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Friday, June 29, 2007
Monday, June 25, 2007
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This is kind of a fun, different recipe, that can be easily changed to fit your veggie tastes, or whatever is hanging out in the fridge. I use:
- 1/2 cup peanut butter
- 1/2 cup Asian dressing (something with sesame or ginger)
- 1 package of whole wheat linguine
- 1 and 1/2 cups chicken, shredded or cut in little pieces
- 2 cups frozen and shelled edamame (a fancy word for "soy beans")
- 2 cups shredded carrots
- 1 teaspoon of ginger
While boiling up the linguine, mix together the peanut butter, dressing and ginger. Add 1/3 cup of boiling water (I scoop it out of the linguine pot). Whisk this all together. Once the pasta is cooked, put the carrots and edamame in with it. Allow them to boil together for 3 minutes.
Drain the noodles and veggies. Mix it with the peanut sauce. Toss in the cooked chicken.I served mine with a green salad, using the same Asian dressing. It kind of ties it all together.
Sunday, June 24, 2007
Friday, June 22, 2007
Tuesday, June 19, 2007
This is John's favorite recipe of mine. It took me about six tries before I perfected the recipe.
- 6 tortillas
- 1 can of black beans
- 1 can of unsalted corn
- 1 can of red sauce
- 1 little can of diced chillies
- 1/2 packet of taco seasoning
- 1 large chicken breast - or nearly a pound of chicken
- 2 cups of taco mix cheese
- 1/2 cup of sour cream (I use the fat free, keeps it healthy)
Embracing the housewife in me, I made my own baby food today. It was simple, really. I made carrots, peas, green beans, apples and bananas. I first boiled/steamed the food, then tossed it in the food processor. Once they were blended, I put them into ice cube trays with plastic wrap on top and stored in the freezer. After they were frozen, I popped them out and put them into freezer bags. I haven't tried them yet, so no word on taste.
Sunday, June 17, 2007
Thursday, June 14, 2007
For my birthday, I received one of these chocolate bars - Cacao Reserve by Hershey's Extra Dark Chocolate. I am in love. Dark chocolate is perfect for my house, because I am the only one that likes it! On the back of the bar, it says "Like most indulgent treats, Cacao Reserve by Hershey's should be enjoyed in moderation." I think that's because the over sized bar has 530 calories in it... I checked out their website as well, and it says "Pair elegant dark chocolate with well-crafted cabernets and California zinfandel's when spending an evening with your friends." So, I am enjoying a portion of my bar, with a glass of my fine boxed wine. (fake fancy chocolate with my fake fancy wine.)
Wednesday, June 13, 2007
This is a good knock-off recipe. It's inspired by the best thing about Red Lobster - there biscuits.
- 2 cups of Bisquick
- 2/3 cup milk
- 1/4 cup butter
- 1/4 cup cheese (colby works good, but so does any nice yellow cheese)
- 1/4 teaspoon garlic salt
- 1/2 teaspoon Italian seasoning
Friday, June 8, 2007
Ever since I have had my baby, I have had this thing. I like to call it my "muffin top". That extra skin that pops up around your lower tummy, and doesn't seem to go away. I am in a wedding here soon and wanted to help smooth it out. Instead of spending $25+ on a pair of the Spanx Brand Power Panty, I made my own!
I just took a pair of my old nylons that had a few little snags in them. Then I took a pair of sharp scissors and clipped off the leg portion. These Nylons had a thicker knit where I cut them, so they won't run. If yours don't, just spray the area with hairspray I suppose if you wanted all over "smoothing" you could cut lower, but my main concern is the muffin top area. It works amazingly well. Give it a try....what else are you going to do with snagged up Nylons?
Thursday, June 7, 2007
This is a fun web-site. My favorite store, Wal-mart, offers fun free samples of various products, and it usually changes daily. Check it out, I've gotten diapers, shampoo, tampons, granola bars, detergents, pet food, pills, all sorts of fun stuff.
Wednesday, June 6, 2007
This is a super easy recipe that I threw together tonight for diner out of stuff I already had in the freezer (all Wal-mart brand, of course).
- 1 jar of tomato sauce
- 2 cups of mozzarella cheese
- 1/3 cup Parmesan cheese
- 1 bag of frozen ravoli, about 25 ounces
Tuesday, June 5, 2007
I had this treat last weekend, Alysha made it for diner. It's simple recipe, and a complete knock-off of the Tastefully Simple, so instead of spending the $4.99 for the mix, I'll share the secret here. The mix is only sugar and flour.....
- 3 cups of self-rising flour
- 3 tablespoons of sugar
- 3 tablespoons of melted butter
- 12 ounces of beer - I used Miller Lite
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Mix all ingredients together, spread into a greased baking pan. I used a 9 X 9, but next time I think I'll use a 9 X 13 pan instead. It came out deeper than I would have liked. Bake at for 23 to 28 minutes, until top peaks turn a golden brown. The bread tastes great alone, or with a bit of a spicy cream cheese spread to zip things up.
Monday, June 4, 2007
I am in love with this product...Caress Japanese Exotic Oil Infusions body wash. I normally am a strictly Bath and Bodyworks kind of girl, but this stuff is great. It's white lotus and kukui nut (whatever that is....) scented. It's kind of masculine in scent, Fabulous.
Here is the ultimate baking secret. Parchment Paper. Use it when you bake cookies, line the baking sheet with it. I re-use the same sheet of parchment paper for the entire batch of cookies, and they come out beautifully. No stick, no burnt spots, even cooking. It does cost more than if you just used cooking spray, but I have decided it is worth it.