Friday, November 14, 2014

{ Warm your belly up with some spicy Jambalaya }

Happy Friday guys! I thought this was the perfect time to post about this spicy & hearty Chicken & Shrimp Jambalaya after our mini snowflake storm yesterday! Nothing better then  a winter weekend with some hot & spicy Jambalaya while snuggled up!! Here's the recipe ,I hope you enjoy it as much as we did !!

-Spicy Chicken & Shrimp Jambalaya-

  • 2  large cans white shredded chicken
  • 1 can corn & pepper mixture
  • 1 large red bell-pepper
  • 1 cup celery chopped
  • 1/2 cup onions chopped
  • 1 tablespoon garlic
  • 1 tablespoon red pepper
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • salt & pepper to taste
  • 1 cup water
  • few splashes of Red-Hot hot sauce
  • 3/4 box chicken broth
  • splash of Worcestershire sauce
  • 25 medium shrimp
  • 1 bay leaf
  • half stick butter

Combine all the ingredients into the crock-pot on high for 2-3 hours or until thick & flavors have emerged ! While letting the Jambalaya cool, combine 2-3 packages Uncle Ben's plain white rice . Take a rounded scoop of rice & place in a bowl & top with 2-3 scoops of Jambalaya & sauce!


Saturday, November 8, 2014

{ Making your own custom DIY Holiday sign }

Happy weekend guys! It's been one heck of a last three days being sick & what not...One thing that always gets me feeling better is crafting & DIY projects especially if they have to do with Christmas!! I mentioned on a few social media sites that I was working on some whimsical & country wood signs for both inside the house and outside,well they're complete & I'm ready to share{ indoor sign } this practical DIY with you!!!

 Start with a rectangular piece of rustic wood  { Ours was a free garbage find}  & be sure to dust off any debris with a clean dry cloth! 

 You'll need a few household supplies & some paint from Hobby Lobby ,or your local craft supply store. I picked up this white  Basic Brand paint at Hobby Lobby! I liked the bright white & thickness of the paint along with it being water resistant too!  Then grab some chalk for outlining your letters first, a Brillo pad for indoor distressing & a sponge brush ! 

Use the chalk to outline your letters then go over them with the sponge brush with minimal paint on the brush. I like using this type of brush, because it's great for catching on the wood to give it that vintage or rustic appeal. I kinda dab the paint on & maneuver it around curves & corners , almost like spreading the paint ,but with very little on the sponge.

After the paint dries { 45 minutes } use the Brillo pad & lightly go over the areas where the paint is thick or bright & go back & forth with the Brillo pad with light force. After you're done distressing wipe with a dry cloth & stage!!

I ended up adding some simple cinnamon stick { Dollar Tree } with a plain red ribbon as an accent! 

I love the way it fits perfectly in the window & is simple & festive with the other holiday decor! Hope you all enjoyed & be sure to stick around for the outdoor display with the larger holiday sign reveal coming soon :) !!!

Have a great rest of the weekend guys!!

30 Handmade Days

11 Magnolia Lane


Tuesday, November 4, 2014

{ DIY Christmas Chalkboard Print Tutorial }

Hey guys!! I'm here sharing an easy DIY Christmas chalkboard - How to - with a few easy steps for a cute & custom chalkboard print .  In the last few years chalkboard prints & boards have become increasingly popular ,but can cost a mini fortune, create chalk mess & be hard to DIY... That surely won't be an issue after this post!!! 

1.) Pick a frame, grab a pair of scissors & possibly a ruler { I have a simpler way } keep reading..

2. ) Pick up a Paper Pack book @ your local Hobby Lobby or craft store. Mine is from the lovely Hobby Lobby & was 40% off of $17 !! These books come in many different season prints etc..The chalkboard book happened to catch my eye!

3. ) Pick a page from the Paper Pack book & tear it out! Turn the paper to  backside & place the  back of the frame in a corner or center making sure the print is even { not all pages will be perfectly even } & then trace the frame & cut!

4.) Place the cut paper in the frame & display your lovely chalkboard print!

I hope you all enjoyed this cute & simple holiday DIY! I love using these books actually for any occasion. They provide  great quality paper , cute prints /sayings for cheap & easier then constantly printing off your home computer . 

Happy Holiday crafting guys! 

30 Handmade Days

11 Magnolia Lane