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Joy and I each had “product parties” this weekend. Like the Tupperware Parties of old, these are full of ladies who enjoy an afternoon of sitting around talking with their friends, eating lots of food that would never appear anywhere near their perpetual diet plates, and buy a bunch of stuff that they’ve convinced themselves that they cannot possibly live without. Men will never understand this, it doesn’t involve sporting events, vehicles or cigars.
Still, guys, you’ll have to take our word for it, they’re fun. And we ladies almost never discuss the products before us, except during the fifteen minutes or so it takes us to make our decision and fill out the order form. After that? It’s gossip-time, all the way. And ‘who made this? it’s amazing! I need the recipe!’ and ‘I just love those shoes, where’d you get them?’ Very similar to ‘did you see that play last night? The ref needs a dog and a white cane! What an idiot!!’ See how that works?
So. We’ve got our products laid out before you. I brought purses and tote bags, Joy brings lovely scent-bricks and the warmers to diffuse them. Grab a cookie, some trifle, and a cup of soda, and look over the merchandise on your way back to the table for some good ol’ fashioned chit chat.
And while you’re listening to the conversation around you, remember that our parties are “open for business” for a couple more days, so you can order something for your deserving and beautiful wives. The links are below. 🙂
Link to Laura’s Thirty-One Gifts Party.
Link to Joy’s Scentsy Party. (oops. nevermind. Her party is already closed. But go check out the website and make a list – Jenny is having one in July, and Nikki is having one in August. 😉 )
Low Cal recipe from Eating Well.
The secret to a good cream sauce is always the same: not too much cream or it can be overpowering, masking the more delicate flavors. Here it contains a bountiful amount of mushrooms and is served over chicken breasts.
- 2 5-ounce boneless, skinless chicken breasts, trimmed and tenders removed (see Tip)
- 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1 tablespoon canola oil
- 1 medium shallot, minced
- 1 cup thinly sliced shiitake mushroom caps
- 2 tablespoons dry vermouth, or dry white wine
- 1/4 cup reduced-sodium chicken broth
- 2 tablespoons heavy cream
- 2 tablespoons minced fresh chives, or scallion greens
- Season chicken with pepper and salt on both sides.
- Heat oil in a medium skillet over medium heat. Add the chicken and cook, turning once or twice and adjusting the heat to prevent burning, until brown and an instant-read thermometer inserted into the thickest part registers 165°F, 12 to 16 minutes. Transfer to a plate and tent with foil to keep warm.
- Add shallot to the pan and cook, stirring, until fragrant, about 30 seconds. Add mushrooms; cook, stirring occasionally, until tender, about 2 minutes. Pour in vermouth (or wine); simmer until almost evaporated, scraping up any browned bits, about 1 minute. Pour in broth and cook until reduced by half, 1 to 2 minutes. Stir in cream and chives (or scallions); return to a simmer. Return the chicken to the pan, turn to coat with sauce and cook until heated through, about 1 minute.
TIPS & NOTES
- Tip: It’s difficult to find an individual chicken breast small enough for one portion. Removing the thin strip of meat from the underside of a 5-ounce breast—the “tender”—removes about 1 ounce of meat and yields a perfect 4-ounce portion. Wrap and freeze the tenders and when you have gathered enough, use them in a stir-fry or for oven-baked chicken fingers.
Per serving: 275 calories; 15 g fat ( 5 g sat , 7 g mono ); 84 mg cholesterol; 5 g carbohydrates; 25 g protein;1 g fiber; 373 mg sodium; 370 mg potassium.
Nutrition Bonus: Selenium (34% daily value).
Exchanges: 1 vegetable, 3 lean meat, 2 fat
Can you identify the Disney character in alphabetical order? The answer for question 1 will begin with the letter A, question 2 will begin with B, this will continue through the letter M.
HAPPY FRIDAY!!! How was everyone’s week? Mine was pretty good, lots of baseball. Bailey and his team are now 5-0 and having a blast! Far cry from last year, they only won 2 all year! I’m looking forward to a great weekend. But wouldn’t ya know, it’s supposed to rain all weekend! Friday evening I will be making appetizers for Joy’s Scentsy party on Saturday, and catching up on our TV shows. Saturday will be a lot of fun, I’m sure! I just hope the weather forecast is wrong so the men can golf while the ladies do what they do best, chat and spend money! 🙂
How was your week? Any weekend plans?
