I have finished a very busy and exciting month and now am ready to settle back into my old routine. I love cooking again, today I am making spinach stuffed chicken breasts. I always have to cut the recipe way down as I don’t want to always be eating left over and we only eat one boneless chicken breast for dinner. We only eat 4 ounces of meat a day so I like to make it interesting and taste. This one you slice the breast as thin as you can, I get four slices from one breast. Then I add just little sage and salt and put them between plastic wrap and pound them out flat. Meanwhile I cooked a package of frozen spinach and drained it as dry as I could, chopped a garlic clove and sautéed it in a couple table spoons of butter, added the chopped spinach and half cup of Aisiao cheese, grated. And put that on the pounded chicken and roll it up as much as you can. Lay the rolls in a small oven proof dish top each roll with a thin slice of left over Easter ham or bacon if you don’t have ham and top with a slice of mild cheese. Baked it at 375 for 30 minutes, upped the temperature to 500 and baked for another 5 minutes to brown the top and served it. And oh, it was so good. I do all the cooking and Norman does all the clean up, dishes etc. Now you know why I like cooking so much. Anyone would like to cook if they never have to clean up the kitchen!!
Remember all those toys I made? Well Dyhana and Gina were here last week and had a very good time with them but there were so many they never even got to play with them all. They loved the dolls I made for them with all the outfits and Dyhana made room in her suit case to take hers home. Now I still have dozens so today I took the story book “The Three Little Pigs” and the three pigs and the wolf and the last of the finger puppets , put them all in a basket and took them down the street to the Riverside Learning Center and went in to talk to the director. Patty had told me about the center and thought they might like to have some of my toys so I took a chance. She was thrilled with them and so nice about it. I told her I had lots more and would love to donate them to the Center if they could use them. We had a wonderful talk, she was so nice and said the kids would love them and the teachers would make good use of them so I left those and told her I would bring more next week if that was alright. I am so glad to find a welcome home for all my toys, she has no idea how many I have for her. I hope she can use some of the toys as prizes for students that do a good job. When she see how many I have for her she may feel she can give some away but that is up to her, there are no strings on this gift. I am just happy she like them.
Now I am spending most of my time working on sweaters for the family for next Christmas. I have a pattern for a beautiful sweater for the females and Shirley sent me enough yarn to make one for everyone that wants one. Patty, Shanti, and Becca have already picked out theirs. Patty also brought me some yarn for the kids sweaters. Ihave found a very cute pattern for a sweater with an animal on the back with it’s head hanging over one shoulder and down onto the front. I have the rust that Patty gave me and I have some blue that Shirley gave me so I’ll make one of those for each of the small kids. I should have enough yarn to keep me busy all summer knitting for Christmas. Joe’s kids are older so instead of sweaters I will make hats, mittens and scarves and they are in cold enough weather to use the washable wool which Shirley gave me.
Nice to be back into my slow easy routine. Have a great day .