Cajan Shrimp Stir Fry

We tried another new recipe the other night and it was also my second time cooking with shrimp! I would have to say, and my husband agrees, that the shrimp turned out even tastier this time πŸ™‚

I sort of just threw this recipe together from scratch – adding things at the last minute! We will definitely be making this again!

Ingredients I used:

  • 30 pieces precooked shrimp
  • 1/2 box whole wheat spaghetti noodles (precooked)
  • 1 bag frozen broccoli (precooked)
  • 1/2 cup peas
  • Cajan seasoning (add to your liking)
  • Soy sauce (optional)

I do not have all the ingredients in the picture because I decided to add some items (peas and soy sauce) at the last minute πŸ™‚ You really can’t go wrong with this meal!

I made the noodles according to the package and warmed the broccoli a little before I started the rest of the recipe so they would be ready to go! Start by warming some oil in a pan on the stove. Add your shrimp and cook for a few minutes. This is where I added the cajan seasoning. We like hot and spicy foods so we went heavy on this but it is absolutely up to your own taste buds how much you add πŸ™‚ Once you flip the shrimp the first time, add in the peas and broccoli and sautΓ© for a few minutes.

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Next, turn the heat to low and add the noodles and soy sauce to the mixture. Let it simmer for just a few minutes and then it’s ready to be served πŸ™‚

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M&M Cookies

It has been a snowy Monday here in Iowa, so of course I decided to take advantage of it! Baking has always been something I enjoy but even more so when it’s snowing πŸ™‚

I’m pretty good about not following the original Β recipes I find because there is always something that I want to add or replace.Β This was originally a chocolate chip cookie recipe but I put my own spin on it and it became a M&M cookie recipe!

The ingredients needed include:

  • 1 stick of butter (softened)
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 cup chocolate chips
  • 1 cup M&M’s
  • 3/4 cup oats

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First, set your oven to 375 degrees. Now, you need to mix together the softened butter and sugars. Then add the egg and vanilla. Mix in the flour and baking soda – mix well. Now you are ready to fold in the chocolate chips, oats, and M&M’s.

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Next, it is time to scoop the cookie dough onto cookie sheets. I use parchment paper so they don’t stick to the pan πŸ™‚ Drop the cookie dough on the parchment paper using rounded teaspoons or a small ice cream scoop. I usually get about 30-35 cookies out of one batch but just depends how big you make your scoops!

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Pop these bad boys in the oven for about 10 minutes, then remove and cool! I always have to test one after it comes out of the oven to make sure they are worth serving to friends and family πŸ˜‰

These will be ready for our NYE party this week!

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Bottle Cap Picture Frame

Hello everyone!Β After a few days of celebrating with family, I decided to write a post on how to make these fun picture frames. I had made a few of these when we decided that they would make a perfect gift for the groomsmen in our wedding! They are pretty easy and fun to make πŸ™‚

I had been collecting bottle tops for quite some time for various projects when I decided picture frames would be fun!

Materials needed:

  • Bottle caps
  • Wood paint (I used black)
  • Paint brush
  • Wooden picture frame (any size will work)
  • Wood glue (or any other crafting style glue, just make sure it dries clear)

Once you have all your materials, start by painting your picture frame black. I decided to use a wooden frame that holds a 4×6 photo. Make sure you choose a frame that has a thick area between the picture and the edge so you have plenty of room for your bottle caps. Also, you can choose any color – I went with black because it matches just about anything πŸ™‚

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Let the paint dry and then it is time to line up all the caps in the positions you want. This is probably my favorite part of the project πŸ™‚ This is where you get to use your imagination. I made five frames for our wedding and not one is the same!

After you have it laid out how you want it’s time to start glueing. This step can get repetitive but the end project is worth it! Let the glue dry and then go back and touch up with the black paint and you are finished!

