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Super Bowl Crockpot Chowder!

Super Bowl Food- Crockpot Chicken Potato Corn Chowder
This by far is one of the yummiest crockpot soups/chowders I've made! I found this recipe on Two Healthy Kitchens and made a few tweaks of my own. 
This is a hearty yummy soup!

The Style Sisters Super Bowl Food- Crockpot chowder
The recipe says to throw everything into the crockpot and to use bacon bits but I sautéed 4 slices of bacon and half of the frozen onions to get that yummy bacon onion flavor. 
I also used fresh parsley and some fresh thyme. 

Super Bowl Food- Crockpot chowder

There is no cream or cheese in this soup and yet it is so creamy and rich! 
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Crock-Pot Creamy Chicken Corn Chowder
 
Yield: About 10½ cups
Ingredients
  • 3 cups skim milk I used 1% milk
  • 1 16-ounce bag frozen corn kernels
  • 2 cups frozen diced onions 
  • 2 cups frozen shredded hash brown potatoes (sometimes labeled as country style)
  • 2 cans (14¾ ounces each) cream-style corn
  • 1 can (about 14 ounces) organic cream of mushroom soup (I used Campbell's regular cream of mushroom)
  • ¼ cup real bacon bits (not Bac-Os) I used 4 slices of bacon sautéed with half of the frozen onions 
  • 1 tablespoon dried parsley flakes (I used fresh parsley chopped) 
  • 2 teaspoons kosher salt
  • ½ teaspoon garlic salt
  • ¼ teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon fresh thyme
  • 1 pound chicken breast ( I used frozen) 
  • shredded cheese to top if desired 
Preparation
  1. Combine all ingredients except chicken breasts and bacon and half of frozen onions in your slow cooker, stirring to mix thoroughly and to break up any clumps of vegetables.
  2. Saute 4 slices of bacon and half of frozen onions. 
  3. Add chicken breasts to mixture, pushing them to the bottom of the slow cooker.
  4. Cook on low (6-8 hours), or on high (5 hours).
  5. Just before serving, use two forks to shred chicken. Or, remove chicken from slow cooker onto a plate or cutting board and cut it into small cubes, and then return chicken to soup in slow cooker.
  6. Serve soup sprinkled with cheese or parsley, if desired. Can be served in hollowed-out, whole-grain dinner rolls as bread bowls.
Enjoy!! 

Here are a few other creative Football food recipes that you might like like a football veggie tray and a football pineapple fruit platter. Then to top it off how about  Chocolate dipped strawberry football cupcake! 

Super bowl Crockpot boneless Country Style Ribs for a crowd!

This is the perfect make ahead Super Bowl meal for a crowd!

For my daughter Emily's birthday she wanted to have a bunch of friends over for Sunday dinner and we had a crowd! It was a blast and I just love all her friends, You can see all the details from my Mix and Match tablescape HERE.

 For the menu I made Crockpot Boneless Country Style ribs that were the best ever, twice baked potatoes, broccoli and a friend brought a delicious salad! 

Crockpot Boneless Country Style Ribs for a crowd, Crockpot cooking

Seriously the crockpot is a lifesaver! I don't have pictures of the finished product but trust me....these were so tender they fell apart when you tried to pick them up and the BBQ Sauce is to die for!

 I bought two packages of these boneless country style ribs...about 7lbs of meat altogether. I salted and peppered them and added a sprinkle of Webers Beer Can chicken seasoning to give it just a tad more flavor and then I poured Sweet Baby Rays BBQ sauce all over them and turned the crockpot on low for about 6 hours and BOOM BABY! they were done!

Sweet Baby Rays Barbeque Sauce, Crockpot Boneless Country Style Ribs
Seriously these were sooo good and only a tiny bit was left over...Just for me for lunch today :)

Twice baked potatoes-
I baked 7 nice sized potatoes for 14 people

1. Scrub them really good, rub a little olive oil and sprinkle with kosher salt, poke with fork or knife
2. Bake at 400 for about 1 hour until soft when you squeeze them slightly.
3. Cut potatoes in half, scoop out the insides leaving a small amount to hold the skin in place.
4. Place the inside of potatoes into a bowl, add milk a little at a time (1/4- 1/2 cup or more) you don't want slushy potatoes, 1 stick of butter, salt and pepper to taste. Mix with mixer until soft and fluffy
5. I used a cookie scooper to fill the skins back up with mashed potatoes
6. Sprinkle with grated cheese...I just used what I had in the fridge
7. Broil in oven for a few minutes until the cheese melts and turns golden...keep an eye on them they burn quickly!