Not sure if I should file this under “What was that judge thinking?” or “Are you freaking kidding me???”
Nutshell: A woman suffering from Stage 4 Breast Cancer loses custody of her two children to her allegedly abusive husband, who moved to Chicago for a job, then sued her for custody.
A facebook page has been created in her honor. From that page, you may link to another where a petition exists, to try and get some justice for this woman.
The mother has a blog here.
The direct link to the petition, should you wish to view or sign it, is here.
And finally, she is trying to raise money for her battle here.
We had this for supper last night and everyone loved it! I left out the corn, beans and chiles just because I have one picky eater. But it was very good! We topped it with taco sauce and lettuce, and I added tomatoes to mine.
1 pound ground beef
1/2 cup chopped onion
2 cans (8 ounces each) tomato sauce
1 can (15 ounces) black beans, drained and rinsed
1 can (8 3/4 ounces) whole kernel corn, undrained
1 can (4 1/2 ounces) chopped green chiles, undrained
6 flour tortillas (8-inch)
2 cups shredded Cheddar cheese
1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Brown beef and onion in large skillet on medium-high heat; drain. Add tomato sauce, beans, corn and green chiles; mix well. Stir in all of the Spices except Red Pepper. Bring to boil. Reduce heat to low; simmer 5 minutes. Add Red Pepper to taste, if desired.
2. Spread 1/2 cup of the beef mixture on bottom of 13x9x2-inch baking dish sprayed with no stick cooking spray. Top with 3 of the tortillas, overlapping as needed. Layer with 1/2 of the remaining beef mixture and 1/2 of the cheese. Repeat with remaining tortillas, beef mixture and cheese.
3. Bake 15 minutes or until heated through. Let stand 5 minutes before serving.
Makes 8 servings ~Prep Time: 15 minutes ~Cook Time: 25 minutes
About 391 calories, Fat 19 g, Protein 24g, Carbohydrates 31g, Cholesterol 63g, Sodium 950mg, Fiber 4g
Would you rather go out on a blind date with someone whom you have never seen but have already had a great telephone conversation with-OR-with someone whom you have never talked to but have seen a really attractive picture of?
This was a discussion on The Talk one day and I wondered what you all thought about it. The discussion I’m talking about is right at the beginning. Do you kiss your kids on the mouth?
I love the way Jessica Alba is smooching her little girl in the photo. Now if that’s not a mother’s kiss I don’t know what is.
I thought the conversation was going fine until Sara Gilbert said she found when adult daughters kissed their dad on the mouth, she found something weird about that.
I kissed my kids right smack dab on the mouth. I kissed them all over their face. I kissed their butt and sucked their toes while playing during a bath. I find nothing wrong with it. I’ve also kissed my dad and son’s on the mouth and don’t find anything wrong with that either. The only person who really doesn’t like me to kiss me on the mouth is Trinity. She never did like it but Bailey and Christopher kiss me there. How can anyone think kissing a loved on the mouth is wrong or weird?
I guess I almost feel that people who find this as a sexual thing or wrong, maybe have something wrong with them emotionally or maybe they’ve been kissed when they didn’t want to be. Does a kiss from me and my dad evoke a bad picture? How wrong does that sound? I find it insulting.
Which side of this fence are you on? Do you kiss your kids on the mouth? Do you kiss members of your family of the opposite sex on the mouth? Do you think it’s sexual or weird? I’m not sure how seeing a dad kiss his daughter or a mom kissing her son as sexual.
Low cal recipe from Eating Well.
Toss a garlicky, Middle Eastern-inspired yogurt sauce with pasta, shrimp, asparagus, peas and red bell pepper for a fresh, satisfying summer meal. Serve with: Slices of cucumber and tomato tossed with lemon juice and olive oil.
- 6 ounces whole-wheat spaghetti
- 12 ounces peeled and deveined raw shrimp (see Note), cut into 1-inch pieces
- 1 bunch asparagus, trimmed and thinly sliced
- 1 large red bell pepper, thinly sliced
- 1 cup fresh or frozen peas
- 3 cloves garlic, chopped
- 1 1/4 teaspoons kosher salt
- 1 1/2 cups nonfat or low-fat plain yogurt
- 1/4 cup chopped flat-leaf parsley
- 3 tablespoons lemon juice
- 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
- 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
- 1/4 cup toasted pine nuts (see Tip; optional)
- Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Add spaghetti and cook 2 minutes less than package directions. Add shrimp, asparagus, bell pepper and peas and cook until the pasta is tender and the shrimp are cooked, 2 to 4 minutes more. Drain well.
