Saturday, January 24, 2015

Etsy is stocked up! Whew!

Got a bunch of camera straps made and put in my etsy shop! If you or someone you know owns a DSLR camera (canon rebel, etc) these straps make a fun gift, they make wearing your camera so comfortable, nice and soft and they have lots of personality, I have themes for every person!

Headed to a scrapbooking retreat in a couple weeks where I will be taking them with me so if you are interested better get one now before they are gone!

Just showing a few here:
Skulls and Roses

Tropical Paradise

For the Beer Lover

Fancy skulls

For the Nerd or Geek

Pink paisley
Get them at:  www.peaceloveandartshop.com

Friday, January 23, 2015

Chicken and wild rice recipe, It's a Keeper!





I came across this recipe on pinterest and thought this would be good to try, it has everything my hubby likes and since he is a picky eater and it came from a site called "Picky Palate" well, I figured this should work!

It is a little labor intensive, but if you want to shorten the cooking time by using pre-made items, I will give you the fast version too....I can see this coming together in 20 minutes or less!

Personally, I prefer the homemade everything method as food just tastes better from scratch, I am lucky enough to be able to leave work early and spend lots of time in the kitchen, yes, I am very lucky!

So here we go for a Cheesy Chicken and Wild rice casserole....it was fabulous!

3 tablespoons olive oil
1/4 of an onion diced fine (recipe calls for a whole one, I can't do that much onion)
3 stalks celery diced
3 carrots diced
3 cloves garlic minced
2 cups diced cooked chicken
2 cups white rice cooked
2 cups wild rice cooked
salt and pepper

Cheese sauce:
4 tablespoons butter
1/4 flour
salt and pepper
2 cups chicken broth
2 cups cheddar cheese (keep a little for sprinkling on top of casserole)

I roasted my own whole chicken first, let it cool down, then cut up 2 cups of meat from it.
While the chicken cooked I made the rice's.

Preheat oven to 350*
Heat the olive oil in a pan and saute the carrots, celery and onion for about 10 minutes, then add garlic, cook a couple minutes more. Then add chicken, rice's, salt and pepper. Mix well and pour into a casserole dish, 9x13 size.

Now the best part, making the cheese sauce, this was so glorious and beautiful, I was shocked I was able to pull this off, I am horrible at gravy and sauces!! This one worked like a charm!

Melt the butter in a sauce pan over medium heat, whisk in flour slowly until you get a nice paste forming, add salt and pepper and slowly start to pour in the chicken broth, whisking continuously, once it is smooth and ready to boil, turn the heat off and whisk in cheese, once cheese is melted and the sauce is shiny and silky and gorgeous...pour it on top of the chicken and rice, mix it around, top with some cheddar cheese and bake for 30 minutes, take out and let it sit up about 15 minutes and then serve. Hubby loved, loved it, me too!

If you need it fast:
Use pre-cooked roasted chicken you get at the grocery store deli. Use pre-cooked bagged rice's in the rice section of grocery store, use one wild and one white. For the cheese sauce I would still do the cook your own version, it is so good, but in a pinch, heat up 2 cans of cheddar cheese soup, mixed with 2 cans milk, season with pepper only, as canned soup has too much salt!




Wednesday, January 14, 2015

New Year, New Stuff to Try!

This year I want to introduce new meals into the weekly dinners, I love my go to recipes, but it is getting a little boring...I subscribe to Food Network magazine and have about 3 years worth, maybe more, plus Cooking Light, and tons of other magazines picked up along the way...and there is always Pinterest to find new recipes, my idea here, is to make one new meal a week choosing from my various sources...


 So let's start off with some fried chicken, but this is a bit more healthy then traditional fried chicken, plus there is no frying involved!

You need:

1 quart buttermilk - regular or light does not matter
1 pack chicken thighs with skin or with out, depends on just how healthy you want to go.
pepper fresh ground coarse
Seasoning salt, you can make your own blend or use Accent
I use Accent/no MSG.

Bowl of flour, approx. 2 cups mixed with lots of pepper and Accent.

The night before put thighs in a casserole dish 12x9, Pepper and Accent them heavily!! Pour on buttermilk, cover and marinate overnight until you are ready to cook the next day.

When it is time to cook, heat oven to 350*
Pick out pieces of chicken and drain the buttermilk, dredge the pieces in flour coating both sides and place on large rimmed baking tray covered in foil and sprayed with non stick spray.

Bake 25 minutes, turn over, bake 25 minutes, turn over and broil the tops a few minutes, turn over broil the tops a few minutes. Remove from tray and place on wire rack with paper towels under it, let chicken sit up about 15 minutes and then serve, YUM, tastes like fried chicken without the frying!!!

I served with mash potatoes and broccoli, great meal!

So I hope you will enjoy my cooking experiences this year and hopefully we will all get about 50 new recipes!!
Bon Appetite!
Jackie


Monday, January 5, 2015

Happy New Year!

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Been busy this first week...Hope to be back in the swing of things soon....I sold 6 camera straps over the holiday so I need to get some made to restock my etsy shop!

