28 September 2014

Crock Pot Gyros



This was an easy and new recipe for our family to try out this Sunday!

And I don't know about you, but with kids, trying new recipes can turn out to be a flop fast! I was nervous that these gyros might be a bit spicy for the kiddos, but nope - THEY LOVED IT!
Plus I caught my husband sneaking back to the crock pot for more of the shredded meat.

I know the left overs won't go to waste on this one! WHEW

For the ingredients I went to the Target Super center by my house (while shopping for some sexy fall boots) and found these flat breads in the deli section. I had never bought the Stonefire NAAN Flatbreads before, but I have to say they were so pillowy and super soft!! Will buy them again.







If you have these spices in your pantry you are half way there on your shopping list for this recipe.

Oregano, Chili Powder, Cayenne Pepper, Cumin, Salt & Pepper.






Add one red onion sliced, 2 Tablespoons of Olive Oil  & 1 cup of Water to your  Crock Pot....and at least 2 Tablespoons of Garlic minced (add more if you are a garlic fan) to your 3 lb. Pork Loin Roast.






Now set your Crock Pot to low for 6-8 hrs. and let the aroma whiff around your kitchen.
Next up is your homemade slaw to set in the fridge  or you can buy a pre-made mix bag of coleslaw. Your choice.





HOMEMADE  SLAW: All you need for the sauce is some plain greek yogurt 3 Tablespoons & 3 Tablespoons of Mayo. Add 1.5 Tablespoon Sugar and Apple Cider Vinegar.  Mix in some chopped carrots, green cabbage and cherry tomatoes.  Place in fridge to chill at least one 1hr  before serving.

TO SHRED PORK: I used two forks and pulled with the grain of meat.
Then I warmed flatbread, and topped the shredded meat with the slaw.



Let me know if you give this recipe a try, or make any alterations to it. Or leave a comment with your favorite gyro recipe!

xoxo

Melissa



14 September 2014

DIY Crayon Organizer



This weekend I made this crayon organizer for a church classroom.
But it would be perfect too as a teacher's gift - maybe for teacher appreciation week?  I think it would work great in daycares, preschools,  a homeschool setup and a homework station. 

I got the inspiration from this amazing PIN on Pinterest from Spearmint Baby and decided to give it a go. Unfortunately, I didn't have many supplies on hand and needed to go shopping. I did wonder what would be the cost in the end, but I'll give you the deets on the cost as we go along ....


First, I went to Lowes and bought the pre-cut lumber piece (.75 in x 5.5 in x 24 in) and screws (8 x 3/4). Total at Lowes was $12.00.  







I decided to make 6 primary crayon colors.  I bought 7 GLOSS Kylon ColorMaster Cover Max spray paints  at Wal-Mart. Total at Wal-Mart was $26. 

If you have a collection of paint at home from other projects, this would be where your savings would add up! 






WHITE-for base
RED-Banner Red
ORANGE-Pumpkin Orange
YELLOW- Bright Idea
GREEN-Emerald Green
BLUE- True Blue


Then I used the cans of Nestle Media Crema I had in my in the pantry that was about to be thrown out. 

They were perfect because they had pull tab's!  No sharp edges! 

Of course, you could use any can you have around the pantry.





Next,  you'll have to remove the labels and the sticky residue glue. 
Removing the glue is EASY. 

Just fill a sauce pan full of water and add the cans,and heat on high. Let them get steamy hot. Then get a scrub brush and rub. The glue melts right off into the water.  

Another method is to use Olive Oil and rub it off, but that takes a lot of work!







Now you are ready to mark off your wood base. If you bought the same size of mine, I measured and marked every 2 inches.







Then I lined up the can seam with the pencil line on the wood base. 












Now I double check they line up all even. Then I hold the can while my husband drills them one screw in. 
Then we unscrew it { now we have a hole for when we paint the base } .

Next we let the cans dry and paint the base and cans. 




