Friday, April 09, 2010

Monday Randomness!

Below is a picture of Jaylon looking through one of his favorite books, "Spot Can Count". He loves the Spot books! And he is wearing his little spaceship jammies! He has the cutest jammies! I always look forward to seeing what ones he'll be wearing when he comes over in the mornings. :-)

Every spring, I buy a pot of hyacinths to put on my kitchen table because I love the smell of them and the fragrance wafts through the house for us to enjoy. Ahhhhhh!!!! I purchased these at Walmart and on my way to the checkout lane, I noticed 4 or 5 little old ladies with hyacinths in their carts, too. I asked Ed, "Oh I becoming a little old lady who buys hyacinths in the spring?" :-/ I don't remember him answering me. :-) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
As you can see in the picture below, we had some pretty stiff winds one day this past week! If it wasn't nailed down, it probably got blown over or was sent on a short flight to somewhere else in the yard! :-)

Erin got a great deal on a Little Tikes water play center for Jaylon. He loves it, as you can see below. I got a picture of his daddy videoing him playing in the water!! :-)
The Tuesday before Easter, we had Daniel, Erin and Jaylon over for an early Easter dinner. I used some of the leftover ham and delicious broth to make what I call "Ham Stew", pictured below.
Now, I've made this before with leftover turkey and broth from Thanksgiving dinner. It is really good, too. But I've never made it with ham and broth. I also used the pineapple chunks that I had put on the ham when I baked it.

All you do is put the leftover broth, pineapple chunks and ham, which has been cut into chunks or shredded, in a dutch oven and bring to a simmer. To this I added 2 cans of drained green beans, 1 can of whole potatoes, drained and diced, 1 can of sliced carrots, drained, and approximately 8 oz. of rotini pasta. I like to use rotini because it stays firm. I add the rotini uncooked and let it cook in the broth. Add parsley flakes and let simmer until the rotini is tender and all of the vegetables are heated through thoroughly. You won't need to add much salt, if any, because of the saltiness of the ham. I served this with corn muffins and butter. Yum!

In order for there to be enough liquid to cook the rotini, I either add approximately 2 cups of water or just don't drain the canned vegetables. Either will work. :-)

Hope you are all having a wonderful Monday!


Mary said...

What a doll-baby! Love those little piggy-toes!

Stace said...

I love that water play thing! Looks like fun. And that stew looks delicious :)

Jewel said...

Hi Mary! Thanks! Yes, I love those little piggy toes and we play "This Little Piggy" several times a day! :-)
Hi Stace! I believe Erin bought it online and the shipping was free. She gets alot of great deal online!

Theresa said...

The stew looks yummy. I'm going to have to try that sometime soon.

I love the scent of hyacinths, also, but having them in the yard is just as much fun as in the pot on the table.

Jewel said...

Hi Theresa! I've replanted my hyacinths in the flower bed but they haven't come up. I don't know what I'm doing wrong. :-/

Barbara H. said...

I love the way hyacinths look, but I can't stand the smell. My sinuses clog up almost at the thought.

That little water center is ingenious. My guys would have loved that.