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Chicken Cordon Bleu Casserole

Half-day at work for Good Friday? I. THINK. SO!!! Awww yeah!! I absolutely love working in a small town because it means I can pretty much take whatever/whenever off as long as I clear it with my boss first. Since it was Good Friday most of the office decked out at noon so why in God’s name would I stick around in the boring office for another 4 hours when I could go home and work on my to-do list. Wait. Scratch that. Mike is at work. I rarely see him at the station. Ohhhh maybe I’ll be all “Suzy Homemaker” and make dinner for the guys. Oh watch out!! I can put these other housewives to shame!! BWAHAHAHAHA (Ok so I had an ulterior motive than to just feed them. Whatevs.) What do I do to find my dinner that is expected to feed three hungry fire guys? Pinterest. Duh. I had this one pinned for a while and figured the fire guys will eat just about anything I put in front of them so why not test it on them first? It’s a Chicken Cordon Bleu Casserole from the blog “Organize Your Stuff Now.” It looked dee-lish.

(Serves 4-6)
Prep: 30 mins  Cook: 30 mins

Ingredients:  
2 Cups Cooked Rice (I used 3 cups. It didn’t look like enough when I put it in the dish.)
3 Cups Cooked Chicken (I just bought a package of 4 cutlets and diced.)
6 Slices of Swiss Cheese (Bought it fresh from the deli.)
10 Slices of Diced Ham (Bought it fresh from the deli, we needed cold cuts anyways.)
2 Cans of Cream of Chicken Soup (Campbell’s)
1/2 Cup of Milk ( I used 2%)
1/2 Cup of Sour Cream (For this I substituted Chobani’s Plain Greek Yogurt 6oz)
10 Saltines crushed up
1/2 Teaspoon Paprika
1/2 Teaspoon Garlic Salt
1/2 Teaspoon Parsley
9×13 Glass Baking Dish

*Ingredients*
1) Cook rice and chicken. If talented enough, at the same time so you can get the show on the road. 

2) Grease the dish with cooking spray and then layer your rice first then the chicken that has been diced. 

3) Layer sliced Swiss cheese on top of chicken
4) Spread diced ham on top of swiss cheese

5) Mix the Cream of Chicken, milk, and yogurt together in a bowl

6) Spread the mixture over the ham

7) I put the saltines with the seasoning in a baggie and crushed/mixed them all together. Then I sprinkled it evenly over the liquid mixture.

8) Bake at 350 degrees for 30 mins. 


I took it out very carefully and went to the station. I also brought 2 cans of green beans to give it some color. Yeah yeah I can’t have a dish without some kind of veggie. It just looks so incomplete. I also picked up some 2tarts for dessert and you would have thought I had hung the moon. Total success for the night! I win! Oh yeah I was looking pretty damn cute that day so I snapped this picture on the way to the station. Just a lil extra for yall. 

Blackened Chicken with Cilantro Lime Quinoa

I’m getting really good at this Pinterest recipe thing. You know where the stuff you make at home can actually be comparable to the picture on the website you snagged it from. (Even though I used my cell phone for pictures instead of a fancy DSLR with photo editing software.) 
Ok back on topic. I had this recipe for Blackened Chicken and Cilantro Lime Quinoa pinned for a while now and decided to finally try it since we have experimented with quinoa enough to know that we like it. Mike is always down for something new. *sigh* He’s so easy to please. 
Ingredients:
2- Skinless, Boneless Chicken Breasts
1- cup Quinoa 
1- Can of Chicken Broth (low sodium)
1- ___ oz Chobani Plain Greek Yogurt
1- Avocado
1- Lime (zested & juiced)
Olive Oil
Cajun Seasoning (From the bulk spice section of the grocery store.)
Cilantro (enough for taste)

Step 1: The first thing I did was I rinsed the quinoa in water for about 10 mins. (I didn’t have enough of the pre-rinsed kind so I had to go old school.)
Step 2: Coat both sides of the chicken breasts with the Cajun seasoning. 

Step 3: By this point you can drain the quinoa and toss it into the pot with a can of chicken broth (approx 14.5 oz). Bring it to a boil and then cover with a lid. DO NOT lift the lid until about 10-15  mins later. Then take the lid off and stir until most of the water has evaporated.
*The rule of thumb with most grains is a 1:2 ratio. 1 cup of grain to 2 cups of water/broth.

Step 4: Coat the bottom of pan with olive oil so the chicken doesn’t stick. We usually put a few slits in our breasts so that they cook through a little faster. 

