Wednesday, March 28, 2012
I've been making it using a Rotisserie Chicken, which makes it quicker and adds such good flavor!
1 Rotisserie Chicken
32 ounces chicken broth
4 cups water
1 medium onion, chopped
3 stalks celery, chopped
3 carrots, sliced
1 1/2 cups egg noodles (I use wheat)
1/2 teaspoon dried basil
1/2 teaspoon rosemary
salt and pepper to taste
The evening before you plan to serve this, place already cooked chicken into crockpot with about 1/2 cup water and cook on high for about 3 hours, or until meat is falling apart.
remove skin and bone, shredding chicken. Save the broth.
You can finish this at this point, and just refrigerate it until cooking it in the morning, or do the next steps the next day.
Place chicken and reserved broth into crock pot. Add chicken broth, water, onion, celery, carrots, basil, rosemary, salt and pepper. Cook on low for about 7-8 hours until vegetables are tender. Stir in noodles and cook for another hour.
Monday, March 26, 2012
I am really enjoying the color and blooms I'm seeing around here.
The red twigged dogwood is coming to life!
Down the street, the field of rye grass is bright green.
The little grape hyacinths are showing their cheerful faces.
The buds are starting to appear on the snow ball bush.
I love the delicate blooms on the dogwood tree,
Bob helped Heather build this little birdhouse when she was just a little girl. It's waiting for someone to move in!
And up front, our oak leaf hydrangea's leaves are just starting to unfurl.
"Flowers appear on the earth, the season of singing has come"
Song of Solomon 2:12
Sunday, March 25, 2012
There was a spot I wanted to use, that would show the stream in the background, but the sun wouldn't be shining on Alaina's face or at my camera. However, when we got there, we found that lots of people were taking advantage of the nice day and there were kids playing in the spot I wanted to use.
After all this she started to get fussy and sick of us repositioning her. I guess we'll have to wait on that modeling gig!
Thursday, March 22, 2012
Wednesday, March 21, 2012
However - I made them while Andy was home. When he tried them, his exact words were - "where have these been all my life?" Yes - they are really good!
Chocolate Caramel Squares
14 ounce package caramels
1/3 cup evaporated milk
1 german chocolate cake mix
1 tablespoon water
3/4 cup softened butter
6 ounces chocolate chips
Combine caramels and milk; microwave, stirring occasionally until melted and set aside.
Combine remaining ingredients except chocolate chips. Stir together until dough is crumbly, but holds together. Press half of dough into greased 9x13 pan. Bake at 350 degrees for 6 minutes. Sprinkle chocolate chips over crust. Spread melted caramel over all. Sprinkle reserved dough over all. Bake 15-20 minutes at 350 degrees. Cool completely and enjoy!
Monday, March 19, 2012
She doesn't do that yet, but once she figures it out, she'll love it.
You may notice there is a book under her. She isn't tall enough for her feet to reach the floor without it.
I noticed that the book was Strong's Bible Concordance.
When I mentioned it to Laura, she said - "We're training her to stand on the word!"
Sunday, March 18, 2012
It was so nice this weekend, that when I got out of work, I went for a walk to enjoy it.
Here's a few berries that have hung on through the winter.
The tulips are growing!
And so are the windflowers.
These are wild pansies, growing in our woods.
The daffodils will be open very soon.
I love these cheery crocus.
I don't know how long this weather will last, but I'm enjoying it while it's here!
Thursday, March 15, 2012
It's nice that he will be close enough to make the occasional trip home. It takes about 9 hours.
I thought I would share a few pictures of our time with him.
This is a typical Andy picture. He is always goofing off and teasing us. You see the expression on his face due to the fact that I am taking his picture...
When Andy is home, we have a lot of family gatherings. This is from a party celebrating my Dad's 81st birthday.
Wednesday, March 14, 2012
I found the recipe for this cake on Feeding My Temple, and it turned out just as promised.
This cake is so easy to make and tastes like cinnamon rolls. It's nice and moist and stayed fresh for longer than I thought it would. Yummy!
For more recipes, visit Sandra at Diary of a SAHM.
Cinnamon Roll Cake
3 cups flour
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 cup sugar
4 teaspoons baking powder
1 1/2 cups milk
2 teaspoons vanilla
1/2 cup butter, melted
Mix all ingredients except for butter. Slowly stir in the melted butter until well incorporated. Pour into greased 9x13 pan.
1 cup butter softened
1 cup brown sugar
2 tablespoons flour
1 tablespoon cinnamon
Mix all ingredients until well combined. Drop evenly over batter and swirl with a knife. Bake at 350 degrees for 28 to 32 minutes.
2 cups powdered sugar
5 tablespoons milk
1 teaspoon vanilla
Mix together and drizzle over cake while warm.
Tuesday, March 13, 2012
Monday, March 12, 2012
I've read posts from several bloggers who have quit commenting if a blog has word verification. I haven't reached that point, but I have tried to leave comments and been unable to, and I have skipped commenting when I don't have much time.
I know spam has been a problem for some of you, but blogger has new methods of stopping spammers. I frequently get spam comments, but they are always stopped and left in the spam folder.
If you have word verification and would like to turn it off, here are instructions. And if you do turn it off - Thanks!!!
1. Open Dashboard
2. Click on comments
Scroll down to:
"Show word verification for comments?"
Click on no
Scroll down to Save Settings
That's it - you've made all your commenters happy!
Sunday, March 11, 2012
When he got back took Andy out for lunch and a game of bowling. He and his wife Ann are avid bowlers and are pretty good, especially Ann.
We stopped at the bowling alley so he could see Alaina too.
They had fun bowling, and Ann beat them all.
I know Andy enjoyed spending time with them again!
Thursday, March 8, 2012
I went past their house the other day and couldn't help but smile when I saw this little group of snow people!
I have to admit to not being a fan of winter, but I do like snowmen!
It's now warmed up and they are melted. This may be the end of this years snowmen.
Wednesday, March 7, 2012
For more recipes, visit Sandra at Diary of a SAHM.
2 tsp olive oil
9 oz ground turkey
1 onion, chopped
1 green pepper chopped
3 cloves garlic minced
1 – 32 oz chicken broth
1 – 15 oz tomato sauce
1 – 14.5 oz diced tomatoes
½ tsp salt
¼ tsp crushed red pepper
4 ounces noodles of any kind
½ tsp thyme
½ cup reduced fat mozzarella
Heat oil over medium heat. Add the turkey, onion, pepper and garlic. Cook until meat is browned. Add the broth, tomato sauce, diced tomatoes, salt and red pepper and thyme. Bring to boil. Reduce
Heat and simmer about 20 minutes. Add the noodles and simmer uncovered, stirring occasionally until noodles are tender- 10-12 minutes. Remove from heat, stir in mozzarella.
Makes 8 cups. Each serving is 1 cup and is 125 calories.
Tuesday, March 6, 2012
Monday, March 5, 2012
First, you have to know that for some reason, Laura and Andy have had this running joke about possums. When Laura was living at home, she had one run across the street in front of her and Andy has teased her about it since then.
So - when we were in a gift shop, and heard Andy and Heather laughing like crazy, we totally understood why upon seeing Andy holding a possum puppet.
The thing was as ugly as a real possum would be, but it was understood that Alaina needed it!
No - she didn't leave it there. :)