Archive for August, 2009

Indoor and Outdoor CHORES!

Posted by: Frances

August 15th, 2009 >> Outdoor Activities

Woo! Wee! It has been a busy morning;

1. Pulled weeds

2. Rain X the car windshields

3. Cleaned the leather seats in the cars

4. Finished the Hot tub COMPLETELY!!! Even scrubbed and treated the Hot tub cover.

5. Sanded and painted the frame of another HUGE mirror

6. Dishes and laundry DONE!

7. Fixing the screen door… in progress.

8. Now to sew some new pillows for the new couch!  I am so excited about the new couch!

9. Keeping my fingers crossed that tomorrow the weather will be perfect for a hang gliding lesson!!!

10. Time to sit down and eat my famous bowl of vanilla ice cream with hot fudge and shell topping!

Ricotta Stuffed Chicken and Roasted Asparagus

Posted by: Frances

August 11th, 2009 >> Cooking

ricotta-stuffed-chickenRicotta Stuffed Chicken and Roasted Asparagus

This was quite tasty!!!  It was moist and very delightful.  I thought it had great flavor and will cook this again for sure.  It was a lot easier to prepare than I expected.

Ricotta Stuffed Chicken

2 to 4  Chicken breast with skin

12oz ricotta cheese

1/3 cup grated Parmesan Cheese

1 egg

2 tsp chopped fresh basil (or 1 tsp dried)

1 tsp chopped fresh tarragon (or 1/2 tsp dried)

2 Tbsp chopped fresh parsley

1 – 2 large clove garlic, minced

1/4 tsp paprika

1 tsp of chopped tarragon

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F

1. Rinse Chicken and pat dry with paper towels.  Butterfly the chicken and spread the chicken open, skin side up.  Press down on the chicken witht he palms of your hands or pound with your fists to flatten the chicken.

2. In a medium bowl mix the ricotta, Parmesan cheese, egg, parsley, garlic, basil,  and tarragon

3. Loosen skin of the chicken and spoon cheese mixture under the skin, pressing with your fingers to distribute evenly over the chicken.

4. lightly brush olive oil on top of the skin and sprinkle some basil, tarragon, paprika, and alittle salt

5. Spread a Tbsp of olive oil on the bottom of an oven safe pan and lay the chicken in it.  Bake in the oven at 350 degrees F for 30 to 45 minutes or until chicken is fully cooked.

Roasted Asparagusroasted-asparagus

2 bunches medium asparagus

2 Tbsp Extra-virgin olive oil

1/2 tsp salt

Freshly ground pepper

Grated or shaved Parmesan

Preheat oven to 450 degrees F

1. Trim the woody ends from the asparagus, usually about 1 1/2 inches.  Lightly peel the remaining stalks if necessary.  Spread the spears in a single layer on a baking sheet, drizzle with olive oil, sprinkle with the salt and pepper, and roll to coat thoroughly.

2. Roast the asparagus until lightly browned and tender, about 8 to 10 minutes.  Giving the pan a good shake about halfway through to turn the asparagus.   Remove from the oven to serve and sprinkle Parmesan on top.

Ice Cream

Posted by: Frances

August 10th, 2009 >> Cooking

I just can’t resist Blue Bell vanilla ice cream with hot fudge and shell topping!  It is soooo delicious!

Hang Gliding

Posted by: Frances

August 9th, 2009 >> Hang Gliding

I went up to Glassy Mountain today to meet up with a few Hang Glider Pilots and film some launches.  The weather was gorgeous outside; sunny, few clouds, and a slight breeze.  Three out of the four flights were short, but one of the pilots caught some good thermals and kept climbing.  I enjoyed watching and was taught a few things while I was there.

Productive Day…

Posted by: Frances

August 8th, 2009 >> Cooking, Crafts

Well, I have done a bunch of stuff today.  It feels nice.

