Quick & Easy Chicken and Dumpling Soup

 

Easy & delicious! Some mart time-saving tricks brings this staple to your table in minutes! Quick & Easy Chicken and Dumpling Soup from CarrieThisHome.com

I’m a total hypocrite.  I tell my children to eat vegetables as much as possible, yet I hardly eat them myself.  For instance, there are very few times when I will willingly eat peas.  This Quick & Easy Chicken and Dumpling Soup is one of the few exceptions that will have me not only eating peas but really enjoying doing so.  

Chicken and dumplings isn’t really known as a quick recipe.  The good news is I’m going to share a couple of smart time-saving tricks brings this comfort food staple to your table in minutes!  

Super easy and delicious recipe! This quick and easy chicken and dumpling soup is a must try!

I also love this recipe because it’s frugal, you’ll only use one pot to make it and it’s the perfect way to use leftover chicken.  Oh yea, and it’s full of vegetables (but the good taste will help you forget that fact)

So if you’re a vegetable hypocrite like me–this recipe is for you!

Quick and Easy Chicken and Dumpling Soup

Quick and Easy Chicken and Dumpling Soup
Serves 4
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Ingredients
  1. 6 cups of chicken broth or 6 cups water with 6 bouillion cubes
  2. 1 cup cut carrots
  3. 1.5 cups Bisquick or pancake mix
  4. 5-7 TBSP milk
  5. 1 cup frozen peas
  6. 1 cup cooked chicken, cut into cubes
Instructions
  1. Heat chicken broth (or water and boullion cubes) over medium high heat until boiling.
  2. Meanwhile, stir Bisquick (or pancake mix) and milk together until it forms a very thick dumpling-like texture. Depending on the humidity in the air, you may need to use a couple of extra TBSP of milk to get the right texture.
  3. Form dumplings into your desired shape (I make mine big and flat, about 2 inches in diameter, which yields about 15 big flat dumplings) You can also spoon the dumplings in for a more round texture dumpling.
  4. When the water and bouillon cubes are boiling, reduce the heat to medium.
  5. Carefully place the dumplings in the pot and boil for 5 minutes.
  6. After 5 minutes, carefully stir in carrots (try not to break the dumplings as you stir)
  7. After 2-3 minutes, add in peas and cooked chicken.
  8. Cook covered for an additional 5-7 minutes or until the veggies reach your desired texture.
  9. Serve & enjoy!
Adapted from Cherished Bliss (with permission)
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 What is your favorite soup to enjoy in the cold weather?

2 Ingredient Chocolate Croissants

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So easy to make and so delicious! This 2 ingredient chocolate croissant recipe will be one of your favorites! 

The warm, buttery taste of croissants merged with sweet creamy chocolate is one of my all-time favorite taste combinations.  People will think you worked in a bakery to make these delectable treats.  But here’s the thing: my 2 ingredient chocolate croissants are so simple to make, it almost doesn’t need a recipe. 

I made these a couple of weeks ago for our weekly Bible study group and they were a hit!  I excitedly told my friends how easy they were to make, so I figured I better share the secret with you, my lovely reader.  

2 ingredient chocolate crouissants also makes a great activity to do with the kids, so make sure you add it to your arsenal of super easy recipes

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Here’s a quick baker’s tip: anytime I bake or cook with cookie sheets, I ALWAYS line the pans with this.  It makes clean up a breeze & keeps the food from sticking to the sheet.  It’s a lifesaver!  (This is going on my wish list as it would be a permanent more eco-friendly solution)

Now that I’ve shared my best baking secret, let’s get to the recipe!

