Tuesday, December 27, 2016

Then The Snow Came Down

Lots of it this time! That's more like it.
Where's Ollie?
Hahaha!





Ken likes to make mazes for the dogs in the yard.
They love it.



Eli looks dirty against the white snow.



This was Christmas Day...

I told Fletch to look for Santa.

The old and wise one didn't move.
You can't fool her.

This was the totality of my Christmas decorating.
I just didn't feel like doin' it up big this year.
It was a happy and easy day.
Hope you had a good one too.

I finally made a Sugar Skull last night.
It was fun!
Free pattern on Ravelry HERE.
It needs a few tweaks. It's not perfect, but it's free!

I'm staying in to crochet the rest of the day in my 70's legwarmers.
I'm slowly working on my gray angel. Her dress is nearly done.
I'm going to finish her. I'm just taking my time and doing other things too.

Enjoy the last few days of 2016.
I am.

Thursday, December 22, 2016

A Holiday-Worthy Recipe

I took this photo yesterday from the opposite end of town.
As far as your eye can see down the road towards the mountains is where our house is.
I took these pictures while delivery Christmas cookies all over town Tuesday...




I've decided I'm going to walk down to this Catholic church and go inside one day soon. I want to see the inside of the sanctuary. This little church has been here since the beginning of this little town. You can see it in old photos. I hope it doesn't disappoint.

Speaking of old places...the lady that used to live in my house still comes to town for the Homemakers Club meetings. I asked her if she had any old photos of our house she would share with me. I saw her Tuesday and she said she had them ready for me, but she's going to have to mail them because she forgot to bring them. I'm SO EXCITED to see them. I'm also going to the historical society to see what info or photos they may have.



After delivering cookies with the club ladies, we all went to eat lunch at a little restaurant here in town. I caught some movement in my peripheral vision out the window while sitting there. It was two deer just sauntering down the parking lot. I love that about this place. Very Northern Exposure-ish living here. (Someone mentioned that in a comment not long ago. I always think about that show since living here too.)

Okay, so about that Holiday-Worthy Recipe...
It really is!

CHEESY CHICKEN AND WILD RICE CASSEROLE

I made the two rices and combined them and baked and cut up the chicken breasts the day before.
I didn't want to be in the kitchen forever and this definitely made it quicker to put together today. So glad I did that.

All I had to do today was chop and saute the veggies...
  
Add the cooked chicken...

Add the rices...

Make the cheese sauce...

And mix it all together in a baking pan.

Mmm, cheese!

Almost ready for baking...

Oops, I forgot to add the cheese to the top.
(I will skip this step next time. The cheese sauce is plenty!)

Holy Holiday Yum!

Cheesy Chicken and Wild Rice Casserole

  • 3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 medium onion, finely diced
  • 3 stalks celery, finely chopped
  • 3 carrots, peeled and diced
  • 2 tablespoons fresh minced garlic
  • 2 cups shredded, cooked chicken breast
  • 2 cups steamed white rice
  • 16 ounces cooked wild rice
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic salt

Cheese Sauce
  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 cups reduced sodium chicken broth
  • 2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese to top over rice

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.  Heat oil into a medium dutch oven or pot over medium heat.  Saute onion, celery and carrots until softened, about 10 minutes.  Stir in garlic and cook for 1 minute.  Stir in chicken, both cooked rices, salt, pepper, and garlic salt.  Reduce heat to low.
To prepare cheese sauce:  Melt butter into a medium saucepan over medium high heat.  Whisk in flour, salt and pepper then slowly pour in chicken broth whisking continuously.  Whisk until thick and nearly boiling then stir in 2 cups cheese until melted.  Pour cheese sauce into cooked rice mixture then transfer to a 9×13 inch baking dish. Top with additional 1 cup cheddar cheese and bake for 25-30 minutes or until cheese is melted through.

I found this recipe on Pinterest, but I also found the exact same recipe on several different cooking sites. I'll give credit HERE just so you know it's not my creation and it's the right thing to do.

One last photo and I'm off for this time.
I was totally distracted and reading Instagram or something or other on my phone and when I looked down at my lap, this is what I saw. Can you tell what it is?
It looks like I'm giving birth to a chihuahua!
I guess he was comfortable.
Hahahaha!
See ya.

Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Thread Crochet Angel

 





Yee-haw! I had a ball making her! Of course there was plenty of cussin' and swearin' going on at times, but it was all worth it in the end. I learned a few things that I'll apply when I make another one, like not using a mixture of glue and water to stiffen her. She really didn't get stiff enough that way even though I slathered it on heavily. I'll use a commercial spray stiffener next time. I ordered some online so it should be here tomorrow. The second thing I learned was not to use Red Heart thread. Ugh! It was so stiff and yucky. I was shocked at the difference when I started my second one using a higher-quality thread. It makes a world of difference! Believe it. It's definitely worth an extra dollar or two you'll pay for better yarn.

Pattern:  Pineapple Cascade Angel by Cylinda Mathew's
Yarn:  Red Heart #10 in White
Hook:  1.75 mm (Pattern called for a 1.5 mm, but I wanted to use my favorite 1.75 hook from Australia, so I did! It didn't seem to make a difference in her size.)
I crocheted silver beads into her hem instead of pearls because I couldn't find any pearls that had a large enough hole for my thread. I continued with the silver theme by using silver ribbon in her bouquet and halo. She stands about 12 inches high.

I took a one-day break from crocheting and then...


Because I'm nuts.

She's made with a different pattern and I'm using Nazli Gelin Garden 10 yarn, which I love because it crochets like a silken dream. I buy mine online from Jimmy Bean's. Her face and wings will still be white, but her dress is this silvery-gray this time. I'm hoping to find some pearls for her this time. 
Weeeee!
Five days til Christmas!
See ya.


Saturday, December 17, 2016

Shopping and Eating

 We drove up the road to B.C. yesterday.

Did a little shopping in Rossland.

I love this quaint little town.

I got these two guys at a drugstore of all places.
They make me happy.
And they were ridiculously cheap.
They'll go outside on the porch after winter.
Right now they're sitting in my kitchen window over the sink.


I had two kinds of sushi rolls or sashimi rolls or whatever you call them.

Ken had Chicken Chow Mein.

YUM! This is a yam & avocado roll.
The other one was crab and avocado.

We did a little more shopping after lunch and then went home.

Later that evening when we got hungry I made this...





YUM again.

Here's the recipe from DamnDelicious.net




My amaryllis looks so beautiful...

And the red one is gorgeous!
I think it's my favorite. 

I've been crocheting, crocheting, and then crocheting some more. It's a very special project that has been so fun. I just took a little break from my squares to make this Christmas project. I'll show it to you next post. I can hardly wait because it's so special. Are you intrigued? (Probably only you crochet nerds like me are. Hehehe.)


Until next time...
See ya.