1. Laundry…  finished!

2. Vacuum… finished!

3. Alter jeans and outfit… finished!

4. Alter car seat cover… finished!

5. Refinish wood frame of a mirror… finished!

6. Refinish sides of hot tub with Walnut stain… drying and have one more coat!

7. Made my toothpaste:  1/2 bar ivory soap grated, 3 Tablespoons of Aluminum free Baking Soda, 3 Tablespoons of Tom’s Mouthwash and add ONE drop of Peppermint to the mouthwash.  Mix all together and store in a small jar.  I use baby food jars.  It makes two baby food jars. (it will keep your teeth so clean you will feel like you just got done at the dentist every time you brush!)

8. Made my Dishwashing Soap: Mix together 4 cups of Borax with a  16oz box of baking soda. Then, fill soap tray full as usual and use White Vinegar for your rinse.  Your dishes will shine!

Sewing Seat Cover

Posted by: Frances

August 8th, 2009 >> Sewing

seat-cover I had a piece of fabric that was wrapped around my seat and somewhat fit.  Today, I pinned and reshaped the seat cover to fit more snug on the seat.  It doesn’t slip anymore and much better.  Talk about a pain to do though!!!

Made of Honor

Posted by: Frances

August 8th, 2009 >> Movie Mania

Made of Honor looked like a cute girly movie so I watched it.  Patrick Dempsey is in it too.  Well I am a total romantic and this movie is a definitely a love story.  I enjoyed it because I love watching the crazy things guys do when guys are totally in love.  It’s romantic and sweet.

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School Loans

Posted by: Frances

August 5th, 2009 >> Educational

So, I am going back to school in the Fall and I have applied for a Stafford loan and only qualified for an unsubsidized loan.  I was told that I had two choices; first, I can start paying interest on the loan after the day it is dispersed or second, pay it back the day after graduating.  But in the long run I will be paying more interest on the loan with an unsubsidized than a subsidized.  What do to…

Yes…. Hang Gliding lessons starting very soon!!! I can’t wait!

Fun Hawaiian Chicken Dinner

Posted by: Frances

August 4th, 2009 >> Cooking

I made Hawaiian Chicken served with orange zest green beans and Sex on the Beach for drinks.  It was very sweet and tasty. This was fun, festive, and easy.  I will definitely be cooking this again!

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Hawaiian Chicken

Great as a sandwich or as the main dish.

4 slices of pineapples

2 tbl of pineapple juice

1 1/2 tbl soy sauce

1 1/2 tbl honey

1 tbl molasses

1 1/2 tsp lemon juice

1/2 tsp dijon mustard

1 or 2 cloves of minced garlic

2 tsp fresh ginger or ground ginger

4 boneless chicken breast

Salt to taste

1.  Small bowl: blend pineapple juice, soy sauce, honey, molasses, lemon juice, dijon mustard, garlic, and ginger

2. Use large skillet on med-high heat.  When hot add oil, add chicken breasts and salt lightly.  Fry the breasts for about 4 to 5 minutes per side, turning once, until done.  Add sauce to the pan and fry another minute or so, spooning the sauce over the chicken and turning to coat both sides.

3.  Remove chicken to a plate and immediately add the pineapple slices to the skillet.  Cook about 30 seconds on each side to glaze and remove.

Orange Zest Green Beans

Put a skillet on the stove on med-high heat with 3 tbl of water.  Add green beans and let simmer for 6 to 7 minutes.  Take out the green beans and add 1 tbl butter to the skillet and put green beans back in pan.  Simmer 2 minutes and add 1 tbl orange zest.  Simmer 3 minutes and serve.

Sex on the Beach

1 1/2 oz vodka

1/2 oz peach schnapps

1/2 oz chambord raspberry liqueour

2 oz cranberry juice or to your liking

2 oz orange juice or to your liking

Appaloosa

Posted by: Frances

August 4th, 2009 >> Movie Mania

I rented Appaloosaappaloosa thinking it was going to be a really great movie, but this was a very interesting unusual movie. Some scenes were just very different.  I really like Ed Harris and Viggo Mortenson, but this was a random movie and story line.