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Delicious Chicken Paella with Sausage and Olives

 

I know I have been lacking a little bit on getting some of my delicious recipes up that were inspired by Ellie Krieger and Friends… but I have made so many new and wonderful things and photographed them like a crazy person while doing it over the past few months I have a lot to get out over the summer so I hope you enjoy! Let me know if you make any of these and how you like them and what you did to change them up a bit…

This wonderful recipe will make your home smell like a gourmet restaurant! From Ellie Krieger’s “So Easy” cookbook, I give you Chicken Paella with Sausage and Olives…

Ingredients:
1 T plus 2 tsp olive oil
3 oz chorizo sausage with casing removed, sliced into 1/4″ rounds
1 lb skinless boneless chicken thighs, cut into 1″ pieces
1 medium onion, chopped
2 cloves of garlic, minced
2 1/2 cups low-sodium chicken broth
1 10 oz package frozen peas
1 cup uncooked white rice
1 large ripe tomato, chopped
1/4 cup sliced green Spanish pimento-stuffed olives
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp ground black pepper
1/8 tsp ground turmeric
small pinch of saffron threads

Directions:

Preheat oven to 375 degrees.

Heat 1 T of oil in large heavy skillet over medium-high heat (use a skillet that has a lid to cover)

Add the chorizo and cook, stir occasionally until browned, about 3 minutes.

Add the chicken and cook, stirring occasionally, until browned about 5 minutes.

Transfer the chicken and chorizo to a plate.

Heat the remaining 2 tsp of oil in the skillet,

Add the onion, and cook stirring until softened about 3-5 minutes

Add the garlic and continue to cook for a minute more.

Return the chicken and chorizo to the skillet

Add the chicken broth, peas, rice, tomato, olives, salt, pepper, turmeric, and saffron.

 

cooking chicken paellaBring to a boil, cover, and transfer to the over.

Cook until the rice appears to be tender and the liquid is absorbed about 30 minutes.

Notes from my kitchen:

Saffron is one of the hardest spices and most expensive spices to find. I went on a saffron hunt when all I could find was saffron flavored rice in my local supermarket. I checked out Whole Foods and Balducci’s and couldn’t find it there either and finally I found the cutest most expensive little bottle at William Sonoma but I must say the fresh is much much better then the saffron rice in the little yellow package!

I had never eateb chorizo sausage until I made this recipe, it is a hot and tangy sausage.

This dish is delicious! It gives a really nice plate presentation too~ Very impressive for company. If you happen to have any left overs it tastes even better the next day! I give this one 5 stars!

Let me know if you give it a try!

I had a “moment”

 

clockI was fortunate the other day to get an hour to run out of the house and get my nails done; I promised myself during my “wellness makeover” that once a week I would do “something” for “myself” and this week it was the nails, which I might tell you were broken and looking pretty bad from all the computer typing lol…

So I had my enjoyable moments of soaking my hands, and having someone take care of “me” for the moment and then I looked up and noticed two teenage girls standing and looking at the jewelry counter (ok, we aren’t even going to go there about a jewelry counter in a nail salon) they were obviously sisters joking as they looked in the jewelry cases and just being so sweet with each other and evidently waiting for their mom to come so that she could buy whatever their “needs” or I guess probably a high school graduation gift. Hmm, could they have been twins?

As I watched them interact with each other my heart broke for a moment; that should be my girls! Why wasn’t it my girls? My oldest just graduated college and my youngest is now 18 and should be graduating from high school. Those should me be my girls that were waiting for me to buy them their gifts… And then I took it a little further in my mind and stopped and wondered where my youngest would be going to college, would she follow her sister and go to school down south? Would she have gone through rush?

And then I looked up and remembered that’s not my life, that’s not my girl’s lives either. My eyes wallowed up with tears and I had to stop myself and remember I was here to do something “happy and fun” for myself. But that’s my life. In every glimpse I see a shadow of a “life” that I thought I was supposed to have had.

I do love my little Hadley just as she is believe me, I worry so often that something might happen to her and what would my life be without her and so I stop and just thank god that I have her and all that she has given us with her angelic smile and her contagious personality and love for life. And I know I am blessed but sometimes it’s just hard…

some of my favorite things

When I was just about to hit my “blog-a-versary” date I sent out a tweet asking friends what they think a fun “giveaway” would be to honor my year. And one of my bloggy buddies immediately wrote back and said “why not your favorite things?” So that was it… and just so you know 5 of my favorites…

• My favorite ice cream… not that I have eaten any since my wellness makeover began but I will again at some point and it is Cherry Garcia! Yum!

• My favorite TV channel… of course the food network lol. And I love love love Ina, but Ellie is a close second.

