Thursday, October 30, 2014

Twice Baked Potato Casserole - New Recipe Try and Review

I have a new recipe try and review for Twice Baked Potato Casserole.

I found the original recipe here at Julie's Eats and Treats. 

Here is the review video if you would like to see how this recipe came together. 

5lb russet potatoes
1 (3oz) package Real Bacon Bits
8oz Cream Cheese
1/2 cup butter
1 c. sour cream
2 1/2 cup grated cheddar cheese
2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp pepper

Preheat Oven to 350 degrees. Peel your potatoes and cut into chunks. Place into large pot and cover with water. Bring to a boil and simmer for around 15 minutes or until the potatoes are fork tender. 

Drain and place into a large mixing bowl. 

Using a mixer, beat until fluffy.  Next add the cream cheese, butter, sour cream, and mix until combined and fluffy.  Add in the cheddar cheese, half the bacon bits, and salt and pepper. Mix until combined. 

Transfer the potatoes to a baking dish. Top with remaining 1/2 cups cheddar cheese and bacon bits. 

Bake for 30 minutes or until the potatoes are heated through and the top is slightly golden brown. 

We really enjoyed this recipe and it is a keeper. 

This is a time consuming recipe that I will make on a weekend instead of a weekday. 

I also think that this would be wonderful with a big Sunday dinner spread. 

We served the potatoes with some chicken skewers from Costco and steamed broccoli. 

I hope you enjoyed this recipe and review. 

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Hugs, Shelly

Monday, October 27, 2014

Smash Book Layout and Process Video - "Guilty Pleasures"

I have a smash book layout and process video to share with you all today. 

Emily is loving gum right now! She has a stash of gum in her room and backpack. 

She cleaned out her stash of gum wrappers that were in her backpack and  I knew immediately that I wanted to make a layout in her Smash Book with the gum wrappers. 

Please click here to take you to the video showing you how I put this layout together. 

For my pictures, Emily took a selfie of her blowing a bubble and I grabbed a picture of her gum collection on her desk. These were perfect!

For this layout, I painted the layout on the left hand side a medium magenta color and I also painted some die cuts that I had in my stash. 

The paper collection that I used was Capture Life by Echo Park. 

I also used some frames from my stash and stickers from the Echo Park paper collection. 

Here are some detail pics of the layout. 

I had so much fun making this layout and capturing this moment in Emily's life. 

I hope you enjoyed it too!

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Hugs, Shelly

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Weekly Meal Plan, Tip, and Grocery Haul - Video Included

Here is my weekly meal plan, tip, and grocery haul from Walmart. 

My meal planning tip this week is to shop your food inventory and plan your meals according to what you have on hand. 

I started by looking through what I had on hand in my freezer; both meats and freezer meals. Next I checked my fridge and pantry. I made my meal plan based on what I had on hand. 

This will help you use up food that is about to go bad or freezer food that needs to be eaten. This can also help you if your food budget is getting low. 

This is my not-so-fancy list, but it worked for me. I wrote out what I had in stock in my freezer and then wrote out my meal plan. 

Here is my plan:
Spaghetti & Meatballs, Salad, Garlic Knots
Taco Chicken (freezer meal), Rice, Bean, & Cheese bake
Fish, Potato Wedges, Salad
Pork Chops, Rice, Green Beans
Chicken Skewers, Twice Baked Potato Casserole, Broccoli
Breaded Chicken Breasts, Spinach Ravioli with Alfredo Sauce, Peas

Here is my video sharing my tips and grocery haul. 

Thank you for looking. 

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Hugs, Shelly

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

One Pot Chili Mac & Cheese Recipe and Review

I tried a new recipe last night for dinner and it was called a One Pot Chili Mac & Cheese. 

It was wonderful and will be added to my recipe box and rotation of beef recipes. 

You can find the original recipe here.

I made some changes to the recipe based on family preferences and also what I had on hand. 

1 tablespoon olive oil
2 cloves garlic, minced
1/4 cup onion, diced
1 pound ground beef
4 cups chicken broth
1 (14.5oz) can diced tomatoes
1 can canned red kidney beans, drained and rinsed
1 can Great Northern beans, drained and rinsed
2 teaspoons chili powder
1 1/2 teaspoons cumin
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1 teaspoon onion powder
Salt and Pepper to taste
10 ounces uncooked elbow pasta
3/4 cup shredded cheddar cheese or any other blend that you have on hand
2 tablespoons fresh or dried parsley

Heat the olive oil in a large skillet over medium high heat. Add garlic, onion, and ground beef. Crumble up the ground beef and cook until browned.  Drain off excess fat if necessary. 

Stir in the chicken broth, canned tomatoes, beans, chili powder, cumin, salt, pepper, garlic powder, and onion powder. Bring to a simmer/boil and stir in the pasta shells. Bring back to a boil and then reduce heat and cover. Simmer for about 13 to 15 minutes or until the pasta is cooked. Remove from the heat and add in the cheese. Cover the pot and let the cheese melt.  You can then add in the dried or fresh parsley.  

