Thursday, August 21, 2014

RTT: Shopping for Dorm Rooms



Hey, hey, welcome to another edition of Retail Therapy Thursday! It's been awhile since I've posted one of these...and I missed it. I love telling other people how to spend their money. Haha.

So remember how fun it was to outfit your dorm room? Back in the day, we struggled through with milk crates, poster putty, and maybe a carpet remnant from our parent's basement if were lucky; but, college-bound kids these days have shloads of decor options available, made just for dorm rooms! What's up with that? (Oh, and by the way, all of you lucky millenials...those of us who went to college in the '90s only had word processors, phones that were connected to walls, and ramen noodles. And we loved it.)

I digress. If you want to know what the must-haves for dorm rooms are, check out my About article: Dorm Room Essentials. Or, if you want to see my favorite products for this year, see 'em here.

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Recipe of the Week: Pillsbury Chicken Squares



Hey, hey! I'm coming at'cha today with an oldie-but-a-goodie in our house. You know those little recipe books by Betty Crocker and Pillsbury you can find in the grocery aisle? I love flipping through those for quick and easy family meals, don't you? If you'd like to receive recipes like those, as well as coupons and free samples, click here! It's free!

So as much as I don't want to admit this, it's almost time for comfort food again, so I thought I'd share this old-school favorite today. You can alter this recipe to make it healthier by using low-fat products and fresh chicken...but, alas, we prefer the full-fat, processed-chicken variety.

Pillsbury Chicken Squares
Makes 4 bundles
1 tube of Pillsbury crescent rolls
1 small can of chicken breast meat
3 oz. cream cheese, room temperature
2 T. unsalted butter, softened
2 T. milk
1 T. diced onion
1/4 tsp. salt
1/8 tsp. pepper

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
Soften the cream cheese by microwaving it for 30 seconds or so, then stir in the butter, milk, onion, salt and pepper.
Drain the chicken and add it to the cream cheese mixture.
Unroll the crescent dough and, instead of separating it into triangles, just separate it into 4 rectangles and use your fingers to seal the perforations a bit. Place the rectangles of dough on a cookie sheet.
Divide the filling evenly among the 4 rectangles.
For each bundle, pull the 4 corners together and pinch.
Bake for about 20 minutes or until golden brown.

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Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Decorating with Nature



Hi all! How are you? We are still on vacation, surrounded by the beauty of Lake Michigan, its dunes, and wooded trails opening up to blue water...just gorgeous. Speaking of nature, I must be on a kick. Yesterday's post about how to use tree rounds inspired me to write this one. One of my favorite ways to decorate is to use natural items like branches, rocks, leaves, and feathers. Over the years, now that I think about it, I've made quite a few projects using Mother Nature's offerings. Over on About.com, you'll find a huge list of ways to decorate with nature...and here are some of mine.


Acorn Picture Frame




Fall Leaf Pictures


Faux Forsythia Branches


Vacation Memory Jar


Coastal Tray Centerpiece


Be sure to check out my article on About for a ton more ideas!
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