Step 5: While the chicken and quinoa were cooking I chopped up the cilantro (about 1 tablespoon worth); zested and juiced the lime; and put half the avocado with about half of the greek yogurt into the food processor. 

Step 6: Hopefully, your chicken is cooked thoroughly, your quinoa is soft and still warm, pull both off of the burners. Add the cilantro and lime to the quinoa. Then layer as you see fit. 

Results: DEE-LISH!!! Absolutely one of my fave meals besides chili and pasta. The avocado yogurt was the perfect contrast to the spicy chicken and the lime gave it the zing we always love. It took about 30 minutes start to finish and was still good the second time around as leftovers. 
Sidenote: I ended up with spotless, reorganized kitchen by the time dinner was ready. LoL All I asked was for him to dust off and put away one of the three crock pots on the counter top and well… it was down hill from there. I should post a pic of my clean counter tops now. 😉

Exercise Jar

Pinterest WIN!! Awww yeah. I had pinned this idea a long time ago but wanted a way to do this without the weight loss part of it because I only had 10-15 pounds-ish to lose. THEN what would I do? I pondered over it for a while. Then I got it!! I would use it as my “Exercise Jar” to keep my motivation to exercise. If you keep up with any of my posts I’m sure you have seen how much I HATE to exercise. Anywho, I was trying to entertain myself today while Mike was on shift and I ran over to Hobby Lobby to grab the supplies. Bonus points for me because I actually finished a craft in one night!!! YESSSSSSSSSSS. So now every time I go to the gym or walk the dogs or do a workout DVD I add one quarter to the jar. (Believe me when I say Mike makes me earn that stupid quarter when we go to the gym.) Not sure what I’ll do with the money when it’s full, but I’m hoping to fill it before July so I can use that money on our road trip. Also, please don’t judge my crappy illustration pictures since I’m not a fancy pants with a DSLR camera. Just my portable Samsung Infuse smart phone to get shit done around here. THANKS!!!

Keep a look out for my weight loss post coming up too!

Supplies:
Glass Jar- $6.99 (plus additional half-off)
Stickers- 4.99
Stickers- 3.99

*Jar and stickers* 
 *Applied the long sticker first to the bottom* 

*Applied my lettering to the jar*

*Original post is over at Hot Mess Princess and she even has people send in pictures of their jars and you can see others’ inspiration.

Winter Yarn Wreath

Hello Pinterest Christmas Yarn Wreath! So I started this last September, and did most of it then got lazy about the hot glue gun part. I am not fond of using a hot glue gun. Mainly because in my childhood it was such a pain in the ass to wait for it to get hot, attempting not to burn yourself while using it, and then dealing with all that stringy crap after gluing something down. *groan* Do. Not. Like. Them. Sam I am. 

Back on topic. Last year on Pinterest these yarn wreaths were all over the place! I mean everyone and their mom were making one. So I got the crafty bug up my ass and decided to make one. I bought all the supplies and since I didn’t have a glue gun already, it cost me a pretty penny. Oh well. It came to like $25-30 BUT I now have a glue gun. In all honesty though, if you are not a procrastinator like myself then you’ll have no problem knocking this thing out in about two hours. 

Supplies:

Plastic Wrapped Wreath
Yarn (any color)
Felt Squares
Decorative Crap
Hot Glue Gun
Fabric/Tacky Glue (optional)
*Don’t take the plastic off the wreath!! Makes it easier to wrap the yarn around*

*Pick a side and tie the yarn around the wreath and start wrapping. This will consume most of your time. I did mine while watching DVR since it’s a mindless task*

*TA-DA! Finished*
*These are the felt flowers. This was the most non-complicated flower I could find. All you do is cut a spiral but you make the spiral wavy. There’s no right or wrong way to do it so you can’t “mess up”*
*You take the end of the wavy spiral and you roll it inwards. Try to keep one side flat for the back*
*Then glue the round end piece to the back side of the flower to hold it together*
*Glue this down. With tacky glue or the glue gun, it’s all preference*
*Then when dry, you flip them over and you have your felt flowers ready*
*This is the decorative crap I bought. I had to use wire cutters to trim the pine cones off the stem  as well as shorten the berries stem*
* I took the hot glue gun and positioned everything where I wanted it and glued it all down*
*Finished product. I’m scouring the house for ribbon to glue on the back because the wreath is too thick for the wreath holder on the door. When it’s on the door I’ll update this picture*

