Saturday, November 18, 2006

One Dish Chicken and Vegetables

Since our family is now following a low fat diet doesn't mean that we are forgoing flavor. Here's a comfort chicken and vegetable recipe that you'll find they'll enjoy. Experiment with the variety of vegetables. Originally the recipe didn't call for sweet potatoes but my family loves them.

While chicken thighs are not as low fat as chicken breasts, they are perfect for the Dutch oven. Be sure to choose skinless chicken thighs and trim any excess fat before cooking. Make sure to clean your vegetables before assembling your dish. Clean your cutting board, knife and hands before chopping your next vegetables.

1 medium white onion, chopped
1 acorn squash, chopped
1 handful of green beans, ends trimmed
1 8-ounce pack sliced mushrooms
1 sweet potato, chopped
2 medium red potatoes cut into chunks
1 pound boneless, skinless chicken thighs
crushed black pepper and salt
1/2 tsp fresh thyme
1 small sprig rosemary or equivalent of dried rosemary

Preheat oven to 450 degrees. Coat bottom, sides, and top of lid of a large Dutch oven with nonstick cooking spray. Place vegetables in the pot. Trim chicken thighs of excess fat and cut into pieces. Add chicken to the pot, followed by herbs, kosher salt and pepper. Cook for 45 minutes or until vegetables are tender.

'Naomi's New Hope' - TV Show on Hallmark Channel

Originally posted in January 2005 on this blog, during this busy holiday season set some time aside to renew and refresh with 'Naomi's New Hope'.

I'm a big believer in alternative treatments. With mediation, pray, imagine therapy and more, I am able to face my day with a positive attitude. My pain doesn't manage me, I can manage my pain.

I also love Naomi Judd's approach to her chronic condition and life. Hallmark Channel has blessed us with 'Naomi's New Hope'. This show is on Sunday mornings with repeats during the week. Naomi will have friends and special guests, discussing faith, values and spirituality and alternative approaches to treating illness.

As I approach today, one quote that Ms. Judd made will stay with me today. "Solitude is a refreshment for the soul." I plan on spending some time mediating. It really helps me face the rest of my day. I can actually feel the stress and anxiety wash off of me.

So, take some time for you, a cup of decaffinated tea or coffee and get aquainted with Naomi Judd. I'll be viewing right there with you.

Friday, November 17, 2006

Take a Listen to CWAHM Talk Radio Show

Jill Hart, CWAHM Talk Radio Show host, speaks with Lee Warren, author of 'The Experience of Christmas'. They discuss his career and this latest book. Don't forget to enter for your chance to win a free copy of 'The Experience of Christmas'.

You'll also hear Brenda Nixon, parenting expert, and Success from Home segment from Diana Ennen.

As always, you can listen at your convenience, 24/7 and even download to your MP3 Player. Enjoy the show!

The Accomplishment Journal by Katie Kolodzy

During these busy holidays please take some time out for someone important. You!

***Thank you to my mother-in-law, Terry, for the inspiration for this article.***

When the house looks like it’s exploded and the children seem to be picking fights all day, I find myself thinking and sighing, “I never get anything done” and I could really use a pat on the back. Do you need a little encouragement at moments like this? Well take a couple of minutes right now to find out how to have an uplifting journal ready for the low times in your day.

I call it an Accomplishment Journal
It’s the answer to the question, “What do you do all day?” It’s a pick-me-up on a bad day. It’s a list of many goals that you’ve attained in the course of your daily life. And, when you’re old & gray and your grown grandchildren want to know when you made that quilt for their mom, you can pull it out & give them a precise answer, even if your memory fails you.

What kind of things do you record in an Accomplishment Journal?
Think of all the ordinary things you do that add up to a lot of time & effort; things that you’re proud of doing; things that you love to do, though they may seem daunting at the time. Let me give you some examples…

Finished Crafts or Projects: Making a scrapbook, Sewing curtains for the dining room, Taking up a new craft & completing your first project; Things that you made & gave as holiday gifts or birthday presents (also handy for remembering not to give the same thing next year!); Redecorating a room or other home improvement projects; List what your garden yielded after a summer of hard work.

