, then remove an let cool.

8) Enjoy!

Its easy, and pretty much thoughtless, goes great with chicken, pork chops, ham, and turkey. Also makes a great side dish for parties or family get togethers!

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