Friday, January 20, 2017

Meaty Veggie Soup and #FOTW

A few weeks ago we had temperatures in the TEENS! YES you read that right. Teens! Saturday morning I woke up to 19! So what did I do? Stayed in where it was warm and made a big pot of homemade vegetable soup but since I added meat to it, that made it hearty, stick to your ribs and delicious! I ate it for a week.
Why? Because I don't know how to make a "little" bit of soup. That's okay. I loved it and gladly ate it.

Meaty Veggie Soup
1 can cream of corn 
1 can regular corn, rinsed and drained
1 can garden peas, rinsed and drained
1 can green beans, rinsed and drained
3 cans of water, 48 oz
1 large can, 32 oz, tomato puree
1 lb lean ground beef cooked and drained
1 tsp paprika
1 tsp onion powder
1 tsp parsley flakes
1/2 tsp chili powder
1 tsp fresh cracked pepper
Cook and drain the ground beef, rinse and drain the cans of vegetables or you could use 1 cup of each vegetable in frozen form. Combine all in a large stock pot. Allow to simmer for 30-60 minutes. Serve with fresh bread, crackers or even croutons.

We had a tremendously busy Christmas, a full house, lots of driving, shopping and cleaning. The kids had a great time. My tree survived two toddlers and my kitty kept his lives. I survived driving to DE and back twice with a van full of kids. I'd say it was a success.
The prediction was for 4-6 inches of snow, a rare thing in our area. My granddaughter LMSP (Little Miss Sassy Pants) woke up all excited, but no snow. As the day wore on, she became very impatient. Then she wanted to know just WHY she could not go outside dressed this way! LOL
Headed back to the airport this truck pulled out in front of me. I looked up and was like, what the heck is that??!! A ghastly looking head on a traffic cone in the back of the truck! Okay if it were October, I'd say it was for Halloween but since it was the end of December I could not fathom WHY they had this. Oh well, I managed to get the best shot I could.
My precious little man is so funny. His LaLa (grandmother) posted this on Facebook.

Welcome to a Fly on the Wall group post. Today 9 bloggers are inviting you to catch a glimpse of what you’d see if you were a fly on the wall in our homes. Come on in and buzz around my house.
Buzz around, see what you think, then click on these links for a peek into some other homes:
Baking In A Tornado         
Searching for Sanity       
Eileen’s Perpetually Busy  
Go Mama O                   
Spatulas on Parade          
A Little Piece of Peace       
Never Ever Give Up Hope         
Dinosaur Superhero Mommy                                      
Cluttered Genius   

Friday, January 13, 2017

Chicken Cordon Blu and #UYW

Do you like cordon bleu? I do. I previously, a few years ago, made a orzo for cordon bleu AND egg rolls! But I wanted to make it, baked. It wasn't difficult but I think next time I'll buy the thin cut chicken breast instead of slicing my own. I didn't get mine thin enough so it was difficult to roll.
I used:
3 large chicken breast, boneless and skinless, sliced into 3 slices each
9 oz black forest ham
12 oz thinly sliced baby swiss

Lay out a slice of the breast, top with ham and cheese. Roll and pin with a toothpick. I then dipped it in melted butter and parsley. Pan seared the sides and placed it in a baking pan. Then baked for 20 minutes at 350 degrees.
I served it with bacon cheese baked potato and a salad.

Today’s post is a writing challenge. This is how it works: participating bloggers picked 4 – 6 words or short phrases for someone else to craft into a post. All words must be used at least once and all the posts will be unique as each writer has received their own set of words. That’s the challenge, here’s a fun twist; no one who’s participating knows who got their words and in what direction the writer will take them. Until now.
 Your words are: 
Snacks ~ book ~ enticing ~ ditches ~ confidant ~ souvenirs 
They were submitted by:     

I love going on vacation. One of my favorite things to do is a staycation. You know where I stay at home, to save money, and pretend to be a tourist in my own town. I shop for souvenirs, browse the cute little stores downtown, finding enticing gifts, nic nacs and books along the way. I'm confidant that I will always find something new as I live on the coast in a tourist town right across the ditches(or creek) from several larger towns that are an easy hour drive. But like all driving trips, even if only an hour, I bring along snacks and lots of water. Seeking out new places to eat, local artist and of course if you know me, I'm always taking lots of photos along the way. 
If you haven't tried a staycation, I strongly suggest it.
Find a local at the gas station, ask an elderly person where to eat, ask a post man which streets are the loveliest and so on.

At the end of this post you’ll find links to the other blogs featuring this challenge. Check them all out, see what words they got and how they used them. 
Links to the other “Use Your Words” posts:

Baking In A Tornado              
Dinosaur Superhero Mommy
Spatulas on Parade           
The Diary of an Alzheimer’s Caregiver
Sparkly Poetic Weirdo          
On the Border                 
Confessions of a part time working mom  
The Bergham Chronicles         
Southern Belle Charm                

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Creamy Chicken and Bean Noodle Soup AND New Beginnings poetry

Cold weather can be depressing, lack of sunshine, cold wind, cold temperatures and be shut indoors.

So to combat the blues I made a big pot of soup this past weekend. Well, actually I made two pots, two different soups. Here is one:
Creamy Chicken and Bean Noodle Soup
4 chicken thighs, boneless skinless cooked and shredded
1 can chick peas rinsed and drained
1 can kidney beans rinsed and drained
1 can diced tomatoes, drained
1 can cream of chicken soup
1 TBSP parsley
1 tsp paprika
1 tsp onion powder
1 tsp fresh ground pepper
salt to taste
1 big box of fat free reduced sodium chicken broth
1 1/2 cups dry pasta
2 cups water
Mix all the ingredient in a large stock pot and allow to simmer until the noodles are done. ENJOY

See, quick, easy and delicious!

This post is also part of the monthly poetry group that I participate in. Each month we choose a theme and everyone gets creative. Scroll down to read my poem, don't worry I'm okay, then hop over to visit the others.

Patsy Cline's song Blue is one of my favorites. It came on the radio a few days ago and I thought about this upcoming post. 

"Blue, oh so lonesome for you
Why can't you be blue over me?"

New Beginnings, why be blue over something from the past? Why worry or fret because someone is not worried over what they have done to you? Move on. Move forward. New Beginnings. These are some of the thoughts floating through my head.

New Beginnings
Once there was a girl
frail, meek and mild.
She thought she had found
the love of her life.
He changed a little,
day to day something new.
Until she no longer knew him
and wished she never had.
She worried and fretted.
She questioned her life.
Until one day he asked her,
to be his lovely wife.
She was overjoyed
and said yes,
but then she wound up
with a knife,
it was sticking through her heart.
The same heart she loved him with.
The same heart now ripped apart.
If only she had of left sooner,
none of this would have come to pass.
New Beginnings;
yes she found hers.
Just not the way you expected
and not how she wanted.
So if you are like her
and find yourself alone at night,
be thankful and rejoice,
because you're not at the end of a knife.
He's not nice.
he's mean, cruel and cold/
kick him out and find another
or spend your nights alone.
it's not so bad,
you might be a little sad,
but oh how glad you will be,
when you really start to enjoy -
your new beginnings.