Mon, 28 Jul 2014 11:00:09 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Southwest Cheesy Chicken Casserole Dish Mon, 28 Jul 2014 11:00:09 +0000 Southwest Cheesy Chicken Casserole Dish

I am such a huge fan of “one pot” or “one pan” or “one dish” no mess casseroles.  Actually, any recipe that is delicious and is a single dish idea and I am hooked.  I have been thinking of all of my favorite dishes and what I would like to share next, and this one was on the top of the list. With football season coming up, it’s perfect for serving and a simple dish that will have everyone asking for seconds. Learn how to make this easy Southwest Cheesy Chicken Casserole Dish and WOW your friends and family!

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Southwest Cheesy Chicken Casserole Dish

For this dish you will only need a few ingredients to make it AMAZING!

  • 4-6 boneless skinless chicken breasts (rinsed)
  • 1 (14.5oz) can Rotel
  • 1 (14.50z) can black beans
  • 1 jalapeno, sliced (optional)
  • 1 cup Shredded Cheddar Cheese
  • tortilla chips, crushed
  • green onion, chopped

Step 1:  Heat oven to 350 degrees. Take a 9 x 13 dish and place chicken breasts along the bottom. I leave mine whole, but if you are serving a large group of people, you could always bake ahead of time and shred to make it go a bit further.

Step 2: Top chicken with Rotel, black beans, and sliced jalapeno.  Place dish in oven and bake for 45 minutes.

Step 3: Sprinkle tortilla chips, green onion,  and shredded cheese over chicken and bake for an additional 15 minutes.

Serve with rice if keeping them whole, or wrap in tortillas if you shred the chicken before baking!

There are really so many option with this dish.

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This is such an EASY dish to make.  It’s a perfect dinner for after school or for football season. My entire family loves it!

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Do you like to make “one dish” dinners?  Share this with your friends, and tell me what you think of this Southwest Cheesy Chicken Casserole Dish!

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diy Sunday Showcase 7/26, & FAVS! Sat, 26 Jul 2014 22:00:41 +0000 NEWDIYLargeButton

Hi everyone! Welcome back to the diy Sunday Showcase.  Is Summer almost over for you, too?  Our new school year starts in just 2 weeks! I can’t believe that Summer is almost over.

I loved all of the projects and recipes that were posted last week! There were so many great ideas.  I gathered up a few of my favorite DIYs and put them all together in this fun roundup that has been going all over Pinterest the last few days. So many fun projects, you should check these out.

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Now let’s talk about our favorites! There were so many fun projects, and it was really hard to choose!

My favorite of the week is from Old House to New Home and the No Sew Bench Cushion. (It’s also up in my roundup!)



Megin’s favorite of the week is from DIY Beautify and the Painted Upholstered Chair.


Shelly’s favorite is from ReDoItYourself Inspirations and the Junk Yard chair to NEW.

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Erin’s favorite is from The Casual Craftlete and the No Churn Peach and Raspberry Ice Cream.



Katie’s favorite is from Salt and Pepper Moms, the Family Command Center. 

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Marie’s favorite is from The Curator’s Collection and the Chest of Drawer redo.


Now we can’t wait to see what you are going to link up with us this week! Here is a BIG HINT: I am going to be doing 2 roundups soon of sewing projects and back to school ideas…so if you have any of these, NEW OR OLD, leave the links here!


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Clean Mouths & Pretty Bathroom Decor Sat, 26 Jul 2014 11:00:07 +0000 Listerine photo 2

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Are you like me and always obsessing about clean and healthy? A healthy smile is something we all want to have, and having a clean and pretty bathroom is  another (for me, anyway!)  Luckily, Listerine’s newly designed bottles, which are available at Target for a limited time, will give you both.

I received a sample bottle of Listerine’s newly designed Cool Mint bottle.  Not only does the bottle look awesome, but I am also a big fan of Cool Mint, it’s my favorite flavor! You can find four of Listerine’s flavors in the newly designed bottles:  Cool Mint, Fresh Mint, Arctic Mint, and Fresh Citrus.

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With these newly designed bottles (found for a limited time exclusively at Target) you won’t be ashamed of what’s on your counter.  I am a little OCD when it comes to bathroom clean.  I don’t like things on the counters, and always keep my drawers and shelves organized.

These new bottles are so pretty I don’t mind them being out and about for the whole world to see.

The fun and fresh chevron patterns brings a spunky personality to the stark white counters and backsplash. I love the way it contrasts with my handtowels and silver faucets.  I think I needed to add a little color in here to change things up.

Listerine is still the number one dentist recommended brand that gives you a cleaner, healthier mouth.  They can now boast that they also make your bathroom surroundings more appealing as well.

Make sure to head to your nearest Target store and pick up these newly designed Listerine bottles while they are here.  They are only available for a limited time, and you won’t want to miss out on these. You can Save Now with Target Cartwheel.



