Friday, October 28, 2011

Home Made Mod-Podge-the recipe

Super simple and super fast! I found this recipe here.

  • A container with lid (I emptied an old dressing container because I liked the spout on it.)
  • Elmer's Glue (whatever size, depending on how much you want to make)
  • Water
1. Fill container with glue.
2. Put an even amount of water into the container. I did 4 oz of glue and 4 oz of water.

2. Shake contents until thoroughly mixed.

There you have it! Works amazing!

Some tips-
The recipe calls for 50% glue 50% water, mine was a little runny, so in the future I'd use just a bit less water.

Mod Podge is not water proof, so if you need to water proof something, make sure you cover it with some sort of water proofing spray.

Other than that it worked great!

Sunday, October 2, 2011

DIY-Recipe: Chicken Stuffed Shells

So this idea also come from The recipe comes from Paula Deen originally. I loved this dinner so much! So first, here's the recipe:

Chicken and Spinach Stuffed Shells
1 (12-ounce) box uncooked jumbo pasta shells:
2 cups chopped cooked chicken
2 cups fresh chopped spinach
1 onion, chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 (15oz) container ricotta cheese
2 (8oz) packages cream cheese, softened
1 (5oz) package shredded Parmesan cheese
1 large egg, lightly beaten

1 Tablespoon dried parsley flakes
1 teaspoon Italian seasoning

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/2 teaspoon
2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese, divided

1 (26oz) jar prepared spaghetti sauce

Okay Steps!

1. Cook the shells according to package directions, be careful not to break them. Do not overcook, they should be done al dente, and not completely soft. *Preheat oven to 350.

2. Cook the chicken and mix in a large bowl with all the ingredients except sauce, shells, and 1-cup of Mozzarella cheese.

3. Spray a baking dish (9x13) and fill the bottom with some of the sauce.

4. Carefully begin to fill the shells with the stuffing and put in baking dish. I used a small spoon but I've also heard it works if you put it in a zip-lock bag and snip one of the corners off. I don't think I'm patient enough for that and the spoon worked great.

5. Spread the rest of the sauce over the shells. I did mine in rows. (see below)

(Sorry about the terrible pictures, I had a ton on my camera and they all got deleted. This one was from my phone)

6. Cover with foil and bake at 350 for 40 minutes.

7. Uncover and sprinkle the rest of the cheese over the shells. Cook, uncovered, for 10 more minutes.

Serves 8-10 people.

Okay so some of the things that I noticed that kind of would be good to know for next t

-With one box of shells, I had a TON of the stuffing left over. Next time I would probably get another box and freeze one of the dishes (*freeze after step 5).

-The onions didn't thoroughly cook for me so I might saute them a little before hand because I don't like crunchy, uncooked onions.

-I liked them smothered with sauce and they cooked great that way.

Hope you enjoy these as much as I did! They are amazing!