Sunday, February 26, 2012

OMG ... Soooo Good!

I love mayonaisse ... yup ... the good ol' fashion kind ... Hellman's specifically!

I love it on Tomato & Cucumber Sandwiches ... and perfect in Egg Salad ... and  Coleslaw ... but recently I was intrigued by a recipe they shared in an advertisement for Parmesan Crusted Chicken ... and tonight I finally gave it a try.

No Frills had Boneless Skinless Chicken Breasts (frozen) on special for a mere $2/lb ... one package of three huge breasts was less than $5!  How could I resist?

And how simple is this?  1/2 cup mayo ... 1/4 cup Parmesan ... mixed together ... spread it on the chicken ... top with seasoned bread crumbs ... then bake at 425F for 20 mins.

Mmmmm ... it was sooo awesome!  Paired it with some Chicken Rice-a-Roni ... didn't even bother with veggies ... but oh well ... my tummy is so happy now!  I'll do salad tomorrow!

Maybe ... or maybe I'll just have leftovers!

Doc tells me my cholesteral is fine ... so it's okay to indulge in decandence every once in a while!

Tonight ... I'm really glad I did ... 'cause it was sooo good!

Hugs ... Marie

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Two In One Day?

Pfft ... I could do that standing on my head with one hand tied behind my back ... after posting 125 in one day!  However ... as I recently realized ... I have been a somewhat "tardy blogger" ... heck ... even blitzed my own Blogiversary!  January 25th ... 4 years ago ... is when I started this. 

Not surprising that I missed it ... January 25th this year was Inventory Day ... and Dealer Changeover Day ... so I will forgive myself for being otherwise distracted!

I've noted some Big-time milestones for some fellow bloggers recently ... and wanted to share them!

Linda H. over at Stitch Lines has been blogging for 3 years now ... and close to her 500th post!
I remember helping her get started back in the early days ... but once she figured it out ... woohoo! ... she was away to the races and hasn't looked back!  It's always a joy to see her new creations & check out the things she has to share ... including excursions, events and even Oh-so-yummy recipes!  She often shares spectacular photos ... of her gardens ... her sidekick Ollie (a wonderful Maine Coon ... very similar in appearance to my own Kota ) and sooo much more! 

The Incredible Ms. Pat Winter recently hit the 600 Follower mark on her Blog!  How amazing is that?!!

Pat has amazing talent ... her stitching pace & grace are second to none ... and I am proud to count myself as one of her Followers!  She is one of my fave Bloggers ... and dearest on-line stitching pals!  Kudos to you my dear for keeping CQ out there ... and for sharing it so prolifically with the world!

You do us all proud!

I myself am getting close to another milestone ... closing in on 400 posts!  Okay ... so it's taken me longer to get there than some ... but it shall be recognized with the pomp & circumstance deserved ... and ya ... that'll be just cause for a celebratory Draw! 

Stay tuned for that ... real soon!

Hugs ... Marie

PS ... forgot to mention the change in my "look" ... February is that special LOVE month ... just had to add some Hearts!

Robot? Umm ... No! ... Just a Beadin' Machine!

I had to laugh ... even though it was annoying to have to do a "word verification" for each individual post as I added each of the pieces to the Hearts for Betty blog.  I'm guessing that not too many people do that many posts in one day!  But I swear ... I am not a robot!

However ... I am a beading machine!  The gals at work are some of my biggest fans ... and they want to help out with this fundraiser too ... so I'm making even more pendants for them (no stitchers in the bunch ... so no embellishments).

Ohhh and last night before I drifted off to sleep ... I had this cool vision for a creation ... and it was the first thing on my "To Do" list today!  I'm quite thrilled with how it worked out!

Sorry ... cannot show & share ... as it is intended to be one of the prizes for the Grand Prize Draw at the end of the Hearts for Betty event!

But hey ... you may have a chance to win it! 

Hugs ... Marie

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

My Heart for Betty ... & ... Hearts for Betty - Phase 2 !

I meant to post this some time ago ... but Valentines Day seemed appropriate ... especially with what I have planned to share today!

This is my heart ornament created for "Hearts for Betty" organized by Cheryl Anderson.

Initially I was going to make a "puffy" one ... but somewhere along the line ... plans changed ... and I mounted them on artboard forms & glued them together ... then added a ribbon hanger loop & trimmed the edge with ribbon too.

I was very happy with the completed piece ... and glad to have been part of the group of stitchers sending their heart-felt messages to Betty ... after her ordeal with back-to-back Hurricanes Irene & Lee.  But as I was creating this heart ... it occured to me ... that while all of our efforts would be loved & cherished by her ... it would take some financial support to really help ...funds she could put toward rebuilding & replanting those gardens that were devistated.

That one small heart that I added at the bottom ... gave me a big idea!

And ... today I'm launching ... "Hearts for Betty - Phase 2"!

So far ... I've created 125 bead & wire hearts ... some are Floating Heart Pendants & some are CQ Embellishments ... all are offered in exchange for donations ... all net proceeds will go to Betty to aid in her rebuilding efforts this spring!

Click on the link above ... as I've set up a new Blog site just for this event!

To claim your heart(s) ... simply be the first to post a COMMENT on the post for that piece ... then forward your donation via PayPal to  ... please include the numbers of all pieces you are requesting ... and I'll send them on their way!
(If you prefer ... you could send me an International Money Order in USD from US & other countries ...  CDND within Canada... just e-mail me at the same address for snail address.)

At the conclusion of this event ... there will be a GRAND PRIZE DRAW!  I'm creating several special things just for this!

Each heart you claim gains you one entry ... and Betty will have the honour of selecting random numbers (not the numbers of each item ... but numbers allocated by purchase.)

My heart-felt thanks in advance for your support!

Love & Big Hugs ... and Happy Valentines Day to everyone!

Thursday, February 2, 2012

OMG ... February ... Already?

One whole month is already gone!  I've been so focused on the work front ... that I haven't had a chance to share the other things that have been occupying my time...the most important focus of my endeavours! 

Suffice it to say that I have a really big project planned ... and  that I will share it with you very soon!

Stay tuned ...

Hugs ... Marie

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