Slow Cooker Chicken Cordon Bleu Casserole

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You may be wondering why I am sharing slow cooker recipes in July.  Well, here in Wisconsin, we usually have hot and humid days in July and August. Our lil air conditioner works hard to keep our apartment cool.  I like to use the slow cooker to make us yummy meals that do not heat up the apartment and make the air conditioner run more than it has to.

My friend Sandy makes this casserole in the oven, and I think I shared that recipe before.  This slow cooker version is just as yummy!

I used Campbell’s Healthy Request cream of celery soup because I just can’t handle the cream of chicken. That is completely a personal preference of mine. Please feel free to make the homemade cream soup base and use that instead.

This recipe was found on The Magical Slow Cooker at http://www.themagicalslowcooker.com/slow-cooker-chicken-cordon-bleu-casserole/

Slow Cooker Chicken Cordon Bleu Casserole
Ingredients:
1 can (10.5 oz) cream of chicken soup
1/4 cup milk
1/2 teaspoon oregano
1/4 teaspoon pepper
1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
2 lbs boneless, skinless chicken breast
1/2 pound ham slices (doesn’t have to be exact, just enough to cover the chicken)
1 6 oz package sliced Swiss cheese
1 6 oz package cornbread stuffing mix
1/3 cup butter, melted

Directions:
In a small bowl, whisk together the soup, milk, oregano, pepper and garlic powder until smooth. Set aside.
Place the chicken breasts in an even layer in the slow cooker.
Add the ham over the chicken in an even layer.
Add the Swiss cheese over the ham in an even layer.
Pour the soup mixture over the cheese and use a spatula to spread it out evenly.
Sprinkle the cornbread stuffing mix evenly over the soup mixture.
Pour the melted butter evenly over the stuffing mix.
Cover and cook on low for 5 hours without opening the lid during the cooking time.
Serve and Enjoy!

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Social Media

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I try very hard to not go into politics here on the blog. I have very strong opinions politically, but that is not what the blog is about.

What I want to talk about today is social media and politics. I won’t go into my political views, but I do want to talk about how I feel social media drives a wedge between the political views.

I truly believe that prior to social media being such a huge way to communicate with each other, we were able to be more civil about our feelings and beliefs.  I think that is because you had to actually talk face to face or on the phone with people regarding your thoughts.  You couldn’t just hide behind a computer screen and type up nasty stuff.

Both sides do it. Fingers are pointed, name calling is rampant, and people get seriously out of sorts. There is a lot of emotion poured into it.  People tend to talk big when they are behind the safety of their computer.

I miss the days of having a good ole fashioned political debate with people.

I truly believe that our nation would not be so divided had social media not sprung up and reared its ugly head as it has.

Now please don’t get me wrong. I am not totally against social media. I have met some really amazing people via social media. I just think that it gives people something to yell out from but yet hide behind.

 

Christmas in July – Santa Card

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Hello everyone! I had a fantastic time making Christmas cards recently. I like to make my Christmas cards in sets of 12.  I like to try to start in May, and make one set of 12 per month through November. Then I am ready to mail them out the first week of December.  That doesn’t always happen, but I love it when it does!

I bought the ribbon for this card on sale for 70% off at Michael’s last fall.  I knew I wanted to make Santa cards with it, and I was so happy that it matches pretty well with the Stampin’ Up! Real Red card stock!

This set and the punch are still available in the current Stampin’ Up! catalog.

Cookie Cutter Christmas Photopolymer is #142043 for $21.00 US
Cookie Cutter Builder Punch is #140396 for $18.00 US

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Stampin’ Up! Product:
Stamp Set: Cookie Cutter Christmas, Teeny Tiny Wishes
Card Stock: Basic Black and Real Red
Ink: Memento Black ink pad and markers: Basic Black, Daffodil Delight, Real Red
Other: Cookie Cutter Builder punch, Word Window punch, Modern Label punch

Non SU! Product:
Neenah White 110 lb card stock, Papertrey Ink white card stock (card base) snowflake embossing folder, ribbon from Michael’s

Thank you for stopping by!

Slow Cooker Thai Peanut Chicken

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This was a super yummy recipe that we will for sure make again!  I just love the peanut flavor with chicken. I think it is just about one of my very favorite recipes.  This recipe smelled so good while it was cooking!

I found this recipe on the Dinner then Dessert blog.  http://www.dinnerthendessert.com/slow-cooker-thai-peanut-chicken/

I served this with brown rice.

