Curly Crafty Mom: January 2017

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Tips on How to Decorate Bookshelves around a TV

Earlier this month I told you that I would be doing ONE goal every month in 2017 and that my first goal was to decorate my new Liatorp shelves from IKEA. Honestly, when I took this on I had NO idea how much space these shelves held... but, IT IS A LOT. I landed up shopping at Hobby Lobby and Target for most of the items. However, when Commercial Silk contacted me about reviewing one of their products, it couldn't have been at a better time!

When selecting my item from Commercial Silk, I knew I had to order them in a size that would fit the shelves. I found these adorable Artificial Grasses in Faux Wooden Boxes and they are just the perfect size. What was even more perfect is that they came as a set of 6! I am really pleased with the quality, they look real inside the shelves and the faux wooden box they are in has a beautiful stain and looks like real wood. It was nice to be able to add a little greenery to the shelves, because I decorated them in mostly neutrals, such as whites, golds and tans.

If you are looking for artificial silk greenery for your home, Commercial Silk has a huge selection! Be sure to check out their Artificial Boxwood and Boxwood Hedge Trimmed Topiary for Exterior pages!

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Decorating this much space was a little tricky and I did quite a bit of research on decorating bookshelves before I ventured out to shop for items for it. What helped was to keep a pattern going on each side (i.e.: baskets in the same spot on each side, the plants on the same side, etc.). Sometimes I would place a basket or plant on the inner side on the right, but on the outer side on the left to add a little visual interest. I also had to bring a tape measure with me to measure everything I purchased. I wrote up a chart that told me the measurements of each shelf. Not all of the shelves were the same size, so I had to be careful everything would fit. 

I also selected a color scheme of golds, whites and tans with a little natural green mixed in with the plants.

Now I'll give you a tour on how I decorated these beautiful shelves. Let's start with the Left Side:
On both sides (the left and right shelves on each side of the TV) I purchased 4 baskets. One of the baskets is thinner, because the other size would not fit on that shelf. I also added two plants on each side of the bookshelves. I purchased the baskets and gold spikes from Target, the plants from Commercial Silk and all of the accessories are from Hobby Lobby. I put scrapbook paper in the frames for now, but I plan to fill them with photos from our trip to Italy last summer when I get a chance!

Detail shot.

Center of the Bookshelf:
The center of the bookshelf has smaller shelves, so I had to find some items that would fit here! My favorite is the little day to day calendar with blocks that I found in Hobby Lobby's office aisle. I love how the b/w striped plate matches the b/w stripes on the side of the calendar. You can also remove the middle shelf if you want, so you can place bigger items on these shelves.

I wanted to share a close up of the two center shelves, the photo above shows the left side.

The photo above shows the right side of the center shelf.

Right Side of Bookshelf:
This is what the right bookshelf looks like inside. I can change out what the Lightbox says and you'll see I filled the frames with scrapbook paper again.


A couple of detail shots.

And that's it! I hope you enjoyed seeing how I decorated these shelves and that you took away some ideas! I still have some things to work on in the room, such as getting the matching coffee table and a new rug. It's a work in process! Have a great day!

My blogging friend Lauren from Mom Home Guide is also sharing how she styled an item from Commercial Silk today:

Monday, January 30, 2017

Creamy White Chicken Lasagna {Recipe}

This blog post has been compensated by Borden® Cheese. All opinions are mine alone. #BordenCheeseLove #CollectiveBias #Ad

Lasagna is always a comforting and popular family dish. However, sometimes it is nice to change it up a bit from the common lasagna dish we are used to. Today I'm sharing my favorite Creamy White Chicken Lasagna dish, made with Borden® Cheese Mozzarella Shreds.

When I sit down to eat a warm dish on a cold winter day with my family, I love hearing stories of their day. A big dinner at the table is one of my favorite times with my family, so it is important to me to have a special dish to serve for dinner.

This delicious and cheesy recipe is one I believe you will love too! It is a great way to celebrate everyday moments that are filled with love! Don't they always say, a full belly is a happy heart? Look at all of this ooey, gooey, stretchy goodness!

Creamy White Chicken Lasagna Recipe

This recipe makes a big plate of lasagna; for my family of four, we can usually eat leftovers the next night. It warms up wonderfully, and the cheese is still nice and gooey!

Shopping for Ingredients

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First you'll want to visit your local grocer or store to pick up the ingredients for this recipe. I found my Borden® Cheese at Shop N Save, but check out this store locator to find Borden® Cheese near you! While you are there, you can pick up the remaining ingredients that you need.

