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Friday, February 20, 2015

One of these days

I will get my ducks in a row and start posting here
But
I have to admit I seem to like reading
Better than writing.
But
I always like taking pictures.
We were at my daughter's the other day and oldest
grand was blowing bubble gum bubbles.
Youngest grand was adorable trying to figure out what that was
all about.
I adore the two of them. They make me smile.


Thursday, January 8, 2015

The trees are down and the decorations packed away.

I have to admit it makes me sad packing away all the decorations.
I have things that were gifts, things I've bought, things I've made, things my daughter and nieces made.
I even have a couple cross stitch things my mom made.
I also have my mother's first tree.
I love having something my grandmother held on to for many years.
Christmas gets here and I always feel like there are so many things I should have done.
I made one kind of cookie this year. 
That is it.
I tried a new recipe for a cake which was good but was just so time consuming.
I decided this past Thanksgiving and Christmas I have to streamline my cooking.
I was exhausted. 
Of course I was also sick off and on for weeks.

Anyway just a few random pictures cause I like them.

And it is so cold here. 

In the teens this morning.

This is a slice of the Peppermint Cheesecake cake I made.
It was very good.
From the Southern Living website.


I accidentally left this up and think I will leave it until we get
a Southern Snow.


I love this picture of #1 granddaughter when she was around #2s age.

Saturday, December 27, 2014

Christmas morning

We spent Christmas morning at my daughter's

We had a lovely brunch

and got to see the girls open their presents.




Monday, December 22, 2014

Shortbread

I think I found this recipe in Taste of the South.
It is so simple with just 3 ingredients.
I made 2 batches today so have a tin full to take to a friend.


Shortbread
Preheat oven to 300 degrees F

Cream together until light and fluffy
1 cup softened butter
and 1/2 cup sugar
Stir in 2 cups all-purpose flour.
Pat into a 13 x 9 inch pan.
Bake 30-40 minutes until lightly browned.
Remove from oven.
Prick with a fork in a zigzag pattern to allow steam to escape.
Allow to cool then cut. 
(I love the tins with the clear tops, I just got 2 but maybe I can find more of them).

Sunday, December 7, 2014

Christmas

I love Christmas
Through the years I have collected so many Christmas items.
This is my big tree in the living room that has ornaments of all colors. 
I had to adjust the lights a bit after taking this pic :)
Some of my Coca Cola ornaments.

Opps, got too much of the cords in this pic. 

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Thanksgiving

Hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving.
We had a houseful of people. 
My sister was here. She has 2 more chemo treatments and then the chemo is done.
My granddaughter and great-nieces spent the night. 
Now I am decorating for Christmas. 

Tea to wash down the turkey :)

Sunday, October 5, 2014

Soup


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.