• My favorite season… Spring! Love the smell of fresh cut grass for the first time and the smell of jasmine, it’s intoxicating!

• My favorite color… Green

• My favorite book… The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald

• My favorite getaway… the beach, I love the sound of the waves.

And for my favorite things giveaway I have included a CD from my favorite singer: (not only is he a cutie patootie but this boy has a wonderful voice!) Michael Buble, two of my favorite movies, “the holiday” and “love actually” Ellie’s “So Easy” cookbook which you will just love! A bag of dark chocolate which is good for your blood pressure and your soul lol and since I’m the queen of organization a pad to keep up with you and your family events for the week and yes a little gift card to Starbucks…

I’d love to enter this! I think the actual value is around $75.00 it’s all ready and packed for one lucky follower.

How to enter the giveaway:

1 entry- Follow this blog, if you are already a follower leave a message and let me know one of your favorite things…

1 entry-Become a follower at my secondary blog

1 entry- Join my Wellness Makeover Fan page

1 entry- Grab I’m still standing button

1 entry- Follow me on Twitter and leave a comment that you are following on twitter.

1 entry-Tweet about this giveaway. Up to once a day! http://tinyurl.com/2fvd722 and leave a separate comment here with the twitter link.

1 entry-Subscribe to my feeds

1 entry- Favor my blog on Technorati

1 entry- Blog about this giveaway and include a link back to this contest

1 entry- Post on Facebook: http://tinyurl.com/2fvd722, leave a separate comment here that you posted this on Facebook

Contest Rules:

• Contest ends Monday May 24, 2010 at 11pm Eastern Standard Time.

• Winner MUST either have their e-mail address on their profile, or leave their e-mail address with their comment.

• I will announce the winner of the giveaway on May 25, 2010 on this blog as well as through e-mail to the winner. If I do not receive a response within 48 hours, I will randomly choose a new winner.

* all entrants must live in the united states.

Just like it was yesterday

Dear Sarah,

Well I’m supposed to write a letter to you which reflects what you have meant to us over the last 21 almost 22 years in one page? Wow, that is going to be a little hard because what you have given us in your 21 years is sooo much more than a pages worth but here goes…

When I found out I was pregnant with you, I was overjoyed! As you know pregnancy and me just don’t get along and I am really hoping that I did not pass that on to you, but you know my mom had 6 kids and no problems so here’s hoping! Anyhow, my pregnancy was not easy; my OBGYN even called me the “girl with the little black rain cloud.”

It seems if it could happen during a pregnancy it happened to me to the point where I was hospitalized 3 months before your September 16th arrival date. I know you are saying September 16th is not my birthday but that was the day you were supposed to arrive, but being the “I must always be early” type of girl that you are. My blood pressure skyrocketed and my water broke on July 9th, 1988 and that was it, there was no turning back for us now. Your birth as you know was a bit scary and I was completely out but daddy was with you the whole time. When they pulled you out, you were a tiny little bundle of “pink.” But there was no sound. Well now we know that years later those vocals work real well! You were ventilated and resuscitated and rushed to the NICU. Daddy just stayed with you the whole time. Of course over the course of your life you have heard us tell you how the doctors told us you would be “deaf, blind, would never walk or talk on your own.” But you were beautiful! We were devastated, what was going to happen to our little Sarah. Obviously the doctors were very wrong about you and yup, that little omen was a prelude to your sisters’ life which has affected all of ours greatly, but this is about you not her! Lol

As a little girl you were always outgoing and caring reaching out to all of those who needed a friend. We were always so proud of you for this. You have always been a “little” more social then scholarly. Given a choice of doing your homework or watching TV with friends well that was an easy one, TV and friends always won out, although you did learn some funny lessons there, “remember everyone is beautiful, all you have to do is squint.”

Over the years we have watched you grow into a fine young lady. We have watched you develop and learn to understand your sisters’ disability which I know is a hard obstacle to get through, but you have done it with grace and poise, wanting to help change the world and teach others about discrimination against the disabled. It takes a lot to get up and put your money where your mouth is and I’m so proud that you have done that.

When it came time to apply to colleges daddy and I had a long talk about where you would finally end up going and we decided that decision was going to be yours, you always knew you could come back to our home state if you weren’t happy with your choice. Thank goodness you loved Alabama the moment you stepped on that campus, I could see an ease in you and next was “sorority life.” Would you follow in my footsteps and be and ADPi? I remember when you were going thru rush and your nightly calls about each house and your feelings about them. I guess I was hoping that you would end up an ADPi and I remember standing on the corner of bid day next to your dorm waiting and waiting for the parade of girls to go by and finally “see” what house you were in. And the “A’s” came by and finally Alpha Delta Pi, and there seemed to be a 100 girls and where was Sarah? I thought “oh no!” But low and behold, there she was one of the last one’s running with the group. There she was Sarah Caroline an Alpha Delta Pi pledge! And yup, I cried a little bit!

