Perfect for lunch or appetizers for a big group!
I found this recipe from a site called Bru Crew Life and made a few changes. You can find their website here. My mom and I decided to try making these for lunch one day…it's a unique combination, but they are awesome y'all! They turned out to be delicious…and really quick and simple to make! Try them out! Here's the recipe with the alterations we made:
2 whole flour tortillas (It calls for burrito size, but we used 3 of the "Soft Taco" size tortillas)
1/2 cup shredded mozzarella cheese (We used a little more because we made 3 smaller quesadillas instead of 2 larger ones)
4 Tbsp. shredded chicken (We used 1 can of cubed chicken, and shredded it ourselves with a fork)
2 Tbsp. BBQ sauce (We used 3 Tbsp.)
1 whole avocado
In a bowl, shred the can of chicken and combine it with the BBQ sauce.
Cut avocado into chunks (original recipe calls for 1/2 cup avocado chunks, but we chunked the whole avocado).
Heat a skillet up on medium heat. Lay 1 tortilla shell in the bottom of the skillet and sprinkle half of the shell with cheese.
Top with around 2 Tbsp. of chicken mixture.
Sprinkle with avocado chunks on top, then sprinkle with more cheese.
Fold the shell over and heat for around a minute or two (until slightly browned).
Carefully flip the shell over and heat the opposite side for another minute or two.
Repeat with the remaining two shells and ingredients.
Cut each quesadilla in half to make wedges.
Serve and enjoy!
Father's Day Gift Basket!
Father's Day is tomorrow…here's an idea for a simple gift! You could use this idea for a birthday, etc. as well. I just used a washtub instead of a regular basket to make it a little more rustic and fun for a guy. I found a few things at Cabela's for my dad…including this cute "BalmShot" lip balm that looks like it's a shotgun shell! It's a cute manly gift…find it here. I also picked up some of his favorite snack foods/candy to put in the tub! This is a perfect, simple way to customize a gift to someone's favorite things.
I used burlap fabric in the bottom of the tub for filler and a burlap ribbon bow to tie around the tub.
Then I arranged all of the gifts and snacks in the tub.
I added a polo shirt wrapped in a shirt box to the gift basket as well…and it's in UNC wrapping paper! Perfect to add to the washtub! Here's the finished product.
Happy Father's Day y'all!
Floating Magnolia Bloom!
This is a cool little project to use as a pretty centerpiece or decoration…and it smells amazing! Magnolia blooms are so beautiful and a symbol of the South! If you have a magnolia tree nearby, you simply find a bloom that is still closed up (it hasn't opened up to full bloom yet), and cut it off the tree.
All you'll need is a fairly shallow clear glass bowl (they are pretty easy to find), a pair of scissors, and the bloom.
Snip the bloom to where there is hardly any stem left. This will help it float better in the water. Fill the bowl with water a little above halfway and gently place the bloom in the center of the water in the bowl. It will probably float around some and tilt before it actually opens up.
It usually takes a day or overnight for the bloom to open up. I took these photos the next day. It opened up to be SO pretty and smells wonderful!
Painting mini wooden pennants
I found these adorable wooden mini pennants at Michael's and decided to turn them into a fun little summer project. I also found some simple, bright colors in acrylic paint…AND I found these PEARL acrylic colors in the Martha Stewart craft line! I love these cute acrylic paints because they have a little shimmer to them! I used some small paint brushes and some really thin lime green ribbon to string the pennants. This was a simple project but really fun and perfect for lots of other special occasions--showers, parties, etc.
First, I chose which colors I wanted to paint on which pennants. I laid them out on a paper towel and used the thicker brush to paint (it washes off easily between colors). I painted the sides first, then the front. I let them dry for a while, then came back and painted the letters on with the thinner brush. I also used the thinner brush to do the white pearl dots on the letters!
I let them dry then strung the ribbon through…Here is the finished product!
Outdoor summer flowers in a unique way!
This is a fun summer project to try! My mom and I plant these every summer. It's a really unique way to plant colorful begonias in a "strawberry jar" and it turns out so pretty to display outside on the porch! We usually use the hot pink begonias, but the light pink color works well too. It's fairly simple to put together. You use a terra cotta "strawberry jar" (the tall jar with holes in it all around and a big hole in the top). You can find these in stores, on Amazon, or on other websites. We've had ours for years and they work great!
You'll need: Strawberry jar, a bag of potting soil, gardening spade and gloves, Osmocote (plant food), and about 12 begonia plants (total).
First, rinse the jar to clean it off. Then fill the bottom with potting soil to just under the first holes in the jar. Plant one begonia plant in each of the three bottom holes, and cover with a little more soil. Sprinkle a little Osmocote on the soil.
