My having an October birthday has meant many, many Halloween themed parties over the years. Then my youngest daughter came into the world on October 30 and we had two in the family born close to that veil between the living world and the dead. I was actually finishing costumes for my two oldest children when I went into labor. When each of my children were old enough, I made costumes and drove my kids to other neighborhoods or attended church events on Halloween. Unfortunately, the neighborhood we lived in for nearly twenty years was not conducive to trick-or-treaters and in all of those years we had exactly three trick-or-treaters…TOTAL. […]
This delicious, easy chicken dish is made on the stovetop, similar to the traditional pot roast. You have control over quantity, so you can feed two or a holiday crowd.
Boneless Chicken Breasts (3-6 or even more. I use tenders)
Chicken Broth (bouillon OK)
Potatoes (chopped into pieces)
Onions (minced or fresh, chopped)
Carrots (peeled and cut. I use packaged baby carrots)
Salt and Pepper
Bay leaf (optional)
Heat a couple of tablespoons vegetable oil in a dutch oven on medium. (I use a nonstick spray first)
Brown thawed breasts.
Add garlic and onion, salt and pepper to taste
Fill pot 1/2 way with chicken broth, add water if needed until carrots are just covered. Cook on high to boiling and then reduce heat to slow simmer. Cover and cook for 30 mins or until carrots are about halfway done.
Add potatoes and cook until all vegetables are tender and ready to eat, adding broth or water as needed.
I didn’t provide measurements because the amount needed is […]
We use a lot of paper plates around my house. It’s an environmental choice. Where I live in Texas there is plenty of landfill room, but not so much water. Also, I have teenagers that graze like an entire herd of buffalo that would run through all my real dishes in no time.
For years we’ve used those raffia or bamboo baskets that are designed for holding paper plates. They’re pretty sturdy, last for a long time, and can be washed with the rest of our dishes if they catch a spill. I always found them at the thrift store, taped together in a bundle, for only a couple of bucks. But this last year that source has dried up.
Not finding them at the thrift store for months, I finally started looking for them retail. They can be found new, but the only ones I’ve found are flimsy and too small to […]
After spending four hours last weekend at a car wash raising money for a non-profit, I came home to find my husband in the middle of a project on our screened in porch. Two years ago, he decided to turn that porch into a greenhouse so that he could grow vegetables from seed and have them ready to plant in the spring. He covered the entire space with plastic sheeting, got a space heater and planted tomatoes, peppers and squash in red solo cups. For two months, these tender plants flourished until one night he forgot to turn on the space heater. All of that work gone to waste was disheartening and he abandoned the greenhouse plan, but the plastic sheeting remained. The space became the favorite haven for our cats and many a morning we discovered the prey they had captured and killed during the night. My kids likened […]