Feb 16

texas-sized snow

Posted by Matty

It doesn’t snow much in Texas. When it does, it merits a couple of pictures.

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Feb 13

The Best Chili. Ever.

Posted by Nanc

There are probably tons of claims to that title. Much like there are tons of kinds of chili; Texas (meat), black bean, red bean, Cincinnati-style, white (chicken), etc. The list goes on and on. I like a variety of chili, but White Chicken Chili is THE BEST, hands down.

It’s a dish that nearly everyone in my family makes and enjoys. All of my friends* have tasted it and raved reviews. And to note that it’s low in fat, well that just beats all! Try a bowl for yourself and let me know what you think.

* Okay. So it’s “friends that have come to dinner when I’ve prepared white chicken chili.” Sheesh – do ya’ gotta be so detailed?

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Feb 13

As part of my Stash Reduction and February Fleece Challenge, I’ve sewed up and sent a bundle of items for Bundles of Love.

I still have more fleece to use, but I’m that much closer. In fact, I’ve cut a lot more items out, but have wrenched my back during a marathon sewing session and am taking a break from my Singer. This may mean that my fleece deadline could be extended until… I can sit comfortably at the sewing machine.

But I’m happy with what I got done so far. There’s pics if you click ‘read more’.

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Feb 6

Leftover Lunacy

Posted by Nanc

I’m usually not a huge fan of leftovers. I rarely take the extra portions from restaurants, and if I do I usually throw them away within a few days. Home-cooked leftovers retain their original form (unless they can be made into a burrito of sorts) until I’m tired of reheating my history. Cooking – that I can do, but reanimating a meal into a fantastic new beast? Nope.

So that’s why I was surprised at both myself and the latest two leftover dishes that I’ve made.

Is that beef roast (or stew) leaving you cold? Did the holiday ham overstay it’s welcome? If these meats are still good [read: not green, slimy, or mush], I’ve found a way to make them new and tasty… again.

Feb 6

Ham Broccoli Braid

Posted by Nanc

The remaining bit of leftover ham had been taunting me all week. We had used up portions in all of the normal places, like omletes and fried up in the skillet. But still, there it waited for something – a sign, some movement that I might make. What did it want of me?!

My quest took me to AllRecipes.com to make use of their ‘ingredient search’ feature. From here, I found a quick and easy (and yummy) way to use up that ham. Ha! That’ll show ‘em.

Although the name “explains” this dish, it doesn’t really do a good job of describing it. (Where’s marketing when you need them.) This recipe is simple to do, works up pretty quickly, and looks fabulous, därling! It would be perfect to take to a pot luck luncheon or dinner party. So come on, check it out!

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Feb 6

Shepherd’s Pie

Posted by Nanc

Always thought that Shepherd’s Pie would be too much work, too starchy, bland, or Irish? Well, this might change your mind.

There I was stuck with leftover beef roast (slow cooker) with carrots and onions. (Too bad I didn’t save any of the jus, ’cause it would’ve come in handy.) I know that I didn’t want a plate of roast and veggies again, but I didn’t know what I could do with it and I didn’t want to waste it. Along comes my superhero Google search engine, seeking out sites dedicated to leftover ideas and doling out justice. I stumbled upon a seemingly okay idea of making Shepherd’s Pie from my ignored beef.

And to my surprise, it was good. (Yeah, it made it’s own reincarnation of leftovers, but we worked through it.) From now on, I will plan this second life for my beef roasts.

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Feb 4

Too cute for pix

Posted by Nanc

Sometimes, I am a boob. (Like as a goofball or a dork, not a mammary gland.)

I have made some über cüt magnets and packaged them in equally cüt tins (from The Container Store). The recipients’ name or an apropriate quip spelled out in stickers was affixed to the lid, side, or under-the-lid of the tin. These were are fun and clever and simple to make. They are going out in the mail today.

I, however, forgot to take pix of any of it. [grumble, grumble- my own stupidity, grumble]

I guess it was due to the confusion of finding other cute stuff at The Container Store, like this, this, and this. Oh, well. Another day, another goof-up. At least it’s minor. % )

Feb 2

These are tasty-good yum-yum. I highly recommend them for most any- and everything. I’m currently eating on the Sundried Tomato Basil variety, but am anxious to taste the Garden Spinach Herb.

I’ve always been a little put-off of the sandwich wraps, especially in the bland flour tortillas. These, however, give that extra bit of boost that was needed to reach tasty-good heights.

In a similar, but failed vein: French’s&reg GourMayo does nothing for me. Perhaps I picked the blandest of the bunch, Sun Dried Tomato, but I got no “zing” of taste excitement. More like, ugh – taste like mayo. I may try the Wasabi Horseradish if they ever come out with a small sampler or single-serving package.

Tip: Don’t use mayo on the wraps, it’s too… blah. A little bit o’ honey mustard is the way to go.

Feb 1

It’s the Smurf Bowl!

Posted by Nanc

My tribute to the Super Bowl. (Yeah, it’s on right now. No, I’m not watching it. Don’t even get me started.)

Here you’ve got the quarterback, the ref, cheerleaders, and a whole slew of Smurfy fans! What’s that? Gargamel seems to be taking notes. Perhaps he’s copying their plays and runs?

Looks like the coach didn’t agree with the ref’s call. Oooh. Tempers flare at these sporting events.

Click on more to get a glimpse into a Smurf Bowl party.

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Feb 1

Hats Galore!

Posted by Nanc

As I’ve stated, I’m working to clear my house of my fabric stash, starting with the overloads of fleece. Well, I’ve been able to make some progress by whipping up hats for Ship Support.

Take a look.

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