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Roasted Potatoes and A Short Announcement!

Hi! My name is Alishia and I am a KraftaholicMommy!

This past weekend was so much fun. The husband took our little one to the backyard for a fun “guys” camping trip. The little one had so much fun, he was over the moon to be able to camp with his daddy. That meant that I got to have the whole house to myself for the night. I sprawled out on the couch and enjoyed a little snack while I watched some of my favorite YouTubers.

With my boys being out for the night, I also had a chance to do some meal planning. I don’t really care for meal prep, but one thing that I do love is meal planning. I take about an hour once a week, to go over what we will be eating over the next week. This helps me to make sure that I am having constant rotation of food and that I am not wasting money by having to throw out food. I have been doing this over the last few years and I have noticed a huge difference in how much our grocery bill is and how much of that goes to waste. I would strongly suggest doing that.

One of the recipes that hits the menu at least every other week is Roasted Potatoes. This is a great side dish that goes great with just about anything. I have several Roasted Potato Recipes, but I will be sharing only one with you today. Trust me, as I cook each recipe, it will definitely be put up on here for you to try as well! Let’s get roasting, shall we?

Ingredients

Potatoes (chopped in 1/2” or bite size pieces.)

Butter (melted, you will see why)

Salt

Pepper

Garlic Powder

Onion Powder

Oregano

Parsley

Basil

Thyme

Rosemary

Red Pepper flakes (optional)

Instructions

Prep Work: Preheat oven to 450*F and put a piece of aluminum foil on your baking sheet and spray with cooking spray.

In a large mixing bowl, mix your salt, pepper, garlic powder, onion powder, parsley, basil, thyme, and rosemary. This should be mixed in the melted butter.

Rinse and dry your potatoes. Chop potatoes into bite size pieces.

Mix your seasoning mixture and the potatoes, making sure that the potatoes are evenly coated.

At this point, I let my potatoes marinate in the bowl for a few minutes to ensure that the flavor really gets into those potatoes.

Once they have had a chance to marinate, I layer them onto my baking sheet and put them in the oven. I cook them until the potatoes are nice and crispy on the outside. I flip them a couple of times throughout the cooking time. This helps promote that delicious crispiness.

At this point, I will usually have the rest of the meal cooked. Now, it is time to sit back and watch my boys enjoy their dinner. This is definitely a dish that I know Monkey will chow down on happily.

I hope you try this recipe, you will definitely enjoy it! Thank you so much for stopping by today, I hope you enjoyed today’s post. If you did, let me know by giving this a like, comment, and share so others can enjoy! Thank you so much! Until next time!

Thank you!

God Bless!

Happy Krafting!

-KraftaholicMommy

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Yeah, you saw that right, I now have a P.O. Box! I was asked if I had one, by several of you guys and I finally got one yesterday! I also have it listed on my facebook page and it is in the about section of this website! Please, feel free to send me letters. I will happily respond with sending a thank you card, just make sure to include a stamp.

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Salmon Recipe

Hi! My name is Alishia and I am a KraftaholicMommy!

Today, I thought I would share with you a fun recipe that I kind of stumbled into this week. This one was something that I cooked many years ago. I didn’t remember the full recipe so, I decided to wing it.

I found some Salmon at my local grocery store, I made sure to get those filets with the skin on. Salmon tends to be a tender fish, which means, if you are not extremely careful it will fall apart on you. A way that I combat that issue is having the skin on. This allows me to use what spatula I have on hand and I am not having to hunt down the fish spatula that I am sure is with the rest of the things that got lost in the move.

This was made with some delicious Mac and Cheese with a side of green beans. I also made some biscuits, because what dish isn’t elevated with some nice warm biscuits.

Ingredients

Salmon Filets, skin on

Oregano

Basil

Parsley

Chai Seed

Honey

Olive Oil

Garlic

Terragon

Instructions

I decided that I wanted to bake these delicious filets rather than pan sear. Since I was without my fish spatula, I did not want to risk any filets falling apart. So, I preheated my oven to 425*F.

