Thursday, February 25, 2016

Card Day

I got two cards made yesterday.  How fun is that.

Participating in the CAS(E) this Sketch challenge again.

Here is the inspiration:

And here are my interpretations:

I really enjoyed this sketch.  I even tried to do a version with paint graduated from light to dark, but it just didn't turn out how I envisioned it, which isn't all that unusual.

Happy Snow Day.

Wednesday, February 24, 2016

The Perfect Soup for a Snowy Day

On a cold, snowy day...there is nothing more delightful than a warm bowl of homemade soup.

I saw Rachael Ray make a chickpea soup the other day on the Food Network.  With a quart of homemade chicken stop in the seemed like a perfect match.  Except, I don't really like chickpeas.  I know, crazy huh?  I like them in hummus, but on there own, not so much.

But I do LOVE Northern White Beans.  Seemed like an easy compromise.  I tweaked Rachael's recipe a little to accommodate my tastebuds.

Here is my version:

Potato, White Bean and Spinach Soup

2 tbl olive oil
2 large Idaho potatoes, peeled and chopped
Salt and pepper
2 cloves garlic, chopped
1 medium onion, chopped
Two  15.8-ounce can Northern White Beans (drained and rinsed)
1 quart chicken stock

1 cup water1/2 cup small type pasta
1/2 package chopped frozen spinach, defrosted and drained
Grated Parmesan cheese (to taste)

Add olive oil to a stock pot.  Add the potatoes and let them cook for 2-3 minutes.  Add the onions, garlic, salt and pepper.  Stir well.  Cover and cook for an additional 3-5 minutes so the vegetables have a chance to sweat down.  Add stock, water and beans.  Stir and bring to a light boil.  Reduce heat and cook until potatoes are tender.  Add pasta and spinach (breaking up the spinach as you add it to the soup).  Heat throughly and serve with a generous heap of parmesan cheese.


Saturday, February 13, 2016

Muffin Fun!

I just received the March Edition of Food Network Magazine (which I love by the way...I think it's the best cooking magazine for the home cook).

This month's Special Insert is all about making goodies in a muffin tin.  So, naturally, I had to make something and it was these delicious ham and egg bakes.  We had them for breakfast this morning.  I of course, added a sprinkle of cheese on top.

So easy and fun.  These would be great to do for a large group.  Will definitely have to make these on our "Up North" vacation this year.

Breakfast was made extra special with homemade bread that a dear friend dropped off yesterday.  (Thanks Frank).

More muffin tin treats are in my future for sure.

Friday, February 12, 2016

Another Card

Another day...another card.

Here was the inspiration:

Here's my interpretation:

Hope you are staying warm were ever you are.  Bit brisk here in Michigan for the week-end.

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.