Tuesday, December 22, 2015

How to Remove Bathroom Mirror

When we moved into our house, the bathroom counter top was a hideous purple-ish beige color. It made me cringe every time I walked into the bathroom. I decided I couldn't take it any longer and did a simple remodel that you can view here. The remodel looked lovely, but the new backsplash was taller than the old one and covered a portion of the mirror. We just set the back splash against the mirror for months. Most people didn't even noticed, but I knew and I had to do something about it. I had two choices. I could either find a granite place and have them cut the backsplash and side splash or I could remove the mirror. I decided I would removed the mirror and move it up above the backsplash. The picture below is from after we took the mirror off, caulked the backsplash and side splash in place, and glued the mirror back on.
Use painting tape to tape up your mirror. This is just in case if it breaks.

The mirror came off it one piece. That's my dog Buster. He likes supervising my projects.

This is what my wall looked like afterwards. It wasn't a pretty site, but I didn't mind, because I was planning on covering it with a mirror again.

Step By Step Instructions/Tips on How to Remove a Mirror:

1. Tape up your mirror. This will help with safety in case it breaks in the process.
2. Cover your countertop and sink with towels. When you finally get the mirror detached, you will have a soft place to let it rest.
3. Wear pants and a long sleeved shirt. This is for your protection.
4. Hammer multiple cabinet shims into the edges of your mirror. This will help loosen the mirror from the glue/wall. You will hear the mirror start to loosen.
5. Pull on the edges and corners of the mirror. If it's still not coming free, stick a thin long tool (I used one of the ends of a contractors square that I had) to loosen the glue that is closer to the center of the mirror.
6. Continue to do this and pull on the mirror until the mirror comes off the wall. I recommend having two people pulling on larger mirrors. You will have to pull pretty hard to free it from the glue, but be careful not to break the mirror.

Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Zupas Wisconsin Cauliflower Soup Copycat Recipe

Zupas is one of my favorite soups and sandwich places to go to. I've tried so many different things and haven't been disappointed yet. This is one of my favorite soups from there. My other favorite is the Chicken Enchilada soup.

Zupas Wisconsin Cauliflower Soup Copycat Recipe:

2 Tbsp butter
1 white onion, diced
2 tsp minced garlic
1/4 cup flour
2 cups milk
3 cups chicken broth
2 tsp salt
1 head cauliflower, chopped
1 cup shredded pepperjack cheese
2 cups shredded sharp white cheddar cheese
1 bag bacon pieces

1. Melt butter in a large saucepan. Add garlic and onion; sauté until onions are tender.
2. Add flour and stir until mixture clumps up.
3. Gradually whisk in milk. Add broth, salt, and cauliflower.
4. Simmer for 15 minutes or until cauliflower is tender.
5. Transfer soup to a blender and blend until smooth. Pour blended soup back in pot. Add cheese and stir until completely melted. Top with bacon, cheese, and hot sauce.

Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Easy One Pan Ravioli

I came across some roasted garlic spaghetti sauce at the grocery store a few weeks ago and I just had to buy it. I had no idea what I was going to use it for at the time, but it worked out perfectly for this dish. Have I mentioned how much I love one pot dinners...or how much my husband loves them? (He's on dishes duty)

Easy One Pan Ravioli

1 pkg frozen beef ravioli
1 jar Classico roasted garlic Spaghetti Sauce
1 1/2 cups low sodium chicken broth
1 1/2 cups mozzarella cheese
Parmesan Cheese
Italian Seasoning
Minced onion
Garlic powder

1. Add spaghetti sauce, chicken broth, and frozen ravioli to a large pan. sprinkle with minced onion, Italian seasoning, and garlic powder. 
2. Bring mixture to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer (covered) 20 minutes or until tender and sauce has reduced and thickened. 
3. Remove from heat and stir in mozzarella and sprinkle with parmesan. 

