Say, Google+ folks, would you please consider adding your own blog to your link list? That way, I'd have some hope of finding you. Otherwise, I'm going to have to let you go. Thanks!

Saturday, April 4, 2009

Found: One Chicken Casserole Recipe

Yes, along with at least three other chicken casseroles. (This post is completely intertwined with yesterday's so if you find yourself wondering what's going on here, besides not much, that explains it.) Several recipes have been printed out multiple times. I think I could be much more organized if and when I get this book together. Someone asked if I have these on the computer and the answer is yes, in triplicate. I don't have a laptop, though, so don't much thrill to running up and down the hall to look for the next ingredient or to print it off again. Some fine day, I'm certain that I will may get it all together.

Anyway, since you asked, and you won't be disappointed, and IF you make this one I really, really do want to hear about it, here ya go.

Vee's Creamy Chicken Casserole for Four

Ingredients:

* 2 cups dry whole wheat noodles. (We prefer Heartland Rotini, but you use what you like.)

* 1 can cream of chicken soup (mushroom in a pinch)

* ½ cup milk (we use skim)

* 1 cup grated cheese (we like cheddar)

* ½ tsp poultry seasoning

* ¼ cup mayonnaise

* ¼ cup plain yogurt

* One cooked chicken breast cut into small chunks or a 12.5 oz can of chunk white chicken rinsed and drained well (we don't need all that salt)

Method:

* Heat oven to 350°

* Boil noodles of choice until done and drain

* Add milk, yogurt, and mayonnaise to the soup and heat until it just begins to bubble

* Add seasonings (you can play around here...we've settled on the poultry seasoning as our favorite)

* Stir in half of the cheese until melted

* Add the noodles and cooked chicken and stir to coat completely

* Spoon into a casserole serving dish suitable for four servings

* Sprinkle with remaining cheese

* Bake in a 350° oven for 30 minutes.

Serve with a vegetable or salad and enjoy!


You'll find that this recipe is a wonderful one to tweak. It can easily be doubled or even tripled, but since we are watching our portions around here and there are only two of us, I usually stick to the smaller recipe. This or that can be substituted. Please let me know what you come up with if you give it a try.

For dessert, I made a delicious Peach Dump Cake. It's another recipe that's fun to tweak. I substituted a can of Comstock cherry pie filling because I didn't have two cans of peaches. It's a peachy cherry delight...hmmmmm. Whaddya mean that we're on some diet? :>

Enjoy your weekend, Dear Ones!

Friday, April 3, 2009

Chicken Casserole Recipe, Where Are You?



I'm so upset with all of you right now! Just look at this! Dinner is to be on the table at 1 p.m. and here it is 11:20 a.m. and I can't find a thing. You are to blame on a number of levels. ;D

First, I've been visiting blogs all morning and that's obviously your fault. (tee hee)

Second, these are all your recipes!



You don't believe me?











For starters!

And the latest?



That's it! I've no time to waste. I must paw through that pile looking for my famous chicken casserole recipe. You'd think I'd remember it by now!

Recipes Mentioned: Cinnamon Cake, Rhubarb Platz, Apple Pancakes, Oatmeal Cinnamon Crispies

Thursday, April 2, 2009

MiSc

Have you noticed all the playing with headers around here? Oh my! I've been so taken by what's been going on at Whispering Poppies (long gone) that for a second or two I thought that I could actually do what Louise does. Silly, silly me! Needless to say, I fell back upon my old standbys from Big Huge Labs.

Still, there is something that I am planning to participate in on April 15, besides taxes that is. I'm going to accept the invitation from Whispering Poppies and display some vignettes. Romantic ones? Not sure, but I have been practicing lately. Why here's one that I did yesterday and I seriously apologize for the light...there's been precious little around here for days and days.



Isn't it beautiful? A real Monet as they say... I couldn't risk showing the real before close-up, it would frighten you! But if you'd like a hint you can visit *this post* and you'll find the location just to the right of the apron nook. Okay, enough goofing around...this is a little tidying up and shifting about.



