Getting chilly out? Easy Chicken and Dumplings Casserole

We are having our first yard sale tomorrow, the kitchen is in the midst of being remodeled, and our house is an absolute mess.  Not a single flat spot to be had.  And still folks want to be fed.  Imagine that!  So, I made up a batch of quick and easy Chicken and Dumplings Casserole with Farm Rich Smokehouse Dry Rub Chicken.  Perfect for a chilly evening!

chicken and dumpling casserole

This meal takes about 15 minutes to put together, about 20 minutes in the oven, and you have toasty Chicken and Dumplings that everyone thinks you slaved over!  Just toss a bit of flour on your nose, serve it up, and folks will think you spent hours in the kitchen.

So, let me fill you in on a few of my shortcuts…

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The Sitcom Holiday Gift Guide: PAW Patrol Action Pack Pup Set

From now until Christmas, I will be doing a series showcasing great ideas for gift giving this season.  And we are going to start with the kids! Let’s take a look at PAW Patrol Pups! This fun Nickelodeon show is a great educational source for the younger set.  PAW Patrol is an action-adventure preschool series starring a pack of six heroic puppies: Chase, Marshall, Rocky, Zuma, Rubble, and Skye, who are led by a 10-year-old boy named Ryder. Paw-logo_zpsa9240623

The series blends problem-solving skills as the PAW Patrol works together on high-stakes rescue missions to protect the Adventure Bay community.  Lots of humor, and lots of cute pups.  How can you go wrong there!

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Orange Soda Cupcakes with Sunkist TEN!

Halloween is generally celebrated around here with lots of food that just might not go well with my diet.  I love a sweet treat, and I wanted to make some fun cupcakes and punch for our Halloween gathering.  So,with the help of Sunkist TEN and 7Up TEN, I created some yummy googly eyed Orange Soda Cupcakes and Orange Sherbet Punch!

orange soda cupcakes and Halloween fun

Cute aren’t they?  And I bet they are a total hit!  The fun thing is that they are made with Sunkist TEN, at only ten calories a can.  Yep, I know there are other calories there, but every bit helps, right?

And true to form, I came up with two recipes that are incredibly easy to make and don’t take a ton of time.  Because the craft room is calling! Want to know how to make them?

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DIY Flapper Mannequin Hat Stand

I was challenged to come up with a non-Halloween project for FloraCraft® Foam Heads.  What to make?  Well, I do love the old style look of the 20′s and creating flapper style mannequin heads as hat holders seemed like the way to go.

diy flapper mannequin head hat stand

My mother always had several styrofoam heads in her room.  She kept her many wigs on them.  Mom loved to go from blonde to brunette and back again, and the heads were a great way to store the wigs and keep them neat.

To me, a head with no body is a bit disconcerting to say the least.  To come into a darkened room and see a head hanging out on the dresser is enough to give me bad dreams for days.  Dreams even worse than my “showing up for work naked” dream.  If you know what I mean.  So my plan was to make them as pretty as possible and maybe I would be able to overlook the fact that they are missing some important parts…

So, I created a couple friendly flappers whose new job is to hold my hats.  Want to know how?

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How to create fun wall art with beans!

New ideas come to me in the craziest places.   I was grocery shopping the other day and stopped short in the bean aisle.  An idea came to mind and I started adding bags of beans to my cart.  The hubby wanted to know if I planned on making soup. Ummm….no.  I’m thinking crafts!  He shrugged and moved on.  He knows me well enough to know that I’m pretty unpredictable.   After all, nobody is allowed to throw away TP tubes or pickle jars in my house.  So it isn’t a stretch to create art with beans!

creating art with beans

I put together these two cool pieces of wall art that are sure to catch the eye.  In fact, I think they will go perfectly in my remodeled kitchen!  Want to know how to make this cute Coffee and Tea wall art with beans?

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A great option to reduce your cell phone bill!

A few weeks ago, I told you a little bit about our plans to sell the house, everything we own, and become permanent travelers.  We are in the process now of getting our home ready for sale.  In fact, our new kitchen counters are going in as we speak!  I will be writing a post next week detailing how to choose the right countertops and what to look out for when choosing a vendor.

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This week, I want to talk about phone service.  Our cell phones will pretty much be the only utility bill we will have while on the road.  Quality cell phone coverage is incredibly important to us as we will need it to communicate to the family, be available in cases of emergency, and of course, I definitely need access to the internet when wifi is not available.  But it is also important to us to pare down the bills we have to acceptable levels.  And that is where Virgin Mobile comes in.

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Easy Halloween Hand Warmers!

s you probably already know, I love colorful projects.  For Halloween, I tend to go with neon green, bright orange and purple rather than just black and orange.  So when I ran across all the brightly colored holiday socks at Walmart, I had to snag a few.  And with a bit of adjustment, I created some fun Halloween Hand Warmers!

easy halloween hand warmers

Yep, I know what you are thinking.  She really needs a manicure!  Ha!  But look at the hand warmers!  Aren’t they fun?  And incredibly easy too.  I made them in about 10 minutes.  Want to know how?

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Fabric Softener Recycled Bottle Craft- Crocheted Purse

When the folks at Suavitel® asked me to try out their fabric softener that speeds up drying, I was very interested. You see, one of the things that we looked for when we purchased our RV was that it included a washer and dryer.  Since we plan on living in it full time, I did not want to spend a ton of time at laundromats.  Ah, college day memories…

Anyway, we discovered pretty quickly that the RV dryer takes a  lot of time to dry clothes. Sauvitel not only had a solution, but a pretty bottle to go along with it.  Hence, my Recycled Bottle Purse!

recycled bottle purse crochet pattern

Yep, you know I can’t seem to pass up a recycled project.  Especially a colorful one.

Click here for the full tutorial and free crochet pattern!

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Fun DIY Santa Rake Door Greeter!

You know I’m a huge fan of creating from recycled materials.  I’ve made fun wall art from toilet paper tubes, art from recycled disposable aluminum pans, suncatchers from lids, and even art from magazine pages.  Today I’m going to share with you a project that I created from an old rake head.  A Santa Rake Door Greeter!

santa rake door greeter

 Recently, at a flea market, I ran across a whole bunch of old metal rake heads without the handles. After staring at them a bit, I bought the batch of them and put them aside for inspiration. And then suddenly, I saw Santa whiskers and it was all downhill from there!  Soon, a Santa Rake Greeter came to be.  Want to know how?

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Abandoned Pets- How you and Pedigree Dog Food can help!

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This post was sponsored by #CollectiveBias Inc. and Pedigree Dog Food. All opinions are mine alone. #PedigreeGives Today we are on a more serious note here at the Sitcom.  I want to talk a little bit about a cause that is near and dear to me.  I’d like to discuss pet overpopulation and try to help to raise awareness […]

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