It has been so cold here, I really want to get to work on my knitting.
Let see what else do I want to do this year???

Learn to knit, refinish our pool bottom and get new quiet pump, lose 5 pounds.

Hope you get everything done on your new year list!

Saturday, December 27, 2014

An interesting Christmas for sure....

This month has been a very trying time...
So much work, but we are glad to have it.

The saddest news: We lost our good friend Greg, our neighbor Mark, The scrapbook queen Teresa Collins lost her husband, even Joe Cocker the great singer passed away....so many people leaving us behind...rest in peace all of you, we will see you on the other side....

Everyone had to work or left Nevada for Christmas so I decided to take my husband out for a massage, he has been working 7 days a week for the last 2 months. He needed some R&R!
I booked us at the Green Valley Resort, we got a room for christmas eve, 50.00 dinner credit, 2 movie tickets and use of the spa all for 130.00!! the massage was 150 with the locals discount.
While charlie got his massage I enjoyed the jacuzzi, and steam rooms. ahhhh so relaxing!

Afterwards I wanted to play some machines and bingo..let's just say I was on one very hot streak and I came home with a nice little bank roll for my check book!

But I had something bad to eat and ended up feeling very ill and we came home at 5 am. I spent christmas day eating toast and laying on the couch all day. I was fine the next day.

December 23rd I was able to have a Vegas day with my friend Tanya..we hit the Bellagio, Aria, Cosmo..we had lunch at Todd English Pub. They changed the bologna sandwich, which is why we go there, that was amazing but we learned the pastrami sliders are to die for! We had a wonderful day exploring our fabulous city!

I got some great gifts:
A garmin vivofit from the hubby and my annual Cashmere sweater, so soft!
Tanya made me a cool scarf and a pin cushion doll from a german figurine head, she is stunning!

Here are some holiday photos, Hope you all had a peaceful holiday.....







The Ice Skating rink at the Cosmo, I am going to try skating next year!

I named her Kasimira, in German it means "commands peace"





Have a wonderful New Year everyone!


Sunday, December 21, 2014

Secert Santas and Racecars

I have to share the story of the secret santa...
Charlie's son Joe got his hands on the starting of a Dirt modified racecar.
Charlie has dreamed of driving on dirt and even though he won't race all the time, he would love to go try it out. He used to race on dirt in figure eight racing and loved it!
Joe built the racecar and gave it to Charlie for a Christmas gift. Everyone around the racing complex had to keep the secret and they had to keep hiding the car from Charlie because he would make the rounds to talk to everyone, needless to say it was quite an effort to keep it a secret for 6 months!!
Lots of people donated time or money to help get it built, mostly Joe doing all the work and buying parts when he could....
So 2015 will find Charlie and Joe racing their brand new awesome dirt car!
Joe, Charlie and the Dirt car!

He can't stop smiling, no really, he can't....

Still needs a little work to finish it but Joe wanted to give it to him before Christmas trip.

In other news, we took Ethan to see the Christmas lights they set up at the racetrack...Elvis, and Dinosaurs...how is that for Christmas Lights!!


Well, I will probably check back in after Christmas....enjoy your family, friends. Merry Christmas!

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Thanks Chef Ludo!

I am not a big breakfast fan, I prefer savory foods in the morning, BLTs or a hamburger...when I go out for breakfast I usually order scrambled eggs because they say it is too early for lunch. I hate omelets, especially in restaurants, they always come out like shoe leather or a like a plate of rubber bands. I always want to order the veggie omelets, I love spinach and onions and tomatoes, I keep trying but every time I get a chewy yucky mess on my plate. But all that has changed now in my kitchen, Thanks to Chef Ludo, that little hunk of a French guy can make a damn good omelet!! And this morning he taught me how!

Tattoos, an accent, and loves food! Sign me up!
Let me explain, he was not actually in my kitchen, because if he was over, uh, we wouldn't have been in the kitchen...wink, wink!!

Last night Charlie and I watched "The Taste" we love this show and are so glad it is back! We like the fact that people are being judge on their food, not by the way they look, or sound, they cook a little taste of food and that is all that is judged, then the judges get to see the chef after they have placed their votes! Like "The Voice" only for cooking instead of singing. Then the chef's that get picked to be on each judges team get mentored by the famous chefs, Ludo, Nigella, Anthony and Marcus.

So last night Ludo had his team make a real omelet. I saw that omelet and thought, damn that has to be the best omelet I ever saw. Everyone said how light and creamy the omelet was, Yes! that is what a real omelet should be like!
My FABULOUS omelet!

I went to YouTube this morning and got a Chef Ludo video of him making an omelet and cooked right along with him! Oh My, that was the best omelet I ever had!! I am so proud and happy that I was able to make a real, beautiful, wonderful, tasting omelet!!
Thank you, Chef Ludo!!

Here is the video so you can watch and learn too! I used swiss cheese, I did not have boursin on hand, and I love swiss cheese and it was so great in this omelet!

Chef Ludo makes an omelet