Chicken/Veggies/Potatoes Bake – Too Simple to be Good?

This recipe has been floating around Pinterest for the a while now.  It’s one of these recipes that looks too simple to be good.  So, I thought I would give it a try.

I couldn’t find a webpage that links to the description so here’s the pin description with the recipe:

A friend of mine brought me this when I had surgery. Now it is my “go to” dish for taking to people who have had babies, surgery, etc. 4-6 raw chicken breasts, new potatoes, green beans (fresh or canned-really any green veggie would work. Broccoli is good, too). Arrange in 9×13 dish. Sprinkle with a packet of Italian dressing mix and then top with a melted stick of butter. Cover with foil and bake at 350 degrees for 1 hour. Enjoy!

I followed the instructions as written – chicken, potatoes and a can of green beans.  I used two large chicken breasts and one can of beans, cutting down on the quantity since there are just two people in our house eating table food.  (Pureed sweet potatoes doesn’t count…sorry baby Avery.)  A stick of butter and the Italian dressing mix, and in the oven it went.

One hour later, our house smelled like wonderfully baked chicken.  I thought about pulling it out a little early since my dish was a little smaller, but the potatoes were still a little crunchy at the 45 min. mark.  That being said, I wish I would have boiled the potatoes a little bit before baking because the chicken was over-done and a bit chewy.

With a little tinkering, I think this recipe could be a success.  This one may be a little too simple to be a success, but I’m willing to give it another try.


Pin now, read later…Photography Apps on Your iPhone

Alright Pinterest people.  It’s time to admit something.  How many of you have those pins that say in the description, “Pin now. Read later.”  Raise those hand, folks, because I see those pins all the time.  Now, how many of you actually go back and read those pins?  Anyone?  Anyone?

I’ll admit it – I do it.  I pin those Pins and then completely forget about them.  But, last night, after my sweet baby cashed out at 7:30 p.m. and my husband decided to watch a Bond movie, I decided to go back through and actually read those Pins.  And, I’m glad I did because I found a sweet app for my iPhone!

15 awesome photo editing iPhone apps is an article from BabyCenter – a great website for new moms like me.  I’m obsessed with taking pictures of my new little one and so I thought it might be fun to check out these different apps to have fun with the photos.  Instagram is awesome, but hey, there has to be more out there, right?

So, after looking at a few of the apps that they describe in the article, I downloaded PicFrame and gave it a shot.  (Side note: I actually purchased FrameArtist because PicFrame wasn’t free, and I’m too cheap to spend the 99 cents.)  It’s a fun program that lets you access photos from your phone, Facebook, Instagram, etc and put them in a collage.   With the free version, you can save up to 5 collages in a file size big enough to print.  Nice!

I grabbed a few photos from Facebook of my sweet baby girl and after about 10 minutes, came up with this:


This turned out so cute!  I may have to make a few more of Avery (maybe one month, three months, etc) and frame them together.  Yay for a great app!