Sunday, April 19, 2015

Crock Pot Sour Cream Chicken with Stuffing

Ok, so I'm HORRIBLE at remembering to take pictures...but I'm going to make it up to you by sharing this recipe  that takes 5 minutes to make. Best part is, it's OK to put this chicken into your crock pot straight out of the freezer!



Crock Pot Sour Cream Chicken with Stuffing


Ingredients:

1       can cream of chicken

4              chicken breast halves

½             cup sour cream

1              packet (or box) chicken stuffing

1              can water



Directions:

Mix water, sour cream and cream of chicken in small bowl

Place chicken in crockpot

Pour chicken stuffing over chicken

Add fluid mixture

Cook low for 4 hours

Keep an eye out, as I always need more water throughout cooking, but don’t add too much or it will make your stuffing runny

EASY Chicken Casserole



This is a favorite of my husbands, and it's really easy to make!

This recipe is so easy -- no need to get wrapped around the axle on measurements of the ingredients -- just do portions as you see fit for your family. Some like more chicken, some like more noodles.

You will need:
1. Chicken, shredded (your own or some already hot and ready from the grocery store)
2. 1 can cream of chicken (see my recipe for home made cream of chicken here)
3. Yolk noodles, boiled
4. Cheddar cheese, i like to use kraft slices of cheese but shredded is fine too
5. French fried onions

Directions:
Mix chicken, cream of chicken and noodles in a bowl

Place in 8x8 (or larger if youre making more) Pyrex dish

Add cheese and put in oven @ 350 for 5-10 mins, or until cheese is melted

Add French Fried Onions and enjoy.

Easy Creamy Chicken Enchiladas


Easy Creamy Chicken Enchiladas


Ingredients:

6-8 corn tortillas (enchilada size)

1 pre-cooked plain rotisserie chicken, shredded

4 cups shredded Mexican blend cheese, divided in half

3 tablespoons butter

3 tablespoons all purpose flour

1-1/4 cups chicken broth

1 – 10oz can cream of chicken soup

1 cup sour cream

1 – 4oz can chopped green chiles

¼ teaspoon ground black pepper

¼ teaspoon sea salt









Directions:

-Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

-Fill the center of each tortilla with a handful of shredded chicken  and a pinch of the shredded cheese.

-Roll and place in the bottom of a baking dish with the seam side down.

-In a pot over medium heat melt the better. Add flour and whisk into a thick paste.

-Add chicken broth, cream of chicken, sour cream, chiles, salt and pepper.

-Whisk gently for about 5 minutes until warm and smooth.

-Pour the sauce over the enchiladas and top with remaining shredded cheese.



-Bake for 25 to 30 minutes and serve warm.

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Braided Spaghetti loaf

I was feeling a little  adventurous tonight. So instead of the typical spaghetti and garlic bread, I was inspired to try a spaghetti loaf. Basically, its spaghetti in the bread. Looked cool, i thought. I should have known i was doomed from the start. I didn't have the fancy bread dough that the recipe called for, and come to find out i didn't have regular spaghetti noodles either. I should have just stopped there...but, by the time i noticed i was out of the typical spaghetti noodles, i had already made some bread dough - from scratch - so, needless to say, i was committed.  I ended up getting the noodles, and I've also learned that my biggest problem was that I was not letting my dough rise long enough or in a warm enough area, so heres to better pictures next time! Please let me know if you had better success than me!


You will need:
Bread dough, i wish i knew how much I used when I made this, but I will update this post with that information the next time I made this.
Spaghetti noodles
1lb hamburger meat, cooked
1 can/jar spaghetti sauce (pictured is some that I made from scratch)
shredded cheese (however much you desire)
parsley
garlic salt
1 egg


First, Roll out your dough onto a cookie sheet. I make mine from scratch, but you can buy some already made at the grocery store.


