Monthly Archives: October 2011

Creamy Chicken Pillows

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I took the liberty of renaming this recipe since (a) I love pillows and (b) these look like pillows when they’re done. But that may be a bit impertinent since it won $25,000!!! dollars in the Pillsbury Bake-Off in 1974! And yes, that’s the year I tore it out of a magazine, and here’s the page! This recipe has been a family favorite ever since. You can make the filling ahead of time, so it’s great when company is coming, too. Enjoy! 

Preheat oven to 350º.

Blend 1 package cream cheese (the recipe calls for a 3-oz pkg but I use the bigger one) and 2 T melted butter.

 Add 2 cups cooked, cubed chicken, 1/4 t salt, 1/8 t pepper, 2 T milk, 1 T chopped chives or onion, and 1 T chopped pimiento or roasted red peppers (I also add a pinch of tarragon sometimes); mix well.

Separate a can of crescent dinner rolls into four rectangles and seal perforations. Spoon 1/4 of the chicken mixture onto each, pull up the four corners of dough, and seal. Brush tops with 1T melted butter.

Bake on ungreased cookie sheet 20-25 minutes until golden brown. Refrigerate any leftovers. (Ummm . . . but you won’t have any!)

Now I invite you to visit my all-time-favorite cooking blog Consumed: My Culinary Adventure, created by my beautiful (and newest!) daughter-in-law Danielle. Be prepared to swoon! :)

French Knots

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I love the line vs. floral contrast of these fabrics, but I decided to a-la-mode the front a bit with cross-stitch and French knots. I never could get the hang of French knots when my grandmother tried to teach me. I’d say, “Would you show me one more time?” until I was done. Now I think they’re fun!  The finished size of this pillow is 8.5 x 15.

Penguin Sweaters

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A few years ago I got an assignment to write a kids’ Reader’s Theater script about a science topic. While researching, I came across an article about an oil spill off the coast of Australia where a species of tiny penguins (commonly called fairy penguins) live. To keep them from preening themselves and ingesting oil before wildlife experts could clean them up, someone came up with the idea of knitting sweaters (called jumpers) for them to wear. A knitter quickly devised a pattern, which has elasticized openings at the top and bottom and slits in the sides for the critters’ little flippers. Once posted on the Internet, sweaters came pouring in from all over the world . . . some even looked like little tuxedos! Soon the penguins were out of danger, and the workers decided to keep some of the extra sweaters for future needs and sell others in a local gift shop along with fairy penguin stuffed toys. Now a post on the Etsy blog reports that New Zealand has had the same predicament and is asking for more penguin sweaters! If you would like to help, here is the pattern:

Penguin Jumper 

Need: 8 ply 100% Wool Yarn, 1 pair 3.25mm needles, 1 pair of 3.75mm needles, 1 set of 3.25mm dpn’s or circular
Directions: Cast on 36 stitches using 3.25 needles.K1, P1 to end of row. Repeat this row 7 times. Change to 3.75mm needles and K2, P2 rib. Work 4 rows increasing at each end of every row (44 sts). Continue until work measures 15 cms. Decrease 1 st at each end of every row until 28 sts remain. Decrease 1 st. in middle of next row (27 sts.) Leave on needle. Make second side the same. Transfer the 54 sts from both pieces to 3 of the set of 4 3.25mm needles.(18 sts on each.) and work a round neck in K1 P1 rib for 10 rows. Cast off. Stitch up sides to decreasing to 27sts (opening for flipper). Add elastic to the top and bottom to prevent the penguins getting out of them. Top: 15cm of elastic; bottom 17 cm (knots allowed). Flat elastic okay.

Blessings to knitters and penguins everywhere! ♥

TV Time

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I have this problem of not being able to watch TV without doing something else at the same time, so making these little 3 x 3 pillow ornaments is my new TV activity.

Figuring that I might not be the only one who feels this way, I did an online search.

The following list of “50 Things To Do While Watching TV” is a compilation from various bloggers, magazine articles, time-management experts, and polls.

Enjoy! ♥

  1. Update your to-do list
  2. Cook
  3. Exercise
  4. Journal or blog
  5. Sort through files or piles
  6. Do paperwork
  7. Do online research
  8. Manicure your nails
  9. Mend and sew on missing buttons
  10. Do small household item repairs
  11. Knit/crochet/do needlework or crafts
  12. Read mail
  13. File
  14. Plan menus
  15. Make a shopping list
  16. Clip coupons
  17. Clean out a junk, desk, or dresser drawer
  18. Organize a collection
  19. Brush the dog
  20. Balance your checkbook
  21. Clean up your laptop inbox and folders
  22. De-clutter your purse
  23. Fold laundry/match socks
  24. Iron (ugh!)
  25. Polish shoes
  26. Polish the silver
  27. Label things
  28. Plan a holiday get-together
  29. Clean your jewelry
  30. Shell nuts
  31. Address envelopes for Christmas cards
  32. Untangle necklace chains
  33. Organize craft supplies
  34. Put the cards in your recipe box back in order
  35. Put photos in an album
  36. Read a book, newspaper, or magazine
  37. Facebook, Twitter, text, or email
  38. Shop online
  39. Organize your tax-deductible receipts
  40. Pay bills
  41. Write a real letter to someone
  42. Arrange flowers
  43. Put your CDs and DVDs in the right cases
  44. Make a bucket list
  45. Make gifts for people
  46. Clean the leaves on your plants
  47. Brainstorm
  48. Update your resume
  49. Research your next trip
  50. Do crossword or Sudoku puzzles

A few people offer a different kind of list—things they now have time to do since they got rid of their televisions! Most of us are probably not quite ready for this step, but it does make you think . . .

  • Take trips or get a message using the money you save on cable and electricity
  • Read a book a week
  • Get a part-time job
  • Start a business
  • Have devotions
  • Go to the gym or for a walk
  • Join an organization
  • Visit museums
  • Meet the neighbors
  • Reconnect with friends
  • Explore the city you live in
  • Attend concerts, recitals, plays, and art shows
  • Make music
  • Plant a garden
  • Get to bed on time :)