Monday, December 30, 2013

EZ and Delicious Chicken in Cilantro

I have a super easy and delicious chicken, crock pot recipe for you today. 
It is my mother's "pollo encilantrado" recipe.
It translates to cilantro chicken.
 Perfect for those cold winter days.
Here's what you will need:
crock pot
4 chicken thighs
2 small cans of Herdez brand salsa verde
one cube of Knorr chicken bouillon
fresh cilantro

Start by putting your chicken thighs to cook in the crock pot on slow for about 4 hours  or until fully cooked.
Once they are done, pour in both cans of the salsa verde, cube of buillon and fresh cilantro to taste ( I add a handfull of cilantro)
Continue slow cooking for about 45 minutes. 
Stir to make sure all chicken is coated.
That's it!
I then debone the chicken but at this time the chicken is already falling off the bone. 
I love thighs because dark meat is usually not as dry as white meat but you can use any cut.
I love to make tacos out of this. 
Just warm up some corn tortillas and fill with your 
chicken cilantro. Serve with rice.
I love to leave this cooking on Sundays while I am at church.
We come home and just finish it off and voila!
Lunch is served.
I am going to try making some tamales with this pollo encilantrado as the filling.
What, you didn't know that I make tamales?
Well I just learned how!
I will put the tutorial up this week after I make them for New Year's Eve tomorrow and take photos. 
I forgot to take photos of this recipe so here are some stock photos:


Have fun making this recipe!

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Saturday, December 28, 2013

{Junk Transformation-Media Center}

As usual, I leave everything until the last minute.
For a year now I've been wanting to transform this piece (of junk) into a modern masterpiece :)
 So in a matter of days I prepped, primed and painted this old dresser so it could make it's debut on Christmas Eve. 
I got it a year ago from someone who was going to throw it away. I saw a great potential for it but it has been in my garage since then. I finally convinced my hubby to bring it in already so I could (be forced) to start it.

I went back and forth on how I wanted to paint it: distressed with chalk paint, sanded and stained, a combo of both or ---
use this awesome new paint I discovered!
Modern Masters-Warm Silver.

It took a while for me to come up with the cash and the retailer to finally make up my mind. But boy, oh boy, am I sure glad I did. 

Here is the before:

As you can see, it was nothing to write home about. Pretty drab and 1980s-ish. But like I said, I had imagined it to be my new media center. I had grand ambitions to have my hubby take the bottom two center drawers and add hinges so they could open to reveal the cable box and surround sound receiver. Since nothing is impossible for this handy hubster I was excited. 
So I took my trusty Annie Sloan Old Ochre Chalk Paint and used it as a primer. I like it because I don't have to sand or prep it in any way, except for dusting it off. 
Besides, I thought if I liked the look of it in that color and finish I could just keep it. 
But I kept on, and I am glad I did.
I spray painted the hardware with Rustoleum's hammered black paint I had on hand.
Isn't it gorgeous!
What a transformation!
It makes my living room look so glam!
Here are a few more photos:

The tv and components are not on there yet in this photo.

Here are a few photos from Christmas Eve. Please excuse the ipad pics:

I hope I inspired you to take the plunge and transform something that was deemed for the trash into something spectacular!!

I can't wait to transform my next piece.
I will be back tomorrow to share a yummy recipe my mom shared with me.


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Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Rustic and Simple Christmas Mantle

My Rustic and Simple Christmas Mantle
I hope you all are having a great December so far.This year I decided I was going to scale down on my decorating and I am sticking to my promise. But when I saw this cool chalkboard printable at It sparked a bit of inspiration.
So I got it on her black Friday sale, had it printed at Staples and then I made the frame myself out of 1X4s! Yay me!
I didn't have my handy husband help. I'm so proud of myself. Can you tell?
So anyway, if you want to see how to make your own head on over to Dear Lillie
to see how she makes this cute frame.
I wanted a rustic mantle and this is what I have so far.
I am planning on adding a branch stocking holder, but it's still in the works as are the stockings.
So basically I made the chalkboard frame according to her instructions, then I gathered a piece of burlap with a thread (I'm no sewing person btw) and just weaved the needle and thread in and out until I had this.
Simple. Inexpensive. Pretty.

To add a little more to the display, I simply used my old shutter, rusty bucket with greenery and this new to me -vintage ice skates! 
I had been on the lookout for ice skates for a loooong time. 
I finally scored them while junking.
They were brown and tattered and looked pretty bad.
I simply painted them with my Old Ochre Chalk Paint I had on hand. Then I painted the soles, black with home made chalky paint and last, I painted the rusty blades with some metallic silver paint I had (Martha Stewart).
Voila! Cute, distressed skates!

The old shoelaces were yucky and black so I'm looking around my house for some white ones :)
I then wrapped up some small presents using a downloaded french script printable and tied them with some brown ribbon.
What do you think?
Are you scaling down this Christmas?
I love the simplicity of it after spending hours decorating that darned 9 ft tree and making the burlap, tree skirt.
What treasures have you come across this week?
I'd love to hear it in my comments.


Friday, December 6, 2013

How to Make a Ruffled, Burlap Tree Skirt

Brrr. Yes, I'm still around. Ha! It is very cold in North Texas
today as is the case in most of the country.
We are covered in ice and most of the city is 
being held hostage by this cold weather.
I took advantage of the cold to stay inside and
craft a lot!
Here's one of the things I've been working on.
I've been wanting to make one of these for a long time.
Ruffled, burlap, tree skirt
Here is what you will need:
about 2 yards each of red and natural burlap
hot glue or fabric glue (preferred, no burning)
$5 felt tree skirt from Target
lots of patience

First I got my burlap and cut out some strips about 4-6 inches wide.
Then I started sewing (and by sewing I mean weaving the threaded needle in and out of the burlap. I am not a sewer.)
the strips to make ruffles. I pulled on the thread to make my ruffles tighter then tied a really good knot at the end. (make sure you do this at the start of the ruffle too.)

After you have millions of ruffles (it seemed)
Then you start gluing them to the felt skirt.
I like to use fabric glue because I don't like burning my hands with the hot glue. Use what you have but we warned by friends.

continue to glue the ruffles by alternating the color and putting the next ruffle slightly under the top ruffle so that your sewing doesn't show.
This entire project took me about 4 hours. So, yeah, watch some TV while sewing the ruffles and then move to a nice flat surface to glue all the ruffles on.
Now, I know why Pottery Barn charges so much for these.
Then again, I bet they have many people working on these at an assembly line.
I saved myself about $120 on this.
I plan on making another one with regular fabric for my dining room tree.
Yeah, the insanity continues.

Ain't it pretty?

I am working on my mantle tonight and tomorrow and will be back to share that. 
I promise.

Keep warm my friends.



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