In a bowl, I mixed all of my ingredients. Oregano, Basil, Parsley, Chai Seed, Honey, Olive Oil, Garlic, and Terragon.

Now, with my Salmon, I did pat the filets dry so the flavor could really get in there. I poured my marinade over my Salmon and let it marinate for about an hour.

I put some aluminum foil on my baking sheet. I sprayed some cooking spray and I laid out my filets on the pan.

Once that was done and my oven was preheated, I placed the filets in the oven. I cooked them until the internal temperature reads 145*F.

This is a quick meal that is delicious. It is packed with good flavor and if you notice, I did not add salt or pepper. Why? The seasonings that I added,to me, were enough on their own. That is one of the things that I love about this dish.

I also love that just about any side would go good with it. You could make a delicious green salad and with simple oil and vinegar, you have a delicious salad. Or, you could serve this some simple quinoa and maybe some steamed broccoli. Like I said the options are endless.

I hope you give this recipe a try and please, let me know how you liked it!

Thank you so much for stopping by today, I hope you enjoyed the post. If you did, please give this a like, comment, and share so others can join the fun as well. It has been such a joy to share with you these recipes, I hope you are enjoying them as much as I have enjoyed making them. Until next time!

Thank you!

God Bless!

Happy Krafting!

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Do Christians Believe In Luck?

Hi! My name is Alishia and I am a KraftaholicMommy!

Happy Saint Patrick’s Day!!!! I hope everyone is having a marvelous day! Today, as I started thinking about what I wanted to get on here and talk about, I couldn’t help but think of the phrase, “The Luck of the Irish.” What a convenient thing to have cross my mind.

I was asked a few years back if I believed in luck. The short answer is yes. The long answer brings a bigger thought to that.

I find it lucky that I got the parking spot right next to a cart return on a busy day at the grocery store with my little one. Let’s face it when you become a mom and you are hauling the munchkins around the closer to the cart return you are, the better.

I believe that it is lucky that I find a penny on the sidewalk. I believe in luck on the simple, small things.

I do not believe that it was luck eight years ago, that saved my life. Allow me to explain.

I was heading to a friends house after the visiting hours were over at the hospital my grandfather was in. Things were not looking good, they didn’t improve. I was hurting, crying, a complete wreck. I knew I should have pulled over, I knew that I was not in a state safe for driving, but at that time, I was not concerned about my safety. I was certainly not being smart in the fact that in that state of mind, I took one of the most dangerous roads in our area to get to my friends house.

It was late, well after dark. I swerved to miss hitting a dog and lost control of my car on a curve. The car rolled about four times before hitting a tree and light pole. I was stuck in the car for a moment, it had landed on the passenger side. I was only being held up by my seatbelt, that I was smart enough to have put on. When I released my seatbelt, I fell hard onto the passenger side door. I was lucky that my car had a lovely sunroof, I was able to pry the sunroof open and crawl out.

That night was a rough night. I was broken, I was scared, I had no one I could call. I was in the worst state of my addiction. I managed to convince a couple of “friends” to pick me up from the site of the accident, a family friend happened to pass by and they helped me get a tow truck to pick up my mangled car. I spent the rest of the night in a horrible state. I finally wound up at my home at the time. I took a shower and was at my grandfathers side at hospice.

I survived that accident. I was blessed, I was not lucky. There were a few hours that I went with my grandmother to collect my personal belongings out of my car and I was able to see the car in the daylight. I got a true sight of what I had survived. The fact that I survived the accident alone is a miracle.

When I saw that windshield a huge lump formed in my throat and I honestly thought I was going to pass out. It was in that moment that I knew God had to be the one in control of that accident. He put his hand of protection on me. Sticking through that windshield, just inches from where I landed in my car, was a limb about three and a half feet long, at least four inches wide. If I had landed just a few more inches toward the windshield, I would have been impaled and I guarantee you that I would not be here writing this now.