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DIY $20 Outdoor Patio Bench Fri, 25 Jul 2014 11:00:46 +0000 DIY $20 Outdoor Patio Bench via 7

Beautiful Summer is in full swing and so is spending time outdoors.  It’s always fun to have an outdoor party, but it’s a bummer when you don’t have enough seating available for all of your friends and family.  With that being the case, a few weeks ago we made a couple of benches for my friends in Colorado and their new house and outdoor deck.  They love to have friends over to look at those beautiful views, but they didn’t have the right amount of seating.  That’s where this awesome DIY $20 Outdoor Patio Bench was born.

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To make this Out door Patio bench, you are going to need a few supplies:

(2) 1 x 6 x 10  (These will be the seat tops)

(1) 2 x 4 x 8 cut (4) 13 7/8″ (for leg braces)

(2) 1 x 4 x 10 (These are the skirts on the bench)

(2) 1 x 4 x 10 (Legs are 22″ length board with 28 degree and 32 degree cut (feet) measure 19″ tall)

(2) 14 3/16″ long and 2 9/16″ wide for the center end pieces

2″ screws

1 1/4″ screws

4″ screws

The first thing we did in creating this bench was to create the legs.  Once we created the legs, it was all smooth sailing from there.  However, the legs were a bit cumbersome at times.  We needed to cut and keep angles, and sometimes there was a lot of sanding involved because of the angles.  Don’t get discouraged, we were able to help ourselves out when we created a template of the legs and used that template to help create all of the others.

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As you can see in the picture above, we did “double” pieces on the legs.  This was done to make them a little sturdier that what they would have been with just a 1 x 4 leg.  Below is one of the the templates that we created.  Once we had all of our pieces, we placed them together with 1 1/4″ screws.

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After making all of the legs, it was time to stand them up and attach our seating boards.

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After the top was attached, we then started to attach the braces up at the top where the seat and legs meet.  These were placed and attached with 4″ screws.

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After the braces were on, we turned the benches over and added the skirting to both sides of the bench.

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After the skirting came the end pieces to finish it off.

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Now all there is left to do is put on your favorite color of paint!  Once again, we used Whirld Peas Outdoor Paint and Primer from Valspar.  The picture below is after just one coat, but we applied two coats to make a more even finish.

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With a brand new 10ft long bench, we added a lot of seating area to her family’s large outdoor deck area.  In fact, the deck is so large, we added in a second bench.

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I hope you enjoyed this DIY $20 Outdoor Patio bench.  It was a challenging and fun experience to work on this project.

If you are looking for a few other outdoor projects to work on, you could also try these:

Fancy X Farmhouse Table

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Farmhouse Table Finished

Farmhouse Benches

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Fancy X Farmhouse Bench

Adirondack Chair Tutorial

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16 DIY Home Decor Ideas Thu, 24 Jul 2014 11:00:05 +0000 16 DIY Home Decor Ideas via

Today I am sharing with you a fabulous roundup for some amazing DIY ideas for the home.  You can find projects that are big and small, and all that are easily done.  If you have been looking for a little DIY Inspiration, you have come to the right spot!  Check out all of these DIY Home Decor Ideas and try one for yourself!

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DIY Frozen Olaf Shirt Wed, 23 Jul 2014 11:00:11 +0000 DIY Easy Heat Transfer Frozen Olaf Shirt Tutorial via

If you have a child in your house, you have probably heard of this little snowman, as well as the famous Disney movie FROZEN.  I have 4 children in the house, and the youngest is three. I think she watches bits and pieces of FROZEN a few times a week.  We even have the downloaded version of Let it Go, which she has completely memorized. When I say this movie is addicting, I am not kidding! When you meet Olaf in the movie, you are instantly in love. Our toddler loves him so much, I had make her a cute DIY Frozen Olaf Shirt.

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Creating this fun shirt was actually a pretty simple project.  I downloaded the PDF of a cute Disney Printable for Olaf and then I used the portion of his head to create this Olaf shirt.

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DIY Personalized Pool Towel Tue, 22 Jul 2014 11:00:14 +0000 Easy DIY Personalized Pool Towel via 1

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There are a few things you may not know about Louisiana. It’s Hot. It’s Humid. It’s really HOT. We like to go to the pool to cool off, OFTEN.  Us Southern gals like to monogram or put our kids name on everything they own. This is true. In fact, we will place a name or initial on ANYTHING. It’s one of the reasons behind this DIY Personalized Pool Towel I am going to show you today.

We are in the FULL SWING of Summer over here in Louisiana.  Everything is hot, sticky, and humid.  With the weather so hot, we are going to the pool and cooling off a few times a week, if not more.

