12.13.2013

DIY Tacky Christmas Sweater

So, I had about an hour to throw together 2 tacky sweaters for a Christmas party that my boyfriend and I went to last night, and came up with this super cute idea while we were shopping around for a sweater. Everyone LOVED our sweatshirts (perfect for couples) and they only cost about $15 to make TWO! I apologize in advance for the poor quality of the photos - we were using our phones to take pictures and they didn't turn out so great! Hopefully this will help save you time and money when you are trying to figure out what to wear to your next tacky sweater party!
What you need:
Scissors
Hot glue gun
Hot glue
Red pom poms
Small Christmas bows
Googley eyes (0.99" size)
1 piece of brown felt
2 pieces of glitter felt
2 sweatshirts
Sharpie
Trace your foot on the brown felt.
Cut it out and wait to glue on the sweatshirt until you have the hands cut out.
Glue a red pom pom to the heel part of your foot cut out.
Glue a set of googley eyes to the toe part of your foot cut out.
Trace your hand on the BACK side of the glitter felt and cut it out.
It is best to use the cutout to trace instead of tracing your dominant hand with your non dominant hand. Just put the cut out hand glitter side up on the BACK side of the glitter felt as pictured above and you will have a set of opposite hands!
Glue your hands first. It is easier to lay your brown foot cut out where you would like it to lay so that you know exactly where you would like your hand cut outs to be glued. After your hands are glued, glue the foot cut out and have it overlap the hands just a little bit.
For a female sweater, use the small Christmas bow (found in the Christmas section of Wal-Mart) on the top of the reindeer head so it is like a hair bow.
For the male, I used the same bow (they came in a set of 3) and placed it to look like a bow tie.
 
Above is a picture of both sweaters next to each other.
We had so much fun at our Christmas party and can't wait to do it again next year!!

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12.09.2013

Beth's Simply Southern Chicken & Dumplings

{INGREDIENTS}
3 cans Progresso chicken noodle soup
1 can chicken broth
2 cups cooked shredded chicken 
(or 1 large chunk chicken)
1 1/2 tsp garlic powder
1 can buttermilk biscuits
Parmesan cheese for garnish
First, Add first four ingredients to a dutch pan (large sauce pan) and bring mixture to a boil.
Next, flatten out biscuits to approximately 1/4 inch thickness and cut each flattened biscuit into 6 pieces.
Then, drop biscuit pieces one at a time into boiling mixture. Reduce heat and simmer for 30 minutes, or until dumplings are cooked.
Set out parmesan cheese for garnish and serve!
 

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12.07.2013

The Yummiest Pasta Carbonara

{INGREDIENTS}
8 Slices thick cut bacon (I used smoked Oscar Meyer)
1/2 Medium yellow onion
1/4 C frozen peas
3/4 C grated parmesan
3/4 C heavy whipping cream
1 Box of any type pasta of your choice
3 Eggs
1 teaspoon minced garlic
Salt to taste
Pepper to taste
 First, cook your pasta according to package instructions. While cooking pasta, cut up 8 slices of bacon into small pieces. Cook on medium heat in a skillet according to package directions.
 
While your bacon is cooking, you can make the cream sauce. Add 3 eggs, 3/4 C whipping cream, and 3/4 C graded parmesan. Whisk together. Add salt and pepper. I used about 1/4 teaspoon a piece. You can always add more when you are done cooking and adding everything together!
 
When your bacon is finished cooking, strain the drippings and dry the bacon on a paper towel. Don't wash your pan after you strain the bacon. You want the grease to use when cooking the onions peas and garlic mixture.
Chop up 1/2 of a yellow onion and add 1 teaspoon (or about 2 cloves) of minced garlic and 1/4 C peas to the skillet with the leftover bacon grease. Cook until the vegetables are soft or lightly browned as pictured above.
Add the pasta then slowly drizzle cream mixture over the pasta. Add bacon. Mix everything together and serve!

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