So, yes, I believe in luck, the meaningless things. I believe that God is in control of the major things. I believe that it was God that kept me safe during that accident and the life changing few months after that. I feel him in the thoughts that I have about that night. I know it was him that kept me safe during my addiction. I know it was him that allowed me to survive an abusive relationship. I know that God himself made my husband just for me. I know it was God himself that made me for my husband.

When I was a young adult, I was told that I was not able to have children. I went to several doctors and was told the same thing, kids were not apart of my future. I was broken hearted over that for years. Friends would announce their pregnancies and I was genuinely happy for them, but deep in my heart, I wished it were me. I had come to terms that children were not in my future when I met my husband. Then, shortly after we moved in together, God showed me he had other plans. The pregnancy was such a blessing. I was over the moon happy, as was my husband. I was a high risk pregnancy, but I knew that God had everything under control. To drive home his point that this was Him, Monkey was born CHRISTmas day. How can anyone tell me that that is just luck?

I know my God gives me what I need. I don’t need luck for anything. I have God. I know that as long as I stay in his will and I continue to make him apart of my life, everything will be just the way it is suppose to be. I know that God will provide me with joy. He will provide me with happiness. He will provide me with all of the things that I need.

I am so blessed to know Jesus and the salvation that he brings this world. I pray that this has touched someone. I pray that God lay it on the ones hearts who have not yet accepted Jesus in their heart, that they give his Word a read, that they see for themselves that Jesus loves them and that there is more to this than just a place to hang on Sundays. I know that Jesus loves each and every person in this entire world. I know that God loves everyone. If you want to know Jesus and you have questions, I am here. KraftaholicMommy@gmail.com email me and I will happily talk to you about him. I will pray with you and for you.

Thank you so much for stopping by today, I hope you enjoyed the post. If you did, please give this a like, comment, and share so others can join the fun as well. Until next time,

Thank you!

God Bless!

Happy Krafting!

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Them Picky Picky Eaters

Hi! My name is Alishia and I am a KraftaholicMommy!

I work very hard in my kitchen. I research ingredients, I am constantly trying to make fun recipes that my little man will enjoy. However, when my little man is asked to try new things, a few things always tend to happen.

If I try a different thing for his lunch, I have to try it at home first with him. He is definitely not one of those kids that you can just put different things in their lunchbox and they are happy go lucky about it. I have to try the new things with him before that. For instance, I love BLT sandwiches, so does Monkey, However, I merely switched the bacon to Turkey bacon. I packed his lunch and off he went to school. That afternoon, when I pick him up, he ranted on and on about how his sandwich was different and he could not eat it.

That weekend, I cooked the turkey bacon with breakfast, convinced him to try it. Oh my stars, he gobbled it up. Now, he will eat turkey bacon.

My little man is strange when it comes to food. There is a restaurant that we eat at on Sundays after church. My parents and a few members come and it is really fun. We all talk, laugh, and just really enjoy each other’s company. Monkey would always get the same thing, chips and queso. One day, we order the chips and queso, the queso was changed. It was “orange” now it is “white” and it is not good. According to my munchkin, who merely saw the difference and now refuses to even try the queso. The same with his grilled cheese sandwich from there, they started adding an extra slice of cheese, now he doesn’t like it.

So, how do you convince your munchkin to try new foods? There’s a phrase that I tend to repeat a lot with him. “How do you know you don’t like it, if you refuse to try it?” The interesting thing is, almost every single time we start this fight, he will try the dish and discover that he loves it.

With my little man, especially here recently with me going through one of my experiment with foods phases, I have to convince him a bit more often to at least try the food. Par for the course when you have a little one that is quite picky about how his food looks. The more unhealthy it looks, the more like a character it looks, the more apt he is to chow down like his life depends on it. Now, I would love to add here, I have tried to be as organic a cook with him as possible. He had very little baby food from jars, I was that mom that puréed fresh green beans and sweet potatoes. I was researching the jars of baby food to find the ones that were the most organic. Can you tell that I am a first time mom? My mom friends laughed at me for a good while over this, especially the ones with three or more munchkins.

