Sunday, April 28, 2013

Creamy herb and butter rice using cream of whatever dry mix

In our little house there is a dinner time dilemma when it comes to having rice as a side dish to our meals. I will eat rice in pretty much every form. Hubs only likes plain white rice with milk and sugar. The kiddo refuses to eat rice, no matter how you fix it. Since we are still on the make it from scratch kick I don’t purchase the box rice mixes with the exception of plain white Minute Rice. So tonight I decided to fix some rice to pair with our chili and Lime tilapia filets. Figuring I would be the only one to eat it, I decided I wanted some buttery herbed rice. Then a thought occurred to me….what if I used my ever handy Cream of Whatever Dry Mix in the rice?

Well….Both my guys cleaned their plates of the rice! And I of course love it too! So our rice dilemma has been solved. So here you go…give it a try and see what you think.


2 cups uncooked minute rice

1/3 cup cream of whatever dry mix (get the recipe here)

1 cup water

1/2 cup milk

1-2 tablespoons of butter

Dried or fresh parsley for garnish


Mix together the milk, water and cream of whatever mix in a sauce pan.

Bring just to a boil, remembering to stir frequently.

Remove from heat.

Stir in the uncooked minute rice.

Cover and let set for 5 minutes.

Add butter and stir the rice.

Garnish with parsley

(If you rice is too dry, add a couple tablespoons of milk or water.)


You could even liven it up a bit more and add some cooked veggies to the rice, like mushrooms or broccoli. The possibilities are endless!


Hope Y'all enjoy it!



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Monday, April 15, 2013

Altered storage containers

Lately I have been having a hankering to redecorate the house. It must be the spring weather that has finally arrived to the farm. As much as Hubs and I love the current color schemes and themes of our little farmhouse, we have lived with them for about a decade. So, we are now in the (very slow) process of changing stuff over to our new color choices. I have to admit, I am absolutely ecstatic about it because it has opened up about a million opportunities for craft projects! Hubs picked me up a single can of spray paint and that got the ball rolling….

My ever intuitive Hubs knew I needed some better organization to my craft supplies. So for Christmas he bought me a handy little caddy from Home Depot. Bless his heart! While this was made for tools, I quickly found it worked perfectly for my supplies. But I just wasn't too keen on the industrial look of it. So, I “girlied” it up a bit with the Rust-Oleum Key Lime spray paint.



I also finally got around to using some beautiful scrapbook paper I had been saving, because I just loved it too much to fill it up with photos and page embellishments. I wanted the paper on display, rather than closed up in an album. And it just so happened I had several shoe boxes that were home to my sewing supplies that needed a dressing up too.

As crafter, I have trouble throwing containers out. I have to be so careful, or I know I will become a container hoarder. So I had some soup cans that I needed to get used up. Back out came the spray paint. A coat of the Key Lime spray paint on each and the next thing I know, the creative muse hit me..... I had a desk caddy! Iadded some ribbon and a few strips of the left over scrapbook paper from covering my shoe boxes, then attached the cans to each other using 3D double sided foam tape. Now my pens and things have a quaint little home. (The smallest can holds my paperclips.)

So, be it small, it is a start to the new and improved little farmhouse. And there are plenty of things left to paint and alter. Stay tuned for the rest of the transformation!

God Bless Y’all!

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