Friday, October 28, 2011

Recipe: Wagon Wheel Chicken Chili

Wagon Wheel Chicken Chili
Now, I swear, you are just going to have to trust me on how wonderful this recipe truly is (unless you want to make it yourself). It was super easy to make and it was so amazing.

Wagon Wheel Chicken Chili is one of those recipes you find that you are just dying to make- simply out of curiosity of how great it is going to taste. If it is anything like the pictures shown, your mouth just drools at the thought of it. I have to say, I have never seen the boyfriend eat a meal so quick before. I slightly adjusted the recipe to include some yummy peppers we are growing in our own garden- for a bit of heat. However, the recipe alone is just as great.

Hint: If you want to add some pizazz to the meal, making some corn bread or adding tortilla chips (like we did) would put this recipe over the top! Happy Eating!

Thursday, October 27, 2011

DIY: Recycling Onions

I must admit, I had never heard of recycling any food until I was lucky enough to stumble across this website during my lunch break at work. Now, I am a believer that this works! I have to share with you my little 'secret' garden I am growing at home.

I have a bit of a green thumb, and whenever I know I can grow a plant (and do it well), I often try to continue my efforts. I love to cook and I enjoy recycling. Unfortunately, I am unable to compost at my apartment - there is simply not enough space to do it. So, I figured after reading that article on growing your own onions from scrap cut onions, I figured I would try myself.

About a week ago, I found myself cutting up a few sweet onions I had purchased that were about to spoil. I chopped everything, leaving a small amount of onion attached to the roots of the original onion. Instead of throwing this piece away (as I have typically done), I placed the old roots from the onions in a small bowl filled with water. After about a week of letting the roots grow (with a daily change of the water so my kitchen would not smell like onions), I was finally able to plant them in a medium-sized pot. Sitting them near my sunny door, I slowly watched in anticipation.
They are growing!!
Aren't they wonderful!! Each one has a few green sprouts coming from the center of the originally cut up onion. I am so excited and this is only after one week. How awesome is it that you can do this! At first, I was quite skeptical about being able to grow new onions from old ones, but I like this. Now I can save a few pennies by growing my own!

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Inspiration Turned Artwork

I am not sure how familiar ya'll are with Pinterest. It has become one of my favorite inspirational websites for almost anything (from outfits to home decor, and everything in between).

I have been keeping a few boards of ideas for the house and I am excited to share with ya'll my first mini-project. I love art, but most of the time cannot afford the stuff I really love, so making it seems like something that is more personal and affordable (and a little fun too!). It is based on this DIY project and I cannot wait to share it.

Details to come so stay tuned!

Monday, October 17, 2011


I must admit, I had never heard of Letterboxing until the boyfriend had mentioned possibly trying it out. “What is Letterboxing?” I said in the car one day. He explained it best by saying it is a treasure hunt during a nature walk. Okay. Sure. So, I did my research and came across this amazing website of places in our area we could try to find these ‘Letterboxes’.  To my surprise, our first Letterboxing trip went rather smoothly. We found our first Letterbox at a local park.
Found our first Letterbox!
This past weekend, after some searching on the site we had previously been to, we figured we might want to consider searching yet again for another box. So, off we went to our selected location, a local library, and found our next letterbox. This one was way too easy.
Found it!
One of the reasons I really enjoy Letterboxing is it is super easy and cheap to do - it does not cost anything but the gas you use to get to your location and the stamp you purchase. We purchased our stamp (called "Birds of a Feather") on sale at Michael's for a mere 2 bucks (on sale plus coupon, and we got the stamp pad free). Lucky find!

Eventually we are going to place our own Letterbox for finding, but until then, we just enjoy this easy outing. The closer to chillier weather we get, the more exciting these finds become. If you have never tried Letterboxing, go to the site I did and do your research. You may find you enjoy it just as much. And, for those of you out there who have families, this is a kid-friendly idea. Happy Letterboxing!

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Welcome's and Hello's

Hello! Welcome to my corner of the woods. I have truly been inspired to finally take all my creative ideas and sneak them into the electronic pages of this blog. This is the place to find creative interior design ideas, DIY tutorials, yummy recipes only a southern gal can provide and so much more.  So y'all sit down, squat down or lay down, but make yourselves at home.