2 Ingredient Chocolate Croissants
Serves 4
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Prep Time
10 min
Total Time
22 min
Prep Time
10 min
Total Time
22 min
Ingredients
  1. 1 package crescent rolls
  2. about 1/2 cup of milk chocolate chips or white chocolate chips
Instructions
  1. For best results, line a cookie sheet with either parchment paper or a silicone baking mat.
  2. Preheat your oven according to the crescent roll package directions.
  3. Unwrap crescent rolls, separating into flat triangles.
  4. Place about 15 chocolate chips on top of a crescent roll triangle, leaving the bottom third of the triangle empty.
  5. Wrap each crescent starting with the larger end towards the point, enclosing all the chocolate chips.
  6. Bake rolls according to crescent roll package directions.
  7. Right before the rolls are done baking, melt a handful of chocolate chips in a small microwaveable bowl.
  8. Drizzle melted chocolate on top of croissants for an added touch of elegance!
Notes
  1. Chocolate croissants taste great with milk chocolate chips or white chocolate chips.
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Either milk chocolate or white chocolate chips can be used in this recipe and both taste awesome!  After a lot of taste-testing, I decided my favorite is the white chocolate croissants.  Now that I’ve been drooling over these photos, please excuse me while I go and make another batch for myself.  

In the meantime I’d like to know – which one do you think you’d like better: milk chocolate croissants or white chocolate croissants?

DIY Breakfast Bar

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Easy way to add more seating and storage to your home! This DIY breakfast bar is easy & can be done in a weekend! See the full tutorial at CarrieThisHome.com

We love our DIY breakfast bar so much, we’re kicking ourselves that we didn’t do this project sooner!

This simple DIY breakfast bar provides additional seating, a craft area, homework station and blogging station all in one, making it one of the best multi functional projects we’ve ever done.  It’s an easy & fun project that can be done over a weekend to instantly give purpose to an awkward space.

Let’s get right to the tutorial, shall we?  First I’ll go over what supplies and materials you’ll need so you can be sure it’s in your budget, then I’ll show off the big reveal and lastly I’ll include the step-by-step directions.

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DIY breakfast bar materials:

  • 2 cabinets (we chose upper cabinets because they are slimmer for the small space we had)
  • cabinet pulls
  • barstools (there’s also a good selection of barstools here)
  • paint in your color choice for the cabinets
  • 1 4×8 feet sheet of lauan plywood to make cohesive sides for each of the cabinets
  • wainscoting wallpaper for the cabinet sides (if your bar will get a lot of use, you may want to skip the lauan and get the real wainscoting instead)
  • spray adhesive 

For the bar surface:

  • 1 project board in the size you need (ours was 20 inches by 6 feet) 
  • stain in your choice of color (I think we used this stain and then topped it with with this stain to get the rich deep cherry wood look)
  • polyurethane to seal in a coat of protection

For the cabinet base:

  • 2 pieces of 2in x 4in x 10ft  lumber to build the cabinet frame
  • 1×2 inch finishing board (for the top piece in between the cabinets right in front of the bar stools)

For the craft cabinet:

The big reveal!

As part of our eat-in kitchen, there was this little wall next to our refrigerator right underneath the opening to our living room.  It was valuable real estate that wasn’t being used to it’s potential as you can see in this picture:

DIY breakfast bar before and after from CarrieThisHome.com

Now this once awkward area has been transformed into one of the favorite areas of our home!

We decided to build the breakfast bar out of our simple need for more seating.  What we didn’t realize is that the finished project gave us so much more than what we planned.  It’s a great place to sit & connect with people in the living room, eat & watch a movie, provides a good homework station, houses the kids crafts & homework supplies, and creates extra storage.

The breakfast bar is a perfect place to enjoy a cup of coffee and start your day off right!

This DIY breakfast bar makes a great place for the kids too! From CarrieThisHome.com

The kids absolutely love to sit at the breakfast bar (especially when watching TV is involved!)

DIY breakfast bar tutorial from CarrieThisHome.com

The bar offers plenty of extra storage inside for crafts, school supplies and kitchen appliances.

A breakfast bar can offer extra seating, craft storage and more! Do this easy project with the help of CarrieThisHome.com!

