A little bit of this and a little bit of that. Daily Ramblings, recipes, photos and whatever else I like to share along the way.

Icy Sunshine....


The sun was brilliant today with all the ice left from the storm.
We ventured out for dog food and a few groceries.
Where the sun was able to hit, the ice melted anything in the shade still has ice.
It was absolutely beautiful outside.



Ice Storm....


The big news on Friday was the storm that was brewing and heading our way.
Ice.
I would much rather the white fluffy snow but we had a good coating of ice.
Then tonight we were treated to a little snowfall as the storm wrapped up.
The boys and I went out first thing to take it all in.
It was beautiful.
I love the peace and quiet that occurs when we get these storms.


Our fence around the backyard.


Our red honeysuckle




A spider web frozen in time.



Holly Bush


Covered limbs



Curling branch



A beautiful icicle captured at night.

Waiting....




I found myself waiting again today in the hospital for my yearly mammogram.

I could have read a book if I had remembered mine.

The selection of magazines was non existent, there were a few pamphlets but they did not interest me.

So...

That left my phone with camera.

Sure why not.

There were only two other women in the same large waiting room so I gave it a go.

I used to different apps to change the pictures - the first is done with MoreMono and the reading chair (directly above) was done with PS Mobile. I really like the feel that the MoreMono gives you in your pictures. The PS Mobile I was just playing around with some of the features, it adds an interesting feel.

Anywho, everything went without a hitch in less than thirty minutes.


A friendly reminder - Please remember ladies to make your yearly mammogram appointment.

Dental Floss is not my friend...


I am trying to turn over a new leaf or two this year.

I was brushing my teeth before I went to bed on Saturday night and I had a major light bulb moment.

Why not floss a bit more than every other day, follow what you dentist states do it daily.

Pulled out floss, did front of mouth, went to do my back molar and the floss got a tiny bit stuck.

I gave a tug and ut-oh off popped a nice chunk of that molar.

*sigh*

Dentist has been phoned and I go in tomorrow to be told what "fun" is in store for me.


Yeah....

I think I will be going back to my old way of flossing.

Red Rolling Walker and Traffic....



To the middle age couple trying to cross the 4 lane road.....

It is not wise to run pushing your wife/girlfriend/lover while she is sitting on a rolling walker across two lanes of oncoming traffic to the center median strip.

Watch for that median strip that has reflectors embedded in in the asphalt, when you hit that running some injury may occur.

Then again..... you might have witnessed that first hand when you did a face plant into the asphalt and tossed your wife/girlfriend/lover out of the walker when you hit one of those reflectors.
Then you grabbed the walker, her hand and ran to the center laughing.

Uh..yeah...

Let's leave those walkers to those who need them and it is wise to never play in traffic.


Avocados....




Umm... I'm not too sure of what to think about my dream last night.

Why you ask?

Avocados....

I dreamt that I was surrounded by avocados.

Who dreams about avocados?

Me....apparently.

Odd...



Doctor's Office


Yup, today was doctor day for me.

So, there I was sitting there waiting for my doctor ... bored.

I had an idea to snap a few pictures with my phone.

I have a serious amount of photo apps that I just "have" to have and *cough*never used*cough*.



This was a fun way to kill a few minutes and I really like how the pictures turned out.

btw - I used the moreMono app.

Headaches....

Sinus or Migraine they both stink.

I have been dealing with them for the past three weeks off and on.

(This is the reason why I have not been keeping up on my posts.)


Unfortunately, it looks like it is going to be one of those years.

Last year I hardly had any and it was such a wonderful change of pace.

This year is starting off with a bang!

groan...


Delete Key Eraser - Fun Find

You can now have your own personal Delete Key!

This fun eraser makes is easy to delete any error that you may happen to make.

Get your Delete Key here and enjoy the conversations that are sure to follow.


One of those days...



It was one of those days that I wished I could have just gone back to bed and throw the covers over my head.

Yeah, it was that good.

