Tuesday, September 25, 2012

"Crafty" Candles

I love my Country Living Magazine.  While looking through, I found some beautifully painted/stamped candles.  I just had to have them.  I checked my stash and found that I didn't have to buy anything.  That is a great day isn't it?  When you don't have to run to the Dollar Store or Craft Store?  Anyway, this is how mine turned out.

This is the only paint needed.

Some lace.  I have a couple different types, but, this is the one that was easiest to work with.

The best way to do it, is, to paint the black paint on to the lace lightly.  Lay the ribbon flat on a piece of tin foil and roll the candle onto the lace.  I tried several ways.  Oh, the best part, is, if you don't like the way it turned out?  Just wash it off quickly and start over.

I just used all the white candles I got for my summer candle arrangements, so, I paid nothing in a additional supplies - YEAH...

What do you think?  I can hardly wait to get them scattered all over - ha ha.
I love Halloween Decorations!!!!!

Happy Haunting,

Monday, September 24, 2012

Chili Rellenos Casserole

Another Monday, another casserole.  I know I make a lot of casseroles, but, my family is very busy in the evening, and, casseroles are easy to put together at lunch.  I usually bake them around 3:00 p.m.  When my family starts to come in (no matter what time), they can reheat a portion in the microwave.  The last one to eat has to put the leftovers (if any) away and wash the pan.  We love Mexican food and eat it any chance we get.  This recipe delivers great Mexican flavor, especially, if you love Chili Rellenos at a restaurant.  I was so lucky to find this recipe in a magazine years ago.  It took just making it once to become a staple.  I make it at least twice a month.  Before the recipe, here is this Week's Chicken Feed:

Monday - Tater Tot Casserole
Tuesday - Taco Tuesday
Wednesday - Baked Fish and Fat Girl Rice
Thursday - Two Games and practice/Eat Out
Friday - Calzone/Pepperoni and Ham and Broccoli
Saturday - Hamburger on the Grill
Sunday - Lasagna 

If you would like a recipe from the list above, let me know in the comments and I will post it next week.  On to the Rellenos Casserole:

2 Cans (4oz each) chopped green chilies
1 lb ground beef, cooked and drained
4 cups (16 oz) shredded cheddar cheese
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
1 t salt
2 eggs
2 cups of milk

I use a large can of whole green chilies and cover the entire bottom of a 9 x 13 pan.  The next layer is the ground beef (I salt and pepper my meat a little).

Add the cheese, flour and salt in a mixing bowl.

I mix the eggs right in the two cups of mild and

Pour into my cheese mixture.  Stir well.

Pour over meat and chilies and bake uncovered, in a 350 oven, for 40 minuets.

A knife will come out clean in the center of the casserole when done.



Friday, September 21, 2012

Elegant Pumpkins

Hi everyone.  First, my apologies for not being a consistent blogger.  I am a whack-a-mole blogger (now you see her, now you don't), I begin meetings in a week or so.  I also know I could go on with all the reasons why I haven't been blogging, but, you all have kids, families, crazy out in-laws and just stuff going on.  I promise I will try and be more consistent.  With that said, I can now show you the pumpkins I made for my entryway this Halloween.

My home is very casual and eclectic.  I hope these aren't too elegant -- ha ha.

I got everything from The Dollar Tree.

Three candles sticks in different heights and three pumpkins.

I even got the ribbon there.  I just shot everything with the .97 cent glossy black paint from Wal Mart.

What do you think?