Bruschetta Chicken

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If you like Bruschetta as an appetizer, you’ll like the flavor of Bruschetta Chicken. It has all the same ingredients of Parmesan cheese, tomatoes, garlic, basil and bread crumbs combined with a tender chicken breast. It is quick cooking and ready in about 30 minutes. Serve with pasta or rice, add a vegetable, and you have an easy dinner for family or friends. Be sure to use only boneless chicken breasts as adding bone-in thighs or drumsticks changes the cooking times.

Ingredients:

Servings 6

1⁄2 cup flour
3 eggs, slightly beaten
6 boneless ,skinless chicken breasts
1⁄2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
1⁄2 cup dry breadcrumbs
2 tablespoon butter or 1 tablespoon margarine, melted
4 large tomatoes, chopped & seeded
2 tablespoons olive oil
3 garlic cloves, minced
5 tablespoons minced fresh basil, set aside a few whole leaves as garnish
1 teaspoon salt
1⁄2 teaspoon pepper

Directions:

Combine chopped tomatoes, olive oil, garlic, and basil, salt and pepper in a  bowl and set aside.

Place flour and lightly beaten eggs in separate containers that are large enough for the chicken breasts.
Dip chicken in flour, then in egg, and place in greased 9×13 pan.
Combine the cheese, breadcrumbs, & butter, and sprinkle over chicken.
Loosely cover dish with foil & bake at 375 degrees for 20 minutes.
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Uncover the chicken and bake an additional 5-10 minutes longer until top is browned.
Spoon tomato mixture over chicken, return to oven for 3-5 minutes or until tomato topping is just heated through.

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 Serve with rice or pasta.

Bruschetta Chicken  grandparentsplus.com

 Enjoy!

Phyllis

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Spring Idea House Tour 2015 (Part 2)

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This is another look at the Spring Idea House Tour 2015 (Part 2).  Remember,  designers decorate this house three times a year to highlight re-purposed items, decorating trends, new items for sale, along with loads of inspiration for spring! I’ll take you into the kitchen, small bathroom, hallway and one of the bedrooms. Are you ready for more inspiration?

In the kitchen, there is a garden theme. Above the kitchen sink, they draped a textured fabric runner with burlap-wrapped floral accents in the corners. This is the same runner as on the dining room table in Part 1!

 

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A closer look……

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Part of a white picket fence makes a backdrop for floral plates hanging above the stove. Pots attached at the base of the fence contain flowers and kitchen tools.

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Another window in the kitchen has a metal tray filled with herbs and other plants. Small moss balls, and other display items give interest and color.

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In the downstairs bathroom, this mirror was such a great piece. They took a frame, inserted corrugated metal, and added a mirror in the center.

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In the stairwell, leading to the bedrooms, this salvaged window looks great used as wall art.

 

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As you move up the stairs, a garden trellis with decorative tins and frames is also used as wall art. Behind the trellis, the painted green wall makes the trellis stand out.

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The window at the top of the stairs uses a coat rack for a valance.

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For those of you who have families that never put the toilet paper on the TP holder, this is for you! Use a basket hung on a hook and there’s no problem, right? Great idea for the bathroom, don’t you think?

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This bedroom is very well done with a bicycle theme. A rusty bicycle is hung over the bed with a green plant in the basket. I don’t know where you might find one like it! It is a unique find!

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Twisted floral wire makes this inspirational saying on the wall.

 

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This salvaged bike wheel is now a message center.

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Shower curtains, with a bicycle theme, become window treatments. Next time you’re looking for curtains, check out the bath department!

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Salvaged shelf brackets hold up shelving with several glass vases used as window decor.

Spring Idea House Tour-2015 Part 2

Wall art coordinates with the theme!

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Wasn’t that a cute bedroom? So many unique ideas!

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Which idea was your favorite inspiration?

Hope you’ll be back for the Spring Idea House Tour Part 3. We’ll tour through two more bedrooms and living room.

Did you miss Part 1?  Here it is…  Spring Idea House Tour 2015 Part 1

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Spring Idea House Tour 2015 (Part 1)

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It’s Spring! (at least that’s what the calendar says) Time for another Spring Idea House Tour 2015 (Part 1)! This house is decorated by designers three times a year to highlight repurposed items, decorating trends, new items for sale, along with loads of inspiration for spring! I’m sure you’ll find many ideas for your own home.