School this school semester with the kiddos is testing all of our abilities. *groan*

The boys normally had a bit of a bumpy start (when they were in a B&M school) after Christmas break this year we are doing the online schooling and it is a really bumpy start back.

Aargh!

It is more the material that they are learning and getting them to understand.

Spencer has Geometry (Gifted Math) *shudder*
Not my cuppa tea.

Then we have Science = weather, clouds (types/how formed & where), trade winds, polar winds, how hail/snow/rain/sleet forms, types of breezes (how they form & how they blow), air pressure, humidity and so it goes .
Yesh.. I had this in 9th grade, he's only in 5th.

Nate is doing planets along with figuring out how far apart they are, and all sorts of other in depth questions about these distances.
His Pre-Algebra is making his head spin (mine too when he tires to explain his method to find the answers) and pushes me to the brink on how to help him understand.

Today was well.... simply a day I can't wait to put behind us and move forward.

*crosses fingers*

Hope that the rest of the year goes smoother than what we are experiencing right now; otherwise I'm not sure where you will find me.


Oh So Pretty Purple....



I know the past year or so the big hit in nail polish has been black.

Now, I can remember black being the thing for those who were into the punk scene in high school (just admired it on my friends) and I thought that was so cool.

Anywho, Santa left me No Shrinking Violet by Revlon in my stocking this year.

I want to say, THANK YOU, SANTA!!

Oh.My...

I absolutely love this polish.

I'm not a purple fan but this polish has changed that for me.



What can I say?!

Matte finish, lasts for well over a week, looks dark until the light hits it then you notice the purple and is just so cool.

I found that they have a color called Devilish and this might be the next color to find it's way into my polish collection.

Yeah, I'm really loving this color.

*grin*


Chicken and Broccoli Alfredo - Recipe


Tonight I simply did not have it in me to make anything for dinner but something had to be made.
I pulled out my handy recipe book and began sifting through until I found something to make with the chicken I had taken out earlier in the day to defrost.
I found this recipe from Campbell's soup, figured it was quick and went for it.
This was a big hit with the family and I'm quite happy I decided to give it a try.

I did add in about 1 tsp onion powder and 1 tsp garlic powder to add more flavor.
Another substitution I made was to use spaghetti noodles for the linguine and it was still perfect.

Original Recipe from Campbell's Soup


* Exported from MasterCook *


Chicken and Broccoli Alfredo


Recipe By: Campbell's Soup
Serving Size: 4
Categories: Main Meal

Amount Measure Ingredient -- Preparation Method
-------- ------------ --------------------------------
16 ounces spaghetti, cooked
1 1/2 cups broccoli -- frozen or fresh
2 tablespoons butter
1 pound boneless chicken -- cut into 1 1/2 pieces
1 can Cream of Mushroom Soup 98% FF
1/2 cup skim milk
1/2 cup Parmesan cheese
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
1/2 teaspoon onion powder
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder

  • Prepare the spaghetti according to the package directions. Add the broccoli during the last 4 minutes of the cooking time. Make sure you drain the mixture well.
  • Heat the butter in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add the chicken and cook until well browned and cooked through, stirring often.
  • Stir the soup, milk, cheese, black pepper, garlic powder, onion powder and spaghetti mixture in the skillet. Cook until the mixture is hot and bubbling, stirring occasionally. Serve with additional Parmesan cheese.

Source:
"http://www.campbellkitchen.com/RecipeDetail.aspx?recipeId=50320&ref=%2fSearchRecipesResult.aspx%3fSearchType%3d1%26q%3dchicken%2band%2bbroccoli#fragment05"
Yield:
"4 "
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Per Serving: 406 Calories; 12g Fat (26.0% calories from fat); 38g Protein; 36g Carbohydrate; 3g Dietary Fiber; 90mg Cholesterol; 351mg Sodium. Exchanges: 2 Grain(Starch); 4 Lean Meat; 1/2 Vegetable; 0 Non-Fat Milk; 1 1/2 Fat.