Baskets help keep the DIY breakfast bar organized and functional

Inside the cabinets, these little baskets are just the right size to hold pencils, crayons, glue and supplies for homework.

beautiful-cabinet-pulls

I am loving the cabinet pulls we chose!  They’re simple yet beautiful and coordinate with our other kitchen cabinets really well.

Build this multifuctional DIY Breakfast bar & make more use out of an awkward space! Turorial from CarrieThisHome.com

The great news is this project is fairly simple and consists of three simple steps:

  • paint the cabinets and surface
  • install cabinet pulls on the doors
  • install a surface on the top and you have a breakfast bar!

DIY breakfast bar directions

We have a limited amount of space in our kitchen, so we wanted the bar to be somewhat slim (ours is just 20 inches deep)  We chose to use upper cabinets since they are slimmer and in doing that we had to make a base so the cabinets would sit at the right place and properly hold the bar top.

My husband built two simple frames and attached the slim upper cabinets to them.  This frame you see in the picture below helps to bring the cabinet up and out to the correct position on the floor  (If you are planning on using normal bottom cabinets, you will not need to build a frame and can skip that step)

DIY breakfast bar tutorial cabinet frames

See how the frame brings the cabinet up and out?  Now the cabinets are ready to be prepped and painted.

Next, we cut and installed the sheet of lauan plywood to cover the sides of each cabinet, bridging the frame and cabinet together to make a smooth surface.  

Then we covered each side with paintable wainscoting wallpaper (this paintable beadboard wallpaper is the BEST!  It gives a luxurious finished look to cabinets & it’s so cheap!)  You can quickly and easily cover the cabinet sides with the wallpaper using spray adhesive.

**Special note: if you think your breakfast bar will need to endure a lot of traffic and use, you may want to consider using traditional wainscoting.  This will be more durable and last longer but will be more expensive.

For the bar surface:

We used a simple craft project board from our local home improvement store for the bar surface.  My hubby stained it using two different stains.  The brown stain we used ended up being a little too boring, so once that dried my husband added this red stain on top.  This two stain process resulted in a beautiful dark red cherry finish that we both love.

I love having coffee on my easy DIY breakfast bar! Get the tutorial from CarrieThisHome.com

Next we added a coat of this polyurethane to seal in a coat of protection.  In hindsight, I wished we had used a gloss finish polyurethane instead but that is just a personal preference.  I don’t dislike it enough to change it…yet!

Once the cabinets and bar surface were finished to our liking, we attached them together in the final project location. 

beautiful DIY breakfast bar that you can easily build in a weekend. Tutorial from CarrieThisHome.com

I’m still kicking myself for not building this sooner.  We’ve gotten so much more use than we expected out of our breakfast bar.  My family and I will be enjoying this breakfast bar for many years to come!

What we would have done differently:

As with every project, there are a couple of things we would have done differently.  First, we would have chosen a harder wood for the top.  After the kids spent time on the bar drawing, we noticed scratch marks in the craft wood.  If you like a rustic, worn look, then a craft board would be perfect.  If you want a bar surface that will be perfectly smooth, choose a harder wood for the surface.

I had a hard time deciding if the top should be a matte finish or glossy.  We originally chose to go with satin but after some time we both now prefer the look of gloss.  This will take just a simple coat of gloss polyurethane and we’ll have the look we should have gone for in the beginning šŸ™‚

Since our bar gets used a lot of use (and some of that use is not gentle!) we would recommend getting the real wainscoting to withstand lots of heavy use.  If you’re just planning on light use, the wainscoting wallpaper will work just fine.

I hope you get to enjoy your breakfast bar as much as we do!  If you have any questions, leave a comment below and I’d love to help!

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How To Make Drawings Into Stickers (Easy Video Tutorial)

Turn your child's masterpieces into stickers this quick video will show you how to make drawings into stickers in just minutes plus for a limited time you can get 20 off your order ad

I had a great experience learning how to make drawings into stickers with StickerApp, so I thought Iā€™d tell you about it in this sponsored post.  My favorable opinion is 100% my own.  You can see my full disclosure here.

