Friday, July 18, 2014

Summer Vacation

If you've wondered where I am; I am at John C Campbell Folk School!  I'll write plenty of posts with photos when I get home.

God Bless,

Sunday, July 6, 2014

The Frugal Kitchen: Crockpot Lemon Chicken

A simple, fast and frugal (low fat too) chicken dish that can be adapted to your family's tastes.


3-4 boneless, skinless chicken thighs
1/4 cup chicken stock
1 tsp. soy sauce
1 tsp. rice wine vinegar
2 tsp. finely grated ginger root
1 large or 2 small garlic cloves, sliced thinly
1 Tbsp. honey
2 Tbsp. lemon juice
1 tsp. hot sauce
1 lemon, sliced
1 Tbsp. corn starch
1 Tbsp. water
Cooked rice


Add stock, soy sauce, wine vinegar, ginger, garlic, honey, lemon juice and hot sauce to bottom of crock pot.  Lay chicken thighs on liquid and cook on high for 4 hours.  Turn crock pot to low setting, lay lemon slices over the chicken and cook for 1/2 hour.  Mix starch and water together and mix into liquid in crockpot.  Continue to cook on low for another 1/2 hour.  Shred chicken into bit sized pieces.  Serve over cooked rice.  Garnish with more lemon slices or chopped chives.  This recipe will serve 3-4 people and can be doubled or tripled.  Add more lemon juice or hot sauce according to taste.


God bless,

Thursday, June 19, 2014

Aerosol Can Spray Nozzles

Recently I was very frustrated when an aerosol can of product clogged right in the middle of a project.  This is the third time in a month that this happened and I didn't have time to soak the nozzle to clear it, so I removed the nozzle from the can and replaced it with the nozzle from another can.  It worked well, so I decided to see if I could buy another spray nozzle top to keep on hand if I needed one.

I found that I could order many types of spray nozzles on Amazon for a very low price.  Now I have 25 extra nozzles put aside for the inevitable nozzle clog in the future.

God bless,

Good Reads: The Cottage on the Corner

The Cottage on the Corner (Apple Valley, #2)The Cottage on the Corner by Shirlee McCoy
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

The Cottage on the Corner is the second book in the Apple Valley series. It is a well written and well edited small town romance novel.

The plot is simple. The Hero and heroine have painful pasts and have moved to the small town of Apple Valley to start new lives. They have been friendly acquaintances for years, but circumstances happen that throw them together, forcing them to reevaluate their lives and relationship. I think that the plot would have been more interesting with a suspenseful back story.

The characters are adequately developed. Everyone is quite nice, even the more difficult characters. Once again, a more negative character to act as the antagonist would have added interest.

The Cottage on the Corner is a sweet, low key romance; a nice escapist read.

ARC provided by the publisher via Netgalley.

Due to be released in August, 2014.

Friday, May 30, 2014

Good Reads: Death In Perspective

Death in Perspective (A Cherry Tucker Mystery, #4)Death in Perspective by Larissa Reinhart
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Death In Perspective is the fourth book in the Cherry Tucker humorous mystery series. It is very well written and professionally edited.

Cherry is a struggling fine artist that tends to nose her way into police investigations much to the dismay of her Sheriff uncle and Deputy Harper, her sometimes lover. In this book Cherry is working at the theater department of an exclusive private high school and employees of the school are committing suicide in record numbers. Cherry, being nosey as she is wont to do, begins investigating the deaths and the threatening text messages being sent to the remaining staff.

Several men are interested in Cherry: her roommate and ex husband , Todd, her on again off again lover and now friend Deputy Luke Harper, and the mysterious Eastern European, Max. This is where the story bogged down for me, because these relationships seem so static and the characters so stuck in their cubby holes.

I found Death in Perspective to be a funny and interesting read. I don't recommend it as a stand alone; the series is best read in order. There is no HEA or HFN, the ending was very close to being a cliffhanger.

ARC provided by Henery Press via Netgalley.

Death In Perspective will be released on July 24th.

Monday, May 26, 2014

Memorial Day Story

Flags at Bay Pines National Cemetery

My father and mother are buried at the Bay Pines National Cemetery.  Dad was a retired Lt. Colonel in the Air Force and was a veteran of three wars.

He started his military career at the age of sixteen in the Navy during WWII.  He had to drop out of high school to enlist and the school principal made him promise to return to get his diploma after the war.  Dad returned to high school at the age of 21.  He said that he got much better grades at 21 than at 16.  The principal then told him about a new thing called the GED, so Dad took the test and received his GED.  Soon after he reenlisted in the Air Force and went on to Officers Candidate school.

So here is a story my dad told me about himself during WWII:

Dad was in the Pacific and his skinny, teenaged self was dropped off on a small island by himself.  He was told to hold the island against the Japanese.  He had no idea what to do, so he just was standing there with his rifle.

Suddenly, the underbrush started waving and out walked two things:  a wild pig and an island native.  The Islander was pretty scary just by himself, but he was carrying a spear with the head of a Japanese soldier stuck on the end which was very scary.  He began to wave the spear around pointing at my dad and the head.

Dad knew that the Islanders hated the Japanese, and hoped that he wasn't being threatened.  He was scared to death, but he didn't want to hurt the Islander.  Dad figured that the natives had been through enough, so he waved his rifle towards the Islander hoping to get him to leave.  Well, the Islander didn't look too impressed with the rifle.  Dad realized that he may not know what a rifle is.

So Dad said he did the only thing he could do.  He fired…

And shot the pig.

When the Islander saw the suddenly dead and bleeding pig he took off running.

Dad said that violence is seldom necessary and that sometimes it's better if we just shoot the pig.

God bless,

The Frugal Kitchen: Mushroom Stroganoff

A simple, satisfying, and vegetarian stroganoff is an economical choice considering the cost of meat these days.


3 or 4 large portabella mushrooms cut into 1/4 inch slices (you can substitute with other mushrooms)
1 onion sliced thinly
2 Tbsp. butter
2 Tbsp. olive oil
3 garlic cloves, minced
1/2 tsp. dried dill
1/2 tsp. dried thyme
1 Tbsp. dried chives
1/4 cup white wine
1 cup vegetable broth
1 Tbsp. tomato paste
8 oz. sour cream

Cook the onion slices over medium heat in the butter and oil until transparent.  Add the garlic, dried spices and mushrooms, cook for one minute.  Then add the white wine, broth and tomato paste.  Bring to a boil, reduce heat to simmer, cover and cook for 20 minutes.  In the meantime cook rice or egg noodles.  When the mushroom mixture is done cooking add the sour cream and heat over low until warm.

Serve over the rice or noodles and garnish with more chives.


God bless,