Friday, March 15, 2013

Creating Candyland : The invitations

For Angel's 9th birthday. I decided to create candyland! I've been really excited about this party for a long time!  I have shopped around on Etsy for the last week, looking for the perfect invitation, but I wanted to do so many more coordinating printables and just couldn't find a package that had the design I wanted, in all of the elements I wanted. I bought some digital pieces and made my own!

I sure do wish that I had a cool program for this kind of stuff, but all I have is Microsoft Publisher. I've used it enough that I can get the job done quickly, but I wish I had more options. Anyway, I picked up a very colorful digital paper pack because I was in the love with the rainbow chevron, but will use the other patterns for mix and matching the other printable elements. This is from Etsy seller LillyBimble

Then I got some frames from Etsy shop aestheticaddition

Then I went to one of my favorite clip art creators on Etsy. She designed my avatar girl that I use for my profiles.  She has two different adorable candy packs, and I got them both!
Her Etsy shop is called JWIllustrations. I am excited to use the different elements in these packs for all the different printables I am going to make!

Then I found this amazing site called Font Space where very talented people share their own creations of typography. I saved a couple and used one of them on the invites.  I opened up my trusty Publisher and made up this invitation! It will print two to a page, I will print them on a heavy cardstock and pop them in the mail as postcards!

Not to the par of most of the invites I loved on Etsy, because I am not a graphic designer by any means, but it will get the job done! 

I will keep posting as I make new stuff. You can follow my pinterest board for this party too!

Sunday, March 10, 2013

Easy Baked Spaghetti

I would love to credit to the original pinner for this recipe, but it has been in my meal plan rotation for so long that I can't locate the pin.  I change it up a bit for my own style anyhow.

This is a kid favorite, I never have a complainer when I make this for dinner. It is super fast and super easy.  It can be prepared and baked as the title suggests, but I usually make it in my large skillet...because I love that thing and make almost every meal in it.

What you need:
2 cups of chicken, cooked and cut into bite size pieces
2 cups short spaghetti noodles, prepare as package directs
1 can cheddar cheese soup
1 can cream of chicken soup
1/2 can milk
1 can diced tomatoes (I use the italian)
chopped basil to taste

Get the pasta cooking
meanwhile in the skillet whisk together the two soups and milk until well mixed. Let it heat slowly on low or medium heat.  Add the tomatoes and basil. Stir in.

Drain and rinse the pasta, add to the skillet, mix until everything is coated. Remove from heat and let it sit for 5 minutes.

Serve and Enjoy!

Saturday, March 9, 2013

Zesty Italian Chicken Pasta Skillet

When you have a special needs child who only eats learn to get creative with the skillet

I've seen the Italian Crockpot Chicken that everyone is pinning 100 times on Pinterest. I think I've probably even pinned it several times on my own board, but Angel doesn't eat well when I make a chicken type dinner that doesn't include pasta of some kind. So I created my own version and I must say, she cleaned her plate and my 6 years old said it was awesome.

What you need:
2 cups pasta of choice, I used rotini
1 (or 2) chicken breasts, cut into bite size pieces
1 can cream of chicken soup
1/2 can of milk
1 packet of italian dressing mix
1 TBS garlic
1 can diced tomatoes (I used the garlic basil), drained
1 can sliced olives

Prepare the pasta as package directs

Cut up the chicken, set aside

In your large skillet whisk the can of soup and milk together with the dressing mix and garlic. When it is well mixed add the chicken, keeping it on a low heat cover and let it be until the chicken is cooked. Don't let it sit too long on too high heat, or the milk will scorch

Drain the tomatoes and olives, add to the skillet, mix it in well. 

Drain/rinse the pasta, add to skillet and mix everything until it is well coated.

This dinner took me about 20 minutes to make and it was a hit. It will be added to the meal plan rotation!


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