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Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Inspired by. . . easy dinners

Goodness, it has been a busy couple of several days!  Doctor appointments, and follow-up appointments, and all manner of other craziness!  This is the first minute I've had to myself in over a week!  And I'm spending it with you {smile}.

As I was making dinner last night, one of my all-time favorite dishes, I wondered if I'd ever shared the recipe here on the blog. After a quick search, I was surprised to find that I had not.

Now after working with the pictures I took last night, I think I may know why.




It's not the most appetizing looking meal. Trust me. It tastes much better than it looks!


Artichoke Chicken

Source: allrecipes.com


1 (15oz) can artichoke hearts

3/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese

3/4 cup mayonnaise

1 pinch of garlic pepper (or Penzey's Shallot Pepper)

4 skinless, boneless chicken breast halves


1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C)

2. Drain and chop artichokes




2. In a medium bowl, mix together the artichoke hearts, Parmesan cheese, mayonnaise, and garlic pepper. Place chicken in a greased baking dish, and cover evenly with artichoke mixture.

3. Bake, uncovered, for 30 minutes in the preheated oven, or until chicken is no longer pink in the center and juices run clear.


That's it. That's all. Easy-peasy, right? Right!  I do have a couple of side notes to share.  I pound my chicken to a thickness of about 1/4 inch before placing it in the baking dish. Also, I don't add the garlic pepper (I actually use Penzey's Shallot Pepper) to the mixture.  I sprinkle it over the chicken before covering the chicken with the artichoke mixture. Finally, using real Parmesan cheese does make a difference!

So here it is...




...not the best looking chicken dish ever, but definitely one of the tastiest!


Have a wonder-filled day!






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Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Inspired by. . . pieces of me


Trying to make today's prompts a little more interesting. . . .


Prompt: Kitchen Faucet




Prompt: Your (my) Front Door


Textured iAM, by Kim Klassen


Like the sign?  I found it and other fun things at Fairy Freckles Studies.



Textured with True Grit, by RH West


Have a wonder-filled day,





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Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Inspired by. . . pieces of me


More "pieces of me" today.


Prompt: Your (my) Breakfast





Prompt: My Mailbox



Textured with Kim's dream it texture.



Have a wonder-filled day!





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Monday, August 20, 2012

Inspired by... pieces of me


It's scavenger hunt week over at Kim's Beyond Class and I'm inspired to play along. 


It's going to be a busy week, and photographing these prompts may be all I have time to post!


Here's a look at the inspiration behind the hunt:


My name is Kathy McDonnold. I am a 46 year old mom, wife, daughter, friend and owner of 3 min pins and 2 siamese cats. When my girls were born I started scrapbooking. One day I noticed a lady making a "Pieces of You" page. I loved this idea because she was using the cropped discards from the photos she was putting in her scrapbook. We often cut out the background noise in our photos that also show pieces of our lives, for example, a mailbox, a car etc... The other day I had several ideas come to mind and remembered the lady's scrapbook page. This prompted me to send Kim an email. I would love to see pieces of your lives.


So, I'm sharing "pieces" of my life this week.  I hope you enjoy the fun!


Prompt: Fav Chair




I couldn't help playing with this one. The picture was so blah.  I added the "plastic wrap" filter in CS2.


Prompt: On Your Feet




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Thursday, August 16, 2012

Inspired by... beauty






"Far away there in the sunshine are my highest

aspirations. I may not reach them, but I can look

up and see their beauty, believe in them, and try

to follow where they lead."

Louisa May Alcott



Have a wonder-filled day,






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Inspired by... peace


Peace seems as elusive as hope in our world today. Wars and rumors of wars. Public shootings. Economic uncertainty.

Where do you find your peace?

In a quiet, removed existence? relationships? power? Perhaps prestige or material possessions bring you a sense of security and peace?


"These things I have spoken to you, so that in Me you may have peace.

In the world you will have tribulation, but take courage; I have overcome the world." John 16:33


One way I receive His peace is through nature.  Because I recognize that every beat of the hummingbird's wing is measured by our Creator. 



Textured with Bonnie's Stardust


And the wings of the butterfly are painted by the Master's hand.





The peace that the world gives may satisfy for a time, but it is temporary and shallow, a poor reflection of the Truth.


True peace comes only from God.

"God cannot give us a happiness and peace apart from Himself, because it is not there. There is no such thing." C.S. Lewis


God's peace is lasting and true, and surpasses all understanding.

The last seven months of my life have been a time of change. Painful change and uncertainty.


But I am at peace.


It's not an emotion or a feeling. It's a certainty that comes from a Power higher and greater than myself.  You can have this peace.


Jesus gives freely to all who ask.








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Monday, August 13, 2012

Inspired by... humor


I'm guessing it was a Monday when...



A bad day is all about perspective.






PS  I just realized I seem to have a {totally unintentional} dino theme going on lately...

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Inspired by... twins


Two are better than one, because they have a good reward for their toil.

For if they fall, one will lift up his fellow.

But woe to him who is alone when he falls and has not another to lift him up! Ecc 4:9-12


They say twins are double the work fun and I know a pair who live up to that adage!  To make things even more fun, they just had a birthday!  And, of course, birthdays mean CAKE!

Twins share so much, the same, together, I thought it would be fun to make each of them their own cake.

I have these wonderful memories of my Nana and her little cake book. It was about 4" x 5" and filled with cakes of all different, wonderfully fun shapes!  Fish and cars, horses and ladybugs! All made from your standard sheet cake. Her little book showed you how to cut the cake into these magical shapes and decorate them with fun colors and candies.

I wish I still had that little book. It's probably long out-of-print by now. But I do have Google! And, although it doesn't have the sentimental value of that little book, it gets the job done!

Betty Crocker comes through with a recipe-packed website, great pictures and easy recipes.  I found recipes/instructions for both my cakes there and am already eyeing her princess cake for next year!


But this year's cakes...



Betty Crocker's Dinosaur Cake

...were very fun to make!



Betty Crocker's Butterfly Cake


For my first attempt, I think they came out pretty good.  The twins seemed to enjoy them...






...and if the twins are happy...


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