I love making meals with left over chicken. In fact when I make chicken breasts, I always buy and make extras just so I can make another fabulous dish.
One of my favorites is chicken quesadillas. I've posted another quesadilla recipe before, but recently I make them even better!
With yummy bell peppers, and onions!
I like to buy my flour tortillas fresh from a Mexican market we have near by. For the same price or sometimes cheaper, they taste so much better as they are baked that same day. They also don't have all the preservatives that the brand names have.
Chop your bell peppers and onions
and add a little olive oil.
Sautee until golden brown.
Chop your cooked chicken and add your cheese, chicken, peppers and onions to your tortillas,
Throw it in the pan with a little bit of olive oil, and throw a tortilla on top.
Who doesn't like to relax on the back porch at the end of a long work week, or entertain family and friends on a Sunday afternoon? Our back porches are an extension of our homes. When the weather is warm, my family spends as much time on our porch as we can.
The furniture of choice for an outdoor room is made of traditional wicker and rattan or all-weather resin wicker. Most furniture is available in neutral tones, with cushions in a variety of patterns and colors.
Another way to add color and personality to your porch is to incorporate an area rug. If you can't find one that matches your décor perfectly, make your own.
We repainted our exterior doors in a bright raspberry. So, I decided to use the same color in an area rug for my back porch. In interior design, repeating an accent color in several areas pulls the whole room together.
I painted a 24 x 36 in. sample rug. It's perfect for the back door, and I love how it turned out, so I'll probably make a much bigger one.
Choose an indoor-outdoor rug-one with a dense loop pile is easier to paint.
I decided on a chevron pattern. It's a graphic, zig-zag design that's relatively easy to reproduce. It's been around for centuries and has been an important design trend in the past several years.
To make your pattern, you will also need:
A 90° triangle
X-Acto knife or craft knife
You will also need:
3 in. paint roller
Flat head stencil brush
There's no math involved in this method! I decided on an 8 in. chevron pattern because I had an 8 in. triangle. Trace the shape of the triangle on the cardboard and repeat until you get a pattern the same width as the rug.
Since duct tape is 1-7/8 in. wide, I cut out a 1-7/8 in pattern.
Mark the center of the rug with tape. Line up the original chevron pattern with the end of the rug. Use large paper clips to hold it in place.
Stick the duct tape to the rug along the edge of the 1 7/8 in. pattern. Repeat until the entire rug is covered. You will end up with an alternating duct tape, rug, duct tape, rug, etc. pattern.
Pour some paint on a tray. Roll paint on the brush, but don't saturate it. It's better to apply several coats to get a nice crisp edge than to try to do it too fast and make a mess. Roll from the tape toward the rug (not toward the tape). This will help avoid seepage under the tape.
I "rolled" two coats on my rug, and then finished with a flathead stencil brush to get the paint deep between the loops. Hold the stencil brush perpendicular to the rug and tap up and down. The number of coats of paint will depend on the fiber, texture and nap of the rug.
Once the paint is completely dry, remove the tape. You should end up with perfect, straight lines. Not only will it add color to your porch, but you can proudly say you did it yourself!
Merri Cvetan writes on home décor and design, for both inside and outside the house, for The Home Depot. An outdoor rug stenciling proj ect like Merri's will be particularly inviting for DIY crafters as the warm weather finally begins to show up after winter's cold. To view outdoor rugs available for your stenciling project, you can visit Home Depot's Home Decorators outdoor rug selection. Thank You So much Merri for coming on today, and I love the rug, so doing this now!
Thank you to all of you who partied with us last month. It was such a great party with so many great pins that it was hard to choose our favorites. But let's see who each of the hosts chose to feature.
Hello Crafty Allie readers! My name is Colleen, I'm the DIY and Lifestyle blogger behind Lemon Thistle (home to DIY, Parties, Home Decor, Printables and Babies). I'm so happy to be here sharing how to DIY some metallic desk accessories to dress up your work space. I'm completely in love with my copper tape dispenser now. I never knew I could love something that just holds plain boring tape so darn much. But I do. And it fits so well in my new work space, I almost feel silly how pleased I am with this little guy!
This tape dispenser actually has a bit of a funny story. I couple weeks ago, I answered the phone and my sister-in-law (the only person I personally know who loves to DIY things as much as I do) started ranting that there were no nice tape dispensers in this world. I'd never thought about it before- I always just hid it in my desk drawers. She'd been all over town looking and found nothing. She told me she was standing in the aisle at Target looking at these plain white ones and wishes they came in better colours. 'The shape is awesome, but they're so boring!'. Then she asked if I'd spray paint one for her. And if I did, she'd buy me one too. Sold! After much ribbing from her hubby ('who does things like this!?'), and a few hours of waiting for paint to dry- I have this gorgeous new tape dispenser!
And it's much too pretty to relegate to the drawer, so here it sits. I guess it goes to show that you can make pretty much anything look awesome with a bit of spray paint. If you haven't picked up on the steps, here's the play by play. You'll need one tape dispenser, painters tape, spray paint.
Start by either removing the pieces you'd like to keep from being coloured or carefully protecting them from the paint with tape. For me that meant the clear plastic wheel that the tape sits on and the metal cutting edge.
Next, spray light coats of your metallic spray paint, allowing to dry fully in between coats. I can't stress enough to take your time and do light coats, allowing it to dry in between. I'm an impatient crafter and hardly ever wait- BUT metallic paints just don't hide your mistakes as well as other paint (at least the 8 different cans I have in my basement don't!). When you're happy with the coverage, re-assemble and test it out! I had to use superglue to re attach the metal cutting edge- I have no idea how it stuck in there before!
I'm so happy with this little update to my desk. I use tape all the time so it makes sense to have it on my desk. If you use a stapler all the time... why not try some spray paint on it? I'd love to hear if you metallic-ize anything on your desk! It's so much fun, I don't know if I can stop. I have a funky blue stapler that might be the next victim.
It's starting to get a little warmer, but with our recent odd Texas snow, I thought it was a perfect time to make my Broccoli Cheese Soup.
Thankfully Broccoli Cheese Soup is good almost anytime of year.
So, I suppose I'll share my little bit of heaven with you!
1/3 cup of margarine
(stick is better)
2 small onions
2 cloves of garlic
6 Tbsp. flour
2 cans of evaporated milk
(12 ounce cans)
5 cups chicken broth
2 bags of frozen florets
(16 ounce bag)
1/2 cup of heavy cream
14 ounces of block sharp cheddar cheese
1 tsp of thyme or
1 tsp of Italian Seasoning
1/2 tsp of salt
1/2 tsp pepper
In a pot, heat the chicken broth. I cut the florets more. They will have a little bit a stems, so I cut them down to the florets. After cutting put them into the pot with broth. Add in thyme. I use Italian seasoning because I never have thyme.
In a skillet, melt your better, and add 2 small chopped onions and chopped garlic.
Cook until soft, but do not brown.
Then add 1 tablespoons at at time of flour. Stir into butter and onions. After all flour is added slowly add in 1 cup at a time of evaporated milk. Stirring in each cup vigorously. Add salt and pepper.
Put the mixture into your pot and turn to low. Add in the shredded cheese, and stir.
When melted add in your heavy cream.
Keep on low and let simmer for about 3 hours.
It can be less, but the longer it cooks the longer the flavors will be richer. Sit back and enjoy!