Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Another chicken recipe ....

here's a chicken salad recipe that is the best
how do I know it's the best......well, my hubby Johnny tells me it is!!

Cook a couple of chicken breast in the oven 
with your favorite seasoning
I used a lemon, thyme and rosemary seasoning
remove, set aside to cool

in a small bowl whisk together....
1/2 cup mayo (I use Tessamae mayo to keep it clean)
2 tablespoon fresh parsley
2 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
1 tablespoon tarragon

cut up the chicken
add to bowl......1/2 small red onion, slice thin
2 ribs of celery, thinly sliced
1 tart apple, diced (I used granny smith)

mix together, pour the mayo mixture over
add some salt and fresh ground pepper
and mix thoroughly 

cover and chill one hour
serve over a bed of mixed greens


Monday, July 27, 2015

Chicken recipe ....

Made this the other night
really, really good and easy!!

Baked Chicken with Spinach & Artichokes

1 tablespoon butter
2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
4 to 6 chicken pieces (I used chicken breast)
salt and ground pepper, to taste
1 14oz can artichoke , quartered, rinsed and drained
1 yellow onion, thinly sliced
1 red onion, thinly sliced
1 large carrot, sliced into rounds
2 garlic cloves, finely chopped
1 bag (6 to 8 oz) baby spinach
1/2 cup vegetable broth ( I used chicken broth )

*Preheat oven to 425
*heat butter and olive oil in a large nonstick skillet that is safe 
for stovetop and oven
*Season chicken with salt and pepper
*Add to skillet and brown on both sides, about 5 minutes each side
*Remove from skillet and set aside, leaving oil in skillet
*Add artichokes, onions, carrots and garlic to the skillet. Cook for 5 minutes, or until vegetables are slightly tender, stirring occasionally
*Add spinach, continue to stir and cook for one minute
*Remove from heat, add broth and chicken
*Place in oven and bake for 18 minutes or until 
chicken is thoroughly cooked
*Remove from oven, let stand 5 minutes.
*Plate and ladle liquid and veggies over chicken pieces.


Sunday, July 26, 2015

Aging ....

Have you ever heard that saying.......
"getting old ain't for sissies"
well, it's true!

and what I think is hard is that in your mind, you are still young
you're thinking how in the heck am I 59 years old!
I'm doing all I can to stay in great shape
I'm eating so good and exercising as much as I can
I have laid low on running right now as I do not enjoy 
running in the heat. But I'm keeping up with my Jazzercise
and I do some weights, planks and ab work on my off days

But here's what happened.......I played a whole bunch of corn hole
while we were at the bay. And you would think ok, that's a pretty
safe activity. And it is......maybe a little soreness in your throwing
arm because of the MASSIVE amount of games we played...haha.

But I made one mistake and that was when I had some good
throws, I jumped up and down. You know, like a kid........like I'm still
young enough to do that. What I forgot is that I'm not 25, I'm 59.
So my ankles did not like that.
and I ended up with a sprained ankle...yep, from 
playing corn hole!
Went to Urgent Care to get an X-ray
and wasn't all that happy to have to say how I did it

this was on July 4th that I sprained it
and now it's July 25th and I'm still limping
haven't been able to exercise, still swollen

ugh....aging ain't for sissies!!!


Saturday, July 25, 2015

Canning ....

It's that time of the year......fresh tomatoes
and in order to enjoy those throughout the winter, I like 
to can as much as I have time to do.
It's a bit time consuming......like all day time consuming...ha!
But it's fun, especially if you have others to join in

Momma has been canning with me for the past few
years so it was a bit sad to not have her with me this year
She always kept me laughing

But my sisters, Vickie and Kandi, wanted to learn how to can
so we got together last weekend and we also had
lots and lots of laughs. Especially me splashing super hot
water all over the place!!

We did 22 quarts on Saturday
I finished up on Sunday with 17 more quarts
39 quarts = 13 quarts each = $2.02 per quart
pretty good
I'll be looking to do a little more canning on another
date and hope my sisters can join me.
We have decided this will be a new family tradition of us!

getting everything set up

Counting jars.....

I sterilize my jars in the dishwasher on the sanitize setting

all cut up and ready to cook

 all ready to be covered up to keep warm until they seal