Friday, January 29, 2010

Fantastic Friday

Good Friday morning.  Still working away at job work.

Today I am putting on a good cold weather recipe.

Have a good weekend.

Crunchy chicken casserole

1 Whole cooked chicken  shredded up
5 cups diced celery
2 cups almonds   I like the flavored ones  Bust them up or get the slivered ones
2 bunches of green onion, sliced
2 cans of olives, drained and sliced    Try black or green
2 cans Rotel diced tomatoes and green chilies, well drained   (If desired)
5 cups shredded Colby-Jack      Or cheese of your choice
2 cups Mircle Whip
2 cups sour cream
5 cups crushed potato chips

Combine chicken, celery, almonds, onion, olives, and Rotel in a large bowl.
Add two cups of cheese.  In a small bowl, combine Mircle Whip and sour cream and add to chicken mix.  Stir well.

Transfer to two greased 3qt baking dishes.  Sprinkle with chips and remaining cheese.  Bake, uncovered 350 for 25 - 30 minutes or until hot.

You can use flavored chips.

I serve this with a salad, homemade bread, and Jell-o parfaits.

Layer Jell-o pudding or Jell-0 gelatin in layers between Cool whip in dessert glasses.

You can also use cream of chicken soup or cream of mushroom soup in place of the sour cream and Mircle Whip.

Thursday, January 28, 2010

Still working

I am leaving a quick post, as I am working on job work.  It is cloudy and cool here today.  We are suppose to get thunderstorms this afternoon and evening.  It feels like spring here. 

I worked on an alphabet sampler.  I will get pics when I am done with my job work for the day.  I am using another DMC varigated floss.  It is cream to dark brown.  It is great. 

We got Bri a plastic bowling set.  She loves it.  We bowl on the tiled walkway from the garage to the back door.  All three of us were out there laughing and carrying on.  It was fun.  I can't wait until we can get out the jump rope, hula hoop, jacks, bubbles, etc.  Did you love hopscotch?  I did.  Bri is always asking me to draw her a hopscotch.  Do you remember foursquare?  I do.

Have a wonderful day.

Here is the pattern I am going to follow for Bri's teacher's baby blanket.

This is in a book called  48 hours something for crochet.

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Over the hump day.

Been working at my job work.  So this will be another short post.

Didn't feel much like stitching last night after staring at the computer all day.  I ended up watching A&E for a couple of hours last night.  Love the paranormal shows.  I'll watch Ghost Hunters tonight.

Do you believe in ghosts?  Have you seen one?  Just knew something was around?

I believe very much so.  There was a shadow that hung around the stairwell to our upstairs back in Ohio.  Even Brianna asked who that was on the steps.  I know something also watched over Brianna's crib when she was little.  Her toys would play even when they were turned off.  She would be laughing or talking and I would go in her room and she was looking in the corner above her crib.

Tell me your story.

Have a good day.

Bri and her friends from Ohio.  She is wearing the pink tank.

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Tuesday Tales

For all of those who asked, here is my pie crust and pie recipe:

For the crust:

Two crust 9 inch pie

2 1/2 cups flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup shortening
6-7 tablespoons icy cold water

Mix flour and salt.  Cut in shortening with a pastry cutter or two knives.  Combine lightly until it resembles course meal.  Sprinkle water over the flour mix a tablespoon at a time and mix with a fork.  Use only enough water so that the pastry will hold together when pressed into a ball.   Don't make it too wet.  Roll out for bottom crust first, then the top crust.

For the pie:

3/4 - 1 cup sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
1 1/2 tablespoon flour
6 large tart apples    ( I love granny smith)
2 tablespoons butter

I also prick the bottom of the crust with a fork, then I put one cup of flavored applesauce.  The lunch cups that they sell for kids lunches.  I've used mango/peach, etc.

Preheat oven for 425.  Use a glass pie plate.  Put the bottom crust into the pan and prick with a fork.  Mix the sugar, salt, spices, and flour together.  Peel, core, and slice the apples.  Put the apples slices in a large bowl.  Toss them with the sugar mixture to coat.  Pile them into the pie plate.  Dot with pieces of the butter.  Put on your top crust.  If using a whole top, cut vents into the top.  I use foil around the edges until 15 minutes is left in the time.  Bake at 425 for 10 minutes, then lower the heat to 350 and bake 35 - 45 minutes until apples are tender and crust is browned.

For those of you who commented on the fish tanks, yes it is very relaxing.  Sometimes I lay on our bed and watch the fish swim around for a few minutes.  It is said that it lowers your heartrate and blood pressure.  It is even better if you turn on soft music.  I like new age or classical.  It seems like the fish are swimming to the music!!!  A nice small break during the day. 

