Homemade Chicken and Noodles

February 26, 2015

    This is probably Dave’s favorite meal, homemade chicken, and noodles.  A few years ago, Dave came in the door after work.  As he came in, there was a really big smile on his face.  Those of you who know Dave, know that is not the norm.

  

   This is probably Dave’s favorite meal, homemade chicken, and noodles.  A few years ago, Dave came in the door after work.  As he came in, there was a big smile on his face.  Those of you who know Dave, know that is not the norm.

  I asked why he was smiling.   It seems he had a rough day and told his crew he was leaving and going home to eat homemade chicken and noodles.  As he opened the door the smell of the chicken and noodles hit him.

   How funny is that?  I had not told him what I was making for dinner!

  

Homemade

Chicken and Noodles

2 cups flour

3 egg yolks

1 egg

2 tsp. salt

1/4 – 1/2 cup cold water

   Measure flour into a bowl and make a well in the center.  Add egg, yolks, and salt. Thoroughly mix the flour, eggs, and salt.

  Add water a little at a time, mixing thoroughly after each addition.   Add only enough to form the dough into a ball. 

   Place dough on a floured pastry cloth and knead the dough until smooth and elastic, about 8 to 10 minutes. 

   Invert the bowl, cover the dough with it and let the dough rest, covered for 10 minutes.

   Roll dough out thinly on a pastry cloth and cut the dough into noodles about 1/4″ wide.  Let them dry for a few hours.

 

   I usually make these early in the day and let them dry, turning them over in a couple of hours to dry on the other side.  After they have dried pull the noodles apart.

   Prepare the basic chicken and broth recipe.  After pulling the chicken from the bones and straining the broth, set the chicken to the side.  

    Bring the broth to a boil and begin adding your noodles.  Stir gently and cook until tender.

     If necessary, add extra chicken broth. ( I usually  have extra frozen in a freezer bag, but sometimes I just add a can of chicken broth.)

    Add the chicken and bring back to a boil, remove from the stove and serve, piping hot.


  ***Yes, I have one of the fancy pasta machines, but sometimes it is just easier to roll the dough out on a pastry cloth.  You can see in the picture I used a noodle cutter. Many years ago I bought that and used it often, but before that, I used a knife to cut the noodles.  Either way, it works and the noodles are delicious.

 

   I usually make these early in the day and let them dry, turning them over in a few hours to dry on the other side.

   *** A friend of mine made a comment one day about a lady who made her own noodles.   I told her I always make my own!   She couldn’t believe the woman and I took the time to do that, after all, it’s just flour and eggs.  Right?

     While that might be true.  There is a huge difference in taste!  Try this recipe and let me know if you agree or disagree!

 

   This recipe uses the same basic chicken and broth recipe  I use for chicken Brunswick stew, chicken pot pie, chicken and dumplings and chicken and rice soup.  Click here to print the noodle recipe.

 

 

 

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Adding Crown Molding to the Master Bath/Dressing Area

February 24, 2015

  This last week I installed more crown molding in the master bath/dressing area.  What a difference that makes!  It actually makes the wall around the closet and the ledge look higher, even though it is the same height.

 

   Since there was nothing to nail the top part of the crown into, I cut 2″x 2″ boards into wedges that fit down behind the crown, secured them to the wall and nailed into them.  It made the crown a lot more solid.

   The ledge over the walk-in closet is also visible in the master bedroom, so I wrapped the crown all the way around.  With the vaulted ceilings, I have decided to only put the crown on the walls that are horizontal, not on the slopes.

  It came to my attention not long ago that silk greenery is not in style now.  I have to agree that it is a dust catcher.  I believe this was the last of the fake greenery to go.  

   Not completely happy with the composition of the knick-knacks, but I will be working on that.

   Paint will be the next step.  Anxious to get those white doors painted!

   

 

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Organize! Assign Different Colors to Each Bedroom!

February 18, 2015

    Just imagine for a moment!   You’re in the laundry room.   The dryer is full of clothes which need to be hung and there are no hangers!  Where are they?  Do you know which room all those empty hangers are dangling in at this moment?

