Saturday, February 6, 2016

Card of the Day

I got a card made yesterday...which is pretty amazing since I'm taking care of my two grandson's and BW is healing from the fall and clavicle surgery.

Found the card inspiration over at CAS(E) this Sketch.  Here was the inspiration:

And here is my interpretation:

So happy to be carding and sharing again.  It's been a while.

Thursday, February 4, 2016

Monday, February 1, 2016

Happy February!

Welcome February.

Tasks done today:

1.  Got the chalkboard updated.

2.  Took down the final Christmas decorations from the front porch and door and actually put it all away.

3.  Got the Valentine mantle done.

Next...Laundry.  F.U.N.

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Lemon Garlic Roasted Chicken

I'm making a roast chicken tonight.  It's a very simple recipe that has evolved over time into a one pot wonder.  Easy to make and delicious.

Here's the recipe:

Pre heat oven to 425 degrees

4-5 peeled potatoes cut into quarters
4-5 peeled carrots cut into 1 inch pieces
1 4-5 pound whole chicken
1/4 cup butter - melted
1 lemon quartered
8-10 cloves of garlic - unpeeled
Fresh thyme sprigs (or dried if that's what you have)
4 slices bacon

Placed the potatoes and carrots in a roasting pan (I used a 8x10 casserole pan).  Toss with salt and pepper.  Remove any bags inside the chicken (I typically just toss these, but you may utilize if you like for something).  Pat dry the inside of the chicken with paper towel.  Salt the inside of the chicken well.  Place the chicken on top of the potatoes and carrots.

Stuff half of the lemon wedges and half of the garlic cloves and thyme sprigs inside the chicken.  Tie the legs together with cooking string (not a requirement).  Place the remaining lemon, garlic and thyme in the corners area of potatoes and carrots.  Brush the chicken with the butter, pouring all the butter over the chicken.  Season well with salt, pepper and thyme.  Lay the strips of bacon over the chicken.  Put into over and cook for one hour.

Chicken prior to going in the oven
At the one hour mark, carefully remove the bacon (place on the serving tray and serve with the dinner).  Continue cooking the chicken for another 30 minutes.  (If you have a smaller chicken...say closer to 3 pounds, you may only need an additional 20 minutes.)  Remove chicken from oven and place the chicken on a cutting board.  Tent with foil and let it rest for 15 to 20 minutes.  Place the potatoes and carrots in a covered dish.

Cut up the chicken and serve with the potatoes, carrots and bacon.  Dinner!

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Surprise Around Every Corner

Just when I thought everything would calm down, my sweetie gets knocked off a ladder while trimming a tree.  Broken collar bone, broken ribs and three fracture discs.  Good news is no surgery, but it will be a long recuperation.

At looks like this outside:

Thursday, January 7, 2016

New Year...Fresh Start

I've been a very poor blogger the last couple years.  I want to correct that in 2016 and get back to at least a weekly update.  This should be easier to do because I've made the tough decision to end my short career as a real estate agent.  It just wasn't the fit that I hoped it might be.  I'm not sure what my next adventure will be, but I'm working on finding that next window of opportunity.

This year...I'm hoping to blog more about...

Cooking (these are treats from the holidays)



 as well as a few of my adventures with my grandkids

More to come.  Happy 2016 everyone.

Monday, September 28, 2015

Busy Day

No surprise...I've been a terrible blogger, but I'm not letting that stop me from posting something out of the blue.

I had a most productive day last week and here is what I accomplished.

I roasted all the spaghetti squash that I harvested from my garden.

And then I scraped out all the flesh and put it in bags and into the freezer.  I also used a helping to make that nights dinner.

Next up was to process 10 peaches that I had purchased the week before into 7 jars of peach jam.  (It actually was more like 8 jars as one of the jars was bigger.)

And finally...process all the basil I had into pesto, which I placed in muffin tin to freeze.  Later, I bagged and labeled each pesto muffin into it's on freezer bag.

These are perfect for tossing into any pasta sauce or soup.  I just used one to top flatbread pizza.

End of a perfect day.

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Latest Projects

Life has been a little too hectic lately, but I managed to squeeze in a whole day of projects last week.  Here's what I made:

New Mantel Garland

I've been into keeping lights on my mantel all year long and to keep it from looking too Christmassy, I've been making garland for the season.  In February, I did a red heart garland and for Spring I've done this daisy garland.

Here it is drying
I bought the wood flowers at Joann's and painted them pale yellow.  I then added adhesive aqua gems.    I attached the flowers using my glue gun to green floral wire.  (I used some of the small hearts left over from February's garland as the backing for the flowers making it much easier to stick to the wire.) I made two of them and gave one to Cait as a little Easter present.

Here is the finished mantel:

I think I need to update my mantel afghan to something a little less...PINK.

I also made all the grandkids their Easter cards.  I think they turned out so cute:

And finally got two of the April Birthday cards made and sent:

For my SIL Karen:

And from my brother Bob:

This is my first time using an old photo.  Hope he likes it.

Happy April!