Sunday, November 30, 2008
Saturday, November 29, 2008
Gregg and I went out for breakfast today and ordered an egg, cheese and bacon bagel at Manhattan Bagel up at our local shopping centre. It's a nice cosy place and the people in there are friendly. When we arrived it was quiet but by the time we left the place was packed.
Next stop was at the Office Depot to buy one of those laptop computer bags on wheels, with enough extra space for one day's worth of clothing, that was my aim anyhow. There was a larger bag but I didn't want that as I knew I would try and stuff it to the gills and I want to travel light. I tried out at least half a dozen, walking up and down the aisle with the handles extended. It was my day for not only being a dilly in my head but looking like one too, but I am looking for comfort when moving from one place to another, so I walked up and down, up and down, with bags of various sizes, trying to avoid tripping other shoppers as I swung around corners. That handle is too big, that handle is too short, don't like the look of that one, wrong color, don't like things with brand names glaring at me, this one wiggles when I walk until finally, that one is just right. Goldilocks didn't have anything on me. Finally picked one that I am happy with.
Off to the supermarket next to pick up a few supplies. Gully and Celia are traveling up north and will be stopping by on Monday to spend the night.
Now we're back home and I am on the computer and Gregg is watching a football game. I feel drawn to the kitchen but as my last day at work was Thursday gone, and I won't be going back until the New Year, I don't need to bake anything like I usually do. Before I left last week I did bake almost 30 quiches, most of which will be put in the freezer to be taken out when needed. The staff were under strict orders from the owner not to have any for lunch until I get back. So, even though my mind and body is being drawn to the kitchen, I am sitting on my tushy blogging instead. I am feeling a bit chilled after shopping. I think a hot chocolate is next.
This little guy is Lisa's nephew.
Friday, November 28, 2008
One Dish Chicken and Rice Bake
1 can (10-3/4 oz.) Campbell’s Cream of Mushroom Soup
1 cup water
3/4 cup uncooked regular long-grain rice
1/4 teaspoon paprika
1/4 teaspoon pepper
4 skinless, boneless chicken breast halves
In a 2-quart shallow baking dish mix soup, water, rice, paprika and pepper. Place chicken on rice mixture. Sprinkle with additional paprika and pepper. Cover. Bake at 375 degrees F. for 45 minutes or until done.
Opinion with added notes: We both enjoyed dinner tonight and we have left-over’s for another meal to eat during the weekend. I had a much larger casserole dish than suggested in the recipe and as I didn’t want it all to dry out during cooking, I doubled up on everything except the chicken breasts. I used the one can of Cream of Mushroom called for and added one can of Cream of Celery. To the rice mixture I also added dehydrated chopped onions thanks to Celia who added them to her Fried Cornbread a little while ago, garlic powder and to finish off before putting it in the oven I sprinkled the chicken with Lawry’s Seasoned Salt and Pepper, along with the Paprika, and also a little more garlic powder. One of those meals that most of us have come across before, and a definite keeper for a fast, no fuss dinner.
We had a great day over at Lisa's house. For those of you who don't know yet, she is our son's fiance and her parents asked us to spend the day with them. I didn't take any photos but Son-One-And-Only is his mother's child and took many. I will share a few later on when I get them.
Thanksgiving Gatherers: Lisa's Mom and Dad, Lisa, her older brother and his wife and their two adorable toddlers, her younger brother and his girlfriend, Gregg, Brad and me. The meal was delicious, turkey, mashed potatoes and stuffing, wonderful gravy, yams and apples with that yummy marshmallow topping, roasted green beans with pine nuts, pickled cucumbers that Lisa had brined with hot peppers from her uncle's garden, brought back from their last trip to Minnesota to join the cast of characters on the Thanksgiving Table. I think I may have missed a few things but most definitely not the Pumpkin Pie Lisa's sister-in-law had made from scratch. She described that the hardest part was breaking open the pumpkin. I told her all her hard work had paid off as her pie was delicious and a fitting end to a superb meal. We spent a few hours afterward chatting and getting to know one another a little more, enjoying each other's conversation. It was fun watching the children play, they were so good and a delightful part of the day. Hours passed quickly when we realized that it was time to go home. And that's how we spent our Thanksgiving.
I hope all your Thanksgivings were special ones. One of my favorite things to do on Friday is to check out all the photographs of those participating in SkyWatch Friday. One such person was the host of Body Soul and Spirit. You can find her blog here. After enjoying SWF photos I read of a story about another post at Mountain Musings which you can find here. I wanted to share it with you as it really does show what this very special day is all about.
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