I don’t know what it is but stickers are magical.  My kids’ pediatrician is well aware of this phenomenon and keeps plenty of cool stickers stocked at his office.

Doctor’s visits always go like this: kid gets shot–kid cries–kid gets sticker and suddenly everything is fine.

Kids love stickers.  Kids also love to make artwork and draw.  So why not try to combine those two and make stickers out of their drawings?

How To Make Drawings Into Stickers

This is probably one of the easiest DIYs I’ve ever done in my life, so I feel a little silly doing a whole tutorial.  Making drawings into stickers is super easy and will take just a couple of minutes.  Plus I have a 20% discount code to share with you šŸ™‚

Here’s the step-by-step tutorial how to make drawings into stickers:

(StickerApp.com is the website I used in the tutorial)

If you’d rather not watch the video, here’s some quick directions:

How To Make Drawings Into Stickers:

  • Scan your child’s artwork and save it as a PDF file (you can also use PNG, JPG, SVG, TIF, GIF, BMP, AI, and PSD files as well)
  • Go to stickerapp.com
  • Click on the blue “Continue to custom stickers” button
  • Choose your contour line, size, quantity and material you’d like, then click “Upload file” button
  • If desired, add text or clip art to your sticker (the video shows detailed directions)
  • When you’re ready to order your stickers, click the blue “save” button and order (make sure to click the checkbox under the “continue to pay” button before ordering and use the code CARRIETHISHOME20 to get 20% off your order!)  valid until 10-31-16

Wasn’t that easy?   Your kids will LOVE seeing their artwork on their very own stickers!  Mine sure did!  When our stickers came in the mail my kids went bonkers they were so excited.

 

Needless to say the kids are SUPER excited about their custom stickers from @Stickerapp (ad)

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Drawings into stickers

We were really happy with how they turned out.  They are good quality stickers with paper backing and a high gloss finish.

How to make drawings into stickers the easy way

Stickers from StickerApp will make the perfect reward stickers, birthday presents, and Christmas gifts too.

Stickerapp.com discount code:

Use the code “CARRIETHISHOME20” and you’ll get 20% off your order until 10-31-16!  Yay for saving money!

I hope you found this tutorial helpful!  While you’re at it, check out some great design ideas from StickerApp on Instagram & Facebook.

Turn your childs masterpieces into stickers the easy way! This quick video will show you how to make drawings into stickers in just minutes

If you have any questions, please leave a comment in the box below and I’ll try to help you out!

How To Put Text And Graphics On First Day of School Pictures (video tutorial)

 

This super helpful video will show you how to put text and graphics on pictures in minutes using a free program

put text and graphics on pictures

The first day of school picture session is a must-do tradition around our house.  But this year it almost didn’t happen.  In the hustle and bustle of our morning routine, I almost forgot to take the obligatory first day of school photo!  Of course I didn’t have time to make a super cute sign for my kids to hold, so in case you’re in the same situation, I’m going to show you how to put text and graphics on pictures (with a video tutorial!)

If I were a super organized mom, I would have printed off some cute signs for the kids to hold in the pictures.  But let’s face it–I’m not THAT mom.  And that’s okay.

PicMonkey is one of my all-time favorite tools to use, I have no problem recommending it with an affiliate link for your convenience at no extra cost to you.  See my full disclosure here.

How to put text and graphics on pictures

You’ll need:

  • a photo of your child
  • a little creativity
  • PicMonkey

I’ve included a short video to show you exactly how to put text and graphics on pictures.  It’s much easier than you think!

This video will show you how to:

  • add text, change the text position, color and rotation
  • add cute graphics and clip art to your picture (move video to 10:28)
  • add your own graphics to a picture (move video to 11:45)

All while using a FREE program.  Isn’t that great?

(PicMonkey is the website I used in this tutorial)

Have any questions or need some help?

Leave a comment below or send an email to CarrieThisHome@gmail.com and I’d be glad to lend a helping hand!

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