Tasty Thursday - Lemony Orzo-Veggie Salad with Chicken

Since Chris is travelling, I decided to try a new recipe.  My aunt showed me this one and I've been wanting to try it.  It's basically a chicken pasta salad and he hates those dishes, especially those made with mayonaise.  Seriously, how can anyone not like pasta salads?  And this isn't even made with mayo, but your own dressing.

What helps to make to this recipe easy is the fact it uses rotisserie chicken.  The dog and cat both wanted a taste while I was deboning it. they love food like that.  And of course, I caved and gave them a taste.

Lemony Orzo-Veggie Salad with Chicken

  • 3/4 cup uncooked orzo
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  • 1/4 teaspoon grated lemon rind
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  • 3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
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  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
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  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
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  • 1/2 teaspoon minced garlic
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  • 1/4 teaspoon honey
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  • 1/8 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
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  • 1 cup shredded skinless, boneless rotisserie chicken breast
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  • 1/2 cup diced English cucumber
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  • 1/2 cup prechopped red bell pepper
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  • 1/3 cup thinly sliced green onions
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  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh dill
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  • 1/2 cup (2 ounces) crumbled goat cheese

Step 1

Cook orzo according to package directions, omitting salt and fat. Drain and rinse with cold water; drain and place in a large bowl.

Step 2

While orzo cooks, combine lemon rind and next 6 ingredients (through black pepper), stirring well with a whisk. Drizzle juice mixture over orzo; toss to coat. Add chicken and next 4 ingredients (through dill); toss gently to combine. Sprinkle with cheese.

One thing I would do is to make more of the dressing.  I put it together and ate it a couple hours later, and there wasn't much dressing left since it asorbed into the orzo.  I wouldl make 1 1/2 times the recipe and add some immediately, but reserve some for when you serve it.  

I also didn't have any fresh dill or goat cheese.  My substitutions was Penzey's Greek seasoning and feta cheese.  Since I didn't know what the original recipe tasted like, I liked it this way.

The original recipe was found on myrecipes.com.  You can find the original recipe here.

Until next time...Stampin' Always,

Cheryl, HomeStyle Stamper

 

 

Gifts for under $25

Do you need an inexpensive gift for someone special?  Or,  maybe need an idea to add onto your own Christmas List?  Take a look at what we have to offer!

 

Everything here is under $25!  There are a whole lot of goodies on this list and something for anyone!

I would be the first to say...I would take any one of these items! Here are some of my favorites.

2 - Whisper White Polka Dot Tulle Ribbon.  It's light and airy so that makes it easy to tie into a bow.  White goes with ANYTHING!  You can also color the ribbon any color you want with a Stampin' Sponge and inkpad so it's very versatile.

3 - Pine Tree Punch.  I LOVE my punches!  Super easy to use for anyone.  It is not just for Christmas either.  People who love camping or the outdoors would love to have this in their collection.  

7 - Wrapped in Plaid DSP.  It's a 6x6 pack of paper which is a great size for anyone.  It's plaid on one side and another pattern on the other.  The plaid isn't necessarily Christmas.  This can be used any time of the year.

11 - Snow Front Stamp Set.  This is a Winter wonderland  must.  I've seen some beautiful cards with this set.  This set will make any scenery come to life, like a Norman Rockwell painting.  

19 - Mini Shipping Boxes.  These are just sooo adorable.  The size is 4 x 3 and perfect for those little stocking stuffers.  Put the gift inside and tie a bow around the outside.  No wrapping required.

Now, I'm definately not saying giving the rest a thumbs down by all means.  But, these would be my top picks for just about anyone, and mostly because they are extremely versatile and could be used outside of Christmas.  

The top of my Wish List would include the Snow Front Stamp Set.  What would be on your Wish List?

Until next time...Stampin' Always,

Cheryl, HomeStyle Stamper 

 

 

Triple Tree Card

It's been really quiet around here.  The dog and cat really don't talk to me very much.  The cat is currently sleeping next to me on the couch, snoring.  And he can snore quite loud.  Sometimes we can hear him from the bedroom when hs is still in the living room!  Maybe he needs to go in for a sleep study.  

I've seen similar cards to this and had to try it myself, with a twist.

Most cards that I have seen are just the plain Whisper White cardstock.  My twist is the layer of Cherry Cobbler.  It helps to add dimension to the card and breaks up all the white.  

