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I love GC's

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So, my boss gave us $100.00 gift certificates in a pretty little wallet for Christmas. The catch? The GC was to Talbots. I'm sorry. I know people keep telling me it's not a granny store anymore. But, it is just not me. I'm more of an Old Navy, INC, Ann Taylor even Target kinda girl. So, I kept putting off using it. That is until someone told me to just look online...I'm sure you'll find something. (Thanks, Suzie Bee) Well, lo and behold I found these CAHUTE little platform slides. I bought them in ink blue patent leather and they arrived today. I will be sporting them along with a french pedi ;)come April when we go to Florida. I *love* shoes! :D

Fast & Easy Dinner

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I took out steak for dinner tonight but I am putting them back in and making this instead.....

Fast Chicken and Rice
Start to Finish: 10 min.

Ingredients
1 8.8-ounce package cooked brown or white rice
1/2 cup frozen peas
1 pound chicken breast tenders, halved crosswise
1 tablespoon cooking oil
1/4 cup bottled stir-fry sauce
Packaged oven-roasted sliced almonds

Directions
1. Stir peas into rice pouch. Heat in microwave according to package directions.

2. Meanwhile, in a large skillet, cook and stir chicken in hot oil over medium-high heat for 2 to 3 minutes or until no longer pink. Stir rice mixture into skillet. Stir in stir-fry sauce; heat through. Sprinkle each serving with almonds. Makes 4 servings.

Nutrition facts per serving:
Calories 311
Total Fat (g) 9
Saturated Fat (g) 1
Monounsaturated Fat (g) 2
Polyunsaturated Fat (g) 3
Cholesterol (mg) 66
Sodium (mg) 453
Carbohydrate (g) 25
Total Sugar (g) 1
Fiber (g) 2
Protein (g) 31
Vitamin C (DV%) 5
Calcium (DV%) 3
Iron (DV%) 8

No Sew Slipper Socks!!!

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I know that Christmas was just last month but I am already thinking about gifts for next year. I think these would make fun and cozy gifts for Christmas. I plan on getting a head start on Christmas 2008 with these babies. Courtesy of Martha. ;)



Padding around the house in warm wool socks is a cozy comfort that can sometimes be slippery -- and socks' feet can get damp and dirty. For more solid footing, add soles.

Tools and Materials
Thick socks
Scrap of cardboard
Pencil
Scissors
Sewing pencil
Sueded fabric
Fusible webbing
Iron

No-Sew Slipper Socks How-To
1. Pull the socks onto your feet. Stand on a piece of cardboard, and trace both feet with a pencil; cut cardboard along lines. Remove socks. Use a sewing pencil to trace the templates on sueded fabric and fusible webbing, a material that bonds fabrics together; cut them out.




2. Slide a cardboard template into each sock, positioning it where you want to iron on new soles. Place fusible webbing between sueded fabric and sock's sole; iron …

Pasta Amore

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These will be featured on the Martha Stewart Show all next week...

Pasta with Garlic Sauce



Ingredients
Serves 4
1 head plus 8 cloves garlic
Coarse salt and freshly ground pepper
1 pound farro spaghetti
2 tablespoons olive oil
3/4 cup dry white wine
1 cup loosely packed chopped fresh parsley
1 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
Parmesan, for grating

Directions
Heat oven to 425 degrees. Wrap garlic head in parchment paper-lined foil; roast until soft and golden, about 1 hour. Let cool, trim tip of head; squeeze out cloves, using back of knife. Transfer to small bowl; set aside.
Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Add salt and pasta; cook according to package directions until al dente; drain.
Thinly slice 5 cloves of unroasted garlic; finely chop remaining 3 cloves. Heat oil over medium heat in a large skillet. Add sliced garlic; toast until golden and crisp. Using a slotted spoon, remove garlic; set aside. Add chopped garlic; saute until translucent, about 1 1/2 minutes. Add roasted garlic…

A Mish-Mash of Things

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First off, I had been soooooooo sick for like 2 weeks. It was awful...couldn't eat, couldn't breathe, had no energy. So, to say I am behind on things is an understatement. But, I am finally caught up on the laundry. Yay! Thank God for small favors. LOL!

I did manage to stay on top of scrapbooking assignments, so that's nice. I'll be able to share in a few....

Work has been stressful. My co-teacher is out alot and me and 9 kiddos is too much especially when we have one with issues. :( But, I better get rewarded come review time is all I'm sayin' ;)

I think this will be dinner tomorrow. Since I only eat white meat, I'll be putting in a whole chicken cut up not just legs and thighs.




Ingredients
2 medium unpeeled potatoes, cut into 1/2-inch pieces
1 large green sweet pepper, cut into strips
1 medium onion, sliced
1 tablespoon quick-cooking tapioca
2 pounds chicken thighs or drumsticks, skinned and fat removed
1 8-ounce can tomato sauce
2 tablespo…