Nothing is left undecorated! Even the garage windows are hung with burlap and twine roping. An array of colorful rain boots all lined up, with some used as vases, look so spring-like! Now, this makes a fun entrance! Perhaps, it would be great as an early spring accent on your flower boxes or near your front door or do you decorate your garage, too?

 

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This old wooden painted trunk is stenciled with “Sunshine” and filled with an artificial spring arrangement. I can visualize this using a small wooden box with a similar arrangement used indoors. Can’t you?

Spring Idea House Tour 2015 (Part 1)  grandparentsplus.com

The window boxes are filled with a spring arrangement as well! Notice that they use rolled birch bark, too.

Spring Idea House Tour 2015 (Part 1)  grandparentsplus.com

Spring Idea House 2015 (Part 1)  grandparentsplus.com

As you enter the front porch, a vintage workbench with candles in a glass cylinder are wrapped with burlap and lace.

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This candle idea would work for Christmas by just adding a red bow or red berries.

Spring Idea House Tour 2015 (Part 1)  grandparentsplus.co

Also on the porch, the hanging wire spheres are accented with moss balls and decorated with spring floral buds. Wouldn’t this be pretty for a wedding, too!

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Here’s another unique idea……   Use chain entwined with decorative ribbon as curtain tie-backs!

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This is a re-purposed antique item. Do you know what it is? It is a laundry drying rack hung in the corner of the porch and used as a plant accent! I actually have one of these in the garage somewhere. Got to find it, now. I think I’ll try using it in my laundry room.

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Lights are strung out from this sphere in the center of the ceiling. Artificial greenery sets it off.

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A large lantern is hung on the wall and filled with a vintage picture and a bottle used as a candle holder.

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The dining room is next……

Notice the tablecloth is made of burlap. Tiers of ruffles finish off the look.

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You see lots of textured layers used for this table.  Burlap tablecloth, textured fabric runner, pink floral placemat, and a circle burlap placemat make an interesting tablesetting. The napkins are simply tied with twine.  Look carefully as the napkins actually look like a pink flower! On the stem of the wine glass, decorative colored wire is wrapped around the stem and shaped into a leaf.

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A green napkin ring finishes off the textured runner.

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Back pillows for the chairs are made from kitchen towels.

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On the center of the table, the flower arrangements and candles are at varied heights. Stacked, finished chunks of wood make it easy to alter the heights.

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Above the sideboard, metal art is layered with colorful artwork. Moss balls are placed on the candle-holder instead of using candles.

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The chandelier is  accented with several green balls.

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The stained-glass window above the buffet is decorated with vinyl window cling. It sure looks real and gives nice color to that area.

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The tour is not done! More coming….   Spring Idea House 2015 (Part 2) and Spring Idea House 2015 (Part 3) posts with more spring decorating ideas.

Did you find some fun ideas to incorporate in your own home?

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You may want to check out the Spring Idea House 2014 -Part 1

Spring Idea House 2014 – Part 2

Spring Idea House 2014 – Part 3

Spring Idea House 2014 – Part 4

Thanks for stopping by,

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Best Guacamole (+secret ingredient)

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This is the Best Guacamole!  I know, you’ve heard that before, but there is a secret ingredient that I put in my guacamole that just makes it the best! People always ask me for the recipe. The ingredients are simple, but one secret ingredient just makes a huge difference.

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Main ingredients….. using 3-4 nice, ripe avocados

3-4 tablespoons onions, chopped fine

1-2 Roma tomatoes, chopped

Lime (use key limes if they are available at your grocery store) juice of 1 large lime or two small

Cilantro (optional)

Salt and Pepper to taste

Secret Ingredient……..  Add to taste!  (revealed below)

All these ingredients are variable in amounts to your liking.

 

Directions:

Mix all ingredients together and add……   the secret ingredient!  Here it is….Ta DA!

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Tajin (pronounced Ta-HEEN) This is available in the Mexican food section of your grocery store or from a Mexican Food Market.  Sprinkle and mix into the guacamole. Tajin gives it that extra flavor and makes it the best guacamole. If you like it spicy, add a lot, but if you like it quite mild, just add and taste until you reach the amount you like. It is that secret ingredient that really makes the guacamole special!

