Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Surprised by Snow 2014

So we knew from about a week ago there would be snow. But should we worry? Nooooo!ONly a light dusting,  they said. Less than half an inch, they said.....

There has been a lot of laughter at the expense of the south this week, but please consider- we believed that the Weather Channel told us.....
When I arrived at work Tuesday morning I checked the National Weather Service, which said we'd get about 3 inches of snow. But then I checked the weather chaannel, and it said less than half an inch. Who did I believe? Who did most of the south beleive?

 Let's face it- We rarely get snow here, RARELY!! Of course we believe the source that says we will get very little accumulation....

the goldfish pond

the driveway

the main mountain road

 So, yes, we were unprepared. We put our trust in the wrong sources.
 After hitting a ditch, I left my car at the foot of the mountain.

ice on the pond

The Duck Pond

Going Sledding (with a pool float)

This is our road about 5:00 today..not much change. We will have freezing temps tonight as well. I can say that this is one girl who will listen to the National Weather Service from now on. Lesson Learned....

Monday, January 20, 2014

Chicken Alfredo Casserole

I was given the original version of this recipe from  my friend, Penny. Of course I had to tinker with it a little to make it my own. You know its a hit when your husband loves it. I like this recipe because it is simple- a great Sunday supper. It makes enough for Monday, too!

 Chicken Alfredo Casserole

  • 3 chicken breasts, boiled and cut into bite-size pieces
  • 8 oz bowtie pasta, cooked according to directions
  • 2 jars Alfredo sauce (I use one home style and one artisan cheese) *If you prefer a thicker, less creamy casserole, use lass sauce.
  • 10 oz spinach, cooked and drained (remove as much liquid as possible)
  • 1 small jar marinated artichokes, drained and cut into bite-size pieces
  • 1 small jar sun dried tomatoes, drained and cut into bite-size pieces
  • 1 Tbsp. dehydrated onion
  • 2 T minced garlic (from a jar)
  • 1 small container shredded Parmesan cheese
  • 1 small bag shredded mozzarella
Preheat oven to 325.
While pasta is cooking, cut up the chicken and add to a large bowl.
Squeeze all the moisture out of the spinach, and add it to the chicken.
Add the alfredo sauces, artichokes, tomatoes,  dehydrated onion, garlic, and about half the parmesan and mozzarella (a large handful of each, anyway). Stir to combine, then add the drained pasta. Put this into a large baking dish that has been sprayed with non-stick spray. Cover with foil and heat about 10 minutes. Uncover, add more parmesan and mozzarella, and heat uncovered until melted.

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Blue Monday

Smiling Sally

View from Clingman's Dome, Great Smoky Mountains.
This was taken on the last day the park was open, on the day before the government shut-down.

Monday Melow Yellows

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Thursday, January 16, 2014

Friday Skywatch

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I took these photos on a walk last Sunday. I couldn't get over the vivid blue of the sky.

 For more photos of this nlue, blue sky, see my Blue Monday Post.
For more ohotos from my walk, check out my weekly Scenes from a Sunday.

I couldn't resist taking a photo of that huge moon.

See you next Friday! Thanks for stopping by!

Sunday, January 12, 2014

Blue Monday

Smiling Sally
It's Blue Monday again!
I could not resist posting pictures of Sunday's beautiful sky! It was amazing!

Scenes From A Sunday

What a welcome reprieve from that awful cold weather! I honestly don't know how Northerners stand it! If it isn't going to snow, who needs the cold?

My hubby and I took a Sunday walk today. It's good to just walk out the front door into the woods and enjoy nature. It grounds me and gets me ready for the week ahead.

This is the duck pond in the woods below the house.

Love that blue, blue sky!

I've always thought the fields were pretty in winter.
I used to walk this field with my daddy when I was little looking for animal tracks. To me, it was a big adventure.

Wonder who lives here?

 Mama deer has been this way....

So, what were the scenes from your Sunday? 

I will publish more scenes from mine on my Mellow Yellow Mondays and Blue Monday posts tomorrow. Be sure to drop by!

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Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Baby It's Cold Outside!

Day two of the Polar Blast. 8 degrees makes life hard on a southern girl! School was still out for the kids, but teachers reported in at 9. I do believe this is the first time I ever worked wearing my cuddly duds beneath my jeans and heavy fleece shirt.

I've enjoyed these winter days at home. I caught up on some reading (and blogging) and learned to crochet! You're never to old to learn new things. The opposite of growth is decay!

Stay warm and keep your fur babies warm as well. Last night we banished Phoebe the kitty to my daughter's room so that our cat- detesting dogs could sleep in. Kitty is still miffed at me about this.

Stay warm and enjoy use this extra time inside to catch up on the things you love, be creative, and even learn something new.


Monday, January 6, 2014

Ruby Tuesday Too

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I took the following pjotos of white Ibis on Sanibel Island, Florida. I LOVE the red beaks and legs!