Saturday, April 30, 2011

Time Saver Recipes --- White Sauce Chicken Enchilada Casserole

White Sauce Chicken Enchilada Casserole

Makes 1 -- 9 x 12 pan or 2 -- 8 x 8 pans      350 degree oven


4 medium chicken breasts
5 - 6 small flour tortillas
2 C. shredded cheddar cheese


1 can of cream of chicken soup or cream soup mix equal to 1 can of soup (recipe follows)
1 small can diced green chillis
8 oz. light sour cream
10 oz. of water

Cook chicken and shred it. Mix sauce ingredients in a bowl. Tear tortillas into 2 inch pieces.
Add chicken to sauce.
Spray pans with cooking spray. Line the pans with tortilla pieces.
Layer half the sauce on, spread cheese on top. Repeat layers.
Bake uncovered for 45 minutes.

If you are like me and don't like all the sodium and fat in canned cream soup, here is a make it yourself mix.

Cream Soup Mix

Makes 9 cans of soup.

Mix together:

2 C. powdered milk
3/4 C. cornstarch
1/4 C. instant chicken bouillon
2 T. dried onion flakes
1 tsp basil leaves
1 tsp. thyme leaves
1/2 tsp. pepper

For 1 can of soup

Combine 1/3 C. of mix with 1 1/4 C. cold water in a saucepan. Cook and stir until thickened.

Friday, April 29, 2011

And The Anniversary Giveaway Winners Are

Congratulations to the winners of our one year anniversary giveaway.

The winner of the pillows is Raspberry Hill Crafts from Upstate NY.

The winner of the purse is Alessia from Italy.

The winners were picked using the true random number generator on We want to thank ALL of you who took the time to enter and for all the wonderful comments and to all our viewers who made our first blog year very special.

Would you like to be a sponsor for one of the giveaways on our blog? It is a great way to get your craft business noticed. For information email us at

Thursday, April 28, 2011

Today's Featured Shop --- Rock River Stitches

Today's featured shop is Rock River Stitches. Tammy makes some beautiful folk art animals and also offers her designer patterns.

Grungy Folk Art Crow Make-do

Bird Pin Keep

Spring Time Goose

Napping Kitty Pincushion Epattern

Be sure and visit Tammy's shop on Etsy.

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Handmade Spotlight - Flowers For Mom

Wouldn't Mom love these flowers??

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Tuesday Tutorial ---- More Mother's Day Ideas

Today's tutorials are some more ideas for Mother's Day gifts to make.

Find the tutorial for this toiletries bag on Momtastic.
Here is a quick but very pretty flower hair clip tutorial on Feathered Nest.

 I love this idea because I wash my hands a lot and they get very dry.  Handmade Hand Scrub tutorial found on Craft.

And finally,  a card and bookmark to print out at A Touch Of Class.

Monday, April 25, 2011

Anniversary Celebration Surprise Giveaway #2

We have another surprise giveaway today to celebrate our one year blogging anniversary.    Today's winner was chosen from our followers by   And the winner of this handmade Bunny is Heartfelt 4 Kids.

Congratulations Heartfelt 4 Kids and thanks for being one of our followers..   Please email us with your shipping address and this bunny will be on it's way to you.

And we want to say a big Thank You to all our followers.   We appreciate every one of you.

Bette and Deena

Sunday, April 24, 2011

Without Easter

Without Easter,
there would be no hope of heaven.
Without the hope of heaven,
there would be no repentance,
no personal transformation,
no attempt to follow biblical principles.
Without Easter,
the world would be in chaos
and darkness.
Jesus’ death and resurrection
means we can be reborn,
to live better, to do better,
to shine light into the shadows.
Happy, Happy Easter.

Poem By Joanna Fuchs

Saturday, April 23, 2011

Time Saver Recipes - How to Make Perfect Hard Boiled Eggs

Making hard boiled eggs may be a no-brainer for some folks but up until a couple months ago I found out that I wasn't doing it right. Yes, my hard boiled eggs would be done after I cooked them but they always had a dark-greenish edge on the yolk and the whites were just a tad rubbery.

My mom wrote down some instruction she found in a magazine and said, "you've got to try this". I did and was really amazed at how bight and yellow the yolks were when done.

Here's how...

1- Place eggs in a pan and cover with cold water.

2- Cover pan and bring to a simmer for 1-2 minutes. Remove from heat and let stand for 10-15 mins.

3- Drain hot water, then cover with ICE WATER. Let stand until cooled.

The next obstacle with boiled eggs is peeling them. Don't you just hate it when half the white peels off with the shell?

An easy remedy for this is to add 1-2 Tablespoons of salt to the water you cook them in. That sounds like a lot, but the eggs do not taste salty when they are done and do peel easier when cooled.

Another easy thing to do, if you have time to wait, is to crack the shells of the cooked eggs and let them sit in cool water for about an hour.

Hope this helps with your Easter eggs this year.

Thank you for stopping by.
Deena Davis

Friday, April 22, 2011

Free Printable Hang Tags

To help celebrate the season, we're offering these FREE printable hang tags to download and print.

The tags were made by Deena of

CLICK THIS LINK to download these printable hang tags, they saved as a  pdf file which makes printing easy. You will need Adobe Reader 7.0 or higher to view/print these tags.

Thanks for joining us today!
Bette & Deena

Thursday, April 21, 2011

Today's Featured Shop --- Good Tidings Creations

Today's featured shop is Good Tidings Creations. I enjoy looking at lovely cottage handmades. They are so pretty and romantic.

Pink Cottage Rose Night Light
Crochet Heart Guest Towel
Decorative Display Hat

Rose Of Sharon Cross

Visit this shop here:

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Handmade Spotlight --- Mother's Day Gifts

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Tuesday Tutorial ---- Mother's Day Ideas

Here are some gift ideas for Mother's Day.

Find the tutorial for this purse organizer on The Giving Flower.

Learn how to make this fabric necklace on Flamingo Toes.

Make this photo necklace from Not So Idle Hands.

And here is a card you can print out from Missie Krissie.