Elaine is hosting a give away of my 11 x 14 canvas, “Peace, Be Still.” You can enter here. October 25th at noon is the cut off for entry.
So, how have you been? Anything new in your life? I’d enjoy hearing all about it.
Is it just me or does it seem that yesterday was August? September was a blur and October is nearly over. How did that happen?
As you may have noticed from my past few posts, I’ve been moving in a new direction. My mornings seem hardly to have begun when it’s bedtime again! I really don’t like bedtime. Weird, huh. I feel like I have too much to do to sleep. Earlier this week I heard a neurologist say when we sleep our brain’s lymphatic system “scrubs our brains” or something to that effect. Anyway, we need good sleep to stay healthy; I already knew that but it did motivate me to discipline myself better to get in the bed. I don’t have a problem getting up. In fact, I rarely oversleep or even “sleep in.” I feel like I’m wasting daylight!
With my responsibilities as Women’s Ministry Coordinator at my church and working my BellaMella Canvas biz, it’s a good day when I’ve planned early enough to prepare dinner! LIfe’s just gotten very full lately. Fortunately I have a couple of go-to dinner ideas that make great left overs: roasted chicken and roast beef.
I like to get the Purdue brand chicken that is already seasoned and in a cooking bag. Sometimes I put it in the slow cooker (in the bag) on high for 6 hours. It’s delicious. I strain the chicken stock and use that to make my brown rice. Add a vegetable and you’re golden! If I don’t start early enough to use the slow cooker, I just put the chicken on a roasting pan in the oven and follow the directions for timing and temp. Leftovers make chicken enchiladas, chicken salad and/or bbq chicken pizza.
My other standby is a roast in the crockpot. I’ve posted my recipe for chipotle roast on my blog in the past. I don’t always use chipotles but if I have them in the pantry I do. One thing I always do is season and sear the roast (all sides) before putting it in the slow cooker. It’s an extra step but I think it makes a difference. Leftovers make great sandwiches or beef stroganoff or beef enchiladas.
Well, if you were actually having coffee with me, I’d probably ask you what your favorite coffee is. Do you have a Keurig? If so, what brand and flavor do you prefer? I like Paul Newman’s “Newman’s Own Organics Special Blend Extra Bold.” I add half and half to mine – no sugar or sweetener. Do you choose a seasonal coffee? It’s still so hot here that the pumpkin flavors don’t sound quite right yet. Give me another week or so on that.
Fill me in on at least one new thing or tell me what kind of coffee you’re drinking these days!
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