Recently, I read a little decorating tip that wouldn't cost a thing, but time. It is to gather all decorative items and place them on a table and then to redistribute them throughout the house. Kinda labor intensive, but I'm thinking it could work.

My daughter visited last evening and brought her latest painting fresh from the framer's to show us. We've been watching it evolve over the weeks so I was quite tickled to see it all done and framed. Can you tell what it is?



Not sure? Can you tell now?



John sat looking at it for some time while my daughter and I were busy elsewhere. He said that he got the same sense of vertigo as he has when truly lying on the grass looking up through the tree limbs. I didn't get the chance to look at it for that long, but I am looking at it today and I do wish that its new home were that spot. It isn't. Shoot!

One last thing...I miss the "widget within" a wee little bit. If it actually chose one or two (not three) former posts and if it stuck with that post, I'd have left it alone. The constant rolling about was frustrating to me. Nevertheless, if you want your numbers to go up by at least twenty-five per cent, it's just the thing. At this point in blogging, I think I'm nearly done with the where are you from, how long did you stay, what post did you enjoy, and what my numbers in general are doing. My new goal? A tightened, less-cluttered blog. Perhaps in the future I'll aim for concise speech, elevated thoughts, and significance. Right! =D

Have a great Thursday everyone!

Wednesday, April 1, 2009

Some Fine Day Perhaps...

Oh, to be in England
Now that April's there,
And whoever wakes in England
Sees, some morning, unaware,
That the lowest boughs and the brushwood sheaf
Round the elm-tree bole are in tiny leaf,
While the chaffinch sings on the orchard bough
In England — now!


~Robert Browning

I'll catch up with you all Thursday...have a fun April Fool's Day!

Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Awards and Honors and Gratitude and Oh Help




Recently, I've received two delightful awards. The Sisterhood Award comes from my dear friend Barbara @ Ramblings from an English Garden. Barbara and I have been visiting back and forth consistently for two years come September. That's a long time in Bloggy Years! I appreciate her so much and I'm glad that she thinks of me as a member of the Sisterhood.



The second award comes from a new-to-me blogging friend Lisa @ A Cottage to Me. I like its sassiness. It comes with requirements: List 10 things about yourself and then pass it on to others.

1. The Award Issue is a sticky one for me. I never follow the rules; I have often left awards on the table; I'm honored and pleased, yet, at the same time, conflicted. I am conflicted because to pass them on has always felt awkward. It would be like walking through Keukenhof Gardens and selecting just one tulip. Impossible!

2. Therefore, I have been most snobby and have appreciated most those awards that were created by a blogger and not meant to be passed on such as the two you'll find on my sidebar for today only. Yes, if I'm going to say what I'm about to say, I think that even they must be placed in my file of treasures.

3. File of treasures? Oh yes, I do have a file filled with these awards. It is much like the file I've kept of all the drawings and letters my children have given or that my students gave me or even my love letters. Some things are special, after all.

4. So from now on, if I should receive an award, I will kindly thank you for even thinking of me. I'll take it and place it in my treasure file, but it won't be mentioned here; so there'd really be little point for anyone to give one.



5. This little button is going to sit in my sidebar, down low and away, and after a while, even he will fly off.

I'll be like Pat at Mille Fiori Favoriti who says that your comments are her awards. I find that the same — your visits and your comments are my reward. Actually, my visits to your wonderful blogs are truly my reward.

6. And see? I just can't follow the rules.

Enjoy your Tuesday...

Sunday, March 29, 2009

Consider the Tulips



a photo of Keukenhof Garden from Gardening Illustrated (allowed to stand)

And why take ye thought for raiment? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow; they toil not, neither do they spin: And yet I say unto you, That even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. Matthew 6:28–29

Hope that you'll have time to enjoy this video of Keukenhof Garden. It's good for lowering blood pressure. God bless your Sunday!



ETA: Having just come from morning devotions and the reading of Streams in the Desert, I want to say that I did not sneak a peek prior to my post this morning. ;>

DB