Gluten Free Chicken Noodle Soup (using Chicken Burgers)

Gluten Free Chicken Noodle Soup | Pretty Handy Girl

Did you know that Costco has chicken burgers that taste really good in soup? You read that right! Amylu Chicken Burgers are sold in Costco and they are super yummy and easy to cut up and throw into this hearty and healthy soup.

Last fall, I got a killer cold. When I’m sick I crave Chicken Noodle Soup. Raise your hand if you grew up on Campbell’s Chicken Noodle soup? It was the soup my Mom gave me anytime I was ill. As an adult, I usually make my own so I can add more veggies and control the sodium. But, I still love those little squares of processed chicken in the Campbell’s version. (Am I a freak?!)

Anyway, I hadn’t been to the grocery store in a while and our fridge was almost empty. Luckily I had just enough ingredients to throw together in a pot and make this yummy Gluten Free Chicken Noodle Soup. My good friend gave me two Amylu burgers to try (because buying a Costco quantity of something you’ve never tried before is brave) and they were still sitting in the fridge. I was hesitant to try them, but in a pinch I had to use what I had on hand to make my chicken noodle soup.

I was overwhelmingly ecstatic by the results! The chicken burgers were perfectly seasoned for the soup. But, best of all, it had the same texture as those little squares in the Campbell’s version! I vowed to write down the recipe and share it with you, so here it is: [Continue reading...]

Easy and Inexpensive Romantic Curtains

Easy and Inexpensive Romantic Curtains | Pretty Handy Girl

Are your windows naked? What’s holding you back? Don’t have the funds to buy some? Don’t have the time to sew some? I have the instant cure for your naked windows. Get ready to make your own easy and inexpensive romantic curtains! Best of all, you don’t have to sew a thing!

Materials:

  • 2 Flat twin sheets from Walmart ($4.97 ea.)
  • 10 Curtain ring clips

Instructions:

Fold your bed sheet in half lengthwise at the top edge. Pleat the left corner and clip a ring over the pleats approximately 2-3 inches below the top edge.

Easy & Cheap Curtains | Pretty Handy Girl

Pleat and add another clip at the fold. Gather another pleat halfway between your two clips and add a third clip. [Continue reading...]

DIY Block Print Stamped Tea Towel

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Hey there! It’s Melissa from The Happier Homemaker back again with a fun and easy DIY tutorial you can even get the kiddos involved with! I’ve been noticing block printing coming up a lot in my home decor magazines and catalogs lately. Last week when I was prepping a little rainy day potato stamping activity for my 3 boys, I decided it may be time to try a little block printing DIY of my own.

Supplies:

  • Flour Sack Tea Towels
  • Large Raw Baking Potato
  • Knife
  • Craft Paint
  • Fabric Medium
  • Iron and Ironing Board

Instructions:

Cut your potato in half and use your knife to {carefully} cut your design.  Simple shapes work best for this type of stamping.

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On a paper plate, or paint palette, mix your craft paint with fabric medium in a 2:1 ratio (or according to fabric medium instructions.) [Continue reading...]

Updating a Nightstand {Lowe’s Creative Idea}

Updating a Knotty Pine Nightstand | Pretty Handy Girl

The best way to give your room a makeover on a budget is if you can use your existing furniture. Notice that I didn’t say using it “as is”. Heck no! Update your solid furniture by adding moulding, paint and new feet! (Pretty Handy Dog is already staking his claim on his preferred spot on the new […]

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Install Security Film to a Glass Door and Protect Your Home

How to Add Security Film to Glass Doors & Windows | Pretty Handy Girl

The folks at Allstate Insurance have graciously sponsored this post, which will help you learn how to install security film to safeguard your doors (or windows) from a potential break-in! It’s a simply DIY solution that could potentially save you the heartache of having your home burglarized. I’ve noticed an unsettling trend in our area. There are […]

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DIY Personalized Wall Shelf

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Happy Wednesday Pretty Handy Readers!  Today’s project is a DIY personalized wall shelf and I’ll show you how to make it.  I’m Jaime from That’s My Letter, a fellow DIY blogger who builds, paints and sews.  I made this wall shelf as a gift for Bryce’s birthday, it makes a great statement AND it’s useful […]

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Beef Up Door and Window Casing with Back Band

Beef Up Door and Window Casing with Back Band | Pretty Handy Girl

Want an easy way to add more architectural interest to your standard colonial door and window framing? Adding an extra piece of moulding, called back band, can add that extra boost of architectural interest. And the good news is that you can do this to your existing trim moulding. No need to remove or start fresh! […]

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Handy Dog News and Pet Portraits by Colleen of Just Paint It Blog