You could serve the ribs with my cool Football Veggie platter or a Pineapple football fruit tray and then top it all off with some chocolate dipped strawberry football cupcakes!! 
This menu leaves you more time to watch the game (or the  cute commercials) instead of being in the kitchen!




DIY Flower Letter Tutorial

DIY Flower Tutorial using silk flowers and faux succulents
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I created this flower letter for my daughters bridal shower last summer and forgot to post about it. 

 It is pretty simple to make...I bought the cardboad letter from Hobby Lobby and cut off one side of it so that there is empty shell. Then I filled it with floral foam by cutting it into pieces and hot gluing them into place. 


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Then I started placing the largest flowers in first and the succulents then filled in the empty spots with smaller flowers.

 I just dabbed each stem with some hot glue before sticking the stem into the floral foam.

I just filled it to the brim with lots of flowers and it turned out perfect!

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Make sure you check out the entire bridal shower and wedding reception so many fun ideas and recipes!

BYU Graduation Party Blue and White

BYU Graduation Party Blue and White
One of my cute friends asked me to help plan and carry out her daughters BYU graduation party last year and I have to tell you it was so much fun! Her daughter wanted the party to kind of have a boardwalk feel using BYU's blue and white colors.
BYU graduation party blue and white
Originally we had planned to have the entire party outside but as fate would have it...it rained..not a little...it just poured! So we moved most of the party inside and got canopies for the outside patio area.
BYU graduation party blue and white
For the dessert table I covered her round table with a white tablecloth and used IKEA's blue and white striped fabric and draped it over the top. It was long so I cinched it up using a hair elastic to make a puff on each side. Then to bring in the casual Boardwalk feel I used lots of my galvanized tin serveware.
BYU graduation party blue and white
I served brownies, lemon bars, raspberry bars, chocolate chip brownie cups, caramel chocolate dipped pretzels and mini orange cupcakes with mini chocolate graduation cap candies on top!
BYU graduation party blue and white
These yummy chocolate chip brownies are so good I made them from a mix. Nestles chocolate chip brownie mix from Walmart..you got try it. I baked them in these little paper cups from Ikea...they are tall and skinny and worked perfectly. A great tip: make ahead and freeze! I made these fun "Y" toothpicks using the free printable from MyeyeQ
BYU graduation party blue and white

BYU graduation party blue and white
I made these fun mini cupcakes also using a mix but added 1 cup of sour cream and 4 eggs and used orange juice in place of the water. I made the little graduation caps using mini peanut butter cups, a small square of chocolate a mini M&M candies and a little strip of air head candy. I had to cut out the blue stripe from the multi colored roll of air head candy and cut it into 3 pieces. I used melted chocolate chips to attach everything together.
BYU graduation party blue and white mini graduation caps
BYU graduation party blue and white

BYU graduation party blue and white
Diploma cookies! I used Pepperidge farms Pirouette cookies and tied skinny blue ribbons on each cookie.
Graduation cookies BYU graduation party blue and white
My cute mom made these AMAZING caramel and chocolate dipped pretzels! Oh my gosh they taste so good! Www.eatlotsachocolate.com
BYU graduation party blue and white
BYU graduation party blue and white
I found this fun letter "S" for Shelby...it was on clearance at Hobby Lobby but is was pink..so I spray painted it white and made it available to her guests to sign it as a keepsake. I also got a glass jar and used sticky letters to spell out advice. Many friends wrote her a little note and popped it in the jar for her.
BYU graduation party blue and white
BYU graduation party blue and white
Next I will show you the outdoor patio all lit up, the photo booth I created using more of the IKEA striped fabric and a fun ring toss game plus the blue and white banners!

Karin

Board and batten in entry DIY

So.... I convinced my sweet hubby to help me put up board and batten in our entryway last weekend (which really means him figuring it out and cutting all the boards, nailing them to the wall and me assisting him by holding the wood, filling holes, sanding and painting) we make a great team! 
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I am amazed to see the difference!
 It makes our entry feel bigger and taller. 
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Here is the before- painted walls with no board and batten
In this entryway there are so many small walls so we had to ask a lot of questions before we started..... Here are just a few-
How do we handle the inside corners? We decided to put a strip inside to make a clean look.
 
Do we put boards on the one and only outside corner in the room? Yes we decided to put them on the outside to give it a nice finished look.
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We could've ignored both the inside and outside corners and just spaced the boards to avoid those areas but we liked the finish look.
What do we do at the bottom where the batten boards meets the baseboard because batten board is thicker than the baseboard? Well in the first area.... where we started we kept them straight then in the other areas we angled the bottom of the boards. After it is all said and done I think I liked the straight edge better. But it still looks great.

board and batten in entry DIY, How to use board and batten on many small walls, How to install board and batten

 What about the electrical outlets and light switches... how do we handle that area? We simply cut the board into two sections one to sit above the outlet and one to sit below the outlet.
 What about under the stairs? We decided to add strips and it looks so nice! 
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We had many unusual wall areas and it was a little tricky but it really turned out great.
Let me tell you the biggest tip- GET A NAIL GUN! OH my gosh what a difference that made! We started by hammering in the nails by hand and it was a beast because of all the angles. So we borrowed the nail gun and the compressor and bada boom 
So. Much. Faster.!!

