A Death in the Family

It was a very sad day today. It finally happened. I knew some day this day would come, but I didn't think it would be so soon. My external hard drive finally died. The worse part about it is, I had all of my pictures and music on it. I was lucky enough to have backed up a lot of my pictures on DVD, so I think I maybe missing only 5 months worth of pictures, and Jim thinks he can get all my music from my Ipod. We looked into some data recovery companies, but they want between $900-$1300 dollars(can you believe it). I'm not sure my lost pictures are worth that much money. The only good news that comes from this is Jim is getting me a HP home server(so this doesn't happen again) and a new computer-AWESOME.

Spicy Chicken and Mushroom Soup

Late one night a few years ago, and on a complete whim. I sent this recipe into a national recipe magazine. About 6 months later I receive a cookbook in the mail and a letter stating they were using my soup recipe in their book. Although they renamed the soup and miss-spelled my name I was still really excited. So now I can actually say I've been published, I feel so cool.

1/4 c. butter
1/4 c. onion, diced
1/4 c. carrots, diced
1/4 c. celery, diced
3 c. sliced mushrooms
1/2 c. flour
5 1/2 c. chicken broth
pinch of dried tarragon
1/4 tsp. dried thyme
1/2 tsp. white pepper
1 tsp. black pepper
1 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. hot pepper sauce
1 tbsp. chopped fresh parsley
3 c. half-and-half cream
1 1/2 tsp. lemon juice
2 c. cooked chicken, diced

In a large pot melt butter over medium heat.

Add vegetables

I've used button mushrooms before and left them whole.

Saute vegetables until tender

Add flour and let cook briefly, stirring regularly.

Slowly add chicken broth. stirring constantly

Add herbs, pepper and salt

Pepper sauce and parsley and stir well. Simmer for 10 minutes.

Stir in Half-and-Half, lemon juice and chicken. Bring back to a simmer and cook 10 minutes.


Printable Recipes are Finally Here

It's here, it finally happened, after much frustration, hours of searching, and many %@* words, we finally have printable versions of my recipes. At the bottom of each recipe now there is a link you can click on that will take you to a printable version. I have even put on the side bar a complete list of recipes so you don't have to go searching for a recipe. I am so excited!!!

Ramblings of a Housewife

This is a fun little ditty that was emailed to me. These are definitely some of my favorite things.

Bye-Bye Tree

This picture was actually taken the day after Christmas. I know that seems like I'm a scrooge but I really needed that thing gone. It was so big and I'm still finding needles everywhere. It had a good life and my kids enjoyed the experience, but it was time for it to go to tree heaven(the landfill) may it rest in peace and may my house be uncluttered again.