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Hatch Chili Chicken Mac n Cheese

It’s Hatch chili season and hubs and I went to a cooking class at a local supermarket.  I used to volunteer at the cooking school so I know several of the chefs.  This class was amazing and totally inspired me to use hatch chilies in everything.  So I came up with Hatch Chili Chicken Mac n Cheese!

*Hatch chilies are actually anaheim chilies that are grown in Hatch, NM.  Just a factoid I learned in class and thought I would share.

3 Grilled Chicken Breast

1 lb cooked pasta

3 cups shredded cheese (cheddar or blend)

1/2 cup all-purpose flour

4-8 Hatch Chilies, roasted and chopped (adjust to your palette)

1 onion, small

3 cloves garlic

1 cup bread crumbs

1-2 cups chicken stock

1/2 cup half and half

1/2 stick butter

salt and pepper

Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees.

Grill chicken (seasoned with salt and pepper) and set aside.  Boil pasta according to package.  Saute onion in butter until translucent add garlic and chilies.  Bring chicken stock to a low boil.  Add flour and cook 1-2 minutes.  Toss in cheese and melt.  Add small amount of stock and half and half to loosen the cheese.  Add salt and pepper to taste.

Dice chicken, and toss with pasta and cheese.  Place in a baking dish and cover with bread crumbs.  Bake for 15-20 minutes until bubbly.

Pair your Hatch Mac n Cheese with a fruit salad and enjoy.

What would you put hatch chilies in?

A Finished Quilt!

Woosh I finally finished this quilt from ummm months ago.  I think the completion of this project has brought me out of my blogging hiatus.

It is a quilt for Quilts for Kids that I started with my friend Cara at one of our sewing circles.  I was dreading the finish of this project simply because I didn’t know how to bind a quilt!  Ok on the other side it really wasn’t that hard.  I watched an awesome youTube video from The Crafty Gemini on binding a quilt.  I highly recommend.  My mom was also in town and gave me a few hints from her limited quilting knowledge.

I think I might even make another quilt!  Well after about a million other projects.  In the meantime I hope a little boy or girl who is going through a hard time enjoys this quilt.

Have you ever had a project that just sits in your sewing room starring at you and sometimes makes you feel uncomfortable?  Like hey the longer you wait the more daunting I get?  Well I finally tackled mine and I feel liberated!  On to another project, if I can get away from this Project Runway marathon.

RAD Mama

Graduation Gifts–Finally!

I have been training seven of my lovely volleyball players this summer and now it’s time to say goodbye and send them off to college.  Only one will be returning for her senior year of high school and the others will be spread all over the country at various schools playing volleyball.  I am very excited for each of them and wanted to give them a handmade gift by RAD Mama to remember our year.

Yes there are only six girls in this picture.  One had to miss practice on July 4th for vacation.

Ok back to the gifts.  Three of my girls are going to cold weather locations and I knitted them very cute cowl scarfs.  One was in brown tones with two buttons, one in a blue with yellow color block and a red with sparkles in it.  Unfortunately in my furry of getting all these done I didn’t get any photos of the scarfs.  Maybe they will model for me before they leave!

The other four received cosmetic bags.

I love the way they turned out.  Personalized and vinyl on the inside so when things spill it makes for easier clean up!

Congratulations to my girls and a Happy Graduation to all accomplishing a milestone in life!

RAD Mama


Four Generations in South Dakota

We recently took a trip to South Dakota!  Maybe not on everyone’s must see list but seeing my grandmother on her 98th birthday was the highlight for us.  Now I have never lived in SD but my Dad and most of his side of the family have all had a stint there.  We had 4 generations in the room for my grandmother’s birthday.

After we spent the day celebrating my hubs, baby and I set out to drive across the state to see Mount Rushmore and Custer State Park.  With an almost 8 month old in the car we had to make a few stops and picked the Corn Palace in Mitchell, SD as our first.  Hubs heard about this place from a co-worker and I had no idea what to expect.  It’s actually really interesting and the building is used for community events such as basketball games, high school graduations, and craft shows.

