January 31, 2012

chicken and biscuits crock pot

i was feeling a crock pot hankering the other day... so i had to bust it out and make some chicken and biscuits. i cooked this recipe once before with great success! the chicken gets super tender... yum!!

also it's a couple days worth of meals, at least. hallelujah convenience.

1 1/2 to 2 pounds boneless chicken breast halves, cut in large chunks
1 Tbs onion powder
1 cup chopped celery
2 cans (10 3/4 ounces) condensed cream of chicken or cream of chicken and mushroom soup, undiluted
1/4 teaspoon poultry seasoning
1/2 teaspoon dried leaf thyme
Dash black pepper
1 cup frozen peas
6 frozen biscuits or refrigerator biscuits

In a slow cooker, layer the chunks of uncooked chicken breasts with chopped onion and celery. Combine the soup and gravy with poultry seasoning, thyme, and pepper; pour over the chicken. Cover and cook on LOW for 5 to 6 hours. Add the thawed mixed vegetables, turn the slow cooker to HIGH, and continue cooking for 20 to 30 minutes, until vegetables are tender.

Meanwhile, bake the biscuits as directed on the package. Split a biscuit and spoon some of the chicken and vegetables over the bottom biscuit. Put the top half

chicken crock pot


January 30, 2012

casual mondays

hello again friends! another style post comin' atcha... BOOM!

i felt like this background was too busy for outfit pictures, but i guess it does create a cool effect. it certainly screams "BROOKLYNNN!!!!" in a way that only a graffiti'ed wall could...

chantilly blowfish sadiki 2

chantilly blowfish sadiki 4

i LOVED these flats from the moment i saw them. that crazy pattern... yes, please. it seems so unique... i don't think i've ever had patterned shoes before!

even though it was a pretty cold day, i really wanted to wear them. so i had to also wear socks. naturally, i kept getting that "sandal-with-socks" look, no matter what i put on.

i was about to scrap the whole idea... then i thought "if i'm doing sandal-socks, might as well go all the way." i dug out these patterned beauties, and the rest is history... i actually think they go quite well together!

chantilly blowfish sadiki 5

hat- thrifted
cardigan- uniqlo
scarf- thrifted
shirt- urban outfitters
gloves- urban outfitters
jeans- uniqlo
socks- sock dreams
sadiki flats c/o blowfish shoes

chantilly blowfish sadiki 6


January 29, 2012

sunday songs ~ robyn

i first heard this song about a year ago whilst browsing in urban outfitters. i then went home and looked up the video on youtube...

reasons why i think this song and video are awesome:

- it's catchy in a "song that never ends" sort of way.
- the outfit?!
- the "let her down easy" part.
- the way your stomach drops after the first time it goes dark, and the strobe lights flash.
- it reminds me that i want to go dancing.
- she is more entertaining and energetic dancing all by herself than a pop star with a 50 million-dollar budget and 50 backup dancers.

- and finally, the sentiment.

for example, remember this song? ...

it's the same subject, but the pussycat dolls are just being jerks about it. don't get me wrong, i used to grind my booty off to this song, even though it's totally trashy :D

it's just nice how robyn was able to put a compassionate spin on the message. she's not trying to take her competition down in a swirl of flames... she's taking the high road. sometimes things just work better with someone else, and you need to break up. and that's all. and that's why even though it's a dance/ pop song, i think its undertone is a wise one, which i appreciate :)


January 28, 2012

Meet the January sponsors

time again to shine some light on this month's sponsors! they are all amazing, awesome wonderful people (and entities) who you will adore. visit their blogs and shops, friend them on twitter, and leave them comments!! x

red label beautifully pure

My name is Katie. I'm a big sister, student, nerd and blogger. I'm slightly crazy, have friends to match, and spend my time bloging about my personal style, life and pretty things.


red label greta
Stina Her Name Was Greta

Hi! I my name is Stina and I have a blog called Her Name Was Greta. From the west coast of Sweden I blog about the things in life that makes me smile. I love to bake, my cats, sew and knit, and blog about it.


red label sparkles
Jaime Behind Tree 1

Hi there, my name is Jaime and I write a lifestyle blog with a geeky and crafty twist called Sparkles and Sticks. I always seem to be halfway through the following things: a YA fantasy book, a cup of coffee, a blanket that I am crocheting or knitting, and about 10 other crafty projects. Current new obsessions include the library, my word for 2012, and my little Q&A Book. Come stop by and say hi- I love making new blog friends!


red label blowfish

We think personal style is just another form of self-expression, and we make shoes for creative girls who can put together a look with effortless originality. Blowfish takes a break from the ordinary and a cue from the past. There’s something unexpected in every shoe we create, just as there’s something unexpected about every girl who wears them.


red label sew beastly

Hello lovely Chantilly readers! My name is Citlalli, and I am the over-caffeinated gal from Sew Beastly. Some of my favorite things to do are drinking coffee, eating, cooking, and sewing the day and night away as I rock out to my music. The last one is how Sew Beastly started...me, my sewing machine, my music, and my handmade dream. My shoppe is where you can find a fun mix of my handmade accessories, and I also blog over here. Stop by, stay awhile, and let's connect!


red label ampersand

I'm a sewer, a crafter, a voracious thrifter, potential hoarder, and owner of a 1984 Westfalia Vanagon. I'm a writer and a designer, but mostly just a secret cat lady. A is for Ampersand is about all of things with a little bit of thrifty goodness and old-fashioned magic for good measure.


