Foody Friday/Pinterest Challenge

If you recall, over the summer I made some pillows for something some of my favorite bloggers do seasonally: the Pinterest Challenge. Sherry and Katie, (along with Carmel and Sarah) are doing it again, so I thought it’d be a good time to try some recipes I’ve been drooling over.

It’s no secret that most of the recipes I’ve tried come from Pinterest, and these are no different. I had pinned this easy garlic and brown sugar chicken recipe months ago and this corn casserole recipe more recently in hopes it could make an appearance at our Thanksgiving dinner this year. Since we had chicken in the freezer and I had to try that corn recipe before Thanksgiving (which is right around the corner), I decided to pair the two together this week.

So here’s the good stuff!

Easy Garlic Chicken

The chicken recipe:

4 boneless skinless chicken breasts
4 garlic cloves, minced
4 tablespoons brown sugar
3 teaspoons olive oil
1 Preheat oven to 500°F and lightly grease a casserole dish.
2 In small sauté pan, sauté garlic with the oil until tender.
3 Remove from heat and stir in brown sugar.
4 Place chicken breasts in a prepared baking dish and cover with the garlic and brown sugar mixture.
5 Add salt and pepper to taste.
6 Bake uncovered for 15-30 minutes.

The Corn Casserole Recipe:

(serves 8-10)


1-8 ounce container of sour cream
½ cup unsalted butter, softened
1-15 ounce can creamed corn
1-15 ounce can whole kernel corn (drained)
1-8.5 ounce package cornbread mix*
*I recommend using Jiffy Mix

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
2. In a mixing bowl, combine ingredients—sour cream, butter, creamed corn, corn niblets and cornbread mix.
3. Pour into a 1 quart casserole dish and bake for 40 minutes.

And we have dinner:

Our dinner finished off with a nice green salad and enjoyed in the beautiful fall weather

As usual I made some changes. No changes with the recipes themselves, just with the cooking time. I wanted to cook them both at the same time, so I decided cooking at the lower temperature for a little longer was probably the best idea. The corn was supposed to cook @ 350 degrees for about 40 minutes and the chicken at 500 degrees for 15-30. I put them both in at the same time at 350 degrees for about 50 minutes. Everything came out perfectly cooked. Also notice, we used little chicken tenderloins and not chicken breasts, so that could affect the cooking times as well.

Both of these recipes were so easy, required minimal ingredients, and cooking them at the same time made it a SUPER easy, quick weeknight dinner. Who doesn’t want that after a long day/week of work?!

I should probably also mention this was a DELICIOUS meal! Chris and I both raved about it the whole time we were eating. Both of these recipes will be joining our recipe rotation, together as a meal and separately.

So there ya have it, folks. A quick, simple, yummy meal, Foody Friday & Pinterest Challenge all rolled into one post. If I threw in a picture of Elodie this would be the 🙂

Okay if you insist…

Elodie, finally feeling better after dealing with an ear infection, and mommy hanging out while daddy was in class

I’ll be linking this post up at the bloggers’ pages listed above on Tuesday, when everyone reveals their Pinterest Challenge Projects. Check them out if you need some DIY inspiration.

Have a good evening!



Pinterest Challenge

Two of my favorite bloggers, Sherry from Young House Love & Katie from Bower Power host a seasonal blogging event called the Pinterest Challenge! This time around they are also joined by other bloggers Kate & Michelle.

Basically, it’s an excuse to take something you’ve pinned from Pinterest & actually make/create it.

I’ve been needing a summer project to work on, so this event came around at the perfect time! Chris suggested I make some new pillows for our couch, so I pinned this post from Sew, Mama, Sew that’s all things pillows. Perfect! It’s odd that I’ve never made a pillow because it was by far the EASIEST thing I’ve ever sewn.

The fabric: bright & summery

I bought two pillow forms, an 18” x 18” and a 16” x 16”. So I cut my fabric according to the directions. Honestly, this was the most time consuming part.

3 pieces

3 more pieces

Since the style pillow I was making was a envelope-style, the two pieces on the back would overlap, so I had to hem the edges of those pieces.

Hemmed Edges

Then I pinned & sewed all three pieces together, based on the instructions in the post, and stuffed in the pillow form. Done in about 45 minutes total!

Green Pillow

Yellow + Orange Pillow

Pillow friends

These were super quick & easy to make! If you’re interested in learning to sew, these would be a GREAT place to start! I love the fun color they add to our couch and living room. Thanks for the motivation, Pinterest Challenge!