Wednesday, February 28, 2007

Chicken and Rice Casserole

Chicken and Rice Bake

3 cups diced cooked chicken
1 medium onion diced and sauteed
1 can water chestnuts (8-ounce) drained
and chopped
1 can pimentos (4-ounce)
1 can condensed cream of chicken soup (10 3/4-ounce)
1 cup mayonnaise
1 box long-grain and wild rice (6 ounce) cooked
according to package directions
1 cup grated sharp Cheddar
1 Pinch salt

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
Mix all ingredients together and pour into a greased 3-quart casserole dish. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes or until bubbly.
Recipe adapted from Paula Deen

Tuesday, February 27, 2007

One Regret

There is no outside antenna to put Kermit on! (see my Icon). The antenna is part of the back window

Monday, February 26, 2007

My New Car!

This is my new car! We picked it up Saturday morning. A Buick Lacrosse. It's a 2006, but is new, so we got a good deal on it from the dealer. I really like it!

YA (Young Adult) Books

I've been reading (and enjoying) some books from the Young Adult section of our local library. Listed in the order that I read them:

1. Stardust by Neil Gaiman - One of his gentler fantasies. Soon to be a movie, I think.

2. Airborne by Kenneth Oppel - A great adventure book. I was reminded of 'The Eyre Affair' in that the prevailing mode of transport was by Airship and not Airplane.

3. The Last Unicorn by Peter S. Beagle - Reminded me of some elements of the movie 'Legend' with Tom Cruise. Although, I think an animated version of 'The Last Unicorn' was made.

4. The Watsons go to Birmingham - 1963 Unlike the other books, this was not a fantasy. It was fictional, however. Very moving at the end.

Monday, February 19, 2007

Music Room

Music Room, originally uploaded by cvwillc.

Posted from Flickr.


This is a test post from flickr, a fancy photo sharing thing.

Wednesday, February 14, 2007

Valentine Cookies

These are yummy cookies! Make them for someone you love.

Raspberry-Filled White Chocolate Bars

1/2 cup Butter
1 12-ounce pkg. White Chocolate Baking Bars, chopped
2 Eggs
1/2 cup Sugar
1 cup All-Purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon Salt
1 teaspoon Amaretto or Almond Extract
1/2 cup Raspberry Spreadable Fruit or Jam
1/4 cup Sliced Almonds, toasted

1. Heat oven to 325F. Grease and flour 9-inch square baking dish. Melt butter in small saucepan over low heat. Remove from heat. Add 1 cup of the white chocolate (6 oz.). LET STAND. DO NOT STIR.

2. In large bowl, beat eggs until frothy. Gradually add sugar, beating at high speed until lemon colored. Stir in white chocolate chip mixture. Add flour, salt and almond extract; mix at low speed just until combined. Spread half of batter (about 1 cup) in greased and floured pan. Set aside remaining batter.

3. Bake at 325F. for 15 to 20 minutes or until light golden brown.

4. Stir remaining 1 cup white chocolate into remaining half of batter; set aside. Melt spreadable fruit in small saucepan over low heat. Spread evenly over warm, partially baked crust. Gently spoon teaspoonfuls of remaining batter over spreadable fruit. (Some fruit may show through batter.) Sprinkle with almonds.

5. Bake at 325F. for an additional 25 to 35 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool 1 hour or until completely cooled. Cut into bars.

Monday, February 05, 2007


Am I unhappy that I didn't wait until the iPod Shuffle came out in Colors? Not at all! Not only have I enjoyed it since I got it for a Christmas present, the new shuffle colors match nothing in my wardrobe. Well, maybe the blue one.