A Hot Start On A Cold Morning

Welcome February!!!  Although we have a cold start (15 degrees) on this first day of the month and the last day of the work week,  Good Morning America provided a little heat this morning in the form of Mr. Tim McGraw.  Oh yes ladies, the very talented (Ok yes and good-looking) Mr. Tim McGraw gave a mini, pre-super bowl festivities concert.  Thank you GMA…..and thank you Tim McGraw!

It really is true, men do get better with age, except those who are afraid of aging.  Men like Kenny Rogers and Burt Reynolds who have had so much face work done that if you ran into them on a dark night, in a dark alley, you just might think you accidentally walked onto the set of a “Criminal Minds” episode.  If you add Joan Rivers and Melanie Griffin (who used to be a beautiful woman), into that mix you just might think you were on the set of a teenage slasher movie.  Do they really, truly believe they look good??

I am happy to age, every little wrinkle and crevice marks a milestone, good or bad, an indication that life is moving forward and with that many new adventures and challenges as well as the addition of lots of new little people into our lives.  The little people who are going to take a little piece of us into the future, leaving their mark and a little bit of us there as well.  My only reason for wanting time to slow down is merely just to enjoy life, to enjoy the little ones and time with family and friends.

I think Walt is aging well, a little gray starting to creep in, every now and then the need for glasses which actually are flattering.  Walt was caught off guard recently when an 80-year-old lady went out of her way to chat with him at Theo’s.  The hostess wanted to seat the elderly lady and she pushed the hostess away and said “Wait, I want to go over here and say hello to this good-looking young man.”  She walked over to the bench Walt was sitting on, he was waiting for our “to go” order, and she began chatting with him.  Oh how I wish I could have been there!  You would need to know Walt to be able to visualize him sitting there squirming, turning beet red.  Our papa does not like to be the center of attention.  The next weekend we were in one of our small, local grocery stores and the new 50’s something cashier was flirting and batting her eyes at him.   Really??  The best part of it all is that he gets flustered when I tease him about it.  My little pooh bear papa still has it with seniors….seniors citizens that is!

Short post today, I have a doctor appointment next week so I need to run have a blood draw done today so the results are back by the time I go in for my appointment.  I had to fast which means that I gave up my coffee this morning….boohoo, so I am anxious to get out of here so I can come back get caffeinated!!

Keeping with my “no internet recipe” theme this week, I’d like to share with you a great chicken recipe that is easy to assembly but tastes like you put a lot of effort into creating it.  This is another oldie but goodie that I found in one of my cook books, a Pillsbury cookbook.  Although we had forgotten about this tasty dish now that we’ve found it and made it again it will definetly appear more often in our rotation.  Try it with white rice, it won’t disappoint!

SWISS PARTY CHICKEN

Chicken Swiss

 

What You’ll Need:

6           Boneless, skin-less chicken breast halves

1 Jar     Whole mushrooms, drained (4 1/2-oz.)

8 oz.     Shredded Swiss cheese (2 cups)

1 Can     Condensed cream of mushroom soup (10 3/4-oz.)

¼ Cup  Sour cream

¼ Cup  Dry sherry or chicken broth

¼ Cup  Grated Parmesan cheese

Directions:

  • Heat oven to 350°F. Place chicken breasts in ungreased 12×8 inch (2-quart) baking dish.
  • Add mushrooms; sprinkle with Swiss cheese.
  • In small bowl, combine soup, sour cream and sherry; blend well.
  • Pour over chicken.*
  • Bake at 350°F. for 50 minutes.
  • Sprinkle with Parmesan cheese; bake an additional 5 to 10 minutes or until chicken is fork-tender and juices run clear.
  • Place chicken on serving plate.
  • Stir sauce if necessary to blend; serve with chicken.

Source: Pillsbury One-Dish Meals Cookbook; Copywrite 1999 The Pillsbury Company

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