Friday, January 23, 2015

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They fight like cats and dogs, then the dog lets the cat eat her food!  Go figure...

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Chicken in Cream Sauce with Pasta

Last night's dinner was Chicken in Cream Sauce with Pasta.  I know this picture doesn't look real good, but trust me, it's a very yummy dish!  This was everything right before I put the pasta in it.  That is a huge cast iron skillet it's in - I love my cast iron.

Chicken in Cream Sauce with Pasta

2-3 cups Cooked Chicken, cut in chunks (I use breast meat)
1 lb Fresh Mushrooms, sliced
1-2 Onions, diced
1 stick Margarine
8 oz pkg Cream Cheese
16 oz Chicken Stock
1 can Cream of Mushroom Soup
dehydrated Sweet Red Pepper, if desired
Salt, to taste
Pepper, to taste
Garlic Powder, to taste
Onion Powder, to taste
1 lb cooked Angel Hair Pasta

This really is forgiving recipe.  Saute onions and mushrooms in margarine and add cooked chicken.  If your chicken isn't cooked, saute it first in the margarine, then add mushrooms and onions.  Add about a teaspoon of minced garlic if you have it.  You can always increase the garlic powder if not.  After onions are cooked, add cream cheese and chicken stock, then soup.  Add red pepper, salt, pepper, garlic powder and onion powder.  Cook on low, stirring frequently to prevent burning.  When sauce has all come together, add cooked and drained pasta.  You may not need entire pound, depending on consistency of sauce.

Not a super quick meal, but a hearty one.  It doesn't take too long if your chicken is already cooked and it keeps well for the next day's lunches!

Who Me? Not Me!

No, Mom, I'm not going to eat Addy's food.  Nuh, huh, not me....  Why are you taking my picture?  This can't be entered as evidence against me, can it?  I plead not guilty!

Actually, Shadow will stand UNDER Addy and the two of them will eat out of the dog food bowl at the same time.  It's not like the cat doesn't have any cat food.  She has tons!  Except when Addy gets at it and eats all the cat food in her bowl.  Sigh.

Almost went upstairs yesterday, but then my darling daughter showed up and we visited for a while.  When she left I just wasn't in the mood to go up anymore and sew.

I'm sure if I looked back on the blog at other January's I would find the same pattern.  After Christmas I just seem to lose the urge to sew for a few weeks.  It will return.  No fear!  :)

And please excuse that horrible linoleum flooring in my kitchen!  yuck, yuck, yuck!  That's actually a good spot on the floor, too.  Under the fridge there is a huge place where the previous fridge motor scorched the floor because it got so hot.  Real fire hazard, that was.  In front of the freezer is a spot about two feet square where a previous dog chewed and peeled the linoleum up.  Why?  Boredom?  Who knows....  Anyway, putting down wood laminate is on the list for in the kitchen.  Just have to get the other rooms done first.

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Funky Tut

So my uncle decided his life was not complete unless he had a llama.  So he got a llama.  Here, in all his glory, is King Tut the llama:

Oh my.

Sorry I haven't had any quilt related posts lately.  I just haven't been sewing much.  I'll get back to it real soon, promise!

Oh Deer

While walking through the local farm and home store the other day I came across this lamp with deer antlers for a base.  I thought it was so unique that I had to call my daughter and tell her I wanted to get it for her boyfriend for a gift.  You know what she said?  He already has one!  I really should have known...

Good Day Sunshine

This morning, when I was talking to my mother, she mentioned that it was very cold and icy, and very dreary in her part of the state.  I said that the sun was shining here and she commented that she couldn't remember what the sun looked like.  So I sent her some sunshine!

This is the sun rising right out back of my office.

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Interesting Find

At lunch I took a few minutes and stopped in the antique shop close to work.  There was a beautiful cabinet with a sewing machine in it for sale.  I wasn't real interested in the machine, but the cabinet sure was pretty.

I especially liked the extra piece on the right side of the machine, which was a Western, by the way.  The drawers were in good shape, also.

They were asking $75 for it.  I just couldn't see spending that if I wasn't in love with the machine, so it stayed at the shop.  I'm sure it will eventually find a good home.

Lake View

Our community has a very nice lake.  It's just referred to as the Old Lake, because, yes, there is a New Lake, too.  They are both part of our water source for town and surrounding areas.

Anyway, the Old Lake is someplace I always have found peaceful and I enjoy going there during all the seasons.  We even had the kids' graduation parties there years ago.

When we were out during the weekend I asked Ev to take a small detour and drive to the lake.  We didn't get out of the car, but I did get to shoot a few pics.

Kind of bare right now because it's Winter, but soon enough it will be green!  We did have a beautiful weekend, temperature wise, as it got into the upper 40's.

Good Books

I have been reading a series of books by Linda Castillo lately and really enjoying them.  They are based on a female character who is chief of police in a rural Ohio community.  I finished the fourth in the series last night and immediately started reading the fifth!

My library doesn't have these books, but our interlibrary loan program is able to get them.  It usually takes a week or two, but eventually they come.  I'm not sure how many are in the series, but if there are more, I am going to have to order them soon!

I still love reading on my ereaders, but sometimes I just want a good book in my hands.  Plus, I don't like to pay much for ebooks, and if I'm only going to read them once, I don't want to spend the money!

Three Days Off

Back to work after three days off!  Had a nice weekend, but didn't do any sewing.  Friday night I went out with my friend for dinner.  Saturday night a group of family went to see Dueling Piano's who were playing for a fundraiser in town.  Here's my son and his girlfriend:

Sunday Ev and I went to see the movie American Sniper.  Now, this isn't my kind of movie because of all the violence, however I owed Ev one because he went to see Into the Woods with me.  American Sniper was an excellent movie and I'm sure it will win a lot of awards.  Very moving.