I like the different patterned trees.  Just randomly pick three different patterns from the Wrapped in Plaid DSP pack.  Stick with the plaid patterns if you can.  They seem to look better together on a card like this.

The sentiment is also from the Perfectly Plaid Stamp Set.  Use the Banner Triple Punch on the ends and pop it up with dimensionals.  It's as easy as that.  I couldn't even find a way that pearls or rhinestones would work on this card.  

Easy Peasy.  Gotta love it.

Click on the above picture for dimensions and instructions.

Until next time...Stampin' Always,

Cheryl, HomeStyle Stamper

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Tea and Biscuits

Are we ready for another work week?  I didn't think so.  

My husband had to leave today for Kansas City.  He did everything he could think of to get out of this trip, but no luck.  That's typical for him.  Friday won't be here fast enough for him.  

This is one time I wish I owned the Tea Together Stamp Set.  From the outside looks like a cute box.  I used some vellum from the Floral Romance DSP pack, also the Perennial Essence Vellum DSP.  I wanted something light and airy.  

The little corner stamp is from  Around the Corner Stamp Set.  I wanted just a little something and that was perfect.  

Now, take a peek at the inside.

Now you understand why I wish I owned the Tea Together Stamp Set.  Wouldn't they be perfect together?   Moving on.

This would be an awesome little gift for just about anyone.  If someone was feeling a little under the weather, wouldn't you love to receive this?  It's the easiest thing to make.   The Blackberry Bliss base is 5 1/2 x 2 3/4, scored at 3/4, 3 7/8, 4 5/8 and 7 3/4.  Tie a ribbon around it, decorate the front and you are done!  Another great thing is you can get 4 of these tea/biscuit holder out of one piece of cardstock!

I got the Biscoff at Walmart, but you can also order them from Amazon.  This is the package I bought for just over $6.  You can grab some tea anywhere.  

14 Fresh Pack of Biscoff Cookie Two Pack, 7.65oz

I adhered the Biscoff and tea with small strips of Tear & Tape.  I was afraid Snail wasn't strong enough for keep them from falling off.  Glue Dots would be another great alternative.  

Enjoy these treat holders.  They are the easiesst thing to make and your friends would absolutely love to receive one.

Click on the above picture for dimensions and instructions.

Until next time...Stampin' Always,

Cheryl, HomeStyle Stamper

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Floral Romance 12" X 12" (30.5 X 30.5 Cm) Specialty Designer Series Paper
Floral Romance 12" X 12" (30.5 X 30.5 Cm) Specialty Designer Series Paper

 

 

 

Oh My Copper Stars!

What a day!  First, I had a funeral in Milwaukee to attend.  That was sad enough.  Then, from there I drove to Oshkosh to see the girls.  Megan was visiting Alyssa for the weekend and I had to drop somethings off for them.  It was great seeing them together.  They didn't mind because I took them out for lunch.  The rest of the weekend they are on their own.  And it's Friday in Wisconsin so what does that mean?

Friday Fish Fry for dinner!  Yum.

Now, do you think there are too many copper stars in this card?  I don't think so. 

The large star is from the Brightly Gleaming Foil Elements.  Are are a whole bunch of shapes in this pack.  All you have to do is gently punch them out and adhere them where you want.  Unfortunately, they are not adhesive.  That is the only downfall of these.  I used my Fine Tip Glue and use very, very small drops of glue all around the back of the star and then adhered it to the Whisper White.  

At least the Star Designer Elements are adhesive backed!  I just sprinkled them around the front.  

I knew the Itty Bitty Christmas Stamp Set would come in handy.  There is just enough room for this itty bitty stamp.  Other sentiments are sometimes too large.  This might be tiny, but it fit perfectly.  Don't over look this stamp set.  I LOVE all the different fonts.  Do you make your own Christmas tags?  This stamp set would make that project super easy.  I can't wait to make some with this stamp set.

Click on the above picture for dimensions and instructions.

Until next time...Stampin' Always,

Cheryl, HomeStyle Stamper

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Coloring Leaves

Are the leaves starting to turn by you?  They are here in Wisconsin.  Give it a couple more weeks and the color will be fabulous.  I love going for drives this time of year.  I'm thinking about going to visit my daughter just so I can see the scenery.  That's sad.