Repeat those steps until all of the side holes in the pot are filled with flowers Then, plant the last three begonias in the top of the pot.
Make sure to give it some water when you're finished!
Here's the finished product…it looks pretty but give it a few weeks and it really fills out to look beautiful!
And 4 weeks later, here it is...
Fun times in downtown "Beantown"!
Here are some pictures from our recent adventures in Boston…it's finally warm! Exploring your town is a really fun summer activity! We were lucky to have some friends show us around and give us a tour of part of the "Freedom Trail" as well!
A date night at Long Wharf Harborwalk
An awesome view of the city from the 50th floor of the Prudential Center…we had a great view of the Charles River. We could even see Fenway Park from another window!
Our friends showed us part of the Freedom Trail, with lots of really cool historic marks. The picture on the right is the Old North Church, where Paul Revere hung the lantern…"One if by land, two if by sea!"
We also saw Paul Revere's house!
We spent an evening in the North End of downtown Boston…we went to dinner at one of the many awesome Italian restaurants there, then got a cannoli at each of the two famous pastry shops. There are two well-known bakeries in the North End of Boston: Mike's Pastry and Modern Pastry. We've been told that there is a big debate over which is better. We got both with our friends to try them out and see. Our conclusion was that both were awesome…don't really know if we could decide!
Perfect for a Dinner Party!
I made this icebox cake this week for a dinner party with friends (my last post). I found the recipe on Pinterest from a blog called South Your Mouth!
It was a fairly simple dessert to make…and it turned out super yummy! I cut the original recipe in half (it makes a whole 9x13 pan, and I only needed to make a 9x9 pan). Here's the full recipe:
2 lbs fresh strawberries
2 sleeves of graham crackers (I used more than the recipe called for to add more layers to the cake)
1 8oz. package cream cheese, softened
1 14oz. can sweetened condensed milk
2 3.4oz. packages instant cheesecake flavored pudding
3 cups milk
1 12oz. carton Cool Whip, divided
Clean and slice strawberries, and set aside.
Line bottom of 9x13 dish with graham crackers (you'll have to break some up to fit), and set aside.
Beat cream cheese and sweetened condensed milk in large bowl with electric mixer until smooth. Add pudding mixes and milk and continue mixing on low for 4-5 minutes, until it starts to thicken. Fold in 2 cups Cool Whip until mixture is smooth.
Pour half (I did a third) of cream cheese mixture over graham crackers and arrange a layer of strawberry slices over the mixture. Top strawberries with another layer of graham crackers, and repeat the layering (I did 3 layers instead of 2 so it would have more strawberries and layers in the cake). Top final cream cheese layer with another layer of strawberries.
Cover and refrigerate for 6-8 hours.
When you are ready to serve the dessert, top with the remaining Cool Whip and crush remaining graham crackers to sprinkle the crumbs over Cool whip.
New England Lobster!
This week we had a dinner party with some friends…we decided to steam New England lobsters since we are up here! After a lot of research and phone calls, we finally figured out how to do this and it turned out to be really fun…and delicious! A couple months ago, my aunt sent us this awesome lobster pot, with the cracker tools and this super cute lobster claw oven mitt! We finally put them to use! Learning to cook something new was a really fun way to try something new with friends!
The lobsters were a little interesting/scary before we steamed them, so my husband handled that!
We also made a pot of boiled potatoes and corn on the cob, sprinkled with Old Bay seasoning (which is the best!) for a side.
I made homemade Raspberry Peach Lemonade to drink!
…and Strawberry Cream Cheese Icebox Cake for dessert!
It turned out to be a great dinner and was so much fun trying something new like steaming lobsters!
Create new chairs from old ones!
Last week I decided to do a fun and easy summer project…my mom wanted to redo the two swivel chairs from her old patio dining set to put by the pool! This was a pretty simple project and it turned out great! I took the grayish-green colored chairs on the left and used Rust-oleum brand in Satin finish in "Espresso" color to spray paint the chairs. It took about 3 cans of the spray paint to really cover the chairs well. I sprayed as much as I could reach the first time, let them dry for about an hour, then came back and turned the chairs over to spray the bottoms. I let them dry for a while again, then gave another small coat over the front again. The dark brown color really updated the chairs to match the rest of their outdoor furniture. We found these patterned chair cushions at Lowe's for a bright, pretty pop of color! You can do this with any color spray paint to update something or to match the rest of your furniture, and pick out any fun chair cushion…it's a great way to use the chair you already have to make something fresh, new, and fun!
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