Showing posts from January, 2008

I love GC's

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

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.

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

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!!!

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
Sewing pencil
Sueded fabric
Fusible webbing

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

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

Pasta with Garlic Sauce

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

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

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.

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…