No-Bake Patriotic Dessert

Pinterest stole my hubby’s heart. I was pinning away while we were watching tv on the couch and he looks over and says “Ohh what is that?” I opened up the pin of No Bake Strawberry Icebox Cake and he practically drooled over my shoulder. *Mental note: make this dessert for hubs* 
Well 4th of July is around the corner, literally, and hubs was on shift tonight so I picked up the items on my way home from work. Figured I’d make a small batch so we can test it first since we aren’t big sweets people. It was so simple!
Ingredients:
1 Box of Honey Maid Graham Crackers
1 tub of Cool Whip (insert Stewie [Family Guy] clip saying “cool wHip” while giggling and layering.) 
1 lb of Strawberries (lucked out finding organic AND made in the USA ones!!)
1 box of Blueberries (got Texas grown but not organic. close enough.)

1. Layer graham crackers on bottom of pan.
2. Liberally apply Cool Whip over crackers
3. Cut tops off of strawberries and slice.

4. Layer strawberries & blueberries onto cool whip.
5. Graham crackers next, continue layering. 

6. End with fruit showing. I did mine as the American flag for 4th of July. 

*Don’t mind the hole in the top left corner. I used a a loaf pan since I didn’t wanna make too much and the crackers wouldn’t fit squarely into the pan. BUT if it was in a 9×13 like the original blogger did then it would come out a beautiful Flag. I’m pretty damn proud of myself for this. 
*HIGH FIVE*

Emergency Binder

Pinterest wins again.

I was entertaining myself like usual, pinning away in between answering the phone and dealing with criminals at work. I came across a pin that connected me to Misty Marsh’s “Survival Kit Series.” GENIUS! It was simple, informative and resourceful. She made some information sheets, put copies of all important documents, all within clear protective sheets and put them into a binder. If ever an emergency you just grab the binder and everything is in one location. Easier than digging through a file cabinet. Faster than having it in a safety deposit box at a bank that you can’t access if there were a natural disaster. Genius I tell you.

The secret is where in the house it’ll be kept. I’ll never tell. (In Brittany Murphy voice from the movie Don’t Say A Word.)

So here’s what’s included in the binder. And what I altered for our family.

Important Numbers Template

  • Emergency Numbers
    • I put TXDoT because it’s the Department of Transportation and you can call them for updates about roadways that are out, etc. 
    • My neurologist because I get horrible migraines and he has records of my latest MRI. 
    • Veteran’s Affairs because Mike’s latest lab work and yearly physicals are maintained through VA so they would be the first ones I would contact if anything happened to him. 

Adult ID Template

  • I have bubbly handwriting so I altered the font sizes and wording of the templates. 
  • Cut out info that wasn’t needed like home phone, excess wording.
  • Work phone and phone under “Employment” got combined. 
  • First and Middle name lines were combined.
  • Added “Blood Type” 
  • Added “Tattoos” because hubby and I have tats.

Child ID Template

  • Just rearranged the lines into different orders.
  • Added “Blood Type” 

Pet ID Template

  • I used the Child ID Template and made one for the furbabies in case anything happens. They are like my children so their information is just as important to me. 
  • Deleted the fingerprint boxes and put one box for left paw/ one box for right paw. They are just as distinguishing as fingerprints.
  • Added “Microchipped” check boxes. If it says yes then it saves rescuers a lot of time finding info out on the animal. Helps also if their collar comes off. OR if we lose them we can check with the shelters if our furbaby is there because of the chip. 
  • I added Vet info with phone number. 
  • Added “Rabies ID” which is kept on file with the state to verify that they are not a threat medically. 
To be included in our binder:

  • Business card sheet protector. Misty used this to hold social security cards, driver’s licenses, credit cards, etc.
  • Copies of mine and Mike’s certifications and degrees. 
    • CPR, EMT
    • My Associate’s and Bachelor’s degrees
    • Mike’s firefighting certifications. (We’ll need a 3 ring binder to add those. I kid. I kid.)
  • Copies of shot records for whole family.
    • Dogs, cat, mine and Mike’s
  • Paperwork for house
  • Truck Title
  • Flash drive with pictures. (Try to update twice a year.)

    No Sew Infinity Scarf

    Yup. Pinterest wins again. This chica made an infinity scarf super simple and cheaply.

    So I pinned it. Duh. And I made it. Duh.

    Supplies:

    T-shirt Hobby Lobby:
    Scissors

    Step 1: Cut the bottom seam off.

    Step 2: Cut across the chest of shirt, under the armpit part. 

    Step 3: Stretch the material to make it loose and curl the edges.