Sunday, July 31, 2011

Bathroom Wall Art

I post a lot of pictures of Holly on facebook. I like to share what is going in my family with my extended family and friends. Hubby's cousin was commenting to me the other day on how cute Holly's pictures were. You know, the ones of her getting into mischief. She said that she really liked the one of Holly unrolling the toilet paper. Who doesn't find it hilarious that a toddler unrolls all the toilet paper! That's why I took the pictures, to remind myself that at one time, I thought it was cute and funny! Hubby's cousin also told me that she has a collage frame in her bathroom filled with pictures of her kids in the bath when they were little. I thought that it was such a great idea that I decided to add some wall art to my bathroom!

First, I bought a frame at Hobby Lobby. I got this one on sale and I got it discounted even more because of some scratches. I knew I wanted to paint it anyway to match so the scratches were not a big deal to me.



See the scratches?



Then, I painted the fame to match my bathroom. I like the red as a contrast to the blue and tan. There are some red stripes in my shower curtain to pull it together.






Next, I filled it with pictures after it dried and hung it on the wall!




Now everyone who uses our bathroom has some entertaining pictures to look at!

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Wordless Wednesday: RAGBRAI

RAGBRAI came through my sleepy little town yesterday and it was a big deal! For those of you not familiar, RAGBRAI stands for The Register's Annual Great Bike Ride Across Iowa. It is a week long trek across Iowa on your bicycle! You can participate in the whole week, or just part of it. I learned this year that RAGBRAI is the oldest, largest and longest bicycle touring event in the world. Wow. Right here in Iowa. I never would've thought. I took pictures yesterday, but I have to mention that these pictures do not even come close to depicting the amount of people that are on this famous bike ride. I am talking thousands of people and bicycles from all over the United States and even other countries! Oh, and did I mention that Lance Armstrong rides on RAGBRAI? He rolled through my town at about 6:30 a.m. yesterday, long before the others.


Some rode right past my house

Others stayed by the park and main street

Rolling through town

Rolling under the mister to cool down


Our main street through town



Riders come in teams, and have buses

More buses

Some come for some serious sport

Others come for the party
Need I say more?


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Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Homemade Pizza

Pizza is one of our favorites around here. Holly devours it. Hubby will eat half of it. Remember how much I loved Gino's in Chicago? I seriously could eat it everyday! My homemade pizza probably isn't as good as Gino's (I guess it depends on who you ask!), but it is still delicious with its homemade crust and mounds of toppings. I baked one of these up last night for supper and it was a hit!

Homemade Pizza Crust
1 1/2 cups flour
2 TBSP sugar
1 package quick rise yeast
1/2 tsp salt
1 TBSP melted butter
2/3 cup warm water

First, mix together the flour, sugar, yeast, and salt in a small bowl.




Add the melted butter and the warm water. I use tap water that has been running on the hottest setting for about a minute.




Mix with a fork to form a soft, sticky dough. Sometimes I add more flour.




Cover and let rise until double.




Roll out on a greased and floured surface. I love my Pampered Chef Baker's Roller. It is the best!




Roll the ends and press down to make a crust.You could stuff the crust at this point with cheese. We've done it before and it is scrumptious! Just use string cheese cut in half.




Prick the crust all over so it doesn't bubble up too bad. The Baker's Roller has a prick in the handle to use.




Bake for about 5-10 minutes at 425 degrees until it starts to brown. You want to see little brown spots like this.




Add your favorite toppings! We love pepperoni!




And our homemade Italian sausage! I usually add mushrooms too but didn't have any.




First add the sauce. Add as much or as little as you like.




Then the pepperoni.




Then the sausage. Mmm.......




And don't forget the cheese! I love the mix of mozzarella and cheddar!




Bake until the cheese starts to brown like this. Maybe about 20 minutes. It depends on how many toppings you have.




Once it is out of the oven, let is cool for about 10 minutes before you eat. We ate ours with salad topped with homemade ranch dressing!




The best thing about pizza is that you can adjust the toppings to your taste and experiment with different kinds of toppings. The possibilities are endless!


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Monday, July 25, 2011

Bacon Wrapped Chicken

My husband will eat anything as long it has bacon (well, almost anything!). I really like chicken but I don't cook with it often because of my bountiful supply of beef and pork. I came up with this recipe after eating something similar at a conference once. I thought it would be a great addition to my collection of dinners since it includes chicken and bacon. It is one of our favorite dishes to eat now!

Bacon Wrapped Chicken
3-4 chicken breasts
9-12 slices bacon
1 can cream of mushroom soup
1 cup sour cream
salt and pepper, to taste
chopped onion, to taste
1 small can mushrooms, drained


Start by preheating the oven to 350 degrees and greasing a casserole dish. Then wrap each chicken breast in 3-4 strips of bacon. Secure with a toothpick. Place wrapped chicken breasts in the casserole dish. For extra bacon, you can lay strips of bacon in the bottom of the dish and then put the wrapped chicken on top.





Put the canned mushrooms on top. I use canned because that is what I usually have in the cupboard, but I am sure you could substitute fresh if you want.




Stir the cream of mushroom soup, sour cream, salt, pepper, and onion together in a small bowl to make the sauce.





Smother the wrapped chicken breasts with the sauce mixture.




Bake, covered, at 350 degrees for about an hour. While this cooks, I make the rice to go with it.




Cool slightly to let the sauce thicken a bit. Serve over rice. The rice is especially good with the sauce on it!





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