You have always been a ray of sunshine! Sometimes a little bossy! Sometimes a little loud! But always with grace and poise and a wonderful wonderful spirit and great heart! I’m proud to call you my daughter, and sister, We will love you always!

Love,
Mommy and Daddy

Last week I proudly sat at the Coleman Coliseum amongst 6000 or so proud parents at the University of Alabama awaiting the procession of our graduating seniors. Nineteen years of school! It is hard to believe, where did those 19 years go?

I made this little video of Sarah’s life and thought I would share it with all of you.

Just like it was yesterday

For those of you with small children enjoy it, take your time to “smell” the “roses” and the not so “rosey” moments for that is what makes up your picture book of “life.” What is your favorite memory of your children so far?

She did it again!

As many of you know by now I began this venture into bloggyland as a way of starting my creative juices moving and flowing as the imputes to writing a book, which yes, I have finally put my fingers to the keyboard to start my outline. Yay!

And in the past year as I have said I have met so many friends from near and far for which I feel blessed. Last year, a month into writing, I “met”(virtually anyhow) a gifted graphics artist who designs blog sites and so I worked with her to give my site it’s original design.

She was so wonderful to work with and as my juices started moving and I created more sites, I had her design, Confession of the Playground Princess, The Untraditional Topiary, and The DC Ladies and she also designed my daughters site Post Crown Chronicles.

And now… trumpets please: dumpt da da da da da…. “Introducing the new chic design for I’m Still standing!”…

So you can see we really love Danielle’s work. We are a virtual reference for her lol… So it’s spring and if you want to spruce up your site or have a complete redo, Danielle will do it all, she even redid my twitter background for me too. Drop her a line and let her know that Shelley sent you.

*If you get a chance to do this before Wednesday evening Danielle will give you $10.00off the deposit fee.

Sooo what do you think of my “new chic design?”

10 honest things about myself

1. I can be a very determined person if I really want something.
2. I’m a bit bossy, but that’s because I’m always right lol
3. I’m a bit obsessive compulsive; the organization of the frames in my house will show that!
4. I am tired of Jon & Kate. Enough said!
5. I’m compassionate to a fault.
6. I desperately want to write a book based on our family that will be turned into a movie; Inspiration people! Not sure who I’d like to play me. “Any ideas? lol
7. I am dying to go to Italy!
8. I would love to have enough money to take care of my daughter for life and then I would love to start a foundation to help others.
9. I need sleep, seriously if I don’t get enough sleep I am a tad bit crabby.
10. I am my biggest critic! Working on that one! lol

We have a winner from my last giveaway a beautiful tassel from Megity’s Handmade, and the winner is Elana!

This week we have another great giveaway in honor of my blog-a-versary and it comes from another great Etsy vendor who I have gotten several items from. Jen from My Tree House Treasures has generously donated a very cute The Laundry Room Loads Of Fun Vinyl Wall Lettering.

If you have never done vinyl lettering on your walls it is a lot of fun and not hard at all, you just need a little patience and the results is magnificent, people can not get over the vinyl I have done! And this one is just too cute for the laundry room!

How to enter my next blog-a-versay giveaway from Jen:

1 entry– Tell me one secret about yourself, something honest now.

1 entry– Follow this blog, if you are already a follower leave a message as to what you enjoy about “I’m Still Standing.”

1 entry-Stop over Jen’s website or her etsy store and leave her a comment that you popped over from “I’m Still Standing.”

1 entry-Become a follower at my secondary blog

1 entry– Join my Wellness Makeover Fan Page

1 entry– Grab I’m still standing button.

1 entryFollow me on Twitter and leave a comment that you are following on twitter.

1 entry-Tweet about this giveaway. Up to once a day! http://tinyurl.com/26rhyj8 and leave a separate comment here with the twitter link.

1 entry-Subscribe to my feeds

1 entry– Favor my blog on Technorati

1 entry– Blog about this giveaway and include a link back to this contest

1 entry– Post on Facebook: http://tinyurl.com/26rhyj8, leave a separate comment here that you posted this on Facebook

Contest Rules:

• Contest ends Monday May 10, 2010 at 11pm Eastern Standard Time.

• Winner MUST either have their e-mail address on their profile, or leave their e-mail address with their comment.

• I will announce the winner of the giveaway on May 11, 2010 on this blog as well as through e-mail to the winner. If I do not receive a response within 48 hours, I will randomly choose a new winner.

*please note all giveaways have been donated by the third parties and I am not responsible or cannot be held liable for any actions associated from them.