Family Events & Personal Accomplishments: Planning (& enjoying) a family vacation; Record the titles & authors of books that you read, or books that you read to your children; Successfully funding your rainy-day savings account; Meeting your goals for exercise or weight loss; Growing your work-at-home business; List how you’ve volunteered in your community each month.

How to Begin?
All you need is a simple journal and a pen. If you’re going to buy a new journal, find one that has a sewn binding & a durable cover – fabric is better than cardboard; leather is best of all, though pricey (but I’m sure you can find a good deal!)

The Simple Layout
Take minute to write your name & today’s date on the first page; when the book is full, you can add an end date! On the next page, write the current year at the top & this month below it. Now, next time you do something that fits your criteria for an “accomplishment”, grab that pen & write it down. At the end of the month, just skip a line & write next month’s name to begin a new list. At the end of the year, begin a whole new page.

Use it Often!
You need to have this book on-hand for the bad moments, as well as to remember to record your successes when they happen. I would suggest you keep it either in a prominent place in the kitchen (near the phone, or perhaps right on the counter) or on an easily accessible shelf in the family room. If a lot of your accomplishments will be craft projects, then keep the book near where you work on these things.

The most important thing is that you record what you do because, someday, you’ll look back at the book & remember that although you felt so busy or rushed (or even frazzled!) you really did do a lot of things that made a difference to you & your family.

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Katie Kolodzy is a wife & mother of a growing family and co-owner of - Traditional Homes with Traditional Values. Nurtured Home features homemaking and gentle mothering articles and tips! For our latest information on creating a nurtured home for your entire family, sign up for our newsletter, "Nurtured News" at

Thursday, November 16, 2006

Our Book Recommendation: 'Life Lists for Teens' by Pamela Espeland

Our teen just recently read this book and gave it his high recommendations.

I originally read a review of 'Life Lists for Teens' by Pamela Espeland on Parenting Adolences newsletter. The book received high marks. Despite the fact that this book's audience is teenagers I decided that I would like to read it.

This book is a series of tips, steps and how-to's to growing up, learning and having fun. Some of my favorite lists were 9 Reasons to Go to Church, Mosque, Temple or Meetings, The 6 Pillars of Character, 10 Ways to Learn New Words and 10 Reasons for Not Getting a Tatoo or Body Piercing.

I not only recommend giving this book to your teen but for parents to read it too. They should have renamed the book, 'Life Lists for Teens and Parents'. By the way, I actually finished it one afternoon. And yes, I did enjoy it, as I learned and was entertained.

Wednesday, November 15, 2006

Book Recommendation: 'Ma Dear's Aprons' by Patricia C. McKissack

I originally posted this book recommendation in my other blog, 'Marcus and Me' at

There's just something about aprons that leaves many of us with warm, loving feelings and memories of the person who wore them. You'll find this and more in a beautiful book called 'Ma Dear's Aprons' by Patricia C. McKissack. The main character, David Earl, a young African American boy and his mother Ma Dear, have very little money but lots of love and caring. David fondly comments about how Ma Dear wears a different apron everyday and the various jobs that she does during the week. The illustrations are vivid and bright.

This is a fantastic book for the whole family. The message that I was left with was that our lives' goal should be about family, love and caring. Here's a very poor family that has so much. Consider sharing this book with your family after your Thanksgiving dinner. Perhaps it will become a family tradition.

Today is National Clean Out Your Refridgerator Day

Well now we don't have any more excuses. It's National Clean Out Your Refridgerator Day. So grab your rubber gloves, baking soda, sponge, cleaning cloths and some hot water and start cleaning.

