Recipes

Chicken Primavera

My husband and I used to go to an Italian restaurant when we lived in Jacksonville Florida. When we would go I would always order the Chicken Primavera and it was so good that I wanted to try making the same dish at home. So my husband tried making it at home and the result was a success. So I am sharing the recipe with you and I hope you enjoy!

Ingredients needed:

Fresh Broccoli (leave in large pieces)

Fresh Cauliflower (leave in large pieces)

Fresh Carrots (leave in large pieces)

Olive Oil (Filippo Berio for sautéing and grilling)

2 Garlic Cloves (minced)

1 Large Onion ( chopped)

Boneless Chicken Breast

Angel Hair Pasta

In a medium saucepan over medium heat; add olive oil, chopped onions and minced garlic. Cook until the onions are transparent. Next, In a large bowl  combine carrots, broccoli, cauliflower, and pour some olive oil over the vegetables.Coat the chicken with olive oil. Remember to leave the vegetables large because you will need to put them on the grill. Cook the angel hair pasta according to directions on package. Next, put the chicken and vegetables on the grill and cook until chicken is no longer pink inside. Remove chicken and vegetables from the grill and add the onions and garlic mix well. Serve over angel hair pasta. You can serve with garlic bread if you wish.

Note: I  use a good olive oil because that is where the flavor will come from. Up above you will see what brand of olive oil I use.

Enjoy!
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Discussion

Collection of Fabric

I love to spend a lot of time in  fabric stores looking through all the kinds of fabric and deciding ” oh I like this fabric and what could I make”. Even if I can not decide what to make, I go ahead and buy the fabric because later on it will become handy at some point, especially if the fabric is on sale. So I thought I would share my collection of fabrics. Follow me to my sewing room where we will talk about fabric. Sound fun?

Don’t you think these three colors of fabric coordinate well together? Immediately, I knew I wanted to make an apron and some pot holders for the kitchen. I am going to use the solid brown for the kitchen curtains. The fabric below is 100% cotton.

Jo Ann Fabrics had  Valentine fabric 70% off.

And of course we can not forget Fall!

Then there is the Fourth of July.

Here is some scrap fabric that I have left over.

I hope that you have enjoyed hanging out with me today. So go buy some fabric and make something fun for yourself or even a friend.

Recipes

Time For Supper!

I thought you may want to know what is for supper. This evening I am making a Beef and Macaroni Casserole and it is so easy to make and very tasty. So come on in the kitchen, and put on an apron ,and lets get started making the dish.

Ingredients:

  • 8 ounces elbow macaroni or small shells, cooked, drained
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 chopped onion
  • 1 chopped green pepper
  • 3 medium cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 pound of extra lean ground beef
  • 2 teaspoons Cajun seasoning
  • 2 cans (14.5 ounces each) tomatoes, undrained, diced
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt, or to taste
  • 1/8 teaspoon black pepper, or to taste
  • 2 1/2 cups of shredded Cheddar cheese, divided

Preparation:

Heat olive oil in a large saucepan over medium heat; add onion, green pepper, and garlic. Saute’ the vegetables, stirring frequently.

Add ground beef and continue cooking, stirring , until beef is brown.

Add the the Cajun seasoning, tomatoes, and tomato paste. Stir to blend well and bring to a simmer.

Cook pasta according  to directions on package.

Stir in the cooked and drained macaroni and 2 cups of the shredded cheese, along with salt and pepper, as desired.

Next, transfer to a lightly greased 13×9- inch baking pan. If you would like, the casserole may be refrigerated for a few hours overnight. Refrigerating overnight allows the flavors to come together.
Bake the covered casserole in a 350 degree oven for about 20 to 25 minutes, or until hot and bubbly. If the casserole is refrigerated overnight, it may take longer. Top with remaining  1/2 cup of cheese and cook uncovered, for 5 to 10 minutes. The casserole will serve 6 to 8 people.

A tossed salad and garlic bread complement the main entree well. I hope everyone enjoyed there supper this evening. See next time!

Discussion

Kindle e-Books (Free)

I thought I would share with you two cookbooks that I found online this weekend.  If you go to Amazon.com left click on e books, look on the right side of page and click on top 100 free. Scroll down until you see a link on the right side that says See all bestsellers in all Kindle Content. The free e books are on the right side. If you see one all you have to do is download and you can start reading your book.   The two cookbooks below are found at the Cracker Barrel Restaurant, but guess what, we don’t have to buy one it’s free online. So go download the two cookbooks and have some fun. I am adding another cookbook.

 

 

Slow Cooker Recipes
Macaroni and Cheese Ricipes
Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipes

 

 

Discussion

Happy Valentine’s Day

Just look at all of the sweets, but don’t worry, I am going to share them with you. So follow me.

Stopped over to visit Jodi with Pleasant home and found these cute Valentine Lollipops. These were left over Candy Canes.

Oh and look at these cute cookies that resemble a stamp! You will find them over at Bake at 350.

So cute

I just love chocolate; what about you?  I think they taste so good and the cupcake is so moist! So go ahead and take another one, I won’t tell. It’s our secret, ok!

Yum Yum!

Then, I found this box of chocolates and, like they say, “You never know what your gonna get.”

I am on overload with sugar and I am sure you are too!

Last but not least, I enjoy getting roses from my wonderful husband that I met twenty two years ago. He is my soul mate and best friend and my everything! Happy Valentines honey!

Thought these roses were so pretty.

Oh, one more thing that I left out. Can you guess what that might be? I found this vintage Valentine card and they are so cute together!

Don’t they look so cute together!

I hope that each of you have a wonderful Valentine’s Day!

Sewing

Sewing Easy Cloth Napkins

Homemade Napkins

Cloth napkins are very easy to make and economical.   If you are like me, today in the stores there is not much to chose from. I went to Jo Ann Fabric to pick out material to match the place mats that are on my dining room table.  So today I am going to show you how to make cloth napkins. So ladies get the sewing machine out of the closet, and get the dust off, and fire up the sewing machine and here we go! Have fun making and decorating your own cloth napkins. Below are the steps taken to make the cloth napkins.

Here are the materials needed to make cloth napkins:

  • 1 and 3/4 yard of fabric of your choice ( 45″) wide ( makes six napkins)
  • Thread in the color of your choice
  • Scissors
  • Straight pins
  • Heavy starch
  • Sewing gauge
  • Interfacing for template or poster board
  • Marking pen

Here are the steps when making cloth napkins:

1. Cut a 20″ inch square template out of poster board or interfacing.

Step 1

2. Place the template onto the fabric. Pin so the fabric does not shift while cutting.

Step 2

3. Cut out the square and you should have two squares.

step 3

4. On the wrong side of the fabric,start at one end of the square, make a 1/2″ inch seam allowance with a sewing gauge and press with Iron. Then fold over again 1/2″ inch seam allowance and repeat on the other three sides of the napkin.

Step 4

5. You can make a mitered corner or just sew straight across. When making mitered corners cut across all four corners. Be extra careful not to cut to much fabric because your corners will not meet correctly. I would suggest that you cut the fabric a little bit at a time.

Step 5

6. Pin the corners and all around the napkin.

Step 6

7.  Sew a 3/8 seam allowance around the outer edge of the seams.

Step 7

8. Iron the napkins with some starch and fold.

Step 8

See how easy it was to make the napkins! Your done!

Your done!