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Four Foods on Friday #113

30th April 2010

Four Foods on Friday #113

This week’s meme was actually for last week, but since I didn’t participate last week, I’m doing it now. I figure, better late than never! :-D

If you would like to participate in Four Foods on Friday just clink the link and leave val a comment after you’ve created your own post!

This week’s question is very simple:

What can you make with eggs, meat or poultry, vegetables and a starch?

Well, I’m thinking one of the quick meals from Bisquick. This is the recipe for Impossible Chicken Pot Pie.

1 2/3 cups frozen mixed vegetables
1 cup cut-up cooked chicken
1 can (10 3/4 ounces) condensed cream of chicken soup
1 cup Original Bisquick® mix
1/2 cup milk
1 egg

1.
Heat oven to 400ºF. Mix vegetables, chicken and soup in ungreased glass pie plate, 9×1 1/4 inches.
2.
Stir together remaining ingredients with fork until blended. Pour into pie plate.
3.
Bake 30 minutes or until golden brown.

I love the Bisquick recipes, they’re so simple, quick and taste good!

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28th April 2010

Not So Wordless Wednesday

buterrflies and flowers 001

These are the fabrics I am using to create a “butterfly” quilt. The backgrounds are all a neutral white and the butterfly wings are all bright, vivid colors. I managed to get the top wings all ready, but I screwed up the bottom wings, they are all facing only one direction and they need to be going in opposite directions. Ahhh, well, no quilt is handmade without a mistake or two!

I am limited on the fabric so I can either completely redo the bottom wings which will take much more time, or, I can attempt to find the exact fabric and purchase more to fix my errors. I am trying to find the exact fabric, it will be less time consuming!

More pictures to follow, I am trying to do a picture diary of this quilt. :-D

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27th April 2010

Nicer Weather Means Getting Back Outdoors

This is a Sponsored Post written by me on behalf of SaferBrand. All opinions are 100% mine.

Except for the never ending wind here in Dallas, today was an absolutely beautiful day! I think the high was around 70, the sun was brightly shining and flowers are in bloom. It’s so pretty out it makes me want to get outside!

I headed out to the patio to start cleaning it after the long, wet winter. I realized our patio seat cushions need replacing so I have some fabric shopping I need to do! I also started pulling weeds out of the flower beds that surround our pool, tons and tons of thistle! Wow! I can’t believe how much of it is in the beds and in the yard. Between the thistle and the clover, I was certainly beginning to feel a bit overwhelmed. I do want to get the weeds taken care of before I put a fresh layer of mulch down though.

Once I get everything weeded, it’ll be time for the pruning and cleaning up of the bushes. We have several large rose bushes and lots of regular hedge bushes that I take care of all year long. I’m always worried about the rose bushes though with bugs. They’re pretty resilient, but we did have one large rose bush die last year and I don’t want to lose anymore. I don’t like using harsh chemicals though, it just never feels right to me. EndALL insect spray kills 45 different types of insects whether their in the larvae stage or full grown adults and it’s organic. Organic Pyrethrin and soap kill adult and larval stages while Neem oil kills the eggs to prevent re-infestation. It’s so safe that it can be used on just about any living plant including flowers, fruits, vegetables, lawn, landscape, ornamentals and even houseplants.

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26th April 2010

Looking for Quilt Tree Participants

I am participating in a Quilt Tree and am looking for more who would like to participate.  If you would like to participate, leave me a comment so I can contact you for your mailing address.  Participants receive the following letter along with two 6″ fabric charm squares:

Purple Charm Quilt

This is a Quilt Tree.  No money involved – just fun for everyone.

Please send two 6″ squares  to the first person on the list (list of names & addresses will be on actual letter).  The fabric may be plaid, check, print or solid, but it must be PURPLE and 100% cotton.

Remove the name you sent the fabric squares to from the top of the list and put your name and address as the next name.  Make 4 copies of the letter and send them to 4 quilting friends alond with two 6″ squares of your choice of PURPLE fabric in each letter.

All together you should receive 72 squares in return, if no one breaks the chain.  This will be enough to make a charm quilt.  It will be fun to see where the squares come from and to see what they will look like together.

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26th April 2010

Keeping Updated with GPS – Map Update Month

This is a Sponsored Post written by me on behalf of NAVTEQ. All opinions are 100% mine.

Two weeks ago my daughter had a softball tournament in Keller, Texas. This is a little over an hour away, so, with my atlas in hand and my GPS navigator plugged in, we headed out early in the morning to get to the fields on time. Well, my atlas is a number of years old, and apparently, so are the maps in my GPS! Neither one knew that a new toll road had been built, so both were telling me to go a longer route. Then, when we were attempting to take an on ramp to change highways, there was a massive amount of construction delays that had traffic standing still. Very frustrating when we’re in a time crunch. I kept trying to get an alternate route on the GPS, but it wasn’t seeming to be working properly. I was so frustrated, I finally put everything down and directed my husband by shear instinct! Thankfully, I have fairly good instincts when it comes to direction and we managed to arrive on time, although, we were mentally drained. Thank goodness we weren’t the ones having to play softball!

This past weekend, we did almost the same trip, except this time we were heading to Southlake. Because of our previous experience, and the fact that I had heard about NAVTEQ’s Map Update Month, I wanted to make sure our GPS had the most up to date maps installed and I made sure it was working properly so we could find an alternate route if necessary. NAVTEQ is the company whose technology and maps drive most of the in-car navigation systems and the leading brands of GPS-enabled devices in the US, so when they say it’s time to update your GPS maps, it’s time to update! I can tell you from personal experience, Dallas is constantly building new roads, particularly toll roads, and these can make our drive time so much shorter, we just have to know how to get there! It’s also great to be able to get a quick alternate route when we come upon unexpected traffic delays. It’s really amazing just how much we do rely on our GPS system, we’ve had it for less than 2 years, but it’s really made getting to all these tournaments so much easier.

Visit www.mapupdatemonth.com for more information. According to the NAVTEQ Navigation Benefits Study, updating your GPS maps could:

-help you save up to $200 a year just by using a navigation device*
-help you drive with confidence
-help you save time (A traffic enabled GPS device can save you 4 days of driving time*)
-help you use less fuel
-reduce your CO2 emissions by 20% just by driving with a GPS device*
-help maintain the optimum performance from your system
-help you know better roadside options

Since we just celebrated Earth Day, I think all of these factors are enough to get me to update my maps (if I hadn’t all ready done it!).  If you haven’t all ready updated, simply visit the NAVTEQ site and use the drop down menus that correspond with the type of GPS unit you have.

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