Get your pot of water going for your noodles 
(add noodles once boiling)


 Add shredded cheese and parsley (whichever cheese and amount you prefer)


Brown your hamburger meat on high heat until cooked through
Preheat oven to 350°


Add spaghetti sauce (drain undesired oils/grease from meat first)
I attempted but didnt get it all


Stir on hot (now turned off) eye on stove



Add meat and sauce to drained, full cooked pot of noodles and stir.
Add mixture to your pain of dough, in a thick centered line.
Add desired cheese and oregano


Cut lines (an inch-ish) into surrounding dough
lift dough flaps, and braid them into each other loosely
This does not have to be perfect, but do not pull too tight as the bread needs room to rise when cooking


Brush the top lightly with egg, and add garlic salt if desired

Bake 30-35 minutes

Sorry about the blurry pic! It tastes amazing!






I learned that the key to doing this successfully was to roll the dough out over some foil so that you don't ruin it by transferring it to the cookie sheet, which i didnt know when i first made this, and it was a disaster, more so than in these pictures.

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Bloominous DIY flowers for your wedding and events!




I was recently approached about a website that sells DIY floral arrangement kits for weddings and events. Last year, I had a huge wedding that took me a year to plan and A LOT of stress! Everything was so expensive and I really wanted to do it all myself, not only because it HAD to be perfect, but because of the cost! That being said, Bloominous is a company that I wish I had when I was planning a wedding! Bloominous has a solution that provides brides with an alternative option for DIY wedding flowers.

Im sure the advantages are endless when it comes to this idea, but a couple that are obvious:

It saves money!
You can save 30% to 50% off what you'd normally pay! Can you believe that? If you were quoted $2,000 for flowers in your wedding, you could only have to pay HALF of that but using Bloominous! Let's just be honest here, flowers are not a want in a wedding, they're a NEED! We have to have them so of course, there's always a 300%+ markup on them, because we need them and kind of half to pay whatever is costs! Bloominous boasts about omitting the markups!

Less Work!
Bloominous sends you your flowers cut-to-order, dethorned and trimmed so you don't have to deal with all that extra (annoying) work. It has instructions on everything to make your flower experience a breeze. Not only that, there are tips and tricks for design, and well as flower care products.


It's beautiful!
Bloominous proudly promotes their quality, professional design. The collections are put together by experienced florists that have over 10 years of experience in not only floral design, but events as well! The entire look is designed based on your inspiration.



"This 'florist-at-their-fingertips' experience is not to be missed. Bloominous is making DIY fun, easy, and approachable!"


One thing I love about this business is that the founder, Richard, is just a normal person like you and I, and when trying to plan his own wedding, he saw how hard it can be both financially and physically to have to provide flowers for his wedding. Seeing that there was no "IKEA for wedding flowers" as he puts it, he built Bloominous.

Right now they have five unique collections  available

I think it's a fantastic idea, and if I ever plan an event in the future that needs flowers, I'm going to be sure to look into this. What do you think?

Everyone knows someone that is getting married! Why not spread the word?
 Take a peek at their website!
 http://bloominous.com





The personal opinions and reviews expressed on this blog (Down Side Up Mommy) belong solely to me. The reviews posted on this blog are my own thoughts, ideas, impressions and opinions of each product. All reviews are my honest opinion. I have been compensated to write this review

Organic Matcha- Green Tea Powder by Kiss Me Organics Review



I love to try new things, especially things that are healthy! I came across a green tea product called Organic Matcha Green Tea Powder.  A 2003 study published in the Journal of Chromatography A found matcha has 137 times more of the powerful antioxidant epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG) than other types of green tea! Its so easy to take, as you can put it in your baked goods, you can mix it in with your smoothies and even your lattes! Thats not all, there is also a recipe guide if you're stuck on what to put it in! (I don't recommend putting it in your scrambled eggs, though!) There's recipes in here for waffles, truffles, beef, soup - everything! How awesome is that?


Here's what it can do for you:

All Day Energy - Matcha provides 4 to 6 hours of mild steady energy as it acts as both a stimulant and a relaxant.

Metabolism boost - Matcha green tea can increase thermogenesis (the body's own rate of burning calories) from a normal 8%-10% of daily energy expenditure, to between 35% and 43% of daily energy expediture.(WOW!)

