Saturday, February 15, 2014

Parmesan Crusted Chicken (Gluten-Free)

This turned out moist and delicious.
Trust me, you won't miss the bread crumbs.

GF Parmesan Crusted Chicken
1.5 lbs. Chicken, cut up
1/2 cup mayonnaise
1/4 cup grated parmesan cheese
1/4 tsp. Italian seasoning
salt, pepper & garlic powder, to taste
4 Tbs. of crushed Rice Chex
Preheat over to 425 degrees F. Place chicken in a baking dish. Mine was Pyrex. In a small bowl, mix together the mayonnaise, cheese and Italian seasoning. Spoon on top of chicken pieces and spread it on as best you can. Sprinkle with remaining seasonings. Top with crumbs. Bale uncovered for 25 minutes. Cover loosely with foil and bake an additional 5 to 10 minutes or until cooked through. Mine to a total of 35 minutes. No one will guess that these are gluten-free.

Friday, February 14, 2014

All's Well With The Well!

We got word last Friday that Fannie Mae had (FINALLY) given the OK for the well pump to be repaired. That repair took place Monday. The sample was sent to the lab for testing and was declared "clear" this past Wednesday. We are still on track for a closing date of February 28th. I think I am going to worry, right up until we sign the closing documents and I have the keys in hand. Now to pack, pack, pack. We are planning our actual move for the second week in March. The first week in March will be spent scrubbing the place, top to bottom. It looks like I will just barely meet my goal of being in the new place by spring.

Which will be good news for my bees. The weather is starting to warm and they have begun to emerge from the hives. As soon as I see them out flying, I'm feeding. Yesterday I placed feeders in my yard for the first time this year.

The hive to the far right may be a dead out. Or it just may not be getting warm enough for the bees to come out and fly. Time will tell. It looks like the other 2 hives came through the winter just fine.
There isn't much time for handwork right now, however I did get inspired to begin knitting again after a 3 year hiatus. I saw a hat on Ravely with a ring of peace signs and decided to try to replicate it. Mission accomplished. This is my new favorite hat.


Saturday, February 1, 2014

And We're...........Still Waiting.........

I'm sure those of you who have purchased a bank owned property can sympathize. Fannie Mae moves at her own pace. In fact I question whether she moves at all. Maybe it is like watching a sloth? You have to stare at it all day to see any progress. It's now been a full week since my last post and we still have not heard as to when the well pump will be repaired. We are assured that there is no reason it won't be. But no one can say when. We are also assured that ours isn't the only property caught in the Fannie Mae bottle neck, awaiting repairs. Meanwhile, the husbeast and I have been busy planning our attack for when we finally get possession.

The house needs just about everything you can imagine short of construction. First on the agenda will be a thorough scrubbing, top to bottom. Next we will need to fix one of the loose toilets. The remaining filthy carpets will be pulled up. The bedroom will be the first room to be overhauled. I refuse to sleep in it as is. That room will be painted and carpeted immediately. As it stands, we only plan to carpet 2 rooms. The bedroom and my loom room. The carpets will match the wall paint. Speaking of paint, here is the palette we have chosen.

The top 3 swatches are the exterior colors. The yellow on the right will also be the paint for the kitchen and mud room. The olive greens are for the living room, vestibule and hall. The tans are the bedroom, sewing room and both baths. The teal is my loom room.
We have also been planning what furniture and appliances we'll need. Thursday morning we were having breakfast in one of our favorite restaurants, Shakabrah Java , and the subject of burl coffee tables came up. We used to have a large burl table in our living room, years ago, but we sold it when our youngest nearly put her eye out on it. We loved that table a discussed how we'd like to get another for the new house. I immediately hopped on Craigslist and found this beauty in Lynnwood, WA, for $150. My husband grabbed it on his way to work. The timing was perfect. It had been on Craigslist for less than 24 hours. What are the odds? I think it was meant to be ours.

Now we just need a leather sofa and chair, and we'll be set.
So, still we wait. We are both getting impatient. We're trying to keep ourselves occupied. I recently sewed myself this dress. That kept me busy for 4 days.

Now I have a quilt kit that I can start. And there's always packing and de cluttering to do. Moving day will arrive, eventually. My hubby bought me this book today, to help me plan and dream.