    Don’t you hate going from bedroom to bedroom looking for hangers?  Where are all the hangers?  Never knowing who had them and chasing them down drove me nuts, so I hit upon an idea to track those bad boys.  I bought hangers in different colors and assigned each color to a person or bedroom.

    To make it even easier, I bought laundry baskets.  They each also had a laundry basket in a matching color.  No need to go from closet to closet checking to see whose empty laundry basket I have!

    That may sound rather simplistic, however, sometimes the best things are.  If I had to retrieve them, I knew where to go.  If the kids were home,  “Will, I need your hangers!” 

  “Jon-Michael bring your hangers down.”    

   When the kids were younger, you can’t imagine what a time saver this was!  

    A rod was added above the washer and dryer, where the empty hangers are placed for easy access when the clothes come out of the dryer.   I bought a wooden closet dowel and two wooden closet pole sockets at Lowe’s.  They are pretty cheap.

    It was easy to mark where I wanted the pole positioned on each of the cabinets.  Then a small hole was drilled through the side of the cabinet.  Each socket was held in place, and from the inside, a screw was screwed into the side of each cabinet, securing the socket.

    By checking the colored hangers on that rod, I know where the hangers are because there is a different color assigned to each room!  Hanger dilemma solved.  Just assign a different color to each room!

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Blueberry and White Chocolate Cherry Muffins Made With Love

February 14, 2016

Muffins

   Blueberry Muffins and White Chocolate Cherry Muffins were on my mind as I considered a treat for the grandkids.   Aidan and Sophia were spending their Saturday with me.   Blueberry muffins are a favorite in our home, but Aidan loves blueberry muffins.  Knowing Sophia’s sweet tooth, I knew she would love the white chocolate cherry muffins.

   As I considered which to make, I remembered I had some paper bakery boxes, and that gave me an idea.  The idea was to help Sophia make White Chocolate Cherry Muffins while Aidan made a label for his bakery box using PicMonkey.

 

  While I was helping Aidan make his Blueberry Muffins, Sophia could create her bakery box label.

    Since Valentine’s Day was the next morning, (today,) a heart theme was used for their design.   After they were pleased with their design on the computer, we printed them on card stock.  Then they cut around the labels.  After ‘the most perfect’ muffins were chosen, they placed them in their boxes and then we glued the labels to the tops of the boxes.

 

   Well, the kids enjoyed this so much and they were very proud of their finished projects.  They were very eager to share with their mom.  After she arrived, we tucked the boxes in a gift bag and they took them home for later.    

 

  There are plenty of muffin mixes, but these are so quick and easy, and you use ingredients you most likely already have in the pantry!  You don’t even need a mixer for muffins!  Grab a bowl and stir some up quickly with the kids!  Though muffins are best hot from the oven,  my family will eat them room temperature in a heart beat. How about yours?

 

Blueberry Muffins

1 egg
1 cup milk
1/4 cup vegetable oil
2 cups flour
1/2 cup sugar
3 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. salt
1 cup fresh blueberries*

   Preheat the oven to 400°.   Spray non-stick cooking spray in the bottom of (2-3/4″ diameter) muffin cups or line with cupcake liners.  

   Beat the egg with a fork until the yolk and white are combined, then stir in the milk and the vegetable oil.  

  Mix the flour, sugar, baking powder, and the salt, just until the dry ingredients are moistened.  Leave the batter a bit lumpy.

    Gently fold in the blueberries.

   Fill the muffin cups two-thirds of the way full.

 
   Bake in the preheated oven for about 20 minutes.  (Don’t overbake.)  Immediately remove the muffins from the pan.

 

   *Frozen blueberries can be used in place of the fresh blueberries.  Reduce the amount to 3/4 cup of frozen blueberries and allow to thaw.  Drain well before adding them to the batter.

