Monday, April 27, 2009

"Rustic" curtains

I've finally gotten around to making Mr I's curtains. I've only had the fabric for just under 2 years, lol. The blinds in our house are the originals - 23+ years old. His finally kicked the bucket which forced me to get moving on these. I have some red bandana fabric that I will probably do a swag in. These were rather simple to make. Yes, I cheated. ;) I felt I could get away with cheating because of the type of fabric & the theme of the room. I used pinking shears to cut the fabric & then "no-sew" tape to make the curtain rod loop. No sewing required!!

Chicken Paprikas

This is an old Hungarian meal my grandmother makes & now I make. I can eat it for days on end. Not The Pilot's favorite, but he is getting used to it. Different than what he grew up with. I make it a lot while he's gone. So this is the 1st time making it since last August/September. I have an old Hungarian recipe book with a recipe in it, but this version is simpler to make.

2 tbsp butter
2lbs chicken (cut into cubes)
1 envelope of Lipton Onion Soup Mix
1 tsp Paprika
1 3/4 cups water (broken into 1 1/2 & 1/4)
1 tbsp flour
1 (8oz) sour cream

You can serve over egg noodles or dumplings. I've made my own dumplings before but now I get Maggi Spaetzle. It's a small German dumpling. I've found it occasionally at the commissary or at a grocery store with a very good international isle, but mainly at World Market.

Melt butter on medium-high heat & brown chicken, drain. Stir in onion soup mix & blend in 1 1/2 cups water & paprika. Bring to a boil over high heat. Reduce heat to low & simmer covered for 45 minutes or until done. Stir it. Remove chicken & keep warm. In pan blend flour with 1/4 cup water. Bring to boil over high heat. Reduce heat to low & simmer uncovered, stirring frequently for 2 minutes or until sauce is thickened. Remove from heat & with wire wisk blend in sour cream. Add chicken. Serve over noodles or dumplings.

(I'll add a picture later when it's all done)

Friday, April 17, 2009

Stuffed Pizza

Nothing fancy. Easy. Crust is very light.

- 2 cans of Pillsbury Crescent Creations
- Pizza Sauce
- Your choice of pizza cheese
- Your choice of toppings (I used sausage, ground beef, green peppers & onions)

Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Cook any meat you choose to use. Lay out 1 can of dough. Top with sauce, cheese, & toppings. I poured any extra sauce in can on top. Lay other can of dough on top. Pinch sides. Cook 15 minutes.

Thursday, April 9, 2009

I'm a cheater :D

Just stealing some "mommy time" & trying to play catch up. It's been a few months! I'll have to dig through my photos to see what I have been up to.

So why am I a cheater? I volunteered to make cookies for our family day coming up this weekend. Turns out I need to make 99 cookies. 33 packages of 3. I'm 29 weeks pregnant now & chasing after 2 wild little ones. I'm hoping it's just the full moon tonight. Either way, I am exhausted. I have several other items to cook & bake for various events this weekend. So I cheated a little with the cookies. Easy way to fancy-up Oreos. Dip them in chocolate. I used white. Before they harden, sprinkle them. Let them dry.