Saturday, January 22, 2011

Becky's Mexican Chicks in a Blanket

My friend Brittany sent me a recipe a while back for some chicken crescent roll sandwiches. From what I remember of the recipe it was basically cream cheese and canned chicken in a crescent roll with crushed crackers on top. I'm sure there was more to it, but I couldn't find the recipe to reference exactly.

Anywho, since my husband and I are huge fans of spicy, Mexican food we needed to spice up the recipe a bit.

Becky's Mexican Chicks in a Blanket

4 Chicken Breasts (depending on how much chicken you want in each crescent)
8 oz Cream Cheese
4 oz can of Green Chilies
1 Cup Ritz Cracker Crumbs
1/4 Cup Flour
1/2 Cup Parmesan Cheese
2 Tbsp Oregano
1 Tbsp Garlic Salt
1 Tbsp Parsley
Mexican Spice Mix
1/2 tsp Paprika
1/2 tsp cumin
1/4 tsp ground cayenne pepper
1/4 tsp chili powder
1/4 tsp salt
1/4 tsp black pepper

Preheat oven to specifications on Crescent package instructions. I use the Pillsbury brand.

Cook chicken breasts on skillet over medium heat. Meanwhile, combine spices to make "Mexican Spice Mix" into ziplock bag. Cut chicken into small chunks. Season with Mexican Spice Mix.

(Yeah, I know messy picture. That's real life cooking in Becky's kitchen though; a hot mess.)

Crush Ritz cracker crumbs and combine with flour, Parmesan cheese, oregano, garlic, salt and parsley in bowl.

Grease cookie sheet. Firmly press crescent rolls in Ritz cracker mix. If you would like you can coat 'outside' of crescents with butter to help mixture to stick.

Lay Crescents open onto cookie sheet.

Add 8 oz Cream Cheese to chicken in skillet. Stir until cream cheese is softened and thoroughly mixed with chicken. Add green chilies to mixture.

Spoon chicken mixture onto center of crescent and roll according to instructions on crescent package.

Cook Crescents according to package instructions.

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Thursday, January 20, 2011

Three-Cheese Chicken Penne Pasta Bake

I love pasta! I seriously could eat pasta pretty much every day. Lucky for me and my waistline, my husband isn't as big of a fan as I am. Anyway, I got to make pasta for dinner last night! YAY!

Annnd it was soooo gooood...

Three Cheese Chicken Penne Pasta Bake

1-1/2 cups multi-grain penne pasta, uncooked
1 pkg. (9 oz.) fresh spinach leaves (I omitted this)
1 lb. boneless skinless chicken breasts, cut into bite-size pieces
1 tsp. dried basil leaves
1 jar (14-1/2 oz.) spaghetti sauce
1-2 cloves garlic, minced
1 can (14-1/2 oz.) diced tomatoes, drained
2 oz. (1/4 of 8-oz. pkg.) Neufchatel cheese, cubed
1 cup shredded 2% milk mozzarella cheese, divided
2 Tbsp. grated Parmesan cheese

Heat oven to 375ºF.

Cook pasta as directed on package, omitting salt and adding spinach to the boiling water the last minute.

Cook and stir chicken and basil in large nonstick skillet sprayed with cooking spray on medium-high heat 3 min. Stir in spaghetti sauce, garlic, and tomatoes; bring to boil. Simmer on low heat 3 min. or until chicken is done. Stir in Neufchatel.

Drain pasta mixture; return to pan. Stir in chicken mixture and 1/2 cup mozzarella. Spoon into 2-qt. casserole or 8-inch square baking dish.

Bake 20 min.; top with remaining cheeses. Bake 3 min. or until mozzarella is melted.

460 calories per serving; Makes 4 servings.

Source: The Girl Who Ate Everything.

**If you are anything like me, you are thinking what in the HECK is Neufchatel. Well, according to google it is basically cream cheese that is lower in fat. I used cream cheese as a substitute for this recipe.** I am sure that changes things when it comes to the calories per serving above, but it sure tasted good!


Wednesday, January 19, 2011

My first feature at Today's Top 20!

I am so excited; my first feature!
I have been FEATURED at Today's top 20 for my fabric beaded necklace tutorial.

She has a super cute blog! Go check it out HERE!

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Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Fabric beaded necklace tutorial

I got the inspiration for this fabric necklace from Pretty Ditty. However, I didn't follow her tutorial exactly (or at all, really.) I changed mine up quite a bit.

First I cut the fabric 2" wide and 42" long. I used round red crystal beads just because I had them left over and I don't like them very much haha. It doesn't really matter what they look like since they will be covered in fabric anyway!

Then I burnt around the edges of the fabric to keep it from fraying too much. I left a little bit of the edges frayed just because I like the look.

Next I folded the fabric in half (wrong side up) and sewed it about 11" down.

Then I flipped it inside out using a long wooden dowel.

Then repeat to the opposite end, sewing 11" of the fabric in half.

Next I tied a not at the end of my stitching. After the knot I added my first bead, wrapped the fabric around the bead (making sure to fully surround it so it does not fall out) and then tying another knot.

Repeat until you reach the end of the open fabric. (where stitching on other end begins)

This is what the beads should look like when you are finished.

Next I made the flower. I used a tutorial that I found on House of Smiths.

For the back side of the flower I cut an extra circle of fabric (the same size as the petals,) and glued it to one side of the flower.

Then I laid the flower on the necklace where I wanted it and glued the other side of the fabric circle down.

The final part of making the necklace was finishing the ends. I folded the fabric of both ends under so that the edges were clean.

Then I put one end of the fabric inside the other.

Finally, I sewed across the top where the two ends met.

I'm linking up to:
Craft-O-Maniac to share this tutorial. Check out her Monday link party.

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I was Featured!

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Saturday, January 8, 2011

Beads and Tulle Necklace

"Get Craftin" made the cutest tulle necklace I have ever seen. Well, the only tulle necklace I have ever seen.
I have seen lots of similar tutorials to this one in blogland, but this is the first one I have seen with TULLE instead of fabric, so cute.

Yeah, you shouldn't compare my necklace to hers because hers kicks the tail off of mine. haha. For some reason I thought she used ribbon for the part around the neck (I must be mixing up tutorials.) After looking at hers again I wish I just had the tulle go all the way around. Oh well, an excuse to make another one! :)


Monday, January 3, 2011

Skillet Lasagna

I have been completely uninspired and unmotivated to cook dinner lately. I do like to cook, but I'm burnt out on the "usual." Also, recently I tried a new recipe and it was not good at all. My husband said it was my first not good meal I have ever cooked haha. Ever since I have been a little aprehensive about trying new recipes.
FINALLY, finally! I found something that was different than I normally make and the recipe seemed pretty easy (and was easy.)

Introducing Skillet Lasagna:
2 lbs. Diced Chicken
1 Onion
2 Cans (Petite) Diced Tomatoes (drained)
1 ½ (13.25 oz.) Jars Spaghetti Sauce
1 Box Penne Noodles
1 (16oz.) Cottage Cheese
2/3 Cup Sour Cream
2 Cups shredded Mozzarella Cheese
Italian Seasoning
Salt & Pepper
Garlic Salt
I found the recipe on Envy my cooking. I changed it up a bit; diced chicken instead of the ground beef, penne noodles instead of bow tie or rotini, and I omitted the zucchini.

This recipe made a lot for our family. Definately too much for two grown ups and a toddler, but I'm excited for the left overs because it was so good!
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