Recording the journey…and knitting

WIP February 29, 2012

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A quick update on the sweater I am working on, I have gotten to dividing for the sleeves.

A few more things I have done this past month…

Some washcloths for me! I used left over cotton yarn.

Petunia needed a new harness, I used some pink wool I had lying around.


Chicken w/ Ham and Cheese February 28, 2012

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This is a often requested dish by Tim and has undergone a few changes from its first incarnation, to make it either a little healthier or easier.

to serve 4

1 lb chicken breast ( the breasts I have been getting have been about a pound each)

1 egg


seasoned bread crumbs

packet of dry buttermilk ranch dressing mix (I use this often enough I get the big jar of it)

4 slices of ham or proccuto

4 slices of Swiss cheese or cheese of choice (plus a little extra)

If you have big chicken breasts, carefully slice them laterally to create thinner pieces,  from one breast I can get 3 to 4 slices.  Dredge the chicken in flour, then beaten egg (I like to add a little water or milk to thin it out ) then in the bread crumbs that the dry dressing mix has been added to.  I like to quick brown both sides in a very hot cast ion skillet.  They will not be cooked all the way through. Place breasts in a pan or baker and bake in a 350 degree oven until chicken is just cooked through.  Remove pan,  place a smaller piece of cheese on each breast, a slice of ham, then the full slice of cheese.  Put back into the oven and bake until the cheese is melty and bubbly and the ham is a little cooked around the edges.


Good news and Birthdays February 27, 2012

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This past week has mostly been pretty quiet. Gavin didn’t have school on Monday or Friday, we did get some personal good news the weekend before and got some very good news this weekend (well, Friday really).  My god mother was diagnosed with breast cancer ab out a month ago.  This past Friday she underwent surgery and received the good news that it did not go to her lymph nodes. I am very thankful, we got to see her on Friday and she was doing great!

Sunday was Tim’s birthday and we had a nice little get together with my parents and one of my sisters and her husband.  We had a few snacks and cake.  Every one getting  together and visiting and even playing a game of Trouble!


Zoo time again! February 23, 2012

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I love the Zoo, I really do.  This year we have renewed our membership with the tax refund that isn’t going directly into savings.  This year wen we renewed we got the free parking, and free entrance to the zoo and Hamill Family play Zoo (Gavin’s absolute favorite!), free entrance to the Children’s Zoo, 6 guest passes in addition to the one additional guest we can bring each time, 4 Dolphin Show tickets, 4 motor safari tickets and four Tickets to Extreme bugs that opens mid May. Plus we get a few extra months!  They did have to increase their  membership slightly,  but only by $9.00 and will pay  for its self, if not the first visit then by the second.

This past Friday was our first trip this year, we made new friends, mad Antennae and had a lot of fun

Did I mention they have the Mold-A-Ramas?


*This Moment* February 17, 2012

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{this moment} – A Friday ritual. A single photo – no words – capturing a moment from the week. A simple, special, extraordinary moment. A moment I want to pause, savor and remember


Thank you to Soule Mama to starting this wonderful tradition


Quiche! February 16, 2012

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This is one of my most favorite things to make, Breakfast, Brunch, Lunch, and Dinner. This is the most basic recipie for quiche that I make.  I often will use left overs to make a new flavor.  I don’t have a lot of mesurments- its mostly “lets see how full the pie pan looks” kind of thing.

1lb cooked bacon


Swiss cheese

6 eggs

cream or milk

Pie crust (1/2, bottom only)

First cook the bacon and chop up.  I find it easiest to cut the bacon then fry.

I usually buy the blocks of cheese, so while bacon is cooking-Shred the cheese, chop the spinach- and line the pie pan with the crust.

Once the bacon is done, you can start layering.  The meat first-

Next the spinach or veggies-

Then top with cheese-more the better for me!

For the eggs I like to use my blender.  I break six eggs into the blender jar, then add enugh milk or cream to come up to the 2 cup line.

Blend until very frothy. Once done pour very slowly into the pie pan. You may be able to see the egg mix in the next pic, but it shouldn’t be obvious.

Bake at 400 deg. until browned and solid all the way through.  If the top is cooking too quickly, I will take the broad side of a knife and carefully press down on top to bring up raw egg.  It may puff during cooking, but it will settle as it cools.

Let cool and serve-yum!


Argyle February 15, 2012

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So here is the scarf for Tim’s birthday, Uncle Argyle.  I used Cascade 220 heathers in two shades of red.