Thursday, July 30, 2009
Tomorrow is the start of my 4 day weekend!! YAY! Monday I have plans with my sister-in-law to come over and "help" me clean out my storage closet ("help" in quotes because I really just need someone there to be accountable to!) As a back up for accountability, I've phoned the Diabetes people and arranged for a pick up of my give-aways for Wednesday morning at 8am...gives me one day's grace to "gitter done"! If I'm not back online by Tues night...send in the troops, I've gotten lost in there!!
PS - none of us is Irish...reference was to a song...just in case you were wondering :-) Andy's British, Ann's Greek-Canadian and Arlene is Chinese-Canadian...and I'm French, English, Scottish...what exactly am I??
Tuesday, July 28, 2009
I set out to make Chicken a la King tonight...upon starting to cook I realized I didn't have any mushrooms...that's OK, I'll substitute canned peas :-) Then I didn't have pimentos...that's OK, I have fire roasted red peppers...anyways, the long and the short of it was, I made up my own recipe! Picture is my supper, which I've just started eating - yum!! Will post the recipe later.
Here is the recipe (please note - all measurements are approximate...I really didn't measure anything!)
Tanya a la King
1/2 cup butter or margarine
1 small green bell pepper, chopped (1/2 cup)
1 Can of peas (drained, but leave a bit of juice in)
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
2 cups milk
1 Can of vegetable broth with onions (any broth will do)
4 Cooked/chopped chicken breasts
2 Roasted red peppers chopped (I used the ones from the jar)
1 tsp red pepper flakes (optional)
2 Tbsp parmesan cheese
3 cups hot cooked rice
Melt butter in big pot (I used my Dutch oven) over medium-high heat. Cook pepper in butter, stirring occasionally, until bell peppers are tender.
Stir in flour, salt and pepper, and add broth if it’s too sticky. Cook over medium heat until mixed; remove from heat. Stir in milk and remaining broth. Add more milk as needed. Heat to boiling, stirring constantly. Boil and stir 1 minute. Add red pepper flakes and cheese. Stir in chicken; cook until hot. Serve over rice.
Friday, July 24, 2009
Well, that's it for today's post. So glad it's the weekend, but too tired to write anymore today. Tomorrow I'm planning to sleep in and then am heading to Anton & Louise's place for a small group games night/pot luck. Louise said that they have tons of games, including Wii and Nintendo games (even have trivial pursuit for the Wii!)
Good weekend to all!
Thursday, July 23, 2009
Oh well, this, my friends, is why I've started booking my summer vacations in August/September!! Two more weeks until vacation and I can hardly wait.
Not much more to say today - off to do some cleaning now. Have begun doing the dreaded oven....thank the Good Lord for fume free oven cleaner (which actually smells like lemons, so technically not fume free). Hoping I'll leave it overnight and end up with a sparkling oven tomorrow morning (yeah right!) I think next I'll tackle the bathroom...
Tuesday, July 21, 2009
Last night at Costco I picked up a new cookbook - Low Fat Express by Company's Company. Now I love reading these Company's Coming cookbooks and I have a bad habit of buying them, getting them home and discovering there might be one recipe I'll make out of the whole book. This one is different - I'd say there are several I'll make! Anyone who's near a Costco and who has a membership - Bargain Alert: all Company's Coming cookbooks are on for $6.99 (correction - cookbooks are actually $6.69)!! I also bought the Lemon Cream Cheese Crumble from the bakery department...thinking about it now, I bet the cashier was laughing at my low fat cookbook sitting on top of my lemon cream cheese crumble! Oh well, after vacation I'll get serious about the low fat idea...pray for me, please!!
Off to figure out supper...must check out Ducky's blog to see if she can inspire me to cook.
Monday, July 20, 2009
Sunday, July 19, 2009
Tomorrow is the day that Ann and I are running away to the Eastern Shore...unless it's stifling hot, then our plan is to sit beside the pool at Arlene's place for the day :-)
Well, I'm off to enjoy my AC and a good book...although perhaps I should toss some laundry in...ahhh, maybe later.
Saturday, July 18, 2009
So it all begins with a pleasant evening out with my friend Tina. Smitty's for supper - had the salmon, which was great. Tina had the key lime pie for dessert...it was YUMMY! After supper we had plans to go to Zellers for Tina to buy a birthday gift and then Sobeys for groceries (this was trip 2 for my pork strip recipe).
