Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Sara's Senior Photos

A few weeks ago, I took some senior pictures of this girl from my church. Here's a few of the pictures I liked. Some are the same picture, just edited differently...

This is one of my favorites!

I thought this one turned out pretty neat.

This one's got an older picture filter.

Enhanced the blue tones for this one to bring out her eyes and ring.

Same picture but made everything black and white but the blue

Enhanced the colors on this one

I had so much fun taking these! Black and White Sepia filter.

Sepia- I really liked how this one turned out...

I really enjoy taking pictures! Later this week I'll be taking my brother's senior pictures (he's growing up so fast!). There's also this girl at my church who would be perfect for some "fashion" photo shoots. (Ok, maybe I've just got my America's Next Top Model kick in... I love that show!) I hope everyone's week is going well!

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Craft Box

I'm so excited to share my latest craft project with you guys! A few weekends ago I went garage saleing with my mom and my friend. They were finding all these things they liked but nothing had caught my eye until I found this:

Doesn't look like much- I know. It was some guy's tool box thing. I wonder what some macho tool guy would think if he knew I turned it into a girly craft box? But hey, it was only 75 cents. So for the past 2 days I worked on it between classes and other stuff. And here's the final result:

I'm not super creative when it comes to arts and crafts but I love this! It's simple and just perfect for toting around my crafts and knick-knacks. It only cost me 75 cents for the box and about 4.50 for some Mod Podge (which I have TONS left over so I can use later so really it only cost about 25 cents worth of the Mod Podge). So $1.00 for what would cost a lot more in a store. See, you really can make something out of nothing!

Make it Yours @ My Backyard Eden

Monday, March 15, 2010

Crawfish Etouffee

So I'm super excited! But before I tell you what I'm excited about, I should probably tell you the story behind it. So last night my brother comes home with some freshly boiled Louisiana-style crawfish (can we say YUM?). It was kinda late so my dad and I (my mom does not eat seafood) weren't really hungry. I go outside to peel a few and my brother informs me that my dad wants crawfish etouffee for dinner the next day. So my brother and I got a little bonding time as we proceeded to peel all the crawfish (and sneaking a few to eat in the process). I proceed to look through several recipe books last night and today. I can say that this recipe is 100% mine! I just kinda looked at the standards in every recipe and then tweaked it to make it my own! I don't have a lot of my own recipes so I'm super excited about it! And it tasted really good too! But I'm getting ahead of myself...

Without further ado...

Crawfish Etouffee

1 stick butter
1 cup frozen seasoning blend (contains onions, bell peppers, celery)
4 cloves garlic (minced)
2 cups of cooked, peeled crawfish tails
1 cup water
2 tablespoons flour
1/2 cup white wine
1 cup milk
1 can cream of mushroom soup
1 tablespoon garlic salt
2 tablespoons dried onions
2 tablespoons Cajun Seasoning
1 teaspoon ground pepper

Melt the butter in a large skillet
. Add the seasoning blend (or you can use fresh vegetables- I just didn't have any) and garlic. Cook until veggies are soft. Add crawfish tails and cook for 5 minutes, allowing crawfish to soak up some of the butter flavor.

Add remaining ingredients and cook until sauce forms. I served mine over rice but I think it would taste good over some linguine pasta too! Enjoy!

I thought it tasted really good and my dad enjoyed it too. My mom said it smelled really good but as soon as I said it had crawfish in it she refused to try it. Overall, I think it was a really good recipe and I can't wait to try it again!

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Honey Mustard Chicken

Monday night, I noticed some chicken leg quarters defrosted in the fridge. When I asked my dad about them, he said we needed to cook them. So I started thinking about a recipe for chicken that didn't require me to debone them and all that. And then I remembered reading this recipe in a recent issue of Simple and Delicious (I got a subscription for Christmas!). It was pretty yummy so I thought I'd share the recipe. You can find the original here.

Honey Mustard Chicken

(Photo complements of Simple and Delicious)

  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 1/4 cup prepared mustard
  • 1 envelope ranch salad dressing mix
  • 1 tablespoon dried parsley flakes
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons Italian seasoning
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1/2 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 6 chicken drumsticks
  • 6 bone-in chicken thighs


  • For sauce, in a small bowl, combine the first nine ingredients. Set aside 1/2 cup for serving. Place chicken in a greased 15-in. x 10-in. x 1-in. baking pan; brush with remaining sauce.
  • Bake, uncovered, at 350° for 45-50 minutes or until a meat thermometer reads 180° and chicken juices run clear, basting occasionally with pan juices. Warm reserved sauce; serve with chicken. Yield: 6 servings.

Keeping Picky Eater #1 and #2 (mom and brother) in mind, I split the recipe in half. 3 chicken leg quarters were cooked honey mustard style. I set the other 3 in a pan and sprinkled them with salt, pepper, garlic powder, seasoning salt, Tony's Cajun Seasoning, and some dried onions. I added a little olive oil when it was cooking to add a little moisture.

On another note, I just wanted to share this blog that I follow. Blueberry Moon has some super cute craft ideas and some YUMMY recipes! And she has another blog with encouraging scriptures and I think that's a really great idea!- Faith S.O.S.

Well that's all for today. I have to get moving... Oh the joys of nursing school!

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Cheesy Enchiladas

Ok so my weakness... Mexican food! Mmmm I love it! Just thought I'd share this recipe for enchiladas I make. I kinda pulled from other recipes to come up with this one. There's no pictures for this one because A. I didn't think about it and B. It's isn't very pretty. But it tastes really yummy!

Cheesy Enchiladas

Beef Mixture
1 lb ground beef
1 small onion, chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced
Salt & Pepper to season
1 cup shredded cheese (whatever kind you like- I used mexican blend)

Cook the ground beef, onion, garlic, salt, and pepper until the meat is browned at the onions are tender. Drain. Add the cheese, mix together, and set aside. You can add as much cheese as you like depending on how "cheesy" you want it! I love lots of cheese so I usually add more...

8 oz Velveeta cheese
1/2 cup milk
1 can Rotel tomatoes, drained

Combine all ingredients in a saucepan. Melt together on the stove until relatively smooth. Remove from heat and set aside. Resist the urge to get out tortilla chips and use it as dip. Mmmm...

12 corn tortillas
canola oil

While the sauce is melting, pour a small amount of canola oil (about 1/4 cup) in a skillet. Heat over the stove. Cook each tortilla a few seconds on each side in the oil. Be careful not to cook it too long or they get too crispy and you can't roll the tortillas easily. Drain on a paper towel. Add more oil as necessary.

Place some of the beef mixture in the center of a tortilla. Roll into a tube and place seam side down in a baking dish. Continue, using all the tortillas and beef mixture. Pour the sauce over the rolled tortillas. Cover with foil and place in a preheated 350* oven. Bake for 25-30 minutes or until heated through. Remove from oven and enjoy!

This one's a pretty big hit with my family. My dad recommends more seasoning in the meat so you might consider adding some taco seasoning or something for a little kick!

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