Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Home Again

a long, lost friend
    "Sometimes this old farm feels like a long, lost friend.  Ain't it good to be back home again."  John Denver

     There are so many kinds of friends in the real world and cyber world. Can a plant be your friend? Possibly, it just feels like a friend.
     Being away from the farm on a brief trip to New Orleans, it was hard to predict what changes might occur. The plants and animals would keep with their routine - either growing or eating, in some cases, maybe both.  
      But, upon return, the first day lily bloom had appeared. The flower of a day lily, as the name implies, lasts only one day.  Here it was joyfully balancing on a slender stem extending its greeting. My long, lost friend had come back.  It is nature's miracle that a plant can lie dormant all winter and then at the right  moment in time, reappear.
     It doesn't matter how many years go by, a thankful appreciation goes to all the flowers that reappear each year to brighten the farm.

Here is a easy and reliable slow cooker recipe for those hot summer days.

                               ANGEL CHICKEN
 6  skinless, boneless chicken breast halves, about 1 1/2 lbs.
 ¼ cup butter
 1 oz pkg. Italian salad dressing mix
 1 oz can condensed golden mushroom soup
 ½ cup dry white wine
 1/2 of an 8 oz. tub of cream cheese with chives and onion
                        Hot cooked angel-hair pasta or wild rice
                        Snipped fresh chives, optional

  1. Place chicken in crock pot.  
  2. Melt butter in saucepan; stir in the Italian seasoning mix. Then the golden mushroom soup, white wine and cream cheese until combined. Pour over the chicken.
      3. Cover and cook on low heat setting for 4-5 hours.
      4. Serve chicken and sauce over hot cooked pasta or rice.
Sprinkle with chives, if desired.

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