It is still chilly enough here to enjoy the fireplace morning and evening.
I had just carried in buckets of logs and put a few on the fire when I sat down to be sure the fire was burning correctly before I walked into the kitchen. I sat where there was very little space between the end of the couch and me. Elsa managed to fit herself into that very little space. :)
As I mentioned a few days ago, our daughter, Catherine, is doing our grocery shopping for us during this stay-at-home time. She came in a few days ago all excited and announced, "I scored some chicken!"
She made this marvelous Chicken Marsala that reminded us the same dish we enjoyed while aboard Royal Caribbean ships.
She made the chicken and the potatoes separately in two crock posts so that she could go to her office for a few hours. She owns her own building so is able to shelter in place there. She is postponing client meetings until the social distancing instructions are lifted. See my "aside" below.
When she came home she made brussel sprouts with bacon. Oh, so good!
The chicken breast was served on top of the mashed potatoes. That chicken breast was so big that the pups each got a nice taste.
Stay safe, stay well, stay strong!
An aside: Catherine and I are members of the American Institute of CPAs. All members were asked to write to the Treasury Secretary last week asking for the tax filing deadline to be
delayed to match the tax payment due date that had already been
extended. The next day, the President extended the filing deadline.
This is very important to CPAs and tax preparers who have to meet with
clients during tax season to be able to prepare returns by tax
deadlines. Thanks to the President's order, we can now keep our CPAs
and their clients safer from the Corona Virus. Thank you, Mr. President. We appreciate your listening to concerns and your leadership in these trying times.
This is a zoomed image of a possum in the next yard from us. Our pups made sure to let us (and the entire neighborhood) know she was there early one morning.
Since she's out in the daytime, she probably has a passel of babies so is looking for food. After I got these shots she went through an opening in the fence on the right side, then disappeared into a wooded area to the left of the stone benches. We've seen possums here often during the years. They eat all kinds of things we don't want around including slugs and ticks so we politely leave them alone.
My Honey is cutting bacon with scissors for his salad....
With limited foods available at the stores these days we sometimes get a little silly as we put meals together.
Yes, we wash our kitchen scissors in the dishwasher.
Since My Honey and I are both in the "at risk" age group during this stay-at-home period, our daughter has been doing the grocery shopping. The toilet paper situation is pretty darned sad. Hoarding it just makes no sense.
I understand the food situation, though. So many people ate out before all of this and now the restaurants are closed. Much of the restaurant food (it's usually packaged differently) is sitting in warehouses while people who aren't used to cooking for themselves are scouring the grocery stores looking for something they can cook. We will get this straightened out.
The bright side of all of this: What a great opportunity to spend more time with those you love. Now if we can all just keep our sense of humor.
I'm very busy with my knitting needles and crochet hooks while we shelter in place during the CoronaVirus. We're well and plan to stay that way!
Above is a six month size sweater. This one is a top down design that I plan to decorate with a pocket or applique to make a darling baby gift. I'm still letting my creative brain think about how I'll decorate it as I knit. :)
This is a warm browns Lacy Ladders stitch hat on the needles. I'll also make a matching cowl. The set is super soft and comfortable to wear. I just finished one of these sets in off white that is listed in the shop here. I sold out of these sets this past winter so am working to restock.
So, that's it for this week. Every day or so I think of something else I just HAVE to get on the needles or hooks so put yarn and tools into project bags to get them started. It's fun to be able to grab one and let my mind work on a new design. Then, when I want to concentrate on a conversation with family or watch a TV program, I can work on established projects.
Retirement is good. We are so blessed we are able to be with those we love and do the things we love to do.
We always had a wonderful dinner on Sunday evening when I was a kid. We were all there and we all had plenty of news to share.
Now that many of us are sheltering in place during the Covid-19 emergency, perhaps more families will spend more time together. We are not ill and haven't been exposed to the illness as far as we know, but we are sheltering in place. We are staying positive, spending the time doing things we love doing together, and looking forward to the time when this terrible illness has been contained and conquered. We have tremendous confidence in our President's response and health care system.
This has been a favorite of my kids since they were small. I hadn't made this for years until about two weeks ago. It was so good that I just made it again.
Here's my super simple way to make this:
melt one stick of butter in a 13"x9" baking pan
add 3/4 cup brown sugar to the pan, mix with melted butter, and spread it evenly
place pineapple rings in the pan and add cherries
Make a yellow cake mix per directions
Carefully spread the cake batter on top of the pineapple arrangement
Bake per cake mix directions. You'll probably have to add five to ten minutes. Test with a tooth pick. When the toothpick comes out clean, the cake is finished.
Let the cake cool completely before inverting onto a serving plate. I use a cookie sheet covered with aluminum foil as a pretty way to display/serve.
Do you ever go to the kitchen and look around to see what you might put together to have for dinner that evening? I'm sure you have come up with some tasty meals by doing exactly that.
This time I made a casserole because My Honey said he would like to have one. Here's what I found in the kitchen to make it:
1 can of condensed cream of mushroom soup
1 can of condensed cream of chicken soup
1 soup can of milk
2 cups of white wine
8 small red potatoes cut into bite sized pieces
3/4 cup diced carrots
1 large can premium white chicken breast meat
1 large onion diced
pepper to taste
No salt added - there is plenty in that condensed soup already
2 T dried parsley (I would have used fresh if I had it.)
I put all the liquid items in the large glass baking dish and stirred them together gently with a whisk to make the sauce. Then I added the other items and turned them gently in the sauce to be sure they were all well coated.