|View from my window right now|
The above photo (from a previous year) depicts just what I am seeing from our bedroom window today. A window completely filled with apple blossoms. Glorious! At the far right of the picture, you can just glimpse the road far below.
|Our neighbor's wild cherry tree was in bloom this past weekend, but heavy rain and wind soon knocked the delicate blossoms off.|
Speaking of Arlene, I recently won the May giveaway at Nanaland: a Vera Bradley makeup bag.Isn't it gorgeous?
|You can't really tell the color from this photo. The bag is a very pretty red.|
|Inside of the bag -- such a pretty print. I love it.|
I wanted to show you a few of my recent crafts. Simple, simple things and only a few, because my time has been so fragmented of late.
|phone charger holder for my oldest granddaughter -- and a hook to hang it on|
|This is a gift card holder I made for my local daughter's birthday. I got the idea from Gooseberry Patch. You pull the ribbon and out comes the gift card. We got her a Lowe's gift card to buy perennials with.|
|My granddaughter who turned 10 requested a Lego sack ... in her favorite color, of course. This is how it looks gathered up and hanging from a doorknob.|
|And here is the Lego sack opened up as it would be used for playtime. For those who are interested you can read about Lego sacks here: Lego Sack Tutorial. I've made loads of these. My grandkids love them.|
|I've managed to complete several of these-- love the color of this one. The variegated yarn in the middle is called "Candy Sprinkles". Fun.|
|I've completed two in this color combination and a couple of others as well.|
And then here are a couple of scans of recent vintage finds, both of these from my parents' home.
|This is about the actual size of this vintage card.|
|This is the cover of a coloring book published in 1970. The designs look as if they could be from today, don't they?|
Here are a few photos of spring wildflowers:
|My dad's backyard abounds with these large white violets.|
|They even grow in concrete!|
|Painted trilliums are out in our back yard|
|Lots of violets about|
|I noticed yesterday that the clintonia, or blue bead lily, is starting to bloom.|
Do you ever prepare chicken in a slow cooker? To my mind this is the easiest and best way to cook a chicken when you find a good deal on whole chickens. They were 88¢ a pound at our local supermarket this past week, and I wanted to make chicken salad wraps to take to a get-together. Cooking the chicken in a crockpot gives you meat and broth in one easy step. Here is how I do it:
CROCKPOT “ROTISSERIE” CHICKEN
1 roasting chicken or young chicken (I have also done this with bone-in chicken breasts)
Seasoning of your choice
Remove the bag full of “innards” from the chicken and discard it. Rinse the chicken with cold water. Place the chicken in the crock pot. Sprinkle liberally with the seasoning of your choice. I prefer the Montreal Chicken ™ seasoning blend, but Greek seasoning or lemon pepper are two other tasty possibilities. That’s it -- you don’t need to add anything else.
Cover the crock pot and cook for 8 to 10 hours on low or 4 to 5 hours on high. You will have falling-off-the bone, beautifully seasoned chicken and nearly a quart of good broth. You can freeze the broth to use later for another purpose, or use it as a start on a soup with leftover chicken later in the week.
I want to quickly share another recipe with you. I love these Al Fresco chicken sausages. They are quick, healthy and delicious. I find they are pretty pricey in our local supermarket, but very reasonably priced at Walmart, so that's where I usually buy them. The Italian version is also very good. I haven't tried the other flavors, but there are several more.
1 package of chicken sausage (fully cooked type such as Al Fresco) -- in the sweet apple flavor
1 large sweet onion
1 large apple (Honeycrisp is the best!) or 2 smaller apples
1 tube garlic and herb polenta
Salt & pepper (optional)
Have a 9 x 13-inch baking dish ready and just add the ingredients as you prepare them. Slice up the chicken sausages. I slice each one lengthwise and then cut them into about 1/4-inch slices crosswise. Peel the onion, cut it in half and cut each half into wedges. (Or cut them smaller if your onion is really huge.) Wash, core and slice the apples into wedges. Don't bother to peel them. Then slice your polenta. I cut it in quarters lengthwise and then slice it between 1/4-inch and 1/2-inch thick. Now drizzle some olive oil (at least a tablespoon, but it's up to you) over the ingredients in the baking dish. Salt and pepper to taste if you like, but it's really optional. I forgot it last time and the dish was still wonderful. Stir everything together well.
Bake at 375º for 1 hour.
I think you could make endless variations on this dish by using other flavors of sausage and including different vegetables like peppers, zucchini, etc. rather than apples.
When I take this to our church potluck, I bake it in the morning, timing it to come out of the oven just before we leave the house. I cover it with foil. Then when we get to church I place it on an electric warming tray where it holds just fine until we are ready to eat a few hours later.
And finally, have you ever eaten Fiddleheads?
|Photo from UVM Food Feed|
|Not the best photo -- I took it spontaneously with my Kindle. It doesn't do these delicacies justice.|
Lastly, but it really should be first -- remember my word for 2016? It was Faithfulness. I never did get time to set or even think about any goals for the new year as I usually do. Things have been utterly crazy with eldercare and accompanying concerns, not to mention other responsibilities. I concluded at the time, in the post referenced above, that even if I didn't get to set any goals, that just being faithful in all that God has given me to do, and trusting in His faithfulness day by day, would be sufficient. Has that ever been tested! To remind me, I recently took this graphic, which I made some time ago, and made it my desktop wallpaper. (My readers are welcome to borrow it.)
What a blessing to be reminded of God's faithfulness for every step of our journey, every time I log into the computer and when I shut it down at night! This view of one of our local lakes, with scriptural truth imposed over it, just is such a great reminder. Yes, He, our all-wise, all-powerful Creator, is faithful!
Sharing this motley post today with Sandi's No Place Like Home and Bernideen’s Tea Time, Cottage and Garden Blog Party. Also with Vintage Charm and Share Your Cup Thursday.