We found the coconut milk in the ethnic food aisle at our grocery store. I never use bottled lime juice. Limes are usually very cheap, so I just get one, cut it in half and squeeze it myself. YUM!

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Slow Cooker Thai Peanut Chicken
Ingredients:
1 cup coconut milk (about half a can)
1/3 cup creamy peanut butter
2 Tablespoons soy sauce (low sodium)
2 Tablespoons honey
1 Tablespoon rice wine vinegar
1 Tablespoon ginger peeled and minced (or about 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger)
3 cloves garlic, minced
3 boneless skinless chicken breasts
2 Tablespoons corn starch
1 Tablespoon lime juice
Optional garnishes – chopped peanuts, cilantro, green onions

Directions:
Add coconut milk, peanut butter, soy sauce, honey, rice wine vinegar, ginger and garlic to a 6 quart slow cooker and stir until combined.
Cut the chicken breasts into one inch cubes and add to the slow cooker.
Cook on low 4 – 5 hours.
In a small bowl, mix the cornstarch and water. Add the lime juice. Add to the slow cooker and stir carefully.
Cook for an additional 20 minutes until sauce has thickened.
Garnish with desired toppings and ENJOY!

Independence Day

Hello everyone!

Independence Day is just a couple of days away.  There will be cookouts, fireworks, carnivals, parades and all sorts of celebrations. Am I the only one bummed out that it’s in the middle of the week, so we don’t get a long weekend away from work? 🙂

Please take a moment and remember what this day is really all about and give thanks!

Enjoy the holiday and stay cool and safe!

Another Beautiful Day Butterfly Card

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I cannot tell you all how much I absolutely LOVE this stamp set Beautiful Day.

I’m sure I will eventually stop embossing it and coloring it with my brayer and Kaleidacolor ink pads, but I make no promises as to when! I would probably make a lot more, but truthfully, fussy cutting is just not my thing. Regardless, I hope you all don’t mind seeing the cards. Their brightness is cheerful, and some days we all need that!

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I just recently picked up the Peekaboo Peach card stock, ink and ribbon at my Stampin’ Up! demo Barb’s annual rubber rummage. YAY! Such a neat color!

Stampin’ Up! Product:
Stamp Sets: Beautiful Day, Wacky Wishes
Card Stock: Peekaboo Peach, Pink Passion
Ink: Versamark
Other: Winter White embossing powder, Embossing Buddy, Decorative Label punch, brayer, Peekaboo Peach ribbon

Non SU! Product:
Papertrey Ink white card stock, Baby Powder Kaleidacolor ink pad, floral embossing folder

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Strawberry Shortcake Scones

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I found this recipe last year, and they are a family favorite now. Tim and I love them as well as my Mom and nephews. To have a recipe approved by a 10 year old and 12 year old is good stuff!

The recipe comes from the Belly Full blog.
https://bellyfull.net/2013/02/06/strawberry-shortcake-scones/

A few notes for you:

1. I do not make the full amount of glaze. I think it is way too much. I use 1 cup of powdered sugar, 1 teaspoon vanilla, and I just gently add half and half to get to the consistency I want.

2. I have used 1% milk, and they have turned out just fine. I forget to get the half and half sometimes, so I use what I have.

3. The rolling out of the dough and cutting it into triangles did not happen for me. Instead, I use my large scoop from Pampered Chef. It usually makes around 15 scones.

4. Watch your scones when they bake. In my oven, they only take about 12 – 13 minutes.

Strawberry Shortcake Scones
Ingredients:
2 cups all purpose flour
1 Tablespoon baking powder
3 Tablespoons sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt
6 Tablespoons chilled butter, cut into 1/4 inch squares
12 small strawberries, hulled and diced
3/4 cup half & half

Glaze:
3 cups powdered sugar
1/4 cup half & half
1/2 teaspoon vanilla

Directions:
Preheat oven to 425 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

In a large mixing bowl, combine flour, baking powder, sugar and salt. Add butter and cut in with a pastry blender (or your hands) until mixture resembles crumbs. (I used a fork.)

Toss in strawberries, and coat lightly with the flour mixture. Add half & half and fold together gently until the mixture just begins to come together and form a soft dough. (Do not knead or over mix the dough.)

Turn dough out onto a floured surface and pat into a 1 inch thick rectangle. With a sharp knife, cut the rectangle into 6 squares, then cut the squares on the diagonal to form 12 triangles. Place scones on prepared baking sheet and bake 16-18 minutes or until cooked through and golden.

