Rosemary Chicken

I love having herbs in planters in my backyard!  LOVE IT!  Anytime I need an herb, I can now run outside and snip whatever lovely little plant I want!!

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So yesterday I decided to make Rosemary Chicken.  The chicken had a light refreshing taste of rosemary and was so delicious!

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Here’s what you will need:

Your desired number of chicken breast halves with skin on

1 tablespoon of butter per chicken breast

1 sprig of rosemary per chicken breast

Salt and pepper

Olive Oil

Gently slid your fingers under the skin of the chicken to loosen it, cut the tablespoon of butter into 4 little cubes and stuff it in under the skin, add the sprig of rosemary too.

Pull the skin back over the chicken and drizzle with olive oil, then generously salt and pepper the chicken.  Bake at 350 for about 30-40 minutes, also depending on the size of your chicken breast.  I had a single breast but it was huge so I baked it closer to 40 minutes.

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I’m not much for eating meat but this was really yummy, had a side of mashed potatoes topped with butter and chives… remember that weight I mentioned in an earlier post???  Yea well if this keeps up I will certainly put that weight back on!

Live well!

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Stuffed Shells with Cheese

I have hardly cooked since I’ve moved.  Tried to work on some new recipes but I was always sidetracked with unpacking a box, hanging curtain rods or pictures, *sigh.  I’ve pretty much been surviving on cereal, fruit and peanut butter. And I’ve lost a little weight…

I seem to be 90% settled and have begun working on outside projects so I think I’ll just have to make myself cook more, there is only so much yard work my aching body can tolerate.

I was craving stuffed shells so I satisfied that craving with a pan full of them.  I might share with the kids….might.

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These shells are so easy to prepare and whip up pretty quickly.

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You will need:

1 box of jumbo shells

15 oz container of Ricotta cheese

1 cup shredded or grated Parmesan cheese

2 eggs

Salt and Pepper

Tomato sauce, prepared or homemade, about 24 ozs

Start a pot of water to boil, drop in at least 16 shells but I usually add 2-3 extra in the anticipation that some may tear.  Salt them as well.  Don’t over cook them!  They still need to be a little firm so they will be easy to stuff.

While the shells are cooking, prepare the cheese stuffing.  Add all the cheeses and the eggs to a bowl, add some salt and pepper. and stir until combined.  Keep cold until ready to stuff the shells.

You could also add parsley and/or chopped spinach to the cheese mixture.  I do love spinach in this recipe!!

When the shells are finished cooking, scoop them out of the pot and place them on a plate to cool for a few minutes. I like to drizzle a little olive oil over them to keep them from drying out too much.

Place a small amount of the tomato sauce into an oblong glass baking pan.  Begin to stuff your shells.  I don’t measure the cheese mixture to add to the shells, I just grab a spoon and stuff.  You will be able to tell if the shell needs more or less…it’s not difficult so if you have never made shells like this before, don’t stress over it!  Just spoon some in.  You can always go back and add more or take some out.

Once the shells are all stuffed and in the baking pan, spoon more sauce over the shells.  Now, I prefer a lot of sauce over my shells, when I made these I didn’t put that much on them so that you could see them better.  Bake at 350 for approximately 20 minutes or until sauce is bubbly.

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You can also top the shells and sauce with more cheese, which I did.  Serve with a salad and bread, I have also served these with meatballs on the side.  And a delicious bottle of wine too!

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Hope you enjoy these shells as much as I do!!

Live well!

Busy Busy Busy

Wow! I can’t believe I haven’t posted since January and still have my winter snow photo up!!! My bad!  I’ll change the photo sometime this evening!

Since that post I moved, and for a 55 year old single girl (okay, grandma)with Fibro, that’s a challenge!!  I also had to move everything out of storage, got rid of the kitties I adopted last July, and then unexpectedly was asked to adopt an adorable little 4 year old bichon-pooodle!

I have been steadily settling in and making changes and updates to my new home.  I have hardly cooked at all!  My diet has been mostly fruit, veggies, cereal and peanut butter!!  Dealt with several fibro flares.  And had a few minor melt-downs….

Spray painted these plastic urns that I found on clearance last year at Joann Fabrics.

Here is one of my Pinterest finds that helped moving my clothes a little easier!

And here are my curtain rods that I hung by myself and it took several weekends to hang 9 rods!  I only have sheers up for now. See that blind on the chair? That’s the blind from HELL!!

Working on getting a patio put in the back yard, I can hardly wait to sit out in the evening my a fire in my new fire pit!  Pictures later!

With all of the unpacking of storage boxes, I found things like my Mom’s high school jacket, a uniform my Dad wore in a band, several OLD camera’s among several other sentimental things!

Unfortunately, my white Christmas tree may be ruined!  The top part of the tree wouldn’t fit back in the box so I put it in a white plastic bag and it is now discolored.  I have not used the tree for a few years because with the fibro, running to storage to drag my tree and all the decorations back to the condo, was a bit much.  I was thinking of spray painting a light mist of white paint on it, but that could be a fire hazard.

I have also planted a few pots of herbs and did my first cutting of all the plants last evening. I have a planter full of mint.  In a separate planter I have sage, chives, rosemary, parsley and basil.


So this weekend I WILL BE COOKING!!!  I’ll also be making dog treats for my special little furball.


Hope you are all well and able to enjoy the nice weather we FINALLY getting!!

Live well friends!!