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My Two Right Hands

Since mid morning, we've accumulated another 5" or so of snow.  I decided, again,  to shovel our sidewalk and some of the driveway...at least the portion where Shawn pulls the car up in the drive. Weird, I know, but I actually start pretending I'm preparing to go skiing while I put all of my winter garb on...my long johns, my ski socks (yes, I have special ski socks), thermal glove liners...the whole bit.  I have that same feeling of anticipation I have just before hitting the slopes.  And then.  The reality of the situation sets in when I look at the shelf with my ski boots stored up high and instead I reach for grungy work boots.  Ok, that's a lie.. I don't own work boots....I grabbed  a semi-dingy pair of UGGs that have seen better days but are incredibly warm.  They will be my work boots today. 
To be perfectly honest the real reason I've decided to shovel snow is because I heard on the news that someone lost 3 lbs in just a couple of hours doing the same …

Nancy's Made From Scratch Chicken Pot Pie + Giveaway

Yesterday I announced a $70 CSN giveaway which you can enter by clicking HERE.  Please do!
I also mentioned that I'd made Trev's favorite, homemade from scratch Chicken Pot Pie.  This is a perfect comfort food to enjoy on  a blustery winters day.  It's literally a meal in itself and we like it so much that we don't want anything else with it - except a second helping, which suits us all fine at my house.  I skipped breakfast this morning and had leftovers for brunch.

Nancy's Chicken Pot Pie (Trevor's favorite)


4 boneless chicken breasts
1 lg. yellow onion
2-3 carrots, diced into bite sized pieces
1 cup fresh green beans cut into bite sized pieces (I've tried both canned and frozen to find that the texture is not the same and they have a negative impact on the flavor of the pie)
2 potatoes, peeled and cubed
salt
pepper, coarse ground
1 can whole kernel corn


4 tablespoons butter
1 yellow onion, chopped
about 5-6 tblsp all purpose flour
3-4 cups chicken broth
1 cup milk or …

Snowed In & a CSN $70 Giveaway

Schools were canceled last night before it even began to snow.  Shawn and I went to the grocery store, along with everyone else and their dog, yesterday evening.  I used to think Walmart was busy during the Christmas season.  Not a single loaf of bread was to be found at Walmart Supercenter.  We settled for two packages of English Muffins.  Shawn grabbed the last package of butter sticks and I split what was left of the canned chicken broth with another shopper.  Note to self: Not a good idea to already be low on groceries and then go shopping shortly after a blizzard warning is announced.     The sleet began falling at around 11:00 last night.  It was still falling swift and steady when I went to bed a little past 1:00 a.m. This morning, I woke to a continual snowfall.  Falling snow is one of the most beautiful sights, to me.
Look what the weight of the snow is doing to the trampoline.
This chair is on the covered porch!  
I'm snuggly warm inside by the fire, but my neighbor isn'…