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Hello

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

Today and the past few days have been insane. I finally am more like a human today!

Whatever that cold or flu was, it whipped my butt for real. I am finally able to breathe and finally not feeling like an extra for the Walking Dead. Haha

I thought I would jump on here and share with you a quick update and let you know what I have been up to these days.

Due to getting sick, I have realized that I need to revamp a few things regarding my site. I don’t want this to ever repeat with late posts or posts not being able to come up at all due to my getting sick. So, I am creating a few fun posts that will be released during any off time that I need. I will also be making a point to post more on Instagram and Facebook, to keep you all in the loop a bit better.

I want to apologize for not posting for the past few days, I had lined up a few posts, but writing days were considerably shortened due to my illness. Now that I am back and feeling a lot better, I will be working on some small projects to have posts ready for upload further in advance.

I hope I have not lost anyone, I am here! I am currently in my craft room/ office working away on new posts and getting ready to share with you all some really fun things!

Thank you so much for stopping by today! I hope you come back tomorrow for a fun post!

Thank you!

God Bless!

Happy Krafting!

-KraftaholicMommy

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Pan Searing That Chicken

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

Dinners are the best time of the day. You are finally getting home after a long day and you are able to sit down with your family and hear about everyone’s day. I love being able to talk to my boys and hear about all of the awesome things they were up to each day. I especially love watching their faces when they try something new that I cooked. Today, I would love to share with you my Pan Seared Chicken.

Ingredients

Boneless, Skinless Chicken Breasts

Terragon

Italian Seasoning

Pepper

Olive Oil

*Special tool* Meat Mallet

Instructions

I like to take my chicken breasts and give them a few good whacks with the meat mallet to thin them out and even them out. Before I start thinning out the chicken breasts, I usually butterfly them. This helps with not having to hit the chicken a much and it still helps me with being able to evenly cook my chicken.

Using the Terragon, Pepper, and Italian Seasoning I evenly coat the chicken. I allow the chicken to marinate for a minimum of an hour. Usually, I get this part out of the way early in the morning. I will wrap my seasoned chicken and put it in the fridge until cook time that night. I have learned that giving chicken a good amount of time marinating, allows for much better flavor throughout the whole chicken.

In a large skillet over medium high heat, I heat my Olive oil. Once everything is good hot, I lay my chicken in the pan and sear away. I cook each side for a few minutes, until the internal temperature reads 165*F.

At this point, it is time to enjoy dinner with your loved ones. With this chicken, the Bacon Green Beans from yesterday would be a pretty nice side, or a delicious side salad.

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. Thank you so much for stopping by today, your support means so much. Until next time,

Thank you!

God Bless!

Happy Krafting!

-KraftaholicMommy

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Happy Valentine’s Day!

Hi! My name is Alishia and I am KraftaholicMommy!

Happy Valentine’s Day everyone!!! I hope you are all enjoying your day with your special someone. This is definitely going to be such a great day for my love and I. I have some sweet things planned for my handsome men.

For my kiddo:

I know that Valentine’s Day is all about love for your spouse or girl/boy friend, but I love to show Monkey some love too. Usually, I get him a couple of simple things, nothing too crazy. This year, I went with getting him a little box of chocolate and a little stuffy. The most important thing that I try to do every year is tell him all the reasons I love him. I usually write him a little note to go in his keepsake box, with every little letter that I write for that box, I always put how old he is and what his favorite things are. I want him to be able to see how amazing he is right now, in the future. Not to mention, I love taking a look through the box from time to time to reminisce. I am aa sucker for the night of his birthday going through the box and looking at all of the pictures we have taken of him and basically crying myself to sleep. Haha.

For My Hubby:

This year, I will be cooking his dinner, of course. I will also be making him a card, filled with mushy-gushy loveness. I will also be making sure that we have a movie on hand, something funny. No chick flicks, just pure comedy. I love watching my love stories from time to time, but I am not a typically girly-girl. I tend to be into documentaries and scary movies. My husband loves comedies and action flicks. We are just happy spending an evening on the couch talking about life, or out riding in the woods. With my husband gifts are not really our thing. We tend to take each other to our favorite stores and let each other pick our gifts. I know nothing when it comes to tools, I would not be able to know if I am purchasing a good tool and whether or not it is a good price.

I love Valentine’s Day. I even loved it when I was single. It gave me hope that I would wind up being able to celebrate with the man of my dreams and eventually a sweet child. I always made a point on Valentine’s day to pray for my future husband. I would ask God to give me someone that would honor him and put him first and love and respect me. I would ask God to give me a man that would be a good husband and father. Someone that my parents would love and some that would be my epic love. I prayed for him for years, I never really lost hope that God would send him to me, I did grow impatient at times, but I learned that God was preparing him to be the man that He needed him to be for me.