Next we let the cans dry and paint the base and cans. 





I found that it was best to paint them upside down. 






Let me know in the comments if have advice on spray painting or if you end up making one of these yourself !


11 September 2014

Gluten Free Taco Soup

Love Taco Soup like our family?

Well let me share our favorite recipe with you! It is slightly tweaked with ingredients that omit out the gluten and you can pick them up at any Target Supermarket or Sprouts grocery store.

Downside...yup it's slightly more to buy Gluten Free when you are comparing some of the ingredients side by side in price. Example: Campbell's Cream of Chicken Soup to Pacific brand it is almost double in dollar bills. However, it's just as yummy and healthier for you too - because it's missing the high corn fructose syrup (and of course the gluten).

The best part....its super fast & easy to make: 30 minutes!


GLUTEN FREE CHICKEN TACO SOUP


Ingredients:


Directions:

1. Add all your ingredients in your deep sauce pan and bring to a boil. Then reduce to a simmer for 30 minutes. 

2. Next serve and add your favorite garnishes.


Comment below to let me know if you gave our family Taco Soup a try, or tell me how you make your Taco soup at your home!

Melissa 

16 June 2013

DINING ROOM DECORATING

{Source: Tracery Interiors }

Sometimes it is hard for me to come up with the perfect "look" and "feel" for a space. (Staring at the room doesn't help either.)

Pinterest, has been my best decorating friend lately. A pin popped up on my wall that I instantly knew would be the solution to my current dining room needs. It came from the Southern Living Idea House 2012.

To see the video tour of the house click here.

I wanted my dining room to be casual, comfortable, pretty and timeless.

Check, check, check!

Plus, I could buy this room from Ballard's, and Ikea and not have to search stores for replicas (unless it's out of my budget)

Shopping List:

Ballard's Sofia Settee $1249

Ballard's Winged Chair $571.00 x 2 in Oatmeal Fabric

Next I'll need two side chairs...

Ballard's Gramercy Upholstered Chair $459.00 x 2

I did find chairs similar at World Market for $179.99 each Linen Hayden Dining Chair

Rug: Ikea TARNBY $99.00

Lantern: Ballard's Design Calisse 4 Light Lantern $349.00

The Southern Living Idea House Dining Room Editorial Picture
{Source: Southern Living}

In the editorial picture they took out the side chairs and replaced them with Ballard's Wood Plank Storage Benches $449.00 each.

Hope you are as inspired as me! New dining room on it's way....

07 May 2013

HOW TO MAKE CARAMEL + APPLE TEACHER APPRECIATION GIFT


I was inspired by teacher appreciation pins on Pinterest to make this little gift for Jake + Aspen's teachers. 

This gift includes home made Caramel & Cream Cheese dip with Toffee chips for dipping. 


.....And of course a Red Apple


HERE IS HOW TO MAKE IT

Mix a large spoonful of caramel with 4 oz. of room temperature cream cheese.

Place mixed cream cheese and caramel mixture into Mason jar. Top with a spoonful of caramel.

Top with Toffee Bits and you are done with the dip...now to assemble gift wrap.

WHAT YOU WILL NEED TO PICK UP


MAKING 8 GIFTS

1/2 PINT SIZE MASON JARS (@WALMART 4/$4. 50)

HEATH TOFFEE BITS X 3 (FOUND IN BAKING AISLE $2.40 each)

CARAMEL DIP X4 (MARZETTI'S OR SIMILAR $3.50 each)

CREAM CHEESE X 8 (EACH IS 8 OZ. $1.25 each)

APPLES X 8


DECORATING

CELLOPHANE BAGS (FOUND MINE @ CRAFT SECTION IN WALMART, Note* Hobby Lobby also carries it)

RIBBON 

OPTIONAL: PRINT GIFT TAGS (SEE BELOW)


Free Printable Gift Tag


PRINT GIFT LABELS FROM THE COUNTRY CHIC COTTAGE 







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