Monday, September 29, 2008
Sunday, September 28, 2008
I thought about apologizing for this post being such a downer but I am not going to. Hopefully it will help someone find the comfort they need knowing that others are going through the same things they are. Maybe it will help me also.
Wednesday, September 24, 2008
Monday, September 22, 2008
It is officially one of my favorite times of year (ok, so I like something about all of the seasons!). I do wish that we had a little bit more "color" during the fall but such is life in our wonderful state! Where has the cool gone? Our high tomorrow is 90!
Mrs. H had her list of Autumn things so I thought that I would make my own (no, I don't have any original ideas today!) so here goes.
When I think of Autumn, I think of. . . . . camping, plaid blankets, sweaters and sweatshirts, comfy afghans, thick socks, homemade chili, stew, and sloppy joes, flannel, pumpkins, scarecrows, gourds, football (and tons of extra traffic), new season of tv shows, fuzzy slippers, sneezy noses. . . . . .I can't think of anymore!
In honor of Mrs. H. and her wonderful organization, I thought I would let you get a peek at my weekly menu.
Supper Menus - September 22nd - 27th:
Monday: roast, potatoes, carrots, mushrooms, green beans, rolls & rocky road ice cream (cooked by and eaten at Mom's house!)
Tuesday: sloppy joes (not the homemade sauce kind but the out of the can sauce kind), potatoe salad (homemade)
Wednesday: probaby leftovers or something out after church
Thursday: nothing because we will be eating lunch at La Riviera (yummy, yummy in my tummy) and won't have to eat dinner!!
Friday: don't know, we will be at my sister's house
That is it for today. More enlightening nonsense and yummy recipes later!!!
Friday, September 19, 2008
"Then summer fades and passes and October comes. We'll smell smoke then, and feel an unexpected sharpness, a thrill of nervousness, swift elation, a sense of sadness and departure."- Thomas Wolfe
Tuesday, September 16, 2008
I can not believe how much traffic there is around here because of Ike. It is worse than football weekend and this weekend we have a game. If you are smart, you will stay off of the road and out of the restaurants. I think there will be about a million people here (not really) and no gas! Oh well, such is life in a college town!
Anyway, I really wanted to share this recipe. It is sooo good!
Swiss and Bacon Dip From the kitchen of Rachael Ray
8 slices center cut bacon, chopped
8 ounces softened cream cheese
1/2 cup mayonnaise
2 rounded teaspoons prepared Dijon style mustard
1 1/2 cups shredded Swiss cheese, available on dairy aisle
3 scallions, chopped
1/2 cup smoked almonds,
Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
Brown bacon in nonstick skillet over medium high heat. Drain crisp bacon bits on paper towels.
In a mixing bowl, combine cream cheese, mayonnaise, Dijon, Swiss and scallions with cooked bacon. Transfer to a shallow small casserole or baking dish and bake until golden and bubbly at edges, 15 to 18 minutes. Top with chopped smoked almonds. Place dip on a platter and surround warm casserole with breads and carrots for dipping.
Yield: 6 servings
Variation: Swiss and Bacon Dip with Horseradish - Stir in 2 rounded teaspoons prepared horseradish when combining cheese and bacon.
Monday, September 15, 2008
i am...a Christian, a wife, a daughter, a sister, a teacher, a friend.
i dream...of one day having a family of my own.
i think...that my husband and family bring out the best in me.
i know...that I am a terrible housekeeper.
i want...children and to find a job that I will love.
i have...an amazing husband, an awesome family and great friends.
i wish...this year would have turned out differently.
i hate...feeling bad about the things I sometimes say and do.
i miss...my baby boy Raymond.
i fear...never having children.i feel...like I am
i hear...the noise of the tv.
i smell...cinnamon candles!
i crave...Mexican food.
i search...for knowledge and a better understanding of my Christian walk.
i wonder...will I ever be a mommy?
i regret...that I am sometimes not the person I should be.
i love...my family so much it sometimes hurts.
i ache...when I know someone I care about is hurting.
i care...my family and friends.
i always...try to be a good person.
i am not...going to let anyone get the best of me.
i believe...in Jesus Christ.
i dance...when no one is watching.
i sing...a lot!
i cry...when my heart is hurting or when I feel overwhelmed.
i don't...want to hurt anymore.
i hope...next year is better than this year.
i fight...for what I believe in.
i write...because I can say things better that way.
i lose...my train of thought often.
i listen...when someone needs to be heard.
i can usually be found...at home.
i need...to count my blessings.
i am happy...when I am with my husband.
i desire...to always be the best that I can be!
Jessica Simpson's Chicken and Dumplings
3 rolls of reduced-fat croissant rolls, divided (recommended brand Pillsbury)
1 small rotisserie chicken, skin discarded and meat removed from bones
1 can of low-sodium, reduced-fat cream of chicken soup
1 can of low-sodium, reduced-fat cream of mushroom soup
1 cup low-sodium chicken broth
Salt and ground black pepper
Yields: 4 servings
Preheat oven to 400ºF.
Roll out the cans of croissant sheets and separate into diamond shaped sections. Place a small handful of rotisserie chicken on each diamond, fold dough over and press ends together to create dumplings. Cut up any excess dough into strips.
Line a 9x13" baking dish with one layer of dumplings. Pour the can of cream of chicken soup over the layer of dumplings, followed by the can of cream of mushroom soup, and chicken broth.
Place strips in a crisscross pattern on the top of the dumplings and soup mixture, season dish with salt and ground black pepper and bake until the dumplings are tender and cooked through and the top is bubbly and brown, about 30 minutes.