Blanquette de poulet

  Normally this dish is made with veal but my mom always made it with chicken because veal was expensive when we lived in Japan. And seeing how veal is still expensive (in my books)…chicken it is! Ingredients 1/2 lemon 1 egg yolk 8oz heavy whipping cream Celery Carrots Chicken Rice (I like Arborio) Mushrooms Small can of chicken broth 1/2 cup white wine 2tbs butter 2tbs flour Salt and pepper   Salt and pepper your chicken and brown it for a few minutes on each side. You don’t need to cook it through! While the chicken is browning, chop your veggies up. I cheat and use baby carrots so I don’t have to peel and slice carrots. After the chicken is done browning, remove it from the pan and cube it. Using the same pan, put 2 tbs of butter...

Small trip around Middle Earth

Rivendell, I never tire of this view…but the bridges and a mounted war-horse me..do not mix.   I am ashamed to admit that I am really behind on my epics with Eyiel..so here I am in Moria catching up…the Stone Council.  I tend to forget to look up but I’m glad I didn’t this time!! And as much as I loathe Moria, this was a pretty awe-inspiring sight. Fenmarsh in Eastfold is one of my favorite cities…purely landscape wise. All those weeping willows..be still my heart. Sorry for the dark picture, it was night time. This is what I have been known for..sitting at the fountain in Bree, outside the Prancing Pony. Since I have started some lowbies, I am not longer sitting there in the evenings..I’m actually out..adventuring. I really...

Drunken Noodles

   This is my spin on drunken noodles. It roughly takes about 30-40 min from start to finish.   Ingredients: 1.5cups chicken broth 1/2 cup of white wine 3 gloves of garlic (minced) 1 package of Italian sausage 1 package of bacon (thick cut) 3 bell peppers (diced) 3 roma tomatoes (diced) Cornstarch Salt and Pepper   Start by browning the Italian sausage. I like using the mild because I can’t eat anything spicy. If you can’t find the ground package, just buy the sausage and remove the casings. Salt and pepper to taste and brown the sausage until the pink is almost gone. When it’s done, put it in a bowl and set it aside. I start cooking the bacon while that’s going. I cook mine in the microwave until it’s mostly crispy. When...

Dandelion on Walls

I’ve been staring at my walls for years trying to figure out what I’m doing. I think and I think, I change my mind a million times, can’t decide…because painting the walls is permanent, right? I can never ever change my mind…* rolls eyes at herself* All the pictures are cell pictures because my camera is not working right now. And the walls aren’t as pink as the pics make them look like (hooray for that!) I came across this while surfing the net and decided this is what I was going to do, minus the words. This is a stencil you can find. I didn’t like the way the leaves  looked. I looked some more online and found a tut from Pretty Handy Girl. She is so talented! I got the #4 round brush, the #4 flat brush and the #2 liner...

My fibro is gone :)

Around 2005, I started to have severe fatigue and various aches and pains. I would come home from work and fall asleep on the couch. I didn’t have the energy to do much of anything. I had to pick and choose what I was going to do that night because I couldn’t do it all anymore. I used to work all day, come home, do laundry, clean, play with my beautiful little daughter. Day in and day out and my house was spotless. And then slowly but surely, I couldn’t do it anymore. I had no idea what was going on but I was so drained all the time. And no matter how much sleep I got, it was never enough. I never woke up feeling like I had a good night’s sleep. Every morning was a struggle to get out of bed and get going. Dragging yourself out of bed when...

Baseball Game and Fireworks!

We went to a baseball game last night and had a really good time. I am not a huge baseball fan and I won’t watch it on TV but I do enjoy a game. I think I like the ambience more than anything. M wanted to see the fireworks. We planned this last week so we were sitting near the outfield (or whatever it’s called…) Here is the view where we sat..and yes I had to take a picture of the sky and what we could see of downtown.   I hadn’t had a funnel cake in so long and it was good! Took 3 of us to finish it off though. And yes I nibbled on it before taking the picture The game itself was ok. Some boring innings and some more interesting especially when they tried to steal a base. Tulsa is in light blue. They were playing Arkansas. Meeting...

Burlap Wreath DIY

Pinterest has been my best friend when it comes to bookmarking things I like. I can just look at the pictures and remember what I pinned…not like bookmarking and you can’t remember exactly what it is. I came across wreaths that I love made in burlap. This one is from Etsy (click the picture for the shop): The one from Etsy uses an 18″ wreath but I got a 12″ one so the flowers look bigger. This is what you need: Burlap Muslin Wreath Hot glue gun Corsage pins Cut strips of burlap and muslin (or whatever fabric you decide to use). I tied a knot on the end and started twisting the fabric and coiling it around. The width and length you pic will determine the size or your rosette so you can play around with it. I totally eyeballed it all. I cut...