Tuesday, June 11, 2013

fresh summer salsa

hello!

yes, i know. i've been mia for four months now. pathetic really. and i could go on and on about how busy i was with graduating with my bachelor's (woo!!), applying for my master's, work, managing health issues, family, vacations, church responsibilities, blah, blah, blah... but i'm not going to. 'cuz we all know that stuff is boring - and that's the last thing we want, right?

so instead, i'm sharing with you one of my favorite summer recipes. it's such a refreshing blend of tomato, corn, beans, cilantro, and avocado. i doubt you'll be able to walk away with only one bite!


fresh summer salsa
* a family recipe

ingredients:
  • 1 can black-eye peas
  • 1 can white beans or black beans
  • 1 can corn
  • 2-4 green onions, chopped
  • 5 medium Roma tomatoes, diced
  • 1 avocado, chopped
  • 1/4 - 1/2 bunch cilantro, finely chopped
  • 1 pkg. Good Seasons Italian dressing, mix according to directions on pkg.
directions:
1. drain all cans.
2. mix everything together.
3. add dressing.
4. chill & serve with tortilla chips.

enjoy!


sincerely,
mrs. b

Thursday, February 21, 2013

creamy blackbean tortilla soup

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guys, this is a serious post. seriously important. this recipe will change your life!

okay, maybe that's a little dramatic, but this soup is amazing.
so easy.
so fast.
and so delicious.
isn't that we all want?

make it. i know it won't disappoint :)


ingredients:
(serves 3-4)
  • 2 frozen chicken breasts
  • 1 cup chicken broth
  • 1 cup salsa
  • 1 can corn, drained
  • 1 can black beans, drained
  • 1 pkg. taco seasoning
  • sour cream
  • grated cheddar cheese
directions:
1. place chicken in crock pot. pour broth, salsa, corn, beans, and taco seasoning over chicken.
cook on low for 6 hours. (or high for 3 hours)
2. remove chicken and shred.
3. add sour cream and cheese to crock pot and stir until smooth. re-add chicken and warm. (about two minutes)
4. serve with tortilla chips.

(if you want to cook it faster, use thawed chicken and turn it on high.)

enjoy!

sincerely,
mrs. b

Monday, February 11, 2013

diy: valentines box

i don't know if anyone has noticed besides my most faithful reader (hi mom!), but i'm on a valentines high. i guess you could say cupid shot me this year because i'm obsessed with all things lovey-dovey :)

today's diy project was inspired while i was eating cereal the other day.
yes, breakfast food inspires me.
i looked at my honey bunches of oats and realized, "if i turned this box inside out - i could do all sorts of things with it!"

and so - turned it inside out i did.


i think tony the tiger would be happy to know i'm putting his cereal box to good use.
this project was (just like the previous valentines projects) super easy and super quick. and it's perfect if your child needs a last minute box to gather all the valentines they'll be getting!

materials needed:
* cereal box
* paper
* lettering (found at target for less than $1)
* cute owl (found at walmart for less than $2)
* glue stick/modge podge

i typed up instructions, but realized this project is pretty self-explanatory.
but, as always, if you have any questions or comments - email me at kaitlynblackham@gmail.com


happy projecting - only 4 more days 'til valentines!!

sincerely,
mrs. b


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Friday, February 8, 2013

diy: valentines blocks/garland



instructions:
* cut a 2 x 4 into three square pieces (about 4' x 4')
* paint them, let 'em dry (i used an off-white acrylic paint)
* while drying, cut your festive valentines paper (just smaller than 4')
* modge podge front of block
* stick paper to the block (make sure to push out any bubbles that may form)
* after paper is dry, modge podge the front again
* stick letters to block and hold for about a minute
* let dry
* show off your cute new creation for everyone to see :)



also - if your looking for a simple garland, this one was super quick and easy!
all you need is paper and twine (or substitute thread).



only 6 more days 'til valentines :)
happy crafting friends!


sincerely,
mrs. b


**remember how much fun it was to make valentines boxes in elementary school?
i looked forward to it every year.

come back soon to see the one i just made out of a cereal box!
(cuz you're never too old for that kind of stuff, right??)