This Sunday, we headed to the movie theater to take in Ender’s Game. Ender’s Game is one of those books that I’ve always meant to read but never managed to get around to.* I really enjoyed the movie, and while I understand from reading various reviews that a bulk of the political intrigue that happens on the page has been cut from the film, I now feel no strong drive to read the book. Indeed, given the complexity of the story’s science fiction aspects, I’m rather thankful that Hollywood provided visuals that my sci-fi-challenged brain would never have managed to make so cool. Read the rest of this entry »
I had originally planned a fun Halloween themed recipe to share today. I had two Halloween parties at my house over the weekend, so I tried out a few fun themed foods. I made my recipe I had planned to use for the blog and, well, it kind of bombed. The idea was to make these bone shaped sandwich cookies with raspberry “marrow” filling and dip them in white chocolate to complete the look. Sounds tasty, right? Not so much. They were so sickly sweet no one really wanted to eat them and, even though it was a Halloween party, people didn’t get the whole skeleton theme and thought they looked like dog bones. So, instead, I would like to share a nice, simple recipe that was a huge hit this weekend and is great for fall, Apple Brickle Dip. It is so easy and it is like dipping your apple wedges into a melted candy bar.
- Haley AAR
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My having an October birthday has meant many, many Halloween themed parties over the years. Then my youngest daughter came into the world on October 30 and we had two in the family born close to that veil between the living world and the dead. I was actually finishing costumes for my two oldest children when I went into labor. When each of my children were old enough, I made costumes and drove my kids to other neighborhoods or attended church events on Halloween. Unfortunately, the neighborhood we lived in for nearly twenty years was not conducive to trick-or-treaters and in all of those years we had exactly three trick-or-treaters…TOTAL. Read the rest of this entry »
This delicious, easy chicken dish is made on the stovetop, similar to the traditional pot roast. You have control over quantity, so you can feed two or a holiday crowd.
Boneless Chicken Breasts (3-6 or even more. I use tenders)
Chicken Broth (bouillon OK)
Potatoes (chopped into pieces)
Onions (minced or fresh, chopped)
Carrots (peeled and cut. I use packaged baby carrots)
Salt and Pepper
Bay leaf (optional)
Heat a couple of tablespoons vegetable oil in a dutch oven on medium. (I use a nonstick spray first)
Brown thawed breasts.
Add garlic and onion, salt and pepper to taste
Fill pot 1/2 way with chicken broth, add water if needed until carrots are just covered. Cook on high to boiling and then reduce heat to slow simmer. Cover and cook for 30 mins or until carrots are about halfway done.
Add potatoes and cook until all vegetables are tender and ready to eat, adding broth or water as needed.
I didn’t provide measurements because the amount needed is subjective. If you’re cooking two breasts, obviously the pot you use and the amount of vegetables will be much smaller than if you’re feeding a large group. That’s the great thing about this dish. I’ve cooked it in everything from a sauce pan to a huge stock pot, as needed. It can be dressed up when serving or dumped into one bowl.
However you treat it, this meal will stick to your ribs!
I wear crocs from the moment the last of the snow and ice clears in the spring until the first snow flies again in the fall. These comfy, open air shoes are easy to put on and take off, come in a variety of colors and can be worn with practically anything. That is what I love about them – they are just so darn convenient.
I started with one modest pair of taupe crops. They could be worn with most things and were perfect for “hasty” days when I just didn’t have the time to put an outfit together. That lasted three years. Visiting the crocs store this summer was my downfall. I got a pink pair. Then purple. Black. Now my “need” includes a pair of blue crocs. Since it has started to show signs of winter where I am I will hold off on that purchase till summer. Still, I look in my closet and cringe when I realize I have outfits that simply can’t be worn without those blue crocs
Do you wear crocs or do you have another favorite style of easy wear shoe?
- Maggie AAR
British TV has become something of an obsession with me. First it was Downton Abbey quickly followed by Sherlock and Inspector Lewis. Then Call the Midwife, followed by Foyle’s War. Now I am cheerfully glomming my way through New Tricks. This comedy-drama follows the work of UCOS, a fictional part of the Metropolitan Police Service that concentrates on what we in America call “cold cases”. It is made up of retired police detectives who re-examine old cases when new information comes to light.
Now that summer is officially over I am ready to call my favorite movie of the season, which would be (drum roll please) World War Z. Terrific pacing, strong acting and an interesting story line make this a must see of 2013.
A lot of my recipes are those I’ve sort of made up through goofing around in the kitchen, not really having the ingredients I’m supposed to have to make the recipe I’ve got in mind to cook. So what starts out to be something out of a cookbook turns out to be a variation on a theme. My scalloped potatoes is one of those recipes.
You can make this in a deep baking dish (which I usually do) or in a lasagna-type pan (which I’ve done when the baking dishes aren’t washed and I’m too lazy to wash one by hand).
Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.
6-8 potatoes washed and sliced into about 1/4″ pieces (I leave the skins on since I heard that skins are good for you, but you don’t have to)
large onion or a bunch of green onions cut into bite-sized pieces
ham slice cut into bite-sized pieces (I usually use ham and about a third of a summer sausage cut into bite-sized pieces because the summer sausage adds some of its own spice, but this isn’t absolutely needed)
dill or another spice either fresh or dried, to taste
2 cups milk (I’ve used whole, 2 percent, and skim at one time or another; all work)
1/4 cup flour
1/4 butter or margarine
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This past Sunday the last episode of this iconic show aired on AMC. I wasn’t much of a fan but the minute I saw the first episode I knew my husband would like it. I was right. The adventures of Walt and Jessie as they begin a crystal meth business and then slowly but surely built an empire proved thoroughly entertaining to my significant other. For my part I could take it or leave it but I did enjoy the spoofs on You Tube dealing with it.