Tuesday, August 31, 2010

My First Recipe Post

This recipes serves 2-3
6-8 oz boneless, skinless chicken breasts, sliced into thin slices
(1/2 tablespoon canola oil if using light coconut milk)
1 can light or regular coconut milk
1/2 tablespoon red curry paste
1/2 tablespoon grated fresh ginger
1/2 tablespoon chopped cilantro
2 tablespoons sweet chili sauce
1 cup chicken broth
about 4 oz fettuccine or about 7 oz packaged rice noodles (about 1/4" wide)
1/2 sweet onion, sliced into thin moon-halfs
1 red pepper, cored and thinly sliced
1/2 cup broccoli slaw, or thinly sliced matchstick carrots
salt to taste
In a large opt over medium heat, scoop the cream off the top of each can of coconut milk and put it in the post (if using light coco milk, you'll need to add the canola oil). Add the curry paste and ginger. Simmer/saute for about one minute, stirring constantly.
Add chicken and onions. Cook, stirring, until chicken is no longer pink, around 5 minutes. Add coco milk, chili sauce, cilantro and chicken broth. Bring to a simmer.
Add fettucine or rice noodles until just past firm stage. I had fettucine and it took about 15 minutes. Rice noodles may take longer. You'll want the sauce to be reduced, but still able to cook the peppers and slaw. Add the pepper and broccoli slaw or carrot slices. Simmer and stir often to keep the noodles from sticking. You'll want the mixture to be a bit soupy, but thick.
Take the pot off the heat and let the noodles sit for about 5 minutes (covered). The mixture will continue to thicken. Garnish with cilantro.
I served this dish with steamed broccoli.

Good Last Day of August!!!!! Countdown to autumn!!!!
It's also New Toy Tuesday. Each week, The Girls get a new toy. Sorry for the blurry photo.....I'm still working on this blog, and just YOU try to get three dogs to pose when new toys are offered. A tip for folks looking for the BEST toys for your dogs.....either go to your local thrift shop (toys are bargain price and they have smells new toys can only dream of) or go to Target 10 days after Easter or Valentine's, when small stuffed animals are 90% off. I've got boxes of bargain toys. Once, when Jim was working in Jeff City, MO, I hit the thrift store when they had 50% off toys, and their toys were $.25 each. Plus, it was a week after Easter so I hit every target between Jeff City and Red Wing, MN! I had the car so stuffed I could hardly get the girls back in the car to get back home! Now THAT'S something I wish I had a photo of!

Sunday, August 29, 2010

Good afternoon!
Well, I finally made an attempt at taking new photos and introducing you to The Girls! These are our babies:
Lindie Lou Who
A synopsis about what is most important in their lives:
Spot: #1 FOOD
Muffin: #1 SNUGGLES
Lindie: #1 BUNNIES
Pauline: We have no idea
Now, on the subject of food. This is a HUGE part of their day. Because Spot was diagnosed with hepatitis many years ago, she takes pills twice a day. SO, we have Turkey Time (Pill #1) at 10 a.m., Roast Beef at noon (this is their mid-day treat....I cook a roast each week), Turkey Time (Pill #2) at 4 p.m., and Dog Food Dinner at 5 p.m. About dusk, they get a Dingo. Also, since Spot & Muffin are now seniors, they get a vitamin treat each day, so Lindie is given a dog biscuit, which she's not crazy about BECAUSE.........
You see, the above schedule is the schedule I keep. Now their Papa is another story. He has included in their diet an assortment of other tasty treats. Ice cream, cookies, pizza, CHEESE (Spot's very close 2nd favorite thing to nosh on). As I mentioned earlier, Lindie was long in coming around to us, but maybe you can now get an understanding of not only why her Papa has become her best buddy, but also how she went from 20 to 30 pounds in less than 6 months.
Now the reason I'm bringing up food is I'm also going to incorporate recipes into this blog. But I can't post anything until I get some photos. So I should get that started in just a few days. This is going to be fun!

Saturday, August 28, 2010


Greetings from the Fulton household. This is the intial launch of "TheFultonGirls" blog! Since I only have one photo of one of the girls, you get this one of our newest addition, little Lindie Lou Fulton, aka Trouble. Granted, not the best photo, but as I get better at this, I promise you'll see them all in all their glory!

"The Girls" are our family. My wonderful husband Jim and I (Kay) have three dogs and, alas, one last cat, Pauline, now 15 1/2 years old. When Jim and I met, I had FIVE cats, all with wonderful and unique personalities except for, alas, Pauline. Hers seemed to have gotten lost in the mix. Unfortunately, she has chosen to cling mainly to Jim or, more precisely, his feet.

Our "Jewels in the Crown" are our seniors, Spot and Muffin, dumped out in the middle of nowhere in San Antonio on 4th of July weekend, just 5 or 6 weeks old. Jim brought these two (temporarily) timid balls of fur, dirt, worms, and fleas. It didn't take long for them to work their way into our hearts. Eleven years later, they may be slowing down physically, but every single day, they find a way to dig even deeper. They are the poster children for the term "Man's Best Friends."

Last October we decided it was time to bring more joy into our home so off we went to our local animal shelter, the Humane Education Society of Chattanooga. I knew it was going to be difficult to go in and pick out just ONE soul to save. It was. I wish I could have helped everyone of them. But we picked the one who appeared the most scared. And I mean scared. She was crouched in the corner of the kennel just trembling. When we got her home, it wasn't much better.

We went round and round trying to come up with a name, calling her dozens of names (all nice!), but nothing never really clicked. One day, I was calling the girls to go out and called out "Come on, Little New Doggie." Jim said, "That's it! LINDIE (LNDie)." It took her MONTHS to start to feel comfortable in the house, and longer to become comfortable with us. For Jim, the trick was ice cream. Once he fed her a spoonful, she was his! They are now best buddies.

So that's the Cliff Notes of The Fulton Girls. Now let me get to work on those photos! You have to meets these bundles of joy!