Place a sheet of parchment paper on a work surface, then place a cooling rack over top of parchment. Remove scones from pan to cooling rack. Cool about 10 minutes.

In the meantime, make glaze by whisking together powdered sugar, vanilla and half & half until smooth. If glaze is too thick, add a bit more half & half. If it is too thin, add more powdered sugar.

Generously drizzle scones with the glaze. Glaze will firm up when scones are completely cool.

Enjoy!

Here is a link to the Pampered Chef large scoop:
https://www.pamperedchef.com/shop/Bakeware/Pastry+%26+Baking+Tools/Large+Scoop/1790

I have all three sizes, and I use them a lot. If you get invited to a party and don’t know what to get, please do yourself a favor and order these! I use the medium for all of my cookie baking. The small scoop is perfect for your mini muffin pan. If you need a consultant referral, just let me know! I have a great one!

New Stampin’ Up! Catalog!

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Hey stamping friends!  I am sure you are aware that the new Stampin’ Up! catalog is live now.  There are some REALLY neat items in this catalog!  If you need a catalog or a referral to a demonstrator, please let me know!

There are a bunch of new colors available this time around. Another color renovation! Check them out! The new color assortment package lets you buy all of the new color ink pads or markers at once for a discounted price.

I want to take a moment and direct you to a few of my very favorite items in the catalog.

Beautiful Day clear mount stamp set #145915. You will be seeing cards made with this set in upcoming blog posts. I just LOVE it!

Animal Outing clear mount stamp set #146600. The giraffe in this set is just adorable. It is on my wish list.  I also like the sentiments in this one.  Thank you BIG TIME, Wild about You and together we make a great pair.  Adorable!

Rooted in Nature is awesome.  It is a bit on the pricey side, especially if you are considering the bundle. However, remember you are getting two cases full of stamps and matching dies if you buy the bundle.  That is 16 stamps and 12 dies. Quite a package! Stamp set #146482 Bundle #148353

It’s never too early to think about making your Christmas cards! Snowflake Sentiments clear mount stamp set #144820 is also on my wish list.  I need some updated sentiments!

I am so happy to see that a couple of my favorite photopolymer stamp sets also made this catalog.  Cookie Cutter Christmas (#142043) and Dragonfly Dreams (#142924) are great sets!

Cookie Cutter Christmas has a punch that goes with it. That is #140396.

Dragonfly Dreams has a coordinating die set of five dies.  This is #142749.

HAPPY STAMPING! 🙂

Brick Wall and Flowers Birthday Card

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I have seen so many neat cards on Pinterest using the brick wall embossing folder, so of course I had to get it for my collection. I was thinking it would be mostly for masculine cards.  Well, this is my first card using it that I recall, and it is not masculine. 🙂

I wanted to use a much lighter pink with the gray, but it did not stand out at all on the gray card stock, so I went with bright!

I colored the flower stamp with markers and used the huffing technique. I stamped the flower images using my Stamp-a-ma-jig as well as the Happy Birthday sentiment before I ran the Going Gray piece through the Big Shot.

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Stampin’ Up! Product:
Stamp Sets: Happy Harmony, Vogue Verses
Card Stock: Going Gray, Melon Mambo
Ink: Melon Mambo, Old Olive
Other: Big Shot, brick wall embossing folder, Stamp-a-ma-jig

Non SU! Product:
Papertrey Ink White card stock
notched corner punch

Thank you for stopping by!

Flag Day

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Do you watch Big Bang Theory? If so, you are more than likely familiar with Dr. Sheldon Cooper’s Fun with Flags!  Well, this post isn’t quite like an episode of Fun with Flags, and I certainly won’t be posting a video!

However, since today IS Flag Day, I wanted to share a few facts with you.

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Flag day is celebrated on June 14th to commemorate the adoption of the United States flag. This happened on June 14, 1777.

Did you know that the colors of flag represent things?  White is for purity and innocence, Red for hardiness and valor, and Blue for vigilance, perseverance and justice.  I’m sure we were taught that in a history class somewhere along the way, but I didn’t remember it.

Did you know that the number of stripes is intentional?  I think we all know that each of the 50 stars represents a state in our union.  The stripes alternate white and red with seven red stripes and six white stripes.  The stripes represent the original 13 states.

Flag day is also special because it is also the birthday of the United States Army!
God bless the USA!

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