- Mash garlic and salt in a large bowl until a paste forms. Whisk in yogurt, parsley, lemon juice, oil and pepper. Add the pasta mixture and toss to coat. Serve sprinkled with pine nuts (if using).
TIPS & NOTES
- Ingredient Note: Both wild-caught and farm-raised shrimp can damage the surrounding ecosystems when not managed properly. Look for shrimp certified by an independent agency, such as Wild American Shrimp or Marine Stewardship Council. If you can’t find certified shrimp, choose wild-caught shrimp from North America—it’s more likely to be sustainably caught.
- Tip: To toast pine nuts, place in a small dry skillet and cook over medium-low heat, stirring, until fragrant, 2 to 4 minutes.
Per serving: 385 calories; 6 g fat ( 1 g sat , 3 g mono ); 168 mg cholesterol; 53 g carbohydrates; 0 g added sugars; 34 g protein; 10 g fiber; 658 mg sodium; 887 mg potassium.
Nutrition Bonus: Vitamin C (130% daily value), Vitamin A (71% dv), Folate (60% dv), Iron & Magnesium (35% dv), Calcium & Zinc (28% dv), Potassium (25% dv).
Carbohydrate Servings: 3
Exchanges: 2 1/2 starch, 1 vegetable, 1/2 low-fat milk, 3 lean meat
What is your favorite non-major appliance? (this eliminates things like the stove, microwave, fridge/freezer, washer/dryer, computer)
Frankie Girard is an 11-year old by from Orange, Massachusetts. One day, he noticed that another child (a Jehovah’s Witness) in his class was not saying The pledge with the rest of the class. So Frankie asked him why he didn’t recite it. Frankie comes from a family Patriots. His brother serves in the military, as does an uncle, so the family discusses patriotism at home. So when he saw another child refusing to say The Pledge, he asked him why. Words passed, and it is reported on the I Support Frankie Girard and the US Flag Facebook Page that the other child punched Frankie in the face.
Later in the day, during Art Class, Frankie G drew a picture of the American Flag. His teacher was hanging pictures around the room that other children drew, but would not hang Frankie G’s flag. When he asked why, the teacher replied that it made another student uncomfortable (presumably the original boy who wouldn’t say the Pledge, according to what I can glean from the articles, many of which are presenting conflicting information). So Frankie G asked if he could hang the picture on his desk. The teacher again denied him, saying that he was welcome to take it home and hang it up, to be proud of his work there.
According to Frankie G’s father, there have been several reports from the school either leaked or released to the media. One says that Frankie G drew the picture during another class, so was not ‘rewarded’ for his behavior by having his picture hung. Another report says that the picture was, indeed, drawn during Art Class, but that Frankie G asked at the wrong time for the picture to be hung up.
Further, in the wake of this incident, Mr. Girard (Frankie’s father) alleges that the school has accused Frankie of stealing a book from the school library, even though the school routinely stamps the inside of their books, and the book in question – one that Frankie’s mother purchased for him – had no stamp.
Mr. Girard says, on the FB page, “What the school has done has try to defame Franklen so as to silence him. He was yelled at by his teacher and the prncipal, told he was a liar and a thief. Never given the benefit of doubt. The school is afraid to take on the religous views and in fear of violating the civil rights of the other boy and in the process is violating Franks civil rights. According to the ACLU they are also breaking the new bullying laws.”
As of this writing, two separate statements appear on the School’s website. The first states that the school fully supports the Flag, that the students in this school recite the Pledge daily, and other schools in the district recite the Pledge at least once a week. The second, updated earlier today (5/13), is there to “clarify” things, and states that Frankie did, indeed, draw the picture during Art Class, but asked at an inappropriate time for the picture to be hung.
So now the ACLU is involved. Two children are probably completely baffled about the entire situation, and people all across the country are up in arms. All because a school wouldn’t put a piece of artwork on the wall.