I think Bloom & Joy Stamp Set is the sleep set in the Holiday Catalog.  Even on Pinterest, I don't see many cards posted using this stamp set.  For me, it caught my attention because it is not just Christmas or fall, but both.  I love sets that don't target just one theme.

We made this simple card in club last night.  The leaves are colored by using markers.  I used Daffodil Delight, Crushed Curry and Mango Melody.  Don't forget to start with the lightest marker and work your way to the darkest.  Some parts actually look green.  Must have been when the colors were mixed on the stamp.  

The stripe piece is the Magnolia Lane DSP.  I needed something to ground the tree.  By tearing the one side, it added some texture without any fuss.  Sorry, you did have to fussy cut the urn.  

Oh, don't forget the rhinestones!

Click on the above picture for dimensions and instructions.

Until next time...Stampin' Always,

Cheryl, HomeStyle Stamper

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Another Deck the Halls Card

Was everyone's weekend great?  Mine was not too bad.  Friday was awesome.  I went with three friends antiquing.  There is a thing called the Vintage Shop Hop.  Really.  Google it.  It provides a map of antique stores in Wisconsin and Northern Illinois that have an "Open House" this weekend.  There are over 400+ stores listed on this map!!  Not kidding.  We went to a bunch of them and just enjoyed spending time together.  There is another in March, I think, and hopefully we will be able to go again.

On my last post, I showed a card combining Christmas Gleaming Stamp Set and Wrapped in Plaid DSP.  I promised another card using the same products, cardstock included, in another completely different way.  Here is the first card again.

I really do like this card.  It's clean and simple.  It has cutouts, dimension,  and texture with the leaves/berries.    Now, here is the second card using pretty much the same product.

Let's note the same products: 

Colors in ink and cardstock

 - Cherry Cobbler, Shaded Spruce, Whisper White

  • Wrapped in Plaid DSP
  • Stamp set - sentiment and leaves/berries

Here are the differences:

  • Horizontal vs. Vertical layout
  • circles vs. nesting dies

​Amazing the simple differences.  The leaves/berries go together perfectly.  Goes to show how even though the Christmas Gleaming Stamp Set and Wrapped in Plaid DSP, aren't bundled together, but there's no reason why we can't put them together.

On the berries, I used the new Shimmery Crystal Effects.  Now they look shiney and shimmery.  Squeeze some out and "color" the area you want.  Let dry.  It's that simple.  Take a closer look at the berries.

Mine aren't perfect because you can see some highs and lows, but that's ok too.  You get the idea.  If you get them "perfect" it will be a smooth surface, like an epoxy sticker.  

Which card is your favorite?  I'm thinking this one is.  

Click on the above picture for dimensions and instructions.

Until next time...Stampin' Always,

Cheryl, HomeStyle Stamper

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Easy Deck the Halls Card

Remember I said last night we were in for some storms?  Well, it came.  Right after I finished that post, the cell phones were sending out alarms...Tornado Warnings.  There were storm clouds right over Fort Atkinson that were rotating and potentional tornado.  The winds caused some destruction on the south side of town.  Today, they did confirm that it was a EF1 tornado.  Thank goodness no one was injured or killed.  There was enough destruction with the downed trees.  

Today I am showing you the first of two cards that share the same stamp set and materials, but look completely different.  

I mixed Christmas Gleaming Stamp Set with the Wrapped In Plaid DSP.  Sometimes we get wrapped up with what stamp sets are sold with the coordinating paper, we forget to mix and match.  Look at the perfect match.  Holly & berries stamp matches holly & berries paper.  It couldn't get any more perfect than that.

Of course, I don't have the Shaded Spruce or Cherry Cobbler Stampin' Blends.  It seems like I never had the ones I need.  So, here's the next best thing.  Aqua painters and ink pads.  Use minimal water but you can color and get the different shades, almost like the blends.  

Notice the glare on the berries?  I used the Shimmery Crystal Effects on them.  It's new and in the Holiday Catalog.  Squeeze enough to cover the area and then let dry.  I didn't time it, but I say it was pretty dry within 15-20 minutes.  That's not too long.

I'll share the second card in the next day or two.  You can compare which one you like better.

Click on the above picture for dimensions and instructions.

Until next time...Stampin' Always,

Cheryl, HomeStyle Stamper

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