Never enough time...


Why is it that I like my avatar better than the reflection in the mirror some days :-)

It's been one of those weeks. I'd like to write a Daybook post, or anything really, but right now I have other responsibilities beckoning me. These days I wonder if God ever had any intentions for my writing.

Maybe later this week there will be some scattered moments for some scattered thoughts from a scattered brain LOL.

Does anyone else ever feel this way? Tell me if you do...

Happy Campers


 I can't wait to come back here and tell you all about our newest adventure! 
But for now, let this hold space to remind me that I want to tell you! :-)


Daybook




Giving thanks - for grace and new mercies - Every. Single. Day. 

Water and AC.  Learning about what is happening in other places in the world, I am especially thankful for clean water that comes with the turn of a faucet. In fact, I’m thankful for water, period. 

My husband and his patient, steadfast love for me in the midst of months of relentless mood swings. 

My husband’s family who genuinely became my family. 

Chicken Tacos

Inspired by Peel Pizza and Damn Delicious

INGREDIENTS:

  • 2 teaspoons chili powder

  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin

  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika

  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano

  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder

  • Kosher salt (to taste)

  • Black pepper (to taste)

  • 1 1/2 pounds boneless, boneless skinless chicken thighs or breasts

  • 1 tablespoon canola oil

  • 6 taco size flour tortillas, browned on griddle until slightly charred around the edges

  • 1 cup pico de gallo

  • 1 avocado, diced

  • 1/2 cup chopped fresh cilantro leaves

  • 1 lime, cut into wedges

DIRECTIONS:

  1. In a small bowl, combine chili powder, cumin, paprika, oregano, garlic powder, 1 teaspoon salt and 1/2 teaspoon pepper. Season chicken with chili powder mixture.

  2. Heat canola oil in a large skillet over medium high heat. Working in batches, add chicken to the skillet in a single layer and cook until golden brown and cooked through,  4-5 minutes per side. Cool and dice into bite-size pieces.

  3. Serve chicken in tortillas, topped with pico de gallo, avocado, cilantro and lime.


Pico de Gallo


2 medium tomatoes, diced

1/2 cup diced Spanish onion or Red onion

2 teaspoons fresh jalapeƱo, seeded and chopped (I consider this heat optional - most do not LOL)

2 teaspoons finely minced fresh cilantro

1 teaspoon fresh garlic, minced

Juice of 1/2 lime

Salt


Combine all the ingredients in a bowl. Cover and chill   

Chicken Pot Pie


Inspired by The Pioneer Woman

INGREDIENTS


1 pie crust 

(Perfect Pie Crust recipe actually exists!!!)

½  stick butter (4 Tablespoons)

½  cup. finely diced onion

½  cup finely diced carrot

½ cup. finely diced celery

2-3 cups leftover rotisserie chicken, diced or shredded without skin

¼  cup flour

2 to 3 cups chicken broth made from chicken base

Splash of white wine (optional)

3/4 cup heavy cream

Frozen peas (optional) I used a small package of peas with mushrooms and garlic :-)

Fresh thyme, chopped or 1 teaspoon dried thyme

Salt and pepper to taste


DIRECTIONS


  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  2. Melt butter in a skillet or dutch oven. 
  3. Add onion, carrots, and celery, and cook until onions are translucent. 
  4. Add chicken and stir. 
  5. Sprinkle flour over mixture and stir. 
  6. Cook over medium heat for a couple of minutes, stirring constantly.
  7. Pour in chicken broth, stirring constantly. Add wine and peas.
  8. Add cream, stirring until smooth.
  9. Bring to a slow boil and allow mixture to cook and thicken for a few minutes. 
  10. Add salt, pepper and fresh or dried thyme to taste. 
  11. Pour mixture into a casserole dish 9 x 11.
  12. Roll crust so that it’s about 1 inch larger than the pan you’re using.
  13. Place the crust on top of the pot pie mixture, and press it into the sides of the dish. Cut vents in the top of the crust.
  14. Bake for 30-40 minutes or until very golden and bubbly and the crust is done.
  15. Allow to rest and cool for 10-15 minutes before serving. 



Daybook








Giving thanks - for the time John and I spent together on the road to camp and back; for the hospitality extended to us while at camp; for the new friendships we discovered while at camp; for all the fun we are having exploring our new camp; the people who stepped up and made it possible for us to go to camp; for the people who will eventually clear our lots at camp - because there is no way whatsoever that I can step one single foot in there before it’s cleared now that I have confirmed my suspicion.




In the garden - it grew plenty while we were away for our little hiatus, but the basil isn’t doing well. I don’t know what’s happening but my growing skills are shrinking, and I don’t like it, not one little bit. I hope to try to get a new pot of basil growing with a better mix of soil and place it where it won’t get all the rain on the leaves. I’ll have to be more dedicated to watering it, but I can do that for the hope of better basil. We’ve had so much rain, and add the fact that we fouled up when we didn’t do a proper mixing of soil and compost - well, that’s a recipe for a pathetic garden. :-(

Most everything else seems to be overcoming our errors. The rain has helped wash away the toxic levels of whatever compost produces, and I did manage to mix in some soil. But who knows, the problems may yet show up later in the growing season. 

After listening to this podcast (again), we are approaching our garden a little more enthusiastically. We’ll need to find more sunny spots in our lawn. I want and hope to add back our small fruits also. We’ve had raspberries, blueberries, strawberries, and grapes. We have peach and apple trees - neither of which have done well. I wonder if it’s because we only half tend them or because we truly have no idea what we’re doing LOL.  When John retires, we will both be more than happy to spend time figuring it all out. God willing.

In the kitchen - the new stove is awesome. We’re starting to figure out the weird dual fuel thing. I’m still a little skeptical about the idea that an electric oven is better to bake with, but I’ll hold off on my final judgment until I’ve baked some bread. 

I hope to get a menu on the board later today. But there are a few other things on the mental list that have a higher priority. 

In the sewing room - exactly nothing.

Writing - also exactly nothing.

Reading - you guessed it - nothing.

Watching - too much.

Listening - to the aforementioned podcast.

New song -

The week ahead - … your guess is as good as mine.


Note to self - introverts NEED time alone. As an introvert who gets ZERO time alone, I am on the verge of losing my mind. Just so we're clear.


















Daybook



Outside my window - The sun is rising earlier and earlier each day. 

Clothing myself in - stretch denim capris and a tank top. Ready for yard and garden work!

Writing - Our mastermind group assignment is to write, illustrate, and publish a children’s book on Amazon. Several members have them written and are working on illustrations - which are fantastic by-the-way. I have ideas, but have not put pen to paper yet.

I am determined, yet again, to get back to this blog. While searching for information about vermicomposting, I came across a blog that is causing me serious blog envy. If you are a gardener, you will love it too!

Reading - The Becoming (by Nora Roberts) as often as I can find a quiet space and keep my eyes open at the same time. 

Watching - I heard some good reasons last night why I should return to the Wanda Vision and Loki series. I am a Marvel fan, and I plan to see the new Dr. Strange, but I hear that I won’t fully understand it if I have not watched Wanda Vision. I’ll either convince the rest of our viewing audience (aka - my mom, my husband, and my youngest daughter LOL) that we should watch it or I’ll put it on while I’m working on fabric in the basement. That’s my plan, we’ll see how it goes.