I placed some sour cream and Parmesan on top and served this with a side of buttered bread. 

Here is my YouTube video showing you how I made this recipe and my review is at the end. 

We enjoyed this recipe and hope that you give it a try. 

We all three through that this recipe would be great on a really cold day and serve it with cornbread. 

I also mention in the video that after this cooks, you could place it in a crock pot on warm and family could munch on it all day. 

Thanks for looking.

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Hugs, Shelly

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Halloween Curly Paper Wreath

I wanted to make a Halloween wreath this year. 

After looking through my supplies, I had everything on hand to make a curly paper wreath. 

12 inch green foam wreath
Scrapbook paper
Stick Pins (small head)
Bone Folder

You can see how I put this wreath together and all supplies used in the video below. 

I also used my Silhouette Cameo to die cut a spider web, trick or treat wording, and a spider. 

I also die cut a couple of bats and used a sticker from the paper collection to embellish the bottom of the wreath. 

I have been making these wreaths for a few years now and they always turn out so cute. 

I hope you enjoy this project. 

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Hugs, Shelly

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Monday, October 20, 2014

Fall 2014 Home Tour Video

I wanted to share my fall 2014 home tour video with you all today. 

Here is the video. 

I hope that you enjoy the tour!

Here are some more pictures. 

My Fall Mantel. 

I love the layering of my new DIY fall sign, faux window and stained picket fence

I love filling various jars with seasonal decor. 

Here is the bottom of the fireplace. 

I have pinecones in the red lanterns. 

I love filling bowls with seasonal decor. 

My mason jar lid pumpkin. Love this. 

My front porch. 

Every year I enjoy filling my bird bath with small pumpkins. 

I hope that you will watch the video to see everything in detail. 

Thank you for joining me today. 

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Hugs, Shelly

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Sunday, October 19, 2014

Weekly Meal Plan, Tips, and Target and Costco Haul Plus Sharing What's for Dinner

I had a couple of videos go live on my Shelly's Home Life YouTube channel. 

I wanted to share them here too. 

Here is the video sharing my meal plan for next week, my meal planning tip, and a Target and Costco haul. 

My weekly meal planning tip was how to get started on meal planning. 

I hope you enjoy the tips and the haul.  I found some new seasonal items at Target too. 

Here is my meal plan for the week. 

Saturday/Sunday - Crock Pot Cheesy Chicken
Wednesday - Leftovers
Thursday - Breaded Chicken, Bowtie Pasta, and Alfredo Sauce

New Soup that I want to try - Cauliflower Chowder

I have also been updating my YouTube channel with weekly What's for Dinner videos. 

They are just quick videos sharing with you my dinner plate every night through the week. 

Hope you enjoy these video shares. 

Thanks for looking and please subscribe for future posts. 

Hugs, Shelly

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Smash Book Page and a 12x12 Layout - Just Being Me

I dusted off my scrapbooking supplies and put together a Smash Book layout and a 12x12 scrapbook layout. 

Here is the video if you would like to see the process video and how everything came together and all supplies used. 

I joined the new Ali Edwards Story Stamp club and wanted to use the September stamp set. 

The September story stamp is on the left and the Photo Stamp set is also brand new in the Ali Edwards store

I made a 5x7 collage picture of various pics from Emily shopping for school clothes over the summer. 

At 12 yrs old, things are changing in regards to shopping for my girl. 

She's growing up and this Momma wants to document the changes. 

First I grabbed Emily's smash book and made a layout for her. 

I had kept some of the tags from her new clothing and they are perfect to put in a smash book.

I just glued down the tags and used the Today You stamp to get my journaling started on the page. 

I used the Currently stamp to be a part of the title, "Currently These are a Few of My Favorite Things.:

Since this is Emily's smash book, my journaling covers more about Emily finding her sense of style and new brands and her gaining confidence as a young lady. 

For the layout, I used the exact same picture collage, but this time I'm telling more of a story about Emily growing up and not needing me to pick out her clothes or help her in the dressing room.

She is gaining her independence and I want to capture that in my storytelling. 

As you can see from the collage, Emily loves to send me dressing room selfies.  I love this!

The paper collection that I used is called Styleboard from Maggie Holmes. 

I cut my title, "Just Being Me," from my Silhouette Cameo using Maggie Holmes paper. 

I used Ali's stamps to help prompt my journaling. 

I also used the photo stamp set on the camera paper. I stamped some of the sentiments using Spun Sugar Distress Ink for a subtle look. 

The oh, snap! flair badge is from October Afternoon. 

The style flair badge is from American Crafts. 

I love telling two different sides of a story and Ali's stamps are perfect for these kinds of layouts. 

I hope you enjoyed this post today and that you will subscribe for future posts. 

Hugs, Shelly

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