Friday, 30 October 2009

Chicken Breast overload

Ok so a couple weeks ago there was a fantastic sale on boneless skinless chicken breasts and I bought a TON.

So now I am bored with chicken breasts. We usually just grill them, saute them or add them to curry or alfredo.

I seriously need some great ideas what to do with these things. Any suggestions are welcome.

Any one try making their own ground chicken in a food processor? Think that would work? I am thinking maybe chicken burgers or chicken meatballs that way.

Photo Updates

I had promised a few photos previously.

Our new sofa. We also got a loveseat.

A close up of the pattern.

My striped crocheted blanket - finally finished.

The blanket I started for J once he stole mine - still quite a ways to go.

I made Peanut a pillow for her crate out of an old flannel sheet.
I think she likes it.

Tuesday, 27 October 2009

Weekly Update

I know I haven't been around much and I apologize. I have just been slackin off - not super busy or anything.

J has decided to go out as a zombie again this Halloween due to lack of imagination :D We bought 4 pumpkins for the front steps but have yet to carve any of them - I have to get to that so that I don't have all of them to do on Saturday at the last minute. I am thinking I may just cook one up for pumpkin puree for the freezer and carve the other 3. I am looking forward to making roasted pumpkins seeds. I LOVE pumpkin seeds.

I am going to be a great-aunt yet again! My oldest nephew and his wife are expecting their first child. I guess I have to start planning another baby quilt. I don't know if I will make it out of the flannel that I used for all the others (not enough left, would have to buy more) or use the fabric my mother in-law recently gave me, it is cotton in all primary colours and a huge chunk of a hot air ballon print in the same colours. Probably the cotton.

The new work project is off to a very slow start. Already bored but draggin myself to work so that I get paid.

A friend from my teenage years, that I recently reconnected with on Facebook, was in town to see family last week (from New Brunswick) so we got together for a couple hours. Was great to see her again and reminisce about the Good ole days.

After much searching I finally found a nice wool fall coat. It was getting too cool for my spring jacket and not cold enough for my winter coat. Of course once my new coat arrived (I ordered it from Sears), it warmed up a bit again.

Peanut has decided to become deaf. She no longer responds to Come. I let her out in the back yard to do her business and then call her. She will come close and then zip off again. She zings all around the yard (including through the mud patch) but will not come to me. Even treats will not entice her.

I finally have to go outside and then usually she will zip past me into the house, muddy paws and all. I think I have to start taking her out on her lead again for awhile.

Have a great week!

Friday, 16 October 2009

Mid-month Update - October To Do List

What I managed to get done so far is in red below.
  • Put all clean clothes away - we have a blanket box somewhere under the mound of clean clothes in our bedroom.
  • Do a pantry & freezer inventory
  • Plan meals on what I have in the freezer & pantry
  • Rip all plants out of garden - started
  • Buy J a new winter coat & hat
  • Buy J new soccer shoes
  • Buy J some long sleeved shirts, sports pants & long johns
  • Work as many hours as possible (even if it is boring and there is nothing to do) money is money!
  • Deep clean ensuite bath - it really needs it but as I am the only one who uses it, it is easy to put off.
  • Clean office - getting very cluttered
  • Finish Bright Hope quilt blocks (fabric to be cut and then pieced - 8 blocks)
  • Buy sashing, binding & backing fabric for Bright Hope quilt
  • Finish sewing rag quilt and clip fringe
  • Bake banana muffins to use up dead bananas in freezer (I think they are multiplying)
  • Make chili and freeze for lunches
  • Make taco lentils & rice and freeze for lunches
  • Look into hiring a cleaner to come in once a week to do bathrooms and floors
  • Book dentist appt for J
  • Book ortho xrays for J
  • Book cleaning with dentist for me (Urgh!)
  • Book haircut & brow waxing (before they merge!)
  • Get quotes to replace 2 windows
  • Clean out hall closet and freecycle what we don't need
  • Post J's outgrown clothes on freecycle
  • Get K to vacuum out old furniture so friends can come take it for their basement (and get it out of my house!)
  • Finish crocheting striped blanket and tuck in all colour-change ends
  • Lose 5lbs
  • Attempt pumpkin pie from scratch with J
  • Change sheets to flannel (will happen this weekend)

Weekly update

Ya I am bad - I should be writing more, I know.

This new contract (extension) is taking as long as the last one to get started.
I started the contract Oct 5th, but my 1st meeting to get it started will be at 11am today. So I have basically just been sitting around doing nothing...again.

Tomorrow is Applefest in our little city. All things Apple. We will be going to buy some local apples, some fresh apple fritters as well as check out all the vendors etc... They usually have some booths with handmade craft items too.

It has turned very cold here in the last week. I realized I do not have a decent fall coat. Just Spring and winter coats. So on one of my many idle afternoons, I shopped online and ordered a wool fall coat, a pair of low heeled boots and a bathrobe for J for Christmas. I am hoping it all is delivered tomorrow so that I have a warm coat to wear to Applefest.

