ps: i have no idea why we're watching the cma's as neither of us really listen to much country music, but really who doesn't love a darling gal who sings about wearing sneakers & tshirts?!
anyway, this is a multipurpose post here. i still don't have good pics of my latest projects, but i did snap one (terrible) picture of a new project from today. this week i'm trying to focus on finishing hudson's quilt, but i needed a little diversion/break today & i found a new project, so i went for it & came up with this...
a cozy flannel receiving blanket - in pink, of course! it's folded here, but it's really about 35x35 & i'm hoping will be perfect for swaddling.
here's a close up so you can see the cute elephants...
i got this fabric @ joann's (or "joy-ann's" according to hudson) because it was on sale & i just wanted to try this pattern out. and yes! that's a "mitered corner". are you impressed??! haha! i was nervous, but it wasn't so bad.
so that's a little peek into my day today! sewing & ironing & trying to keep hudson entertained while i finished up. he did well coloring, playing guitar, & cutting up random papers - i recently got him his own pair of kiddo scissors & he loves them.
and for the "mmm" part of this post, i was making dinner & thought i should share this recipe with you! it's pretty easy & yum & healthy (according to my standards, anyway!). i wish i had remembered to take my own pictures (wow, am i bad @ that lately), but i did adapt the recipe from THIS one from martha, so it does look kinda like this -
1 T evoo
3 bnlss/sknlss chicken breasts, cut into bite-sized pieces
6 garlic cloves, minced
3 T allpurpose flour
2 1/2 c 1% milk
salt & pepper (sea salt really does make a different & so does freshly ground pepper)
3 oz cream cheese (reduced fat works, too)
8 oz spinach spaghetti (really whatever pasta type works)
1 head of broccoli, cut into bite sized pieces
1 pkg frozen green peas (because who the heck knows how to shell fresh peas?)
1/3-1/2 cup parmesan cheese, grated
In a saucepan, heat oil over medium high heat. Add chicken, and cook, stirring occasionally, until almost cooked through (and i like it browned). Add garlic; cook, stirring often, until fragrant & chicken is cooked through. Stir in flour; cook 1 minute.
Stir in milk, and season with salt and pepper (feel fancy because this is kinda like making a "roux"!). you'll need to add a good amount of s&p. cream/milk sauces are really bland & usually need lots of seasoning. Cook, stirring often, until mixture is slightly thickened, 4 to 5 minutes. Stir in cream cheese; cook until melted, about 1 minute.
Meanwhile, in a large pot of boiling salted water, cook pasta until al dente according to package instructions, adding broccoli & peas during final 4 minutes (you may have to let it go a little longer - check often). Drain & return pasta/broccoli/peas to pot. Add cream-cheese sauce and parmesan, and toss to combine. Serve immediately.
throw a quick salad together (my fav lately is spring herb salad mix + blueberries + raspberries + toasted pecans + some fresh feta + brianna's lemon dressing) & call yourself martha!
i'm always looking for quick, yum, somewhat healthy recipes, so i thought you'd appreciate one, too. and if you have links to your fav recipes, please pass them along - i'm making my grocery run on friday... :)