Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Happy Mardi Gras to Y'all

Chicken Gumbo

 1 Tbsp olive oil
0.454kg (1 pound) boneless chicken thighs -- cut in strips
salt and pepper
170 gm (6 ounces) andouille or smoked sausage -- cut in half then into 1/4 inch pieces
1 medium onion diced
1 medium green pepper -- ribs and seeds removed -- diced
2 stalks celery diced
1 large zucchini diced
1 Tbsp tomatoe paste
2 tsp dried thyme
2 vine ripened tomatoes diced
1/4 cup chopped parsley
2 Tbsp white flour
1800 ml (2 quarts) chicken broth

In a 5 qt saucepan warm oil over high heat. Season chicken with S and P. Brown both sides about 10 minutes.transfer to a bowl.
Reduce heat to medium. Cook sausage til browned. Add onion, pepper, and celery. Cook til onion is translucent  about 6 minutes. Stir in flour. Cook til light brown, stirring constantly about 1 minute. Stir in tomatoe paste, zucchini, tomatoes, and chicken broth. Bring to a boil. return to simmer. Stir in chicken and juices. Cover and cook til thickened about 30 minutes.
Remove lid. Simmer another 30 minutes.
Taste and adjust seasonings.
Stir in parsley.
Serve with plain rice or crusty bread.

My husband likes a bit of heat so I sit the hot sauce bottle in front of him at the table. If everyone likes a bit of heat add a couple dashes of hot sauce to the whole stew.

Saturday, February 6, 2016

A Few Finished Yarny Projects

Finished off some mitts for Miss D
They keep her lil hands toasty
I think a couple more pairs are in order
I have lots of endling yarns in my stash
So thinking of doing "crazy" mitts

Cowls are done for Miles and Riley and have been shipped off.
Here is the one I did for Miss R being modeled .. a wee bit reluctantly by Addy

Sparty is a bit more of a cooperative model.

 Another reluctant modeling job.............

This one is for Mr. M

Thursday, February 4, 2016

A Hike with Miss D

Another terrific sleepover with our Miss D
A great afternoon of reading. Chalking. Having tea parties.
A little nap and then a yummy spaghetti dinner.

End the evening with a bath and off to dream land.

Next day after breakfast we all bundled up ---- it was a very chilly wind whipping day
And head to a local Conservation area  Mill of Kintail.

She loved it. Traipsing down the road.

I don't think she minded the cold one bit.
The girl just loves being outside.

She would have stayed out longer I'm sure.

What do you think?
Do these look like a very happy
Nona and Bapa?
That's good ... cuz we are.
Love spending this time with our Miss D...

Sunday, January 31, 2016

Feathery Visitors

We have , as I know others, have been having one crazy January.
We've had a few chilly ... well yes cold days. But even the cold days we have had aren't as bad as in past Januarys.
One great big snowfall but then a couple weeks after that it was plus 9 and rained.
I think HB has had the snowblower out about 3 times altho he has shoveled the driveway a few more.

It certainly hasn't stopped the birds from filling up.
I think they enjoy stopping in the yard ---- except for the occasional pass by from a sharp shinned hawk and of course the many cats that wander the backyards

Having a water feature certainly attracts them.
And having the best DAMN suet (see side bar) in the neighbourhood helps too !!!


This how my girls are spending the winter ...

Friday, January 29, 2016

These Aren't the Droids We were Looking for -----

Last week was date night ----
We took advantage of Reel Deal Tuesday or as we have come to call it
El Cheapo afternoon
It was great --- no big lines and everyone who was there were pretty well behaved.
Of course most of us well past the driving age.
Altho there were a trio of young guys who sat in front of us and one of them had bathed in his cologne.
Maybe there was something happening later ???
Yup we released in our nerdselves and after watching the trailers for the new Star Trek. The new Avengers. The new X-men. I am willing to accept that "YES" I am a nerd ..... because I will watch ALL of them.
Maybe not the theatre but definitely T.V.
And then it happened....

Star Wars

Yes it was predictable.
Yes there was a wee bit overacting.
And yes I enjoyed all of it :-)

After fighting the Dark Force we were hungry so off to a favourite restaurant --- Thi Fusion.
Had a nice glass of Cab Sav and a Bento Box with Teriyaki salmon.

Home in time for a relaxing evening.

Just the kind of date night HB and I can handle..


Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Menu Planning

Anyone else a menu planner?
It just goes along with my need for lists and planning other aspects of my life.

I like to plan the week's menu and then shop for what I need.
Of course there are times I get to my local store and there are some fabulous specials.
I don't have a lot of freezer space so I have to hold back on a lot of things.
I also make extras when I do lasagna, or chili, or enchiladas, or pot pies,or Bolognese.
I also like to use slow cooker recipes (altho I do not have a slow cooker but convert the recipes to oven slow cooking).
And I love trying out new recipes.
I have seen on other sites planning a MONTHS menu.
I like the idea and may give it a try.

It was certainly great when my girls were home and now that we are retired folk it certainly saves some moola.

Now .. if I could just stay away from the Joe Fresh toddler section of the store I would be "in the pink".

Saturday, January 16, 2016

Weekend Plans

Last week was quite the week for me.
Insomnia reared its ugly head and after 4 nights of not sleeping I am feeling a wee bit be draggled.
This happens occasionally and I know it is part of this time of my life.
So this weekend I am really really trying to avoid looking at the laundry and the dust bunnies ..
I have lots of yarn and needle work to do...

I have been on a Cowl Kick 
Miss D looks awesome in hers   

and I am whipping one up for each of the kiddos in Alberta
This is an awesomely easy pattern
I used super chunky yarn and size 9mm needles
Cast on 16
Row 1 knit
Row 2 K1 P1
Knit these 2 rows for 24 inches (for toddler) or whatever length you desire. Sew ends together.....

There seems to be a plethora of babies being born (not in my family but very good friends kids) and all are appearing in the next few months
Four expected in February !!!!!
So I have put a few other projects on a bit of a hold and beavering away at baby things.
Lots and lots of burp cloths are draped over the sewing machine ready to be sewn up.
Baby socks (store bought) ready to be made into sock baby rattles .... Instructions at a later post..

I have got caught up on a few thank you notes ---

Yes I still write thank you notes and Yes I use a fountain pen

I plan on doing a few posts to schedule..
There are a few recipes that I have been wanting to share.

There is a hockey game this afternoon.
Our team is not doing so well but we still love watching it.

HB is making pizza so no supper thought tonight

Of course Addy always enjoys a knitting day

Hope you are all having an awesome wekend