When Addy is in daycare, they often have a fun little pool day.  When they do, it is usually a quick trip outside to their inflatable kiddie pools and a pile of towels off to the side.  Addy can barely remember which shoes are hers, so I never expect her to come home with the correct towel.  This Summer I decided I would help her remember a little with her very own personalized towel.  Not only does Addy know which towel is hers, but the teachers do as well.

To make this towel I created her name in the Silhouette Designer Edition software.  Having this software makes life easier because I can easily resize and see measurements for exactly what I am looking for.

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Once I had the size and font I liked for the letter, I cut my fabric to fit the cutting mat and placed it into the Silhouette Cameo.  After it was loaded, I placed my cut settings to fabric, placed my blade on 8, and did a double cut with the Silhouette Fabric Blade.

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After the fabric is cut, I then adhered the letters to the spot on the towel with a little liquid stitch.  This allows the letters to stay put before I use the sewing machine and apply a zigzag stitch all the way around the letters. It’s a quick project and takes just under an hour!  I love the way it turned out.

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I’m not the only one who loved it….Addy did, too!

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If you are looking to create your own pool towel, (or open your own online store and create them for A LOT of people), NOW is a great time to do it!  Silhouette is having their July Promotion and you can save money purchasing a new Silhouette this month!  If you already have a Silhouette, you can download the Designer Edition Software for 40% off!  All you need to do is use promo code PINK when checking out to receive your savings!

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Minty Candy Cupcake Dessert Mon, 21 Jul 2014 11:00:49 +0000 Minty Candy Cupcake Desserts with Hershey's® York Minis

This post brought to you by Hershey’s®. All opinions are 100% mine.

Do you ever make fun desserts and add in a little candy to make things a little more interesting?  You can make movie time fun by creating popcorn candy bars, or ice cream candy bars, and placing all of those bite sized fun treats on display to top their favorite desserts with. You can also top your favorite movie time cupcakes with a little candy dessert as well!


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I love to create fun and happy desserts for the kids, and this week I had the perfect opportunity to create a fun snack.  Why?  Well, all of my kiddos LOVE cupcakes (who doesn’t, right?) and there is also a great deal on candy at CVS right now.  Including these Hershey’s ® YORK MINIS.

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These delicious bite sized bags are PERFECT for the candy topped cupcakes I have been wanting to make for our next movie night, and I have always been a huge fan of every Hershey’s ® candy ever made.

To make these Minty Candy Topped Cupcakes I started with one of my favorite mixes, a French Vanilla flavor.

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After the cupcakes were made, I added a healthy spread of frosting.  I took a french vanilla cream frosting and tinted it a fun light shade of green.

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Once I had my cupcakes frosted, I used my York Minis to complete the cupcakes.

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I may or may not have eaten my other bag of Hershey’s ® York Minis before I finished with these sweet cupcakes.


To save $1 off on your purchase of 2 or more packages,  check out this video below.

I think my kiddos are going to love these cupcakes so much, it may be our new movie night tradition.  I am going to need a few more cupcakes and a few more bags of these fun Mini candies, for sure!

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diy Sunday Showcase 7/19, and FAVS! Sat, 19 Jul 2014 22:00:30 +0000 NEWDIYLargeButton

Welcome back to the diy Sunday Showcase!  Are you gearing down from Summer and getting ready for Back to School?  We start in 3 weeks, and man has the Summer just FLOWN by! When does school start where you are?

This past week we had so many awesome links, I just had to create another fun roundup of some AMAZING desserts, and I aptly titled it as 10 Desserts to Try Before Summer Ends. You should really go and check these out!

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Also, if you want to make sure you are getting a friendly reminder when we start the party, make sure you sign up for our email list.  We will make sure you are included in the reminder post!

Let’s get going on our favorites from last week.  It was a toughie, but I FINALLY decided on my favorite.  I am such a HUGE fan of firepits, and this one by Mother’s Home is just AMAZING.



Megin’s favorite is from Little House Living and the Mason Jar Bird Feeder.

Mason jar Bird Feeder

Shelly’s favorite is from DD’s cottage and the Queen Anne Secretary Desk. 

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Erin’s favorite is from Homey Oh My and the Ombre Cement Candle Holders.


Katie’s favorite is from Kenarry and the DIY Summer Burlap Wreath.


Marie’s favorite is from Forever Decorating and the English Dresser.


So many awesome favorites, and so many awesome recipes in that roundup!  I hope you all have a fabulous weekend, and I can’t wait to see what you are sharing with us this week!


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10 Desserts To Try Before Summer Ends Fri, 18 Jul 2014 11:00:11 +0000 10 Desserts to Try Before Summer Ends via

I love Summer, and I love all of the foods I associate with it.  I especially like desserts! Summer always makes me think of delicious desserts, and today I have put together an amazing list of wonderful treats and desserts you need to try before Summer Ends.

This is the MUST TRY list, you really should make this your Summer Dessert Bucket List.  Your belly will be happy with you if you do!

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