Chicken “Love” Soup – JIT for Valentine’s Day!

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1 tablespoon olive oil three large carrots, cut into hearts (see instructions above) 1 medium onion, diced 2 celery stalks, sliced
into 1/4 inch pieces 2 stalks fresh thyme (optional) 1 bay leaf 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme 2 large sage leaves (optional) 4 cups low sodium chicken stock (All-Natural Swanson Chicken Broth, or Kitchen Basics Chicken Stock are my favorites.) 2-3 cups water 1/2 teaspoon vinegar pinch cayenne pepper (use your own discretion) salt and pepper, to taste 2 large chicken breasts, cooked and shredded (Poulet en Papillote is my favorite way to cook chicken breasts, and you can follow these instructions.) 1/2 pound small pasta, such as farfalle or rotini, cooked for about 1 minute fewer than the recommended cooking time fresh parsley

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1. In a large pot set over medium-low heat, combine olive oil, carrot hearts, diced onion, celery, thyme (both kinds), bay leaf, and sage. Sprinkle with a pinch of kosher salt. Cook until tender, stirring occasionally, about 10 minutes. Add in stock, a cup of water, and vinegar. Add in cayenne pepper, and bring to a boil. After about 20 minutes, check the soup for flavor, and add more water, salt and pepper, as necessary. 

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2. In each individual bowl, place the desired amount of chicken and pasta, cover with a ladle of the soup, and top with parsley.

I’m going to do this for my hubby, this Valentine’s Day, But since out stove was KIA, in going to use our (Wedding Gift) Crock Pot. 😀

Beautifully Organized: Pantry Areas

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An organized pantry is a great benefit, whether it’s shelving, a cabinet, a closet, or an entire room. It makes cooking easier, helps keep track of foods on hand, and well, it just looks nice. A few helpful items — jars, labels,

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baskets, and smart stacking — all help keep things nice and tidy. These awesome pantries have more great ideas and inspiration.

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Moving & Dinner Recap

Okay, so, lil’ recap. If you’ve been following my blog, you will know that the hubbs and I have been moving, due to an unexpected forecloseure on our home.

  While all of that has been going well, the hubbs and I had my parents over for dinner, this past Tuesday evening {01/08/13} at our current {New} residence. It was a {Thank You} dinner, for my parents, because WITHOUT THEM, WE WOULD BE HOMELESS, and all of our worldly possessions out in the yard, & the ditch. Oh gosh, I can just see it now… {spaces out, just a bit}

… EARTH TO AMI …

  Gah! Okay, so…. Back to the family Thank You Dinner – I single handedly made a huge dinner course; baked chicken strips, which I used my own special meat/fish rub, {YUMM!} this was on a bed of pasta, with your choice of {my own special recipes} tomato sauce, with fresh herbs & spices from Fox Hollow Farms, Ga., and creamy Basil Alfredo Sauce, the sides were Sweet Peas, Sweet Corn, and a HUGE Baby Spinach & Baby Argula salad, with halved Cherry Tomatoes, sliced Olives, n’ Sliced Mushrooms, I can’t forget the sourdough rolls, with melted butter on top –  which were a HUGE hit!!

  Unfortunately, I didn’t manage to get any captures of the course, before it was well devoured… BUT!! {I can’t leave ya’ll hanging!! >.  




















{Found it on pintrest, If you want the recipe, check my Pintrest, in my board, Chicken Recipies} It is NOT my recipient, I put my own twist on it. Enjoy, ya’ll!! ~Ami

New Planning in the New Year of 2013

Oh, …. ! I am so excited!! As you know, the hubbs and I have been “moving day in and day out”, because the hubbs has a funky schedule, he can’t do it for just a few days straight. So when we do get an entire day to move, we borrow my dad, his truck & trailer, and get as many loads as humanly possible, that day allows for.
  Well, this Wednesday, we are renting a 26′ box truck, and getting the rest of our belongings OUT! I am sick and tired of moving all of this stuff!! We are selling our micro suede couch, because we just don’t have room for it. Its a 3 piece sectional, sage green, with lots of options. I kinda hate to get rid of the thing, but what else can we do? I would hate to see it seriously squished in storage, (if, that is, we could squeeze it in, somewhere…?) We both would rather see it get used, by someone who really needs it. (I have a special someone, who wants it… >.   Ahem…. I have decided, I want a Garden, and an Inground Fire Pit! I have been thinking on both topics, for a few days, now. Trying to decide locations for both, what I want to plant in the gardens, what size and how many functionalitys I want with the fire pit. So, this Thursday, my mom is coming over, to our new house, to talk garden. {Both my dad & My hubbs are going to want to kill me, but that is the fun of it! Right?}