Skin Health - ​Scientists have discovered that Matcha Green Tea helps protect the skin from harmful UVrays, while improving blood flow and oxygen levels lifting the overall quality of the skin.

137x the antioxidants of brewed green tea - Antioxidants are essential as you age to boost your body's natural defenses against oxidation. Researchers have found that a high level of dietary antioxidants can prevent many age-related diseases.

I did some serious reading and research on this product, because it was something I was REALLY wanting to work out for me, and here is some of the information that i found to be really awesome!

Matcha is green tea from the Camellia sinensis, but it a very fine powder version of the healthy
drink. Unlike other teas derived from Camellia sinensis, matcha has not been fermented. Matcha,
like other varieties of green tea, can be harvested from anywhere in the world. But more than simply ground up green tea leaves, matcha is derived from tea leaves grown in the
shade so that the leaves achieve a dark green color, which gives matcha its magnificent amino
acids. It’s quite a long process to produce matcha but serious tea drinkers rely on matcha to
enhance their culinary experiences from comfort food like macaroni & cheese to their happy hour
matcha mojito.

The reason matcha is slowly edging out traditional green tea in terms of health benefits is because 
those who ingest matcha are consuming the entire leaf rather than brewed water. One glass of 
matcha green tea is equal to 10 glasses of regular green tea as far as antioxidants and nutrients. 
In fact, a 2003 study published in the Journal of Chromatography A found matcha has 137 times 
more of the powerful antioxidant epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG) than other types of green tea.

I tried this for a while and I thought it was great! I had more energy and I felt more focused! At a glance, it seems a bit pricey, but the bag is a decent size, and lasts quite some time. Only a small amount is suggested daily (I believe a teaspoon) so it will take quite a while to use it all. If you compare it to energy shots, medicines, weight loss pills and all the other supplements you're taking for these problems, it seems like the Matcha green tea powder would be not only the healthier choice, but the more affordable choice! Have you ever tried this? Does it seem like something you would be interested in trying?

I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Tomoson.com. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Social Scatter Update


The Social Scatter is on Vacation!
I love those of you that love the social scatter.
I love the loyal ones that come back week after week
I love the ones that promote it and talk about it
But for every one of you that do that
Theres 15 that link and run
They dont follow the rules
they get pissed if i send an email telling them to straighten up
they throw temper tantrums, call names and unsubscribe to my emails.
That is fine.
The Social Scatter will not be running for a while...maybe ever.
It takes A LOT of time every week to put together
I wasnt gaining any follows or fans from it
Im tired of being walked all over
If you were on the email list you will be notified when (if) it goes live again.
Thanks again to the loyals fans.





Sunday, February 23, 2014

Manhattan Toy Review & Giveaway

Becca over at SouthernMessMoms.com is having such a great giveaway! Go enter to win!
The following information is straight from the SouthernMessMoms.com blog:
Disclaimer: I was given the products in this post for the purpose of a review. I was not paid in any way to write this review. All opinions are my own.  This post may contain affiliate links that I receive commission or payment from in exchange for referrals. SouthernMessMoms is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to Amazon.com.
Manhattan Toy

With Christmas finally passing by…I get to start working on the girls birthdays! With this in mind I started searching for well made, engaging toys that would work for one or both of the girls. In my search I ran across The Manhattan Toy Company.

When the company offered to allow me to review a few of their toys I was thrilled! Everything looked so awesome, it took some time for us to figure out what I wanted to review…and what I wanted to save to purchase for the girls birthdays next month!
After digging through and taking some tips from a few friends, we decided on thePut & Peek Birdhouse ($33.00) for Annaliese and the Groovy Girls Princess Ariana ($20.00) and the Royal Splendor Throne ($22.00) for Emalee.
So, let’s start with the Put & Peek Birdhouse. What did I think? What did the girls think?
Put & Peek Birdhouse Manhattan Toy
It’s ADORABLE! I totally love that it has a variety of places for the birds to go in and come out of!
The Put & Peek Birdhouse is recommended for ages 9 months and up.
From the moment the box came, Annaliese was absolutely captured by the brightness and noises that this toy displays. Each bird has a small difference in the noises it makes (some rattle, some crinkle, etc.) and according to Annaliese (who is 11 months old) ALL are edible!
Put & Peek Birdhouse Manhattan Toy
The Put & Peek Birdhouse from Manhattan Toy truly made Annaliese think and engage while playing. If you can’t tell by the looks on her face in the pictures above she has a blast playing with it.
Not convinced yet?
Watch this video! She loves figuring out which hole she will find the birds in next :)
What about the Groovy Girls toys? What did we think of Princess Ariana and the Royal Splendor Throne?
Groovy Girls Manhattan Toy