Cleaning the Refrigerator Tips

Wordless Wednesday - We Miss You Ed Bradley

Passed away on November 10, 2006.

Tuesday, November 14, 2006

Looking for Entry-Level Virtual Customer Service Postions? Stop by The Telecommuting

If you've ever stopped by Telecommuting you know that Nell Taliercio, The Telecommuting Lady, provides tons of information. One of the most common questions, at her message board is 'Where do I start?' Well, Nell has complied a list of some of the best Virtual Customer Service companies, their pay rates and other helpful details at The Telecommuting

And the best part, this information is free. So if you're considering working from home in the virutal customer service world consider making your first stop by Telecommuting Happy Job Searching.

Monday, November 13, 2006

Rona's Recommended Weekly Blog: turkey feathers

While visiting turkey feathers it's like taking a peek into a beautiful home. The pink, blue and white colors on this blog give you a warm comforting feel. You'll read about turkey feathers' current recipes, crafts and everyday activities. Don't leave without reading and view the pictures of Le Petite Patisserie, a confectionary store dollhouse. It's definite work of art. Who needs to have a subscription to 'Martha Stewart Living' magazine when there's turkey feathers.

So grab a cup of coffee in your favorite dainty cup and stop by for a visit.

Thankfulness in Times of Trouble by Rose DesRochers

Thanksgiving is a time for food celebration and fun. Every year on Thanksgiving, families gather around the table to enjoy a meal and give thanks. But for some folks, Thanksgiving can be a lonely time. Many adults spend the holidays feeling isolated and depressed. In the wake of Katrina’s aftermath, this will be the first holiday for many without relatives and friends. In addition many families may be experiencing financial strains.

Today as we celebrate this Thanksgiving, it is important to remember that it’s about more than being thankful for one day, it is an entire lifetime. Today is the day to be thankful for all the things in your life, no matter how big they are, or how small. Even in our deepest sorrow, we can find things to be thankful for.

Holidays bring out emotional pain. This time of year can be difficult for any one who has suffered a loss. Should you be missing loved ones this holiday, rejoice in the knowledge that they are with God. Don’t push yourself today; allow yourself that time to grieve.

For those who may be feeling depressed this Thanksgiving holiday, open your heart to giving. Helping other people in need is a wonderful way to celebrate the day and may make you feel less alone. Check out communities in your area that may need volunteers during the holidays- example soup kitchens, shelters, hospitals or reach out to your local church.

Life is full of unexpected changes. Death is very much apart of life. Whatever you do today, don’t cover up your feelings of depression and isolation. Own up to those feelings and know that you’re not alone. Somewhere today, someone is feeling the same way that you are.

Today on this Thanksgiving Day please remember, though the harvest might not always be plentiful, family and friends may be few, God has given us each a great deal to be thankful for. My experience is that, it is much easier to thank God for our blessing than to find a way to be thankful in the midst of our troubles.

I'm thankful that I have the strength to meet the challenges that come with life. I’m thankful for each memory that family and friends have given me. I’m thankful for having a profound understanding that it is more important to give than to receive. This Thanksgiving I have much to be thankful for.

Not what we say about our blessings, but how we use them, is the true measure of our thanksgiving. ~W.T. Purkiser

Today be thankful for what you have to give, not just what you have received.

Happy Thanksgiving.

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Rose DesRochers is a published poet and freelance writer. Rose has been writing poetry for more than 20 years. She is also the founder of , a supportive online writing community for men and women over 18. She is also the Assistant Administrator of

Sunday, November 12, 2006

'Aprons for Adoption' - Purchase with a Cause

When you purchase a handmade apron from 'Aprons for Adoption' you'll be contributing to help Aaron and Casey Klein with their dream of starting a family through adoption. The aprons are made by Casey and very affordable at $12.95 plus $2 shipping charges. These will make great gifts for family members and friends. I plan on purchasing one for budding chef.

Visit her mother's website, for more information.

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