Something I enjoy doing when I have time - mainly on non-work days - is to cook and bake. We had this garlic chicken recipe for dinner tonight and let me tell you ~ it was delicious. Next time I make this, I'm going to try serving it over mashed potatoes. I can imagine the creamy potatoes soaking up all that garlicky gravy...drool.
SLOW COOKER GARLIC CHICKEN
(Source: recipegirl.com - adapted from Everyday Food)
Apple pie muffins are wonderful with a cup of tea or coffee, especially when they're warm. I found this recipe on a blog, but I don't remember which one. I would love to give credit where credit is due, so if anyone knows what blog these are from, please let me know.
APPLE PIE MUFFINS
2 - 1/4 c. all-purpose flour
1 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. salt
1 c. half and half (low-fat is fine)
1/2 c. packed brown sugar
3 c. diced apples
1/2 c. packed brown sugar
1/3 c. all-purpose flour
1 tsp. cinnamon
4 T. melted butter
Preheat oven to 375F. Mix dry ingredients in large mixing bowl. Mix wet ingredients (egg - apples) in a medium-sized bowl. Add the wet ingredients to dry mixture and stir just until mixed. Mix topping ingredients in small bowl. Grease a 12-cup muffin pan or line with muffin liners (grease those, if using). Scoop batter into each cup, filling 3/4 full. Sprinkle topping mixture over batter. Bake 25 min. Let cool on wire rack.
There's nothing coming home to a bowl of hot, nutritious soup on a cold winter night.
Warms you to the bones!
1 lg. onion, diced
2 T. olive oil
4 cloves garlic, minced
2 ribs celery, diced (1/2 c.)
1 lg. carrot, peeled & diced
1 med. zucchini, diced
1 tsp. EACH dried oregano, basil, and salt
1/2 tsp. freshly ground black pepper
6 c. low-sodium vegetable or chicken broth (48 oz.)
1 28-oz. can no-salt added diced tomatoes
1 14-oz. can no-salt added crushed tomatoes
1 15-oz. can low-sodium cannellini beans, drained & rinsed
1/2 c. whole grain elbow pasta (note: I used ditalini pasta)
1/3 c. finely shredded Parmesan cheese
2 T. chopped fresh parsley leaves
In a large soup pot over med-high heat cook and stir onion in hot oil for 4 min. or until translucent. Add garlic; cook for 30 seconds. Add celery and carrot. Cook and stir 5 min., until veggies begin to soften. Add zucchini, oregano, basil, salt, and pepper. Cook for 2 min., stirring frequently. Add the broth and the diced and crushed tomatoes. Bring to boiling. Reduce heat to med-low. Simmer uncovered for 10 min. Add the beans and pasta. Cook 10-15 min. more or until pasta and vegetables are tender. Top servings with cheese and parsley. Makes 6 serv.
And what's a bowl of soup without some homemade bread? This recipe is easy-peasy because it starts in the bread machine. It's a recipe from Laine at www.lainesletters.com.
WHOLE WHEAT BREAD
1 c. warm water
2 T. olive or canola oil
3 T. brown sugar
1 tsp. salt
1 egg, slightly beaten
1 c. whole wheat flour
2 c. bread flour
2 - 1/2 tsp. yeast
Hit the dough cycle. When it has risen in the machine, take it out and shape into a smooth, round loaf. Put this to rise again in a greased round cake pan or pie tin, covered. Let double again. Bake at 375F. for 30 minutes. Dust loaf with some flour for an old world look.
Shredded chicken taco bowls make an easy dinner that everyone loves, as they can add their toppings of choice. It also makes great use of leftover chicken. I simply layered brown rice, shredded leftover chicken, black beans, salsa, sour cream, and fresh cilantro.
I'd been looking for tall, skinny, matching lamps for the console table in the living room for a long time and had checked outall the usual sources - department stores, big box stores,HomeGoods, TJ Maxx, and different online sites, all to no avail. This weekend, however, I was in Hobby Lobby and while browsing, I spied these two red lamps. At first, I wasn't sure about them
and almost passed them up.
Then I figured I may as well try them, and if they didn't work, I could always return them, right?
Well, turns out I love them! I think they look perfect.
Who would've thunk??
Living room lamps from Hobby Lobby!
Just goes to show you that you have to think outside the box sometimes.
I love the soft glow they emit at night...
And the deep red color of the shades during the day.
Oh - you see that green and gold pitcher and two matching glasses on the top, middle of the console table? I had totally forgotten about them. I found them tucked away in a cabinet down in the basement. They belonged to my grandmother.
I'm assuming they are for some kind of liquor?
I don't know, but they sure are pretty!
I also found this pretty little baker's rack while I was at Hobby Lobby.
It's much more useful (and prettier) than the painted red wooden chair I previously
had in that same space. It holds a lot of my cookbooks.
I plan on updating that little lampshade. I was thinking of hot-gluing a band of
ribbon along the bottom of the shade, maybe with pom-poms.
Any other (simple) ideas?
I also hate that you can see the lamp cord going across the wall. I have this "thing" about visible cords. Drives me nuts!
I change the plates on the vertical plate rack all the time, depending on my mood, the season, a particular holiday, or heck - simply because it's Friday. Or I didn't have hormonal night sweats in my sleep the previous night.
Anyhoo, also at Hobby Lobby, I also found the white and black
monogrammed plates. I wanted four of them to use in a typical place setting, but they only had three left with the initial "R".
You can't see it in this photo, but I have one other "R" plate at the top of the rack.
I'll go back to Hobby Lobby in a couple of weeks to see if they have any more of these plates in stock.
Here's to new beginnings...even if it's just some household decor for now.