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This is a fun and unique way to display all the different types of beers you have tried! And if you know someone like my husband, he enjoys having a reason to keep trying new beers πŸ˜‰

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Monster Bars

Hello everyone! With Christmas only a few days away, I thought I would share a recipe I made to enjoy with family this holiday season πŸ™‚

Monster bars are a total hit in our family and they are pretty easy to make!

Ingredients:

  • 3 eggs
  • 1 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 teasp vanilla
  • 2 teasp baking soda
  • 4 oz applesauce
  • 12 oz peanut butter
  • 1 cup chocolate chips
  • 1 cup M&Ms
  • 4 1/2 cup quick oatmeal

To start, preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Then, mix the eggs and sugars together; mix well. Next, add your applesauce, vanilla, baking soda, and peanut butter and combine. Make sure you mix it until the mixture is smooth. After that, stir in the oatmeal, M&Ms, and chocolate chips. Put the mixture into a 10 x 15 cookie sheet and bake for 10 – 15 minutes. The key is NOT to over bake them!

Once they have a little brown to them, pull the bars out of the over to cool.

Now, you’re ready to enjoy πŸ™‚

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Turkey Meatballs

On the menu last night was one of our favorites, turkey meatballs! These are a staple in our home, not only because it is an easy recipe, but it also makes enough meatballs to last us half a week!

The following ingredients are needed for turkey meatballs:

  • 1-1.5 lbs thawed ground turkey
  • 3/4 cup bread crumbs
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 cup chopped carrots (optional)
  • Add seasoning to taste

You can use any seasonings that you like – we tend to use black pepper, garlic, and Italian.

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First, preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Them, you need to combine all of the ingredients into a bowl. I find that it is easiest to stick your hands in and mix it that way! Once it is all mixed together, you can start forming the meatballs. I use a cookie scoop so that they all come out around the same size. I have found that it is an easier clean up if you lay parchment paper on top of the pan as well. We typically get 30-35 meatballs per batch.

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After you get them all laid out, throw them in the over for about 20 minutes or until brown and fully cooked on the inside. While the meatballs are baking, I prepare some noodles to put with them! After the meatballs are done cooking, throw them on top of the noodles and add sauce πŸ™‚

Enjoy!

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Easy Sew Blanket

Hello everyone! Hope you are all having a great weekend! Today I wanted to share one of my favorite sewing projects πŸ™‚

I received a sewing machine for Christmas a few years back and have been (slowly) learning how to use it! I love making these blankets for babies and pets because they are super easy and extra soft. The one I’m making today will be a Christmas present for our puppy!

To start, you will need one yard of printed flannel and one yard of soft and comfy dot fleece. You can use more or less than a yard if you prefer! You will also need pins and a sewing machine. I usually prewash the material so that if it shrinks, it won’t ruin your new blanket!

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Lay out the two pieces of fabric with the right sides facing each other. Now you can pin around the edges but leave a small opening on one side big enough to put your hand into. Once it is pinned, you can trim the edges a little to make it easier to sew if you want.

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Now you are ready to begin sewing! Sew around all the edges except for the small space you left unpinned.

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Once you are done sewing, you can turn it right side out by using the small hole you left. You should find yourself with something similar to this with a small opening and now we get to hand sew this bad boy up!

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After a few stitches you are complete!

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The final outcome should look something like this πŸ™‚

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Christmas Mistletoe Craft

Happy Friday! Hard to believe the holidays are already next week! With that being said, I decided that it was probably a good time to break out some Christmas crafts with my nanny kiddos. Yesterday we painted “mistletoes” which is a craft I found from Pinterest! You can find more crafts similar to this on DIY Cozy Home Blog.

This is a pretty easy project to do with children of any age! You only need three items: paint, a brush, and construction paper.

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Take a piece of the construction paper and get some paint ready. Have the child sit next to you and paint his/her feet one at a time and press it against the paper. Painting the feet will probably be the hardest part if your kiddos are ticklish like mine πŸ™‚

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Let the paint dry and then you can go back and add any details! And that’s it – you’re finished! Pretty easy πŸ™‚

Have a great weekend everyone!

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