   When my grandmother was alive, she was THE green thumb around here. My grandfather was the cattle herder, and horse breeder. Over the years, because of all of the livestock, and steady gardening, de-weeding, pruning, and everything else that they did here, at their home, {Our new home} has not only seriously helped keep the grounds here in exceptional shape, but it has also helped give me multiple ideas of how to keep the grounds up to par, where to put what, and will help me keep the grounds looking similar to the way my grandmother would have had it. She is with me,in my mind and in my actions, every single day. I miss her so much, I guess gardening here, is a way for me to “keep her alive”.  When it is all said & done, I don’t have a doubt in my mind, that my grandmother will be smiling down from heaven. {I will have to post pics of my progress!!}





  I know I want a veggie garden, or better said, a very extensive veggie garden. However, I will have to add to it as I go, because we don’t have a lot of $ right now. I am planning on asking my father to till the garden with his tractor, when I decide where exactly I want it. 





I have also been thinking, I want a Lavender garden, and that got me thinking, “Why not just have the Lavender up my the end of the house, with the already existing White Lilly’s and Daffodills are, and put a beautiful, hearty flower garden, in the field, where the Miscanthsus is, and {Around the corner from where I want to put the veggie garden.} I have always wanted a Rock Garden, too. I don’t know if this has something to do with my love for succulent plants, or what, but I have an entire kitchen window full of them, and it is about time they have their own garden. These are some of the 40+ $1 – $3 clearance items, that I found at Lowes, a few weeks back. I managed to get some exceptional plants, from that buy. This particular succulent mix, in my kitchen window, has been multiplying so fast, that I can’t get them all rooted in time! I can happily say, that  when I do get a Rock & Succulent Garden going, I won’t have a problem with dying plants!! ^.^ 










 

Bright Eyed & Bushy Tailed – January 4th, 2013

Good Morning, Fellow Bloggers and Followers of mine! (Super, Super Early!!)
  I am bright eyed, and somewhat bushy tailed on this freezing cold, January 2013 morning. It is still dark outside, here on the East Coast…
  The hubbs and I haven’t been getting much sleep here, lately. Its been probably 2 months since either of us have gotten any kind of sleep, averaging more than 4 hours per night. We have been so stressed out, over losing our home, back in 30233, that it has driven us both pretty darn close to the edge.
  Last night, was our 2nd night at “our new home”. I will go onto that a later.
  We bought “Our Boys” home last night, to our new home, that is.

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We brought J.A.P., our only inside cat, home too.

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The rest of the critters will be another day.
  J.A.P., and the boys have adjusted nicely. The boys are on runners, so they can get a lot of exercise every day, and J.A.P.,  well, he just hangs out inside. He is much older, and is too old & fat to Jump on counters, or the kitchen table. That I am so incredibly thankful for!
  The weather has been cold during the day and even colder at night. Past few nights, its been reported “large sheets of ice” on the roadways. I believe it, too. I stepped out on the stoop this am, and just about busted my tooshie because of black ice on the steps. Genius, I know.
  This morning, I awoke at 4am, got up, and started washing sheets, blankets, towels, and everything else in the closet that had a musty smell to it.
   I still don’t have the closet fully cleaned out. I do know one thing, there are about 30,000 California King sized bed sheets, covers & blankets, in this closet, and out of all of that I only found 2 sets for the full sized bed. Needless to say, I will be hitting yardsales, today. 🙂 
  In between washing, drying, folding, sorting, and putting away clothes, cleaning the kitchen, and the bathroom looks, sorting thru the garage storage, of ours, to find our dishes, bowls, cups, silverware, and other items that are needed, changing the sheets on the bed, and realising that I am only working with 2 sets of full sized bed sets. Golly.
  A few minutes later, I was walking around the house, watering my plants, low and behold, I walked into the den, & I caught J.A.P., red handedly eating one of my plants. Ingenious cat!  I kid you not, I walked into the den, and said “hey JAP, whatch’a doi…. J.A.P.!!!!! NO sir!!!” J.A.P. had an entire leaf of my precious plant, in his mouth. He was looking at me, now completely frozen, with a look on his face, as if to say, ” oh CRAP! I’m so dead!! RUN for the hills!!!” After I rescued my precious, and horribally abused plant, I walked, and double checked all of the plants in the house, {there are more that 40} making darn sure all of my precious plants are inevitable out of his snacking reach.
  And as if that wasn’t bad enough, the hubbs torched one whole side of the same plant with a space heater, later that day. One side of the plant is a nice such green succulent, and another side is black, burnt and crispy. I will be lucky if this one lives thru this. I hope it will bounce back, but durn!
  During all of the bustle of laundry, and cleaning, and constantly looking for missing items,I managed to get in a healthy fruit  breakfast, and a Smart Water.

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I got a lot done, this morning, and I plan to get a lot more done, as the day goes on. I have a lot more to move too. But it won’t get done, with me on here! Ciao! Have a great day -Ami