Craft That Party

Wednesday, June 24, 2020

Ready, Set, Grill Sponsored by Wayfair - Monterey Chicken and Cornbread Recipe

This post is sponsored by Wayfair, a brand I love and shop regularly. 
I hope you enjoy their products and selection as much as I do!

When my hubby and I got married we were gifted money to purchase a grill for our new house. That first winter was especially cold and harsh and the grill money was used to pay for an urgently needed snowblower (which we named Murray).  We have now been married 17 years and finally, FINALLY we are purchasing that grill. It was worth the wait because it has transformed our patio and summer dining options. And if you are wondering, good old Murray is still running strong and our best friend in the winter months.

So ta-da, our brand new Weber Spirit II E-210 Grill is here! There were SO many great grill options to pick from. We thought this was the perfect size grill for our patio. We've already cooked out three times this week! Today I thought I would share a recipe for a quick summer meal.  A friend brought this meal over after the birth of our second baby and it has been a family favorite ever since. It's so simple and easy to make!

The first step is to simply grill chicken breasts on the grill. I cut my chicken breasts in half so they aren't as thick and season with pepper.

Next, place chicken on a baking pan and top each piece with barbecue sauce, shredded cheese, and dice tomatoes (optional bacon bits and green onion as well). Bake in oven at 400 degrees until the cheese melts, about 5 minutes. 

Monterey Chicken

4 boneless skinless chicken breasts
1/4 cup barbecue sauce
1/4 cup bacon (real or bacon bits)
1 cup Colby and Monterey Jack shredded cheese
1 can dice tomatoes with green chilies (drained)
sliced green onions

1. Grill chicken, season with pepper
2. Place chicken on baking pan and top each chicken breast with 1 tablespoon of barbecue sauce, 1/4 cup of cheese, 1/4 cup of tomatoes, green onions, and 1 tablespoon of bacon.
3. Place in oven at 400 degrees and cook 5 minutes or until cheese melts.

Serve with the most delicious baked corn ever. This corn bread also goes very well with chili.

Baked Cornbread

1 can of whole kernel corn
1 can of cream-style corn
1/2 cup sour cream
1 cup of melted butter
2 eggs
2 (8.5 ounce) packages of  Jiffy corn muffin mix

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Combine both cans of corn, sour cream, melted butter, corn muffin mix, and lastly the eggs. Mix and pour into a 9 x 13 baking pan. Bake at 350 degrees for 35- 45 minutes.


Entertaining during a pandemic... not a topic I thought we'd ever have to discuss,  but we are all trying to stay safe while enjoying summer. So if you plan on firing up the grill and entertaining guests, consider moving the party completely OUTDOORS. Here are a few ways that our family has personally adapted to be safe.

1. Invite a small group of people over, more room to spread out. We always tell our guests who else we have invited ahead of time so that can decide if they are comfortable coming.

2. We nixed bowls of chips and pretzels for individual snack bags. Our guests can grab a bag rather than lots of hands in one bowl.

3. Skip the good dishes and opt for paper plates and plastic silverware. I know, we are wasting here but clean up is much easier and safer.

4. Have sanitizers, hand soap, tissues, and wipe handy front and center so guests do not have to ask where you keep your supplies.

5. Minimize foot traffic in your house by asking guests to use the closest bathroom to get to, rather than going through the entire house or upstairs.  I clean the bathroom before guests arrive and immediately after.

6. Pull out lots of outdoor games to play, such as corn hole, giant Jenga, horse shoes, etc... always guaranteed to be fun and keeps the kids from running inside to play video games (or is that only my kids that ask?)

Hope you have a wonderful, safe summer everyone!

Wednesday, October 23, 2019

Spooky Seasons House Tour Sponsored by Wayfair

This post is sponsored by Wayfair, a brand I love and shop regularly. 
I hope you enjoy their products and selection as much as I do!

I love decorating for Halloween, but isn't ironic how we dust off the real cobwebs only to replace them with fake ones?!!  I'm definitely guilty of that. Thanks to Wayfair, I have some new decorations and ideas to share with you. If you missed my list of fun Halloween finds, you can go back to my last post or visit Wayfair's fantastic holiday decor section!

On to the tour, let's start in the living room...

So here is how the living room fireplace turned out. I draped sheer black fabric over the mantle with my spooky candlesticks planking each end. The vinyl bats on the right side might be my favorite little detail. They were very easy to adhere. They really are just peel and stick. 

I made the TREAT banner several years ago out of recycled book pages and Halloween scrap paper.