January 25, 2012

guest post ~ beautifully pure

time for a guest post from the wonderful, beautiful, stylish katie of beautifully pure. her blog is so worth a visit. trust :)

Hi, my name is Katie. I write the blog Beautifully Pure, and today I'd like to share with you all five of my favorite things in the whole world:

The color fuchsia:

Fuchsia is one of my favorite colors. Fuchsia skirts, purses, shirts, and especially lipstick! I just feel so pretty and happy whenever I wear it!

Old cars:

This is one not many people know about, but I love vintage cars. I mean "jumping up and down and pointing when I see a really cool one drive down the street" liking them. Any will get me excited but I especially love ones from the mid 50's to mid 6o's.

Wearing headbands:

It's gotten to the point where I actually feel naked when I'm not wearing one. My favorite one is a metal gold one, and the sparkly fuchsia one I made.


I love music so much. Sometimes I wonder how I would get through life without it. Whether I'm happy, angry, or sad listening to music is my vent. Having said that, I really wish I could actually write music.


I love wearing heels. They make me feel confident, beautiful and lady-like - which is why I wear them so much. I might tower over nearly every other person I know, but I don't care. I love them and I'm going to keep wearing them.


January 24, 2012

adults at play

when you're on a quest to survive without a traditional 9-5 job, you quickly find yourself becoming a jill-of-all-trades. so last week, i had a photography gig :)

i was shooting another singer-songwriter's recording session... which was awesome. it was at nola studios in midtown... this is the live room:

nola shoot 4

i also loved finding all the little nooks and crannies with things like cute pianos and vibraphones in the corner... musical instruments are so beautiful :)

nola shoot 6

nola shoot 3

nola shoot 5

studio shoot

January 23, 2012

dress swap!!

today, jenna posted the pictures of the dress that i sent her for our swap!! she even did a "chantilly" pose :P hop on over to sew savoir faire creations and check out her way cute pictures.

jenna tulle

(this is what i did with it.)

chantilly tulle blowfish 10

it's been a slow, rainy monday for me. i did some yoga this morning... and i even ran into my friend alyson, and we ended up having a girl-chat afterwards!!

but rather than give me energy, the yoga just kinda pooped me out. at least i practiced guitar today for my show at pete's candy store in february! (if you're in ny, come.)

anywayyy, hope you all are having a lovely week so far :)



January 22, 2012

sunday songs

i've been meaning to make sunday songs a weekly thing, but i've fallen behind. it's meant to be a series of posts, dedicated to inspiring music/ what i've been listening to/ promoting indie artists. so i guess this is the second installment :) first one being with bloggy heroes hue and hum over a month ago...

oh well. start all over again, that's what i always say!

so anyway, i've been listening to this song this week-

a friend of mine started taking voice lessons with me recently. when she said she wanted to do this song, i was pumped. i *love* this album.

so i've been learning how to play the guitar part, which is not that hard. it's just i've been trying to play it on an acoustic guitar. i do have an electric, but only a tiny practice amp. i can't really get that distortion/ noise that makes the song so epic...

anyway, i hope you enjoy pj harvey :)

what are you listening to this week?
recommendations are welcome!




yesterday, i posted a winner for the shabby apple dress giveaway, but it turns out that winner was ineligible. so i picked a new winner at random, and she is gina maddox. enjoy your dress, gina!

January 20, 2012

yarn bow hair tie!

i got into the habit of always having an elastic around my wrist when i was in middle school. i was... a cheerleader (yeah) and had to tie my hair back all the time. but over the years, i've often felt like plain elastics look ugly in my hair, and have wondered about ways to jazz them up.

so it was midnight. i was in my studio staring at some yarn, and it hit me... i could make little bows!! i came up with a tutorial so you can make them too :)

~ first, you need two pieces of yarn. one 56" long, and the other 20" long.
~ fold the longer piece in half four times over.

yarn 1
yarn 2
yarn 3

yarn bow 1

(a captive audience...)

yarn cats

~ string the smaller piece through a hair elastic with equal length on each side.

yarn bow 2

~ grab the "bow" by the middle, and start wrapping the smaller piece around it, tying it to the elastic. wrap it around maybe 5 or 6 times... or however much you feel like.

yarn bow 4
yarn bow 3

~ when you're finished wrapping, tie the loose ends into a knot.

yarn bow 7
yarn bow 8

~ straighten her out...

yarn bow 9

~ you can leave the loose ends, clip them, or incorporate more yarn for a fuller "tie" effect.

yarn bows

~ enjoy your fun new hair accessory!

chantilly yarn bow


January 19, 2012

sponsor chantillysongs in february

sponsor feb '12

hello friends!!

i'm happy to be able to offer sponsorships and swap options for february :)

chantillysongs is the website and lifestyle blog of me! chantilly. your friendly neighborhood singer-songwriter/ crazy cat lady. my focus is music, style, photography, indie, diy, and food. i'd love to talk about featuring you here :)

as of right now the rates are *very* reasonable (including free), and i'm offering two options:

sponsors dec
sponsors dec

the free option is a popular one, and i'm happy to do it... however, i do want to start limiting the number swaps that i take on, so it's on a case-by-case basis, and preference goes to people who have a similar number of followers (or if i just really love your blog.) i hope this doesn't sound elitist- i just want a way to filter a little!

as of 12/19/11, i have:
~317 google friend connect followers
~355 twitter followers
~4,600 pageviews in december, and poised to reach a similar amount in january
~1,200 unique visitors so far this month

i LOVE connecting with new bloggers, entrepreneurs, businesses, and musicians, so don't hesitate to contact me :)

if you're interested, please email chantillysongs (at) gmail (dot) com.

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