Buddy Handy Dog | Pretty Handy Girl

Hey y’all. Did you miss me on Friday? I missed you! It’s been quite a week, so I hope you don’t mind if I step away from the DIY tutorials today to share a little news from my personal life. About two months ago, I received a sweet gift from a good friend. Colleen from Just Paint […]

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DIY “Eat Your Veggies” Cloth Napkin Gift Set

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Bringing a hostess gift to someone whose home you are staying in is apparently a pretty universal thing.  I had never heard of such a thing until I was in my late 20′s.  It’s not a mind blowing concept but I have come to appreciate the simplicity of the thoughtful gesture.  Granted, if you are a “Real […]

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Sew Easy Anthropologie Cloth Napkin Gift Bags

Sew Easy Anthropologie Cloth Napkin Gift Bags | Pretty Handy Girl

When I want to give a small gift as a thank you or to make someone’s day I like to dress it up by presenting the gift in a little fabric drawstring pouch. These cloth napkin gift bags are “sew” easy to make and they cost about 1/3 the cost of the cloth napkin! Gather […]

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Chalkboard Memo Board – The Time I Made a 4th Grade Teacher Use a Power Tool

DIY Chalkboard Memo Board (4th grade project) | Pretty Handy Girl

Before the end of the school year a REALLY GOOD friend of mine asked if I would give a talk in her daughter’s class about what I do for a living. I hemmed and hawed because I rarely have the free time. But, the main reason I was hesitant was because I didn’t know how to […]

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DIY Clock

DIY Clock

August means getting ready for the upcoming fall season, back to school, sports season and the holidays. Hi everyone, it’s Jessica at Decor Adventures and I have an easy project to keep you on time for all the activities you and your family have planned these next months, a DIY clock. Did you know you […]

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Building a DIY Marble Toss Game with Dremel Fortiflex

DIY Marble Toss Game | Pretty Handy Girl

The summer is dragging on and the kids don’t have any summer camps for the next few weeks. That means: 1) I need to find a way to keep the kids entertained. 2) I need to keep them from pushing me over the brink of insanity. 3) I need to keep them from pushing each other off a […]

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Master Bedroom Reveal

Roses under Pendant Light | Pretty Handy Girl

When I mentioned to Pretty Handsome Guy that I was going to give our master bedroom a makeover, he thought I was nuts. I did paint this room when we first moved into our home seven years ago. And I gave it a mini-makeover in 2011. But, it was exciting to be able to repaint […]

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How to Identify Yellow Jackets and Protect from Being Stung

Honeybee vs. Yellow Jacket | Pretty Handy Girl

Summertime is here and I can’t keep shoes on the kids… …or clothes for that matter. I think my kids inherited it from me. I have fond memories of running around our backyard as a child barely clothed. I also have a not so fond memory of stumbling upon a yellow jacket nest. I ran […]

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Separated at Childhood – Q&A with The Space Between

Separated at Childhood | Pretty Handy Girl & The Space Between blogs

I’ve often wondered why some women are handy and others haven’t embraced their inner handy girl yet. Karah is definitely one super handy gal! She’s in the process of completely renovating a bungalow in Key West. We were talking on the phone one day and discovered that we lived very similar childhoods. Suddenly, there were a lot […]

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Painted Vanity Nightstand

Painted Bedside Vanity | Pretty Handy Girl

In the quest to makeover our master bedroom and save money, I’ve been painting several pieces of furniture to coordinate with the new bed I built. One of the pieces I painted was this small desk that doubles as a nightstand. Our bedroom isn’t very large and our master bathroom is even smaller than what can be […]

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DIY Anthropologie Inspired Pillow

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Hi there! It’s Melissa from The Happier Homemaker back again this month with a super easy knock off project today. I don’t know about you but I just love looking at stores and catalogs for my DIY inspiration.  I recently saw this gorgeous Anthropologie octopus pillow online but one look at the $168 price tag […]

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Farmhouse King Size Bed with Storage

Modified King Size Farmhouse Bed with Storage Drawers | Pretty Handy Girl

The master bedroom is almost finished. If you’ve been following along, I decided to give our bedroom a makeover when we upgraded our mattress to a king size. That decision has resulted in a few “give a mouse a cookie” decisions. Every time we needed a new mattress, we discussed whether it was time to upgrade to […]

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Aqua Dresser Makeover – What’s Knot to Love?

Facelift for a Knotty Pine Dresser | Pretty Handy Girl

You know you’ve seen those knotty pine dressers from yesteryear. Their spotlight has faded and they are finding themselves at thrift shops, ReStores or worse yet…at the curb. I’m begging you to let this knotty eyesore back into your home. It doesn’t have to be banished. It’s KNOT her fault she was built from cheap pine. All this […]

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