Monday, November 26, 2012

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Salmon over angel hair pasta with lemon cream sauce
Oh my, I'm not a fan of cream sauce's, but this is sooooooooooo good!!







  • 3/4 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 1/4 cup chicken stock
  • 3 Tbsp lemon juice
  • 3/4 pound angel hair pasta (also called capellini)
  • Salt and black pepper
  • Salmon fillets
  • 1/2 cup (loosely packed) chopped parsley
  • 1/4 cup (loosely packed) chopped chives
  • Zest of a lemon
  • 1/2 cup freshly grated parmesan cheese


Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil.
2 In a smaller pot, heat the cream, chicken stock and lemon juice to a low simmer. Simmer gently for 5 minutes.
3 Add the angel hair pasta to the boiling water.
4 Meanwhile, heat olive oil in a skillet on medium high. Season salmon with salt and pepper and place skin side up in the oil. Cook it for 3 minutes, then flip and cook another 3-5 minutes.
5 When the pasta is done, drain and put it in a large bowl. Add the herbs to the simmering lemon cream sauce and let them cook for about 1 minute.  Add the lemon zest and most of the parmesan and mix again. Divide into servings, and top with the remaining parmesan.

Sunday, November 25, 2012

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Roommate got this wine opener, very COOL!! You press the bottom button & it removes the cork with no effort, than press the top button & it gives you the cork back!! Nice!!


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I set the tree up!! Now to decorate it!!



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Happy Birthday Harley!! She turned 6 today!! This picture was taken today!! YAY!!
Plus having a hard time lost my Johnny 2 years ago today :(



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I went out to lunch with my Mom & a friend of hers. Plus my niece in pink & Abby in blue. They got us drinks & tag teamed to avoid accidents!! Great job girls!!



Wednesday, November 21, 2012

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Whole Foods just opened a store here a few months back.
Found this Music Paper & my, my, my ,my is it good!!




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Roasted brussel sprouts
roasted in oven 375 for 20 minutes with olive oil, garlic & Mrs. Dash




Monday, November 19, 2012

The Liebster Blog Award


Kate over at By The Babbling Brooke nominated me This Award!! Thank you Kate!!

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The rules of the award are as follows:
The Liebster Blog Award is an award for blogs with under 200 followers. Apparently  Liebster is German for “beloved” and a blog nominated for this award is “worth watching”.
There are 5 rules attached to this award:
1. If you are nominated for the award and accept it, then you have won!
2. Link back to the person who presented the award to you.
3. Nominate 5 blogs with less than 200 followers who you feel deserve the award.
4. Let the nominees know by leaving a comment on their blog.
5. Attach the  Liebster award badge to your site.
So my picks are:

So on to 11 random things about me, LOL
1. I have "met" some of the greatest people thru blogging!!
2. I really want a Mac
3. I'm getting some of my brains back :)
4. I've started cooking again, less costly than take-out!
5. I don't really like being a Widow :(
6. I'm afraid of the dark!
7. Seven is my favorite number
8. I love Aerosmith!!!!
9. Laughter is the best remedy!!
10. I love the thrill of finding stuff!!
11. I'm a thrift store shopper!!




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My version of Taco Bell's crisp wrap, NOM!!!





Thursday, November 15, 2012

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Shhhhhhhhhhhhh don't tell anyone Santa stopped by to get his beard trimmed!! Shhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh!!!!




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Leaves are changing here!! Saw this beauty on my morning walk!!




Monday, November 12, 2012

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OMGosh!! Can you believe someone in my neighborhood has their Christmas lights on???!!! Crazy!!



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Progress Energy worked on this today was kinda scary!!







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Yummm!! Roasted green beans with Smart Options butter, bacon bits & spices!!



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Roasted Portobello Mushrooms with balsamic vinegar
I roasted these sliced portobella mushrooms with olive oil, black pepper & a splash of balsamic vinegar. NOM!!



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Roasted broccoli
Toss the broccoli florets with the olive oil, garlic, salt, and pepper on a baking sheet. Spread them out and then roast, without stirring, until the edges are crispy and the stems are crisp tender, about 20 minutes @ 400



Friday, November 9, 2012

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Not the greatest picture, but the stock is fabulous!!


