A week at home

My first week off the road in a while, and I felt the need to compensate.

My ugly chicken pot pie. You saw this one. It was ugly, but really tasty.

Night 2 was quick chicken and veggies, not picture worthy.

Night 3.

My sweet Italian Sausage sauce. Fresh herbs from the garden, parsley, oregano, rosemary, and bay leaves made it so amazing.

I served it with Cavatapi Pasta, and plenty of good Parmesan cheese and a lovely salad.

Night 4. Posole.

Posole, is a pork, green chili, hominy stew. Hatch Green Chili’s are the star in this one. It’s a mild but flavorful heat. Especially good on a blustery cold day

I’m so happy that meals have worked out.

I never know when my inspired ideas will make good. This has been a good week. I picked up some fresh made tortillas this morning. There will be sour cream, Monterrey jack cheese, and avocado. Maybe a little fresh jalapeño and Pico De Gallo too to accessorize our Posole, con maize y cilantro.

4 homemade meals this week.

1. Down home comfort food. Food coma, and a great night sleep.

2. Clean Eating, plain goodness, low carb, no fuss. No sleep, go figure? No Picture.

3. Give-me-the-carbs pasta meal with a beautiful sausage Sugo and Cavatapi Pasta. Still no sleep…..carbs are not the answer.

4. Spicing things up with a Green Chili Posole, a spicy pork stew with Hatch green chili’s, hominy, onions, and lots of cilantro. I serve this with sour cream, fresh made tortillas, Monterrey jack cheese, and avocado. Will I have to get the Advil PM?

Tomorrow……someone needs to take me for dinner I’ve had enough. 😁

I love to cook! But this is real work, and I have a real job. Just saying….

Ordering! Where’s my waiter?

I really am a happy girl. Happy, Happy, Happy. I really do like cooking for my family.

Which Way Photo Challenge

Son of a Beach has a photo challenge every week that covers how people get places.

Check out his blog for some fabulous photos, and other fun challenges.

Here’s my take on it, from my trip to Dallas, Texas last week.

Pink Bikes, and Pink Mary Kay Cadillacs. Not to mention the Oyster Nachos…..I didn’t try them. My first thought was “No”.

Spring is coming

When the wind blows through the bowers,

The north wind rattles and rakes the flowers.

The sun is hot but the wind blows cold.

The green is new.

The earth is old.

A Monday night dinner..ugly but yummy

I’m home for the week. It’s been a month of travel, severe weather, entertaining clients, being up and moving forward,

In celebration of being home, the weather being chilly, I had chicken, veggies, some frozen puff pastry……and a big cast iron skillet. So naturally I had to make something comforting, and homey. A really Big Chicken Pot Pie!

So I cooked the chicken in olive oil and butter, with lots of good garlic, Rosemary, thyme and parsley.

I set the chicken aside, and started the veggies. Onion, carrots, celery, mushrooms, were sautéed in more olive oil and butter.

Flour, more butter, a head of roasted garlic, chicken stock, half and half, and a bubbly goodness emerged.

More fresh parsley, and thyme from my garden to make things fresh. And I let the goodness settle in and become better.

I rolled the thawed puff pastry out to cover my really big skillet. It took 1 and 1/2 sheets to cover it up. I set it in the oven at 400 degrees to bake for 30 minutes.

30 minutes later, I had an ugly but delicious skillet pie to serve to my boys.

I can hear some asking…”Wendy, why don’t you put peas in your Pot Pie?” “You know your crust sunk a bit?”

Oh the answer is simple, and direct. I HATE peas. I don’t buy them…I won’t eat them, won’t use them, and consider them to be evil, vile, slimy, pills of yucky awfulness. Peas are one of 3 foods I won’t eat that includes Tofu, and brains. That is all.

My green contribution was my beautiful parsley and thyme from my garden. I had a wonderful celery from the farmers market and included all the green tops from that wonderful veg.

My husband had a Dr appointment and his cardiologist got on him to keep up with his diet, and to exercise. He told him he would start tomorrow, because I was making Chicken Pot Pie for dinner.

I texted my son that I had made pot pie for dinner. He was still at his lab. He busted through the door about 6:15 demanding “Did you save me any pot pie?” The boy was satisfied with 2 serving of pie.

It’s one of the most satisfying things in my life, to make something good for my family, and for us to enjoy it together.

My little family might be the only culinary stage for which I perform, but it’s the only one that matters to me.

The feminists coming up might mock me for enjoying the satisfaction that I get for making a meal for my family, but they will never know my joy. I feel a bit sorry for them.

I am a woman fully satisfied in my profession, and in my passion for cooking for my family. I am so blessed.

Which Way Photo Challenge

Is it Thursday already? Time does fly when you are hopping from city to city.

Son of a Beach has a fun photo contest each week. Check out his blog for more details!

The weather has been nasty, and being on the road this week left me in The Dallas, Texas part of the state.

Here’s my take on it this week from The Dallas Cowboy practice facility, The Star, in Frisco, TX.

Rescued Roses

I went to Costco today. Its amazing how cheap roses are after Valentine’s Day.

I saw these, 24 in total. I made 3 lovely displays and scattered them about the house.

It was amazing how quickly they perked up and showed off.

Good for them.

You don’t need a holiday to be beautiful.

Roses bloom where they are, shouldn’t we do the same?

Freedom Friday

Image from Pinterest.

Last night, I set my phone and tablet aside and watched the NASCAR Duals at Daytona with my husband.

We chatted about racing, drivers, and the format that makes this race so boring.

Maybe that wasn’t the most Valentine evening, pizza and NASCAR, but it was just the two of us hanging out, no phones.

It wouldn’t hurt me at all to have a designated time to put the electronics away, and just hang out.