Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Fall Hug in a Mug

Hello all you beautiful people, thanks for popping in today. I hope you are well and today has been fantabulous.

Oh yes the cool temps are here that is for sure.

You know what that means don't you?

It is time for soups and chili! Oh my yum.

I made my first batch yesterday and mmmm good.

It hit the spot perfectly.

Fall Hug in a Mug @

Fall Hug in a Mug @

The news had been reporting that our colors this year were probably not going to be all that spectacular.

Oh how wrong they were and I am so happy they were.

The colors have been absolutely stunning!

Fall Hug in a Mug @

I LOVE a fall crisp day, the animals do as well. Even the older ones seem to get a bit more pep in their step.

Fall Hug in a Mug @

Time for new beginnings.

New memories to be cherished.

I know the leaves change where we may be moving, but not like here in New England. So torn.

Until then here is another recipe to give a whirl if you wish.

T’s Crockpot Butternut Squash

2 lb butternut squash, peeled, scooped out and diced
2 apples, peeled, cored and diced
1/2 small onion, cut
2 cups Vegetable Stock
1 T cinnamon
1 T curry powder
1/2 t sea salt
2 scoops plain protein powder, vegetable based
7 oz canned lite coconut milk

Place all ingredients except protein powder and coconut milk in crockpot.
Cook on low for 6 hours.
Scoop carefully into blender*, add protein powder and coconut milk.
Blend until smooth.

*Can do in batches depending on your blender or use an immersion blender in crockpot.

I love sharing and feedback only helps me to improve so if you try please be sure to report back.

What are some of your Fall Fave Foods?

Until next time...


Saturday, October 22, 2016

A Family Fall Fave

Hello all you beautiful faces! An amazing day lies ahead.

Autumn is just too short so have to get in all we can to enjoy and celebrate it.

Apple picking is a family fave in the fall. Nothing better than crispy fresh apples straight from the source and so much you can make with them to enjoy them even after the season is over.

This year we went with a family we have made friends with not terribly long ago but they are a wonderful loving family and we surely enjoy our time spent together.

Apple Picking @ ©

It was the perfect day for it too. Sunny...nice breeze, not too hot or too cold.


Apple Picking @ ©

Apple Picking @ ©

Apple Picking @ ©

Apple Picking @ ©

Apple Picking @ ©

Do you have any family traditions you enjoy in the Fall?

Thursday, October 20, 2016

Snazzy Poultry

Hello lovlies....How are things in your neck of the world?

Beautiful here for sure.

We eat a good amount of chicken here in this house, but it certainly can get boring.

That is when the test kitchen opens up and my kids become taste testers and critiques.

I am a great fan of flavor.

Bold flavors rock my world.

This dish has just that...

Bold flavors.


Chicken & Spiced Apples

You start with...

Chicken and Spicey Apples @ ©

Did you guess apples? Of course you did.

You cut them up throw them in a ziptop bag add the lemon juice and cinnamon and give them a good, but gentle toss.

Then you will cook these delish pieces of goodness up.

After the apples are done, remove them but keep them warm.

Next up...

Chicken and Spiced Apples @ ©

The chicken...

The herb mix is generously spread over the chicken and cook in same pan as you cooked the apples. You really want all these flavors trust me.

Chicken and Spiced Apples @ ©

When the chicken is fully cooked remove it as well abut keep warm, we are almost done.

Chicken and Spiced Apples @ ©

Look at all that yummy goodness left behind.

Add the roux you made and whisk until thoroughly combined.

Chicken and Spiced Apples @ ©

Ahh I can smell it now, sooooo good!

The finished dish...


Chicken and Spiced Apples @ ©

We enjoyed ours with a side of steamed beets.

T’s Chicken & Spiced Apples

2 apples, cut
1 tablespoon lemon juice
1T ground cinnamon
3 teaspoons extra-virgin olive oil, divided
3 teaspoons butter, divided
1 T. Thyme
1T dried parsley
1/2 T Sage
1/2T ground clove
1/2 teaspoon salt1
4 boneless, skinless chicken thighs, trimmed
1 cup white dry wine
1 chicken bouillon
1T flour(I use GF)
1T Water

