Friday, November 29, 2013

recipe: chicken, spinach and rice casserole

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There was a week were Casey and I were obsessed with making chicken and rice things. Okay maybe it wasn't that many things- this casserole and a chicken and rice soup. But we ate both of those for almost a whole week. If I had to choose, this recipe would win over the soup every time. Although, the soup is a little friendlier to the waistline and very tasty. Anyways, you've gotta make this! It's so easy and D-E-LICIOUS. And the texture is the nicest. And if you think you don't like spinach, I especially need you to try this. Because you WILL like spinach... even if just for this casserole.
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Chicken, Spinach and Rice Casserole
Ingredients:
1/2 Rotisserie Chicken, Shredded
4 Cups Cooked White Rice
1 Small Onion
1 10 oz. Package Fresh Spinach
2 Cups Shredded Cheddar Cheese + 1/4 Cup for topping
1 Cup Milk
2 eggs
2 Tbs. Butter
1 tsp. Thyme, chopped
1 tsp. fresh Parsley, chopped
1 tsp. Basil, chopped
1/4 tsp. Ground Red Pepper
Salt and Pepper

Directions:
1. Pre-heat the oven to 350 degrees.
2. Saute the onions in the butter and red pepper on medium-high heat.
3. Add the spinach and cook for about three minutes.
4. Whisk the milk and eggs together in a bowl.
5. Then add the chicken, cheese, herbs, rice, spinach mixture, salt and pepper. Mix it well.
6. Pour the mixture into a greased casserole dish. Top with the rest of the shredded cheese.
7. Bake in the oven for 30 minutes then serve!

Serves: 6

Thursday, November 28, 2013

from our closets

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Savannah's wearing:
Top- Forever 21
Shorts- Gap
Tights- Macy's
Boots- Charlotte Russe
Necklace and Earrings- Forever 21
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Casey's wearing:
Dress- Forever 21
Cardigan- Target
Tights- heck if I know
Socks- Urban Outfitters
Boots- Carlos Santana
Necklaces- Stella and Dot + PacSun

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

the ultimate diy candle guide

Well, it's officially holiday season, I suppose. I've been hearing Christmas music in stores and such for a while now and Thanksgiving hasn't even happened yet. It's crazy! But, if you're thinking about making some homemade gifts this season, you should consider making candles. It's easy and it's pretty fun to create your own fragrance. And you can name the candles after your friends, or whoever you are gifting them to. There are a variety of ways to create your own candles and while doing this tutorial, I tried a few different ways. So I put together this DIY candle guide.
Making candles is pretty easy, all you need is a container, a wick, some wax and something to scent the candle with. If you are using an old scented candle for your wax, you don't even have to add another scent element. If you are using old candles or tea lights, make sure to remove the wicks and any metal pieces.
Here are the instructions:
1. Glue the wick down to the bottom center of your container. Use hot glue.
2. Melt your wax in a microwave safe container. I eventually figured out that it's easiest to melt it in a measuring glass for easy pouring. Just leave it in the microwave until it's completely melted. The amount of wax you use will change depending on your container.
3. Let the wax cool for a couple minutes and then add your scent. You can use Scentsy wax, liquid scent, or a combination of both. Read the instructions on your liquid scent to know how much you should use. Mix it in.
4. Let it cool for a few more minutes and then pour the wax mixture into your container.
5. Let it cool completely. Sometimes air bubbles rise to the top and there are holes in your candle. If that happens, just re-melt your left over wax mixture and pour a little over the candle to fill in the holes.
6. Trim the wick.
Then all you need to do is come up with some creative names! What gifts are you going to be DIYing this year?

xo, Savannah

Monday, November 25, 2013

from our closets

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Casey's wearing:
Top- American Apparel
Cardigan- PacSun
Jeans- PacSun
Boots- Target
Backpack- Urban Outfitters
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Savannah's wearing:
Sweater- Forever 21
Shorts- Gap
Tights- Charlotte Russe
Boots- Urban Outfitters
Purse- Angela Roi
Bracelet- Forever 21
Rings- F21, PacSun + UO

Friday, November 22, 2013

recipe: thanksgiving cookies


I am so in LOVE with these cookies that I spontaneously made the other day. They are super easy to make and the perfect little something for Thanksgiving but I think that these will taste amazing throughout the whole holiday season. Christmas cookies here we come!

