Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Olive Garden Fettuccine Alfredo Copycat

When Matt and I were dating, I went through a period where I didn't think he liked me, because we dated for a month before he kissed me. I thought that I would impress him with my mad cooking skills. I decided to make Alfredo, I got home early and tried to make Jessica's Alfredo Recipe. Which has always been my favorite because it's amazing. I always thought you had to cook it for a long time so that all the flavors could mesh together. Well, I failed, miserably. I added too much cheese and cooked it too long. I just thought I would make it taste better by adding more and more parmesan. 

Turns out Matt did like me and he was just gentleman. He was waiting for the right time and when our first kiss happened it was perfect. He also was really nice and told me that my Alfredo was good, which it wasn't. What a good boyfriend he was!! Every time I watch the Holiday with Jack Black and Cameron Diaz I always think, it would be nice to have Christmas Alfredo on Christmas Eve. Also, I really enjoy that movie, you should watch it. Anyways, we love Olive Garden at our house! This is why Matt and I had to try to come up with the perfect Copycat.

Ingredients (Click Here to Print)
7 tablespoons Butter
5 cloves of Garlic, minced
2 Tablespoons Flour
1 1/2 cups Milk
1 1/2 cups Heavy Cream
1/2 cup Parmesan Cheese, grated
3/4 cup Romano Cheese, grated
Salt and Pepper to taste

1. Melt the butter in a medium sauce pan with garlic over medium high heat for about 5 minutes. 
2. Whisk in flour to create a roux. Then add in the milk and heavy cream and whisk until it is completely blended.
3. Slowly add in your cheese a little at a time so that it doesn't clump up. Then turn down to medium low heat. Salt and pepper to taste. 
4. Continue to heat for about 15 to 20 minutes. 
5. It's delicious enjoy!

This recipe we felt was as close as you can get to the real deal. The Romano cheese makes a real difference. If you are like us you will want a little left over Romano cheese to top it with. Hope you like it as much we did!

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Hot Holiday Gifts For Kids

I love the holidays! I get the most joy out of this season, when I have found a present for someone I love that fits their personality and shows them that I have noticed what they love. I have been told that I'm give pretty good at giving gifts. It can be really hard sometimes because there are people that tell you everything and others that keep to their selves. I know for a fact that my grandson, Max would love everything he could get his hands on that has to do with Star Wars or Legos but the problem is that everyone else know the same thing and I worry that he will get all the same presents if I don't think out of the box.

In my searching on the internet I have made of list of really cool toys that I think the kids in our family would love and maybe it will give you a few ideas for the ones that you love!

Tater Tot Hamburger Casserole

When you don't go grocery shopping for a while. You only have random ingredients in your kitchen and it's either make something up to throw together or you go grab something from a restaurant. It's a constant battle every night. Not knowing what to eat, it's like that meme from The Notebook. Every single night. We go back and forth. What do you want? I don't want to choose. Frustrating.

We were having this battle the other night and we can never decide what to eat. Matt is no help at all most of the time because he never cares. Then there are days where he cares and wants to cook and sometimes it turns out awesome, sometimes. Well this casserole was made from what we had on hand one night and we decided it was pretty great! Quick, easy and delicious. Give it a try!

Ingredients  Click to print
1 pound ground beef
1 small onion, chopped
2 cloves of garlic diced
salt and pepper to taste
1 package (16 oz) frozen Tater Tots
1 can condensed cream of mushroom soup
2/3 cups milk
1 1/3 cup shredded cheddar cheese

1. Preheat 375 degrees.
2. In a skillet, cook beef, onion and garlic over medium heat until meat is browned. Drain. Season with salt and pepper.
3. Transfer to a 2 quart baking dish. Top with the Tots.
4. In a separate bowl whisk together soup and milk and pour over the potatoes. Sprinkle with cheese.
5. Bake uncovered for 40 to 50 minutes or until it is heated through.
6. This made enough for me and Matt and one serving of leftovers. Which Matt at the next day.

I hope you enjoy it! Cassie

Monday, November 23, 2015

Lou Lou Girls Fabulous Party #86

Happy Monday Day, Everyone! Thank you to everyone that shared their amazing projects last week! I’m always so impressed by the incredible masterpieces that are shared at our party! WE SERIOUSLY LOVE YOU!  We couldn’t have such a fabulous party without you. Please spread the word and if you have your own party, please let us know and we would love to party with you twice a week! Now on to this week’s Party!

  • Link up your furniture makeovers, DIY projects, home decor, crafts, recipes, thrifty finds and archive loves. We want to see whatever is inspiring you, but please make sure it’s your own creation, and not adult content.
  • We would love to have you follow along with us!
  • We will be back every Tuesday with our favorites and a brand new party!
  • We will PIN and TWEET each and every post who join the party!

Cassie's Favorite: Simply Stacie

Amber's Favorite: The Casual Craftlete

Jessica's Favorite: Clean & Scentsible

Kimberly's Favorite: Fynes Designs

Jeff & Robyn Stockett - Adoption Profile Video

November is Adoption Awareness Month so what better way to raise awareness than post this video! Jeff and Robyn Stockett are a fun, happy couple who are looking to adopt. They love the idea of an open adoption and are just looking for more people to love!