Le Cabinet de Curiosites Skull Statue was another fun addition to my Halloween decor. It is such a whimsical piece that fit perfectly with my bat and skull theme. 

Now to the entryway. A few years ago we added wood re-purposed from a barn in Centre County to create this accent wall. It totally changes the entire look of this room. I love this beveled round mirror so much that I actually have two of them in my house- one here in my entryway and one above the fireplace mantel. I added the black owls and this black feather wreath. Both add some texture to the entry and a touch of extra Halloween spookiness here.

This BOO embroidered throw pillow next to my regular black and white patterned pillows is so cute!

Let's continue the tour outside. I threw together this fall wreath by wrapping it with chevron burlap ribbon and adding some faux leaves and pumpkins. It took 10 minutes to make and cost around $5 in materials. This year I planted kale in my outdoor pots. They are growing beautifully so far!

Thank you for joining me on a little house tour of my Halloween decor. 
I'd love to see how you are decorating this fall!

Monday, October 14, 2019

October News: Halloween Must Haves and Pet Costume Contest!

My fireplace decor is currently transitioning from fall to Halloween. I thought it would be fun to share with you some behind the scenes favorites from Wayfair. All of these items were on my wish list and I picked several for my mantel makeover (stay tuned, coming soon!).

I'm a huge fan of classic black and white Halloween decor, yet love to add pops of color like the purple neon bat or orange striped tablecloth. I enjoy mixing up my decorations each year by putting items in new places or adding something different each year.
Wayfair is also hosting the most adorable Halloween pet costume contest! Be sure to check it out. There are fun prizes to be won!

My Halloween mantel reveal will be coming soon....!

Tuesday, June 25, 2019

Taste of Summer Sponsored by Wayfair: Jalapeno Limeade Cocktail Recipe

This post is sponsored by Wayfair, a brand I love and shop regularly. 
I hope you enjoy their products and selection as much as I do!

Summer temperatures here are finally starting to heat up. Today I'm sharing a recipe for a jalapeno cocktail that is so delicious that you'll never drink plain lemonade again. I love the zest of lime in contrast to the spicy flavors of the jalapenos. It's refreshment with a kick!

Drinks on the patio are perfectly served from my new Bucksport Bar Serving Cart from Wayfair. There are two levels to the cart, plenty of room for drinks, glasses, and snacks.

I love this cart so much, I wanted to show you how versatile it is. We had more company coming over, so we stocked the cart this time with wine and glasses. Three wine bottles fit in there perfectly. It is so pretty anyway you style it.

Wayfair has so many great choices for outdoor entertaining, from these outdoor patio carts to outdoor rugs and kitchen must haves! Here's where you can shop the look:

Tuesday, February 26, 2019

Spring Forward Sponsored by Wayfair

This post is sponsored by Wayfair, a brand I love and shop regularly. 
I hope you enjoy their products and selection as much as I do!

The winter months give us the perfect opportunity to complete indoor projects before we spring forward into outdoor priorities. My to-do list included cleaning and purging closets, replacing bathroom towels, and sprucing up the first floor bathroom. For years, it's looked unfinished. Our bathroom needed better organization. Since this is the main bathroom used by guests, it was important to organize our clutter better. Here are before and after pictures to show our bathroom transformation. On the left you can see the wall is big and empty. The after shows how dramatically shelving and better organization can transform a small space. 

First step was finding the proper shelving for this big empty wall. Measuring your space - width and depth is very important. Wayfair had so many beautiful options. Notice the standard towel rack has been replaced with a sleek towel bar attached to the shelf. I LOVE how this quick project changed the space!

It was so hard to choose, Wayfair has so many great shelving choices. Below were the top contenders. Ultimately I went with the Drew two piece wall shelf set. It was the perfect size and stain color for our space.

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This white ladder shelf is one the opposite wall. It's the perfect place to display our beach mementos. I just framed these beautiful vintage postcards that were written to my grandmother from her grandparents urging her to visit Nantucket someday. I love adding decorative touches like this that are meaningful and personal.

Arranging shelves can be fun. Think color, texture, and balance. I also always try to add an element of nature, such as the succulent and starfish. For texture, the cotton balls, hand towels, and basket with leather handles. For height, the vintage lantern which also adds an unexpected pop of blue. I just love how much more organized and finished the space looks. Thanks Wayfair for helping me complete my winter projects. What projects do you hope to finish before we spring forward?

For more information on shelving options from Wayfair, visit here for wall & display shelves and bookcases
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