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Best Guacamole (+secret ingredient)  grandparentsplus.com

That’s it! Now, you know my secret! Try it for an appetizer on Cinco de Mayo. Actually, I don’t wait for the holiday as I enjoy the Best Guacamole anytime. It’s always a hit at a party, too!

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Colorful Sauerkraut Salad

Don’t like sauerkraut? Neither do I, but when I reluctantly tried this Sauerkraut Salad, I couldn’t believe how good it tasted! So, don’t dismiss this recipe because of the main ingredient. It is colorful and delicious! It makes a great salad to take to a picnic gathering as there is no mayo in it. Use it on sandwiches, too.

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Make this salad at least two days ahead so the flavors come together. Keep covered in the refrigerator. You’ll be surprised at how delicious it is. As I said, I don’t like sauerkraut, but I do like this salad. You’ll have to give it a try.

Sauerkraut Salad

Ingredients:

 32 oz. sauerkraut  ( drain and rinse )

1 cup carrots – grated or shredded

1 green pepper finely diced (add more or less if you prefer)

1 red pepper- finely diced  or use pimento

2 stalks celery- finely diced

1 cup finely cut green onions

(All the above ingredients can be varied in amounts to your liking.)

1/2 cup vinegar

1/2 cup – 2/3 cup sugar or more if you like it sweeter

1/2 cup vegetable oil

1 tsp celery seed

Directions:

Combine sauerkraut and other vegetables

Heat oil, sugar and vinegar until sugar dissolves and pour over salad.

Mix salad with the dressing mixture.  Stir and mix salad each day to coat with dressing.

Salt and pepper to taste

Refrigerate for two days and serve. This keeps a long time! 

Serves 12

 

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Enjoy!

Phyllis

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Vegetable Flowers Tutorial

Want a wonderful accent for your salads and vegetable plates? Try these simple vegetable flowers to add that extra special touch. They don’t take long to make. Adding the vegetable flowers as a garnish, makes a plain vegetable tray or salad look fabulous!

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Veggies Needed:  green zucchini or yellow squash, radish, carrots, spinach or lettuce leaves

Materials Needed: Sharp small knife, round toothpicks

First, cut small zucchini in half and cut 4 or 5 petals down.  You’ll be able to make two flowers out of one small zucchini.

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Next, make vertical slits with your knife on each petal to give it a fringed look.

Carve down the inside of the zucchini.  (I scored it with the knife and used a spoon for this step)

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Place in ice water.

To make the radish flower, cut a slice off the bottom.

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Leaving just a ring of red at the top, cut petals with a knife.

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Place in ice water and leave it there for the petals to open up. When ready, stick a toothpick in the bottom of the radish flower to secure it in the zucchini. These vegetable flowers may be made the day ahead and kept in ice-cold water until ready to use.

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Using a yellow squash, your vegetable flowers will look like this.

Vegetable Flowers Tutorial   grandparentsplus.com

Cut the base straight or at a slant to show it off.

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Another way is to use a carrot for the middle.

Vegetable Flowers Tutorial  grandparentsplus.com

Vegetable Flowers Tutorial   grandparentsplus.com

Be sure to check out the Tomato Flower, too!

Have fun and enjoy!

Phyllis

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Gazing Ball in a Container Garden

Ready to do some planting? Consider a gazing ball for something different within your container gardens. Often you see a gazing ball in the middle of a garden as a focal point. It usually stands alone on a pedestal. A different approach to using a gazing ball is to place it as a focal point in your container gardens or pots! Why not? It reflects the colors of the plants around it and makes a great accent.

Gazing Ball in a Container Garden

I looked for a gazing ball that was a bit mirror-like so that it didn’t set the tone for the colors, but would reflect them. By placing a tall cup in the middle of a large planting pot, the ball is secure and stays in place. Plant low trailing plants around it. If they get too big, just keep trimming them back. I used two different trailing vines that contrast in color and texture. I placed it among a grouping of several taller pots. I liked the way it looks, don’t you?

Just another way of mixing something different in your plantings!

Gazing Ball in a Container Garden

Happy Gardening!

