Wednesday, November 24, 2010

It is Thanksgiving but it's already Christmas in My House

 I wanted to share some of my Christmas decorations with you.

I will be showing you how easy it is to make an arrangement. All you need to do is get your creative juices flowing. You would be amazed at what you can use.


This was taken at night and did not photograph well because of the reflection of the reindeer from the mirror.

Can't wait to do another Tablescape Thursday at BNOTP.

This is part of my St. Nicholas Square Village.

I would have had the fire lit but when I took this picture it was around 80 degrees in Cypress, Texas.

This beautiful lime green and red zebra print ribbon surrounding the Christmas tree is one of my finds from The Nutcracker Market, so are the tree-toppers.

Start your very own Christmas village collection.

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Honey and Goat Cheese Chicken

I am sure I have mentioned before that I adore Paula Deen. I have never met a Paula recipe that I did not like. This one is no exception. It has sweet and spice and of course BUTTER!

Ingredients: 4 chicken breast - boneless, 1 sleeve of butter crackers, crushed red pepper, salt, black pepper, goat cheese, honey, butter and cooking spray.

Make a slit in the side of each chicken breast, using a sharp knife. Be careful not to go through the other side. Wash your hands, always wash your hands when dealing with raw meat. I think that's what Lionel Richie was talking about when he sang, "Once, twice, three times a lady".

In case you don't have crushed crackers laying around or a food processor, I am going to show you how to crush your crackers the old fashioned way. The way I still do it. It's easy and I do not have to dirty more dishes. You will need a gallon size bag and a rolling pin. If you do not have a rolling pin, unscrew the paper towel holder from the base and use that.

Make sure the bag is sealed and take as much air out of the bag as you can. Then take all your days frustrations out on those crackers, banging the rolling pin against the bag of crackers. Flip it over and do it again. Do not do it so hard that the bag pops or you will have a big mess to clean up. Just bang enough to crush your crackers.

This is what it should look similar to when you are done.

In a medium bowl, add all the crushed crackers,  1 teaspoon red pepper.

1 teaspoon salt.

 1/2 teaspoon pepper.

Spray bottom of 9x13 baking dish with non-stick cooking spray.

Stuff each chicken breast with equal amounts of goat cheese.

Place stuffed chicken in a baking dish. 

Press cracker mixture on top of each breast, coating evenly. Spray the top of each breast with non-stick cooking spray.

Melt 3 tablespoons of honey in the microwave. Takes about 20-30 seconds to melt the butter.

In a small bowl, stir together melted butter and 3 tablespoons of honey.

stir well.

Bake chicken in the oven for 10 minutes.

Spoon honey butter over chicken.

Return to oven for 25 minutes.


I use my CorningWare casserole dish all the time. I love it! Easy cleanup and makes a pretty serving dish as well.

Monday, November 22, 2010

A Day out to the Junior League Christmas Market and More

Twas the night before the Market and all through the house not a creature was snoring, not even my spouse.....needless to say, I was very excited....and couldn't sleep.

My mother-in-law, Linda and I arrived at the Marriott Hotel in the Woodlands, where the Junior League Market was being held. They had vendors in the halls before you entered through the main doors.

No Christmas Market is complete without a Round Top Booth.

Look who it is!!! The Bake Shoppe! From our very own neck of the woods!! Home of the homemade, bigger than you can ever imagine, chocolate ding dong with cream filling. Naturally, I had to sample one. Mmmmm, just like I remembered it.

Can you hear the church choir singing too?? It's like the heavens parted and dropped down this gift.......just for me. I hope Santa brings me one this year. Consuela Bags.

This is a booth with floral arrangements at really good prices. The line was so long, you would have thought they were giving them away.

I took a picture of these tubes because they are filled with dice. On each of the dice is an L, R and C. It is a dice game. Just like you have Bunco groups. It is our dice groups game of choice.

This Market was not nearly as big as The Nutcracker Market but the prices were much better. However, it was very crowded and the booths were much smaller.

There were lots of clothing booths, shoes and coats.

They had jewelry, food items, Pewter dishes, Mark Roberts fairies and elves and more.

So, I met my friend Monica at the Market as well. There was a big crowd at this booth where they were selling Mark Roberts Elves and fairies in all shapes and sizes. Monica and I squeezed through the crowd because they were selling them at such good prices!!! I had to give him a good home.

Meet my new fairy. He is The Fairy of the Forest.

You can have your very own Mark Roberts fairy too!

The down side, was The market was significantly smaller than we anticipated. The upside, was it was less expensive all the way around.  However, it did give us time to go over to Market Street in the Woodlands for lunch and a look around.

Welcome to Market Street!

 Linda and I ate lunch at Jasper's. It is beautiful inside and out. The food is fabulous and great customer service. Highly recommended.

The most beautiful Charming Charlies I have seen so far.

Great bracelets!!

After working off our lunch at Charming Charlies we stopped in at The Cupcakery.

Too much deliciousness to choose from!!!!

 So much to choose from, so little room in our stomachs. We caved to the pressure and ended up taking home cake balls...I guess we couldn't handle the pressure of choosing. Why we didn't have a cupcake, I still don't know....well, there is always next time.