J's indoor soccer season starts this Sunday. His 1st game is at 6pm. I guess that is better than 8am. He is a little disappointed at his team sponsor because his shirt will say "Darlington Ladies Soccer Club" I think it is funny - I told him the shirt will probably be pink too :)

While J was sick last weekend he commandeered my newly finished striped blanket. (I need to post a photo of that soon). I did it all in single crochet so it is very tight and warm. He agreed to return it to me if I make him one, so yesterday I picked up 12 balls of the same style wool but in 3 shades of brown (will go better with my furniture) and started his blanket last night. I have about 2 inches complete. I have to crochet fast so that I can have my blanket back :)

Have a lovely weekend everyone - stay warm :)

Monday, 12 October 2009

Happy Thanksgiving Canada!

We did our turkey dinner yesterday since I don't like cooking a big meal and making a big mess the day before I have to go back to work.

I don't much care for turkey but DH does so I made a small turkey, a small ham, sausage stuffing, mashed potatoes, corn and gravy.

At about 2am Sunday morning, DS woke up not feeling well. He had a headache, stomach ache and a fever of 101. I spent most of the night up with him. He continued to feel crappy all day Sunday and didn't even eat Thanksgiving dinner.

Today, he still have the fever and headache. We both may be home tomorrow too if he doesn't improve.

At least I don't have to worry about dinner tonight - leftovers.

We are cuddled on the couch (DS, Peanut & I) watching Babe. DS has never seen it before.
Laundry can wait until later.

Tuesday, 6 October 2009

FaceBook Bloopers

Oh my gosh this is funny!

Sunday, 4 October 2009

Sleepy Sunday

Yesterday my sister & I spent the day shopping.

We hit Value Village first and I found nothing! All the prices are going up too - nuts!

Then we went to Fabricland where I got fabric for my Bright Hope quilt (still haven't made the last 8 blocks). I got turquoise for the sashing, golden yellow for the border and black for the binding. I haven't yet decided what I will do for the back - I'll go back for that later.

I'm also not sure whether I want to do 4 x 4 blocks or 3 x 5 (and have one left over) - square quilt or rectangle? This will just be used as a throw quilt.

After that was a quick stop to get my unruly brows waxed. The Asian girl doing them could barely speak English but managed to say "you no do for long long time" yup long LONG time :)

Next we stopped by a friend's for coffee & a chat.

Then on to Penningtons where I bought a pair of pants, a pair yoga pants, and 4 tops.

Next was grocery shopping and finally home.

We had seafood lasagna (frozen) and garlic bread for dinner.

At 8pm we headed back out all dolled up to a dance.

I haven't danced in a long time. I found and used muscles I didn't know I had and I must have sweat off at least a pound. We had a good time and left there at midnight.

This morning I slept in a bit then managed to get my stiff body downstairs to make breakfast for everyone.

Dear sis left and now I am tackling laundry and cooking some taco lentils & brown rice (I use beef broth) for my lunches this week.

So I have managed to do a few things off my To D0 list.

Friday, 2 October 2009

Lazy Friday

I am enjoying a nice lazy day off before the usual busy weekend and then back to work. J also has the day off today due to a PA day.

I am sitting on my new comfy sofa cuddled in my recently finished striped blanket (still need to weave in the ends), with my puppy in her lil bed next to me and a homemade cafe mocha (instant coffee with chocolate syrup added in :)).

It is pretty cool out today and we are trying to avoid putting on the heat as long as possible. It is currently 18C (64F) inside so not too bad, just need slippers, sweaters and blankies :)

I may get off the couch today and do some of the many things on my To Do list...then again I may not :) I have a library book I have yet to start.

Have a great weekend!

Thursday, 1 October 2009

My October T0 Do List

Wow where did September go?

I need to get more organized so I am going to make a list of all the things I would like to accomplish this month - anyone else want to join me?

I'll try to come back at the end of the month and see what I really did get done.

I am off work until Monday so hopefully will get a few of these things done over the next couple days.

  • Put all clean clothes away - we have a blanket box somewhere under the mound of clean clothes in our bedroom.
  • Do a pantry & freezer inventory
  • Plan meals on what I have in the freezer & pantry
  • Rip all plants out of garden
  • Buy J a new winter coat & hat
  • Buy J new soccer shoes
  • Buy J some long sleeved shirts, sports pants & long johns
  • Work as many hours as possible (even if it is boring and there is nothing to do) money is money!
  • Deep clean ensuite bath - it really needs it but as I am the only one who uses it, it is easy to put off.
  • Clean office - getting very cluttered
  • Finish Bright Hope quilt blocks (fabric to be cut and then pieced - 8 blocks)
  • Buy sashing, binding & backing fabric for Bright Hope quilt
  • Finish sewing rag quilt and clip fringe
  • Bake banana muffins to use up dead bananas in freezer (I think they are multiplying)
  • Make chili and freeze for lunches
  • Make taco lentils & rice and freeze for lunches
  • Look into hiring a cleaner to come in once a week to do bathrooms and floors
  • Book dentist appt for J
  • Book ortho xrays for J
  • Book cleaning with dentist for me (Urgh!)
  • Book haircut & brow waxing (before they merge!)
  • Get quotes to replace 2 windows
  • Clean out hall closet and freecycle what we don't need
  • Post J's outgrown clothes on freecycle
  • Get K to vacuum out old furniture so friends can come take it for their basement (and get it out of my house!)
  • Finish crocheting striped blanket and tuck in all colour-change ends
  • Lose 5lbs
  • Attempt pumpkin pie from scratch with J
  • Change sheets to flannel
I am sure I will think of more stuff to add later - but that is a decent start.