God really has blessed me with the man of my dreams. I have a man that is truly a great husband and father. My parents adore him and he adores my parents. I have a man that kind, caring, and sweet. A man who not only teaches our son every day how a man is to provide for his family, but how he is to treat his family. He teaches me everyday that I am worthy of love and he has loved me through every single one of my flaws. I am truly a blessed woman and I give God all of my praise and gratitude for my husband and my sweet boy.

I hope you enjoyed today’s, I am so happy that you were able to stop by today. If you did, feel free to give this a like, comment, and share so others can join the fun as well. Thank you so much for all of your support!!! Until next time,

Thank you!

God Bless!

Happy Krafting!

-KraftaholicMommy

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Delicious Bacon Green Beans

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

How are we all doing today? It is such a beautiful day to be outside. Here in my neck of the woods we have a beautiful breeze and the temperature is perfect! God is really showing me some wonderful weather today. I am very thankful for that considering most of my days this week involves me spending just about every waking moment outside. I have my yarn, this wonderful iPad, and my keyboard. To top all of that off with you guys and I am one happy camper.

When it comes to my little man, food is an interesting thing. He tends to only really eat vegetables. When it comes to his vegetables, he wants as much flavor as possible and he does not care for anything canned. So, by my own admission, I have spoiled my child slap rotten. One thing Monkey really loves, green beans. More specifically, bacon green beans.

Ingredients

Fresh Green Beans

Garlic, minced

Salt

Pepper

Butter

Bacon, cooked and Chopped (save a tiny bit of that bacon grease)

Instructions

Fill a large pot with water and bring to a boil.

While that is coming to a boil, snip the ends and wash your beans.

Once the water is boiling, add a pinch of salt to the water and add the green beans. I love blanching my fresh veggies before cooking, it just does something to the texture and color. I usually only boil my green beans for about a minute, then I strain them.

In the same skillet that you cooked your bacon, add that little bit of bacon grease and a bit of butter.

Once those ingredients have had a chance to melt and start to bubble a bit, add the garlic. Allow that garlic to get fragrant as they say. Be careful not to burn your garlic.

Add your green beans and the bacon to the skillet and cook your green beans to your preferred doneness.

I like to finish off with a bit of pepper and these bad boys are ready for munching.

This recipe is very simple and very quick to make. I loved making this for family get together and pot lucks. I can make a pretty large batch in no time and I always come home with an empty dish.

Just like many of you, life gets busy and it is always nice to have a fresh go to side dish that can elevate a simple oven roasted chicken. I really love this recipe and it is awesome that it’s a favorite of a picky munchkin.

Thank you so much for stopping by today, I hope you enjoyed today’s post. If you did, feel free to give a like, comment, or share so others can join the fun as well. I most definitely appreciate all of your support! Until next time,

Thank you!

God Bless!

Happy Krafting!

-KraftaholicMommy

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Romantic Steak Dinner

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

This has been a fun ride this past week. The munchkin getting a cold, now I have the same fun mess that my parents had earlier this week, all while helping our church with some renovations. Loads of fun and I know that God will be helping me with every bit of it.

Valentine’s Day is this week and I am over the moon about it. My husband and I usually have such busy, hectic schedules and he has been out of town working so much that I thought we wouldn’t be seeing each other for this one. After many prayers and lots of hoping, God answered. While it will only be a few hours, I will have my love home.

We hardly ever go out to a restaurant on Valentine’s Day. I love to cook. Typically, the husband would grill out the meat and I would whip up some sides, but this year he will be getting home too late for that. So, I will be doing the whole meal for him. I thought that I would share with you the meal.

Ingredients for the Steaks

Two New York Strips

Garlic, minced

Olive Oil

Butter

Onion, sliced

Rosemary, fresh two sprigs

Salt

Pepper

Instructions:

1. Season the steaks with the salt and pepper. Allow them to marinate for at least an hour.

2. Heat pan over medium heat with a smidge of olive oil. Sear steaks on one side to brown. (I prefer to use a cast iron skillet for this.)

3. Once you flip your steak, make yourself a little spot in the pan to add your butter, minced garlic, onion and Rosemary sprigs. This is going to add some amazing flavor to your steaks.

4. Once the butter has melted and the flavors has had some time blend together nicely, take a spoon and spoon the delicious buttery mixture over the steaks.

5. After you have the steak to your preferred temperature, remove the steaks from the pan to a cutting board and cover to rest for a few minutes.

