Jan 26, 2019


Last night was wonderful and a bit nuts.  I came home from treatment, drank two big cups of tangerine tea, made No Peek Chicken (*) for dinner, and then settled in to stitch.

I finished the stitching portion of Red Velvet Cake!

Please excuse the wrinkles, but I didn't want to waste time finding the iron and getting it all perfect before I showed you.

I'm going to put this puppy on big q-snaps later and get to beading.

After my little happy dance, I was wide awake, so I flipped on the TeeVee and got completely mesmerized by the PBR (Professional Bull Riding) championship.

Until 3am.

Let's not even try to analyze that one, shall we?

Today is cold, but the sun is shining. I am going to putz a bit...maybe do a little cleaning and cooking and un-decorating...maybe not. I'm going to let the day tell me where it wants to take me.

Maybe back to the big girl sleigh bed for a nice long nap?

So that's the report for today, Dearies. I hope your very own Saturday is wonderfully swell and that you get to do whatever makes your heart sing!

(*) No Peek Chicken isn't exactly a culinary masterpiece, but it is something my dad used to make right after mom died as a means of making sure a hot dinner was on the table. Mix two boxes of wild rice, a can of cream of chicken soup, a can of cream of mushroom soup, and a soup can full of water (or chicken broth) in a 9 x 13 baking dish. Then put four boneless skiness chicken breasts on top, sprinkle them with an envelope of Lipton Onion Soup, and cover tightly with aluminum foil. Bake at 350 for a couple of hours...depending on the size of the chicken breasts (mine were huge). Let rest for five minutes. No peeking!


  1. The Red Very Cake is do pretty.
    I think I will try the no-peek chicken. Enjoy that type of cooking! I have one that is stove top and uses ground beef. I would share if you like, Coni.

  2. Sounds as though treatment went well...followed by solid
    planning and doing...Red velvet is beautiful...and all things
    considered, done in record time. LOL on the PBR escapade.. ride em, Coni! Thank you for that very doable recipe. Enjoy
    your putzing….

  3. Thank you for the recipe reminder. I used to cook that all the time, years and years ago and had forgotten all about it. I'm off to Kroger's to get soup mix now!!!

  4. Hi Coni, just reading all your updates. I'm sorry you've been having a rough time of things, and I hope the stress and worry is having a bit of a break so you can relax and go with the flow. Your stitching is just lovely. Enjoy the weekend!

  5. OMG! I made your “no peek chicken” all the time when the kids were growing up!! Didn’t know it had a name. I just called it chicken and rice. What a wonderful reminder. I’ll make it for the grand kids now!!
    I’m not sure this will even post. I’ve written so many times - never seems to show up. But I’ll keep trying.
    I check on you every day, Coni. I pray for you too. You are an amazing woman. You truly inspire me with your courage, strength and cross stitch. You make me smile. God bless you.
    Donna - Streamwood

  6. Yaaaay on finishing the stitching on that project. Does it really need beads? It seems to look pretty close to fabulous without them.

    Sydney, Australia

  7. Red Velvet is gorgeous and dinner sounds delicious xx

  8. LOL!! I have a couple of friends that are obsessed with PBR. The cowboys must be something! Love what you have done on Red Velvet Cake!

  9. Yeeehahhhh! And the cake is almost done! Beautiful. :D

  10. Way to go on getting the stitching portion of RVC finished, Coni! It looks gorgeous. No peek chicken sounds yummy! Hope you have a fabulous Sunday!

  11. Have you read books by Anne Lamott? She so helps me laugh at myself.
    eg.Traveling Mercies...and more

  12. Wow, that sounds delicious (No Peek Chicken). I'm a foodie. My daughter cooks and I'm going to see if she'll try it. Love, hugs & prayers, Cathryn

  13. You are doing so well on not sweating the small stuff!
    And besides, if you really never undecorate, you'll be ready for December! And,....your cake is FABULOUS.

  14. Red Velvet is so gorgeous!! Can't wait to see her with all her bling on :) And No Peek Chicken sounds very yummy!