Comfort Food

You know that food that you grew up eating? My memories include things like fried chicken, fried potatoes with onions, mashed potatoes with real butter, green beans with bacon fat, navy beans with cornbread; probably every fatty, non-healthy low cost food my Mom could come up with. We didn’t really have too many fresh vegetables, unless they came from my Grandma’s garden. Even then, my family was brought up to cook them to death and add bacon fat…because everything is better with bacon. We even had a Crisco can filled with bacon fat on the kitchen counter.

I can’t eat like that anymore and maintain a healthy weight; however, sometimes you just need some comfort food. Yesterday, I was looking for a recipe for chicken. Something I haven’t had in awhile. I was thinking back to those comfort food days and I found a long forgotten recipe for Stove Top One-Dish Chicken Bake.

I, of course, had to use low-fat cream of mushroom soup, light sour cream, and add green beans and mushrooms to amp up the veggies. I also added lots of freshly ground black pepper. The cooking time said 30 minutes, or until chicken is cooked. I baked for 40 minutes, and it probably could have stood another 10 minutes as some of the chicken was not cooked. Luckily we have microwaves now 🙂 I served it with a side salad of mixed greens, grape tomatoes, and Italian dressing and a nice glass of Sauvignon Blanc. Yum!

Mixing the chicken with everything


Adding the Stove Top StuffingIMG_8997

Straight out of the oven!IMG_9001

Finished meal!IMG_9003


Free Pattern on Ravelry until June 30th!

Are you on Ravelry? If so, there is a new pattern that will be free until June 30th, midnight PST. Just use the coupon code: i heart summer fling

Summer Fling Scarf

It’s a beautiful pattern and I can’t wait to cast on 🙂 I just need to finish my two WIP’s before I add more to the pile.

BTW, if you are on Ravelry and would like to add me, my username is ftlsweetie. Happy knitting!

Surprise in the Mail Today

I have this very dear friend from Ft Lauderdale that just sent me a box with four skeins of yarn, a very old beginner knitters book, two tunisian crochet hooks, and a project that looks like it is about 3/4 of the way finished (with accompanying needles).

Apparently, her Mother started it long ago and she would like me to finish it. I’m not quite sure which pattern she was following in the book (I can’t find anything that looks like it) and I know that we don’t both have the same gauge. I’m going to run a lifeline and see if I can get anywhere close to the same stitch count. I know my dear friend would be ecstatic! It looks to be mostly knit stitches, with a few rows where she may have gotten things turned around and purled instead…or maybe she was just practicing the purl stitch? Who knows.

Would you try? Or just explain that not everyone has the same knitting style and it might look quite different? Or just cast off and let it just be her Mothers work? It is quite long already and would make a lovely, wide scarf. Inquiring minds and all that.IMG_8983