My husband and I are enjoying a nice vacation in Florida. We are staying at the Postcard Inn on Islamorada and visited Key West today. We walked everywhere and I am so tired. It was fun seeing where Hemingway lived, the light house and the Mel Fisher Museum.
Back home, it is very cold and icy. It will be hard, mentally, to go back to the land of the tundra. LOL I do miss my bed and especially our daughter and puppies.
We have been eating awesome seafood. Tonight I had New England clam chowder. It had a bit of bite to it but was still good. Just not as good as what I have had in Seattle. We brought Hummingbird cake back to the hotel room and plan on having it for breakfast. It sounded too good to pass up and breakfast is hard to do at this resort. We are getting tired of spending time for a sit down breakfast so we will eat cake and drink coffee and hit the road to start our journey home.
I am so glad that people have good ideas and the energy to make things happen. I often find myself bored to death during these winter months and look for something fun to do with my time. Tonight, hubby and I took one of our senior aged friends on a date. We bought her a corsage, picked her up at her home and took her out for dinner. It was so much fun!
There were 40 people at this event. Some were senior members of our church and each was chaperoned by us younguns’. It was a great way to get to know people we often speak to at church but don’t know very much beyond that “hello”. We played a game and ate an awesome meal. The best part of the meal was the huge piece of chocolate covered with a thick coating of icing topped with fresh raspberries. We had good conversation and lots of laughter.
One advantage of dating an older person was that we were home in time to watch Gold Rush on television. LOL I’ll admit that it was us deciding it was time to head home and not our senior date.
A Winter Storm Warning goes into effect this evening for northern Indiana and will continue into Monday morning. We are ready with groceries purchased and projects ready. I will be putting together another quilt block and hubby has potato soup in the crock-pot.
Hash Brown Potato Soup
32 oz bag hash brown cubes
32 oz container chicken stock
1 1/2 oz bacon bits
1 can cream of chicken soup
Combine all in slow cooker. Cook on high 5 hours or until potatoes are tender. After 4 hours (1 hour before serving) of cooking, add 1 8 oz package cream cheese.
Hubby added cubes of ham to his concoction. I would recommend using low sodium soup and stock.
I recently took the Mini Cooper to Indianapolis to have the oil changed. Mini Coopers only have to be changed every 10,000 miles! I love my Mini Cooper.
While in Indy, my daughter and I ate at the Naked Tchopstix restaurant. The atmosphere was fun and the food was delicious. I just about crapped when I paid the bill! Sushi purchased ala carte really adds up! It was part of my daughter’s birthday celebration so I sucked it up and forked over the money. LOL Well worth the food and the awesome company of my daughter.
Our daughter celebrated her birthday not too long ago and I made cupcakes for her. She always asks for cherry chip cake but I haven’t been able to find a box mix for the last few years. They have strawberry mix so that is what I used.
One thing I love about quilting for other people is getting to see what ideas they come up with for their quilts. This quilt is a signature quilt that incorporates blocks made by individual family members. It is a tradition of this family to make a signature quilt for a family member when they get married. I quilted this quilt using free motion quilting with mono filament thread in the signature blocks and ruler work with Superior’s Omni thread in other areas. Each block and border is stitched in the ditch.
I seldom cook but my husband is down with a cold and sinus infection. When the kids were here for Christmas, my husband cooked a large ham. He used the ham bone to make a large pot of green beans and potatoes. We have been eating beans every few days. We still had ham left so I decided to make scalloped potatoes. Here is the recipe I used. I added a few onion slices that I had caramelized in butter.
• 4 cups thinly sliced potatoes
• 3 tablespoons butter
• 3 tablespoons flour
• 1 1/2 cups milk
• 1 teaspoon salt
• 1 dash cayenne pepper (I didn’t have any so I didn’t use cayenne pepper).
• 1 cup grated sharp cheddar cheese
• 1/2 cup grated cheese, to sprinkle on top
In a small sauce pan, melt butter and blend in flour.
Let sit for a minute.
Add all of cold milk, stirring with a whisk.
Season with salt and cayenne.
Cook sauce on low until smooth and boiling, stirring occasionally with a whisk.
Reduce heat and stir in cheese.
Place a half of the sliced potatoes in a lightly greased one quart casserole dish.
Pour half of cheese sauce over potatoes.
Repeat with second layer of potatoes and cheese sauce.
Sprinkle the remaining cheese on top. (I waited until the last 10 minutes to do this step).
Top with some paprika for color.
Bake uncovered for about 1 hour at 350°F. (I baked mine 1 ½ hours).
I saw a recipe on Facebook that sounded so good that I had to make it. The recipe was written up kinda of weird but I figured it out and we will try it later tonight. It is in the refrigerator setting up.
2 bags Pepperidge Farm Chessmen Cookies OR 2 bags Vanilla Wafers
6 to 8 bananas, sliced
2 cups whole milk
* 1 (5 oz.) box instant French Vanilla pudding
1 (8 oz.) package cream cheese
1 (14 oz.) can sweetened condensed milk
1 (12 oz.) container frozen whipped topping thawed, or equal amount sweetened whipped cream
Use a 13×9 inch dish then you need to Line the bottom using One bag of cookies after that you must layer bananas on top.
Second step : Now after all that work you need now to use other Bowl so you need to combine the milk & pudding mix then blend well so for that you need to use a handheld electric mixer.
Step 3 : Now and again you need to use other bowl so this time mix the cream cheese & condensed milk make sure to mix till smooth.
Step 4 : After all that work now you need to fold the whipped topping into the cream cheese mixture. And then all you need now is to add the cream cheese mixture to the pudding mixture then stir till well blended.
Step 5 : Finally step , so in this finally step you need to pour the mixture over the cookies & bananas then cover with the remaining cookies.
I am looking through my blog so I can find my Pretzel Salad recipe. I make it each year for my quilt guild party. I love the sweet and salty flavor of this yummy salad.
Hubby and I ate at Boondock’s restaurant tonight. It is a local tavern and the food is so good. I had a Po Boy oyster sandwich. It was so good. Fried is the only way I want to eat an oyster.
I quilted three large table toppers today. I am worn out! I have to put binding on each of them. I can’t show a picture yet because they are gifts.
We only have 21 more days until Christmas Day. It is making me anxious to get done with some shopping. I don’t buy for very many people so it isn’t a big chore, it is taking the actual time to go to the store and pick out gifts that will be appreciated by each person. That is the hard part. What does one buy for people? I think it is hard. Did I say that I think it is hard? LOL
I did get the inside of the house decorated and hubby put lighted greenery around the outside porch railing. My daughter put up our tree and I helped put on the decorations. It looks so pretty. I have to put candles in the windows and then I will be done. I might get in the mood to bake. I don’t need to eat sweets though so I might have to talk myself out of that.
I hope everyone enjoys the holiday season. I feel blessed being of good health and look forward to being together with family and friends.