Recipe: Creamy White Chicken Lasagna

9 Lasagna Noodles
1/2 Cup of Butter
1 Onion
Minced Garlic (I used the jar kind)
1/2 Cup of All-Purpose Flour
1 Teaspoon Salt
2 Cups of Chicken Broth
1 1/2 Cups of Milk
4 Cups of Borden® Cheese Mozzarella Shreds
1 Cup of Grated Parmesan Cheese
1 Teaspoon Italian Seasoning
1/2 Teaspoon Pepper
2 Cups of Ricotta Cheese
2 Cups of Shredded Chicken
1-2 Cups of Fresh Spinach

Instructions:Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

Cook lasagna noodles in boiling water. Drain, and rinse with cold water.

Melt the butter in a large saucepan over medium heat. Cook the onion and garlic in the butter until tender, stirring frequently. 

Stir in the flour and salt, and simmer until bubbly. 

Mix in the broth and milk, and boil, stirring constantly for 1 minute. 

Stir in 2 cups mozzarella cheese and 1/4 cup Parmesan cheese. Season with Italian seasoning and ground black pepper. Remove from heat and set aside.

Spread 1/3 of the sauce mixture in the bottom of a 9x13 inch baking dish. 

Layer with 1/3 of the noodles, the ricotta, chicken, 2 cups mozzarella cheese and spinach. Repeat this one more time.

Arrange remaining noodles over cheese, and spread remaining sauce evenly over noodles. Sprinkle with shredded mozzarella cheese.

Bake 35 minutes in the preheated oven.

How to Prepare the Lasagna:
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Boil the lasagna noodles. While the noodles boil, take a saucepan and cook the onion and garlic in the butter.

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Stir in the flour and salt, and simmer until bubbly. Mix in the broth and milk until it comes to a boil. 

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Stir in 2 cups of Borden® Cheese Mozzarella Shreds.

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Add 1/4 cup Parmesan cheese. Season with Italian seasoning and ground black pepper. Remove from heat and set aside.

Layering the Lasagna

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Mix the ricotta and chicken together and layer on top of the noodles. Layer Borden® Cheese Mozzarella Shreds on top of ricotta/chicken layer.

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Sprinkle some spinach on top and then repeat one more time.

Arrange remaining noodles over cheese, and spread remaining sauce evenly over noodles. Sprinkle with Borden® Cheese Mozzarella Shreds.

Bake 35 minutes in the preheated oven. Once out of the oven, let it cool for at least 5 minutes before serving.

You will enjoy the ooey, gooey goodness in each slice of the Creamy White Chicken Lasagna. It does not disappoint!

Borden® Cheese makes a great addition for any meal! While at the store, not only did I pick up Borden® Cheese Mozzarella Shreds, but I also picked up Borden® Cheese Gouda Slices. So, why not pick up the best for your family?

Celebrate wholesome family moments filled with love, made uniquely special by the love that goes into Borden® Cheese! How do you make dinner special for your family?

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Sunday, January 29, 2017

The Creative Corner Link Up Party & Weekly Recap - 01/29/17

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Today's Feature is Valentine's Day Succulent Centerpiece by Lolly Jane.

I like to share a little recap of my week at the start of each party:
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Autumn's class led chapel this week and it was really cute. She is holding up a lantern and they all had a different kind of 'light'. 

I spent a HUGE chunk of this week getting our vacation planned for this summer. We booked a trip to Disney and we will be staying at the Polynesian. Has anyone ever stayed there? It has a Hawaiian theme and the pool even has an 'active' volcano in it. I am super excited! We have stayed at Beach Club and Animal Kingdom Lodge in the past. I heart me some Disney!

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Neutral Heart Wreath from Curly Crafty Mom.
How To Paint A China Cabinet from Homestead 128
Valentine’s Wreath With Embroidery Hoop from The Southern Couture.
Chocolate Peanut Butter Poke Cake from Joy In Our Home.

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Thursday, January 26, 2017

Thursday Fashion Files Link Up #95 - Lace it Up!

Welcome to Thursday Fashion Files!

Welcome to Thursday Fashion Files with Jill at Doused in Pink and Carrie at Curly Crafty Mom! We are excited to have you here and would love to have you link up one of your latest outfits with us.

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It is time for another Thursday Fashion Files! My daughter made the dance competition team this year and I am learning ALL about it. It seems the spring is their busy, busy season with a rehearsal and then three competitions! I wore this comfortable yet chic outfit last weekend when my daughter and I went to watch one of her friends rehearsals. This weekend is HER rehearsal! 

For this look, I wore my new burgundy lace up top c/o MakeMeChic (SheIn's Amazon store!) and layered my herringbone vest on top for a little extra warmth. I added stretchy gray denim and black boots to the mix.






What I'm Wearing:
Burgundy Lace Top - c/o MakeMeChic, SheIn's Amazon Store
Herringbone Vest - Old, from
Black Boots - Old (Similar, Similar)*
Gray Denim - (Similar, Similar)*
Marble Earrings & Bracelet - Happiness Boutique
Apple Watch*
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My pick from last weeks party is Sandy a la Mode.

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