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Crock Pot Chicken and Gravy

Oh my goodness! I love this recipe! I felt like I was having thanksgiving dinner, but without all the work. All you have to do is put all the ingredients in the crockpot, put on the lid, and turn it on. It is one of those recipes that everyone likes and they think you slaved in the kitchen for. I served it over Slow Cooker Mashed Potatoes.

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Slow Cooker Chicken and Gravy

Crockpot Chicken and Gravy

2 (0.87 oz) packets dry chicken gravy
1 (10.75 oz) can cream of chicken soup
2 cups water
1 lb boneless, skinless chicken breasts
Garlic powder
Pepper, to taste
1/8 cup sour cream (optional)
Rice or mashed potatoes (Slow Cooker Mashed Potato Recipe)

1. Season chicken breasts with garlic powder and pepper. 
2. In crockpot, whisk together the gravy packets, cream of chicken, and water. 
3. Add chicken and cover with gravy. 
4. Cover and cook on low 6-8 hours. 
5. Shred chicken
6. Stir in sour cream, if using. 
7. Serve over rice or mashed potatoes. 

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Slow Cooker Mashed Potatoes

This method of cooking mashed potatoes is so convenient. The texture is a little different, but It's worth it if I am able to forget about the potatoes for a few hours or longer. 

Slow Cooker Mashed Potatoes

Slow Cooker Mashed Potatoes

2 1/2 lbs Sierra gold potatoes or red potatoes
1/2 cup water
1/2 cup butter, cut into chunks
1/2 Tbsp salt
3/8 tsp ground pepper
2/3 cup milk, warmed

1. Place potatoes and water in a slow cooker. Top with cubed butter. Season with salt and pepper. 

2. Cover and cook on high for 4 hours. 

3. Mash potatoes with a masher. Do not remove excess water. This adds to the creamy texture. Add desired amount of warm milk. 

4. Keep warm on low until ready to serve.  Potatoes keep consistency for a couple hours after mashing. Just keep the lid on the slow cooker. 

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Sugar Cookie Ice Cream

I made this and totally forgot to take a picture! Oopsy! You are just going to have to imagine how amazingly good it looks.

Sugar Cookie Ice Cream

2 large eggs, beaten
2 cups sugar
1/8 tsp salt
2 cans evaporated milk
3-5 tsp vanilla extract
2 1/2 cups milk (you can also use half and half or heavy cream)
3 cups Refrigerated Pillsbury Sugar Cookie Dough

1. Beat eggs by hand for about 30 seconds. Add salt and sugar. Mix for about 1 minute. 
2. Add carnation (evaporated) milk one can at a time. Beat about 30 seconds to 1 minute between cans. Add the vanilla and then the milk. Continue to beat until bubbly. 

3. Refrigerate about 1 hour to help icecream set up better, especially if using regular milk. 

4. Pour into ice cream maker and follow manufacturers directions. When icecream is a soft serve consistency, add cookie crumbs. 

5. Transfer to airtight container and freeze until hard serve consistency. 

Monday, April 27, 2015

French Toast Casserole

I first had this recipe at my mother-in-laws and I fell in love with it. She loves to cook and always makes so much food. You can find the original recipe and many other delicious recipes at FamilyFoodieFun.

French Toast Casserole
1 lb loaf French bread
8 oz cream cheese, cubes
8 large eggs
2 1/2 cups whole milk
3/4 cup sugar
6 Tbsp buster, melted
1/4 cup maple syrup
Powdered sugar
1. Spray 9x13 glass baking dish with cooking spray. Break French bread into 1 1/2 inch cubes and place half of them into baking dish. Evenly distribute cream cheese chunks over bread. Top with other half of bread.
2. In large bowl, Whisk eggs, 1/4 cup maple syrup, milk, sugar, and melted butter. Pour over bread. Press bread with spatula to soak up the egg mixture. Cover and refrigerate several hours or overnight.
3. Heat oven to 350 degrees and bake uncovered for 45 minutes or until lightly browned. Serve. Drizzle each piece with maples syrup and dust with powdered sugar.