Friday, October 8, 2010

Decorations and Dinner

While I'm still discovering a whole new skill-set with this staying-at-home business, there is no doubt that my hubby has not only found his skill but has zeroed in on it.
My husband is one of the hardest workers that I've ever known (right up there with my own dad) and he is also a very talented wood worker.  I atrribute this skill to a couple things: the first, a God-given talent and curiousity on how to take things apart and put them back together.  The second attribution would be to his parents for allowing him to take those things apart and encouraging him in his interests.  He has made several items for around our home and a few items for our families.  Just recently, after much consideration, we decided to start selling some of his work.  Being the perfectionist that he is, my hubby works extremely hard on making these items look like something that someone could buy in a store.  I have included some pictures of these items.  If anyone is interested in these items, message me or check them out at  Yes, I am unashamedly promoting my husband's work but he's really that good.

segmented wood bowl

decorative airplane propellor (this particular one is hanging in our son's nursery)

wood bangle
decorative cross

Speaking of skills...I'm definitely working on my own.  I used to be really good at school work and I was starting to be pretty good at teaching - all of these things I'm taking a sabatical from.  So, with my other skills on hold for now, I'm developing new ones - cooking being one of them.  I have taken to reading cook books, cooking magazines and blogs/websites.  I've decided to take on this cooking deal as an adventure and I'm lucky to have a hubby that is willing to experiment with me.  Last night's adventure in skill-making was homemade chicken alfredo fettuccini.  And let me tell you...yum! I think my skill-set just went up a notch! I included the recipe and I encourage everyone to try it...alfredo fettucini is not the healthiest meal but it is a fav in our household so making it from scratch is slightly better for you than from the box. 

Chicken Alfredo Fettuccini

In a large pot of boiling, salted water, cook 1 pound fettuccine pasta until al dente, about 8 minutes.  Drain in a colander, reserving 1 cup of the pasta cooking water.  Using the same pot, melt 4 tablespoons butter over medium heat.  Add 1 1/2 cups heavy cream and 1/2 cup of the reserved pasrta water and bring to a simmer.  Add the fettuccine and 1 1/4 cups finely grated parmigiano-reggiano cheese (about 5 ounces) and toss.  Season with salt and pepper and add more pasta water to make a looser sauce, if desired.  Top with chopped flat-leaf parsley and serve with more cheese. Optional: add chicken (however much is desired by your fam, we used 5 chicken tenders).
Add some fresh veggies and you're good to go!

What's for dinner tonight, you may ask? Another fav...Turkey BLT's.  Super easy...made with turkey bacon for a healthier twist. 
pic taken from another time we had this meal.

I am always praying for Baby B's own developing skills and I can't help but wonder if watching me cook would spark an interest in his little mind but I also know that my hubby cannot wait for him to be out in the garage helping him with his own creations! Either way is fine with me, my prayer is that he finds what he loves!

this happens to be my screen saver...makes me smile everytime I open the computer. :)


  1. Such a cutie! Your husbands wood work is awesome! If you ever want to advertise his work on my blog, let me know. I do reviews, giveaways and I'm also starting an ad section next month for only $5/month.

    Keep up the good blog work BreeAnn!

  2. Thanks Shondra!
    We're just getting started with promoting his stuff but we will definitely keep you in mind.
    I've actually been looking at the review stuff, how does that work exactly? How did you get started?
    Thanks again for the message! I love reading your encourages me to keep up with mine! Have a wonderful weekend.