Saturday, May 5, 2012

Happy Cinco De Mayo and Happy Derby Day too.........

Here's a great recipe that I love.  It takes a little more time than your normal evening meal but if you prep ahead of time it's not that bad.  It just dirties a lot of dishes.  But it is healthy and tasty and for me I have lovely leftovers!  I didn't take any pictures and I'm sorry for that but when you're working with chicken and dipping and breading it's a bit much.  I use Panko Italian Style bread crumbs and in my mind it makes all the difference in the world!  I'm not sure where I got this recipe.  If it from one of you please speak up and I will credit you because it is a real KEEPER!   

Chicken Caprese

6 skinless chicken tenderloins or 2 boneless, skinless chicken breasts cut in 6 pieces lengthwise
1/2 C Italian style bread crumbs
1/2 C flour
1 egg, beaten
1 1/2 T olive oil
2 Roma  tomatoes
1/4 C basil, loosely packed
6 ounces fresh mozzarella balls

Preheat oven to 350 F.  Chop Roma tomatoes into bite size pieces and put in a bowl.  Tear or chiffonade basil and add to tomatoes, stirring to combine.  Season with salt and pepper and set aside.  Rinse and dry chicken.  Dredge each piece of chicken in flour and let dry on a rack for 10 minutes.  Re-dredge each piece in flour again and then dip in egg wash and then in bread crumbs.  Let the chicken dry on a rack for another 10 minutes.  Meanwhile, heat a large skillet or saute pan over medium high heat.  Put 2 T of olive oil in pan and when the oil is hot add chicken pieces.  Cook each side for 2 minutes and then transfer to a 9 x 13 baking dish/pan.  Continue cooking all pieces adding more oil if necessary.  Place all chicken in baking dish/pan, trying to have as little overlap as possible.  Chop mozzarella into 3/4 inch cubes and sprinkle over chicken.  Bake in oven for 15 minutes until chicken is cooked through and cheese is melted and when it comes out sprinkle with the tomato basil mixture.

After supper I crocheted on my basket a bit more..........2 more colors!  Not sure when I'll stop....maybe when I run out of colors to use.  LOL!

I can't even remember what I did in the morning yesterday.  I think I just cleaned up the house, laundry and I think I might have worked outside a bit too.  I better get a grip!  Next thing you know they'll be asking me who's President!  Have a glorious Saturday and I hope the weather is just what you wish whereever you are.

Friday, May 4, 2012

A beautiful INSIDE day...........and it's my fav day...Friday!

I worked on my basket last night and it's getting TALLER!  As I mentioned, today will be an inside day.  I went out and watered this morning and it is already HOT and muggy and it is going to be in the 90's today with high humidity.  I don't mind as I have ac but I have to get some inside things done and when I walk in this weather I better plan on coming home, taking a bath and not getting anything else done.  Maybe I'll walk tonight if I'm not to tired but I'm not counting on it! LOL!  I have my pedometer on and I'm going to go by steps more than anything.  So, far this morning I've already gone 1584 steps so I'm no couch potato! LOL!
Now, for the big reveal as to what I got in the mail yesterday?  Take a gander at these treasures!

The first book in the M.C.Beaton series of Agatha Raisin....Ta Da!  I ordered from Thrift Books    They have free shipping and discounts on multiple orders.  Nancy Jo recommended them and I couldn't be more pleased.  Thanks Nancy Jo!
 Then this DVD is for my health and well-being iniative...walking for heart and lungs, lifting for muscle and back strength and yoga for flexibility.  Peggy Cappy has been on PBS many times and you know if she's on PBS she's got to be good!
The next book has been all over the internet so with that many of my friends endorsing it I just had to get it!
So far, so good! 
And the feast de' resistance...............

the backing for my quilt............isn't it gorgeous??????????  I so love it and it is the beginning of my new cottage farmhouse look!  I don't think anyone has coined that style yet?  Cottage Farmhouse or should it be Farmhouse Cottage?  Anyway, stayed tuned for multiple changes in my decorating.  You've already seen some in my crochet.....lots more of that coming down the pike too!  For the rest of today it will be laundry, clean up house, work on budget and bills for May, watch Wind at My Back on INSP at 1:00 p.m. while I crochet and take a mid afternoon break and then make Chicken Caprese for supper.  I'll also be taking breaks and reading my new Homespun Style book.  What a great weekend ahead...starting right now!  I hope yours is wonderful too!

Thursday, May 3, 2012

On the road again.............

 Oh...BTW........walked 3 miles  bp 125/73 pulse 73

I guess I'll be setting my alarm so I can get up early while it's still fairly cool.  It was overcast today which kept the temp at 72...still humid and I still "perspired" but I was able to landscape for an hour and then I went and walked my 3 miles with the girls.................Above is Benjamin Creek where an underground spring runs and it fills with tall grasses and lily pads.

