Embroidery Night with Sophie

Last weekend Sophie invited me over and we had a great night crafting! It was seriously so fun.  We put on a movie and set to work embroidering burp clothes and blankets.  Sophie was a great teacher and had me going in no time.


In the end I embroidered five burp clothes and six blankets. I am seriously so excited!! I wanted to embroider EVERYTHING, but I had to have some self control.  Since we want another baby sometime in the future I thought it might be best if not everything literally had Enolia’s name on it.

Next craft night I think I’ll embroider her special towel and robe.  It’s going to be so fun!!

Chocolate Covered Stawberries 

Recently I decided to make chocolate covered strawberries for the first time in years. It was so much simpler than I expected! It literally called for two ingredients. And took me less than 10 minutes to do. They turned out great and were so easy!

 
To start I washed the strawberries. They were on sale at Publix for $2.50 for an entire carton! After washing I dried them and then picked out the prettiest to use. The rest I packed for Michael’s lunch for the next day.  


Next I got the chocolate ready. I ended up using the Ghirardelli white choclate melting chips. (Less than four dollars after tax). I loved them and it was so simple. Literally I poured them into a glass bowl and microwaved it for thirty seconds. Then stirred it. Then microwaved again for another thirty seconds and it was ready! 

 
From there it’s a simple matter of dipping the strawberries in the chocolate. (You just hold the greenery in your fingers and rotate the strawberry for even coating). Then I laid them to dry on a sheet of aluminum foil- I was out of wax paper but the foil worked just fine! 


Lastly, you just leave them to cool so that the chocolate hardens. Literally less than ten dollars and ten minutes to complete. I also had a bunch of leftover chocolate so I made chocolate covered pretzels too. It was so simple.  

 
I was thrilled with how it turned out. Michael was so impressed (he’s about to read how easy it was though!) I also couldn’t help but get excited when I realized this is going to be the perfect activity to do with the baby when she is older! It’s simple and a fun treat! 

Chicken Broccoli Alfredo Stuffed Shells

Last week I decided to search Pinterest for some new dinner ideas. Michael didn’t have any requests, so when I stumbled on a recipe from a blogger, Sweet Dash of Sass, I decided to try her recipe for Chicken Broccoli Alfredo Stuffed Shells. (Now that’s a long title).
Her recipe called for the following ingredients:

  • 1 jar (16 oz) alfredo sauce
  • 2 cups cooked chicken, shredded
  • 2 cups cooked broccoli, chopped
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar (or mozzaerlla) cheese
  • ¼ cup shredded parmesan
  • 21 jumbo pasta shells, cooked
  • 1½ – 2 cups spaghetti sauce (optional, but I love the combination of alfredo with tomato sauce!)
  • Salt/Pepper to season (if needed)

 

Here is what I used:

  • Kroger brand Alfredo starter mix
  • Milk
  • Butter
  • Barilla Jumble Shells
  • Cheddar Cheese
  • Half a head of broccoli
  • Chicken- cooked & shredded (I just eyed how much I thought Michael and I would eat)
  • Three Cheese Spaghetti Sauce (Just enough to line the pan)

I honestly didn’t really look at her directions, but upon further reflection they were easy to follow. However, if you are super unfamiliar with cooking maybe confusing. Here is a breakdown of how I prepared them. (AKA here is where I started to just do what I wanted).

First, I trimmed the fat off of the chicken while I boiled water in a larger pan. When the chicken was prepped and the water was boiling I put the chicken in the pan to boil it. 

While the chicken boiled, I chopped the broccoli and washed it. Then I put it in my rice cooker. It has an option for steaming that makes preparing our veggies super easy! While they steamed (there is a timer that turns it off when they are done) I made the Alfredo sauce. 


Right as the sauce finished the chicken was done boiling.  I put the sauce on a back burner and turned off the heat. Then I strained the chicken and put it in a mixing bowl. I refilled the pot and began boiling the water for the noodles.  

As the noodles boiled I used two forks to shred the chicken.  Then I put the broccoli  and the Alfredo sauce in the bowl, along with the cheddar cheese. I mixed it all together.  


When the noodles were done I drained them and let them cool for a few minutes.  While I waited I poured spaghetti sauce along the bottom of a glass pan.  Then I took the shells and stuffed them with the chicken mixture.  I lined them up along the spaghetti sauce lined pan.  Then baked them for like five minutes on 350 degrees.  

After that they were ready to serve! I like mine plain, but I soooned the spaghetti sauce on top of Michael’s. I put together a fruit salad and dinner was done! It was delicious. We both absolutely loved it.  This is definitely going to become a regular meal.  

Side note: can we talk about how cute my Kate Spade pots & cutting board are?? I also have the pan set & muffin tins.  I’m so obsessed 😍plus, the color almost perfectly matches my Kitchen Aid set.