To learn more about Jeff and Robyn, feel free to view their adoption profile!

To read about Kim's adoption story, click here!



Roasted Chicken Biscuits and Gravy

A great quick dinner idea! When I was little my mom always loved biscuits and gravy and I can't say that I agreed with her. I don't love sausage. Well this was a good twist it kind of tastes little like a pot pie with a twist. I've been on a casserole kick this last month or so because it's easy clean up and quick to make! Matt really liked this casserole and so did I!! Give it a try!

Ingredients Click to Print
1 medium to large rotisserie chicken
7 tablespoons of butter
1 medium onion finely chopped
3 celery stalks, finely chopped
4 tablespoons all-purpose flour
2 cups chicken broth
2/3 cups milk
1 Tablespoon lemon juice
salt and pepper to taste
2 garlic cloves, finely chopped
1 can biscuits
1 cup shredded cheddar cheese

1. Preheat the oven to 425 degrees. Butter a large casserole dish. Pull the meat off the chicken, shredding it with your fingers or a fork into a medium baking dish.
2. In a large skillet, melt 5 tablespoons of butter over high heat. Add the onions and celery and cook, stirring occasionally, until the onions are translucent, about 6 minutes.
3. Lower heat to medium, sprinkle flour into the skillet and cook, constantly stirring for about 1 minute. Then add chicken broth, bring to a simmer and cook, stirring until thickened.
4. Stir in 2/3 cup of milk and simmer for 1 minute more. Remove the skilled from the heat and add the lemon juice and add salt and pepper to taste. Pour the gravy over the chicken in the baking dish.
5. Melt the remaining butter with the garlic.
6. Sprinkle the cheese on top of the gravy. Then lay the biscuits on top of the cheese. The first time I did this recipe I got the Pillsbury Grande Flakey biscuits because they are my favorite, but they are too thick. You need the thinner and smaller biscuits. Brush the garlic butter on the tops of the biscuits and then back in the oven for about 25 minutes. Until the biscuits are cooked through and golden brown.
7. Enjoy! Cassie!

Sunday, November 22, 2015

West Elm Inspired DIY Upholstered Headboard with Nail-head Trim

When we moved in to our home last year, we decided it was the perfect time to buy a King size bed. We have 4 kids, and we usually have at least one try to sneak into our bed each night. I don’t really enjoy being kicked in the head, so upgrading from our Queen size bed to a king size bed was a good move. Everyone can sleep comfortably, until my husband realizes there’s a kid in the bed, then they are promptly kicked out.
We needed a headboard for our new massive bed, and since I couldn’t bring myself to purchase the one I really wanted from West Elm, we decided to make our own West Elm inspired DIY Upholstered Headboard with Nail-Head-Trim… with a twist!
I fell in love with this headboard from West Elm.
Patterned Nailhead Upholstered Headboard - King, Linen Weave, Natural
And instead of buying it, made our own version. We added side boards and the design is a bit different.
Here’s what you’ll need
  • 2 sheets of MDF board (Bought at the Home Depot)
  • 1 roll of Heavy Batting
  • 7 yards of heavy duty upholstery fabric
  • 18 flat brackets
  • 72 screws
  • Hammer
  • Staple Gun
  • Drill
  • 3 rolls of nail head trim (I found mine at JoAnn’s but I later saw it at WalMart)
  1. Start by measuring the width of your bed. Add 2 inches.
  2. Cut your MDF, or have a friendly helper at The Home Depot help you.
  3. If you have a King Size bed you can use our measurements.
    • 1-82” x 48” (Main head board)
    • 2-76” x 8” (Side boards)
    • 4- 26” x 27” (supportive boards)
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4. Now lay your fabric right side down on the floor. Make sure that it is completely straight and ironed.
5. Lay your heavy duty batting on top of that. Line it up evenly.
6. Lay your main board on top of your fabric.
7. Start wrapping the board by pulling the fabric over the sides of the board. You’ll want two people for this. One to hold the fabric, pulling hard. And the other to staple it into place. Make sure the fabric is smooth!
8. If you have a brand new baby, bribe your oldest to hold her…
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10. Flip the board over and admire your work!
11. Now start adding your nail head trim. Nail head trim comes in rolls. You don’t have to nail each one in individually. It’s pretty self explanatory, just hammer them in!
12. Make sure you use a ruler to measure the trim, and make sure you’re putting it in a straight line. We started by putting the border around the entire board. 3 inches in from the edge. You could stop there, or get creative. Just make sure you measure each section before you nail it in.
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13. Wrap your side boards in fabric, with the seam in the back and staple away.
14. Now attach the sides to the main board. We used flat brackets.
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15. Just for extra support we added the extra boards to the bottom with more flat brackets.
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Enjoy your new headboard!
Now to decorate the rest of the room to match! Would you paint your dressers white to match or go for an accent color, like navy or hot pink? Let me know what you think?! I’m pretty sure I know how I’m going to finish is, but it could take a while. It’s hard to get much done with the new babe!