Monday, May 26, 2014

Grad Money Pad's

I wanted to share a fun Graduation gift I made for the 4 graduates we have in our lives this year! I made these last year too and I also made one for my Dad for Father's Day. This money pad could be used for any occasion.  
I pinned this idea to Pinterest last year and when I went to look at the directions again this year, the blog "Making Life Whimsical" where I got it could not be located. Here is the link though.
Items you need:
  • New Money. Head to your bank and order or request NEW money. You want the money to crisp and clean. My bank doesn't let me order $1 bills new so I had to order $2 bills. It was fine though and I thought it was unique.
  • Print the free printable Grad Money Pad designs found here OR create your own for any occasion.
  • Padding Compound to make your pad stick together so that they can rip the money off like a note pad. I got mine on etsy.
  • Clothes Pins or binder clips to make the pad stay in place while drying
  • a paint brush or sponge brush to apply compound
  • Chipboard and stickers to decorate the card
Cut out the cover and back of your printable to the EXACT size of the money.  Layer the money how you want it and clip with clothes pins. 
 Work around pins to apply the padding compound and let sit on wax paper until dry. Apply several coats
 While money pad is drying, decorate the chipboard with stickers
 Once completely dry, glue to chipboard
Some of my clips stuck to the top of the pad and ripped off some of the ink, so I just cut some ribbon and attached it to the top of the money pad.
 Tie with Ribbon and you're done!

Congrats Seniors:
 Brinlee & Nicole

Sunday, May 25, 2014

No Name Chicken - MMMmmm Monday

This recipe has no "official name". I've called or heard it called many things
Cream Cheese Chicken
Marilyn Johnson Chicken (named after the person I got it from)
Mozzarella Chicken
Crock Pot Chicken and Rice
and the list goes on....
I decided for this post I would call it "No Name Chicken"
but I'm already regretting this decision. You see, Kellie and I started this Blog rather selfishly. We chat on the phone all the time and are always talking about events we are planning or recipes we are making for dinner. With Pinterest we can say "I pinned this great recipe, check my board" This has been awesome! When we started the blog though, pinterest was just getting started and we thought this blog would be a great place to keep track of all our parties, recipes, and anything else we wanted to document so that later we can refer to it.
So....why do I think I might regret calling this no name chicken? Well, because when I am in the store thinking about what to make for dinner and I think of this delicious meal I wont remember the name for it when I search the Chocolates for Breakfast Blog.
There you have it. My rambling....
This is an awesome, delicious recipe I got at a recipe exchange years ago in Relief Society. I have made this countless times and it is ALWAYS a hit. My friend Jody even added Mozzarella Cheese to it and that has made it even more!
So during this hot summer when you don't want to heat the house, but want a hearty meal give this a shot.
No Name Chicken
Place 4-6 (or more) chicken breast on the bottom of your crock pot 
Pour 1/2 cup milk over chicken
sprinkle with a package of Italian dressing mix
Mix together in separate bowl 8 oz. cream cheese and 1 can cream of mushroom soup.
Pour over chicken.
Cook on high 4 hours, low 6-7 hours or until chicken is cooked and you can shred.
Serve over rice.
 Variation: layer rice, a slice of mozzarella cheese, chicken and then sauce.
Please comment below and let us know how you like it!

Thursday, May 15, 2014

Cookies to say Thank You

I needed a quick teacher thank you.  I had a fresh batch of cookies, a jar from Hobby Lobby and a cute thank you tag.  I just love it when "thank yous" come together beautifully.  

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