Monday, June 28, 2010

Puppy Love

The puppies were groomed recently, so we just had to take pictures of them. I love it when they get groomed--they smell good and come home all dressed up with bandannas and bows.





Monday, June 21, 2010

Friends of Dorothy

Welcome to Wamego, KS
Home of the Oz Museum, Totos Tacoz, The Oz Winery, and many other OZzie things, including festivals such as Oztoberfest!

Over the weekend, I had a chance to visit the small town of Wamego, KS, and I discovered the Oz Museum, and I was enchanted. I loved this museum. I have been to Disney World, and the quality of this museum was every bit the quality of Disney. It was amazing, and such a surprise for this tiny town in Western Kansas. They had many artifacts from the movie, the author, his family life, books, games, dolls, art, and displays of everything Wizard of Oz.







Saturday, June 19, 2010

Chicken Parmigiana




Ingredients:

6 boneless, skinless chicken tenders

½ to 1 cup flour

½ teaspoon pepper

1 teaspoon salt

¼ cup olive oil

1 tablespoon butter

1 cup seasoned bread crumbs

2 eggs, beaten slightly

2-3 cups of your favorite marinara (I usually use jar sauce because I am into speed cooking, don’t judge)

1 pound thin spaghetti

1 ½ to 2 cups mozzarella cheese

Preparation:

Mix flour, salt, and pepper together. Dip chicken in egg, then dredge through flour, then dip in egg mixture again, then dredge through bread crumbs. Heat olive oil and butter. Brown chicken tenders over medium-high heat.

When chicken is no longer pink, take out of pan and wipe out oil from pan. Place chicken back in pan and spoon half of the marinara over the chicken. Top with mozzarella. Place in oven and bake at 350 until cheese and sauce are hot and melted.

Cook spaghetti according to package directions. Heat remaining marinara. To serve, place a mound of spaghetti on the plate. Spoon some of the reserve sauce on spaghetti. Place two chicken tenders on top. I serve with a salad on the side.

Thursday, June 17, 2010

Lemon Chicken Farfalle

Ingredients:

¼ to ½ cup of butter, melted

½ cup lemon juice

1 clove garlic, minced

1 tablespoon dried parsley

2 cups cooked diced chicken

1 lb cooked farfalle pasta

Olive oil

Salt

Pepper

Parmesan Cheese

Preparation:

Cook pasta according to directions (be sure to salt the water).

Salt and pepper chicken and brown in a little olive oil until no longer pink.

Melt butter and add lemon juice, garlic, parsley and ¼ teaspoon black pepper.

Pour lemon butter over the chicken and pasta.

Serve with Parmesan cheese.

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

This is the second book in Stieg Larsson's series. Book two starts with our fiery, spunky anti-heroine, Lisbeth Salander. This is a page-turner from the beginning. Larsson wastes no time in getting you into the action.


Monday, June 14, 2010

Summer Time Renewal

Well, it is summer time--time to relax, time to read, and time to renew.

Currently, I am in the midst of Stieg Larson's series.






The first is The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo. This book starts slowly; give it about 50 pages or so, and it will come alive. Great read once it gets going.



Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Oatmeal Cookie Recipe

INGREDIENTS

1 cup unsalted butter, melted

1 cup brown sugar

1 cup white sugar

2 eggs

1 tsp vanilla extract

2 cups flour

1 tsp salt

1 tsp baking soda

3 cups oats (use Quaker Quick or Old Fashioned)

1/2 cup chopped pecans

PREPARATION

1 Beat eggs and sugars, add butter and vanilla and beat well.

2 In a separate bowl mix flour, salt, and baking soda. Add to first mixture and mix well. Add nuts and oats last.

3 Spoon out by rounded tablespoonfuls on to cookie sheets. I bake my cookies on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper. Bake at 350°F for 10-12 minutes. Remove to wire rack. Cool completely.

Makes about 2 dozen cookies.

Pasta Salad

Ingredients:

2 cups cooked spiral pasta or macaroni, drained, rinsed, cooled (I used a little of both)

2 hard-cooked eggs, chopped

1/4 cup shredded carrots

1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese

1/3 to 1/2 cup mayonnaise or salad dressing

2 teaspoons sugar

2 teaspoons vinegar

1/2 teaspoon salt, or to taste

1/2 teaspoon prepared mustard

pepper, to taste

You can really add anything you want to this salad or take out things you do not like. Add ¼ to ½ cup of any of the following: frozen green peas, green or red bell pepper, red onion, cherry tomatoes, etc.

Preparation:

Stir mayonnaise, sugar, vinegar, salt, mustard, and pepper to make dressing. Combine all recipe ingredients and stir well. Taste and adjust seasonings. Chill before serving.