Monday, November 21, 2011

Time (It's almost Give Away time)

Wow!  I woke up to the #249!!!  It is almost Give Away time!  click on the link and follow the directions.  Once I reach 250 I'll be sending out  this cute wooden bowl and wool kit to someone lucky!  I also am going to send out one of my favorite patterns to a second person.  I like to recycle my favorite patterns rather than let them gather dust.  There are some patterns I make more than one...but, for the most part once I have made something I am ready to move on to the next "must have" design!

Yesterday was a difficult day at work.  It wasn't so much the physical aspect...although Robin and I pushing and shoving a 200lb + bed (not including the weight of the patient) from other floors in the hospital down to the OR does have it's challenges (no transport team on the weekends)...but the emotional part.  All I can say is, there are a lot of people in the world who need your healing thoughts...and if you are praying sort, a prayer would be appreciated.  I know I have said before "Life" is a challenge and during these additional challenging times we must take the time and give a hug, we are not just individual but we are part of the human race.

I have an interesting day before me.  Last week I threw in the towel and realized I needed a couple of chairs in my living room.  I have the weirdest living room in Bend...and maybe the world!  It is narrow, with the couch at one end and the dining table at the other.  We only have 3 spaces on the couch to sit, otherwise it is the floor.  The ceiling is 28 ft tall.  Interesting choice by the builder, create more air space but not floor space.  Last week I went to a furniture store convinced a decorator to follow me home and help me figure out how to get just 2 more places to sit...just 2 more!  This morning I am heading back over there and dragging a chair home to see how it fits.  Wish me luck!  Why am I telling you this, cause this event has caused me to rearrange and clean and I found the most wonderful gem.  A cookbook made by my youngest son when he was in the 1st grade!  Each student contributed a recipe of two to the book!

6 years old and now 23 years old...Enzo is 2 years old.
and for those curious Enzo is a Standard Poodle.

Connor's Chicken Stroganoff

1 1/2 lb ground chicken or turkey
1 medium onion chopped
15 medium fresh mushrooms, sliced
2 cans cream of mushroom soup
1 lg container of low fat sour cream
4 tbsp ketchup
2 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
2-3 tbsp olive oil

Heat up oil and then cook ground chicken until it is not pink, chopping it into little pieces as it cooks.  Season with a little salt and pepper.  add chopped onion and mushrooms and cook until both are soft.  Add mushroom soup, ketchup, Worcestershire sauce and mix thoroughly.  Lower heat to low and add sour cream.  Try not to let it boil, but if it bubbles a little that's ok.  Serve with pasta or rice.



  1. Such handsome boys :) When I packed my daughter's school lunches, I always included little note, reminder, silly jokes - She saved all of them and and had them copied into a book that she gave me for Mother's Day - Sigh - Children are such blessings :) Thanks for sharing the recipe too!!

    Hugs from Chicago!

  2. Well, the day is starting off with are already up to 251 now :-) Wahoo, Giveaway time!
    How fun to get some help structuring your living room. Hope the chair works for the space. With all the good people that love you..they are going to need a place to come sit a spell.
    Love the recipe book from your boy's early days. Might just have to make that recipe too. It sounds delish!
    Both Connor and Enzo are mighty handsome!

  3. 253 now! Whoohoo! Good luck with your chair~ the photo's are precious! Have a happy day!

  4. did it...253 and counting!! I'll have to give that Chicken Stroganoff a try...sounds yummy and a quick dish to make...that I like...on these busy days. Thanks for the chance to win the aWesOMe snowman bowl and Bunny Hill pillow kit....Have a great week!!

  5. We have an l-shape and it is a pain to fit things in without being crowded. I rather have separate rooms or much larger ones, lol. Love the photo, my dog wouldn't let me do that.


  6. Yea!!! It's at 253!!! You made it with a few to spare!! Is it snowman time yet?? lol

    I sure hope that you get the chair thing figured out! The only solution that comes to mind is a couple of padded ottomans that can be used as a sort of coffee table or end table with the sofa until you need more seating. Otherwise, we'd need to see a photo of your livingroom so that we can give you suggestions.