 Once all the boards are up it is time to set the nails, fill the nail holes, caulk and paint

  It was so worth the effort!
board and batten in entry DIY, How to use board and batten on many small walls, How to install board and batten
 Have any of you tried adding board and batten to your walls? What tips or tricks did you use?

Polka Dots anyone? Polka dot Tablescape


I LOVE polka dots!
These melamine black and white polka dot plates just say FUN!
I purchased a simple flower bouquet from "Wally's World" and placed it in one of my white pitchers and put it on this metal cake plate to raise it up.
Spring Spring Spring...hurry up!
I love my chandy..glowing above the table.
The other little white plates are also melamine and have a fun curly design surrounding the letter "B".
I used white napkins tucked into my white berry napkin rings to add to the
springy look.
I've been craving spring and this tablescape really made me feel happy.

Wooden cake plate tutorial

I am so excited to share this tutorial with you!! These cake plates are awesome they hold 1 dozen cupcakes or any size cake or other desserts...(because they are painted use a doiley if raw food will be touching the painted surface). They are perfect for weddings, parties and receptions of any kind and best of all you can personalize them to match your look!
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Here is the white cake stand with a dozen cupcakes on it. 
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I was trying to find the right color turqoise to match the color of the adorable hot air balloons (tutorial here) that we used at the Women's conference....I ended up finding the perfect color at Lowes.
Things you need- this made 4 cake stands!
Electric drill
2 screws per stand (we just used what we had in the garage make sure they are long enough)
glue
putty
sandpaper
Approx a 24" x 24" piece of plywood 1/4" thick we got ours at Lowes and had them cut it into 4 equal pieces. Each piece was cut approx 12" square
4 wooden spindles also at Lowes and
2 base pieces per stand. I found these at Hobby Lobby in the clock making section! They come in round shapes too but I liked the squares the best
Metal trim from Hobby Lobby (each bundle is enough for 2 cake stands)
Metal scissors or other type of metal cutters
Staple gun and small staples
We measured each top to find the center. The pieces were not all exactly 12" square. Then we drilled a hole a little larger than the head of the screw so it would sink down below the top of cake stand.
For the spindles we also drilled holes top and bottom so the screws would more easily get through the wood. Make sure you get fairly long screws to go into spindle to hold top in place. We also added wood glue to the tops and bottoms for more strength.
Drilling spindle for cake plate
Then we attached the top to the spindle...you need a fairly powerful drill or at least one charged longer than five seconds! Hahah
Find the middle of the smaller base and drill a pilot hole...the bigger base is just glued to the smaller base so no need to drill a hole in that one.
How to make a wooden cake plate
Attach small pedestal base to the spindle. Glue the big base onto the small base making sure you line up everything perfectly....or at least eyeball perfect ;) let dry.
Next comes the cool metal trim...I found this at Hobby Lobby...on a little rack by the flowers. It is very pliable but some of it has sharp edges. You will need two people to do this part. One to hold the trim in place and the other to staple it on there. You can't even tell there are staples in it. Just make sure to staple over a little piece of the metal to hold it in place. Once you get to the end just overlap the two raw edges and staple in place. Fold in the raw edges just a little bit using pliers just so you won't cut yourself when you brush your hand over it.
Putty the hole in the middle, let dry and sand.
Wooden cake plate with metal trim
I love this Valspar spray paint..it is not runny, it covers really well and they have lots of color choices! I am not getting paid to say this either...although I would like to be lol but seriously I tried krylon from Walmart and it was a lot runnier and did not cover as well. The name of the paint colors I used were Morning Mist (white) in satin finish, Peacock blue in gloss finish and Hubbell House Golden Maize in satin finish. No reason why I grabbed one in a gloss finish.... it doesn't seem all that glossy...but I really like it!
Valspar spray paint

I painted these two first before adding the metal trim...I like them plain but the edges are kind of rough looking. I thought about all kinds of different trim to add to these cake plates...what about ribbon or pompoms?
 The possibilities are endless.
Yellow and Turqoise cake plates diy
Well I hope you have been inspired to try making some yourself...let me know if you do..I would love to see them!!
Wooden cake plate tutorial

If you want instant gratification check out my instant cake plate tutorial that uses no glue and two things from Ikea!


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