Friday, May 26, 2017

Cornbread Chicken Pot Pie

As Chris Rock once said, "Cornbread. Ain't nothin' wrong with that."

I had a box of gluten-free cornbread mix in my pantry, and I really wanted to use it for something more than just a side. So I decided to make it a topping for chicken pot pie.

Now, of course, I made this MANY weeks ago by this point, so I don't even remember where I found the recipe on which I based this. But I mean, you could sort of just follow any recipe that calls for a boxed cornbread mix. I'm pretty sure the filling for this was just chicken, a bunch of frozen veggies, and a roux of gluten-free all-purpose flour and butter.

The boxed mix I used was from Glutino. I usually use Bob's Red Mill gluten-free cornbread mix, but I do like the Glutino because it's much sweeter than Bob's. I might have to make the switch the next time I make my gluten-free stuffing for Thanksgiving.

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

I Heart Baking Scrapbook Page

Last year we started a new tradition with friends: a cookie-decorating party! Most of the kids were not old enough to participate so us adults had to get our hands dirty decorating cookies with cookie cutters, icing, and M&Ms. (You can read tips for throwing your own cookie-decorating party here.)

My mom had given me a cute baking-themed scrapbook kit, and I just knew that I would use it to scrapbook the pictures I took from the party.

Aren't the embellishments cute? The kit came with a picture guide to show you how to place everything on a two-page layout, but I had to rearrange a few things based on the sizes of the pictures I had. It wasn't really that hard. Every picture that I wanted to use fit on this two-pager.

This kit came from a scrapbook store near St. Louis, but I can't remember the name. Ask me later and maybe I'll have it figured out.

Monday, May 22, 2017

Meal Plan Monday - May 22

Were you wondering where the meal plan was last week? Sorry! Life got in the way.

But things are back to normal here, so I've got a nice mix of recipes from our favorites and from the Fit4Mom #monthofmama meal plan.

Sunday: pea pesto pasta and side salad

Monday: slow cooker taco salad

Tuesday: leftovers

Wednesday: broccoli cheese-stuffed spaghetti squash

Thursday: penne with ricotta cheese and greens

Friday: veggie quesadillas

Saturday: rotisserie chicken, baked potatoes, and side salad

Friday, May 19, 2017

First Costume Scrapbook Page

And here is the baby's first Halloween costume. Yep, she was a panda! I scraplifted this layout, which is something that I'm really trying to do more of in an effort to make the scrapbooking process go a little faster. I spend a lot of time rearranging pictures and embellishments to create a look that I like, but I have so many page pinned on Pinterest. I really need to use those more!

I got to use some cool Heidi Swapp chipboard words that were on sale at Michael's the other month!

The patterned papers are Crate Paper. I've had the same paper pad that I got at T.J. Maxx for a LONG time. This layout also uses American Craft Thickers and a cool chalkboard journaling tag that was in my stash.

Thanks for looking!

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Gluten-Free Chocolate Chip Banana Bread

Before I started on the Month of Mama fitness challenge, I made some really delicious (and healthy!) gluten-free banana bread for breakfast. I had some bananas to use up, and what better way to do that than with banana bread?

I found a recipe from Cookie and Kate for a Healthy Banana Bread recipe. The original instructions didn't call for gluten-free flour, but there are a bunch of suggested adaptations, including to make it gluten-free with Bob's Red Mill's gluten-free flour. And luckily, that's what I had in my pantry!

I also had all of the other ingredients in my pantry, too: coconut oil, honey, chocolate chips, etc. Yes, chocolate chips. You can't have banana bread without chocolate chips!

I really enjoyed this banana bread. The gluten-free flour worked just fine! I think my husband did, too. The baby refused to eat it. *sigh*

Friday, May 12, 2017

Pizza Crackers

The other week I just didn't want a sandwich for lunch. So I combed through the pantry to see what we had that I could turn into lunch. And that's when I saw that we had the ingredients to make a very quick and easy lunch that my old college roommate taught me.

Technically, you're supposed to use Italian-style Wheat Thins. Not sure if they even make those anymore. But what I did was take regular Town House crackers and sprinkle Italian seasoning on them. (You could use plain gluten-free crackers, too.)

Combine the crackers with shredded mozzarella cheese and sliced pepperoni in a microwave-safe dish or plate. You basically just put the crackers down first and top with the cheese and pepperoni.

Then, put this into the microwave and microwave for a few seconds at a time until the cheese is fully melted on top of the crackers.

To eat, you just pull out the crackers and eat. It's really great as a party appetizer or something as long as you don't mind everybody's hands reaching into the same thing. But I enjoyed it as a lunch because it was fast, it was delicious, and it used up stuff that I had at home.

What do you think? What are some of your favorite things to eat from college?

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Adorable Scrapbook Page

Yep, my kid is pretty adorable. This is a picture from last Halloween, which was her first Halloween. We set her up on her Adirondack chair next to our pumpkins and trick-or-treat stuff.

I used some Me & My Big Ideas flower stickers on this one. And all of the patterned papers are from a paper pad that my mother-in-law gave me ages ago. It is a 6x6 paper pad, so I always struggle with how to use it. But I think I managed pretty well on this one.

I'm also glad I got to use that spiderweb chalkboard journaling spot! That has been in my stash for forever!

I actually based this whole layout off of one that I saw on Pinterest. If I felt like taking the time to find it and link it here, then I would. But I don't. LOL Sorry guys. I'm making this post on a day when I was home by myself with the baby, so I'm pretty tired and just trying to get some blog posts done.