Gardening, cooking, crafting and being Nannie

Sunday, October 5, 2014


Southwestern Chicken Soup
Recipe from Country Woman magazine

I made this the other day and it was soooooo good.

I will be making it again. 

I love to make soups, everything in one pot.

What could be easier?
Serves 4

2 tablespoons olive oil
½ lb chicken, boneless, skinless cut into cubes
¼ cup chopped onion
2 stalks celery chopped (my addition)
2 cloves garlic minced
1 large carrot chopped (my addition)
1 can whole kernel corn drained
1 can black beans rinsed and drained
1 can chicken broth
1 tub of Knorr’s homestyle chicken stock (concentrated stock) (my addition)
1 can diced tomatoes and green chillies
1 tsp ground cumin
½ tsp salt
½ tsp chili powder
1/8 tsp cayenne pepper (I left this one out)
Shredded cheese, fresh cilantro and sour cream for serving
Tortilla chips to crumble into soup if you want to

Saute onion, celery and carrot. Add chicken and sauté until chicken is no longer pink. Add garlic and sauté 1 minute. Stir in the can of tomatoes and green chillies, cook until carrots are tender. Then add spices, beans and corn. Cook about 20 minutes.

Top servings with cheese, cilantro, sour cream and chips.

Tuesday, September 23, 2014


Dressed for the country.

Growing up way too fast.

There is a hint of fall in the air. Nights are cooler, humidity is down, leaves are starting to get the smallest amount of color.  In a few weeks it should be beautiful.

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Busy days

I've been busy taking my hubby to the doctor. He has hip, leg and knee problems mostly due to arthritis. The last doctor he saw referred him back to the first doctor. I asked him if he felt like he was on a merry go round.
I've also been busy with my sister who had surgery for colon and ovarian cancer. She started chemo last week. Praying for her every day.

We've had a lot of things in the garden keeping my busy, too. I've frozen corn, squash, and zucchini. I'm going to shred some zucchini and freeze it to use in bread.
Last week I canned green beans, made blackberry jam, and made blackberry jelly.
We managed a short trip to Virginia for hubby's family reunion.
Love this little sleepy face.
 And this little smiley face.
 Some of the canning.
 Corn from the garden
 Veggies from the garden
 Blackberries from vines we planted last year.

Friday, May 2, 2014

Mollie Makes project

I love Mollie Makes a UK craft magazine. I love the little gifts they always have on the cover. The other day I saw something so adorable in there I just had to make it for the baby granddaughter.

They said to use felt for the project but I had lots of fleece (Olivia and I use fleece for our stuffies) so that is what I used.

Thursday, April 24, 2014


I love spring. Sometimes it starts here in February. I saw the first daffodils blooming at the end of February.
Then we have Bradford Pears and Redbuds.

Now the dogwoods are blooming and yes we had dogwood winter (it got really cold and threatened to frost). The azeleas are blooming. Some of our flowers are blooming.

I planted a few geraniums, petunias and marigolds. I have some seeds to plant.

A couple pictures of all the spring around us.
Dogwoods and azeleas.
  Dogwood bloom

 This wild violet seeded in the trunk of a tree.
 Tulips and bleeding hearts.
 More white azeleas.

Monday, April 21, 2014


April is the month for birthdays for both our grands.
The oldest is 12.
The baby is 1.
I think they are growing up way too fast.
I love every minute I get to spend with them.

Friday, April 4, 2014

Play day

Piper came to spend the day while her parents went to Ikea.

She jabbers all the time and says several words.

Her favorite word OUTSIDE and then being taken outside to play.
 Walking up the hill.  Isn't she too little for this?
 Riding in Olivia's little car. That Cabbage Patch Dolly was her mommy's.

A 2 1/2 hour nap.