Monday, May 3, 2010

Hi-De-Ho, A New Recipe and Fun Napkins for You to Make!

Hi-De-Ho and away we go...

The other night I was getting ready to make a recipe for supper, you know the famous question..."What would you all like for supper?" For our family, supper time is a special time, nothing fancy but we do look forward to it. It's a time of gathering together and just enjoying good food and conversation.

Well to make a long story short I had my eyes in my Betty Crocker's cookbook I've had since I first married in 1980. My eyes fell upon this recipe I've never tried. And ya know? It was so the Lord....I had everything on hand, and it turned out very nicely! It was a very pretty dish as well and I think it will be nice for company. A tried & true type of recipe that should suit most tastebuds.

Here it is, and a picture to boot.

Chicken-Broccoli Bake

(The broccoli was brighter, and it had a pretty glaze)

2 T butter

2 T oil, I used olive oil

6 small chicken breasts (about 2 pounds) I used 4 huge breasts, boneless, skinless, and sliced thinly.

1/2 tsp. garlic salt, I used garlic powder and my own salt

1 can (10 3/4 o) condensed cream of chicken soup, I use healthy request.

1 can (4 oz.) mushroom stems and pieces

1/4 c. water

1 tsp. Worcestershire sauce

1/2 tsp. dried thyme leaves

2 packages (10 oz. each) frozen broccoli spears. (I used florets, half a huge economy bag)

1/2 tsp. salt

Heat butter and oil in oblong baking dish, 13 x 9 or larger in my case, In 400 degree oven til melted. Place chicken in dish, turning to coat with margarine mixture. Arrange chicken skin sides up; sprinkle with garlic salt. Cook uncovered 30 minutes.

Mix soup, mushrooms (with liquid), water, Worcestershire sauce and thyme. Rinse broccoli under running cold water to separate; drain. Remove chicken from oven; drain fat if needed. Arrange broccoli along sides of chicken; sprinkle with salt. Spoon soup mixture over broccoli.

Cook uncovered until chicken is done and broccoli is tender, about 30 minutes. Garnish with paprika and ripe olives if desired. 6 servings

Dd24, Marianna made roasted potatoes drizzled with olive oil with fresh rosemary, fennel, oregano and some lavender sage from her herb garden. : )

My little napkin project. Fun & Easy.

This is some Mary Enghelbreit fabric my daughter found on clearance. It's black with tiny little red cherries & white dots on it. I cut sqares I had left over from a skirt I had made. I made most of my squares around 10 inches, some are not perfectly this size, I just did what I could. I didn't hem the edges, I just zig-zagged the edges on my handy dandy Brothers machine. A couple of years ago, I bought the least expensive (at the time) Brothers model from Walmart and am so satisfied with my little machine. It's the blue & white model.

Edit 11.5.10 I have also recently purchased the pink & white Brothers machine so our daughters would have a machine so we can have fun sewing at the same time. I am very satisfied with that particular Brothers machine as well. You can't beat the reasonable price online at Walmart.

Another thing I've found that works well for our cloth napkins is when I find the cute handkerchiefs from Hobby Lobby? I cut those in fourths, and do the same with them. And I have 4 new napkins per handkerchief. It's fun, it's easy and I can afford to pick cute patterns. It doesn't have to be matchy-matchy poo-poo.

Here is what I did with my napkins so my family can grab a napkin easily:

Sweetness. Comforting, Cozy, Cotton Cloth Napkins

Special thanks and appreciation to my dear friend, Adam, a sweet Christian young man. He graciously gave me the "Beautiful Blogger" award. Y'all go say hello to Adam, he's a nice Christian fella. One thing I especially appreciate about Adam and his sister, they are very kind and considerate to me, leaving comments from time to time as they see fit even though I'm old enough to be their mama. : )

For thoughts on appreciation, respect and good manners feel free to stop by my visionforaGodlyhome.blogspot

Have a sweet rest of the week folks!

This post is also linked to Life as Mom for more money saving tips and encouragments. : )


Beloved's Bride Carmen said...

Mrs. Amelia, That looks fabulous. Yum! :)

Anonymous said...

Dear Amelia,
Thanks so much for posting that lovely chicken broccoli recipe! I made it yesterday & it was quite the hit. I did add grated cheddar cheese to the top (we are BIG on cheese around here, lol) & boy was it tasty. As you said, beautiful too!
I love the napkins you made. They are so pretty. I love your creativity. (((hugs))) to you!

Nonnie said...

What a neat idea for cloth napkins!! I love it. We had a friend who used cloth napkins ... each family member had a unique napkin holder so they could reuse a napkin if they hadn't really dirtied it.

donna7 said...

Hey hun I just signed up here. Not sure if I'll make it my new home or not but thought I might give it a try.
Love your napkins!