I’ve flown the coop!

Yes, it’s true. I’m outta here! But I’ll be back on Monday. Right now I’m winging my way to California for the TNNA Market in Long Beach. I can’t let an opportunity go by for finding us some lovely new things to carry at The Loopy Ewe, right? I’ll keep you posted on what I find there. 🙂 In the meantime, the Elves are holding down the fort and shipping orders out to you, so you don’t have to worry that there will be a delay. (Have I mentioned how awesome those Elves are?) I’ll be back to answering emails next week, so I’ll talk to you all then.

Another new recipe for you that we tried over the holidays. It was a hit with my family! I hope you like it, too. (I know the photo is kind of orange-y. It was an orange-y dish because of the French dressing, but I’m pretty sure it wasn’t quite that orange. Food styling/photo-ing is just not my gift. Obviously.)

DSC01488.JPGDad’s Favorite Chicken Casserole (I have no idea who this particular “Dad” is, but that was the name of the recipe)

4 cups cooked, chopped chicken
2 cups celery slices
2 cups toasted bread crumbs
1 cup French dressing (or more, if you want it creamier)
1/2 cup milk
1/2 cup chopped onion
1 tsp. salt
dash of pepper
1 (8 oz) package Swiss cheese, cut in strips
1/2 cup slivered almonds

Combine all ingredients except nuts. Spoon into greased 2 quart casserole. Sprinkle with nuts. Bake at 350 degrees for 40 minutes. Can be made ahead. (Refrigerate covered, bake with cover at 350 for 50 minutes, then remove cover and bake 10 more minutes.)

Serve over hot cooked rice.

Have a great weekend and get lots of knitting done while I’m gone.

Sheri hopingtohaveknittingtimeonthisweekendtoo,inbetweenproductscoping…

41 comments

  1. Have great fun shopping in Long Beach..weather should be fantastic. Lived down there for 18 yrs!!!! thank u elves

  2. Oh my gosh, Sheri, you’re gonna love it here! It’s supposed to be sunny & in the 70s this weekend. Hope you get out of the convention center and into the sunshine for a bit!

  3. Have fun looking, and enjoy the beautiful weather! I hope to have some restful knitting, too. I have one sock done and getting ready to cast on the second.

  4. Safe travels and happy shopping! I’ve heard that TNNA is awesome. And…southern CA…who can’t like that. Enjoy the sunshine! I’m headed for Palm Springs, CA next weekend and just can’t wait. Goldens are stable right now so I can go to Keith’s conference with him. So sorry I had to pull out of your retreat (which was my TREAT to myself) but I just am not comfortable planning that far ahead because of Brandeis and his aging problems. There will always be another time, I’m sure. I hope to knit this weekend but my schedule fills up more and more….

  5. YUM – I’m in the mood for a new casserole recipe. It sounds like it’ll warm the tummy. Thanks for sharing! Our warm snap is over up here in WI – back to winter reality.

    I hope you find lots of new, fun items and travel safely!

    As always, there’s a project(s) in my basket next to my chair, so I will knit the weekend away.

  6. With TNNA this week and Road to California (quilt show) next week, I’m suddenly regretting leaving Los Angeles. OK, not really. But it would be cool to be there for a week starting right now! Have fun!

  7. You gotta love those Elves! Happy shopping with good weather. STILL snowing here! Just more time to knit.

  8. You have a dream job…I wanna be you when I grow up!!!!

    Have a great time finding great stuff for us to buy! 🙂

    Oh, and a HUGE thank you to the Elves – you guys rock!

  9. Have a great time, Sheri! It’s always great to just go and look and touch and ponder. I try and go to Stitches every year for that exact reason: loads of stuff that I’m going to think about! 🙂

    And a big Thanks to the Elves for holding down the fort!

