Jan 16, 2017

Mojo working

Hey!  I thought I would have given up by now on motif-icating.  I did have problems with the basket so I simplified for my aptitude.  Just a few more and I need to decide on moving the peacock in place of the angel or stitching as is.  I had a noticeable error in the last photo.  The birdcage was missing its top.  I thought it looked odd.
  I'm still working on Santa's bell finish and simplified that too. 
All went well at the hospital today, except for the slight whiplash after the wheelchair turned into a catapult.  I had trouble with the new models at the Diagnostic Center, those were hand brakes.  The hospital's are like a lounge chair with side arms that raise and a long bar across the top that needs to be held tight.  If you let it go, boom.  Brakes.  Sudden stop.  Patients lunged forward.  We had a good laugh since this has happened so many times before, starting with the speed bumps in the parking lot.  As we checked into the Heart Center, we were greeted by a memorial plaque for our doctor that recently passed.  So sad.
I've been on a kick for the Cowboy Candy we made this year.  Jalapenos in a sweet heavy syrup, the hot/sweet is heaven!  And I don't care for hot peppers.  A baguette slice, a few candy, and a little slice of cheese, under the broiler real quick and I can't stop eating them.
As for the sticky chicken, it's hard to give a recipe.  Mom made this and called it sticky chicken because ... it is.  Sticky.  You can use whatever parts you prefer (I like dark).  In a plastic bag I put 1/2 cup flour, 3/4 tsp. paprika, 1 tsp. cinnamon (or less), less than 1/8 tsp cloves (or none if you don't like clove).  Shake to blend and then add chicken pieces to coat, brown in canola oil, and transfer to baking dish.  Slice potatoes into quarters or eighths, par boil until starting to soften.  Drain and add to baking dish.  Sprinkle some paprika and cinnamon over, salt over all.  Add 1/4 to 1/2 stick of butter to browning skillet (depending on how much oil is left), add a little water, melt and blend scraping any bits.  Pour this over potatoes and chicken, cover loosely and bake at 350 for a half hour to 45 minutes.  That's it.  We like a little more cinnamon and a touch more cloves which can be added after baking if needed, or to the liquid before pouring over.
Weather has warmed somewhat and Mark will be golfing again.  I'll be going around the house making lists of projects.  Simplify.
Take care, be safe, stitch happy.


StitchinByTheLake said...

I keep trying to simplify...I clean out a closet and come back a month later and clean it out again. Honestly, how much more can I/should I get rid of? I go back and forth on that. It seems like the minute I get rid of something I go looking for it and wish I hadn't taken it to the thrift shop! Oh well, at least I'm trying. Maybe I'll get it done before I die. My mother-in-law had literally pared her stuff down so far that when she was gone we were amazed. She worked on it for a year or so I think but she got rid of some stuff we wished she had kept! Meanwhile I just keep buying patterns. And fabric. blessings, marlene

Truus said...

Just happy with all the stuff I have and I cannot get rid of it. So the only thing I am doing is change the room so all my patterns and fabric can stored properly.
Good to hear that Carole has had no problems except your bumb at the hospital.
Have a great day.
Greetings Truus from Holland

C. M. Designs said...

Your "sticky" chicken recipe sounds delicious and so different than anything I've tried or heard of.
Love the picture of Bud and Missy. Our girl kitty loves boxes too.
The wheel chair ride sounds like a "ride of a lifetime".
Have a good week ahead........January is flying by.
Charlotte in Va.

Heartland Stitcher said...

Simplify is my motto for 2017. Although, as soon as I get rid of something, I need it! Oh well. Your recipe does sound yummy. Another wheelchair mishap...one would think they would be safer. Looking forward to your motif finish. Have a good day.

Judy Heartland stitcher

Carol said...

I'm loving watching your latest project grow, Marly. There is something so satisfying about seeing each little motif materialize, don't you think?

The recipe sounds quite tasty! We are big chicken eaters here so I may just give it a try.

Heading up to mom's in NY tomorrow--will wave at you as I pass by on I79 :)

diamondc said...

Hi Marly: So glad everything went well for Carole, I know about the wheel chairs you speak of, we have them at the hospital in Minneapolis, sometimes it is funny just watching people use them.
Oh my gosh that chicken sounds so good.
I like the design, I am like you I do change's sometimes to satisfy me, the design I am working on now is driving me crazy.
I hope your husband has a great golf game, very foggy here today.


Krissy B. said...

I'm loving this stitch. The motifs and colors are perfect. Can't wait to see it done.

Von said...

I'm enjoying your little motif sampler!
Good luck with the simplifying - I just need to get rid of stuff, then simplify. :D

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