Below is a literal "pasture" of honeysuckle....I could smell it the entire walk.....heavenly............

a little inlet pool.............
Look at the vines hanging from this tree and the flowers too...............

See those tall reeds below?  I'm wondering if those are the type that people make baskets from?  If so that would be really cool because I have a steady supply here!  Does anyone know?

 Here's the lily pads getting ready to bloom.  The yellow are their buds getting ready to open.  Nitty thought it was as good a time as any to cool off her feet too. 

 There are LOTS of lily pads here.........
Below you can see where Benjamin Creek leads back to it's origin....I wish I could go back to find where the spring starts but I already have over 25 bites on my body and that's using Deep Woods Off! LOL!  Plus, I don't have a kayak or canoe or even waders. 

 This little creek and underground Spring is what filled this man-made lake many years ago.......

This is Crown Lake...this is one corner of's pretty big and goes way beyond what you can see out there.  This is the small part.   At one time this was a big valley that they filled.  There are even houses at the bottom of it.   At the other end of the lake there's a big wall that keeps the lake from spilling over to another valley.  I think it's a spillway and if we get too much rain it spills over the top which is a road.  You wouldn't want to be on that road at that time! LOL!  There are few guard rails in Arkansas....there are so many dangerous curves and steep cliffs and such the state would go broke trying to  put guard rails everywhere.   There are a lot of "one car" accidents here and the speed limits are more "I dare you to try and go this fast" signs.
I live across the street from the lake and I can see it in the Winter when there are not leaves on the trees but not in the Summer.  This is Fisherman's Park about a block from my home.  It is maintained by Arkansas Fish And Game Department and there are a few picnic tables, grills and a dock for fishing.  This lake is stocked and well taken care of and there are many people that fish here usually although today I saw no one!

Here's little Orphan Annie "hunting" in the tall grass............she's such a hoot and so darn brave for such a little girl

On the way home the postman stopped me and handed me these packages!  
Tune in tomorrow to see what I got in the mail!  WooHoo!  Treasures!!!!!!!  Have a great Thursday everyone!

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Whoa Nellie.....the walking backfired on me!


Not to say it isn't healthy for you but I didn't realize how hot and humid it was early in the day and it zapped me!  I was exhausted and beat for the rest of the day!  Maybe it was just coincidence or the effect of my illnesses or medicine but I was a dishrag.  I finally just gave up and curled up in the chair and crocheted and watched t.v.  I was good for nothing!  I probably should have taken a nap as I couldn't stop yawning all day.  I did manage to get over 7,000 steps in according to my pedometer but I think you're supposed to do 10,000 a day for optimum health.  Anyway....I got some serious crocheting done and my ripple is growing!

 I also spent some time organizing all my printouts of crochet and knitting patterns off the internet.  I had picked up some plastic sleeves at the Dollar store last week and they were 20 for $1.00 so I got 3 packs of them.  I got 2 pages inside each one and now I just need to get notebooks to put them in.  I 'll have one for crochet, one for knitting and one for books as I have an ongoing list of books to read in addition to books that are part of a series and the order of them.  I should probably make one for recipes too.  The plastic sleeves allow me to take them out of the notebook and use them without getting them all ragged and beat up looking.
As for today.....If I walk it will be after supper that way if it "zaps" me I can just fall into bed!  LOL! Meanwhile I have laundry, chicken Caprese to make, ironing, watering, making bread and working outside for an hour on a project and inside for an hour on a project.  I also want to find some more refrigerator cookie recipes and get some dough frozen ahead to have on hand.
I hope your May Day was bright and gay and continues through the entire month!

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Tuesday topics.............

Walked 3 miles
Blood Pressure 111/72 pulse 78
Sundays are my Rest and Relaxation days and I always ask myself what would give me joy today?  Sunday I thought.... I would like to paint a small project to get me back in the swing of painting/crafting again.  So, I chose this small "GROW"  sign that I have had for about 40 years.  It used to have test tubes that fit in it for putting flowers or cuttings.  I need to get some after I'm done redoing it. 

Well, I got out a can of turquoise spray paint and gently and lightly sprayed one side.  It said it dried in 30-40 minutes so I went out to turn it over and spray the other side.   It felt dry and I turned it over and sprayed the other side but when I came outside to get it....I got this..............
So, I made sure it was dry and went to scrubbing off the paper but then I got this.............

 The paper was gone but the printing, I took it out to my garage as doing it outside didn't work.  I thought maybe the sun or dampness from the ground had something to do with it?  So, I laid paper down and even put a sturdy plastic bag underneath just in case it might stick again and then I got this................
AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  Why do my craft projects always crash and burn...almost literally!?!?!?  This was in the garage, there was no wind outside much less in the garage!  Needless to say I was getting day of "joyful" activities was not off to a good start!The last time I tried "crafting" was Easter.  Everyone was out there in blog land making these cute decoupaged eggs and it looked so cute and easy.  So, I got my plastic eggs out and tore scrapbooking paper and got Mod Podge and went to town......if I didn't have the biggest mess on my hands!  I didn't post about it because my hands were so covered with Mod Podge and paper I couldn't take pictures.  Plus, it was so disappointing I really didn't want to immortalize it on my blog.  So, then I thought it was maybe too humid outside so I brought it into the house to thoroughly dry...again it felt dry.  I put it on the counter and then this happened.........

and this on my kitchen counter.........