Each year they have a theme and create designs made of corn husks on the outside to represent that theme.  This year happened to be youth sports so of course we had to find the volleyball mural and take a picture.

Next stop was Wall Drug Store in Wall, SD.  Not much else in the town but a street that looks like the old west covered with parked SUVs from all over the country.  We browsed the drug store and I found some inspiration for some new outfits to make for the little one and hubs found the soda shop.  I ordered up some root beer floats from a Slovenian girl behind the counter.  The drug store participates in a work across America program and pretty much everyone working in the shop was from another country.

After enough browsing at all the odds and ends the drug store carried we were ready to drive our last 100 miles or so into Custer State Park.  I think this is the part my hubs had been waiting for since we left Austin.

Our B and B for the evening.

Along the scenic drive through the park.  We weren’t this daring to feed the animals!

Beautiful nature!

The fam at Mount Rushmore.  A wonderful trip across America to see a National Landmark and a 98 year old grandma.

Walking in the Hood

On hub’s first Father’s Day we took a long walk through the neighborhood.  Now it’s about 90 by mid-day and somewhat hilly in our neighborhood so we were all sweating by the end of the hour.  The baby is teething and the walk seemed to calm her down or it might have been the unexpected friends we met along the way.

This was the first time she sat in the jogger like a big girl!

This one seemed a bit startled and was was eying us as we strolled by.

Trying to find anything to eat!

She decided she had seen enough and finally nodded off to dream land.  Don’t worry she has on oodles of sunscreen!

Have a great weekend and get out and enjoy the fresh outdoors.  You never know what you might see in your hood!

RAD Mama


I had some extra fabric leftover from my monogram pillows and decided to make some coasters for our living room.  I am sure there are 101 ways to make coasters but here is my simple and fast way I did it.

Scrap fabric

Extra thick double sided interfacing

First I cut 8 squares approximately 5.5 x 5.5 to make 4 coasters.  Also cut 4 squares of interfacing 4 x 4.  You can make them any size but I liked the finished size this created.


Place wrong sides together and sew 3 of the 4 sides together.  Also sew the corners of the 4th side leaving enough room to stuff your interfacing into the pocket.

Turn right side out.  On the open 4th side fold over the seam and press.  I found this much easier to do now as opposed to after I put the interfacing into the pocket.


Stuff 1 interfacing square into each pocket and press.

Topstitch as close as you can get to the edge.  I mitered 2 of the coasters corners and played around a bit.  They don’t all have to match but this is where you can get creative and sew different designs like these.

I did this one in black thread so you could see it better.  Lines aren’t perfect but when there is a glass on top of it you can’t even tell.

Have fun making coasters to use up scraps or match pillows in your home.

RAD Mama

Recipe–Play Date Snack

With all my Costco-ing I am been forced to either freeze items or find/create new recipes to help use up the massive amounts of whatever I buy.  This time it was sour cream.  Hubs loves sour cream pound cake so I have made several in the past but wanted to do something different with the batter.  I turned it into lemon sour cream pound cup cakes with a strawberry jam filling.

I adapted this recipe from Paula Deen’s Sour Cream Pound Cake Recipe.

1 stick butter

1 cup suar

3/4 cup sour cream

1/4 teaspoon baking soda

1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour

3 eggs

1 tablespoon vanilla

1 tablespoon fresh squeezed lemon juice

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Throw all your dry ingredients into the mixer and add wet ingredients.  Make sure you don’t over mix otherwise the cake will be a bit tough.  Using a muffin tin fill each cup 1/3 of the way.  Then add a layer of your strawberry jam (recipe below) and finish with the lemon sour cream batter.

Bake about 20-30 mins.  Note: My oven bakes crazy so I usually set my temperature a bit lower and end up having to add minutes and watch and add minutes, etc.

Yields about 12 -15 cupcakes.

Strawberry jam

1 lb fresh strawberries, washed, stems cut off and diced

1/4 cup sugar

1-2 tablespoons water

Simmer all on the stove until forms a jam like consistency.  Also great over ice cream.

So go and start a pot of coffee and have an afternoon snack, perfect for a play date.


RAD Mama