Thursday, January 8, 2015

Progress and Whining, Exercise Class,

I am afraid I am going to be missing in action for a while. I might post a few blogs, but I haven’t a lot of time trying to do everything so Matt doesn’t – I am hurting too, but Matt insists in trying to do things. I staggered to the grocery store and returned to find him taking down the decorations. OK it has to be done, but it’s not urgent, it could wait a week or two if necessary. I just got the storage boxes from our locker and it was not a good experience. Hell, just remembered, I haven’t made the beds…… Phew, Matt had done them although he shouldn’t. We got all the decorations put away and it nearly killed both of us. The tree is still up though. Saving that for the next day. So much to do so much pain when we try and accomplish it so I will probably not be able to visit blogs for a while even if I do manage to post something myself. Sorry about that y'all. I hope you will bear with me for a while.

I popped into the exercise class to tell them why I wasn’t there. I was given a couple of pix that were taken of all of us at Christmas.
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I am on the extreme right in a red sweatshirt, oddly enough the picture doesn’t look as light but the computer is making it bright. There are not many of us here, there are a few more people who come. Hopefully I can join them on Friday. I’m also hoping to bowl again today (Thursday) if I can join with someone, don’t want to do three games all on my own. But I do want to get my exercise in at bowling.

I thought this recipe, originally from Cooking Light, looked tasty and pretty easy to make.

Chicken and Mushrooms in Garlic White Wine Sauce

This easy chicken recipe is quick to make, comforting to eat, and low enough in calories for a guilt-free dinner tonight.chicken-mushrooms-garlic-wine-sauce-ck-x
  • Yield: 4 servings
  • 4 ounces uncooked medium egg noodles
  • 1 pound skinless, boneless chicken breast halves
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour, divided
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt, divided
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper, divided
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil, divided
  • 1 tablespoon minced fresh garlic
  • 1 none (8-ounce) package presliced exotic mushroom blend (such as shiitake, cremini, and oyster)
  • 1/2 cup dry white wine
  • 1/2 cup fat-free, less-sodium chicken broth
  • 1 teaspoon chopped fresh tarragon
  • 1/4 cup shaved Parmesan cheese
Cook noodles according to package directions, omitting salt and fat. Drain and keep warm.
Cut chicken into 1-inch pieces. Place chicken breast halves in a shallow dish. Combine 1 tablespoon flour, 1/4 teaspoon salt, and 1/8 teaspoon pepper, stirring well with a whisk. Sprinkle flour mixture over chicken; toss to coat.
Heat 1 tablespoon oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add chicken to pan; sauté 4 minutes or until browned. Remove chicken from pan. Add remaining 1 tablespoon oil to pan. Add garlic, tarragon, and mushrooms to pan; sauté for 3 minutes or until liquid evaporates and mushrooms darken. Add white wine to pan; cook 1 minute. Stir in remaining 1 tablespoon flour; cook 1 minute, stirring constantly. Stir in broth, remaining 1/4 teaspoon salt, and remaining 1/8 teaspoon pepper; cook 1 minute or until slightly thick, stirring frequently.
Return chicken to the pan. Cover and simmer 2 minutes. Uncover; cook 1 minute or until chicken is done. Stir in noodles; cook 1 minute or until thoroughly heated. Place about 1 1/2 cups chicken mixture on each of 4 plates; top each serving with 1 tablespoon cheese.

Have a great day


  1. Hi Jo - do what you can for Matt ... and keep exercising .. you look relatively svelte there ... Hope all is well .. and the chicken dish looks good ... cheers Hilary

    1. Thanks Hilary. Talk about a couple of cripples. I just hope he gets into surgery quickly.

  2. You and Matt takes care of yourselves. Much more important than blogging.

    1. Oh sure. But blogging and my blogging friends are such an important part of my life.

  3. Both of you just take it easy. Whatever you don't get to can wait.

    1. I agree Alex but Matt can't stand it if certain things don't get done. I don't like ignoring the blogosphere.

  4. Take it slow and don't overdo!

  5. The Christmas tree can wait Jo. Take it easy. I'll will look forward to your posts to make sure you guys are getting better x

  6. It's gone now Pinky - did it between us this afternoon. I am now sporting a lovely bruise on the back of my leg. Never thought to look before.

  7. The recipe sounds divine. Take it easy on things - great photo! Nice happy group :)

  8. Thanks Dixie. I made the home made chicken noodle today, that was pretty good and great for an evening when the wind is howling round the building. They are a good group.

  9. Jo, you and Matt take it easy. The blogging can wait.

  10. I agree with Susanne. Rest and just do what you need to do and this is important--accept help from others. I learned to do that recovering from knee surgery when neither my husband nor I could drive (for 8 weeks). We are so used to being in charge that it is hard to let others help, but it makes the "helper" feel good as well.

    1. The "accepting help" is always very difficult, I feel like I don't want to impose. I had never thought about the helper feeling good too though. Of course I also wait for people to offer rather than asking and that doesn't work either.

  11. I think Blogger does tend to 'over brighten' photos .... anyway, love the sound of that recipe - my sort of food LOL!!