Sunday, May 21, 2017

Creamy Mushroom Spaghetti


INGREDIENTS
  • Whole wheat thin spaghetti, 16 oz
  • Sliced mushrooms (canned), 3 cups
  • Sour cream, 1 1/2 cups
  • Grated parmesan cheese (reduced fat), 1 cup
  • Coarse pepper powder
  • Chicken stock, 3 cups
  • Boneless chicken strips, 3 cups, finely stripped 
  • Sriracha sauce (chili sauce to substitute), according to taste 
  • Canola oil, 2 tablespoon
  1. Boil the spaghetti al dente (firm to the bite) and set aside in little water remaining after straining.
  2. In a large, deep skillet pan, saute the sliced mushrooms (first dry only on heat) until water dries and then add canola oil and fry for a couple of minutes. Mushrooms give off a delicious roasty smell when being dried of all water on heat. Set mushrooms aside.
  3. Add sour cream to the skillet and whisk it well for even consistency. Add 2 cups of stock and set on medium heat, stirring continuously until a creamy sauce-like consistency is achieved. 
  4. Add parmesan cheese, remaining 1 cup of stock, and coarse pepper powder, and continue stirring and cooking the sauce. Add salt to taste - checking for taste of course!
  5. Now, to cook the boneless chicken strips separate - add a couple tablespoons of oil in a frying pan, toss in the chicken and Sriracha/chili sauce. Stir fry well and toss into the creamy sauce.
  6. Now, to combine all elements together, add spaghetti to the skillet pan, toss in the mushrooms, add the sauce and begin to cook on medium heat. Mix well so all ingredients are well combined and then reduce to a simmer when sauce begins to bubble a bit. 
  7. Cook until most of the liquid has dried and incorporated into the spaghetti. Serve super hot!

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

The Wacky Finds Series

May 2017
The Wacky Finds Series is a monthly madness prompt happening at Sara's (my sister, my bestie!) blog, Sara Writes. In her words here's what it is all about.

"These are a monthly series I started out of sheer awe of how crazy things around me are! Here's what this is about ... Ahem Ahem: When my awesome self steps out of my bed each morning I meet a world of crazies. People, things, phenomena, and acts of nature which are simply too unusual to miss and not record! The Wacky Finds Series will cover all the weird stuff that I find along my way; good weird, awkward weird, bad weird, I-totally-don't-get-this weird .. all kinds of weird shall be recorded and snapped without any discrimination!"

So here are my top 5 Wacky Finds of the month!

The Skellington Family
I found Sally and Jack at Spencer Gifts and I got them on behalf of my mother as my Eid gift. They coupled well with Mr Bones and the triple skulls pileup on my dashboard. I don't need Halloween to be this berserk!

Mr. SMPTE, The Prom Date
This tux is selling at Kohl's for Prom! Those are SMPTE test pattern bars! Video engineers use it to read video signal transmissions (this is my 8 months of Media Science education talking). And they decided to put this on a Prom wear. Would I have gone out with Mr SMPTE? Yes, and I would have dressed in something with The Matrix scripts and symbols!

Colorful Potty Seats
I'm definitely buying these if I ever have a kid! They should put the Skellington family on those! 

A Rock-ing Buffet! 
Found this selling at a nursery!

Oh My Spine!
This one hell of a thing was stowed away in an under the table cabinet at the pain management office!

"That's all folks! Until the next five Wacky Finds, have a wacky day!"

Mothers Day Extravaganza

Sara and I always do something special for Mothers Day. It was a Spring-y ensemble incorporating a pretty green planter from Target with the words 'Love Grows Here'. We're keeping it like an indoor planter so it's practically mud-less. 
The beautiful Love In Bloom Sugar Cookies were done by Sara. They were the perfect combination. She really put technique and creativity into these cookies. Do check out the magic she creates on her Page, Sara's Baked Creations.

I wrote out the card in Urdu and I guess my generation would be the last to write this language.

Friday, May 5, 2017

Abbie's Wishlist

There are some things a girl wants. And, should you fall in love with me and what I do, please feel free to spoil me with some material goodness. I love a good piece of treasure. My choices are my own - of course - and your judgement would not be appreciated. These are arranged in the order of increasing prices. Should you feel you can get me any of these - go with your gut feeling and spend! If you know me personally, you know where to find me to give the gift. Otherwise, please contact on whatever medium you have found me and I'll spill the beans about my exact location on the map!