 I'm not one to give up on things but I will walk away from them....sometimes just for awhile to cool off and sometimes forever (this can include people too).   If anyone has any helpful hints or tips as to why everyone with half a brain seems to be able to spray paint except for MOI......please let me know!  And I did it just like the directions said! I hope your Sunday was more "joy-filled" than mine and that your Tuesday is even better!   Maybe I'll have something prettier to show you tomorrow.

Monday, April 30, 2012

Being healthy makes me happy.............

Well, I try to be healthy anyway...doing my part, the rest is out of my hands.  I started walking again, 3 miles a day except maybe for weekends or when it rains.  The girls get so excited and it's good for all of us.  When I got back I took my blood pressure and it was 114/72 pulse 79.   I come from a long line of people with high bp and other problems so it was nice to see that at my age I don't have to take any medicine for it....yet anyway.  When I lived in Iowa I used to see stones that looked like hearts and I would pick them up.  I have a jar of them.  I took it as a sign that my walking was a good thing for my heart.  Kerin, over at Always Fixin Never Sittin (check her out...she's renovating an old homestead...barn and all) mentioned to me yesterday that maybe we should form a blog group for walking and then post our miles in order to encourage us walkers to keep at it.  I thought that was a great idea and Kerin I will post and keep totals if you want.  This is not a race or a competition only a way of encouraging those of us who need it and I certainly do.  It's always nice to know you're not the only one out there pushing the envelope.  So, everyday I will post my miles and bp.  I don't walk on Sundays or in inclement weather but I'll be honest about it.  Just send me an email if you want me to include you and post your progress.  Otherwise, it will just be my own.  If you have any other ideas to make this more fun and encouraging please let me know.  Recipes that are healthy would be great too.  I've been eating salmon on my George Foreman all week, wild caught and I don't care for it but I love vegetables so I eat lots of those to cover the taste! LOL!  Can you tell I'm from the Midwest.  We never had fish growing up much except Bluegills and panfried with crackers and egg batter....I love those!  I love good food and I want to eat healthy but I don't want to compromise!  I'm not asking for much!  I want to enjoy life too. So, if any of you have any healthy, tasty recipes please share!  Have a great Monday and may you all be blessed with good health!

Sunday, April 29, 2012

Sunday Spin around town...........

First person we're visiting today is my sweet friend Velma at Down Our Country Road 
in Oklahoma.  Velma is multi-talented as are so many of my blogging friends.  She's a great decorator for one and always replies to your comments or questions.  I think that is so wonderful as that is how friendships form.
 She's creative is so many ways and makes beautiful items and now has her own Etsy shop too.  She is one of the most giving and sharing bloggers I know.

And on top of all that she is a fabulous cook...I can verify that as I've made her delicious chicken chowder and angle biscuits pictured below....Rachel Ray move over!

Now we're on our way to California to visit Elaine at Sunny Simple Life  Elaine is another talented and hard working blogger and how she does it all I don't  know but she does and So well!
She's a gardener extraordinaire and raises much of her families food.   She does it with style too!  How pretty are these gardens?

    Elaine definitely has a green thumb...maybe a whole hand that's green!  Oh, and did I mention the girl can decorate too?  Too cute!
And now she's raising her own chickens too!  You go girl!  Elaine is another blogger that I learn so much from....thank you Elaine.
Last on our Sunday Spin is Michael from Inspired By Charm   who is (I just found this out and was not surprised) the most "pinned" person on Pinterest and has the  most'll see why!  Michael has his own shop and also his own Inn and everything he touches turns into GORGEOUS!    I don't think there is anything that he can't do.  He decorates, cooks, sews, builds, and he's been published in Folk magazine and more.  Let it be known this gentleman is uber talented.   On top of that he's another "sharer" with recipes, tips and tutorials.  Just look at his latest project......LOVE!!!!!!

Below are pictures of his shop where he has a chalk board that he changes all the time and he does all the art work on it himself......awesome....really Michael?  How can one person be SO TALENTED?

Did I mention he cooks?  This is one of his own recipes that he created.....I have to make these!

 Love this idea also..........

I have never been creative but I am going to work on it!  Yes, I will still copy great ideas but Michael, especially has inspired me to spend time creating something(s) of my own.  I certainly have plenty of material to work with around here!  Thank you to all these bloggers who inspire and motivate us to be the best we can be!  Happy Sunday to all!