Serving Ideas:

  • Side salad
  • crusty bread

NOTES: Excellent recipe



Never as Planned....

Ah, Sunday.

Finally a day to relax and unwind after all the holiday hub and but, no real plans for once.

Then it happened..

our kitchen faucet decided to check out.

Really, it had to pick today.

This required two trips to our local big box hardware store, a hack saw, wrenches, and a screw driver.

Nothing is ever easy in this house when it decided to go, nothing.

How about the laundry room issue.

Kitchen issue

Dining Room issue that took a few *cough*years*cough*

These are just a few, there have been many more fun filled DIY times. *sigh*


This time the old copper tubes that went into the faucet must have leaked at one point and then the corroded together along with taking a metal washer. (This was the need for the hacksaw.)

Not to mention we could not fully turn off the hot water valve under the sink, so about every fifteen minutes we were emptying out a stock pot full of water.
Yeah, it just added to the fun we were already having.

The nice 60 minute replacement time that was stated in directions ended up being oh...2.5 hrs.

As I look on the bright side we were able to fix it and I have a new faucet.

:D

It's cold outside....



Yup, yours eyes are not deceiving you.

It was 24 degrees, and windy at 7:00pm tonight in our neck of the woods in South Carolina.
We had finished dinner out, DH asked what I wanted to do next.
Home please; such a silly question.

Seventeen!?!
Seventeen is supposed to be the magical number for how low we are going tonight, holy cow!

Brrr.....

Now, I know it is not as cold as it is in some parts of the country currently.

I partially grew up in Marcellus, NY; you would think that I could handle the cold. I mean I can remember the first snowfall at the end of October, going to bed with no snow on the ground and waking up to inches overnight, the negative temperatures and lake effect snow.

I've spent many years in the Northeast with the blizzards, bone chilling cold winds, quick moving snow squalls and all that stuff.

It is quite sad for me to say but I think my blood has thinned out because I can't handle the cold when it gets below 40.

I am so looking forward to next week when we are going to be hitting 56!

It will feel oh.so.good after this past week.

Stay warm people, stay warm.


USB Scent Flower...

Alright, I saw this really cute USB Scent Flower through a fan of mine on Plurk.

If you want a little aromatherapy you just plug this adorable flower into one of your USB ports and let the scent soothe you. You are able to rotate the stem either vertical or horizontal to "fit" your needs.

You have four wonderful fragrances to select from and the flower comes with three refills.

The item retails for $9.99 + shipping.

Check out the cute USB Scent Flower here.


Happy Anniversary 2 Me....

Happy Anniversary 2 Me!

I can't believe that my blog is now two years old, seems like yesterday I started this journey.

*whoa*

There are some changes in the wind for this blog - all positive, no need to worry.

More recipes will be shared, soaps to be made (fingers crossed a batch or two this weekend), photos to be shared and daily life situations.

To all of you out there thanks for keeping it real for me. :)

*squee* 2 years...


A Sunday Stroll Around Town...








This past Sunday we wanted to get out and about for a bit. We opted to stay close to home; we headed to Falls Park, had wings out and walked around town.
Yes, it was cold but it was a great family fun day. :D
Nate loved the fact that that the tree in the middle of the falls is frozen in the first picture.


Mmm.. wings..


With the cold temperatures the fountain outside The Westin Hotel was frozen and beautiful.





This crest is tucked up in a corner on the front of the hotel.



A clock is located across the street, it does work and I love it.


There is just something special about this building for me. I am not sure exactly what the draw is but it always draws my attention.


Bib (aka Michelin Man) is peeking out from behind a Palmetto Tree (state tree) on the doors at Michelin on Main.
I bought a fun item that I hope to pull off making correctly and will share with you all at some point. I would love to get one of these clings for my mom mobile.


I adore this photo.

I know they say ducks are warm in the water but I would not want to be in it on such a cold day.


Wicked posters are all over town.

Just a little slice of what I saw while walking around, enjoying our family time and snapping pictures.



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