Thursday, February 25, 2010

Old Spice Commercial !!

I love this commercial. I typically fast forward through commercials (thank you TiVO) but I always stop when I see this one. I love it and it cracks me up everytime!

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Sunday, February 21, 2010

Reason #103 to Love Barney Fife - He Sews, Crochets & Knits!

Who knew that good ole' Barney was crafty ? I knew Barney was my kind of man! Watch the first couple of minutes of this Season 4 episode clip titled "Fun Girls"

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Friday, February 12, 2010

Valentine Lunchboxes

Last year, I made my staff some cute little valentine mailboxes. This year I found these cute little valentine lunchboxes. I got them at the Dollar Tree of all places. I filled them with Twix, M&M's, Starburst, Skittles, Kit Kats, some erasers and bubbles. I also gave them a Russell Stover's heart shaped box fo chocolates. I hope they appreciate my holiday gifts. A couple of them seem to really like them. Then there are those that don't even bother saying "thank you". I don't know if they like them or not but I enjoy giving them. Maybe one day they will look back and say, what a neat thing my boss use to do.

Happy Valentine's Day !!
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Thursday, February 11, 2010

Debbie Osmond's Chicken Enchiladas

I have this AWESOME cookbook called "Dining with Donny", which is a collection of recipes from Debbie Osmond, some of her family and some of his fans. I would post a picture of the cookbook, but will have to that later since my co-workers all want to borrow it and one of them has it at the moment.

Since I've had this cookbook, I wanted to make Debbie's famous Chicken Enchiladas but have never made them. Donny says it is his absolute favorite dish !

So, I had all ingredients on hand and 3 hungry co-workers, one of which who loves Donny just as much as I do and I decided to make it and take it to work. I must say that it was SO GOOD and I mean really good !! It wasn't what I quite expected though. I thought it would be enchildas but it was more of an enchilada casserole - super easy to make and very tasty.

It got 8 thumbs up (2 from me and 2 from each of my 3 hungry co-workers) - then they all wanted to borrow the cookbook!

That Debbie Osmond is one good cook - how could she not be when she has 6 men/boys to feed !

Debbie Osmond's Chicken Enchiladas

4 or 5 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
1 can 26 oz cream of chicken soup
1 16 oz container of sour cream
1 small can of mild diced green chiles
1 doz small (3-4") round soft corn tortillas
2-3 cups grated cheese (cheddar and jack)

Boil the chicken breast with cut up onions until done (or do what I do and cook in crockpot on low for 4-6 hours until done), then cut the chicken into cubes

Mix together soup, sour cream and chilis in a bowl and add chicken and set aside

In a skillet heat olive oil (just enough to cover bottom). Place one tortilla in oil and just as it starts to bubble, turn over and heat the other side (a few seconds on each side - you don't want them to harden or be crispy, just heat them up) and then lay on paper towel to soak up excess oil. Repeat for all tortillas.

(Make layers)

In 9x13 pan lay 3-4 tortillas in bottom of pan, sprinkle cheese on top of tortillas. Then put 2 cups of the chicken/mixture on top of cheese and repeat till it's gone. Top with cheese.
Bake 350 degrees for approx. 45 minutes.
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Monday, February 1, 2010

Fingerless Gloves - 1st Completed Project 2010

I have a lot of craft projects I want to complete this year (and a lot of new ones I want to start and complete).

So... I started making these gloves for my sister last year and made one. Then realized the nature of the yarn would make the gloves 2 different colors. Although they would match in a way, they wouldn't match in a way. I needed her opionion before I made the 2nd one. She said it would be fine to continue with the same hank of Noro Silk Garden Lite (Colorway 2410), which was a good thing since this particular color had been discontinued.

I love the beautful colors of Noro Yarn, which is a Japanese yarn, and have wanted to make something with it for a long time. I found this particular hank at the NeedleNook and was told it was the last one they had but knew it would be enough for the gloves I wanted to make so I got it (not thinking about the gloves would be different colors). Many stores stopped (or are stopping) carrying the Noro Silk Garden Lite because it is so similar to the regular Noro Silk Garden.

But I digress...So I found this pattern designed by Nancy Ricci and knew that they would be perfect. Number 1 - didnt' require double pointed needles and Number 2 - would let me do a small project with cables (something I had been wanting to try).

This pattern was amazing well written, very easy to follow and worked up rather quickly (even though I'm a very slow knitter). I loved making cables - not near as difficult as I thought they would be.

Here is my work in progress (see how pretty the yarn is?):

Here are the completed gloves - the best news - sis loved them and wears them a lot ! I want to make myself a pair now but... must ... FIRST!

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