Monday, September 29, 2014

Leaf peeping

Hi my Blog Friends 

This week and next my blog will be a little light on posts. The Hubby, the Puppy, and I are taking a well deserved 2 week vacation in the White Mountains of New Hampshire. We plan to do some leaf peeping, eating some great food, and kicking up our feet and relaxing. Keep checking back as I hope to post some spectacular pictures. You can also follow me on Instagram

Have a great week.

Friday, September 26, 2014

Friday's Fancy

There is no better feeling that taking this down from the attic!


Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Recipe... Chicken Corncakes

Happy Hump-Day!

If you work full-time like me, then you know there are days when you come home and you can't imagine having to cook tonight's dinner. I am always on the look out for simple recipes that not only tastes good but the time from stove to plate is lickety split. I also love recipes that can take left overs to a new level. If this sounds like you, then today I am sharing that type of recipe. It uses left over roasted chicken or you can use store bought rotisserie chicken and staples from your pantry. These are tasty, versatile, and easily adapted to different flavor styles. 

Chicken Corncakes

Here's what you will need. 

Base Ingredients: 
  • 2 cups shredded rotisserie chicken 
  • 1 (8 ounce) can Corn 
  • 1/4 cup panko breadcrumbs 
  • 1 cup shredded sharp cheddar cheese 
  • 1 tablespoon sour cream 
  • 1 tablespoon finely chopped chives 
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt 
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper 
  • 1 large Egg 
  • Oil for Sautéing 
You can really seasons these any way you like. 
Keep it simple with adding garlic and parsley or add cumin, paprika, and cilantro for a southwestern twist (this is the way I make them). 

  • Simple: chopped tomatoes and grated cheese 
  • Southwestern: salsa, chopped tomatoes, sour cream, and sliced avocado

Mix together chicken, corn, 1/4 cup of the panko, cheese, and next five ingredients in a large bowl. Shape into 2" balls. In a shallow dish add remaining panko breadcrumbs, press ball into panko forming a 3" patty, flip and dredge other side into panko, slight pressing. 

Cook patties in hot oil in a large skillet, over medium-high heat. Sauté 2-3 minutes per side, or until golden. Repeat procedure with remaining patties and oil. Serve with desired toppings. Makes about 8 patties. 

Hoping this helps you whip-up a mid-week meal that is tasty and easy. 


Monday, September 22, 2014

Autumn Mason Jar Crafting

Hi All! Hope you had a wonderful weekend.

Today I have another mason jar craft project for you. As I have mentioned before, I love mason jars and their versatility, see how I created jack-o-lantern mason jars here. This one today is easy peasy and can be used as part of your autumn decor. It will only take you 10 minutes to create. 

Here is what you'll need:
  • Mason Jar(s)
  • 2 different widths ribbon
  • Glue gun
  • Decoration of your choice 

I first wrapped the thicker ribbon around the center of the mason jar and secured it with my glue gun. Then I took the thinner ribbon, wrapped it around the jar in the center of the other ribbon, and secured it with my glue gun. Then I added the decoration. I used a small cranberry sprig. 

See easy peasy. You can now add a flameless candle or fill with goodies.

Stay tuned to see how I use it in my home decor. 

Have a great week!