Archive for January, 2010

Sir Shadow one line drawings

Posted by: Frances

January 31st, 2010 >> Educational, Uncategorized

In 1998 I bought two of Sir Shadows drawings off the street from him.  I kept the pics and have them framed in my dining room.  I LOVE HIS one line drawings.  Check him out at  It is worth the few minutes.


I have this one.  So romantic!

Elba Washer & Dryer by Fisher & Paykel

Posted by: Frances

January 29th, 2010 >> Educational

I just bought an Elba Washer & Dryer made by Fisher & Paykel.  There are several wonderful things to know about this washer and dryer.

First, it kicks ass because:

It is one of the most energy efficient washer on the market (green).  It uses

  1. less water than a front loader
  2. cleans your clothes more thoroughly than any other
  3. does not beat up your clothes and wear them down
  4. does not burn your clothes
  5. You don’t have to use any special detergent
  6. uses less energy (pays for itself in 18 months!)
  7. quiet
  8. dries your clothes in half the time
  9. AND… they are both together as a set only $870 at Sears Outlet!!

This was too good to be true when I first heard the guy telling me about them.  Then, I watched the demo he gave.  He put a few towels in the washer and poured 3 gallons of water in it.  Turned on the spin cycle…. and wait.  When it was done you couldn’t ring out a drop of water if you tried with everything you got.  It was practically dry and had not even been in the dryer yet.

I HIGHLY recommend making these your next washer and dryer!  I also looked up the reviews on this product and found nothing but  great reviews.  Now is the time to buy though…  the experts say that you should by a washer and dryer before Superbowl weekend because they are the cheapest.  Between Superbowl weekend and August the prices are the highest.  The only other time other than January, is the day after Thanksgiving when the sales are the best.

Chicken with Cream Cheese Sauce

Posted by: Frances

January 26th, 2010 >> Cooking


Chicken with Cream Cheese Sauce


  • 3chicken breasts, cut into strips or chunks
  • Salt and Pepper
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 4-8 cloves garlic, minced
  • red pepper flakes (optional)
  • 2 tablespoons white wine
  • 2 cups of chicken broth (or one 14-oz can), seperated
  • 4 oz cream cheese ( I used light)
  • 2 tablespoons flour

Season chicken with salt and pepper. Heat olive oil in a large saute pan over medium heat, add the chicken to the pan. Brown chicken on both sides. Add the red pepper flakes and garlic to the pan and stir until fragrant, about 1 minute. Add white wine to deglaze the pan, scraping up all of the brown bits on the bottom. Add 1 1/2 cups of chicken broth. Bring to a boil and simmer 10-15 minutes, or until the chicken is cooked through and chicken broth has reduced. Remove chicken and set aside, keep warm. Mix flour with remaining broth and add to pan; mix. Add cream cheese, mix until thick and bubbly. Return chicken to the pan and coat with sauce. Serve with pasta, rice or vegetables.

*This was very good and worth trying for sure!  Easy too.  I found this recipe online by a lady named Melissa and it looked good.  WOW, yummy!

Charlotte, NC

Posted by: Frances

January 24th, 2010 >> Hang Gliding, Outdoor Activities

This weekend has been great.  We went to Charlotte, NC to meet up with some of Matt’s old college buddies.  We hung out all night at this bar called the Tavern on the Tracks.  It was a great place, very cozy, but yet spacious.  Watched a few of the basketball games and kicked back.  Had a few that decided crazy dancing was their calling that night, which made things quite entertaining.  Good times, good times.

We also attended the yearly hang gliding meeting for the South Carolina Hang Gliding Association Club and Matt was voted the President and Safety Officer.  Congrats to him!  This should be a great hang gliding year for all of us.  I should be able to finish my lessons, Tennessee Tree Toppers is having a ton of competition days, and the weather is going to be just right!  I just know it!

Sandhya’s Blog

Posted by: Frances

January 20th, 2010 >> Crafts, Educational, Uncategorized

I went to Sandhya’s new blog today: and I loved it.  She has some really cool stuff on there.  For instance this is a great website It has some great ideas, tips, and downloads for both guys and gals.

You should check it out.  Lastly, she posted this jewelry website that has some really beautiful breath taking rings.

jewelry1 jewelry2These are just two of rings.  Beautiful that she posted on her website from

Roasted Chicken with Balsalmic Vinaigrette

Posted by: Frances

January 19th, 2010 >> Cooking

This recipe is a little high maintenance, but very very good.  I made it and served it over rice with broccoli on the side and thought it was excellent.  The lemon zest is very important and makes the flavor just right in your mouth.  It doesn’t take a lot, just a pinch or so.


Roasted Chicken with Balsamic Vinaigrette


  • 1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons Dijon mustard
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 2 garlic cloves, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 (4-pound) whole chicken, cut into pieces (giblets, neck and backbone reserved for another use)
  • 1/2 cup low-salt chicken broth
  • 1 teaspoon lemon zest
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh parsley leaves


Whisk the vinegar, mustard, lemon juice, garlic, olive oil, salt, and pepper in small bowl to blend. Combine the vinaigrette and chicken pieces in a large resealable plastic bag; seal the bag and toss to coat. Refrigerate, turning the chicken pieces occasionally, for at least 2 hours and up to 1 day.

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. Remove chicken from the bag and arrange the chicken pieces on a large greased baking dish. Roast until the chicken is just cooked through, about 1 hour. If your chicken browns too quickly, cover it with foil for the remaining cooking time. Transfer the chicken to a serving platter. Place the baking dish on a burner over medium-low heat. Whisk the chicken broth into the pan drippings, scraping up any browned bits on the bottom of the baking sheet with a wooden spoon and mixing them into the broth and pan drippings. Drizzle the pan drippings over the chicken. Sprinkle the lemon zest and parsley over the chicken, and serve.


Posted by: Frances

January 17th, 2010 >> Uncategorized

Last spring Matt got me totally into the TV show 24.  Tonight they are airing the last show from last season and tomorrow the new season starts.  I am totally stoked and can’t wait to see what this season has to bring.  Hopefully there will be more explosions and Jack Bauer kicking some butt!


The Women

Posted by: Frances

January 16th, 2010 >> Movie Mania

Ok, so I was supposed to be working on my research paper, but the movie The Women came on and it caught my attention.  What a cute movie.  Very chick flick!   Meg Ryan looks beautiful in this movie.  I love her hair long and curly!  My favorite part was the lingerie scene.  All you ladies out there, this is a great movie.


District 9

Posted by: Frances

January 13th, 2010 >> Movie Mania

Just watched District 9.  Well I should say a whole 45 minutes of it.  I did not like it.  It was cheesy and stupid.  Don’t waste your time.


Marley and Me

Posted by: Frances

January 12th, 2010 >> Movie Mania

An evening watching Marley and Me.  I love Owen Wilson and Jennifer Aniston.  They are great in movies.  I really liked this movie a lot.  I thought is was as Owen says, “extraordinary.”  I really enjoyed the part of the movie that he was summing up a part in their lives with one liners.  This movie made me smile and laugh and be way way sad.  It just reminded me that I love my dogs and am not looking forward to that day in our lives.  I am enjoying them now and love them so much.  If you want to see a tear jerker, this is the one.