To New Friends – May God Bless U

Here’s a shout out to my new friends!  I wonder why I didn’t start blogging sooner.  Since yesterday, I was able to test some new kitchen products with some guy who likes to rant in his kitchen.  Then I got to very thoroughly enjoy some amazing photographs by a couple of amazing photographers.  Read some beautiful Scripture while having my coffee this morning.

The best was when I was able to attend a Russian baby shower by proxy.  My grandmother was from Russia.  Anya.  I could almost taste the Salad Olvier that was pictured (I really don’t know how to spell it, but it’s that fantastic chicken salad).  I have all my children addicted to pilmeni (wonderful Russian dumplings made with love).  I got to see the beautifully decorated nursery, too.  God bless the new baby.

These folks know who they are because I started following them this morning, and, if I get their permissions, I will post their usernames up in here and you can visit their sites/blogs and have as much fun as I did. 

In the meantime, a toast to all of you…May the Lord bless you, and keep you and shine His countenance upon you, in the name of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.  Amen.


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I Love Crochet!


Yarn porn

Yarn porn (Photo credit: auntiem)


Anthro-Inspired Hat


This is my third attempt to post this properly….


I made this hat for a baby shower that we recently held at church.  I made three hats, but this was the show-stopper.  I used baby weight yarn.  I made the body white, I used a different flower pattern and made it in lilac, but then I sewed a button in the center of my simple, one-layer flower.  It was a glass button that shimmered with green, pink and blue tones.  I wish I was smart enough to take a picture of the hats I made.  I told you, I’m new at this!


The crocheter’s blog site is pasted next to the picture.  She saw this hat in an Anthropologie store and said it retailed around $50!  Since I stopped shopping at malls after the birth of my first child – I had four more after him – I buy my yarn at Wal-Mart and try to make snazzy things that look expensive!


I hope you try it.  It’s beautiful when done.







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Super Easy, Super Delicious Chicken Recipe

Chicken Koobideh

This is my favorite way to eat chicken. It is absolutely delicious. The longer you marinate it, the better it tastes! You can use bone-in or boneless chicken pieces, skin on or off. You can barbeque it (the BEST way to prepare it), or broil it. I love it so much, that I usually just bake it in the oven, bone-in and skin on. You do it the way you like.  Whole chicken or larger leg quarters are not recommended, but don’t cut the chicken into one-inch cubes either (although…that sounds good for pan-frying!)

This recipe will cover an entire chicken, cut up.  For the marinade, all you need is:

  • Your Favorite Chicken Pieces
  • 1 large or 2 small onions, peeled and grated over chicken (the more the merrier!)
  • 1/2 Cup Vegetable Oil
  • Salt and Pepper to taste
  • 2 Tablespoons of Turmeric (optional)
  • 1/2 Cup Lemon or Lime Juice (also optional–I love it, my husband hates it!)

****PLEASE BE ADVISED THAT TURMERIC IS ALSO USED AS A TEXTILE DYE. THEREFORE, BE CAREFUL, AS IT WILL STAIN YOUR CLOTHES, YOUR COUNTERTOPS, AND YOUR FINGERS.  IT WILL ALSO STAIN PORCELAIN SINKS, BUT CLEAN UP WITH A LITTLE BIT OF BLEACH AND IT WILL BE OK.  TURMERIC STAINS ON CLOTHING DO NOT COME OUT.******  This spice is used mainly for enriching the color of the cooked chicken.  It really does not add flavor.  You may prefer to use paprika.  If you are adventurous, like me, use about a tablespoon of chipotle chili powder.

Combine all ingredients in a non-porous bowl such as stainless steel or glass.  Cover and marinate for a minimum of one hour, but for best results shove it in the fridge overnight and be patient.  Be sure to pull it out a couple of times and rotate the pieces, mixing well.

I do not recommend broiling pieces that have bone.  This recipe fills the house with an enticing, appetizing aroma.  There’s nothing worse than getting ready to eat and finding out that your food is undercooked.

Go ahead and unload all the contents of your bowl unto a baking sheet.  You do not need to treat the baking sheet because the chicken is already coated in oil.  I like using a piece of aluminum foil to cover the sheet for easy clean up. 

Crank up the oven to 450 degrees, bake uncovered for at least 45 minutes, thereafter checking for doneness.  If you leave the skin on, make sure it crisps and darkens (YUMMMM!)

  • Boneless, skinless pieces can be broiled on skewers or directly on the broiler pan for about 5-7 minutes per side, depending on the size you cut the chicken.
  • Nothing, but nothing, beats the taste of chicken cooked over a fire.  Dust off your grills and barbeque till done.

I love my chicken served with piping hot basmati rice.  If you do choose the smaller chicken pieces pan-fried, try your favorite pasta prepared with some butter, margarine or olive oil, salt and a dash of garlic powder.  Make a nice green salad with a complimentary lemon vinaigrette dressing (also simple:  1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil, the juice of as much lemon as you like, 1/2 teaspoon of salt, 1 teaspoon of pepper, and either a dash of garlic powder or 1 tablespoon of your favorite mustard).

I pray you enjoy this recipe.  Please let me know if there is anything I haven’t made clear.  Bye for now!

GBU (God bless you)

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Posted by on April 14, 2012 in Christian Blog, Cooking Blog


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Grace and Peace to All!

Hi, everyone,

This is Diana, Anthony’s wife.  I’d like to take a moment of your time to thank you all for the supportive prayers you have sent our way.  Your fervent prayers have indeed been effectual, and we are so grateful to have a family of believers worldwide.  It is very comforting you are there for us.

You will see me here from time to time, but not as frequently as you see wdednh!  I am so excited to be a part of your site.  I only hope I can bring a fraction of the insight you contribute, but remember, I am new to this!

Okay, then, can’t wait to talk to you soon!





Posted by on April 14, 2012 in Christian Blog, Cooking Blog


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