Thursday, October 21, 2021

Write It On Your Heart That Every Day Is The Best Day In The Year

 








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Wednesday, October 13, 2021

Wednesday Comfort Food Recipe: Easy Chicken Paprikash



With my daughter coming home from college tomorrow for the first time since she went away in August, the homecooked meal requests started rolling in weeks ahead of time! 

My (quick and easy) chicken paprikash was first on the list and figured while I cooked up a batch for her I might as well share the recipe here as well. This recipe is easy enough for a beginner and only calls for a few ingredients. Even better, you can prepare it a day ahead of time since it thickens overnight and tastes even better the next day!

You will need:
1 medium onion
1 1/2 Tablespoons butter
2 boneless chicken breasts (1 & 1/2 to 2 cups uncooked)
1 cup chicken stock or chicken broth
16oz container Sour Cream (you will use less)
2 heaping Tablespoons flour
1 Tablespoon cold water
1 Tablespoon Paprika
Fresh ground black pepper
1 teaspoon kosher salt
Prepared rice, mashed potatoes or egg noodles for serving.

Directions:

Melt the butter in a medium saucepan and add the copped onion, cooking on low while you prep the chicken.

Use a serrated knife to butterfly slice your chicken breasts through the center creating two thin pieces. Do this with both chicken breasts.

Note: I buy my chicken in the large family packs, so when I am going to make a recipe I clean and prep the entire package of chicken at one time. Then I set aside what I need for the recipe and freeze whatever is left. I'll show you how I do that too.

After you cut one breast and separate the pieces, this is what it will look like.

If you like, you can cut the tendon or any fatty or cartilage out with kitchen scissors and discard

Here is what it looked like once I butterflied and cleaned the entire family-sized pack of chicken! I will set a few pieces aside (about 1 & 1/2 to 2 cups) for my paprikash and bag the rest for the freezer. Family packs save you a lot of money and are worth the little bit of work! 

Note: I always use the smaller pieces to cut up for the recipe and freeze the nicer filets for a later recipe when I want larger pieces such as for chicken Parmesan or Marsala.

Use your kitchen scissors (or knife) to cut the chicken into one to two-inch sized pieces and add to the onion and butter mixture.

Here is what I did with the rest of the cleaned chicken: I put it in one flat layer in freezer bags, sealed, and then put into another bag and then into my freezer for use at a later date.

Cook the chicken & onion on medium heat until cooked though, stirring occasionally. If a lot of moisture comes out of your chicken you can pour some away if you like. I do this. 
Next add 1 cup of chicken broth to the chicken.


Put a little bit more than 3/4 of your sour cream into a bowl and then add the 2 Tablespoons of four. Add one Tablespoon of water and mix well with a whisk until all lumps are gone and the flour is completely combined with the sour cream. Then pour the sour cream mixture into the pot with your chicken and stir to combine.

Next add one Tablespoon of paprika and mix well.

I usually throw an extra pinch of two of paprika in because I like to really taste the paprika, but be careful to not add too much or it will taste bitter. Add the salt and black pepper and stir to combine.

Serve over rice, mashed potatoes, or egg noodles. Serve with steamed broccoli or peas. Refrigerate leftover for up to three days. That's it! Enjoy!

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Saturday, October 9, 2021

DIY Folk Art Painted Acorns | New Video Tutorial | Autumn Crafts



Hey friends! I have a brand new video on my YouTube channel so be sure to check it out! 

Painting these Folk Art Acorns is so much fun and is a very relaxing and meditative craft, not to mention, perfect for autumn!.  

Head on over to my YouTube channel and check it out! 

Here's sneak peek...



All you need for this craft is a few basic tools and a handful of acorns! So head on outside,  find your favorite oak tree and give it a try.

In the video tutorial I give complete directions and instructions for preparing your acorns, so be sure not to miss it! 






Be sure to check back again soon, I have some great new videos coming up!

Have a great week! 
Laura





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Thursday, October 7, 2021

DIY Evil Eye Painted Rocks | Video Tutorial

 



Hey friends! I have a brand new video on my YouTube channel so be sure to check it out! 

Painting these evil eye stones is so much fun and is a very relaxing and meditative craft.  

Head on over to my YouTube channel and check it out! 

Here's sneak peek...






Be sure to check back again soon, I have some great new videos coming up!

Have a great week! 
Laura




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Tuesday, September 28, 2021

Self-Doubt: A Roadblock For Inspiration & Creativity



In a nutshell, confidence is key. 

If you're striving to live a more creative life and having a hard time turning inspiration into action, think about what could be holding  you back. 

My guess is that it probably is self-doubt.

One of my favorite sayings is, "Care what other people think and you will always be their prisoner." 

If you recognize yourself in that statement, let me be the first to reassure you: people are much more concerned with themselves and what they are doing than to be thinking about what you are doing! Believe me when I say, you are likely the only one holding yourself back!

Even with the knowledge that you might be committing self-sabotage, it can be hard to take those first steps to creative independence. Let me be your guide!

Here are a few of my tips for letting go of the self-doubt and embracing your very own creativity. 

Break away from routine
Identify those things in your life which are stagnant and rarely change. It could be what you eat for breakfast every day, or it could be how you spend your Monday evenings. Make a determined effort to change that routine and try something new. No matter how uncomfortable it may feel, do it. Remember, change is good!

Give yourself time
Inspiration—whether it be from art that you see, music you hear, or nature that you experience—is just that; it is inspiration. It is simply meant to be inspiring. It does not need to be a call to action where you immediately begin to create new designs or try to make new art. Inspiration is merely to be absorbed and enjoyed. Take time to do this. 

If at first you don't succeed, try, try again
Make determined practice a way of life. If you want to learn how to draw, then you have to pick up a pencil and practice drawing. If you want to learn to make jewelry, then you need to practice wrapping those wires, even if at first they are crooked or marred and don't turn out the way you would have liked. People who are good at things are good at them because they work at it. They practice all the time!

Do your homework
YouTube is an endless resource for learning how to do just about anything. Make an effort to educate yourself about the subject you are interested in. Learn all about it. By doing this you will naturally increase your confidence because you are putting in the legwork to do what you need to do. 


Take chances with your creativity
Practice being bold. Realize that no one can do this for you. You need to do it yourself. What does being bold creatively mean to you? To me it means trying out new ideas, techniques, or maybe new types of art that I've never tried but want to know more about. You have to just do it without worrying about what the outcome could be. Stay in the here and now!

Think about this: What makes you feel confident?
Maybe it's completing a task at work that you excel at and then are complimented on by your boss. Think about that little boost of confidence that you get from that scenario and remember how it feels. Now realize that you can give yourself that feeling by being bold, working hard, taking chances creatively, trying again and again, and breaking from boring routine. 

Remember, confidence exists and you can give it to yourself. 

Have a great week!
Laura










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