Hey! I thought I would have given up by now on motif-icating. I did have problems with the basket so I simplified for my aptitude. Just a few more and I need to decide on moving the peacock in place of the angel or stitching as is. I had a noticeable error in the last photo. The birdcage was missing its top. I thought it looked odd.
I'm still working on Santa's bell finish and simplified that too.
All went well at the hospital today, except for the slight whiplash after the wheelchair turned into a catapult. I had trouble with the new models at the Diagnostic Center, those were hand brakes. The hospital's are like a lounge chair with side arms that raise and a long bar across the top that needs to be held tight. If you let it go, boom. Brakes. Sudden stop. Patients lunged forward. We had a good laugh since this has happened so many times before, starting with the speed bumps in the parking lot. As we checked into the Heart Center, we were greeted by a memorial plaque for our doctor that recently passed. So sad.
I've been on a kick for the Cowboy Candy we made this year. Jalapenos in a sweet heavy syrup, the hot/sweet is heaven! And I don't care for hot peppers. A baguette slice, a few candy, and a little slice of cheese, under the broiler real quick and I can't stop eating them.
As for the sticky chicken, it's hard to give a recipe. Mom made this and called it sticky chicken because ... it is. Sticky. You can use whatever parts you prefer (I like dark). In a plastic bag I put 1/2 cup flour, 3/4 tsp. paprika, 1 tsp. cinnamon, 1/8 tsp cloves (to taste if you like more). Shake to blend and then add chicken pieces to coat, brown in canola oil, and transfer to baking dish. Slice potatoes into quarters or eighths, par boil until starting to soften. Drain and add to baking dish. Sprinkle some paprika and cinnamon over, salt over all. Add 1/4 to 1/2 stick of butter to browning skillet (depending on how much oil is left), add a little water, melt and blend scraping any bits. Pour this over potatoes and chicken, cover loosely and bake at 350 for a half hour to 45 minutes. That's it. We like a little more cinnamon and a touch more cloves which can be added after baking if needed, or to the liquid before pouring over.
Weather has warmed somewhat and Mark will be golfing again. I'll be going around the house making lists of projects. Simplify.
Take care, be safe, stitch happy.