Chicken Bruschetta


I know what bruschetta is, a tomato-y topping for bread. I found Trader Joe’s bruschetta topping, and saw that it had no peppers. Peppers and I are not friends.

I started to see posts about using chicken instead of bread and putting the toppings on top.

I knew we would try this.  I looked up recipes and found one that I knew I could do.

Italian Herb Bruschetta Chicken

Italian herbs are ok by me.  I did two shortcuts that made preparation easy.

First of all, I used Trader Joe’s Bruschetta topping. Then I used Trader Joe’s balsamic glaze.

I followed the recipe and sliced the chicken in half horizontally.  I seasoned as instructed, and cooked as the recipe stated.

Once they chicken is cooked, top with a spoonful of bruschetta topping, sprinkle with parmesan and topped with balsamic glaze.  I think I goofed, maybe the glaze goes before the parmesan? 997BFF2B-4DF1-4E3D-B79A-EBBF6E40D088

My plate, with salad, and Brussels sprouts halved with balsamic vinegar.  The chicken is upper left.

This was a keeper!  Enjoyed by both SpecialK and I, we have a new recipe to add to our repertoire.

What have your dinner successes been!












Closets redone


I have been asking since we moved here, (18 months ago) to make my closets usable.

My dream finally came true! I have the two bedroom closets, and SpecialK has the guest room closet, so that he can pack and leave at all sorts of hours.

So the before picture:


The two closets were identical. I hung my sweaters up, because I had more hanging space than drawer space. I was looking for my sweaters in the spring, and I couldn’t find them!


The closest lights came with the home.

Above is my right side closet.  Double hanging bars!

And my left side closet:


Long hanging dresses to the right, shorter ones on the left.

Shelf space for sweaters, purses, shoes.  Oh, the trouble I will get into!

Have you been dreaming of a change to your housing?

Sweet Potato Tot casserole

So I decided to make a tater tots casserole.

SpecialK had been loving his sweet potato fries. So when I saw Sweet Potato Tots, I bought a bag for him.

Of course the idea of using them in a tater tots casserole was bon,

I cooked a package of ground beef, added chopped onion and garlic.  I chopped a pound of sliced mushrooms, chopped up.  I added a can of gluten free cream of mushroom soup and following the directions, added a can of water.  I topped the casserole with the sweet potato tots.


SpecialK felt it was too soupy (my bad) and too many mushrooms!  Darn, I tried make something more nutritious!

The tater tots didnt get crunchy, so two thumbs down.  Discard pile.

On to our next culinary adventure! What will you try next?

Taste Test – Walmart gluten free Macaroni and Cheese

For Macaroni and Cheese, I particularly like Annie’s gluten free shells and white cheddar.  When I saw that Walmart had their own version, for half the price, I knew I wanted to try it.


Doesn’t that look good and cheesy?

I boiled water, added pasta, so far so good.

I put in a good sized chunk of our version of butter, and added a good glug of milk.

Here’s where I started to think unwell of my choice to purchase.


The color was not so much orange, but rather pink.

i stirred it in.


It looks more cheesy here than it did in my bowl.

I had a serving. The cheese flavor was missing.  I added some cottage cheese. (Don’t judge).

i poured the rest into a container and placed it in the fridge.

SpecialK came home and tasted it.  His comment was that I added too much milk.  He didn’t want to eat it.

I ended up finishing it off, after rinsing off whatever sauce there was.

Walmart, you did well on the pasta.  White rice flour, Brown Rice Flour, Corn Flour, and Quinoa flour, all contributed to pasta that held up, and had a decent taste.

The cheese sauce needs more flavor!  Perhaps more of the color orange?

I’m back to Annie’s shells and white cheddar.  What have you tried recently?

Labor Day Weekend, 2019

Our Labor Day Weekend was the perfect ending to a crazy summer.

We left home on Saturday, driving up to Shelburne Falls to visit The Bridge of Flowers. I don’t want to overwhelm anyone, so big will post a few of my favorite pictures.  You may notice I like to get up close and personal with the flowers.


From Shelburne Falls, we drove up into VT.

We started our day on Sunday by hiking into Quechee Gorge.


It was a visually delightful walk.  After, we have headed to the King Arthur Store, where we looked at everything and bought nothing.