When I have been asked how I get my little one to try new foods, I have a very simple answer. Challenge him/her. You know just as well as I do that your munchkin loves to challenge you. They love to see what their boundaries are. Remind them of that. When there is a dish that my little one will not try, he just refuses to try, I ask him what about the dish he doesn’t think he will like. When he tells me, I tell him that I bet he won’t try it. I tell him that I bet that Daddy will finish his plate before Monkey. I remind him of that phrase earlier. After a little bit of convincing, he will try at least a bite.

For the most part, once he takes the bite, he will like what he is given. However, on the rare occasion that he discovers that he doesn’t like it, I don’t make him eat it. I will make him something else. I keep things on hand that are quick and nutritious for him as a back up. I know that there are moms out there that will tell me that I am spoiling him; that I should not let him grow up thinking that he will be able to get a choice in what he eats. Or those moms that will say, “In my day you got what was on your plate, that’s all you got to eat.”

First of all, I was raised the same way. My mom would make our plates and that is what we had to eat. I am not going to slam that by any means. It forced us kids to try new things. My mom is an amazing cook and for the most part I loved everything she cooked. Unless it had pickles, then I refused to touch the plate. Haha!

Now, I am a mom of one. I will forever only have one. God only blessed me with this one little one. I will never be cooking on a daily basis for more than just us three. So, if I have the ability to show him that he has options, why can’t I do that?

Also, I would love to point out that I am not allowing him to picky. I want him to open his mind a bit to trying new things. What has worked in getting him to try new things is the cushion of a back up. For him, it is comforting to know that if he tries something and he truly doesn’t like it, he will still be able to eat something else. This surprisingly is what works for him. Again, very seldom do I need to dig out that back up meal.

What are some of your go to moves to get your little ones to eat something new? Comment what they are, I would love to know!

Thank you so much for stopping by today! I hope you enjoyed today’s post. If you did, please, like, comment, and share so others can join the fun as well. Until next time!

Thank you!

God Bless!

Happy Krafting!

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Seafood Alfredo

Hi! My name is Alishia and I am a KraftaholicMommy!

I love to cook for my family. One of my husbands favorite dishes that I make, Seafood Alfredo. This is a dish that is actually really easy and super delicious for everyone. Monkey loves the fact that it has shrimp and pasta, so he is definitely down to chow down. I thought I would share my recipe for this dish and I hope you enjoy it if you make it.

Ingredients

For the Sauce

Cream Cheese

Milk

Butter

Parmesan Cheese (suggestion: take the time to grate it, the taste is so much better.)

Oregano

Basil

Parsley

Garlic, Minced

Onion Powder

Pepper

Ingredients for the Seafood

Shrimp (I prefer to have them shelled and deveined)

Scallops

Olive Oil

Salt

Pepper

Oregano

Basil

Parsley

*Quick Note* To me, any pasta will do. Although, my husband and munchkin prefer the thin spaghetti.

Instructions For the Shrimp

I will season my shrimp and scallops in separate containers (due to different cooking times) with the same seasonings.

In a large skillet, one with decent height for the sides, over medium high heat, I add my olive oil. Once it has had a chance to get hot, I add my scallops. I prefer to get the nice big scallops, this gives the dish a bit extra. I cook the scallops for a good couple of minutes and add the shrimp.

Once those have had a good chance to cook, right before the shrimp has completely cooked, I remove them from the skillet and I keep the skillet on the heat. I will be using this to cook the sauce.

Instructions for the Sauce

In the same skillet, I added my butter and cream cheese. Trick to get the cream cheese to melt evenly, cut it into cubes and keep it cold until you are ready to add it to the skillet.

Once the cream cheese and the butter have melted, I start adding in some of the seasonings and a tad bit of milk. I don’t put a bunch of milk at once, because I do not want the sauce to be too thin. I love starting with my garlic for the sauce.

After I have added some milk and garlic, I add in the oregano, parsley, basil, onion powder, and pepper. I cook this for a while to allow the ingredients some time to blend together.