They ROCK! Emalee and Annaliese both adore all of the Manhattan Toys that we received!
The Groovy Girls toys are both recommended for 3 years and up, however, they are built in such a way that I did not worry when Annaliese wanted to play with them.
Groovy Girls Manhattan Toy
Description from the Manhattan Toy website: “Ariana looks like she just stepped out of a fairytale. Dressed in a glamorous lavender and pink ball gown, she is a vision in silver accessories with her tiara, matching necklace, and shimmering shoes. Pink trim on her dress matches the highlights in her hair. Ariana is a perfect pal for your little princess!”
Princess Ariana and the Royal Splendor Throne are both made of soft, child friendly materials. They are super detailed and absolutely gorgeous!
Groovy Girls Manhattan Toy
Description from the Manhattan Toy website: “Seat your Groovy Girls on her rightful throne. Every girl should have royal treatment. Royal throne features fabulous prints and a sleek design. Ready for every little princess.”
The only issue I have had with these two toys is dealing with the girls fighting over who gets to play with them!
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After having these three Manhattan Toys for a few weeks and seeing how well they hold up to the girls playing with them non-stop I have to say that I highly recommend them to anyone and everyone, that’s why I am THRILLED to have the chance to do a giveaway of these exact toys for you guys!!





Monday, February 17, 2014

Social Scatter #16

Welcome to the Social Scatter!


February is the month for love. Make sure to spread it around!
Link up|||share|||like|||repost|||favorite|||+1|||comment|||retweet|||pin|||etc!
Sharing is great, but if you're here, make sure to follow your hosts and co-host(s).
Special Thanks to the 6 bloggers that were featured last month. You guys did a fantastic job spreading the word about the Social Scatter.

I'm your Host!




I'm Bobbie Jo!
I'm a Southern raised girl that left the US Army to be a Mommy and [Army] housewife. One son born on St Patrick's Day + A step son born on Independence Day
 I am the owner of xBJSCC. I am a runner at From Pregnant To Marathon&& I am a blogger at Down Side Up Mommy!




&& I'm also a host!

I'm Becca, a great big SOUTHERN MESS if you want to know the truth! I'm a 20 something ex-teacher and mommy of two totally awesome girls. I blog about mom life, great products, food that rocks, fitness, things I learn along my journey, and I love to add my personal flair to everything that I do!



Meet your Co-Hosts!



A Christian. Mom to three children. Marine Wife. Founder & CEO of Silk Spa Creations and everything in between!




[MamaMusing Online]
Hi, I'm Shannon! I'm a Canadian teacher who is currently on maternity leave. I've had four children in the past 5 years, and I blog about my experiences with them, as well as pregnancy, parenting and education.






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Sunday, February 16, 2014

Missy Mila DVD Review and Giveaway!

BECCA OVER AT SOUTHERNMESSMOMS.COM IS HAVING ANOTHER GIVEAWAY! HERE IS THE INFORMATION STRAIGHT FROM HER BLOG!! MAKE SURE TO ENTER!!


Disclosure: I got this product as part of an advertorial.
Disclaimer: I was given the products in this post for the purpose of a review. I was not paid in any way to write this review. All opinions are my own. This post may contain affiliate links that I receive commission or payment from in exchange for referrals. SouthernMessMoms is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to Amazon.com.

Missy Mila

Never heard of Missy Mila?

You have no clue what you are missing out on with her amazing Twisted Tales!