2018 WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge – Silence – mountains

2018 WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge
~Silence~
“What does silence look like?
Show us your take in a photograph.”
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 Wishing you all fun with the 2018
WordPress Weekly photo challenge!

 

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2018 WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge – Growth – Herbs

2018 WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge
~Growth~
Evoke the excitement of entering a new year
with a photo that shows growth
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Right now it’s so cold in our region that the only thing that’s showing any growth around my home is one of my basil plants. I transplanted them from my herb bed last fall to a container to set on the window sill. I’m surprised one of them is doing so well. I haven’t had the heart to use it yet, but it’s just now finally tall enough to use. I’m going to start using a few of it’s leaves for seasoning food sometime soon.


Below is a photo I used in the WordPress Weekly Challenge last August for Textures.
The healthy growth of my herb bed evokes the excitement of the promise of a new gardening season in this new year .

 Wishing you all fun with another year
of the WordPress Weekly photo challenge!

 

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2017 WordPress Photo Challenge – Cheeky – Tick-Tock

This is a clock my mil gave us for Christmas way back in the early 1980’s. It’s been a wonderful clock over the decades. The only maintenance is requires is changing the battery every year or so (well other than re-setting when we spring forward or fall back.)
We are in such a habit of looking at this clock for the time, that when we moved it, along with the corner curio cabinet that it set on, to another room, we still looked for the clock. It took less than 24 hours for us to have a corner shelf put up and the clock back in its corner spot. We shared a good laugh over it.
This clock makes a pleasant little tick-tock sound produced by a swinging pendulum. It’s a sound that we live with and never pay much attention too.
This morning at 9:39 am Shelibean sounded his alarm of barking and running around the living room. Looked around and couldn’t see anything amiss. I looked outside and didn’t see anyone around the house. I told Sheli, “There’s nothing wrong.” Kind of odd, but Sheli calmed down and I went on about my day.
A few hours later, I glanced at the clock in the corner and noticed it was still 9:39 am and it had stopped. It was time to change batteries.
It took a moment for me to realize that the stopped time was when Sheli had sounded his alarm. He had been alerting me that the tick-tock sound had stopped.
I changed the battery under Sheli’s watchful eyes. When the tick-tock started again, he curled up on the couch and went to sleep. The world here at home sounded right again.
I’m proud of Sheli for being so in tuned with our environment that even a missing small tick-tock of a clock is something that was important enough to let me know. I wish I was smart enough to have figured it out at the time he alerted me.

Our pets must just shake their heads sometimes and wonder who should really be in charge.I suspect Shelibean was feeling a little bit cheeky about being right.

WordPress Photo Challenge – Cheeky
“Find a little irreverence in your world.”

 

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Chicken slow cooker pot pie and Muffin Flats

Recently I discovered a new soup on the shelf in our local grocery store.
‘Cream of Chicken with Herbs’
Most of my cooking is experimental at best, so I decided to give this new soup a try.

I mixed a the can of soup with a 3/4 can of water and a 1/2 tsp of lite salt and poured it in my slow cooker.
I cut up a couple chicken breasts  in to hearty size pieces and put them in the slow cooker and stirred them around to cover them in the soup.
I cooked them on high for a few hours.
When the chicken was fully cooked, I added fresh carrots and sweet peas.
I let it cook for another hour. Fresh carrots take a long time to cook in the slow cooker. I should have pre-cooked them in the microwave.
After the carrots were finally cooked, I added a cup of minute rice to the slow cooker.
I let it cook for about a half an hour more

I served it in a bowl with a side of muffin flats made with Jiffy muffin mix. Muffin flats is what I call the way I make my muffins now. I cook them in a whoopie pie pan. Muffin flats seem much better for us grown-ups than cupcake shaped muffins.
Yes, I realize that some folks would call them muffin tops instead of muffin flats. However, since it’s my whoopie pie pan and my oven I bake them in, in my kitchen with a batter mixed by my own hand, I can call them anything I want. 😉

The chicken slow cooker pot pie tastes quite a bit like a regular chicken pot pie without the crust.
The sweet muffin flats pair well with it.
This falls into my favorite food group of ‘comfort food’.
It’s pleasantly filling and would be great on a cold winter day.

My journey into experimental cooking with the ‘Cream of Chicken with Herbs’ soup and creating ‘Chicken slow cooker pot pie’ was a mighty tasty success.

Wishing you all success in your cooking and crafting experiments.

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Post inspired by:
2017 WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge – Experimental
“Show us your interpretation of today’s theme, “Experimental.”

 

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2017 WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge – Temporary

2017 WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge
~Temporary~

“This week, show us something you appreciate
despite —or even because of — its short shelf life.”
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I appreciate snow and icicles as long as they’re temporary.
We haven’t had a major snowfall in awhile, so
I went through my photos in search of snow and ice.
These 2 photos are a couple of my favorites from 2010.

 Wishing you all fun with the WP photo challenge!

 

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