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Sunday, September 30, 2018
Quick Chicken Casserole
Did you ever get so busy that you didn't think about what you'd make for dinner until it was almost dinner time? That's how this dish happened. I've made similar dishes back when the kids were small.
This one was so easy! First I baked two large chicken breasts in a covered dish (similar to this one) with only 1/2 cup water. 350 F for one hour and the chicken was finished.
Remove the chicken from the first dish and cut it up in what I call "hunks" then place it in another dish (without baking drippings) with: 1 can of mushroom soup (or cream of chicken or cream of celery), 1 cup milk, 1/2 cup cream cheese. Mix well and top with one package of frozen pepper and onion stir fry veggies (or whatever veggies you have available), then freshly ground pepper. Bake another 1/2 hour.
The prep time of 1-1/2 hours goes quickly because you don't have to be in the kitchen most of the time.
Saturday, September 29, 2018
Tumble and Catherine at the Office
Mr. Tumble sure has a hard life, doesn't he!
I took this picture of Catherine and Tumble at Catherine's office in her conference room.
Tumble goes to work with Catherine almost every work day. It's much nicer than staying home in a kennel while his Mommy, our friend Erica, goes to her job.
Tumble is growing up to be a show dog. He is getting socialization so that he will be comfortable around many different people in different places in any situation.
What a sweetheart!
Friday, September 28, 2018
Ohio Corn Fields
Here are a couple more images from our recent road trip.
We've had a great deal of rain in Ohio this year so the corn did very well.
What a beautiful day for a road trip!
Thursday, September 27, 2018
Ohio Horse Farm
Ohio has many horse farms. I took this image as we were moving along at 70 mph on I-71 North between Cincinnati and Columbus.
What a pretty place!
All the best,
Wednesday, September 26, 2018
As a couple about our age passed us on their red tricycle motorcycle, My Honey said with a chuckle, "Maybe that's what we need."
Tuesday, September 25, 2018
Cell Towers Everywhere
It seems every Ohio farm is growing cell towers this year. There is a huge crop between Cincinnati and Columbus. ;)
Seriously, I remember very well the lack of service between major cities not too many years ago. It's good to be able to stay connected now.
All the best,
Monday, September 24, 2018
Passing Kings Island
We finally took a short road trip in our new car.
Just North of Cincinnati is Kings Island Amusement Park. It's closed for the season now and certainly looks quiet!
I guess we've outgrown roller coasters.
Sunday, September 23, 2018
A few days ago Catherine moved the dog kennels from her old white Edge to her new blue Edge. Wendy had to get in on the act. Generally, when kennels and other dog training materials are being moved around in the car Wendy knows it's time to go to the club for classes or a dog show. Whatever the event, Wendy considers it all a game and great fun.
Is that cute or what!
Saturday, September 22, 2018
Here in Ohio the weather fluctuates dramatically at this time of the year. One day it can be 91 F, the next 65 F.
Recently, we had a couple of cool evenings so I took the opportunity to enjoy the fireplace for the first time this season.
I'm looking forward to more sweater weather!
I hope the weather is good wherever you are.
All the best,
Friday, September 21, 2018
That's our Erik with a duck in his mouth. He didn't find it here in our back yard, but he does have experience retrieving ducks during gun dog training.
So, Catherine brought the duck home for Erik to retrieve a few times. ;)
Erik was in gun dog training, then hurt his knee. After surgery and a long recovery in early 2017, he has not returned to gun dog training. Instead, he has taken the job of Chief of Security and my personal sidekick here at home. He still enjoys swimming and running.
Wendy trains in Agility and Dock Diving. She has ribbons and titles in both activities and seems to prefer Dock Diving.
Penny, our senior, is a retired Agility dog Champion.
All of our canine athletes are such happy pups!
Thursday, September 20, 2018
Time for Breakfast!
A few days ago I stood behind Catherine as she was hand feeding the pups their breakfast. What a perfect photo opportunity.
They are also so very well behaved. There is no fighting among these "kids." They just wait for each name to be called, then step forward for Catherine to hand feed them.
When I feed them in the evening, I have a different MO: I use bowls. Each pup has his/her own place for dinner. I prepare all the bowls, then put them down in order of seniority while calling each name. There are never any fights or arguments among the pups.
These are such good pups!
Friday, September 14, 2018
Happy Birthday, Honey!
Earlier this month we celebrated My Honey's birthday with a friends and family dinner and yummy cupcakes.
It is so wonderful to be home!
Happy Birthday, Honey!
Thursday, September 13, 2018
Edges, Edges, Everywhere Edges!
It appears we have a used car lot in our back yard right now. We bought a new Edge (above)...
Needless to say, we really like our Edges!
I feel a road trip coming on....
Wednesday, September 12, 2018
The New Toy
Lots of painting was going on in our garage when My Honey received his new CNC machine.
The difference between this new CNC machine and his first one is the size. This one is much larger, thus can make bigger projects than the first one.
Tuesday, September 11, 2018
Office Guard Dog
Catherine sent me this picture of Mr. Tumble on duty as the office guard dog.
What a handsome guard dog!
Monday, September 10, 2018
Last weekend Catherine and Bill helped a friend from the dog club clear some trees from her property. They brought the wood home for firewood!
Sunday, September 9, 2018
Fair Isle / Scandinavian Intarsia Sweater Progress
This sweater is taking longer than most, but I'm making progress on this Scandinavian intarsia sweater that I showed you earlier. I'm up to the yoke now so as soon as I get through all of these pretty stitches I'll add a collar, do the finishing, photography, and it will be listed in the shop.
I'm already designing the next one.... :)
What are you making today?
Update: A reader just asked a few questions, so here's more information for anyone else interested: This sweater is an Adult Small, $190. Actual measurements will be taken when finished and given in the listing when it is added to the shop. Sweater prices vary by size and design. If you'd like to pre-order this one or have additional questions, send me an email to Lois@EvensensProductions.com. Please write "intarsia sweater" in the subject line of your email.
Click here to see our hand knit sweaters that are ready to ship now.
Saturday, September 8, 2018
Penny - Forever a Joy
Friday, September 7, 2018
Catherine, our daughter, has a client who owns a large portion of land that includes quite a large deer population.
When walking the land, this gentleman often finds deer antlers that have been shed in the natural cycle of a deer's life. This time, though, he found the entire skull with antlers attached. Beautiful! Kjell will probably mount this one for our recreation room.
All the best,
Thursday, September 6, 2018
Jewel in the Ohio Valley on the South Coast of Ohio
I took this image a few days ago as we returned to Cincinnati from lunch in Northern Kentucky with friends who live in Louisville.
Our city on the South Coast of Ohio is always a welcome sight as we come home.
Wednesday, September 5, 2018
Our older wood pile continues to produce some beautiful fungus with lovely designs and colors.
Tuesday, September 4, 2018
Needlework and Wood Update - September, 2018
It has been a busy month in my honey's wood workshop and my needlework studio!
Above you see an Engine Telegraph, the device used in older ships to communicate between the bridge of a ship and the engine room. The one you see above is not in the shop for sale, it's in our recreation room. Several of our friends immediately said it would make a fantastic beer tap. Perhaps the next one will be just that for the shop.
others available ready to ship here.
All of the boxes have inner sliding drawers and blue flock lining.
EvensensProductions.com and click the "Request Custom Order" tab.
Click here to take a look at more images. These are popular items so I am always making more to keep the shop stocked.
To see the wide variety we have available, click here.
So, that's it for our August projects! It has been a fun month of working with wood and yarn.
Thank you to all who encourage us and to our wonderful customers.
All the very best,
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