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This week I will be trying something new that excites me as well as slightly terrifies me. That would be painting with watercolors. My Aunt Lulu is nothing short of a watercolor master, she is basically self taught and has done some amazing portraits. Up to this point, I never had the chance to learn from her. Now, she's giving me pointers and a beginner's strategy by way of Facebook, it's good for something.
But before going for it, I still had some acrylic work to do. One being for our (Eric's) Aunt Mimi, who is a wonderful cat mom, and an absolutely amazing person all the way around.
The other, for a dear friend who is about to become a mommy to her first born baby. His little room will be in a precious Dr. Seuss/The Lorax theme. The baby shower I attended this past weekend was the first one I have been invited to where you are asked to bring a book instead of a card. Smart idea, might I add. It's like an instant book collection for the new mom and baby! What do cards do? They cost way too much money these days (a Father's Day card I purchased last week cost $5.99!!), only to end up in a keepsake box in someone's attic (if not the trash). Function over clutter, I like it.
Our family gave her this painting along with one of our favorite books that we would read to the kids every night for quite sometime, How Do Dinosaurs Say Good Night. As I wrote our little personal message inside the page of the book, it made me think of the wonder, and laughter our kids had as we sat and read it together before bedtime. I mean, think about it, how do dinosaurs say goodnight??
And finally, at the dining table, the gathering of our little family sharing a delicious, warm meal.
This new dish is spot on with flavors and ingredients the whole family will love. Enjoy the recipe!
Smothered Chicken and Pasta Bake
2 cups mini shells pasta, cooked and drained
2 chicken breast, cooked, diced
4 strips thick cut bacon, cooked and crumbled
1 can cream of mushroom soup
1/2 cup sour cream
2/3 cup milk
2 cups (one bag) shredded cheddar cheese, divided
2 tbsp chopped parsley
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Combine first 6 ingredients, 1 cup shredded cheese, parsley, and a dash of black pepper to taste in a large mixing bowl. Pour mixture into 11x7 baking dish. Sprinkle with remaining shredded cheese. Bake in 350 degree oven for 15-20 minutes. Allow a little time to cool. Don't count on any leftovers.