Thanksgiving Cookies
What you need:
small apple
150g or 2/3 cups of sugar
150g or 2/3 cups of butter
1 egg
400g or 3 1/3 cups of flour
1 tablespoon baking powder
1 tablespoon of vanilla sugar
1 pinch of salt
1-2 tablespoons of cinnamon
3 tablespoons of grated nuts
1 pinch each of clove and nutmeg 
100g or 3 table spoons of melted chocolate
sliced almonds

Start out by melting the butter on low heat. Mix together butter, eggs, sugar, vanilla sugar, cinnamon, clove and nutmeg. Take your small apple (you can also use more depending on how much you LOVE apples in cookies) and cut it into small pieces. I left the skin around the apple, because I love the colors that show up here and there in the cookies. Add the apple pieces to the dough before you slowly start adding the rest of the ingredients, flour last. Mix it until it turns into the typical cookie dough. If the dough is too sticky still add some more flour, if it is too thick add a little bit of milk if needed.

Preheat the oven to 180°C or 375°F while you form small balls of cookies and put them on oven trays that you lined with some baking paper. Make sure to leave enough room in between the cookies so they all end up nice and round. When the oven is preheated put the cookies in there for about 7-10 minutes - check in with them every now and then. You can either leave them in there until they are brown and crispy or take them out when they are crispy on the outside but still soft on the inside.

Let them cool off a little and while that is happening you just HAVE to try one. Aren’t they delicious already? Take your melted chocolate and apply a little bit to either all cookies or only a couple of them. Take your sliced almonds and place them on top of the chocolate forming a heart.
contributor post by: Lisa

Thursday, November 21, 2013

blog nashville + grayline tennessee

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Casey and I recently joined a few of the bloggers from Blog Nashville on a tour of Nashville, courtesy of Grayline Tennessee! It was really fun to meet many other bloggers in Nashville and learn more about our awesome city. There is so much history in this town and it is pretty fascinating! Here are some pictures of how the day went. They were taken by the lovely and talented Zipporah. Check out her stuff, it's pretty great!
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And now you can go check out all the blogs that we learned about that day!

xo, Savannah

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

tunes-day tuesday: pre-winter jams


Holy moly batman, Savannah & I are obsessed with both of these songs right now. We both have them on our not quite winter playlists (our fall playlists are too full now). We heard the song, "A Lie" in Urban Outfitters. You gotta always be on the listen for good tunes. They are everywhere! I also just bought a record player and this The National album was one of my first purchases. It's perfection. 

peace, casey

diy: gold leaf sunglasses

Hello. I’m Fran. I write Fall For DIY, a blog dedicated to home and fashion DIY’s with a difference. I’m so excited to be a contributor here alongside so many amazing and talented bloggers! My first post is a fashion inspired sunglasses DIY. 

I know what you’re thinking. Strange time for a British chick to be wearing sunglasses, but I’m an all year round sunnies wearer. If the sun is shining, I’ve got some on. So here’s my latest pair, and how to make them!
1. Smother the upper ⅔ of the glasses frame in glue (I’ve used a decoupage glue, but most water based liquid glues will work for this. Think papermache) and gold leaf. Don’t worry too much about getting this even as we will be distressing it later on anyway.

2. Once you are happy with the coverage leave the glue to fully dry. Maybe perform a few Elvis impressions while you’re waiting. You know… If you get bored.
3. Take a piece of fine sand paper (or alternatively a nail file) and rub gently over the gold leaf to create the rough effect.
4. Clean up the edges and cover with another layer of glue to seal.
5. Leave to fully dry again, then head outside into the sunshine!

Contributor Post by: Fran