Wednesday, August 25, 2010

all over the place

This post is just a big hodge podge of stuff...kind of like most of our days!

1. Is it me or has the little pumpkin had a major growth spurt in the past 4 months??!!

She's been complaining of leg pain and in a matter of what seemed like just one week, her beloved pink chucks barely fit her anymore! Yup, I think it's safe to say it's a growth spurt.

2. The $10,000 question...What's for Dinner? While Hudson will eat pretty much anything in sight, Grace is a lot pickier. Her current favorite is spaghetti...but not just regular spaghetti...she likes to eat the noodles with butter & parmesan cheese - no meat sauce. At least she'll eat the chicken from this recipe...so long as it's on the side, not mixed with the spaghetti :) This has become one of our faves - made it last night, in fact! Last Christmas, my dear friend Heidi and I decided to exchange homemade gifts. She gave me the BEST gift - a collection of her family's favorite recipes, all hand-written by her and placed in a keepsake book. She gave me permission to share her recipe so here it is!

Heidi's Cheesy Chicken Spaghetti

Ingredients
1-2 cups of cooked chicken (diced/hammered)
1/2 loaf of Velveeta (diced)
1 can of mild Rotel (can use 1/2 can if too spicy)
1 can cream of mushroom soup
Desired amount of cooked spaghetti noodles

Directions
Combine all ingredients in a large pot until Velveeta is thoroughly melted.
Add a splash of milk or chicken broth if sauce seems too thick.
Serve immediately.
(Great with garlic bread!)

Told you it was easy! My kind of recipe!!

3. Fun with your Food. Pen & Paper Flowers has become a favorite read of mine. Jess has such cute ideas and I love her "Keeping it Real" closing comments. When I saw THIS fun post I knew we had to try it in honor of back-to-school week.

I had all the ingredients on hand {Is that bad?} so while the fam was eating dinner, I scrambled to assemble these fun ice cream apples. WARNING: to see the pretty pictures, go HERE! To see my last minute version, keep reading below... So even though they weren't perfect, they were still cute and were gobbled up by little fingers in no time! 4. Scrappy flowers. Remember THIS dress I made for the little pumpkin and THIS sweet pin Amber made for me? Well, I decided to try my hand at making one, tweaking it along the way and ended up with this: I love how it added that "oomph" factor to the dress!

5. Halloween!!! I love planning the costumes and I'm excited to say we have a winner! All of these were contenders: unicorn, owl, spaghetti (yes, spaghetti - not sure where the little pumpkin got that one!), and cotton candy (would have been SO cute) among many others....but after the votes were counted... won!

Now about Hudson...he he he...I think he'd make a mighty cute PONY! We'll see...

That's it for today.
Hope you're having a great week!

6 comments:

jess @ pen n' paperflowers said...

your apples came out adorable! LOVE them!! I'm so glad you tried them! And as usual, love your blog post - it's full of creative craftiness!! *wink*

Jessica said...

Thanks for the inspiration, Jess!

Em said...

Can't wait to try the recipe. It's all so cute!

Ashleigh said...

Hey! Ok both of Grace's dresses in this post are too cute. Did you sew them, or your mom? Just wondering about a possible pattern recommendation??

Jessica said...

Thanks Ashleigh!
The first dress, the tiered one, is just from Gymboree. But here's a fun pattern for one:
http://www.youcanmakethis.com/info/featured-products/Tiered-Flouncy-Sundress.htm

The second one, the t-shirt dress, I made. You can find several tutorials by googling "t-shirt dress" and I wrote some basic steps in the comments on this post:

http://littlepumpkingrace.blogspot.com/2010/07/weinie-dogs-sewing.html

It's SUPER easy and so fun to make - the possibilities are endless!

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