Toss apple slices with lemon juice and cinnamon in a seal-able bag.
Heat 1 teaspoon oil and 1 teaspoon butter in a medium nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add the apples and cook, stirring occasionally, until tender, about 7 minutes. Place in bowl and keep warm.
Mix herbs and salt together.
Place chicken between sheets of plastic wrap and pound with a meat mallet to a 1/2-inch thickness.
Sprinkle the chicken on both sides with the seasoning mixture.
Heat 1 teaspoon oil and 1 teaspoon butter in a large skillet over medium high heat.
Add half the chicken and cook until no longer pink in the center, 4 to 6 minutes per side.
Remove to a platter and keep warm.
Add the remaining 1 teaspoon oil and 1 teaspoon butter to the pan; heat over medium high heat.
Cook the remaining chicken in the same manner.
Add wine, bouillon cube and any accumulated juices from the chicken to the pan.
Cook for about 3 minutes to reduce a bit.
Add roux (the flour and water mix) to the pan.
Cook, stirring to scrape up any browned bits, until slightly reduced, about 8 minutes.
Spoon the sauce over the chicken and serve with the sautéed apples.

Please let me know what you think if you give this a try...

Oh what about my taste testers?

Ok Kat LOVED both the chicken and the apples, Rob had a mixed review. He LOVED the chicken but said he did not like the apples s much.

I on the other hand really enjoyed this dish and hope you do as well.

Thanks for stopping by.

Until next time...


Sunday, October 2, 2016

The & Bakery?

Hello friends! I hope all is fantabulous with you!

I just love exploring local things.

Yesterday was no different.

My daughter has been wanting to take me to The Bankery for sometime now and we finally got there.


It is such a cute little place.


With gorgeous pastry and desserts to choose from.


Beautifully created and so delicious looking too!


Look how adorable these sugar cookies are!!

I just wanted one of everything.


And look at these apple spice cupcakes!!!


Then look at this fall display.....


I just loved the experience.

We all loved what we got.

Thank you my beautiful girl for your loving generosity and treating your mom and brother to some yummy fall sweetness. I love you Kat, and I am so proud of the woman you are becoming!

If you find yourself in the Skowhegan Maine area visiting the Bankery is an absolute must! It is right in downtown, really easy to find. You can check them out at their website HERE or their FB page HERE.

Saturday, October 1, 2016

How To Find Fantastic Service

Hello friends!

Welcome to October.

Fall is in full swing, my favorite time of the year and it just does not last long enough!


I want to share with you today a place I love to shop. Being a single Mom I definitely must stretch my dollar the limit and consignments stores are my best friend for many reasons...

  • I find tremendous deals.
  • I can dress, not just myself but my kids as well, to "impress". 
  • I can make money when we tire or outgrow many items, not just clothes.

We have shopped many different consignment stores over the past couple years since me ex-husband left but by far we LOVE Madlyn's in Skowhegan and Waterville!


Why Madlyn's?

So happy you thought of that question!!

  • The owner, Melissa, is an amazing woman!
  • The staff at both stores are top notch.
  • I can sell my Jewelry and Sewing craft items.
  • I LOVE the stuff we find there, always find great clothes, jewelry, shoes, household needs.





The Skowhegan Store even has Horse Gear! Wish I had a horse! I LOVE those beautiful creatures. So many fond memories when I was very young learning to ride from my Aunt when we lived on a horse farm. Ahh, those were the days.


I bought a few things at our visit yesterday, loved all of them but I REALLY loved this hat!


Perfect for fall. I was sooo happy finding this AND it was brand new!

Today, as every first of the month, (unless the first falls on a Sunday, they are closed) is $1 day! Yes that is right, all tags of a particular color, today being orange, are only $ matter what it is or what the original price!

Oh yes! You can bet we will be going shopping today too. We do not always find things but when we do they are major scores. Melissa's pricing is very competitive to begin with but you cannot beat $1. I have bought leather, yes leather, jackets for myself AND kids for just $1! CRAZY!

If you live or plan on a visit to Maine anywhere near Skowhegan or Waterville, stopping at Madlyn's is an absolute must for you thrifty shoppers! You will experience a boutique shopping experience on a frugal budget. If you happen to see Melissa, or my daughter Kaitlynn, let them know I sent you! I won't get anything dear FCC other then the thrill of knowing I shared an awesome experience with someone.

So how do you find fantastic service? Look for local mom & pop establishments with amazing owners like Melissa who strive to make you feel special and expect her staff to also deliver impeccable customer service. Find the establishments that take pride in their business and care about their customers NOT just the almighty dollar. Funny thing is places that have awesome customer service have a tendency to stick around because more and more it seems that customer service, good customer service is becoming a rarity and to find it is a true gem, one I will not let go of.

If you have been there, let me know! I'd love to hear about your experience and finds too!

Until next time...