From there, we drove home.  Monday afternoon was a rainy kind of day.  We went to the movies, to see Blinded By The Light.  We both enjoyed.

Isnt it still summer?

Sewing Days

After spending big money for alterations, repeatedly, I finally decided I needed to learn how to sew.  I sat down yesterday, in front of the appropriate machine, and with my nerves floating around everywhere, I completed my first sewing project.

I had a houseguest Monday night.  She noticed the large trashbags that SpecialK had unceremoniously dumped on our bedroom floor.  Contents of the trashbags were gifted to me by a very nice lady who was cleaning out her sewing room.  I gave my guest her choice of materials, and while she was picking out her favorites, I asked her for a first and second choice.

I advised my houseguest that I was growing a list of projects, and that the first thing that I was going to do was make a bookmark from an appropriate sized piece of material.

When it was time to sit and sew, the piece of material that was to become a bookmark was no where to be seen.  So I made an instant decision, and made a hair scrunchie for said guest.  Then I sat down, and made another.

The angle of the pictures are different, but in truth, the white lace one on the right, is larger.  No concerns, Rachel needs a large hair scrunchie, for her thick hair.

Do you sew?  What are some of your favorite things to sew?

Summer, 2019

Kids are heading back to school.  Does that mean summer is over?

A friend told me yesterday, that it is dark at 8:15 pm.  To her, that means summer is over.

I know that summer isn’t over until September.  Living in New England, when temperatures drop from the 90’s into the 60’s, that’s when I feel summer is over.

Our summer was filled with travel. Weddings, trips, busy.

The first event for this summer, the first weekend in June, was the marriage of SpecialK’s son. Aren’t they a good looking couple?


Next up was July’s adventure.  We left home on July 4th and headed to Boston.  Early the next morning, SpecialK’s son dropped off his sons ( aka “The Grandsons”).

We headed west with these two lads, only stopping once we got to AZ.


After a week full of non stop activities, we returned these two to their parents.

We returned home, for 2 1/2 weeks, before heading out again.

The first weekend in August found us traveling again, this time to CO. We went west again for SpecialK’s nephews wedding, Here’s a picture of us with the newlyweds.


I am happily home, and expect to stay here for a while.  ‘Til our next journey!

Which trip would you like to have joined us?

Why we should all read generics carefully

I got sick a week and a half ago.  I went to the doctor and she advised me to get some cough medicine.  As I was about to pass a CVS, I decided to stop there and get some.

Being frugal, I decided to get the generic.  Imagine my surprise when I read the ingredients list.


Did you see it?  Generics for Robitussin DM have high fructose corn syrup!  BTW, it is not just CVS’ generic, Walmart’s generic has high fructose corn syrup, too!

I did go to Walmart to buy more cough syrup, which is how I know they add they add the same evil ingredient to their generic cough syrup.   This led me to buy the name brand.

Even alternatives to Crystal Light (generics) have a different evil ingredient.


In case you didn’t see it, generics for Crystal Light have propylene glycol in them.

I’m not suggesting anyone boycott these products, but being an educated consumer is never wrong.

Do you read product labels?  What have you found that I should add to this list?


We said our goodbyes

This year has not been an easy one at Casa de SpecialK.

In February, we said goodbye to SpecialK’s cousin, someone I had known from summer camp.

Mid February, we said goodbye to SpecialK’s Dad.

End of April, we said goodbye to my father.

In less than 3 months, we, SpecialK and I, both became orphans.

At a recent doctors appointment, the doctor felt the need to remind me to eat.

Going forward, Y’all best take care of yourselves.  Just saying… Love to all.

Why I am back to eating gluten free

84A7EA03-A4BE-44D4-86D7-97EDB1F25DBCIt’s not so bad.  My nutritionist, seeing how my blood work came back, asked me to return to eating gluten free.

I know what works for me and what doesn’t.  While it is a bit limiting, I know she has my best in her intentions.

I returned to gluten free a week and a half ago. Since then, my dryness issues resolved and I lost the three pounds of bloat I carry from eating wheat.

SpecialK has been very gracious to me about the money spent buying things that I then gave away.

I returned to stores what I could and our household is now strictly gluten free again.

Life goes forward.

What are you up to this weekend?