Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Cooking Thursday

Today's recipe is one I made for the first time last week, but it won't be the last time I make it!  It's really good, and can also be made ahead of time as a freezer meal.  It's so easy - all you have to do is layer ingredients and then bake it.

Swiss Chicken

3 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
6-8 slices swiss cheese
1 can cream of chicken soup
1/2 cup milk
1 package Stove top stuffing
1/2 cup melted butter
cooked rice

1. Cover the bottom of a 7x11 or 9x13 pan with uncooked chicken. You can use the breasts whole or cut your chicken into chunks.  (I did the chunks - it made it easier to eat)
2. Layer 6-8 slices of swiss cheese over chicken.
3.  Mix soup with milk and pour over cheese.
4. Sprinkle stuffing mix over soup mixture.
5. Drizzle melted butter over stuffing crumbs.
Bake at 350 degrees for 45-60 minutes or until chicken is cooked through.
Serve over cooked rice.
*To freeze, make to the point where you have spread the soup mix over top.  Keep stuffing aside and add prior to cooking.

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Monday, November 17, 2014

And it begins...

At the end of last week, the weather people were predicting cold and snow for us.  When I got up Thursday, I cracked open the door to check, anticipating a dusting of snow.  That is not what I saw!  There was already at least 4 inches on the ground.
I usually turn on the morning news while getting ready.  The weather man came on and what did I hear?  "Allendale (my little town) is ground zero for snow fall today".  What?  How did we get so lucky?
I packed myself up and went to work.  It was snowing like crazy, slippery and hard to see in places.
Here's how things looked at work.

This is a picture of our backyard.  Do you see all that snow on the bird feeder?
We got 10 inches of snow on Thursday and another 4 inches by Friday morning.  This was our first snowfall of the season.  What a way to start the season!
This weather has continued through the weekend.  We got another 5 inches by Sunday, and today has been awful.  We're under a winter storm warning that started on 1pm Monday and isn't done until 9pm Tuesday.  It's snowing, blowing so that there are whiteouts and we're supposed to get another 8 inches by tomorrow night.

 This was taken out of our living room window this afternoon...

 And this is what the back yard looks like. 
I don't remember having snow like this before Thanksgiving Day.  I'm a bit worried about what this winter is going to bring!

Sunday, November 16, 2014

I'm back...

I had a wonderful blog break and time with family.  Thanks for all your congratulations on our little Ruby.  She is doing well, as is Laura.  Alaina loves her little sister and so far doesn't seem to be jealous.
We had lots of fun having Alaina here for a few days until Laura got home and settled. 

 Some things never change.  Here is Alaina, just out of the tub and needing to hold Oliver, while Oliver tries to get away.

 She had to show off her big sis shirt...

This was an activity we did one day.  It appears so easy, but it was hard to keep those snowmen standing.  She had fun though, and that's what counts!
It's been quiet around here since she went home, but she's enjoying being with her parents and new sister!
I had some days off during this time, and after she went home I accomplished some cleaning of cupboards and closets, which feels pretty good.
I'm so sorry, but I don't have any new pictures of Ruby!  When I've been there, I've been busy holding and snuggling, but I'll try to do better next time.  :)
One more thing - Monday the 17th is Laura's birthday.  Happy Birthday Laura!  You are a blessing to so many people, including us.  Hope you have a wonderful day.

Friday, November 14, 2014

Noah; a review and giveaway

I was given the opportunity to review a children's book called Noah.  Alaina loves books so I was interested in it.  When I read it was a wordless picture book, that was careful to be true to the Bible,  I wanted to see it.
When the book came, it surpassed my expectations.  It's hardcover, and is 64 pages of beautiful pictures. I'll show you a few...

You can see how beautiful these pictures are.  Alaina enjoyed looking at this with me.  I could tell her the story and point things out in the pictures as we went through it.  I've also shown it to several other people who thought it was an amazing book.  There is another fun thing in this book.  Every page has a mouse named Squeakers hidden somewhere.  Bob joined me in hunting for him and I have to admit we didn't find every one, but we had fun looking.
I recommend this book!  I think it's great for any age and would be a good addition to your library.  The nice people at Propeller Consulting, are letting me give a copy of this book away.  If you have a kid of any age in your life, you need to sign up for the giveaway.  All you have to do is leave a comment here telling me who you would share this with.  If you don't have a blog, be sure you leave a way for me to contact you.
The winner will be posted on Thursday evening, and the book will be mailed to you!

Disclosure (in accordance with the FTC’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising”): Many thanks to Propeller Consulting, LLC for providing this prize for the giveaway. Choice of winners and opinions are 100% my own and NOT influenced by monetary compensation. I did receive a sample of the product in exchange for this review and post.
 Only one entrant per mailing address, per giveaway. If you have won the same prize on another blog, you are not eligible to win it again. Winner is subject to eligibility verification.

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

She's finally here!

I got a phone call in the middle of the night last night.  Laura was ready to head to the hospital.  I picked Alaina up at 2am, they made it to the hospital at 2:30 and the baby was born at 3:30am.  That's cutting it a little close for me!
We brought Alaina up to meet her Wednesday morning.  Here are some pictures.

We're thanking God for the precious gift of Ruby June Ras
21 inches

She has lots of hair, and dimples when she wiggles her face.

 Alaina meeting her sister for the first time.

 Grandpa is already a goner!

Alaina wanted to take her home with us.

A sister is a special gift!

I'm taking some vacation days and Alaina is staying with us, so I'm taking a little blogging break.
I'll see you next week sometime.

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Wordless Wednesday

(I took this picture last Thursday.  The trees are much more bare now!)