Have a blessed day.

Monday, January 25, 2010

Taking a break

I am where I want to be with my job work.  Bri and Daddy are playing board games.  So I am popping on to drop in this picture.

I am sharing some of my roosters in my collection.

This was given to me by my best buddy, Wendy. 

Have a good night.

Monday Morning

I have got Brianna off to school, my emails read, and my tea in hand.  I now have to post this and get busy on my job work.  Yuck.

I got in the stitchy mood last night and did up this freebie.  It was fun.  I love DMC varigated colors.  I took a break from my alphabet SAL.

George is getting his salt tank going very well.  Brianna loves it.  His freshwater tanks are going well also.  Can you tell that this is his hobby??

Have a great day.

Sunday, January 24, 2010

Got the pie fever!

I suddenly wanted an apple pie this afternoon.  So I made one up.  I have pics with and without the top crust.  I usually do a lattice top, but got lazy today.  I was going to get a pic when it was done, but it got attacked.  I guess I wasn't the only one hungry for apple pie.

While I was pregnant with Brianna, 2004, I entered several items in the local fair.  I won two first place and two third.  Not bad for a first timer.  My apple pie got a third.  It was beaten by a chiffon, and a coconut cream.  I was proud to win at all.  My banana pear bread won third.  I took first with my buckeyes and my peanut butter kisses.  My buckeyes held up to the 90+ heat.  I was on cloud nine.

Have a great day.

Sunny Sunday

We started the day off with IHOP and a trip to the park.  Not our usual Sunday.  But the beautiful sunny morning was calling us to play.  We took a nice walk in the woods also.

I didn't get much stitching done this weekend and don't think I will much this week.  I have a deadline coming this week on my job work.  So that kills the fun this week. 

Have a blessed day.

Friday, January 22, 2010


I have joined the Totally Useless SAL.  It is just a fun thing to do with all the odds and ends that you have after you finish a project. 

You can go down to my favorite blogs and go to Dragon My Needle.  Happy collecting.

Here is my jar.  I am glad to find something to put all those ends in !!  Happy Stitching!

Bri's park

This is the great park that Bri likes to go to.  It has a nice path to walk on also.

Have a nice weekend.
My 3.00 purchase at Cracker Barrel.   I love that place!!

Fantastic Friday

Can you believe it is Friday?  I can't.  But we lost Monday this week.

Went running errands and just some fun shopping.  I got some plastic flip top bins to get my floss and needle work items under control.  George got some more fish and an urchin for his saltwater tank.  We started the day with a nice breakfast a Cracker Barrel.  I got a beautiful serving plate for 3.00.  Pics to come.

I got chicken for a pretty good price.  I like to get it cheap.  I cook it and use it for salad, chicken salad, for main dishes, etc   This is my recipe:

I put the chicken breasts in a saute pan with high sides.  I sprinkle it with Morton's Nature's Seasons Seasoning Blend.  It does contain salt.  Then I sprinkle on garlic powder, onion powder, pepper.  Then I put two tablespoons of chicken bullion powder in and a cup of hot water.   I put it on until it boils, then I put it on med/low and let it simmer 35 - 40 minutes.  Then I turn it off and let it cool with the lid on.  When I get to it, I dice it, shred it, or whatever.  Easy.

Tonight, we are having Chicken Alfredo.  I got two jars of Alfredo sauce fairly cheap at Walmart.  It is their brand.  But it is quick and easy.

Today's pic is the cattle behind the Tractor Supply Company that I like to go to.

Have a blessed day!

Thursday, January 21, 2010

Thank you all

I would like to thank all of you who commented on my blog and decided to follow me.  It is very heartwarming.  It is nice to know that there are such nice people out there.  I hope to make many life friends here.

I am very new to the internet, blogs, and web sites.  It is amazing how many things that you can find with just one word search.  It can give me that recipe I have been looking for, a craft or project for my daughter to do on a long rainy weekend, support when I need someone to talk to, a laugh from the funny things that you can find, and many wonderful people all over the world.

This was taken last spring back in Ohio.  The kids had found the joy of sliding down a hill in the rain.  My lovely daughter is in the light blue outfit on the side.  Thank God for Tide!!  Isn't the look on her face so priceless?

Have a beautiful day and God bless.

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Freebie Update

Here is the latest on my freebie from Needleprint.


Over the hump day.

How is everyone today?  It is cloudy and foggy here this morning.  We are suppose to get thunderstorms this afternoon.

I am off to Lunch Bunch at the church.  I am taking chilli and a dessert.  I am not sure about which dessert to take yet.  Lunch Bunch meets once a month.  Usually the ladies have a study starting at 10.  But Pastor Cassandra had a conflict on her schedule.  We are studying Joshua.

