Sunday, January 31, 2010

January Snow Day....

Hey everyone! We got some snow this weekend and I thought I'd share some pictures with you. We were suppose to get more than we did according to the local news channels and the weather channel but we didn't...go figure. But we were quite happy with what we did get. We prepared for a day and a half for a major power outage and luckily it didn't happen. Oh well all that hard work hopefully want be in vain for they are calling for more snow this coming weekend.
Here you can see that we don't have as much water in our cove in the winter months which is quite depressing unless of course there's snow on the ground. Otherwise it's just a big mud hole with a creek running through it.
We rode sleighs, made a snowman, snow angels and even went for rides on our 4 wheelers and my golf cart. Yes folks I said golf cart. I was curious as to if it would go or not and it did just fine til I went to park it and slid half way down the yard. Luckily, I have a strong husband and son who was able to put me back in my cozy little spot and there she will stay til the weather warms up.
I've been brainstorming and working on some things in the craft room to share with you all so until I have those finished I hope that you enjoy the pictures of the pretty snowfall.

Sunday, January 24, 2010

Merry Belated Christmas......

Well I've been waiting to show you all this since before Christmas and I just can't stand the wait any longer. I made this for my friend for Christmas and still haven't been able to meet up with her to give it to her. So I thought that I'd put it on here and let her run across it and at least see what's on it's way to her when we do get a chance to have lunch together. It's one of my own patterns and came about from thinking about the pumpkins that I made back a couple months ago. Instead of coffee staining and baking in the oven, I sprayed it down with my strong coffee mixture and let it dry overnight sitting on the counter. I've found that doing my primitives this way that they turn out with a more even and pretty look but I'm sure that it's the crafters choice. I just hate that it's getting to her so late. Seems like we each have a hard time getting together but hopefully this little guy will make it to it's new home soon.
Now for something else that I want to talk to you about. This just happened to be my 100th post and I know that a lot of bloggers have giveaways for that. I'm wanting to do the same thing but it's going to probably be a bit before I can make something up for one lucky winner cause I'm once again having some health issues due to a statin medicine that I took but as soon as I get to feeling better I plan on making something up to where I can give a nice little gift for those that have been faithful to read my blog. So give me a chance and I promise I'll come up with something.

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Suzie's Seaside Soup

Brrr it's cold outside and a perfect time to warm up with some comfort food. This recipe was given to me by Suzie over at Happy Shack and is soooo yummy. My family just loves it so I had to share it with all of you. We never had eaten artichoke hearts so that was something new for us and believe me it was good. So here's the recipe. Hope that you all try it and enjoy it as much as we do.

5 tablespoons flour
5 tablespoons butter or margarine melted
2 cups chicken broth
1 cup chopped green onions
1/2 tablespoons cayenne pepper
1/4 teaspoon paprika
1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
1/4 teaspoon cumin powder
1/2 teaspoon dry thyme
1/2 pound small shrimp cooked & deveined or 14 oz bag of frozen cooked & deveined shrimp (I used more shrimp cause my boys love shrimp so you can use the entire bag or more if you like)
2 cans artichoke hearts drained chopped to bite size pieces
4 cups whole or skim milk or heavy cream (milk is easier on the thighs )

Melt butter in large soup pot, stir in flour to make paste.
Slowly stir in chicken broth which is at room temp or heated in the microwave. Just not cold or you will get lumps in your flour mixture.
Now add all the other ingredients, the seasonings, onions and milk.
Still well and cook on low to medium til it simmers. Stir occasionally so it won't scorch.
Yields 6 to 8 servings. Serve with hot rolls.
Now eat up and enjoy. Yum!