Bleaching Without the Bleach

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Looking for a less abrasive bleaching option to whiten whites and brighten brights! Try using this combination in addition to your regular detergent it really works, almost better than using bleach itself! I actually saw this on Pinterest. This combination works well for small to medium loads.

What you’ll need:

- 1-2 Tbsp Dawn
– 3 Tbsp baking soda
– 5 Tbsp hydrogen peroxide

Etsy Coupon: FORMOM2013

In honor of Mother’s Day I’m running a 15% all orders of $10.00 or more on my Etsy shop this week! Just enter FORMOM2013 to receive the discount.

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Stay tuned for more invitation designs!

Oh and {early} Happy Mother’s Day!

Homemade Creamy Chicken Noodle Soup

Just like mamma makes it!

{Homemade Creamy Chicken Noodle Soup}

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Ingredients:
One baked chicken
frozen peas and carrots
40 ounces of chicken broth
two cans of cream of chicken
12 oz egg noodles

Directions:
Boil then shred chicken. Heat broth, then add peas, carrots and noodles. Simmer until veggies and noodles are tender ( about 8 minutes). Add cream of chicken soup, milk, salt, pepper and shredded chicken. Simmer until heated through and ready to serve.

Note: May I suggest adding 2 more cups of chicken broth or water to make more broth in the finished product. A lot boiled out during while the noodles cooked.

Also, I’ve always served this with a biscuit let’s just say it’s the icing on one delicious cake!

Mac n Cheese for My Grown Up Self

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After a bit if inspiration last night, I came up with Cheesy Quinoa and Chicken! (Aka Mac n Cheese for my grown up self.) In college I lived off Mac n Cheese and had a real craving for it yesterday.

This recipe makes two medium sized portions and pairs well with a salad or veggies.

What you’ll need:
1 to 2 chicken breasts
1/4 cup Colby jack cheese
1 egg
3/4 cup of quinoa

It’s a pretty simple recipe and only takes about 20 minutes to complete. Just FYI I mix the egg in with the quinoa and cheese on the stove top, then stick the mixture in the oven for 5 minutes at 350 degrees to cook it through.

Lasagna Roll Ups

Lasagna Roll Up

Ingredients:

- 9 -12 whole wheat lasagna noodles

- 15 oz of skim milk Ricotta cheese

- 1 cup mozzarella cheese

- 1 large egg

- 1 medium bell pepper (diced)

- handful of sliced bella mushrooms (diced)

Directions:

- Put noodles on to boil you will want time for these to drain and cool down before you lay them out. Dice the bell pepper and mushroom and sauté with a teaspoon of olive oil for five to ten minutes. In a large bowl mix the ricotta cheese, mozzarella cheese, egg, bell pepper and mushrooms.

Lay the cooled and drained noodles on a clean surface. Spread mixture onto the noodles, about 3 tablespoons on each noodle.

Bake the lasagna roll ups at 450 degrees for 20 minutes.

The whole meal takes about 30 minutes and makes 6-8 servings.

Nutritional Information: (for 8 servings)

Calories   Carbs    Fat    Protein

Kroger – Whole Wheat – Whole Grain – Lasagna Noodles, 9 pieces dry  648        148   4      25
Cheese – Ricotta, part skim milk, 15 oz  586        22  34      48
Kraft – Low Fat Mozzarella Cheese Shredded, 1 C  180        8  0      36
Kroger – Grade A – Large Eggs, 1 egg  70        0  5      6
Prego Traditional – Spaghetti Sauce, 2 cup  280        52  6      8
Raw – Bell Peppers, 1 Medium  25        6  0      1
Organic – Baby Bella Mushrooms, 106 g  20        2  0      3
                                                                                 Per Serving:  226        30    6       16

Lasagna Soup

This is seriously good soup! I found this recipe on Pinterst by the Deen Bros — I love it Paula Deen’s sons have started a website where they take their mom’s recipes and make them healthy! Best foodie find ever!!

Ingredients:

2 teaspoons olive oil
1 pound ground turkey
1 onion, chopped
1 green bell pepper, chopped
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 (32-ounce) container chicken broth
1 (15-ounce) can tomato sauce
1 (14 1/2-ounce) can petite diced tomatoes
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper
4 ounces broken whole-wheat lasagna noodles (about 4 noodles)
1/2 cup chopped fresh basil
3 tablespoons grated parmesan cheese
1/2 cup reduced-fat shredded mozzarella cheese
8 Whole-wheat breadsticks or grissini (optional)

Instructions:

Heat the oil over medium-high heat in a large nonstick saucepan or Dutch oven. Add the sausage, onion, bell pepper, and garlic. Cook over medium-high heat, stirring occasionally, until the sausage is crumbled and browned, 8 – 10 minutes.

(This part would work well in a crockpot too!) Add the broth, tomato sauce, diced tomatoes, salt, and crushed red pepper. Bring to a boil. Reduce the heat and simmer, stirring occasionally, until the flavors are blended, about 20 minutes. Add the noodles; bring to a boil. Reduce the heat and simmer, uncovered, stirring occasionally, until the soup thickens slightly and the noodles are tender, 10 – 12 minutes. Remove from the heat; stir in mozzarella, basil, and the Parmesan. Serve with the whole grain bread.

Via the Deen Bros