Thursday, February 19, 2015

Tortilla Casserole Recipe

I have been making this dish for quite some time now and it is still one of our favorites. 

Tortilla Casserole

3 cooked chicken breasts cut up into bite size pieces
1 can Cream of Chicken soup
1 can Green Chili Sauce ( I use a small can of Stokes)
1/4 C Sour Cream

Tortilla chips
Shredded Lettuce
Shredded Mexican Cheese
Extra Sour Cream

Combine the cooked chicken, cream of chicken soup, green chili sauce and sour cream. Spray a 9"x9" baking dish with cooking spray. Place a layer of tortilla chips in the bottom of your baking dish, then spoon the chicken mixture over the top. Sprinkle a 1/2 to 1 cup cheese over the top of casserole then bake at 350 degrees for 20-30 minutes or until bubbly. 

Serve casserole on top of a bed of shredded lettuce, top with salsa, shredded cheese & sour cream. Serve with a side of tortilla chips.

A great recipe that you can make ahead of time, refrigerate then bake later (within a day or two at the most).

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

DIY Family Wall Gallery

I created the "This is our favorite spot" poster months before we bought our new house and knew that it would have a place in our future family room. Since we have vaulted ceilings in the new family room I didn't want this one sign to look insignificant all by itself on such a tall wall. So I created a family themed wall gallery with images of the kids, the entire family and a few other pieces to go with it. 

I have a thing for numbers, the number 5 represents how many people are in our immediate family, both my husband and I grew up in families with 5 immediate members. The twelve 5 forty is our house number and I of course had to make that number 5 stand out. Love, the one word that truly represents us. I am so extremely blessed to have a family that loves each other, we really are a team! 

All of the black and white prints were done at Staples using their "Engineer Print Service", which costs next to nothing. I think I paid under $10 to have them all printed. I had bought all of the frames on sale at Michaels Craft Store & Ikea.

I LOVE this wall in our house & can't wait to create another gallery in my loft space.

Last week when I shared my dining room chair make-over I mentioned that I was waiting to get my new old table from my parents. This table is not only special because it belonged to my great grandparents, but as a little kid I remember my parents receiving this table and my Mom spending hours/months working hard to refinish it in her spare time. This past Saturday, Valentine's Day my parents came over and surprised us with it. I LOVE having a real table (not the huge round folding table we were using) that we can all sit around and share meals together, especially one that has so many memories. ***sigh***

Hey, have a great day and don't forget, today is the day to Send-A-Smile in the mail! In case you missed what this is all about, check out the post over on the Squatles blog.


Saturday, February 14, 2015

A Floating Shelf And Some Art

Last week I shared the chairs I painted for our dining room, today I want to share how I decorated the only full wall in the room with two simple items.

 Since I like to change things up I knew a floating shelf would be the best way for me to display items throughout the year easily. So I went to Ikea and bought their "Lack" shelf , which was only $20. It was super easy to install, I just needed an extra set of hands to help me keep it level since it is so long.

As luck would have it, I found this set of three prints at Ikea as well. (Sorry they aren't available online or I would give you the link) They are the perfect size and are colorful without being over powering.

I can't wait to create some of my own art as well to put on the shelf for holidays or other special occasions, like my son's graduation this Spring.

A little bit of time and money made a big impact on this space. Definitely going to buy more of these shelves so I can put them in the kids rooms to display their treasures!


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