Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Free ticket to Disneyland... SERIOUSLY!

BEGINNING JANUARY 1, 2010, when you sign up here to volunteer a day of service with a participating organization (and your service is completed and verified) you’ll get one day admission to a Walt Disney World® or Disneyland® theme park, FREE! They want to inspire one million people to volunteer a day of service.

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First – Beginning January 1, 2010, search and sign up for a volunteer opportunity from a participating organization.

Second – Complete your service for the volunteer opportunity you selected.

Third – Once your service is verified, receive a voucher to redeem your Disney theme park ticket.

How cool is that? I wish I lived closer to Disneyland, but I guess a free ticket in is worth the drive – right honey?!?

Now go do some service!

Monday, October 26, 2009

There were lots o' Sea Lions...

Last week we decided to take a spur-of-the-moment trip over to Newport to see Mr. Cheney’s parents, and play on the beach. As it turned out, it wasn’t very warm so the playing on the beach part had to be nixed, but as a consolation, we got to see “the boys”. These are the Newport sea lions that come up from California every winter. For some bizarre reason, the males leave the females and come up north to the cold. I can’t say that I don’t question the intelligence of men sometimes. But, regardless of their intelligence, they were fun to watch off the pier, and it was even more fun to watch Emmie’s reaction to the whole scene.

It was so incredibly loud the entire time we were there. The sea lions were constantly honking (?). I feel bad for the homes and businesses around that have to hear it all day everyday. But I suppose they get used to it.

If you can get over to Newport, OR this winter it's definitely worth a stop at the bay front. What's better is that it's FREE! Wahoo!

Friday, October 23, 2009

... was deeelish!

Although I cook a lot, and think of myself as a pretty darn good cook, it's not often that I really, truly enjoy the meals I make. Sure, they taste good, but I think it's the fact- yes, a FACT- that things taste better when you don't make them. Sandwiches prove this point to me every time I eat one. I can make the same ham and cheese as someone else, and theirs will always taste better than mine to me. Am I just crazy? Any who, I bring this up because the other night I made something that just knocked my socks off and I had to share it. This recipe originally came from Martha, but of course, I tweaked it. I give you...

Ham and Sage Stuffed Chicken with Dijon Dill Sauce

4 slices white sandwich bread, cut into cubes

2 oz. sliced ham, chopped

½ tsp. dried sage

4 sliced Swiss cheese, chopped

4 tbsp. olive oil

Salt and Pepper

4 Boneless, skinless chicken breasts

1 tbsp butter

1 tbsp flour

1 cup milk

½ tsp dill weed

1 tbsp Dijon mustard

1. In a bowl, combine bread, ham, cheese, sage, and 2 tbsp olive oil.

2. Lay chicken flat on work surface. Using a paring knife, cut a 2-in-long slit in the thick side of the chicken breast. Insert knife, and pivot, carefully forming a deep pocket without enlarging the opening. Stuff each pocket with the bread mixture, packing tightly; season chicken with salt and pepper.

3. In a large skillet, heat 1 tbsp. oil over medium-high heat. Add chicken and cook until browned on one side, 6-8 mins. Turn chicken over, cover skillet, and reduce to medium heat. Cook until opaque throughout, 6-8 mins. more. Transfer to a plate and cover with foil to keep warm.

4. Melt butter over medium heat in small sauce pan. Add flour and stir until combined. Pour milk slowly into flour mixture, stirring constantly until thickened adding more milk as necessary to achieve desired thickness. Stir in dill and mustard to finish. Ladle sauce over chicken to serve.

Give this recipe a try and let me know what you think. I served it up with a baked potato, and some broccoli and green beans that I sautéed in the pan used for the chicken. It tied the veggies in really nicely to the chicken.

On a side note, I’ve been working on Emmie’s Halloween Costume today. She’s been mildly obsessed with the Wizard of Oz after watching it for the first time last month. She’ll make a stinkin’ cute Dorothy.