Wednesday, March 24, 2010

"Create" ... Romantic Getaways & Teriyaki Chicken

Long time -- no post.  I've been vacationing with my sweet hubby in a much warmer climate.  Yeah...can you say wonderful!  I noticed I received a blog award.  Fun.  I just need to figure out what I'm suppose to do.  (I'm new to this whole blogging world).  But how fun is that!!  Thanks.  Until then, thought I'd post one of our favorite meals.  It's our copycat of Teriyaki Stix Rice Bowl.  Yum!!

Teriyaki Chicken
Makes 4 servings

2 lb boneless skinless chicken thighs cut into bite-sized pieces
1-2 tbs evoo (olive oil)
2 clove crushed garlic
1/2 tsp ginger
1/2 tsp crushed red pepper
1/2 c. applesauce
2/3 c. brown sugar
4 tbs ketchup
1 tbs vinegar
1/2 c. water
2/3 c. soy sauce
Capful bourbon whiskey (optional)

Heat oil in lg. skillet. Cook chicken until lightly browned. Remove chicken. Add remaining ingred., heating over med heat until well mixed and dissolved. Add chicken and bring to a hard boil. Reduce heat and simmer for 20 min. Serve over hot rice.  I served with vegetables too, for a nice rice bowl.

Some of these ingredients sound strange together, i.e. ketchup and applesauce, but it really works and is wonderful.  I got this recipe off of (which is one of my favorite sites).  It was the top rated on the site.


Friday, March 19, 2010

"Create" ... Humanitarian Efforts

Been awhile since I posted.  This week has been busy helping out a mother somewhere in the world keep her family warm and in need.  Instead of our annual Relief Society Birthday DINNER, we put the money toward quilts and hygiene kits for the Humanitarian Department for Haiti and other countries in need.  It was a worthwhile evening.  We finished 7 quilts and put together 48 hygiene kits.  Sometimes it feels good to give instead of having a fancy dinner.  Busy week . . . but rewarding.

Monday, March 15, 2010

"Create" ... Cajun Chicken Shrimp Pasta

We are lovin' this dish.  Easy to prepare and wonderful flavor.  Oh yeah...did I say it tastes FANTASTIC?  Oh Yes.

Makes 6 servings

6-8 boneless skinless chicken thighs
6 tsp cajun seasoning, adjust to taste
3 tbs butter
1 small diced onions
2 c. sliced mushrooms
6 tbs chopped sun-dried tomatoes packed in oil
2 clove minced garlic
3/4 tsp salt
3/4 tsp dried basil
3/8 tsp pepper
3 tbs flour
14.5-oz can chicken broth
2 c. half and half
3/4 c. parmesan cheese
12 oz linquini noodles cooked al dente

Cook pasta. Toss the cajun seasoning with chicken. Grill chicken and let rest 10 min. Meanwhile, melt butter in skillet, add onions and cook till transparent. Add mushrooms and garlic. Cook a couple of min. and then add tomatoes and seasoning. Once mushrooms are done, add flour and cook 1 min. then work in chicken broth. Cook until thick and then add 1/2 & 1/2 and sliced chicken. Toss with cooked pasta and parm. cheese. Add pasta water if it needs to be thinned.  To save calories - use 1 c. 1/2 & 1/2 and use an extra cup of broth in it's place.

**Cajun Chicken Shrimp Pasta -- We also like to add shrimp.  Before you add pasta, throw in uncooked, shelled shrimp and it will cook in the hot sauce in a few minutes.  YUMMMMM


Sunday, March 14, 2010

"Create" ... a Negative use of Scraps!

So I decided to use up the scraps from my quick Thank You card.  This is from the Tie the Knot cartridge.  I used the heart Thank You and the negative cut as well.  It's amazing how many cards you can get out of 3 pieces of paper.  The border punch is from Stampin' Up.

"Create" ... a very quick Thank You!

Quick...I need a Thank You card.  Nothing fancy but still a personal note with a homemade touch.

Friday, March 12, 2010

"Create" ... a Sinful Bit of Heaven

This SOUR CREAM COFFEE CAKE is so tender, it melts in your flavorful, you'll go back for another...and so easy, you'll be making it often.  This is a great "give to my neighbors" dessert.

