Wednesday, January 30, 2013

What a Great Cleanup Solution!

I make dinner, Mister cleans up.  But to him, cleaning up doesn't mean Putting Away.  With our l'il bit of counter space, leaving things to dry overnight on a dish towel just doesn't do it for me.

But I appreciate the clean up.


So last night I decided I would from now and henceforth relieve him of clean up duty.  I kindly explained why, and then we came up with a wonderful solution!!!

He will clean, and I will dry and put away.  No more counter clutter, my hands are saved, too!
And we accomplish the task together!

Because we have the technology with dry dish towels to dry said pots and pans and utensils, so they do not have to sit out and dry. cluttering up the place til morning.


Go ahead.  Go visit Fawn and join in the party at Happy Wives Club!

23.  He loves to help me, and is always gladly willing to help when I ask.
24.  He's really rocking this beard thing!  Oh my gosh, does it look terrific!
25.  He laughs a LOT.  So we laugh a lot...........together!
26.  He supports me being a SAHW.
26.  He is so proud of me!
27.  He makes 60 sexy.  (Um.....I'm 9 years younger.  Nowhere close to 60, btw!)
I am a blessed woman indeed!

Carol

Sunday, January 27, 2013

Specially Prepared Chicken and Roasted Cauliflower

Have you ever heard of spatchcock chicken?  I hadn't.
It's just another name for butterflying a whole chicken.  Then since you can flatten it out on a baking sheet, it cooks a lot faster.  Also great to grill!
This was so yummy!  And so fun.


Just take your kitchen shears, and cut out the backbone of the chicken.
Then you lay it breast side up, and flatten it on the baking sheet.  I used a rimmed baking or cookie sheet.
Put some olive oil on the baking sheet, then a layer of thinly sliced lemon, then the chicken that has been oiled, salted, peppered.
Use your fingers to separate the skin from the legs and breast, and slip in some lemon slices and garlic.
I baked at 425 degrees for 20 minutes, and then 30 or so more minutes til done.


Oh. My. Goodness.  Look at that crispy delicious skin.  I rarely eat the skin because it's not good for you, but I did indulge this time!  And the meat was so wonderful, tender and juicy!
(yes, the garlic turned blue....I googled this a while back, and that's ok.)


Then I pulled out some blanched/frozen cauliflower from this year's community garden.  Mixed up some olive oil, lemon juice, salt, pepper, garlic, and roasted it.  When it came out of the oven, grated some fresh parmesan on it.  So good!  Recipe from Carole at My Kitchen Escapades - easy and fabulous!
And I'm not even a cauliflower fan. Mister thought it was fresh cauliflower.

One postscript:
The chicken spattered all over the oven.  So the next night we got the bright idea of using the oven's self cleaning feature.
Um.....it set off the smoke alarms NON-stop, which are wired into the electrical system.  The self cleaning cycle is 4 hours long, but fortunately I came up with a brilliant inspiration to quiet the alarms.
I wrapped the kitchen smoke alarm in plastic wrap.  And remembered to take it off the next morning.
Boy, the fumes generated from that cleaning cycle made our eyes and throats burn.
I will not be doing that again unless the windows and doors are wide open!

Joining Yvonne at Stone Gable, for On the Menu Monday!  Make sure to visit.  She has some fabulous dishes featured!


Thursday, January 24, 2013

$2.49!!

At Aldi last week, I could NOT pass up this manager's special!  Six roses, $2.49.
Could you pass it by?

I've never had white roses before, and they called to me.
So they came home, and were plopped into a vase.


 The more I look, the more beauty I see.
The subtle tint of the centers.


Exquisite.

And now for Fawn's weekly party..........


17.  He knows Scripture so well.
18.  He is a gifted Bible teacher.  Love picking his brain.
19.  I said before that he is romantic.....let me elaborate.  He buys romantic cards, he'd get me flowers if I'd let him, he always celebrates Valentine's Day, our anniversary, my birthday without fail, he will dance with me after dinner, he is excited to get home at night.
20.  He really cares and gets very concerned if I am ill.
21.  He is protective of me.
22.  He cleans up after dinner every night.  I am careful to clean as I go, so it lightens our load.

Hope you are staying warm this week!
Carol

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

The Amaryllis has Bloomed

Actually it has four blooms now.  I've had amaryllis before; this one was a gift.


Instead of the white kind-of-crappy plastic pot that came with it, I potted it up in this great glass container that I dug up in my back yard 2 homes and 20-some years ago.
All my little old bottles came from that back yard.  Digging, gardening, and finding buried treasure.
One of the benefits of living in old homes!


The amaryllis blooms are so extravagant, so exotic.  So many color variations.  I was excited to see what color this one would be!

What a wonderful surprise!

Wishing you a wonderful week!

Carol

Thursday, January 17, 2013

Sewing Drawer Smitten


I took out the red Christmas berries and put in a sparkly heart.
'Cause sparkly is always a good thing.




Put it back under the black cat.........




.......on top of my sweet old kitchen cabinet!

