Saturday, January 24, 2015


A wood splitter jumped in front of me....

Pulling Andrew

Pulling Adam

Pulling Adam

Pulling Andrew

Ice Fishing

"Petting" fish
Grandpa put together a video of it.

Friday, January 09, 2015

Creamed Chicken with Tarragon

This was tonight's dinner and both Ray and I liked it. It is a great use of leftover chicken (or turkey would work) and VERY easy, yet tastes like it cooked much longer! Definitely a winner!  I just got this cookbook and was excited that the first recipe turned out.  I've had some issues with RR as her recipes often contain such weird (and often overpriced items) and are usually just a little too involved anymore it seems. I actually "traded" this book (Title Wave in Anchorage....awesome used bookstore!) for Book of Burger by RR, which really disappointed me.  I wanted cool BURGER recipes and that was mostly basic burgers with added sauces....I don't want to make various sauces. When I make a burger, I want to make a burger, have Ray grill it, and be done! That's the point of burger night in my house. :)  No cooking.  Therefore I don't want some complicated stovetop sauce, which is what 90% of the recipes were. 

Creamed Chicken with Tarragon
3 tbsp. butter
2 tbsp. flour
1/3 cup white wine (I used a Chardonnay....Freddie's let you buy individual little bottles of wine out of the 4 and 6 awesome!  That means I don't have a ton of leftover wine now and it was only like $2 for a decent wine!)
1 1/2 cups chicken stock (I used bouillon)
salt and pepper
1 pkg frozen mixed vegetables (she used frozen peas and canned pimentos)
1/2 cup half and half (they used heavy cream...I had half and half and it worked great)
3 tsp dried tarragon (they used fresh, 3 tbsp., I used dried)
1 tbsp. Dijon mustard
1 1/2 lbs cooked chicken, diced
white bread for tasting with butter (we used leftover hoagie rolls)

In a s saucepan, melt butter over medium heat.  Whisk in flour and cook for 1 minute.  Whisk in wine and cook for 1 minute.  Whisk in the stock and cook until thick enough to coat the back of a spoon.  Season with salt and pepper.  Stir in frozen vegetables and half and half and return to the bubble.  Mix in a tarragon, Dijon mustards and chicken. 

Toast the bread and butter liberally.  Ladle chicken over it and serve.

Sunday, January 04, 2015


Andrew Submarine

Andrew's puzzle, with some help from Brother

My Gup-A is stuck in the Goo!!! (aka play dough)


100 piece puzzle, all by himself!

Making a electronic gadget that works, courtesy of his electronics kit.

Playing My First Carcassonne with Mom and Dad

Painting with Daddy

Adam got his own paints and miniatures for Christmas so he can have his own army of little men.  Here he is tackling his first miniature.  Soon he'll be ready to take on Daddy in battle!

Friday, January 02, 2015

Weber's Gaming Cafe....

We are starting a separate blog just for gaming...cause we are that nerdy!

Wednesday, December 31, 2014


I got a new, bigger, mixer.  So my old white one is going into "retirement" at my mother's.  I'll miss you, old friend!  But the new one is so BIG...the goal is that it will do a double batch of cookies....I have been doing single batches because the little one couldn't handle a double batch. 

New Stuff

Playing Adam's new game - Robot Turtles

Our new sleeping bags!

New Wii Game

The boys got a new Wii game from PaPa...Super Smash Bro. Brawl
Daddy and Adam testing it out - eventually Andrew will take Daddy's place, but Andrew isn't so good yet....

Adam concentrating hard!

Adam and Andrew
Andrew was losing....

Adam and Legos

Adam came now do Lego sets, by the instructions, all by himself!

Playing with our new Toys

Christmas Morning

Our Tree...Santa came!

Grandma and Grandpa and everyone came later

Christmas Breakfast

My Christmas Breakfast!

I have been posting recipes, but I am compiling them here, including some old ones I used.
...and I cooked bacon when everyone got there, because while everything is better with bacon!
So you might ask...why is Andrew sifting flour? Who still sifts flour?  Well, I bought Safeway flour...and it has little flour pebbles in it that WOULD NOT I had to sift it. And I will NEVER be buying Safeway flour again....

Boys' Tree

So I was thinking that the boys' should have a little tree for their playroom...and then Andrew brings this home from school!  Perfect!  We decorated it up for them.  I'll keep it for next year as well. :)


Hmm...a new spot?

Playing LIttle Men Like Daddy


I have had several projects back burners, but I've been working on catching them up.
I bought curtains for the boys' room (light/cold blocking)....and I had to hem them (no biggie)....turned out tough I needed I had to go back, get a second, hem again...ugh....

But now it is all covered!

Valances for playroom

First Lady ornament hanger...needed a new way to display them so I made two of these

Ice Fishing

We took the boys ice fishing about a week ago. We might have caught more, but Andrew was singing as he fished!

In the end, Garrison (the older boy there) caught three....he let each boy haul up one (we threw them all back).  Grandpa caught nothing!

I passed Tot 1!

Andrew passed Tot 1...on to the next...and then hockey, his ultimate goal!