Wednesday, June 2, 2010
Thursday, May 27, 2010
Wednesday, May 26, 2010
- 6 cups water
- 2 cups fresh pearl onions (I used a jar of cocktail onions)
- 1-1/2 pounds boneless skinless chicken breasts, cubed
- 2 tablespoons canola oil, divided
- 2 medium red potatoes, peeled and chopped
- 1 cup sliced fresh mushrooms (ick, no one in my house likes mushrooms but add them if you must)
- 1 can (14-1/2 ounces) reduced-sodium chicken broth
- 1/2 pound fresh asparagus, trimmed and cut into 1-inch pieces
- 3 tablespoons sherry or additional reduced-sodium chicken broth
- 3 tablespoons cornstarch
- 1/2 cup fat-free milk
- 1-1/2 teaspoons minced fresh thyme
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 teaspoon pepper
- 10 sheets phyllo dough (14 inches x 9 inches)
- Refrigerated butter-flavored spray
- In a Dutch oven, bring water to a boil. Add pearl onions; boil for 3 minutes. Drain and rinse in cold water; peel and set aside. (Note: if you use a jar of cocktail onions, you can skip this step entirely)
- In a large skillet, cook chicken in 1 tablespoon oil over medium no longer pink; remove and keep warm. In the same pan, saute potatoes in remaining oil for 5 minutes. Add onions and mushrooms; saute 3 minutes longer. Add the broth, asparagus and sherry or additional broth. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 5 minutes or until potatoes are tender.
- Combine cornstarch and milk until smooth; stir into skillet. Bring to a boil; cook and stir for 2 minutes or until thickened. Drain chicken; add to onion mixture. Stir in the thyme, salt and pepper. Transfer to an 8-in. square baking dish coated with cooking spray.
- Stack all 10 phyllo sheets. Roll up, starting at a long side; cut into 1/2-in. strips. Place in a large bowl and toss to separate strips. Spritz with butter-flavored spray. Arrange over chicken mixture; spritz again.
- Bake, uncovered, at 425° for 10-15 minutes or until golden brown. Yield: 6 servings.
Friday, May 14, 2010
We started with a couple of coats of primer on both the new drywall and over the existing walls.
Thursday, May 13, 2010
Wednesday, May 12, 2010
This is the room that was originally the formal living room. There was a solid wall separating the very small kitchen and the living room. We opened up that wall (which was a support wall, so we had to add a laminate beam for support), enlarged the kitchen into part of the area, and are going to use the space as a dining room, a small home office, and a small entryway.
And no, that's not the paint color we choose either. We're going to at least attempt to be a little more subtle than that.
Monday, May 10, 2010
Thursday, May 6, 2010
Why is it called frogging? Because of the sound a frog makes - ribbit, ribbit. Get it? Ribbit, ribbit. Rip it, rip it.
Wednesday, May 5, 2010
The Einstein Coat, that is.
Truthfully, I should be questioning my own genius. Why I decided to knit a heavy wool jacket in May, when the temperature is just beginning to rise is a mystery. The only answer I can come up with is that 1200 yards of bulky yarn is taking up too much space in my yarn stash so I need to make it into something so it can move to another closet. It would be far easier to just drape the yarn over a hanger and hang it in the coat closet.
But knit it I am. And knit and knit and knit and knit and knit.
Miles of knitting in fact.
So much knitting in fact, that I'm convinced that there is errata to the pattern somewhere that says "knit until the fingers on your left hand fall off." And then in a sadistic tone it goes on to say "turn work and knit until the fingers on your right hand fall off."
Einstein makes me want to
Friday, April 30, 2010
Labels: The Great Outdoors
Thursday, April 22, 2010
Today was Earth Day and next week (April 30) is Arbor Day, so it was the perfect time the plant a tree in our yard.
A Swirly Scarf, that is.
If you are under the age of 16, a swirly probably has a completely different meaning. As a matter of fact, if you are under the age of 16, you probably shouldn't be here. This blog isn't entirely appropriate for children.
In this case, however, if you are an adult and more importantly a knitter, then you can give yourself - or someone you love - a Swirly and I promise that you will like it.
This is my version of the popular ruffled scarf, sometimes called a potato chip scarf. I'm not sure why it has that name, but it may have to do with not being able to stop at one.
This one is a little different than most patterns because you are only working with 20 stitches at most rather than miles and miles of stitches.
You can make it from almost any weight and with any size needles. I think it looks especially lovely when it is made from a yarn with a long color repeat, but it's also beautiful with a solid or even a yarn with short color repeats.
The pictured scarf is made with Crazy Zauberball by Schoppel-Wolle. I used the purple and blue colorway, but I'm making another one in gray and red.
Wednesday, April 21, 2010
The remodeling project has resumed. Thank God.
Unfortunately, the next part of the project is rewiring and fixing some of the
What it means to me is that we've been without power and lights in about half our house for the past couple of days. The bedrooms are no big deal, although I do have to say that suddenly every single project that requires either electricity or lights has become the project that I want to work on.
The bigger problem is that there was no power or lights in the bathroom. It's a little too much like camping for my taste to have to use the toilet holding a flashlight between your teeth.
I'm happy to report that as of right now I am being told we are "back to where we started" and that it's "pretty much" permanently fixed. Whatever that means.
I do know it means that I don't have to hold a flashlight in my mouth anymore.
I was, however, warned . . . and I quote . . . "don't be getting used to this fancy stuff like electricity and indoor plumbing."
Sunday, April 11, 2010
The fiber fest was a success.
What I did come home with: A bunch of yarn and fun gadgets.
What I didn't come home with: Anything that poops.
Oh, but I was tempted by this. . .
an angora rabbit. Have you ever seen anything so cute?
I was not tempted by this . . .
Not even a little bit. I do hope Peaches and Pear went to the same home though. It seems wrong to separate them.
Here's some of the non-pooping stuff I came home with (you can click on the pics for a closer look).
I pretty much know what I'll be doing for the next year or so.
Friday, April 9, 2010
I've been saving up in case I want to buy one of these
or a couple of these.
But for sure, I'm going to be buying a lot of these.