Jan 12, 2009

Marvelous Monday Update 1/12/09

I know I haven't said this lately... But, aren't Mondays just mahhhvelous??! *cough cough* Now that I've gotten that out of the way, on with the show!

Just so you know.... Since I had no takers... none... nadda... zip... for cleaning my bathroom, I did it myself! LOL, it *really* wasn't that bad. Mostly dust and paint chips from sanding.


Weather
Over the weekend, we got ANOTHER 8-10" of snow. Snowblower. Best investment a girl could make if she has a freakin' long driveway (Whatever possessed her? LOL) Roads were nasty messy, and I almost had a pickup truck fishtail his back end right into my front end (He was coming from the opposite direction). I saw a car balancing precariously on a guard rail, on the wrong side of the guard rail no less. I can't even imagine how it got that way or what that person must've felt when the car came to a skidding stop on top. Talk about scary! Is it spring yet???


Food!
I had some potatoes I wanted to use up, so I searched online for a recipe for an entree. I looked at several recipes for Shepherd's Pie and decided I could make my own version. What a hearty dish!


I seasoned and browned ground turkey. Added minced garlic and chopped onion. Then added frozen mixed vegetables (peas, broccoli, red pepper, corn). Added a bit of gravy seasoning and drizzled with a bit of catsup. While the meat/vegetable mixture cooked in a frying pan, I made mashed potatoes with some butter, sour cream, salt and pepper. I put the meat mixture in the bottom of a 9x13 oven-safe pan. On top of that, I spread the mashed potatoes. Baked for 20 minutes at 375F, and then turned on the broiler for about 3 minutes to brown the top. Basically, I winged it based on several different recipes I read, and used ingredients I had on hand. If I had shredded cheddar cheese, I would've topped it with that right before broiling. It turned out pretty darn good!


Stitchy Stuff
I had my first 2009 finish on Sunday! At Christmas, Lynn in TX sent me a card along with a skein of DMC Color Variations floss and the chart.

Snowflake
Time: 4 hours
Fabric: 14ct white aida
Fiber: DMC Color Variations 4235


Edited: Linda thinks she printed the snowflake chart from The Floss Box. There's an entire snowflake series there!

24 comments:

Kristin said...

My family love Shepherd's Pie.

Great job on the card. It is lovely.

Becca in MD said...

Nice job with stitching. I like that pattern.

Shep's pie is awesomely good, and so flexible in what you put in.

Rene la Frog said...

Congrats on the finish!! The Shepherds Pie sounds yummy, may have to try that one.

Emily said...

What is the name of that chart. Love it.

Srinity said...

Your Sheperds Pie looks delicious... and I am hungry, I better go and have something to eat. :) Beautiful snowflake!

Sharon said...

Pretty finish. I may have to try the shepherd's pie!

Sharon said...

Shepherds Pie is great - it's real "stick-to-your-ribs, comfort food". I love the snowflakes - Different flosses would give different looks - VERY pretty!!!

Barb said...

Nice stitching pieces. I make Shepherds pie off and on durring the winter months too. Like you I do my own thing to it.

Terri said...

Absolutely wonderful stitching. Yes the car on the guard rail would of freaked me out. The shepherds pie looks good.

Irene said...

Your shepherds pie looks delicious. Cute snowflake.

Chiloe said...

It's funny how when you wrote about your 9x13 sauce pan, I thought righ away about my 9x13 Silkweaver fabrics !lol

A girl and her snowblower? What can we say about this loving relationship? lol One day, you will have to take a pic of the beast ;-) We have to mmet HIM? But is he a him or a her?

Ok, I stop being silly and go take care of my numerous family !!! lol

Rachel S said...

How cute is that!

Donna said...

Mmm! Shepard's pie! I have seen those snowflake patterns. They are great. Congrats on the finish.

Nancy said...

Nice finish Meari! I bet when you bought your house, you were never thinking about how many times you would have to snowblow the driveway! It has been a couple awful years lately! We have a winter storm warning and blizzard warnings for tonight and tomorrow. Think APRIL!

Carolyn NC said...

What? No takers on the bathroom? Imagine that! LOL Glad you have a snow blower. Shepherd's Pie sounds delish and love the snowflake!

Debra said...

Pretty finish, food looks good too.
Debra in Indiana

Dawn B. said...

The Shepperd's Pie looks YUMMMMMMMY. Congrats on the first finish of 09. I love stitching snowflakes

Lisa said...

The snowflake is beautiful! Some beads would make nice and sparkley.
Sheppard's Pie is a favorite in my house too. We usually put the layer of cheddar between the meat and potatoes.

Patricia said...

Once again your meal sounds yummy! Your snowflake is great, thanks for the link to the patterns.
HUGS
Patty

Mylene said...

A cute finish and hmmm the pie looks yummy!

Nancy said...

Wonderful work you've done on your bathroom!! You go, girl! ;o)
Your stitching is beautiful ... as always.
As for the guy & the dates .. *sigh* Yeah, it's definitely an adventure.

J Rae said...

Shepherd's Pie sure looks yummy! :-P

Your snowflake turned out beautifully!

Bathroom looks wonderful! You did a marvelous job!

htimcj said...

Very nice snowflake and your shepard's pie sounded great.
Heidi-ILCS

glenda said...

Pretty snowflake!