Sunday, December 16, 2012

Gifts

The past week I've been having fun collecting packages from the mail carrier.  These were to be opened early.  I'm really good about waiting to open presents unless told otherwise.

One thing about me that you may not know is that I had a pet rat in my earlier years.  I know some of you will think less of me but honestly if you've ever really truly gotten to know a pet rat you would soon learn they are sweet little lovers with huge personalities.  I've discovered that I'm allergic to them so no more pet rats for me.

Imagine my delight when the little mouse above showed up in my mailbox!  Mary (no blog) sent a sweet package with not only the sweet little mouse, but a wool sachet filled with lavender and also yummy chocolates.
 Yesterday's mail arrived with this sweet guy from Paulette!  He is just too cute!
 Mary's package came and I told her I put it under the tree and she advised I open it now so we can use them.  The photo turned but you can see that she embroidered very pretty cloth napkins.  Mary assured me to use them as they will wash up wonderfully when I told her too nice to use.  So these sweet napkins will grace our table on Christmas Eve.
I want to share with you a very, very simple crockpot recipe that may come in handy during this busy holiday week.  My family loves it and it will now be added to the permanent recipe keeper.

I put semi-frozen chicken breast into the crockpot then mixed one can of enchilada sauce with one packet of taco seasoning mix and poured over the chicken.  It then cooked on low for four hours.  The chicken comes out wonderfully tender.  I added some black olives and to serve we shredded it and placed in flour shells with some rice and cheese.  Super Easy!!

21 comments:

WoolenSails said...

That is a cute little mouse and I would prefer that type, lol.

Debbie

Fiesta said...

Beautiful gifts Mary. Happy holidays

paulette said...

Everything looks great in wool...even a rat...and just LOOK at that face! How could you not love a RAT! haha Thanks for the recipe..I will try that one for sure!!
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Darlene said...

Cute, cute, cute!!! Lots of wonderful packages. :-)

Kindred Quilts said...

The wooly mouse is a cutie! Thanks for the recipe... right up my alley... super easy!

Carrie P. said...

sweet gifts. i love using cloth napkins.

Carol said...

Nice gifts Mary, I love the redwork ornament design on the napkins. Hey, can you go ahead and open y gift too? I'll be leaving for Colorado next Sunday and I would like to know if you like what I made for you. Have a good day.

regan said...

So many sweet gifts you received! How wonderful! And that recipe sounds awesome....and easy! Thanks!

Wendy said...

My daughter had a pet rat as well. Nice gifts in the mail. The recipe looks good, too bad I don't have a slow cooker.

Mary on Lake Pulaski said...

A rat you say...hummmmm. Great little gifts. Thanks for the recipe, it sounds great (minus the black olives).

Loris said...

Lovely gifts to open! The rat is particularly cute :-) Merry Christmas! Thanks for the recipe. Might just have to try that one this week.

Sue said...

What cute little rats :-D The napkins are beautiful !

What Special gifts for a Very Special person !

Lesley said...

Such lovely gifts! How wonderful to be the receiver! Enjoy your new toys!

Sandie @ crazy'boutquilts said...

Wonderful surprises! Enjoy! Yum, the chicken sounds wonderful! Have a happy day!

Quilt Rat said...

Oh yes.....the little ratties are wonderful pets. They LOVE to interact with their humans....miss my little girls. Looks like you are having a groundhog day Christmas....very day seems to bring you more pressies from your fans and friends. ENJOY!!!!!

Cindy said...

Fun, pretty gifts Mary. Such very thoughtful friends. Thanks for the recipe, I'll be trying it REAL Soon!

Joyful Quilter said...

OMG, the recipe is great! I had just pulled the chicken out of the freezer when I read your blog this morning...actualy had red enchildas sauce in the pantry. Sooooo good! Thanks for sharing.

Great gifties.

Vivian said...

You have some very sweet gifts, Mary. All appreciated and will be enjoyed, I'm sure.
The recipe is duly jotted down and ready to try. Easy, few ingredients--my kind of cooking.

Happy holidays to you and yours.

Janet O. said...

The recipe sounds like a keeper, Mary. Love easy crock pot recipes--and those liners make cleanup SO easy!
Did I misunderstand, or are these birthday presents for you who endures a holiday birthday? I, too, usually wait to open on THE day, unless told to do otherwise. Looks like friends are taking good care of you--as you do for them. I will be putting a little something in the mail for you in a day or two. Be watching. : )

PunkiePie (Jen) said...

Thanks for the recipe idea. It will come in handy in the next couple of weeks. A pet rat. I don't know if I could handle that however, cute little mice-y gifts! :)

Wendz said...

Thanks for the recipe, I think it's a great idea. However, I'm so intrigued about the plastic bag lining. Is it a specific brand of bag?