Thursday, April 19, 2012

Rosemary Ranch Chicken Kabobs

It is GRILLING SEASON!!! YES! I love meals from the grill. Now, I do not man the grill, but I do love everything that comes off of it. I also love all the sides associated with grilling baked beans, potato salad, and like any good Iowa girl I love me some sweet corn!

Today I thought I would share one of Mr. Mayhem and my favorite grilling recipes OF ALL TIME! How is that for a build up?

1/2 C Olive Oil
1/2 C Ranch Dressing
3 TBS. Worcestershire sauce
1 Tsp. White Vinegar
1/4 Tsp Pepper
1 TBS Minced Fresh Rosemary (or 1/2 TBS dry)
2 Tsp. Salt
1 Tsp. Lemon Juice
1 TBS White Sugar
3 Skinless, boneless chicken breast, cut into cubes
Vegetables (bell peppers, fresh mushrooms, red onion, cherry tomatoes)

Stir together all of the ingredients. Add the chicken. Allow to marinate at least 30 min. If using wooden skewers, soak in water for 15 min. Then, thread on chicken and vegetables. It is better to do them separately since they need to cook different amounts of time. Place them on the grill preheated to medium-high. Grill for 10-12 min. or until the chicken is no longer pink, turning frequently.

I served the kabobs with rice and green beans. It is a really colorful lovely plate. Just slide the goodies off the skewer to enjoy!

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What is your favorite grill recipe?

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Announcement and Etched Glass

BLAH! I can't believe it has been a month since I blogged! I have really missed it, but I have a good reason for my absence:

That's right, friends, I'm going to be a mama! I can't wait! However, this past month has been a rough one. I'm not sure if I'm a wimp or if I have really had bad morning sickness. I'm starting to feel better. Still tired, but less vomit, so I'll take it!

This blog is about making stuff so why not add a little baby makin' to the mix! I promise though it won't be all baby, all the time. :-)

Time for the Glass Etching. I have been wanting a cute air tight container to store our coffee beans in, and I have been wanting to use my glass etching cream. I brought the two together into a fun project I completed at my friend's craft night a few weeks ago. I'm really happy with how it turned out.

I started with this plain glass container from Hobby Lobby.

I don't have pictures of a step by step since I was at my friends house. Basically best case scenario you have a Cricket or Silhouette and you just cut out your vinyl, apply etching cream, let it sit for 5 min., rinse and your done. However, I do not have a fancy shmanshy cutting machine, so I printed my design on normal printer paper, taped it to contact paper, and cut around it with a very sharp craft knife. Then, I stuck the contact paper on the jar, added the etching cream, waited 5 min., and rinsed it off. Picking the font and actually cutting it out were the two most time consuming steps.

Here is the finished product!

It was hard to see in the picture with out some coffee in the jar. I only had ground coffee on hand, but usually it will hold the whole beans.

Some of my edges are perfectly smooth. Probably because of my janky stencil method, but I think it kind of makes it look distressed and artsy. I think it's fun!

AHHHH!!! It is good to be back to blogging. ;-)

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