Monday, November 30, 2009
Sunday, November 29, 2009
I love mirrored ornaments. I have these little mirror balls in red and silver plus some larger cone-shaped mirror "trees" - I just love the way they reflect the light!
And I know this is not the tree but you can see the reflection of it in the mirrored barn windows I made this summer. I added a "NOEL" sign above it and replaced the feather wreaths with large black sparkly stars. So pretty!
Friday, November 27, 2009
They definately emphasis just how small their room actually is (9' x 9.5')but there is absolutely nothing we can do about that. The disappointing part is that the beautiful detailing is mostly hidden when you look at the beds from the door. But, I know these beds will eventually make their way to our new house where the floor plan will be completely different. Hopefully, the beds can be used separately there. However, for now, this is how it will be. So, here is what the end panel, the headboard, of each bed looks like. Isn't it just gorgeous?
Wednesday, November 25, 2009
I am not above bribing my children. Pepe has a somewhat significant speaking role in the Sunday School Christmas program this year and he is stressed just thinking about it. AJ has a smaller role, 4 short lines, but still broke down in tears with wailing and gnashing of teeth when we tried to practice in the safety of our own home. So, what does any good mother do? Bribe them. And bribe them well! Both boys will get to choose their very own mini-Lego set if they speak their lines well for everyone to hear without breaking down in tears. Talk about incentive for 2 little Lego-loving boys!
Tuesday, November 24, 2009
Thursday, November 19, 2009
Monday, November 16, 2009
Saturday, November 14, 2009
Friday, November 13, 2009
Country House Chicken Penne
2 Tbsp olive oil
2 onions chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 carrot, diced
1 red pepper, diced
1 1/2 pounds ground chicken
1 can crushed tomatoes (28 oz/796 mL)
2 Tbsp tomato paste
2 Tbsp dried basil
1 tsp salt
pepper to taste
4 cups cooked penne pasta
1 package fresh spinach (10 oz)
1/3 cup grate parmesan cheese
3 Tbsp butter
1/4 cup flour
3 cups milk
1 1/2 cups grated mozzarella cheese
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
In a large pot, heat oil over medium heat; stir-cook chicken, breaking up chunks, until no longer pink. Add onions, garlic, carrot and red pepper; stir-cook until softened. Stir in tomatoes, tomato paste, basil, salt and pepper. Simmer for 30 minutes. Toss penner with chicken sauce and spoon into a 9x13-inch casserole. Top with spinach. Pour cheese sauce over spinach and sprinkle with parmesan. Bake at 375F for 45 minutes. Let stand 15-20 minutes at room temperature before serving.
Melt butter in a saucepan over medium heat. Add flour and stir-cook for 2 minutes. Whisk in milk and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium and simmer, stirring constantly, for 5 minutes or until thickened. Stir in mozzarella, salt, pepper and nutmeg and stir until smooth.
**My personal substitutes/modifications**
- First of all, I don't use chicken. I know, it is called Chicken Penne but I don't use ground chicken. I use ground pork as I seem to have an abundance of it! I also don't use 1 1/2 pounds, I use 2 because trying to cut a frozen 1 pound package of ground pork is next to impossible!
- I add more veggies whenever I have them around. Yesterday, I added chopped zucchini and parsnip.
- I don't just use 2 Tbsp of tomato paste, I use the whole little 5.5 oz container. For me, the extra would just go to waste so I might as well use it up.
- I add a layer of cottage cheese when I have it on hand. I add it just after putting the chicken sauce into the dish and before sprinkling with parmesan.
- I never measure the amount of spinach, I just use however much fills up my dish.
- Finally, I don't use a 9x13 pan. I use a large stoneware bowl that I got at a garage sale somewhere. It is so fantastic for this meal and keeps it hot for a long time.
- I love to serve garlic bread/biscuits/toast with this meal. It seems to compliment it so well.
- This reheats really well!
Thursday, November 12, 2009
Wednesday, November 11, 2009
When I saw the price of this beauty, I was a little hesitant. $25 a metre. A bit more than I was comfortable with. I walked around the store and saw other inferior prints but this one kept calling to me. Begging me to bring it home. And I knew if I left it there, I would always be disappointed for not taking the PERFECT fabric, the exact one I was looking for. Turns out it had just come in. Was, in fact, a special order. And it was all for me! I took my 2 metres, paid the price and have not looked back since!
Have you ever recovered a chair? I would love to hear all about it!