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Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Roasted Fall Vegetables

Roasted Fall Vegetables

Preheat oven to Bake at 475 degrees fahrenheit.

Prepare butternut squash:
One butternut squash. Cut off and discard the ends of butternut squash. Peel the squash, cut it in half lengthwise, and remove the seeds with a teaspoon. (You can rinse the seeds, place on a cookie sheet. Add a little olive oil and garlic salt and roast in oven.) Chop the squash in large pieces.




Prepare these other vegetables:
Gold Yukon potatoes, wash and cut into chunks
Red or Orange bell peppers, rinsed, cut out seeds and membranes and chop in large pieces
Sweet onions, cut in quarters
Zuchini squash, wash and cut into chunks

Place in casserole dish that's been sprayed with olive oil cooking spray.

In a bowl mix:
1 Tbsp chopped fresh Thyme (dried if you don't have fresh)
2 Tbsp chopped fresh Rosemary
1/4 Cup Olive Oil
2 Tbsp Balsamic Vinegar (red wine vinegar can be substituted)
Salt and Pepper
You can play around with the measurements to your taste. Once you have it the way you want it, pour over the vegetables.

Place casserole dish in the oven and let bake for 30-40 minutes depending on how many vegetables or how big the chunks are.

Sources: Allrecipes.com

Ham and Cheese Tortellini Salad

Ham and Cheese Tortellini Salad
 
In frying pan heat:
Olive oil

Saute for a few minutes:
A good bunch of Swiss Chard (or fresh spinach), rinsed and chopped


1 clove fresh garlic, peeled and chopped

Prepare tortellini:
1 bag of cheese tortellini in freezer section of grocery store. It's fresh cheese tortellini that is packaged an in the freezer section. You put it in boiling water as you would any fresh tortellini. Bring to a boil and boil for about 5 mins. Don't let it boil too long because it will get overcooked and start disintegrating. Then drain, run cold water over it. Place in the large bowl with sauteed greens.

Add:
1 ham steak, cubed


1 small can of sliced black olives
1 red bell pepper, washed, remove seeds and membrane and chop
1 small sweet onion, peeled and diced
1 jar of marinated mushrooms (found in canned mushroom section of the canned vegetables)
Grated fresh Parmesan cheese (optional)

Dressingl:
1/4 cup olive oil
2 Tbsp red wine vinegar
2 tsp fresh rosemary
1/2 tsp sugar
Salt and Pepper to taste
You can adjust these measurements to your taste. You may like it sweeter so add extra sugar. You may like more vinegar or maybe use a Balsamic vinegar. Just play with it. Then pour over the salad and gently mix. I wouldn't skimp on the rosemary, that really makes the taste.

Source: Me!

Toolbox Jewelry Box

I purchased a nice wooden toolbox from Lowe's about 7 yrs ago to use as a jewelry box. The drawers are lined with green felt and it has a lock. It's perfect and I've been very happy with it.

Sunday, November 11, 2012

Bedroom Refrigerator

Have you ever thought of having a bedroom refrigerator? For my Master Bedroom I purchased a small fridge at a yard sale for $25. It works great, looks good, just needed cleaning. I keep it on a low setting so it doesn't make much ice. But I keep my medicine and vitamins in it. According to Oprah, to keep your makeup free of germs, keep liquid makeup products in the refrigerator. You could also keep a couple of drinks in the fridge for those nights you wake up and need a cool drink. You can keep your sleep mask or gel mask in the fridge to keep them cold. I put mine on a chest of drawers and it fit perfectly. I did put a doggy pee pad underneath it. This is a flat pad with cotton on one side and plastic on the bottom side. It's suppose to soak up doggy pee when they stand on it to urinate. It works great and all 5 of my dogs use them. Anyway, I put it under the fridge just in case something spills or leaks it wouldn't ruin the chest of drawers or floor.

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