Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Coffee Time

When I had a coffee break today I decided to get out my french press or another name is bodum. For those of you who have never used one, they make really great coffee and I like them as they are so handy if you want to make a different flavored coffee other than what is being served in the drip coffeemaker. My husband liked "regular" coffee and wasn't much for the flavored ones...which I liked to try from time to time. I have three of them and I use the small one quite often, especially when I want just a cup or two of either my regular coffee or one of the flavored ones that I have on hand.....such as a chocolate flavored one...Yummy!! The small one holds close to two cups and the other two hold about a quart. They are very easy to use, just put the ground coffee in them, pour in the boiling water and stir with a plastic utensil(comes with the press)....put the lid on with the plunger pulled up, let set for 4 minutes for the coffee to steep, then slowly press the plunger down.....and have delicious coffee! The silver one came with an electric warmer which is nice. can't tell the difference between using a press or drip coffee, and they are fun and a nice way to impress your guests too! I first seen one on Martha Stewart and from that time on I couldn't rest until I had one! After all, if it was good enough for Martha, then hey, it was good enough for me!! :)

Wednesday, March 23, 2011


OMG! What happened to our spring weather? After seeing the bare grass for several weeks we are now back to 7 inches of snow as of today!! It finally has quit snowing and now I am hoping for warm weather that will once again melt this snow. It was so nice last week that I was going to put the porch furniture out for the summer (now, that's a nice sounding word!), but it looks like it will be kept in storage for a while yet. Hopefully soon though it can come out! I did hear some birds singing last week and I had never heard that all winter so that gives me hope. That was what prompted me to get out my birds! Not too many more days left in March though...Hurray!

Monday, March 14, 2011


"May flowers always line your path and sunshine light your day. May songbirds serenade you every step along the way. May a rainbow run beside you in a sky that's always blue. And may happiness fill your heart, each day your whole life through."

Since I am going out to dinner for corned beef and cabbage on St. Patrick's Day, I decided to have my Irish dinner tonight. First on the menu was Irish bread.......yum!
I made "Irish Chicken with Noodles", served with a fresh green salad.

3 large whole chicken breasts, salt and pepper, 1/2 cup all-purpose flour, 1/4 cup butter or margarine, 1/4 cup vegetable oil, 1/2 lb. fresh mushrooms, sliced, 1 cup canned chicken broth, 1/2 cup Irish cream liqueur. Skin and bone chicken. Place each breast between two sheets of wax paper. With flat side of wooden mallet, pound breast to an even 1/4 inch thickness. Sprinkle each breast with salt and pepper. Then dust both sides with some flour. Reserve 2 tbs. of flour for the sauce. In large skillet over medium heat, melt 1 tbs. butter with 1 tbs. oil. Saute chicken breasts until golden brown, adding more butter and oil as needed. Remove to serving plate as they brown. When all breasts are browned, add mushrooms to skillet. Cook until just tender. Stir in 2 tbs. flour until well mixed. Gradually stir in chicken broth. Cook until sauce thickens. Stir in Irish cream liqueur and heat until sauce bubbles. Taste and add salt and pepper if necessary. Arrange chicken over noodles; spoon some sauce on top. Pass remaining sauce separately. Garnish with watercress, if desired. Makes 6 servings.
For dessert..... St. Patrick's Day cupcakes.

Hope you all have a great St. Patrick's Day!!