Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Tasty Tuesday~Sweet Corn Chowder

I made this last week & it was so good. I didn't have corn on the cob, so I used a can of corn & also didn't use jalapenos.

SWEET CORN CHOWDER (From Maebels.com)

 Photo from Pinterest/Maebels.com


1 small sweet onion, peeled and chopped
1 tablespoon olive oil
6 ears sweet corn, husk and silk removed and cut from the cobb
2 fresh jalapeños, seeded and chopped
2 cups chicken broth
1 teaspoon cumin
1 teaspoon garlic powder
½ teaspoon paprika
½ teaspoon salt
½ teaspoon pepper
4 ounces reduced fat cream cheese (room temperature so it melts well)
 ⅓ cup heavy cream
1½ cup shredded sharp white cheddar cheese (Cabot New York Vintage is my favorite)


1. Heat a large sauce pan or dutch oven to medium heat.
2. Add olive oil and chopped onion, sauté for 3 minutes, stirring occasionally.
3. Add corn and chopped jalapeños, sauté for 2 more minutes.
4. Add broth, cumin, garlic powder, paprika, salt and pepper and stir well.
5. Cover and reduce heat to medium low, let simmer for 20 minutes.
6. Remove lid and add cream cheese, cream and cheddar, stir well. Let simmer uncovered for an additional 10 minutes, stirring occasionally.
7. Garnish with cilantro and green onions if desired.

Monday, February 8, 2016

Pretty Girl

Our neighbor straightened Tara's hair last night. It looks so pretty straight. Her hair wasn't as straight tonight, but looks really long. I think we are taking her this weekend to have her hair trimmed. Only an inch if it's up to me.

Sunday, February 7, 2016

Valentine's day is on the way

Any special plans for you? We're planning on going out to Texas Roadhouse for lunch on President's day. We have a gift card for there that we haven't used yet, so it will be a date night. Tara has school that day. She'll probably be sad that she can't go.We'll pick her up at school at 3:00. So she should be happy about that. I'm thinking of make some chocolate truffles or maybe some brownies. We'll see. We're planning on making sangria for the weekend. What are your plans? Fun & happy or romantic & dressy. It's suppose to be really cold next weekend, so we'll all have to cuddle up & keep warm. Have fun what ever you do & be safe.

Saturday, February 6, 2016

Friday, February 5, 2016

Nail Files. Week # 243

This is a pink week. I love this color so much. It's Orly color blast~Speak your Mind. It's so bright & pretty.

Thursday, February 4, 2016

Hello February

I'm a bit late on my Hello February (goals) post. At least we already have almost 4 days of Feb over. Not 1 of my fave months.

1. Get more 2015 scrapbook pages done.
2. Make more new recipes.
3. Cut down on certain foods.
4. Finish the book that I'm reading.
5. Write in my fibro journal more.

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Tasty Tuesday~Homemade Chicken & Dumplings

Homemade Chicken & Dumplings (from Eat at Home Cooks)


about 3 cups cooked chicken
 6-8 cups chicken broth
2 cups flour
2 Tbs. butter
½ tsp. baking powder
salt to taste (I just shake some in)
about a cup of milk, maybe a bit less


1. In a bowl, combine the flour, baking powder and salt. Cut the butter into the dry ingredients with a fork or pastry blender. Stir in the milk, mixing with a fork until the dough forms a ball.
2. Heavily flour a work surface. You’ll need a rolling pin and something to cut the dumplings with. I like to use a pizza cutter. I also like to use a small spatula to lift the dumplings off the cutting surface. 3. Roll the dough out thin with a heavily floured rolling pin. Dip your cutter in flour and cut the dumplings in squares about 2″x2″. It’s okay for them not to be exact. Just eye ball it. Some will be bigger, some smaller, some shaped funny.
4. Use the floured spatula to put them on a heavily floured plate. Just keep flouring between the layers of dumplings. If they will be cooked soon, this method works well. If I’m going to cook them later in the day I layer them on a cookie sheet with wax paper between and lots of flour. You can also freeze them like this and then transfer them to a ziplock bag.
5. To cook them, bring the broth to a boil. Drop the dumplings in one at a time, stirring while you add them. The extra flour on them will help thicken the broth. Cook them for about 15-20 minutes or until they not doughy tasting. Add the cooked chicken to the pot and you’re done!

Friday, January 29, 2016

Nail Files. Week # 242

This week I have on China Glaze~Jamaican Out & 2 Wet N' Wild Megalast gold colors. They are minis that I got in a box for Christmas. It doesn't have the name on them.

Thursday, January 28, 2016

Stuff & Things

* This week has been crazy/busy & really kind of weird. Tara had strep throat & fell off of our bed last night. I took her to the doc this morning & she said that she might have a slight concussion & a slight sprained neck. Geez, Poor kid, she's had a rough week.
* I've been missing my cat JoJo that passed away in September. It's been 4 months & this week I've just been crying a lot thinking of her.
* I finally got some Happy Mail today. Mail has been so slow lately. I'm pretty caught up in mail too.
* I'm sick of doctor appointments. I spent $125 for co-pays this week & special eye drops included. I really want to take next week off from appointments & I'm hoping to not schedule any appointments for March.