While this is happening I will add in a bit more milk if needed to keep the sauce at the thickness I prefer.

After a few moments, I add the shrimp and scallops in the sauce. I take the skillet off the heat to ensure that the shrimp and scallops don’t over cook. The last thing you want after all of this hard work is to have tough, rubbery shrimp.

Now for the fun part, I begin adding the Parmesan. If I have Asiago on hand, I will add some of that as well. I only add a little at a time and give the cheese time to melt before I add a bit more.

By this point, the pasta is done cooking, so I strain it and add it right to the skillet.

I love to serve this with a bit of garlic bread, maybe a little Caesar salad. I really love to serve this in a bowl with a few parsley leaves on top. Of course, this is usually topped off with a bit more Parmesan as well.

This is a go to dish to make both the boys in my life happy. I love cooking this dish because it is such a hit and I love that I am able to control the salt and the other ingredients. I get to use as fresh ingredients as I can find. I love this dish.

Thank you so much for all of your support, it truly means so much to me that you take the time out of your day to check out the site. I would love to take a moment to ask a small favor. If you do enjoy the posts, please give this a like, comment, and share so others can join the fun as well. Until next time,

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God Bless!

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Blueberry Delicious Recipes

Hi! My name is Alishia and I am a KraftaholicMommy!

The busy work schedules of our house, not to mention our extra curricular activities, some mornings you just don’t have time to do much for breakfast. So, I prefer to have a few things on hand to make a quick and nutritious meal to start Monkey’s day off right.

I love keeping fresh fruits on hand. Blueberries, Raspberries, bananas, and grapes. A great way to work fruits in our diets is adding them to delicious things. For example:

Blueberry Breakfast Yummy

Ingredients

Blueberries

Cottage Cheese

Rolled Oats

Chai Seeds

Almond Slivers

Flax Seeds

I simply mix all of this together. This is a quick and easy breakfast that gives a good start to the morning.

I love having wheat bread on hand. Near my neck of the woods is a very nice little store that sells organic wheat bread. So, on those mornings that unbelievably swamped and short on time, Monkey loves getting a piece of toast and some delicious fruit on the side.

One more thing that I try to have on hand, baked goods. A couple times of week, I make a point to bake up some goodies that are great for a grab and go breakfast. One of the recipes I would love to talk about today is Blueberry Muffins.

Ingredients

Blueberries

Almond Flour

Eggs

Sugar

Cinnamon

Baking powder

Canola Oil

Lemon Zest

Lemon juice

Milk

Flax Seeds

Rolled Oats

I simply mix my dry ingredients in one bowl.

I mix my wet ingredients in another.

I bring all of those ingredients together. Then, I fold in my blueberries.

I portion the batter out in my muffin tin.

In a preheated, 400*F oven, I bake the muffins for about 20-25 minutes (until the tops are golden brown and domed.)

This recipe is one that when I make it, it goes quickly. Not only are my boys chowing down on it for breakfast, they are snacking on them. I do not put a lot of sugar, most recipes I have seen call for half a cup to nearly two cups. Now, sometimes, I do honey instead of sugar. With my little man, who is allergic to artificial sweeteners, he has to have as organic as possible treats. These muffins are delicious.

I hope you enjoyed today’s post. If you did, please give this a like, comment, and share so others can join the fun as well. Also, let me know in the comments your favorite quick breakfast recipes, I would love to know! Thank you so much for your time and support! Until next time,

Thank you!

God Bless!

Happy Krafting!

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Celebrate The Butterfly

Hi! My name is Alishia and I am a KraftaholicMommy!!

I have been in love with lighter Purples here recently. I am loving this Springy vibe that I have had here recently as well. I know that when I get like this, there is only one way for me to really let that out, making something.

So, I got in the office and got to work. I am going to be making the card in the picture above and I hope you do to!