The church has lots of activities all thru the month.  It is a very caring and loving place.  I have been made to feel very welcome.

For those who have asked, we moved from Ohio to Texas this past July.  It is a 1300 some mile move.  It has been quite an experience.  We now live on the outskirts of Houston.  We lived in Warren, Ohio. It is in the Northeast corner.  It was a much smaller town.  I lived there all my life.  My hubby grew up on a farm in Fowler, Ohio.  It is about a 15 minute drive from Warren.  We had a 175 x 50 lot in a nice neighborhood.  I had gardens and grew herbs, fruit, veggies, and flowers.  The neighborhood had sidewalks and I knew most of the people around as I had lived a street over growing up.

But jobs were getting scarce, crime was rising, and the future was looking dim.  So we had the chance to move here with George's sister.  So we are working to get back on our feet and find a place of our own.  We both long for a more rural setting. 

I like alot of things about Texas, as well as miss things in Ohio.  I don't miss the icy, snowy, and cold winters of Ohio.  But the hot Texas summer is something. 

We just never know what God's plans are for us.  We may not understand it, but we know that it is his plan.

Have a blessed day.

This is the Alice in Wonderland with the Snow White apron and cowboy boots.  Bri loves Texas!

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Tuesday Tales

Not much going on here today besides job work and house work.  I am planning a nice stitch session tonight.  I have to run errands today. 

I am enjoying the weather here today.  We are suppose to get to 70.  There is a nice breeze.  I have the slider open and am enjoying the smell of spring.

My mail is starting to bring me seed catalogs.  I can't wait to get my hands in the dirt.  It will be a container year.  I know I want herbs, tomatoes, peppers, and strawberries.  I'll see what I can do.

My favorite way to serve fresh tomatoes is:

slice fresh tomatoes
layer in a glass baking dish
on each layer sprinkle the tomatoes with olive oil, garlic, fresh ground pepper, salt or salt alternative, basil, and oregano
refrig until chilled
great on hamburgers, sandwiches, etc or on there own like a salad

Have a beautiful day.

My first friend in Texas
This is Honey

Monday, January 18, 2010

More fish adventures

George and I went to Red Lobster for lunch.  We took Brianna.  That is where we went for our first date.  Except the Red Lobster that we went to is in Pennsylviana.

George got an Emerald green crab for his saltwater tank.  It freaks me out a little.  When I was in grade school, I went to a girl's house and she had hermit crabs.  I had nightmares about those pinchy things.  Thank God the tank isn't in our bedroom.  I hate spiders too.  Funny, because some of the biggest spiders are here in south Texas.  And snakes.  Oh, and tree roaches.    Yuck.

I am planning to stitch more on my A tonight.  I got two packs of 28 count fabric and three DMC varigated floss skeins.  They go from brown to peach to cream.  I really like the new varigated flosses.  The blue one is really nice also.

Have a blessed day.

14 years ago

My hubby and I went out on our first date 14 years ago today.  We were both off from work and spent the day together.  I went thinking that we were just "hanging" out.  I didn't realize that he liked me.  But before he left that evening, he kissed me.  I was so surprized.  We have been together ever since.  We married in Aug of 1997.

Funny how things go.  I am so blessed with a wonderful, caring hubby.  I thank God everynight for him.

Saturday, January 16, 2010

My progress on my A SAL

Here is where I am after today's work.

See ya'll soon

About Roosters

For those of you who asked.  Yes, I collect roosters.  It started out small.  I had rooster towels in my kitchen.  Well, my hubby's nickname is Rooster.  When we started dating in Jan of 1996, it took on a life of its own.  I have a birthmark that is rooster shaped.  Somehow it went crazy.  I had roosters in every room of the house.  Even on the Shower curtain.  So watch what you collect as it can get out of hand.

I worked more on my A pattern last night.  If you are interested in joining the alphabet SAL or Cheaters sampler as it has become known, go to the yahoo group and join The Stitchers Antics group.  We will be glad to have you.

I don't think I will be on much in the next few days.  Brianna has no school on Monday for Martin Luther King Day.  We are planning to have a picnic and a day at the park.  I am very much looking forward to it. 

I am not missing the snow and ice that we would have had back in Ohio.  But I am still trying to get use to Texas.  It is vastly different from Ohio.  I miss my circle of friends in Ohio very much. 

Friday, January 15, 2010

This little fellow is a freebie that I found while blogging. 

This is the start of my Alphabet SAL. I am using A.

This most beautiful thread is from Vikki Clayton Fibers.

My first Blog

Yes, this is my first Blog.  This is where I want to share my cross stitch projects, life, and friends.