Friday, November 24, 2017

House Tour...

I usually decorate the house for Christmas over Thanksgiving weekend...
- but -
we were not home for Thanksgiving, our little get-a-way continues for several more days,
so we decorated before Thanksgiving, when we had the time!
I only decorate the main rooms, 
nothing upstairs and I no longer decorate the railings to the upstairs.
First is the Family Room, 
this is my favorite because the green and red match so well in here.
It's a huge room, with an 18 foot high slanted ceiling.

Pretty much everything goes and is replaced with a Christmas themed item.

Next up, the Living Room
I use golds, blues and snowmen in this room because those are the natural colors in the room.
Red and green just doesn't look good!!

I have decorations in the entry way, kitchen, and even in the bathroom.
But I think you get the idea.
We will decorate outside when we get home from our trip.

The hubs helps a lot with this, I could never do it alone.
Many Thanks to the hubs!!

Thursday, November 23, 2017

Happy Thanksgiving!!

- From The Jersey Shore - 

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Yarn Along

We will have to talk about the Guernsey Wrap again because I did not finish it.
I have a really good excuse, 
- I have been "under the weather" = "slightly unwell" -
and my health got in the way.

I am 60 rows away from finishing and I am starting to get really excited.
Can you see how small my ball of yarn is?
Happy Dance!!

And just to add a little something new here,
 in case you are tired of reading about the Guernsey Wrap...
I purchased this book recently,
 to keep track of my knitting.

"live a life you love"

I had been keeping track of things on small pieces of paper, 
post it's and other scraps of paper, 
but I wanted a book to keep notes in so I can remember when I get old.
And even for now, 
because I am a write it down, make a list, organized kind of person.
- Plus, truth be told - 
I can't really remember who has a hat!

And if you know will get a good chuckle at that last line,
because, you probably have a hat!

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

The Five Dollar Chicken...

Hey kids - today we are going to talk food...
we have had this conversation before but here we go again...
because,'s worth talking about.

Costco sells rotisserie chickens for five bucks.
Big, meaty, flavorful and juicy - what a deal - you just can't beat the price.
Occasionally, the hubs brings one home and on that night, we have...

Chicken, stuffing and homemade whipped potatoes.
The dark lump on the side of my plate, 
that you are not suppose to ask about, that is chicken skin.
I have decided that I would rather eat pizza, bread (and chicken skin) than be a size zero.
This is my favorite dinner, just like this...
I do not want a vegetable taking up any of the vacant room in my belly.

Moving on...
On night two, with some of the leftover chicken, I made a 
Chicken Pot Pie
I found 2 recipes I liked and "Racheal Ray-ed" them together.
I rarely do that, I am a recipe follower, but I have made this before and
I remembered the changes I wanted to make.
No peas are allowed.

Here's the starting line-up...

One stick of butter
1/2 of a sweet onion, diced
1/3 cup of flour
1 carrot - small dice
1 stalk of celery - small dice
2 potatoes - small dice
1/2 of a cooked rotisserie chicken - diced
1 box of white shoe peg corn (as pictured)
1 cup of heavy cream
1 cup - 1 1/2 cups of chicken stock
Ready made pie crusts
Mrs. Dash Seasonings, Onion & Herb

Sauté' onion in one stick of butter, add flower to make a rou'.
Once thickened, add chicken stock and cream, stir frequently until well combined.

One carrot & one stalk of celery, small dice.

Add those..

Add potatoes...

I cooked this mixture for about 10 minutes over low heat.

Season...I tasted mine and it was kinda' bland, so I added about a teaspoon of the 
Mrs. Dash Onion & Herb Seasoning.

Add diced cooked chicken...

and one uncooked bag of white corn.

I added more seasonings at this point, then it was ready for the pie crust.

One crust on the bottom, one on the top and it was ready for the oven.

I have no idea how long I cooked this, longer than either recipe said to.
I set the oven at 350 degrees, even though both recipes said 400.
The hubs wasn't home yet, so I wanted it to cook slow.
Problem was, the crust would not brown.
Once I turned the oven to 400 degrees, it browned pretty quickly.
We had this for dinner and also had enough left for lunch the next day.

I had enough filling to fill a personal remke dish for my mom
and even enough of the trimmed pie crust to cover it.
I also brought her a plate of sliced chicken and mashed potatoes.
I also ate one chicken and stuffing sandwich.

Do you get where I am going with this?

How could you ever get more bang for your buck?
These chickens are amazing, and if you go on Pinterest,
they have an entire board devoted to what to do with leftover Rotisserie Chicken.
I often make Chicken Salad or Chicken Noodle Soup.

I read an article that Costco does not make any money on their chickens.
It is a way to get people in the store...while they are there, they often buy other items. 
That's why they are sold in the back of the store.

The hubs proved that to be true, back on January 23rd, 
when I asked him to pick up a chicken at Costco on his way home.
They were predicting a storm later that week.
He came home with, yes it's true, 
4 flashlights, 660 candy kisses and the largest bag of Doritos I have ever seen.
He did remember the chicken.
Ya' gotta' take pictures or no one would believe it!!

Monday, November 20, 2017

Christmas Wonderland!!

If you love Christmas, and who doesn't love Christmas...
you would really enjoy a walk though this Christmas Wonderland.
A local furniture store moves out all of their inventory to transform their shop into this...

All of the items are displayed so beautifully and everything displayed is for sale.
Even if you don't need anything, an hour or so, in this shop, is
Christmas heaven.

This is only half of the store, 
local crafters sell their handmade items on the other side of the store.
I didn't take pictures on that side.

They had this cute little truck out front...
and you know us...

A red scarf is a must when doing anything Christmasy!