Thursday, December 9, 2010



Wow did it ever rain last night. We have a culvert next door to us that is the run off from the top of the mountain...I love it this time of year cause all you year is this water running and it sounds wonderful.....Sit in the hot tub, glass of wine and the sound of nature...Drive down the road 5 minutes and you are in the hub hub... Umbrella and Goloshes Day for sure !!!


10 -12 pieces of chicken
salt, pepper, garlic powder (or seasoning salt)
1/4 cup frozen orange juice concentrate
2 Tbsp butter
1/2 tsp ginger
Season chicken pieces with salt, pepper and garlic powder or preferred seasoning salt.
Bake on foil lined cookie sheet at 375F for 40 minutes
In a small pot, bring orange juice, butter and ginger to boil.
Spoon over chicken and bake another 20 minutes.

Orange rice
Add one Tbsp frozen orange juice concentrate per cup of water to rice.
Add 2-3 Tbsp of raisins just before rice is done.

I have chosen this appetizer today as I was thinking about my girlfriend Marilyn and her daughter Rhonda. I really like maramade and I know that everyone does. It is an acquired taste but it is something that we always had in our home as my mother really liked it as well. Well when Rhonda was younger she used to call it "Old Ladies Jam".

1 13- to 15-ounce round Brie or Camembert cheese
1/2 cup orange marmalade
2 tablespoons packed brown sugar
1/3 cup coarsely chopped pecans, toasted
Baguette slices, toasted, and/or assorted plain crackers

1. Place the round of cheese in a shallow ovenproof serving dish or pie plate. In a small bowl stir together orange marmalade and brown sugar. Spread on top of cheese. Sprinkle with toasted pecans.
2. Bake in a 350 degree F oven about 15 minutes for smaller round, about 20 minutes for larger round, or until cheese is slightly softened and topping is bubbly. Serve with baguette slices and/or crackers.
3. Makes 10 to 12 appetizer servings
I like to also serve it with fruit. Sliced apples, and orange pieces . Since it is Christmas time another topping rather then the orange marmalade is Cranberry Sauce the chunky kind is also very good.. If I use the Cranberry Sauce I usually top with slivered almonds...
This tip is more about your time...Too me mine is very valuable as I am getting older...I have a girlfriend ,Pat whose daughter Alison and her new husband Derek have just bought their first house . It is a fixer upper so they will be doing a ton of painting so this is for them.

If your project is going to take more than one day, place your roller and brush that had the paint on it, in a plastic bag, seal the bag up and put it in the freezer.
The next day get the brushes out of the freezer about a half hour before you want to start painting. By the time you start everything will be thawed and ready to start. Wash out all your supplies only when the painting project is completed.
This saves a bundle on water or thinners ,if you are using oil based paint, not to mention your time.
Well I am off to phone my girlfriends now that I have been posting about them and their kids to see how everyone is doing... Talk to you soon

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