Have a marvelous day,

Carol

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Some Comfort Food, and Why I Love My Husband


I made this soup for the first time last night.  This is a picture of soup, but not the one I made.
'Cause my soup was creamier, soothing and comforting, oh, so delicious!........and Easy.

This might look more like it, but I failed to take pictures.  And it was gone.....that fast!




Elegant Wild Rice Soup.
It was Easy.
It was Delicious.
It got Rave Reviews at our dinner table.

I took the advice offered in the reviews.....
  • used a little less flour
  • used half and half, but only about 3/4 of what called for.  Made it up with a little water.  I think milk would have worked as well, but I was a little low.
  • skipped the almonds
  • added probably more rice.  you are adding it in anyway, so do to your own preference
I would call this the Epitome of Comfort Food.  And on a dreary, damp cold evening, it was most welcome!

And now, let's take a quick trip to Fawn's for her weekly party - 






It's that time again!  And the list continues......

9.    He is a confident man.
10.  He is sold out to Jesus.
11.  He is a generous man, and extravagant in his love for me.
12.  He calls me Baby, Gorgeous, Fabs, Baby Doll.
13.  He thanked me before he left for work this morning.  "For what?", I asked.  "For being so great", he answered.
14.  The first thing he does when we pray together in the morning is thank God for me.
15.  His prayer cover has transformed my life.
16.  He is romantic.


The love of my life, my greatest blessing after Jesus.

Have a wonderful day!
Carol

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Beauty at Home - January's Note Card Party

It's time again for Vee's monthly Note Card Party!

We take 4 photos that have already been posted on our blogs that could make lovely note cards.
So let's get started before you dash over to Vee's and link up!

I'm always looking at details.  Little things that fill me with wonder and gratitude.  As I take a look around me every day, I see beauty and blessing.  Even on difficult days.


A welcoming entry to our back porch speaks to me.  The intricate beauty of each beautifully shaded flower petal, the shape and veining of each leaf, the colors.


The patina of 100+ year old wood.  An unexpected trailing vine from upstairs.  I'm delighted!


Day lilies against white railing.  Aaaahh....just the effect I was going for!


White.  Elegant, simple, beautiful, serene.
Old found bottles.
I just love me some flowers in little old bottles!

Wishing every single one of you a wonderful week!
Carol



Thursday, January 10, 2013

Great New Blog Party!

I discovered Fawn's blog, Happy Wives Club today.  Marriage is something I am passionate about, and so I was delighted to find this brand new Blog Party!

Check it out!

Why I love my Husband  just of the few of the many reasons.....

1.  He loves me more than anything, EXCEPT he loves God more!
2.  He loves me beyond anything I  could ever imagine - God loves me through him!
3.  He has a gorgeous smile.
4.  He is a godly, loving head of our household.
5.  He laughs a lot.
6.  He is the strongest person I have ever met.
7.  He always holds my hand, even if we are just watching TV.
8.  He grew a beard (first time ever) just because I asked him to.  And it looks HOT.

......to be continued next week.....

Our 11th Anniversary in December

Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Sewing Drawer Inspiration!

This post is dedicated to Vee and Laura, and Olive! without whom's technical advice pictures would not be possible.
Go visit them after you read this post!

I've had old sewing drawers for years.  Seven of them were in the garage when we moved in.  Plus some old sewing machines, lots of old beautiful lumber.  The previous owner is an antiques dealer.

Kathy, at Sharing Shadymont, (yes, make sure to go visit!) had blogged about decorating an old sewing drawer.  I had an epiphany.

Two of the Christmas gifts we gave this year - forgot to take pictures - were packaged in sewing drawers, with a beautiful big ribbon around them, or a scarf tied on, kind of like the tulle is tied in the drawer pictured below.


I took 3 other drawers and set them about the house, decorated for the season.  Some faux greens and candles I had laying around fill the first drawer.


Two little pop up books stand in front of another one filled with candy canes and berries and candles.
I've already changed it out to winter, without the Christmas touches.  I'll share another time.


We are using the third drawer as a romantic centerpiece on the dining room table.  Here it sits in the window, but it moves about easily.

In the spring, I shall fill those canning jars with lilacs, in the summer with zinnias.

Really, the possibilities are endless, aren't they??!

Wishing all a marvelous week!

Carol

Monday, January 7, 2013

I've been Away

I know it's been about a week or so since I've posted, and now it seems that the Posting Pictures Procedures have changed.

I would have showed you some inspiring things to do with old sewing drawers.  Pictures of 3 of them have been taken for your viewing pleasure.  But there is a step "missing" in the picture posting process, so all I can post is old pictures from the blog, and only a select few of them.

Anyway, the house is all undecorated now - I felt like the Grinch last week as I packed things away oh-so-neatly, chasing down every bauble and sign of Christmas.  But I'm still picking up faux needles in spite of thoroughly cleaning, and expect to continue to do so for  months to come.

And we moved on to what I secretly think of the "austere" decorating phase of the year, when things are decluttered, unsoftened, kind of like the season outdoors.  Each phase, each season, has its own pleasures.

Looking forward to catching up on your blogs and visiting.  I wish each of you a wonderfully blessed week!

Carol