Saturday, January 30, 2010

Slow Cooker Chicken Noodle Soup

What a perfect snow day this has been, complete with chicken noodle soup and warm sandwich for dipping.

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Grilled Bacon, Cheddar Cheese and Red Pepper Relish

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  • 3 cups water
  • 3 cups chicken broth
  • 1/2 pound boneless, skinless chicken (toss it in frozen, if you like)
  • 3 carrots,peeled and diced
  • 2 ribs celery, peeled and diced
  • 1 large onion, minced
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley, or 1 heaping teaspoon dried
  • pinch of dried rosemary
  • pinch of dried thyme
  • 2 ounces egg noodles, or broad pasta noodles
  • salt and freshly ground black pepper

Add all ingredients to the slow cooker EXCEPT the noodles. Cook on high for 3-4 hours, or on low for 6-8 hours.

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Remove chicken from pot and shred; return to pot. Add noodles for last 30 minutes of cooking. Taste soup and add salt and pepper to taste.

Sledding!!

I went outside with the intention of building a snowman, but quickly realized the snow wasn’t the packable kind…and then I got excited and quickly pulled out our sled!! Since we moved down here from up north, I was thankful that we both had nice snow boots and winter gear.

The dogs were very impatient…some crying noises were heard from them…

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as I got all bundled up…

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Andy was already outside tearing down the gazebo. The first thing I did was make a snow angel!

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Then we went sledding!!!!!!!!

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My turn

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Now it’s nap time…which I’m already behind on as I hear hubby snoring away. We’re watching the UK game, with soup and sammies. Then hot chocolate and brownies tonight. Tomorrow, plans for MORE sledding!!

Winter Wonderland

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It started snowing here around 7 PM last night, pretty quickly we had about 2 inches.

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It’s now 8 AM and Andy and I are guessing that we’ve got a good 5 inches out there. We’re currently getting sleet…but were pretty excited as long as we have heat. This is our first REAL snow since moving here 3 years ago. We’ve seen a dusting a couple times, but nothing like this.

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The plow has been through once already early this morning, but our streets our covered once again.

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Andy’s already been cleaning up some minor storm damage this morning. We get a failing grade this year with properly storing our yard furniture, Andy’s hand surgery fell right at the time of year where we needed to do yard clean-up. So this year we decided to leave the gazebo up…bad idea. The awning was covered with the heavy snow and bent the metal. Andy sliced the awning open in several places to release the weight of the snow.

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Since the gazebo was up, we didn’t cover our teak wood furniture…another bad idea. Oh well, we’ll do better next year.

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After a little playing in the snow, we’ve got Slow Cooker Chicken Noodle Soup and likely Monte Cristo Sandwiches heading our way this afternoon.

Friday, January 29, 2010

Greek Nachos

Fabulous, the perfect ending to finish off a long week at work…and bring in the snow storm.

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  • Bed of oven crisped pitas or pita chips
  • Cumin and Onion seasoned Ground Lamb or Beef
  • Feta Cheese Yogurt Sauce (yogurt, feta, lemon juice/zest)
  • Chopped tomatoes, Cucumbers, Kalamata Olives, Pepperoncinis
  • Topped with more feta and fresh mint

(We warmed ours in the microwave for about 30 seconds to warm the other toppings through.)

Recipe courtesy of Not Without Salt

It looks like we might just get a snow storm tonight and tomorrow…

“SNOW AND SLEET ACCUMULATIONS OF 5 TO 10 INCHES ARE EXPECTED IN THE TRIANGLE...THE SNOW MAY MIX WITH OR CHANGE TOTALLY TO SLEET SATURDAY MORNING THEN CHANGE BACK TO SNOW LATE SATURDAY OR SATURDAY EVENING BEFORE ENDING” Source

At least my brand new leather LaZBoy chair arrived TODAY!! What a perfect weekend to get to chill out and enjoy it.

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Happy SNOW to all and be safe!

Thursday, January 28, 2010

Catching Back Up

Monday

My excitement for the day was meeting Leandra for the first time for lunch at Toast to support Dine out for Haiti. Over 30 area restaurants donated 10% of their proceeds to the relief efforts in Haiti. I ordered the Butternut Squash soup with a couple Avocado & Parmesan Crostini.

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Leandra enjoyed a Cauliflower White Bean Soup, so creamy, with a Prosciutto and Mozzarella Panini.

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Wednesday

I tried Oatmeal in a Jar for the first time. When you've got about 1 Tbsp left in the bottom of a glass pb jar, hang onto it and then use it to serve stovetop oatmeal. Boy, was it good too! I loved how the peanut butter melted and made it’s way through oatmeal with each bite.

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After work I went to Yoga@Duke AND THEN…to Mama Mia@DPAC with Kelly!!

Recently opened Durham Performing Arts Center

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Same shot at night

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Interior

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What a phenomenal show it was, I just loved the cast! I’d seen the show before in Toronto, Canada as an Honors Program studio in college. So I was expecting that I might get a little bored with last nights show, but that was not the case at all. It was a high energy show that kept me laughing all the way through.

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Thursday

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I dined out with an old co-worker at Beyu Caffe. I’m becoming quite the regular there, as I’ve been making a weekly appearance.

They offer breakfast, lunch and dinner…as well as a gorgeous dessert case.

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Today, I split the Turkey Panini with goat cheese and pear chutney along with a cup of Sweet Potato Soup. I just love their variety of soup offerings.

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I’m a bit tired tonight, so dinner was quite easy and was comprised of Trader Joe’s Red Lentil Dal and Garlic Naan with Kale Chips on the side.

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Brinkley Farms Winter CSA - Week 10

This is my last CSA pick-up until April :(

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  • 1 lb pork chops
  • 1 lb boneless skinless chicken breast