1 c. butter
2 c. sugar
3 eggs
2 c. flour
1 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
1 c. sour cream, I use fat free
1 tsp vanilla extract
Topping:  1/4 c. pecans, chopped
2 tsp cinnamon
3 tbs brown sugar

Cream together butter and sugar. Add eggs, beating after each egg. Sift dry ingred. together and add alternating with sour cream. Add vanilla. Grease and flour pan. Spoon 1/2 of the batter in pan. Sprinkle with 2/3 of the topping. Spoon rest of the batter in and sprinkle with remaining topping. Bake 325 for 50-60 minutes. Cool 10 minutes and remove from pan. Can drizzle glaze on top.

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

"Create"...Organized Cricut Cartridges

I work better when things are organized.  I got tired of cartridges in one place and the booklets in another.  So...I took a little help from here and there and came up with this system.  The cartridge card holds two with the overlays and the booklets behind them.  It feels good and easy access.

Sunday, March 7, 2010

"Create"...Apple Goodness!

This is SO Easy...and SO Yummy.  If your apples are sweet you can cut down the sugar.  Beware, this is hard to stop eating.

Slow Cooked Cinnamon Applesauce

3 1/2 lb granny smith apples, peeled, cored, & sliced

1/3 c. brown sugar

1 1/2 tbs lemon juice

1/2 tsp cinnamon

Put in 3 1/2 qt. cooker, tossing together. Cover and cook on High 2 1/2 to 3 hrs. until tender. Mash w/ potato masher.

Friday, March 5, 2010

"Create" ... Cashew Broccoli

Sometimes our "Create"-ion might be a comfortable environment for our family.   Making sure the clothes are washed and house is clean.  I do...however, like to award myself.  Clean and wash one day so I can dive into crafting the next.  Now it's time to dive....

I served this last night along side Tilapia Fillets, Royal Brown Rice w/ Portabello Mushrooms, and Whole Wheat Bread.  We love the sauce on this and it goes well on Roasted Asparagus or  Green Beans.

Broccoli w/ Garlic Butter & Cashews
Makes 6 servings

1 1/2 lb fresh broccoli
1 T. butter
1/2 tbs brown sugar
3 tbs soy sauce
2 tsp white vinegar
1/4 tsp freshly ground black pepper
2 clove minced garlic
1/3 c. chopped salted cashews

Place the broccoli in a large pot with about 1" of water in bottom. Bring to boil and cook 7 min. or until tender crisp. Drain and arrange the broccoli on a serving platter. While the broccoli cooks, melt the butter in a small skillet over med. heat. Mix in the b. sugar, soy sauce, vinegar, pepper, and garlic. Bring to a boil, then remove from the heat. Mix in cashews and pour the sauce over the broccoli. Serve immediately.
**Those counting WW points - sub. Brummel & Brown Natural Yogurt Spread for the butter and it's 2 pts. per serving.

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

"Create" a Cricut Zooballoo Challenge

I took a challenge on the Cricut messageboard to make something with the cartridge "Zooballoo".  It was a good one for me because I haven't really used this one much.  Now seeing all the options, I'll be pulling it out more often.


Monday, March 1, 2010

"Create" a Family Favorite

Today I'm sharing our favorite soup.  Chicken Tortellini Soup.  AWESOME.  Great Flavor.  Easy to Make.  And if you are a Weight Watcher Counter, one serving = 4 pts.  Add a slice of homemade whole wheat bread with 1/2 T. butter spread, and you have a 5 1/2 pts meal.

Chicken Tortellini Soup
Makes 8 servings

5 c. water
3 10.5-oz can chicken broth
1 10 3/4-oz can cream of chicken soup
2 c. cubed cooked chicken
1 c. chopped onions
1 c. sliced carrots
2 clove minced garlic
1/2 tsp basil
1/2 tsp oregano
1 7-oz pkg dry cheese tortellini
1 10-oz pkg frozen broccoli, thawed or use fresh
1/4 c. parmesan cheese, if desired

In large stockpot, combine water, chicken broth, soup, chicken, onions, carrots, garlic, basil and oregano. Bring to a boil; add tortellini. Simmer uncovered for 30 min., stirring occasionally. Add broccoli; simmer an additional 5-10 min or until broccoli is crisp-tender. Serve with parmesan cheese.

It seems like all I've "created" lately is cooking (which is fine) but I'm ready to "create" with paper....tonight!!

**UPDATE** - I just won 3 Provo Craft cartridges from .   I'm so excited!!  Now I'm really in the mood to touch paper.