Supplies You will need

Base- My Favorite Things Grape Jelly- 8 1/2” x 5 1/2” scored at 4 1/4”

Larger Layers

My Favorite Things Grapesicle 5 3/8” x 4 1/8” (You will need two of these)

White 5 1/4” x 4” (You will need two of these)

Smaller Layers

My Favorite Things Grapesicle 3 3/8” x 3 3/8”

White 3 1/4” x 3 1/4”

White Scrap piece

Stamps

Honbay set (Bought on Amazon, linked at the end)

Inks

My Favorite Things Extreme Black Hybrid Ink

My Favorite Things Wild Wisteria Premium Dye Ink

My Favorite Things Pure Plum Premium Dye Ink

Adhesives

Elmer’s Tape Runner

Park Lane 1/4” Foam Squares

Elmer’s Mini Glue Dots

Other Materials

Park Lane Embellishments

Fiskars Bone Folder

Park Lane Baker’s Twine

Tim Holtz Stamping Tool

Fiskars Paper Trimmer

Stampin’ Up Simply Scored Scoring Tool

Sizzix BigKick

Banner Die cuts from My Favorite Things

Wink of Stella- Gold Clear- 999

Instructions

On one of the White pieces measuring 5 1/4” x 4,” I stamped my butterflies, all over. I didn’t worry about stamping in the center too much, due to the fact that most of the center was going to be covered up. I would stamp a couple in the the Pure Plum, and fill in that small area with the Wild Wisteria.

Using a different butterfly stamp, I stamped butterflies across the top of my white piece measuring 3 1/4” x 3 1/4.” This time though, I just rotated which color I was using to form a cute little line of butterflies. To finish with the butterflies on this piece, I stamped one last butterfly in Wild Wisteria in the bottom right corner. I found a cute little flower in this set and I stamped that in Pure Plum, on the bottom left.

For the other white piece measuring 5 1/4” x 4,” I simply stamped the flower image in Pure Plum on the bottom right. I followed that by stamping two butterflies around it, in Wild Wisteria.

I moved on from there to my little piece of scrap paper. I had found in this set of stamps a cute little banner, with the word Celebrate. I stamped that image on my scrap paper. I had a few little label dies from My Favorite Things and I thought, since I am horrible at fussy cutting, I could use that to do most of the work. Once I ran that through the BigKick, all I had to do was cut the flagged ends. I set this piece aside, because I wanted to do something a little bit different with it, to put it on the front of my card.

From there, it was time to start assembling my card. I took the two larger layers for the front of my card and layered them on the front using my tape runner.

Now, I wanted to incorporate that beautiful baker’s twine in this card. So, I layered my smaller layers together, using tape runner, also making sure to add a couple of little spots across the back of the card. I didn’t add much, as this was just designed to hold the twine in place. From there, I wrapped my twine around, making sure to cross on the front, to form a pretty little bow like effect. I added my foam squares to the back and I placed this piece right in the center of my card front.

Now, I turned my attention to that adorable little banner. Using my bone folder, I held the little banner between my thumb and the bone folder and pulled the banner through. This method is how I formed the banner like ripple. I made sure to bend the flagged ends up. I put a glue dot on either end of the banner and added that right above my little butterfly in the bottom right corner.

After layering my inside pieces to their spot, I thought I would be done. However, when I looked at the card in its “finished” state, I was not pleased. It was missing something.

So, I colored the flower on both the front and inside of the card. I still was not satisfied, so I added a rhinestone at both inward points of the banner. Once I did that, I was very pleased with this card. I was not just pleased, I was overjoyed! I think this card turned out so adorable!

Thank you so much for stopping by today, I hope you enjoyed today’s post! If you did, let me know by liking, commenting, and sharing so others can join the fun as well! Thank you for all of your support, it truly means the world to me! Until next time,

Thank you!

God Bless!

Happy Krafting!

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Links for supplies

https://www.mftstamps.com/

Honbay 6 Sheets Different Theme Friendly Phrases Pretty Patterns Silicone Clear Stamps for Card Making Decoration and Scrapbooking https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0794QTRBR/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_tai_bW-HCbZYA6GYA