Saturday, June 21, 2014

Cheesy Chicken Alfredo Pasta - Dairy Free

Lately I have been wanting some delicious Alfredo pasta. I whipped this together after getting some inspiration from Desert Now Dinner Later and Mel's Kitchen Cafe. Combining these two recipes, adding some of my own flavors, and converting it to dairy free resulted in a very satisfying dinner.
This was easy to prep and there was a lot leftover for me to eat later in the week. Yum :). This would probably even make a good freezer meal for those who like to plan ahead. So grab your apron and lets get cooking!

Ingredients Alfredo Sauce (makes about 2 cups):
  • 2 Tbls dairy free butter
  • 2 tsp minced garlic
  • 4 oz GoVeggie cream cheese
  • 1 cup almond milk
  • 1/2 cup GoVeggie Parmesan cheese
  • 1/2 tsp ground black pepper
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp nutmeg
  • 2 Tbls flour
Ingredients Pasta:
  • 8 oz box pasta
  • 2 1/2 cups broccoli
  • 2 cups shredded chicken
  • 1 1/2 cups shredded GoVeggie Cheddar cheese
  • 1/4 tsp pepper
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  1. Set oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Fill medium sauce pan with water and bring to a boil. Cook pasta as directed on box. Usually around 7-9 minutes.
  3. In separate sauce pan or skillet melt butter over medium heat. Add minced garlic and cook for 2-3 minutes stirring constantly.
  4. Add in the cream cheese and whisk until smooth and creamy.
  5. Slowly pour in almond milk, continuing to stir. 
  6. Add flour and Parmesan cheese, stirring until thickened.
  7. Stir in pepper, salt, and nutmeg. Remove from heat and set aside.
  8. Steam broccoli either in microwave or on the stove top. 
  9. Combine Pasta, Alfredo sauce and brocolli. Season with pepper and garlic powder.
  10. Pour pasta mixture into 9x13 foil lined pan and top with shredded cheese.
  11. Bake for 20 minutes or until bubbly and heated in center.

This recipe is more on the drier side so if you like your pasta very creamy double the Alfredo sauce. Me and my boyfriend loved this recipe and I will be making it again soon. It took me about 20 minutes of prep and I paired it with some simple homemade garlic bread. It was a perfect meal for a nice summer evening. Hope you enjoy!

Monday, June 16, 2014

DIY Bar Stool

For the past two years, ever since I moved to Indianapolis, I have been wanting bar stools for my kitchen. I looked all over the internet and at pretty much every store in the area and all I could find were overpriced generic stools. I wanted something fun, unique and sturdy. Eventually I found a plan for these vintage bar stools on Ana White's website. I immediately new those were what I wanted to make. 

Many of my friends and family thought I was crazy in thinking I could make my own bar stools but I was determined. I got out my kreg jig and got to work. Lowe's cut all of the wood for me, since I did not have a saw yet, and all the measurements turned out perfect!

After building the bar stool I painted it with some teal paint. I used the chalk paint recipe: 1/3 cup plaster of Paris, 1/3 cup water, 1 cup paint. I lightly distressed it with some sand paper and sealed it with some wax. Overall, I love how it turned out and it looks great at the counter. The color matches perfectly with the bookcase I have in my living room and now I have a nice place to eat my breakfast every morning when I get home from work! :)

I am still shocked at how well this turned out. If I can do this anyone can! Let me know what you think!

Friday, June 13, 2014

Wreath Embellishment

As I had mentioned in an earlier post my future sister-in law's bridal shower for my side of the family was this weekend. Early this year I had made this Spring Rose Wreath for my door. Amy had really liked it and wanted me to make one for her. The pink in it matched perfectly with her wedding colors and I thought it would be wonderful to use this as decoration for the bridal shower, especially since I knew she already liked it. Most of the bridal shower was a surprise. I did not want her to worry about any of the details so I made sure to keep all of the planning on the DL. 

Lots of people were coming from out of town and had not been to my parents house in a while so I decided the wreath would be perfect as a welcome decoration on the front door. All it needed was some embellishment! That's when I came up with this simple project to update the wreath.


  • Round piece of wood (I found this at Hobby Lobby near all the wooden letters)
  • White paint
  • Pink paint
  • Paint brush
  • Letter stamps
  • Tape
  • Hot glue
  • Ribbon
  1. Paint wooden circle with white paint and let dry.
  2. Paint each letter stamp and stamp phrase onto wooden circle.
  3. Attach ribbon to back of wooden circle with hot glue gun. To finish, tie around or hot glue to top of wreath.

I love how it turned out and it was the perfect decoration for the front door to welcome everyone to the party. This project was quick and simple making it the perfect project for any party! Hope you all enjoyed!

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Bridal Shower Recap

This last weekend was my future-sister-in-law's bridal shower. Lots of planning went into this and it went amazingly well. Lots of people showed up, the decorations turned out great, and the food was fantastic. Over the next week or so I am going to be posting some recipes and tutorials on some of the things we did for the shower so make sure to keep an eye out!

Here is a list of some of the food we had at the party:
  • Pulled pork slider sandwiches
  • Mini ham sandwiches
  • Mini turkey sandwiches
  • Buffalo chicken cheese dip
  • Mom's homemade potato salad
  • Veggie tray
  • Fruit trays
  • Dairy-free homemade ranch dip
  • Homemade fruit dip
  • Chocolate chip cookie bars
  • Pink party punch
  • Soda
  • Iced tea
  • Catered cake from Hall's Catering Services

Of course we had to have some games too! I made some gift baskets for prizes and the winner got to choose which one they wanted. Here are some of the games we played:
  • He Said, She Said
  • Memory
I will be writing a post telling you more about these games and the awesome prizes. They were so simple and take only a little bit of planning a preparation!

People really enjoyed the games and the food. My sister did the party favors and she got a lot of compliments. It was nice seeing family and while there was a lot of preparation that went into this party it was all worth it!

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars

One of my favorite go-to recipes when I'm wanting chocolaty-goodness is chocolate chip cookies. Nothing beats an American classic such as the wholesome chocolate chip cookie. The other night, I had one of those cravings and decided to treat myself with my own personal batch. I did not want to spend a lot of time on them since it was one in the morning (stupid night shift schedule causing insomnia) and I am the only one in my apartment who will eat chocolate... I know. Crazy... So my solution was to turn those good old traditional cookies into cookie bars. Here's my version and I hope you like it! If not more for me ;)

  • 2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 cup dairy-free butter
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1 1/2 tsp vanilla
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 cups semi-sweet chocolate morsels
  • 1/2 cup oatmeal
  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees Farenheit
  2. Combine flour, baking soda, and salt in medium mixing bowl.
  3. Beat softened butter, sugar, brown sugar, and vanilla in large mixing bowl.
  4. Add eggs to butter mixture one at a time. Combining thoroughly.
  5. Slowly stir in flour mixture to butter mixture.
  6. Add chocolate morsels and oatmeal until well combined.
  7. Spread in 10x10 baking dish and bake for 20-25 minutes or until golden brown.

This recipe is simple and easy and definitely hits the spot when I'm craving some gooey chocolate.