Junk Room Confession

Imagine a home with no junk. Picture a home in which every single thing had a purpose and had a place. Envision a home where even the spices were alphabetized and food products were rotated according to purchase date. That used to be my home. But now it’s time for my junk room confession.

Junk room confession

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Meatless Surprise Wrapped in Mystery

These look so delicious I had to share! Dolly is an amazing cook and storyteller!

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Churchill described Russia’s actions as “a riddle, wrapped in a mystery, inside an enigma.”

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Almost fifty years before the brilliant British statesman issued his famous phrase, a Russian artist Sergei Malyutin had a similar idea. Tzar Nicholas II, who ascended the Russian throne in 1894, promoted Russian culture, arts, and crafts. Granted, in a way it was an attempt to dissuade public resentment of his German wife. However, the Tzar himself had a hobby to which he would dedicate most of his time and attention – woodcarving. The monarch’s hobby inspired so-called “Russian style” in arts, specifically focused on the old-fashioned village children’s toys.  The royal family sponsored a workshop called “Children’s Nurturing” which created dolls dressed in regional Russian national costumes. It is in this workshop that Malyutin conceived the idea of a nestling doll that took the world by a storm and became a symbol and epitome of…

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Work on the Duck Cabin has resumed!

It’s been a while since we’ve done any work on the duck cabin. Mr. Comfortable hasn’t been feeling all that well and, with two weddings so close together, we were busy with other things. I’m thrilled that work on the duck cabin has resumed!

Work on the Duck Cabin has resumed!

Originally published on The Comfortable Coop

Creamy Chicken Roasted Red Pepper Rotini

My kids tease me that most of my recipes start with “Soften 12 pounds of butter and 8 pounds of cream cheese.” It’s true that I don’t do a lot of super low calorie cooking. In my defense I’m still trying to put weight on Mr. Comfortable so gravy as a beverage is still on the menu! But my Creamy Chicken Roasted Red Pepper Rotini has just enough creamy sauce to make it delicious without being too heavy!

My kids tease me that most of my recipes start with “Soften 12 pounds of butter and 8 pounds of cream cheese.” It’s true that I don’t do a lot of super low calorie cooking. In my defense I’m still trying to put weight on Mr. Comfortable so gravy as a beverage is still on the menu! But my Creamy Chicken Roasted Red Pepper Rotini has just enough creamy sauce to make it delicious without being too heavy!

Originally published on The Comfortable Coop

He Tried to Kill Me, a Six Hour Vacation, Homemade Potato Chips & a Near Fire

At first glance these things may not seem to go together. But in my world it’s not even that unusual to have topics like these juxtaposed. It’s been a somewhat strange couple of weeks and the fact that he tried to kill me, a six hour vacation, homemade potato chips & a near fire actually do make sense side by side.

He Tried to Kill Me, a Six Hour Vacation, Homemade Potato Chips & a Near Fire

Originally published on The Comfortable Coop

Breaded Zucchini, Mushrooms & Onions – An Experiment

I can never make things easy for myself without doing something at the same time that makes it harder. When I decided to make my Marinated Slow Cooker Chuck Roast because it was hot and I was tired I should have stopped. But I decided to also make breaded vegetables. And, being me, I thought I should try something different. So here it is; Breaded Zucchini, Mushrooms & Onions – An Experiment.

Breaded Zucchini, Mushrooms & Onions - An Experiment

Breaded Zucchini, Mushrooms & Onions – An Experiment

Marinated Slow Cooker Chuck Roast

It was hot yesterday. The actual temperature was 91 degrees Fahrenheit. That’s 32.7778 Celsius for those of you who measure that way. I didn’t want to grill outside. Standing over a flame held zero appeal. And I didn’t want to turn on the oven either. So I decided to pull out my slow cooker and make Marinated Slow Cooker Chuck Roast.

Marinated Slow Cooker Chuck Roast

Marinated Slow Cooker Chuck Roast

Herbed Shrimp with Lemon Orzo and Peas

After Jami and John’s wedding I had a really tough time getting out of bed. Even my nails and teeth felt swollen. For a couple of days we survived on what I call fast food; Hamburger Helper and frozen pizza. But we needed a real meal before long so I made something simple but really tasty – Herbed Shrimp with Lemon Orzo and Peas.

Herbed Shrimp with Lemon Orzo and Peas.

Herbed Shrimp with Lemon Orzo and Peas

Another Wedding Weekend

Just three weeks ago we celebrated Pete and Andi’s wedding and this past weekend our daughter, Jami married John! There wasn’t too much for me to do to get ready for this wedding. John’s mother wanted a catered brunch. The kids did get to have a barbecue in the evening, though. So it was another weekend wedding for the family and I’m worn out!

Another Wedding Weekend

Another Wedding Weekend

Cheddar Lake Biscuits

The delicious Cheddar Bay biscuits served at Red Lobster® restaurants are one of my favorite biscuits of all time. When I found they were being sold in stores I thought it was wonderful. But I like things homemade so I decided to change up the recipe a bit and make them myself. Living in Michigan, surrounded by the Great Lakes made the name an easy choice. I call them Cheddar Lake Biscuits!

Cheddar Lake Biscuits

Cheddar Lake Biscuits