 

White Chocolate Cherry Mini Muffins

1/3 cup softened butter
2/3 cup sugar
1 egg
1 cup milk
1 Tblsp. maraschino cherry juice
1 tsp. vanilla extract
1/4 tsp. almond extract
1-1/2 cups flour
4 tsp. baking powder
3/4 tsp. salt
1/2 cup white chocolate chips
1/3 cup finely chopped maraschino cherries

   Cream butter and sugar in a medium-sized mixing bowl.  Add the egg and mix well.

    Stir the cherry juice, the vanilla, and the almond extract into the milk.

    With a wire whisk, combine the flour, baking powder, and salt in a separate bowl.  Add the dry mixture to the creamed mixture alternately with the milk mixture.

    Fold in the white chocolate chips and the chopped cherries.

 

   Fill the paper-lined muffin cups 2/3 full.  Bake at 375° for 20 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean.  This recipe makes about 15 regular sized muffins. Remove from pans after a couple of minutes and cool on wire racks.
 

 

   Muffins are a wonderful addition to any breakfast, aren’t they?  They are great for brunch or even just enjoyed with a cup of coffee.   If mornings are rushed,

pre-measure batches of the dry ingredients and store in a Ziploc bag.  Write the remaining ingredients, the oven temperature, and the time needed in the oven, on the bag.  In less than thirty minutes, you have hot muffins.

 

   Aidan and Sophia would probably love to show-off their new skills at home. Hmm… Another time when the kids are over, maybe we will make up one of these bags for the blueberry muffins and the white chocolate cherry muffins for them to take home.

 

 

   

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Warm Up Your Ceilings With Paint!

February 13, 2015

     Warm Up Your Ceilings With Paint!    Take that old white sheet off your ceiling and warm it up with beautiful color!  Isn’t it amazing how something everybody did for so long just seemed to be the right way of doing it?  No questions asked…
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Warm Up Your Ceiling With Paint!

   Then somebody suggests putting color on your ceilings and you turn your head sideways in puzzlement and say, “What?”

   I remember when I first heard this and thought, “Why have I never thought of this before?”

   That is what happened when we first had our house in Northern Kentucky built.  What an overwhelming experience it was choosing flooring, paint, doors, etc.   I think I could do a better job today, but with each home, you learn what you like and what you would change.  

   At first, all the walls were painted an antique white, a clean slate.  Jon-Michael’s room was the first to undergo the color transformation.  I chose the color Blue Reef from Sherwin Williams paints.

   Dave was getting ready to leave for a week.  As I rolled the first bit of that beautiful color on the ceiling, Dave was not convinced.  I told him it was just paint.  If we didn’t like it, we could paint over it.  I have to admit, that first bit of color on the ceiling was rather jarring, kind of like a blank canvas and the first stroke of your brush, intimidating and exhilarating all at once.

   I painted the walls and the ceiling and found myself loving it. The beautiful color just enveloped me. 

    When Dave returned, he went to Jon-Michael’s room, sat on the bed and just looked at the ceiling, at the walls and at the room in silence.  He admitted he liked it, which is huge coming from this man who is very frugal with compliments!

    That was just the beginning, good-by white ceilings!

   Having an open floor plan on the first floor, I did choose different colors for some of the rooms,  using the same row of color on the color fan.  (Click here ► Foolproof Way to Choose Paint Colors.)

 

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Warm Up Your Ceiling With Paint!
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Warm Up Your Ceiling With Paint!

  Since I wanted to link the rooms together with color, the ceiling in the dining room was painted the same Colony Blue as the living room walls.  The Hunters Tan on the dining room walls was painted on the ceiling in the living room.  The entry between the two rooms, the ceiling flowing into the family room and the family room walls were all painted the Hunters Tan.  The kitchen walls were painted Jade Green and the ceiling was painted Hunters Tan, too. 

   The tan flows from one room to another but doesn’t seem to be too boring because of the other colors woven through the rooms. 

 It has created a really nice flow from one room to the other.  Remember that your walls are usually the background for your beautiful things, not the focus.  (A focal wall is an exception.)  Have no fear, it’s easy to wrap yourself in color that you will love!

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