Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Stevie's crockpot chicken...yum, yum.....

Well, it was Sunday morning....2 cups of coffee......2 cookbooks.....a chicken...and a crock pot..... I was looking at these new cook books that I had gotten. I want to start trying to put something on it the mornings before I leave for work in the slow cooker. I decided to do a practice run this past Sunday. After looking at several recipes.....I closed the books and let the imagination take over.

Being fueled on coffee, I tried to recall different recipes that I had just read. I put about half a cup of water in the pot, rubbed some oil on the chicken and open the spices. I added some season salt, garlic powder, pepper, some celery season(I don't like celery), some mustard seed?? Don't know what it did if anything, but thought it would might work. Sliced an apple and cut up an onion and some garlic cloves and stuffed them inside the chicken. Put the lid on the pot, cooked for about 4 hours...without lifting the was hard not to life the lid. I told myself....if you are ain't cooking....

I then added some tators and plated the top of the chicken with parsley for presentation and let it cook for another hour.

It was actually good. The chicken was moist and tasty along with the tators. I like experimenting with different recipes. With the cold weather quickly approaching, it will be nice to come home from work, the house smelling wonderfully, dinner ready.......

Friday, October 30, 2009

My first truck.....

Yesterday, Lee was working late and asked me if I could take Garrett to soccer practice. At practice, I noticed a man pull up in this 1985 Nissan truck, I think it was Midnight blue mist. Back in the day, I bought this truck brand new from K.H. Nissan Motors in 1984, my first year in college. I am not exactly sure of the exact amount I paid for it, however, my monthly payment was $157.18. The only extra I had on it was an air conditioner. I put a Pioneer AM/FM cassette tape player, 2 pairs of Pioneer speakers along with a 100 watt amp....yeah, I thought I was bad.
Well, 25 years later, 430,000 miles later....I see it again. It brought back a bunch of good memories. I was so excited to see it.
I would be interested in what was the first car/truck you bought and anything else you tell me about.....

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Finding beauty wherever you are........

We all need to stop and enjoy what is around us and look for the good in everything.
This a some pictures that I have taken at different times. I had forgotten about the pictures of the flowers. I do remember standing in an ant bed, while I was holding the flower so my friend could take a picture of, did they sting me a bunch of times. PaPa John took care of them ants, though. I thought of my good friend in Texas, Deanna, just now.

This is a bird nest that is in the backyard. We have several bird houses that we will put out next spring. We have the feeders out with birdseed in them and a couple of humming bird feeders out too. We have squirrels that visit us.......they love eating the hickory nuts and acorns. It is enjoyable just watching them.
I hope everyone is enjoying this beautiful weather we are having.

Sunday, October 4, 2009

Hailey's first performance.....

Hailey is in the school choir. We have sang ever since she was a baby. We would ride around and Tyler, Hailey and I would sing. They got a vast varity of different can tell this by my playlist.

Ms Lee, Garrett and I went to watch and hear her sing. She is growing up so fast. She is taking guitar lessons, also.

These two have so much fun together.
A special hello to Woody and Tammy. Thank you for checking on me. There has been so much going on lately that I haven't taken the time to blog any. LL told me that y'all asked about me and it did make me feel good. It has really been hard lately...........but the sun is shining and everything is going to be ok.

Sunday, August 9, 2009

Tyler's first bowl.....maybe the last one?

Tyler wanted to make a bowl for his Kakia(grandmother) for Christmas. He looked for the just the right piece of wood to turn. After searching and looking at...I think...every piece in the shop he found this one.

He was like....ok, what do I do? After showing him how to find the center of the wood...attaching the wood to the lay and finding which tool to start with, he got started. He was unsure at I told him, "Man, it easy, just carve away at the wood, cutting out any piece that doesn't like a bowl", you can imagine the look I got. Notice the grooves in the side of the bowl. You use just the sharpest tip of the carver to cut the groove, then you get a piece of wire and place in the groove, while the wood is turning and you burn the wood with wood.

He made this for Christmas '06. After he finished turning the bowl, he said....daddy, this is my first and last bowl.
It made her Christmas that year. She displays it proudly, even though it might match her decor....she is very proud of it and him...just like I am.
A special thank you goes out to Mr. Larry, the man that is responsible to my wood turning, and please keep him in your prayers.

Sunday, August 2, 2009

This one is for Woody.....

This blog is for my blogging buddy....Woody. He doesn't like caviar......uh, I can't blame him. Lee Laurie was thrifting the other day and ran across this cook book......The Little BEAN Book by Margie F. Tyler from Mississippi. She signed the book to "Dot" on November 25th, 1989. I love to cook and we love to eat.....

I was thumbing through and a recipe caught my eye....Mississippi Caviar and I thought of you, Woody. I felt like maybe you and your sweetheart Tammy would maybe like to try it. The recipe seems easy enough.

I think when we try to make it, I will do a few things different....maybe add a can of Rotel(drained), maybe some shredded cheese, maybe whole kernel corn(drained).......I like taking most recipes and putting my own signature on it. I will let you know how it turns out.

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Grand Daddy Long-legs....

The other day, we were painting the cottage and I had to knock about 6 clusters of Grand Daddy Long-leg spiders. Lee Laurie didn't get a chance to see them before I disrupted them. I was rolling the large areas and she was painting the trim work around the windows......we work real good together....seriously, we do.

There was an area on the front porch that I needed to paint and I saw some more clusters. I climbed up on the ladder and pinched the bunch of spiders. I warned her what I had in my hand before I showed her. She doesn't like spiders, either. When she saw me holding them....well, she really didn't say anything. I went inside and got the camera and then I climbed back up the ladder and pinched the other bunch. I am not sure to just how many I am holding, but it is a bunch. We do not know why they huddle up like that. There was a cluster of them on the side of the pool also.

Per Google, Wikipedia, states that there is an misconception about these spiders. There is an urban legend stating that grand daddy long-legs spiders have the most potent venom of any spider, but there mouths are too small or weak to puncture human skin. I have been told all my life that this is true. Have you heard of these spiders and their venomous threat?