Archive for March, 2008

menu plan monday

Monday, March 31st, 2008

This week I’m trying some new recipes! Two of which call for feta cheese! I rarely use feta cheese. We are having a guest speaker Sunday evening through Wednesday evening, so we’ll be going to church every night. I’m not assigning the meals to a particular day this week…

Meal 1: Creamy chicken…

4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
1/3 cup flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon white pepper
1/4 cup butter
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 small white onion, sliced and split into rings
1/3 cup white wine
2 tablespoons dried parsley
3/4 cup whipping cream

In a shallow bowl sift together the flour, salt and pepper. Coat chicken with flour mixture and pat firm caking the flour into all the crevices. In a large skillet heat together the butter and olive oil. Saute’ the onion rings until browned and beginning to caramelize. Add the chicken and cook until brown on both sides and cooked through. Remove the chicken and onions and set aside. Add the wine and cook for 2 minutes until heated through. Add the parsley and whipping cream, cooking over low heat until sauce thickens. Serve over chicken and mashed potatoes. Top with the onions.

Meal 2: Greek Tacos

Ingredients:

* 1 pound ground beef
* 1 can (14-1/2 ounces) diced tomatoes, undrained
* 2 teaspoons Greek seasoning
* 1/2 teaspoon minced garlic
* 1/4 teaspoon pepper
* 2 cups fresh baby spinach
* 1 can (2-1/4 ounces) sliced ripe olives, drained
* 1 package (4-1/2 ounces) taco shells
* 1/2 cup crumbled feta cheese
* 1/4 cup chopped red onion

Directions:
In a large skillet, cook beef over medium heat until no longer pink; drain. Stir in the tomatoes, Greek seasoning, garlic and pepper. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer for 8-10 minutes or until thickened. Add spinach and olives; cook and stir for 2-3 minutes or until spinach is wilted.
Meanwhile, place taco shells on an ungreased baking sheet. Bake at 300° for 3-5 minutes or until heated through. Spoon about 1/4 cup beef mixture into each shell. Top with feta cheese and onion.

Meal 3: Bacon-Feta Stuffed Chicken

1/4 cup crumbled feta cheese
1/4 cup crumbled cooked bacon
4 boneless, skinless chicken breast halves
2- 14 1/2 oz. cans diced tomatoes
1 Tbsp. dried basil

1. In a small bowl, mix bacon and cheese together lightly.
2. Cut a pocket in the thicker side of each breast. Fill each with 1/4 of bacon and cheese. Pinch shut and secure with toothpick.
3. Place chicken in slow cooker. Top with tomatoes and sprinkle with basil.
4. Cover and cook on High for 1 1/2 hours to 3 hours, or until chicken is tender, but not dry or mushy.

Meal 4: $5 subs at Subway!

Meal 5: Burgers

Saturday: Dinner at the Waterford (Jane Ellen & Ron’s 25th Anniversary dinner)

For more great menus, visit org. junkie!

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a trip to hong kong?

Monday, March 31st, 2008

Where would I choose to go if I could go anywhere in the world? I can think of so many places both here in the United States and in other countries I would love to visit. Most of my thoughts are centered around my blogging friends and visiting them. But if I were to check on flights to Hong Kong, I would have to look for something really good to do there! I think I would go shopping at the Causeway Bay! Designer clothes, trend-setting fashion houses, exclusive outlets line Hennessy and Yee Woo streets, while more traditional Chinese wares are available on the side-streets housing Jardine’s Bazaar.  There are a lot of Japanese large stores including the centerpiece, 10-story Sogo in the middle of it all just above the MTR Station. Finally, the modern (and big, of course) Times Square shopping/office complex dominates the southern part of the area. If you want to shop or just want to see why Hong Kong is often referred to as a shopper’s paradise, come to Causeway Bay. Sound fun?

a springy giveaway! yay!

Sunday, March 30th, 2008

In honor of the beauty of Spring… and because I have been wanting to do a giveaway…

I’m having a bloggy giveaway.

I love love love these candles. My first experience with the tyler candle company was when Julie sent me some votives in assorted fragrances last year for my birthday. I especially loved the “girly girl!”

I found a cute little local boutique that offers these same candles and I keep them year round now.

So, leave a comment… spread the word on your blog & I will randomly draw out three names in one week. Those three people will be getting some good mail!

Sound good? You’ll love these candles. Really.

saturday special

Sunday, March 30th, 2008

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Want to play along? Visit Saturday Special

~Time Tells All~
(Fill In The Blanks)


1. It’s 1:00pm on Sunday and I’m usually eating lunch after church
at this time.
2. It’s 6:00pm on Monday and I’m usually doing therapy with izzy at this time.
3. It’s 9:00pm Wednesday and I’m usually just getting home from church at this time.
4. It’s 4:30pm on Friday and I’m usually starting dinner at this time.

eat oysters!

Sunday, March 30th, 2008

Are you an oyster lover? Oysters are delicious and nutritious! Gulf oysters are especially yummy and safer than the average oyster. Don’t forget to cook them well before eating them if you fall into an “at risk” category. They can cause you illness or even death if not properly cooked and you are in a weakened immune system state. Go look for fun recipes using these tiny little treats today!


faith lift fridays

Friday, March 28th, 2008

I don’t have much new to share with you today, but I really enjoyed Jenny and Sheryl’s faith lifts.  I wrote a little devo over at CWO on Wednesday, if you haven’t read it…

Have a blessed Friday.

PS!  I got a lift of another kind today!

this came straight from Jenny… a taste of Mississippi!  Mississippi Mud Cheesecake!

Thank you Jenny!  It is so yummy!

and this came from Sandra!

I won it on her blog and can’t wait to read all the recipes!

Thank you Sandra!  Now I’ll have new material for SCT!

favorite ingredient friday ~ no bones chicken wing dip!

Friday, March 28th, 2008

I haven’t participated in this meme in a long time! BUT I found this yummy dip recipe and thought it would be perfect to share for fif!

8 oz. cream cheese (softened)

16 oz. sour cream

8 oz. blue cheese dressing

1/2 c. buffalo wing sauce

2 1/2 c. shredded cooked chicken (like the rotisserie chickens…)

8 oz. provolone cheese

baby carrots, celery, crackers, etc.

Mix cc, sc, salad dressing, and wing sauce well, stir in chicken and provolone cheese. Cover and bake 350 for 30 min. Serve warm with veggies and/or crackers. yum!

For more great recipes, visit Overwhelmed.

bathroom vanities

Friday, March 28th, 2008

Have you shopped for bathroom vanities lately? I hadn’t and was really surprised at all the variety available. Last time I shopped for vanities they all seemed to look the same. Now there are all different types to choose from.  It makes me want to redo my hall bathroom.  Well, almost!  You should check out the selection, maybe you’ll see something you want to update your bathroom with too.

travel deals

Friday, March 28th, 2008

Looking for great vacation deals? ShermansTravel.com has hundreds of top deals on vacations. They also have quicksearch that helps you find the best price from tons of air and hotel providers all at once. No matter where you are in your travel plans their combined travel offerings will save you time and money! So, where do you want to go?

Friday, March 28th, 2008

go here for the springy giveaway!