Friday, December 19, 2014

Home Tips--Kid-Friendly Stocking Holders




Weighted stocking holders just aren't practical in my house. With young kids around, all it would take is a tug on one of the stockings and we would have a disaster. 

But I still want to hang my stockings! So instead, I use clear adhesive hooks (Command). They're safe on any surface, removable, and in the event that one of my kids pulls off a hook, no one gets hurt. 



Easy, right? What kind of kid-friendly stocking holders have you come across? 

For more tips, check out the Tips & Tricks page!



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Thursday, December 18, 2014

{One-Dish} Italian Chicken and Vegetables



My neighbors are the best. And since everyone is crazy busy this time of year, I like to give them a home-cooked meal as an early Christmas gift. They love it! 

But who has time to cook for their own family let alone someone else's? That's what I thought too until one of my MOPS mentor moms showed me how to make this one-dish Italian Chicken and Vegetables (thanks Connie!). Everything goes into one baking dish and gets cooked together. How easy is that? Here's what you need:

Ingredients

3 skinless, boneless, chicken breasts
2 cans green beans, drained
3 red potatoes, washed and cut into bite-sized pieces.
4 Tbsp. butter, melted
1 packet of Zesty Italian seasoning
2 Tbsp Parmesan cheese (optional)




Directions

1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Place chicken breasts in the middle of an 9x13 baking dish. Then add green beans on one side and potatoes on the other.

2. Sprinkle the entire packet of Zesty Italian Seasoning over the chicken, potatoes and green beans. (If you are using Parmesan cheese, sprinkle it over the chicken). Then pour the melted butter on top.



Cover with foil and cook for 1 hour (or until chicken is cooked all the way through) at 325 degrees.

That's it! Dinner is served and your neighbors will love it!



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Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Christmas Rag Wreath



Rag wreaths are so easy and fun to make. This is a perfect project for a beginner--if you can use scissors, you can make one! This Christmas rag wreath was really easy to make because it was a partial upcycle of my St. Patrick's Day wreath! I took out the white fabric, replaced it with red fabric, and now I get to use it twice this year! Ready to make your own? Here's what you need:

Supplies

1 1/2 yd. broad cloth in green, red and green/white chevron
Pinking sheers
18" wire wreath


Directions

Cut out strips of fabric in each color, measuring about 1 1/2" wide and 10" long.





Tie fabric strips to 3 rings of the wreath until the wreath is full.





Fluff the wreath and hang!







For more holiday craft ideas, check out the Holiday & Seasonal page!

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Monday, December 15, 2014

20 Fun Christmas Projects {Repost}




I created this round-up 2 years ago but it's still my favorite. Looking for some adorable Christmas projects?

Click here!


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Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Spiced Oatmeal Cookies



This is my mom's oatmeal cookie recipe and to this day, it is still my favorite way to make oatmeal cookies. It's full of all of my favorite holiday flavors--cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice and cloves, and I haven't made a batch yet that didn't turn out just right. Here's what you need:

Ingredients

1 1/4 c. unsifted all-purpose flour
1 tsp. baking soda
1 c. butter or margarine
1/4 c. granulated sugar
3/4 c. firmly packed light brown sugar