Saturday, November 12

Honey Mustard Chicken Pasta

monica is a great chef and she has shared a recipe below! enjoy as its publix centric from the publix advertisement! 

honey mustard chicken pasta
what you need...

1 pound Publix deli chicken tenders (I used 3 chicken breasts instead - salt and pepper - cook in a skillet with a little evoo, then slice)
1/4 cup fresh chives, coarsley chopped
8 ounces fresh whole baby portabella mushrooms, quartered
1 tablespoon canola oil (I subbed evoo)
16 ounces egg noodles (didn't have these - so used fettuccini)
1-1/2 cups light honey mustard dressing (I used about 3/4 cup --- was plenty!)
1 can chicken gravy (10-12 ounces)
3/4 cup half and half (I used milk, but next time, I am using chicken broth because the sauce was relatively thick)

what to do...
Bring pasta water to a boil; cook pasta according to package instructions.  Meanwhile, chop chives and cut mushrooms. Preheat a large sautee pan on medium-high for 2-3 minutes.  Place oil in pan and add mushrooms.  Cook 2-3 minutes, or until tender (I cooked them for a lot longer - not a fan of raw-ish mushrooms).
Reduce heat on mushrooms to medium.  Stir in dressing, gravy, and half and half (or milk/chicken broth).  Reduce heat to low; cook and stir 3-4 minutes or until sauce thickens.  Heat chicken according to package instructions (if you are going the grilled chicken method - throw the sliced chicken in the sauce now - with chicken fingers, top these on the pasta at the very end). Drain pasta.  Stir pasta and chives into mushroom mixture. 

thanks monica for sharing! 

Wednesday, November 9


Trust in the LORD and do good; dwell in the land and enjoy safe pasture. Take delight in the LORD, and he will give you the desires of your heart. Commit your way to the LORD; trust in him and he will do this:  He will make your righteous reward shine like the dawn, your vindication like the noonday sun.  Be still before the LORD and wait patiently for him; do not fret when people succeed in their ways, when they carry out their wicked schemes...Psalm 37:3-7

Tuesday, November 8


i hardly want to admit my newest hobby, however i enjoy it so much that maybe someone else will too! get ready to get your daily giggles out but my newest hobby is needlepoint :) i know i have just aged myself a good 50+ years, however i am on my 2nd project already for a very, very special someone that there is something really gratifying about making this myself. gwen turned me on to this and i figured since i can’t handle cross stitching, am too impatient to have my mama teach me to sew, that this may in fact be the ticket (plus i can't wait until there is someone to smock for)!!

my first project was an atlanta christmas ornament and it was so much fun! i was told to be patient as these projects take weeks and i got the ornament on wednesday of last week and by saturday am i was back at in stitches in buckhead getting my next canvas. i did manage to finish it so quickly however by staying up till 3am on friday as well as being so exhausted from boot camp i had only enough energy to do my projects!
preview photo of my atlanta ornament about 95% complete (minus the dogwoods) 
my next two projects are cute stockings for me & joe...these will not be 2011 stockings, but rather 2012 stockings. if wilson's lucky, he may get to get one too...but his daddy will likely say a pottery barn one will be just fine as this hobby a'int cheap! mine has ornaments all over it and some holly/mistletoe on the top and joe’s is a nutcracker with a few candy canes. i am convinced that i will be hooked to these throughout the holidays...last night joe was kind enough to drive us to my parents so that i wouldn’t have to put down my newest project.

be wary as you get addicted...even the smallest of projects between hand painted canvases, thread, needles, etc can get upwards of $150 each fast...and that’s not even finished. but this is really worth it (or so i keep telling myself). soon enough i'll give you all a sneak peek at my 2nd project that will be a picture frame which i affectionately call ducky (yes we do watch that much NCIS) but for now is my little secret.

until the stockings come in...happy stitching to me!

Monday, November 7

cajun hot crab dip

i am always in need of a good hearty appetizer to bring is another one to add to the arsenal.

what you need...
2 tablespoons minced shallots
1 teaspoon minced garlic
1 pound lump crabmeat, shell pieces removed, divided
1/4 cup water
1 tablespoon hot pepper sauce

2 teaspoons salt-free Cajun seasoning
1/2 cup mayonnaise (go fat free)
1/3 cup 1/3-less-fat cream cheese, softened
1/4 cup minced red bell pepper
2 tablespoons lemon juice
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
3 tablespoons panko
3 tablespoons minced fresh chives

what to do....
Preheat oven to 450. Heat a small saucepan over medium heat. Coat pan with cooking spray. Add shallots and garlic to pan; cook for 2 minutes, stirring frequently. Place 1 cup crab in a food processor. Add the shallot mixture, 1/4 cup water, pepper sauce, and Cajun seasoning to crab; process until smooth. Spoon mixture into a large bowl, and stir in remaining crab, mayonnaise, and the next 5 ingredients (through black pepper).  Transfer the mixture to a 1-quart glass or ceramic casserole dish coated lightly with cooking spray. Combine panko and chives in a small bowl; sprinkle over crab mixture. Coat panko mixture with cooking spray. Bake at 450° for 30 minutes or until browned and bubbly. Let stand 5 minutes.