So we wander into Zellers. I relish the bright clean atmosphere of that store vs the dirty dingy appearance at a certain other major chain store (W). We're wandering the aisles, taking in the peacefulness of the quiet store (unfortunately, not too many people shop at Zellers anymore). We find some great deals and end up buying way more than we'd intended...finally we make our way to the back of the store where the seasonal items are. I try out a nice deck chair with a nice comfy padding on it (on for $24 regular $65!) and then I see it. The Adirondack chair. Now, I've sat in these chairs before at my boss' cottage and LOVED them...so comfy - nice deep seats, close enough to the ground that you can stretch your legs out for some sun. The perfect deck chair! Noticing as I approach that the chair is not wooden, but rather a resin material (same as the chair I currently have on my deck). I sit down. Hmmm, this one leans back REALLY far...strange. Left side of it feels a bit tilted..strange. So finally I decide this chair is not for me so I try to get up and SNAP! Didn't that innocent looking chair SNAP! right under me! Now I know I'm no skinny minny, but PLEASE! I've sat in CHAIRS before! So, back to my story. I'm lying in Zellers, flat on my back, with my feet sticking STRAIGHT up in the air...love the colour of my toes...called I'm not really a waitress by OPI...but I digress, back to the story. So, Upside Down Tanya is lying there. I'm looking at my feet - still stunned that I'm looking UP at my feet and not DOWN at them like I usually am. Tina is stunned - she keeps saying "are you OK?" and all I wanted to know was...did anyone see me??? But alas, we were in Zellers...I think there were 4 people in the store, including Tina, me and the cashiers, so thankfully, there were no witnesses. But I still have a problem. How in the WORLD do I get up. I can't go left...the chair arm is my obstacle...same issue on the right...I can't go forward - gravity just won't allow for it. So, ultimately, I wiggle my way backwards off this crazy chair. I stand up and, with all the dignity I can muster, brush myself off and walk away (with a slight pain in my backside).
I can't walk two feet without the flashback of my feet up in the air making me double over with laughter. I mean, how many people get to lay down in Zellers and inspect their pedicure? I'm very grateful that I was in Zellers that fateful night where the floors are shiny and the patrons are sparse. Had I been at "W", I'd be filthy dirty with a bazillion people looking at me and laughing.
The moral of this story...Weight Watchers, here I come...but not until after vacation next month.
PS - I really am fine :-) Just have a bump on my backside, but I'm sure I'll heal quickly!
Stay tuned for the "Upside Down Tanya" story...coming soon to a blog near you!
Friday, July 17, 2009
My plan is to drive as far as Hartland, New Brunswick on Friday (late afternoon) and overnight with Gord & Marcia McWaid (Heidi's Mom and Dad). Saturday morning I will get up and drive from the McWaid's to Portland or North Andover, depending on whether or not my cousins are in town (they are in North Andover). My cousins live about 4.5 hrs from Gord & Marcia's place, so it's a great stopping place. Depending on how tired I am (and whether family is around or not), I will either overnight there or keep on trucking. The drive from my cousin's place is about 3.5-4 hours.
This is my longest solo road trip. I've driven as far as my cousin's place solo a few times before, so I don't think an extra 3-4 hours will be all that bad. Typically I do the drive to North Andover in one day, so this will be a switch for me to take two days to get there.
I can hardly wait to get to Dean & Rosalie's place in New York! A co-worker of mine has loaned me her Garmin Nuvi GPS navigation system for the drive, so surely I can't get lost...right? Anyone who knows me knows that I'll have the google maps directions, the CAA directions and the GM Roadside Assistance directions with me as backup ;-)
Sometimes I think I overplan things a bit...but I guess it's better to overplan than underplan - you know what they say...if you fail to plan, you plan to fail! I've already started my "to buy list", my "stores to visit list" and my "stuff to pick up for friends list"...ok, yes, I have a few too many lists! I'd hate to forget anything...oh, one more list (this one's just in my brain) is restaurants to visit :-) I LOVE the Olive Garden and Red Lobster, neither of which are available in Nova Scotia...soooo...must make a visit while I'm there....
Tonight I am going to supper and shopping with Tina. I still have a few ingredients to pick up for Ducky's recipe (Kay's Pork Strips) that I want to try this weekend. I'm hoping mine turns out as nice as hers looked! (picture is of Ducky's)
Tomorrow I am off for lunch with Ann and some more shopping. Hoping to make it to Pete's Frootique so that I can pick up the key lime juice I need to make my key lime pie. On Monday, Ann and I are heading to Sherbrooke Village down in the Eastern Shore of Nova Scotia. Neither of us has been there before, so am hoping it will be fun. If nothing else, it will provide me with some new photo ops - you can only take so many pictures of Peggy's Cove and the Halifax Waterfront before you get bored...not much changes, other than the paint gets a bit rattier on the lighthouse at Peggy's Cove! Speaking of which, I heard today that they have decided to paint the lighthouse and now (at peak tourist time) have scaffolding up all around the lighthouse...impeccable timing as usual!
Wednesday, July 15, 2009
I posted a note on Facebook tonight about going to Glens Falls and a neighbour of mine wrote a comment asking if I was going there on summer vacation this year...turns out SHE'S going there too! Our trips will overlap by about a week...talk about a small world!
Well, I'm off to move my computer out of harms way (it's right near the living room window right now).
Well, off to start my work on this beautiful sunny day. Expecting highs of 21 degrees today - woohoo!! :-)
Monday, July 13, 2009
On another note, I am heading to New York State to visit good friends of mine next month...while in the US, I always visit the grocery stores (selection is so great!). Anyone know of any "must have" US grocery store items I should look for? I'll be driving down, so have lots of room to bring stuff back!
Signing off for now.
*names have been changed to protect the privacy of those mentioned :-)
Well, off to complete my profile!
PS - Ducky (I think you know who you are!) - the polka dots are for you my friend!