Ingredients for Baked Potatoes

Two Golden Potatoes

Olive Oil

Salt

Pepper

Butter

Sour Cream

Cheddar- Shredded

Bacon- Chopped

Onion- minced

Garlic- minced

Aluminum foil

Instructions

1. Mix olive oil, salt, and pepper together in a small bowl.

2. Wash and dry the potatoes.

3. Using a fork, poke holes all over the potatoes.

4. I usually use a brush to brush on the oil mixture all over the potatoes

5. Wrap seasoned potatoes in aluminum foil and place in preheated 450*F Oven, directly on the wire rack.

6. Bake until deliciously ready.

7. Once cooked, using the other ingredients, you and your love are ready to dress the potato as you see fit.

I usually serve this with a simple salad with my love’s favorite dressing and we are ready to enjoy a delicious meal. During this meal, our son is in bed. This allows for us to spend some one on one time to talk and truly be able to enjoy each other’s company. I love having time with just my husband and I really am grateful that we will be doing this on Valentine’s day.

I hope you enjoyed today’s post. If you did, feel free to give this a like, comment, and share so other’s can join the fun as well. Thank you so much for all of your support, it truly means the world to me. Until next time.

Thank you!

God Bless!

Happy Krafting!

KraftaholicMommy

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Hello Sunday

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

***Reminder*** This post will be Christian Related, if this is not your thing, please don’t take offense or worry. I will be posting my usual posts Monday through Saturday! Thank you!!

Maintaining a level head and holding on to your beliefs when your anger is at an all time high, has to be one of the hardest things as a Christian. I know that in my younger days, I was such an angry person, it would be no surprise that I would fly off the handle and yell, scream, or cuss my point home. The older I got and the closer I got with God, all of that seemed to change. When things come up that would normally anger me, I make a point to stop everything.

You see, when I was in my late teens, very early twenties, things would get me angry and I became a completely different person. If it was a person that angered me, I made a point to say whatever would cut them the deepest. It was not a reflection of who I was at the core, it was a reflection of my own pain and suffering. I was so angry at myself that I would lash out at people.

When I came back to God, I realized that in doing these things, I was causing far more harm than good. I was not allowing things to be processed and I was not simply talking things out like I should. I also was making a huge mistake that would for sure leave the situation in a horrible state, I wasn’t giving it to God. By asking him to guide me through tough situations, I noticed that I had become extremely slow to anger. I am now able to recognize pretty quickly in a situation that my anger is beginning to bubble up and I am able to go to a calmer place and simmer my anger, before continuing a conversation.

Another thing I have noticed by asking for God’s help,the situations are a lot easier to handle. God reminds me of my limits and he reminds me of how I would react to things before. This allows me a moment to excuse myself and collect my thoughts and allow myself to calm down. When I am in a calmer state, if the situation is something that still needs to be addressed, I am able to do so far more rationally and calmly.

I had a situation a long while back, where emotions between myself and another person were very raw. We were not seeing eye to eye and neither of us was interested in hearing out the other. I began to notice my that my train of thought was changing, I began thinking about things I could say that would hurt this person. As soon as I took notice of this, I made a point to excuse myself. I told them that I could see that we weren’t going to be getting anywhere, anytime soon in this conversation if we didn’t take a moment to breath. At first the person was so upset my the conversation they wanted to keep arguing, after telling them that I was really starting to feel upset and that I needed a moment, they realized what I was trying to say and agreed to a moment of thought.

When we had both calmed down, we realized that the situation didn’t even need to be brought up again, because of some other facts we both neglected to see. It was an action so simple as walking away from each other for a moment that we were able to both see clearer. We also made a point to apologize to each other for our reactions and was able to have a pleasant conversation afterwards.

I have been around long enough to know that this does not always work. I know that sometimes, a certain situation is bound to bring out your worst emotions. When that happens, you should ask yourself, how Jesus would handle that situation. Ask yourself if God is letting you know that you should avoid something altogether. Ask God for guidance and knowledge for a solution for the situation. Sometimes his answer is to just leave it alone, at which point, please follow that command.

A lot of times, when we ask God for guidance, he shows us exactly how a situation can play out. It’s a little, quiet voice in your head that tells you that you should say this, or do that. You’ll always know it is God sending the Holy Spirit, by the calmness that it brings.

I hope this helps someone. I also hope that you enjoyed today’s post. If you did, feel free to give this a like, comment, and share so others can join as well. Until next time,

Thank you!!

God Bless!!

Happy Krafting!!

KraftaholicMommy

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Happy Saturday

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

Today has been one of those days that just drive you up a wall. Trying to tame a six year old and maintain order in the house is no easy task. However, when days go like this, I love that I can just take a deep breathe and remind myself that it will get easier.

I hope you all are having a wonderful day and that your weekend is full of fun and relaxation!!

Thank you!

God Bless!

Happy Krafting!

Kraftaholicmommy