    Good luck finding knitting time. I’m sure there will be some! Get something new and swell and knit that! 😉

    (Although lately, I find that so much of my time is being used on things other than knitting that I’m having anxiety dreams about my yarn that I want to start knitting. It’s rather strange. Let’s hear it for more knitting time!)

  10. Enjoy! I’m really curious about this new thing Lorna’s Laces is coming up with this month. Will love to hear the details regarding that.

  11. Sheri – just wanted to say, thanks so much for the awesome customer service! You and your elves always do a spectacular job. My package just arrived and before I even opened it, I just wanted to say “Thanks!”. Made my day 🙂

  12. Weather in Long Beach right now is sunny and cool, floating around 65F. I wish regular folk could check out TNNA, with it being right in my backyard it’s torture to know that I can’t go. I did get my last Loopy Ewe package and that cheered me up some though. Have fun this weekend.

  13. Yum, that looks tasty. Have fun down south, Sheri. Next year you need to come out here to Stitches West so all your fans that aren’t in the trade can say hi. I wish you much knitting time.

  14. Have a great time at TNNA! I’m sure you’ll find some time to knit, even if it’s only on the plane! And if you don’t find any other knitting time, it must mean you’re having fun! Thanks again for all that you & the Elves do for us! Safe travels…

  15. Hope you have a wonderful trip and find lots of goodies to bring back for your “flock”! Looking forward to seeing what is new for Spring 2008!

  16. Have a safe and wonderful trip. THat recipe looks scrumptous. I think i know what i am buying when i go food shopping. THat sounds like something my girls would eat. Am flying with you in spirit though. Find us some beautiful irresistable yarns. I finally deciedd to make my first order this weekend (ie only a finance issue).

    loveya

  17. That casserole looks great….my husband loves chicken, swiss cheese and french dressing! I think I have Sunday dinner figured out. BLESS YOU!

  18. Hope you are having a great weekend in my home state, Sheri! Although I hear from my parents that it’s been “cold” there lately…never mind. (One grew up in Pennsylvania and one in Nebraska, but they’ve both lived in Southern California for so long, they’re a bit spoiled!) I’m sure you’ll find lots of new and exciting yarns to tempt us with!

  19. Sheri,

    You and your elves ROCK!!! I was so surpised to see the mailman arrive yesterday with my package from the last sneakup. I LOVE IT !!! The tote, mug and measuring tape are great and I really love the color……..

    Have a great time this weekend.

    Sheri

  20. I have an overabundance of cans of broth in our cupboard – always buy chicken broth when I go to the store, sometimes beef, and always vegetable broth when I can find it.

    My husband and I finally figured out that we eat the same things every couple of weeks so we just started buying those same things when we go to the store, whether we really need them or not. This has resulted in a large stock of broth and then various cream of chicken soups – low fat, low salt, with herbs, etc.

    The other thing is can of beans – lots of varietys of seasoned and plain black beans and then every other kind of canned bean available – garbanzos, butter, light and dark kidney, cannelini, navy, pinto . . .

  21. Hi, I have way too much pasta in my cupboards. Every time it goes on sale, I stock up, and just the other day, thought, wow, its a good thing that I am not curently on the South Beach Diet!
    Question. I saw a beautiful pattern for Firestarter sock, and read that it is a free download on your site. But nothing happens when I click on the link. Has it been removed? It is a gorgeous sock.
    Thanks.

  22. I have an overabundance of bottles of wine in my cupboard. My husband and I visit our daughter and son-in-law in Minneapolis and during every visit we have to stop at this fantastic cheese and wine store. Those who live there will know the place I’m talking about. Anyway the wine choices are wonderful and we always get a little too enthusiastic about all these great wines that we just know we’d never find back in Iowa. So we buy some bottles, get home and see the multitude of bottles that are in the cupboard yet to be used. Obviously we don’t drink it very often. With our 1-2 drink per month track record, we’ll never get through it. But I’ll probably still keep buying bottles of wine in Minneapolis. Cheers!

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