Saturday, December 26, 2009

White Christmas

This is the first White Christmas in Dallas since 1926. The snow started falling in the early aftrnoon on Christmas Eve Day. It was very windy day. Jeannette and I got our errands done early and came home to watch the snow fall from in the house. They weren't the big beautiful snow flakes but we were happy with what we got. Mike came over in the morning to open presents. Santa gave Mike a new electric acustic guitar. Mike's old acustic guitar had a broken neck. It also came with a hard case to protect it. He loves it.

Friday, July 10, 2009

"The trouble with socialism is that eventually you run out of other people's money" - Margaret Thatcher

Sunday, May 10, 2009

Happy Mothers Day

Before my mother passed away in 2001, my nephew Bob and his family visited his Grandmother and Jeannette & I. While they were here, Bob bought and planted this rose bush in memory of his Grandmother. Whenever I'm gardening, I think of her and Bob. Thank you Bob.

Saturday, February 21, 2009

A Great and Easy Chicken Dish

This is not my recipe but from the Food Channel's "Down Home with the Neelys" program. Not only is this a great tasting dish but it is easy to make because the preperation flows so well.

Get Yo Man Chicken
recipe courtesy of the Neely's

2 tablespoons olive oil
6 chicken thighs, skinless
1 teaspoons salt
1/2 teaspoons pepper
1 medium onion, sliced
1 cup chicken stock
1/2 cup white wine
1 (14.5-ounce) can crushed tomatoes in thick puree
1 teaspoon dried thyme
1/2 tablespoon dried rosemary
1 tablespoon lemon-pepper
Hot buttered rice
2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley leaves

Heat the oil in a 12-inch skillet over medium-high heat.

Pat chicken dry with a paper towel and season with salt and pepper. Brown the chicken, meat-side down first, and turning once, about 4 minutes on each side. Transfer to a plate to reserve.

Pour off all but 1 tablespoon of oil from the pan.

Add onion to the pan and saute until tender, roughly 3 minutes. Add the stock and wine and stir, scrapping any brown bits off the bottom of the pan. Turn heat to high and reduce by half, about 3 minutes. Pour in the crushed tomatoes and add the dried herbs and lemon pepper. Add the chicken thighs back into the pan.Cover and cook on medium-low heat for 40 minutes.

Remove chicken from liquid and serve on hot buttered rice. Ladle the sauce on top and garnish with fresh chopped parsley.

Sunday, January 4, 2009

A reflective view of downtown Dallas

On Friday, Jeannette and I were downtown to see the Nasher Sculpture Center. While on the walk to and from the center, I took photographs of some Dallas downtown buildings as seen as reflections in other buildings.

Thursday, January 1, 2009

My happy African Violet plant

I have had this African Violet plant for more than 5 years. It has been a very happy plant and has rewarded me with flowers for the second time since late summer.