TELEPHONE BOOTH TIN CONTAINER
Price: Under $1
Available At: Ebay

ENVELOPE TIN CONTAINER
Price: $1.19
Available At: Ebay

RETRO TAPE TIN CONTAINER
Price: $1.35
Available At: Ebay

#4 TRAVEL THE WORLD TIN
Price: $1.80
Available At: Ebay

STARBUCKS eGIFT CARD
Price: Starts at $10
Available At: Starbucks
Card balance starts at $10 and all you need to provide is your email address and mine anumallie@hotmail.com


HARRY POTTER TEACUP SET
Price: Starts at $21
Available At: Box Lunch, Ebay, Hot Topic

BILBO'S LETTER OPENER, STING
Price: Starts at $23

Available At: Hobbit Shop, WB Shop

GONDOR TAPESTRY
Price: Starts at $35
Available At: WB Shop and Hobbit Shop

RED SANDUSKY METAL LOCKER
Price: $63.95
Available At: Walmart

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

How I Made My Fairy Garden

THINGS I USED
  • A container/platter/planter: Google 'wooden bowl' 'wooden tray' at Target for something similar
  • Pebbles and stones: Multi-toned River Pebbles and Black Pebbles from Dollar Tree
  • Paper: Packing paper usually comes with crockery or glassware
  • Artificial leaves: Plucked from floral stems from Dollar Tree
  • Mini garden statues: Seasonal garden decor from Dollar Tree
STEPS
Crumple paper to make a fluffy base.
 Add the leaves
 Add the pebbles and stones
Add the mini garden statues

Sunday, April 30, 2017

#A to Z Challenge Lessons Learned At 30: Zoom In On The Little Things In Life


  1. The little fairy garden you made (that creative feeling!)
  2. The perfect LOTR or Harry Potter Weekend on TV! (feeling of belonging to a fan club!)
  3. Cooking for the baby niece (that one inch thumbs up she puts up is to live for!)
  4. Butterbeer sipped with Sara at The Wizarding World Of Harry Potter (elixir of life!)
  5. The perfect magnets for my white board!
  6. A new Starbucks drink!
  7. The feel of my car's steering wheel in my hands (the feel of control!)
  8. Perfect cuppa Chai
  9. A day at the mall!
  10. Girl time with Sara!

Saturday, April 29, 2017

#A to Z Challenge Lessons Learned At 30: Your World Is Best Kept Small


  • It is best to have quality vs quantity in friends.
  • A few sincere friendships are better than heartless large clans of social bees.
  • A small world is a simple world.
  • A small world of loved ones does not overburden you with a load of expectations.
  • You can seek to find more people like yourself in a small world.
  • You don't have too many individuals to please.
  • You remember their birthdays!
  • There is always time for them.

Songbird


This Spring (2017) I am committing to handwritten snippets of poetry wherever I can find the space to write. Letters and Pieces (2017) is a 30 poem collection written impromptu (according to prompts given by NaPoWriMo.net) throughout the month of April (2017) for National Poetry Writing Month. As days go by, the Index for Letters and Pieces will grow.

Day 29: 

Friday, April 28, 2017

Abbie's Radio'TV: Spring Time In Abbiesville

#A to Z Challenge Lessons Learned At 30: X Out Those Who Don't Care

It is high time I realized that there are a bunch of people who do not really consider me anything in their lives and do not care whether I exist or not. They could very well be prying on my happenings on various social media but they do not wish to participate and make their presence felt. I have been taking the first steps to everything for a very long time. I have tried rekindling family ties (with morons!), I have tried the 'long time no see' messaging with old friends who refuse to catch up, I have tried giving gifts to keep friendships, I have tried being there in people's tough times, I have tried keeping up with people's lives on social media. But there comes a point in time when you realize no matter what you do they do not care to reciprocate. They will never be the first ones to call, they will never comment on your life's happenings, they will never attend calls or reply to messages, 'Busy' will always be their answer, no amount of gifts can win their hearts, nothing can get them to care for you. 
At 30, which seems to be a turning a new leaf year for me, I have to steer my life in a mature direction where I honor myself and stop pleasing people or trying to extract love and care out of them.