Saturday, February 21, 2015

It's a Gumbo Kind of Day!


Chicken Gumbo with Shrimp

It was cold today, although warmer than yesterday's below zero temperatures.  Since we were expecting a storm some time after noon, I decided to make one of my favorite soups for supper. 

Soup simmering on the stovetop is so comforting  especially when stormy weather is brewing!

I found the recipe many years ago in Woman's World Magazine and it was delicious! It remains a family favorite! I tweak it to my own personal taste adding slightly more vegetables and chicken broth then the recipe calls for. Because I add more broth, I add an extra tablespoon of oil and a bit more flour so that it thickens nicely.


Chicken/Shrimp Gumbo

3T oil
1/4 C flour

1 c green bell pepper, chopped
1 c onion, chopped
1 c celery chopped
2-3 cloves minced garlic

12 oz pkg frozen okra

3 C chicken broth
28 oz can whole tomatoes with juice
2 t hot sauce
1 bay leaf

2 C cooked chicken cut up in bite sized pieces
1 lb cooked shrimp

Salt, pepper to taste

Combine oil and flour in stockpot. Stir over medium heat until dark brown.



 Add green pepper, onion, celery and garlic. 


Cook vegetables until tender.



 Add chicken broth, tomatoes and bay leaf. Stir.


 Add okra and bring mixture to boil. Then reduce heat. Cook okra until tender.
 Add tabasco (hot sauce) cooked chicken and shrimp.



Remove bay leaf and serve over rice.

Smells so yummy!!!!!


While the rice was cooking my dog begged me to take her out.  It had started to snow while I was cutting up the chicken for my soup. She was standing (all fours) on the arm of her love seat in the living room, staring out the window, watching the snow fall. I took her out.


It was snowing at a good clip and she sure does love the snow.


She wanted to stay out, sit and watch the snow fly. I wanted to go in and watch the snow fly from the kitchen window.

She won! She gave me the look.....



and then....


stuck her head into the snow.


I went in, baked some dinner rolls and my husband and I enjoyed a hot bowl of gumbo on rice. 


Delicious!


How's the weather where you are? Enjoy the rest of your weekend!


Monday, February 9, 2015

From Sew What to Snow What!


SNOW WHAT!


Another snowstorm in NH

You know that saying about being in a snow globe and someone keeps shaking it? That certainly applies to my world right now.It has snowed so much for so many days that I cannot keep the snow storms straight. We have had two storms in the last two days--one lasting all day today actually, it is still snowing tonight AND we have another one coming Thursday into Friday.....along with some bitter cold temperatures! One positive note about the snow--IT IS BEAUTIFUL TO LOOK AT!


The snow blower could not blow over the snow bank so my husband is 
shoveling. He also removed snow in places to make more room for more snow. Not that we need any more!

I was inside all day today so I finished 4 more little mauve colored cherubs for my ETSY shop. They were fun to work on. I added some vertical lace trim from my vintage stash and I also used little vintage inspired buttons on their halos.


I was determined to work on making some iron on labels for my angels today too. I have been wanting to put my shop name on them somewhere but didn't want to sign them and make a mess on the back. So I decided to use iron on labels. They were easy to make and look great on the back.


The flip side of my angel ornament

The four angels are identically made with the exception of the little vintage inspired buttons on the crowns. Two are tiny rosebud buttons, one is a daisy and the other is a plain button.


This cherub has a rosebud button on her halo.


I will be listing these little angels on ETSY tomorrow.

Anyways, I am itching to get to my favorite fabric store to look for some fun spring fabrics so I hope we have a break next week from all this snow. 

 I don't mind snow. I actually love the feeling of being stuck inside for a day. BUT now there's just no easy way to move it out of the driveway-- the banks are so high. So I am putting in my order for some unseasonably warm weather....and by warm I mean above 30 degrees. When the thermometer says 7, my body says hibernate! Or eat, then hibernate! When I roll out of my cave in the spring, it;s not going to be pretty!




Wednesday, February 4, 2015

A Couple of New Cherubs and a Teacup/Mug Exchange



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This will be the third time I have participated in Stephanie's Tea cup and mug exchange. Stephanie hosts this wonderful exchange and you can read about it at her blog The Enchanting Rose by clicking on the button above. She had nearly 60 participants the last time so you can imagine that a great deal of time was spent organizing, matching everyone up and sending out notifications to everyone.

Thank you Stephanie!

So if you are curious, eager to join in or just want to sit and watch this exchange unfold, please stop by to pay Stephanie a visit.

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Last night I completed two more angels for my etsy shop. These two are slightly different as I added a shabby bow and a little wooden star to the wire hanger. They also have vintage flowers in their hair.


This one is called "A Touch of Spring"  


She's pretty cute!


...and she has little vintage flowers in her hair.


Meet "A Bit o' Sunshine."



She's very sweet too!


I like the addition of the muslin bow and the wooden star.


Well that's all for now. I am working on another post to tell you about my "Together Tuesday" Adventure with my friend Debbie!  Episode 1--Making Chocolate Macarons
OH MY GOODNESS......We had a ball and they are delicious! More about that later!

STAY WARM!
.....and have a great day!

ps if you have been following Jemma's Passion, Purpose and Productivity Project, the latest guest writer is:

NANCY

She is a wonderfully talented writer, photographer, etc and her knitting is exquisite! Please stop by to meet her!



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Monday, February 2, 2015

Valentine's Day Inspiration--A Little Bit of This, A Little Bit of That



Okay, the Superbowl is over so now I can start thinking about Valentine's Day! I don't like to gloat but can I just say YEAH PATRIOTS!  That's all I promise!

I have been punching hearts with my 3" heart punch! You can never have too many hearts with Valentine's Day just around the corner.


I stitched some vertically so I can hang them from the light fixture in my dining room.


I will put up one more string of hearts but I wanted to get photos while there was still good light. We are in the middle of another snow storm. We must have over a foot by now.


I like these simple heart decorations because they are..... simple! I also like them because they are never still. They twirl constantly and it's rather cute and charming I think!
I will also string some horizontally to hang at the top of my curtains. It's just an easy, peasy way to add a touch of festivity to the room.

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I am decorating cookies for some little favors to give away. I found these snack sacks at a grocery store and I love them for small favor bags. They can easily be decorated for any holiday. I used some for small Christmas gifts too!

I used my edge punch and punched a pretty lacy edge on the bag and folded it over. I stamped a trio of hearts at the bottom
 and tied it up with twine and ribbon.


After that, I realized that one of my little 3" hearts would make a very cute gift tag so I untied it and added a heart.



You can write a little Valentine's Day greeting on the back to your recipient.


I love the edge and I could never be without my edge punches. They add such a nice touch.

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The other day I stitched up a pair of slippers (a practice pair) and decided to stitch up another pair today. Since they are pink, I will include them in this very pink, Valentine's Day post.


With this pair I left out the batting and lined it with pink fleece. They are still remarkably sturdy even without the third layer. I also figured out where I was misunderstanding the pattern instructions so my next pair should go together in a breeze. Practice makes perfect!


This pair came out cute! 


These would make a most welcome, warm and cozy Valentine's Day gift too!

Well, that's all for today! I am heading back to my sewing machine! Hope everyone is warm! I am freezing and my husband just told me we have about 14 new inches of snow on the ground. It is still coming down! I am not complaining......

My word for the week is OPTIMISTIC. I will remain positive. Afterall, I decided on my word yesterday and the PATRIOTS won the superbowl! Did I mention that?


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