Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Recipe Wednesday- Currie Soup

1 onion - chopped
2 1/2 Tbs butter

Melt butter, add onion and 2 tsp curry powder

Cook 5 minutes, covered

Add 2 T flour, 4 1/2 cups bouillion Stir well

Add milk or cream to your taste and for consistency you like.


Sunday, November 22, 2009

Who says...?

California doesn't have a fall season?

Leaves don't change colors in California?

California does have a fall season and trees in California do change colors. I took these pictures in early November.

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Christmas Music!

I like Christmas music- I really enjoy it - but at the right time! I turned on the car radio on my way home last night, to hear Christmas music. The station I listen to all the time has already started playing Christmas music 24 hours a day- I like Christmas music and look forward to it about this time of year - but I don't know if I can take 37 days of it! If this keeps up, they'll be playing Christmas music 365 days a year! Can you imagine 4th of July BBQ, Fireworks and Christmas music?

2 years ago the station started playing Christmas music 24 hours a day, the day after Thanksgiving. That's perfect for me -

Last year they started playing it the Monday before Thanksgiving, ok, a tad early but ok.

This year, a whole week before Thanksgiving - that's just a liite more than even I, the ultimat Christmas fan, may be able to handle!

I may have to find a new favorite radio station for a few days!

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Recipe Wednesday

Here it is - 2 for 1! :)

Beef Stroganoff

2 lbs beef tenderloin, cut into 1/4" strips
1/4 C flour
1 1/2 t salt
1/4 t pepper
1/4 C butter
1 clove garlic
1 C chopped onion
1 lb fresh sliced mushrooms
2 T butter 1 T tomato paste
2 T flour 1 C Sour cream
1 can beef consome

Combine 1/4 C flour, salt and pepper; coat meat.
Melt 1/4 C butter in fry pan. Brown meat on both sides. Add garlic, onion and mushrooms; fry til golden. Move meat and vegetables to one side of pan - to other side of pan add 2 T butter and 2 T flour, blend. Add tomato paste and beef broth, mix well with meat and vegetables. Cook until thickened. Add sour cream - heat through, do not boil! Serve over buttered noodles. (Serves 6)

Healthy String (Green) Beans

1 large can green beans, (empty out liuid and rinse with water several times).
1 whole onion, quartered and taken apart
1 pkg sliced smoked turkey ( I skip this and add a few drops of liquid smoke)
4 beef bouillion cubes (or 4 teaspoons powdered beef bouillion)
Place all in cooking pan, cover with water and simmer for several hours!

Enjoy! I promise you will!

Monday, November 16, 2009

Travelin' Weekend

I took a red-eye flight on Thursday night and spent the weekend with a long time friend and her husband. it was a wonderful weekend, we spent hours and I do mean hours, talking, catching up, comparing and learning!

We've been friends since Jr. High, and have always kept in touch via birthday and Christmas cards, and the odd quick hour when both of us were in our hometown at the same time- but it's been a long time since we had an uninteruptted 48 hours to spend together.

Their home is lovely (no, "N", I still can't figure out why!) they are wonderful hosts, and "B" cooked up some very good dinners! We took a trip to Hobby Lobby, one of my favorite stores and there are none here in California, so that was a wonderful treat! We're both ready to do it again, and we will!

There's a song that sums it all up for me:

Old Friends

Hey, old friend
What d’ya say, old friend?
Are you okay, old friend?
Are we, are we unique?

Time goes by
Everything else keeps changing
You and I, we can continue next week, yeah

Most friends fade
Or they don’t make the grade
New ones are quickly made
And in a pinch, sure, they’ll do

But us, old friend
What’s to discuss, old friend?
Here’s to us, who’s like us?
Damn few!

Thanks B&N for a great weekend!


Thursday, November 12, 2009

Looking for Recipe Wednesday?

Me too! LOL - check back next week - it will be a 2 for 1!


Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Recipe Wednesday- Chicken Stuffing Casserole

I decided to put a few recipes out here- I love to cook and I have RECIPES! I don't just mean recipes, or Recipes, but RECIPES - not just in a drawer, not just in a cupboard, not just in the kitchen, but all over my house!

I don't know where I got all of these, some from friends, some from family, some from magazines, websites, you name it. Some I don't remember, but when I do, I'll try to give credit where credit is due!

This week - Chicken Stuffing Casserole - easy and delicious! (from a friend in Ohio)

6 bone in chicken breasts (I often use boneless, and reduce cooking time to 1 hour and uncover for 20 minutes)
6 slices Monterey Jack Cheese - (if you can't find slices, just cover each breast with cheese
1 pkg StoveTop stuffing (cooked according to directions
1 can Cream of chicken soup.

Spray 9x3 pan with PAM. Place chicken breasts on bottom of pan
Cover with Jack cheese
Pour cream of chicken soup over all (don't dilute)
Cover with prepared stuffing and cover pan with foil, sealing edges.
Bake at 325 for 2 hours, remove foil for the last 40 mimutes

This also is a great recipe for the crock pot. Put in the same order, cook on Medium for at least 6 hours - I've left it for 8-10 hours and it's just fine!


Monday, November 2, 2009

Cuppacakeabella Birthday card

Friend's birthday is coming up - so I cooked this card up this weekend! This is my favorite Birthday Stamp!

Check in tomorrow - I'm starting Recipe Wednesday!

Sunday, November 1, 2009

It's that time again!

Teacher: "Why do we have a Thanksgiving holiday?"
Student: "So we know when to start Christmas shopping!"