Phyllis

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Tomato Flower Tutorial

Sometimes you want something special to garnish a salad that you’ve made. This tomato flower is an easy one to make and looks spectacular on a potato salad or any fresh vegetable salad. It only takes about 3 minutes to make. Let me show you how easy it is. Tomato Flower   grandparentsplus.com

First, using a sharp knife, cut a 5 or 6 point star on the bottom of the tomato. Slice just a bit off of the cut to make it show up more.

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Next, between each of the five points, slice down the side just slicing the skin with a little of the tomato meat.

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Finally, press each petal out gently. Add a few greens for leaves and you are done!

Wasn’t that quick and easy?  Won’t this tomato flower look lovely on a vegetable plate or on top of a fresh veggie salad?

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Try it!

Phyllis

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Butter Pecan Angel Pie

You may notice that when I post a recipe, it has to be easy and fairly quick! With today’s busy life-style, I like to entertain, but making it difficult means I do it less often. Having people over for cards or an easy dinner and serving a lovely dessert is all that is needed for a fun evening. This Butter Pecan Angel Pie fits the requirements for an easy and elegant dessert! It is one that you can have ready in the freezer for company or family!

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Butter Pecan Angel Pie Ingredients…….

Meringue:

2 egg whites

1/2 teaspoon vanilla

1/4 teaspoon salt

1/2 cup sugar

1/2 cup pecans, finely chopped

 

Filling:

Butter Pecan Ice Cream,  Butter Brickle, or Coffee flavored 

Hot Fudge Topping

Caramel Topping

Whip Cream

Extra pecans!

 

Directions:

Beat together egg whites, vanilla, salt and cream of tartar. Beat until stiff peaks form!! Don’t underbeat this! Gradually, beat in a little sugar at a time until very stiff peaks form and sugar is dissolved. Fold in chopped nuts. Spread in well buttered 9 inch pie pan, building up sides to form a shell.

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Bake @ 275 for 1 hour. After baking, turn off heat and leave in closed oven for one more hour. Remove from oven.

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Cool and fill with softened Butter Pecan Ice cream. Cover with tin foil and place in freezer until ready to serve.

Cut pie and spoon over hot fudge sauce along with a little caramel sauce. Top with whip cream and a sprinkle of pecans.

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Enjoy!

Phyllis 

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Vintage Washboard Wall Cabinet

This Vintage Washboard redo and re-purposed project was made by my dad. He surprised me by making this for our cabin. We have now sold our cabin, but I couldn’t part with this piece. Now, we are enjoying this  Vintage Washboard Wall Cabinet hanging in our guest bathroom at home. I thought I’d share this special piece with you. My dad made a simple box and attached the washboard to it. If you’re handy with wood, this is an easy DIY project.

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A bit of light stain brought out a lot of the detail on the washboard.

Vintage Washboard Wall Cabinet

The box measures 12 1/2″ wide and 17 1/2″ long.

Small door hinges on one side attach the box to the washboard.

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Vintage Washboard Wall Cabinet   grandparentsplus.com

A simple latch keeps the box closed.

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A stained dowel added between the legs of the washboard makes a nice place for a hand towel.

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 Inside I place soap, lotion, cotton balls, extra toothbrushes, Q-tips and any other items that my guests may need. This Vintage Washboard Wall Cabinet is perfect in a bathroom or a laundry room! I love this piece and the memories that go with it.

Were you inspired to make one of your own?

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Easter Devotionals for Kids

This post is a recommendation and I’m in no way compensated. I just wanted to share some Christian tools to use with your family for Easter.

If you’re looking for an “Easter Devotional for Kids” to use with your family, Creative Communications has several booklets for kids. They are very inexpensive and some have digital downloads available. I served as a Children’s Pastor for many years and used many of these booklets for families in our church. They have both a Catholic and Protestant version of each booklet. Kids enjoy them as they are colorful and include many activities along with teaching the important truths of Easter!

Easter Devotionals for Kids   grandparentsplus.com

There are digital versions available for download of several of the booklets. Here’s just one sample…

Easter Devotionals for Kids   grandparentsplus.com

If you are looking for Lent or Easter Devotionals for your family, you may want to check these out. They have several preschool booklets along with devotionals for ages 6-12. Remember, this season is about Jesus who paid the penalty for our sin.

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Blessings,

Phyllis

 

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