Pressure Cooker Chicken Stock

2 lb chicken parts or carcass
1 medium onion, peeled and halved
1 celery stalk, cut in several pieces
1 large carrot, scraped and cut in several pieces
2 sprigs parsley
6 peppercorns or 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
1 teaspoon thyme
2 bay leaves
Salt to taste
6 cups water

Combine all ingredients in the pressure cooker. Lock the lid in place and bring to pressure, then lower heat and cook for suggested time. Allow pressure to drop by the natural release method , remove the lid and strain by pouring it through a strainer which has been lined with a couple of layers of damp cheesecloth, damp kitchen towel or damp paper towels. Press with the back of a wooden spoon to extract as much liquid as possible. Cool, then refrigerate overnight and remove any congealed fat that has collected on the surface.

Cook for 30 35 minutes on high pressure.






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Baked Zucchini
Ingredients:
  • 4 medium zucchini
  • 2 tablespoons Parmesan cheese
  • 1/2 cup shredded cheese
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1/2 teaspoon crushed garlic
  • ground black pepper, to taste
  • salt, to taste
Preparation:
1. Slice the zucchini lengthwise and score diagonally across the top of zucchinis.
2. Place in a baking dish.
3. Baste with melted butter and garlic, sprinkle with cheese and season with salt and pepper to taste.
4. Bake in a moderately hot oven for about 15-20 minutes (or until tender and crisp).
Found the recipe HERE




Wednesday, November 7, 2012

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Meet Gus!!! He's my friends 9 year old Shih tzu, he's trying to gain knowledge by sleeping on the laptop!! They have fallen on hard times & they are staying in my guest room. So I guess I have a roommate!!! YAY!! They were both good sports & watched Magic Mike with me!!! LOL!!



Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Saturday, November 3, 2012

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Roasted acorn squash seeds
Baked @275 degrees till they started to pop!



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Nom!!! I bought an acorn squash!! I baked it with Smart Balance butter, garlic powder, onion powder, dill, parsley & oregano. Yummmmmmmmmm




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My car broke down again :( so not happy with that!! A friend gave me a ride to work. Got stuck in the road was closed??



They shut down all traffic so this guy could make a u-turn???




Friday, November 2, 2012

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And this birdhouse with Camilla's blooming behind it!!



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On my walk today I saw these mini wild daisy's, so cute!!



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I found some Kale on sale. It was a big bag for 99 cents!! I did this:

1 bunch of kale, washed and chopped into bite-size pieces
1 yellow onion, sliced
1-2 cloves of garlic, minced or finely chopped
2-3 tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil
Juice of 1/4 lemon
1/2 cup of vegetable broth or water ( used water)
Sea salt and pepper, to taste (optional) (I let out & added Mrs.Dash Original)

Warm olive oil over medium heat in a large pot or pan. Add onions and cook for 3-5 minutes or until slightly translucent. Be sure to stir the onions around once in a while so that they don't burn.
Add garlic and kale and mix them together with onions. Allow garlic, kale and onions to cook for one minute, then add vegetable broth and cover pot or pan for 4-6 minutes. Check kale from time to time starting at the 4 minute mark for tenderness.
Once kale is tender, add sea salt and just a few drops of lemon juice. Give it one last stir and serve.

Warm olive oil over medium heat in a large pot or pan. Add onions and cook for 3-5 minutes or until slightly translucent. Be sure to stir the onions around once in a while so that they don't burn.
Add garlic and kale and mix them together with onions. Allow garlic, kale and onions to cook for one minute, then add vegetable broth and cover pot or pan for 4-6 minutes. Check kale from time to time starting at the 4 minute mark for tenderness.
Once kale is tender, add sea salt and just a few drops of lemon juice. Give it one last stir and serve.



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So after a little bit of a scare last week with my blood pressure too high & a short hospital stay, not fun!! I'm on blood pressure meds, low salt diet & walk. I need to eat more veggies & fruit!! I found this blog & she has some great sounding recipes!! I made her Easy Sautéed Carrots with Onions and Rosemary. I left out the rosemary cause I was to lazy to go out & cut some. Added sage, parsley & a splash of lemon juice. Very good recipe!!!
Here's her blog VEGGIE QUEST




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Me dressed as crazy cat lady for Halloween!!