Thursday, July 29, 2010

Stylish Blogger Award

Thanks to one of my BFF's Laura for nominating me for this very prestigious award.  She has a fabulous blog and it is hilarious.  So check it out!

So I have to tell you all 5 things about myself and then nominate another blog for the award.  So check ME out.

1.  I believe I have a small case of OCD.  Most of my friends and my hub can vouch for that.  Everything must be clean, straight, and I sanitize my hands quite frequently.

2.  I love MEXICAN FOOD.  Anytime we go out to eat we usually hit up a Mexican Restaurant.  Here are some of our favorites: Sol Y Luna, Superior Grill, Cocina Superior, Chuy's, and El Poblano.

3.  I totally wish I had my own show on The Food Network.  I watch it all the time.  Giada at Home, Cooking with Paula Dean, At home with the Neeley's, and Barefoot Contessa are a few of my favs.   Sometimes I also wish I starred in "The Real Housewives of Alabama."

4.  I am obsessed with Dance/Electronic music.  Now that I am driving the vehicle that has siruis radio, you can always find my radio tuned to BPM!

5.  A part of me would love to move to a HUGE city for a year or two in my young adult years (before children) like NYC or Chicago.  A part of me would also love to live on a lot of land like on a farm or something.  Just to experience it!

Ok so now that you know a few, very RANDOM things about me.  I would like to nominate my friend Josie for this award, check out her blog.  She has great ideas and wonderful recipes!

Friday, July 23, 2010

Recipe Friday: Salmon and Veggie Packets

Tried this last night and it was DELISH.  It's easy, but takes a little time.  It is from one of my Weight Watchers cookbooks.

Salmon and Vegetable Packets

4 Carrots, cut into matchstick strips
1 red bell pepper, seeded and cut into very thin strips
1 leek (white and green parts only) cleaned and thinly sliced
2 (5 oz.) Yukon Gold Potatoes, peeled and cut into match stick strips
4 (1/4 lb) skinless salmon fillets
1/2 Cup reduced-sodium vegetable broth, heated
4 Tablespoons dry white wine
4 teasponns olive oil
2 Tablespoons chopped fresh basil
1 teaspoon ground ginger
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
4 lemon slices

1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees F.
2.  Combine the carrots, bell pepper, leek, and potatoes in a streamer basket, place in a saucepan filled with 1 inch of boiling water.  Cover tightly and steam until the vegetables are crisp and tender, about 2 minutes.  Remove the steamer basket from the saucepan.
3.  Tear off 4 (16 inch) squares of foil.  Place 1/8th of vegetable mixture in the center of each foil square. Top each mound of vegetables with a salmon fillet, then cover with the remaining vegetable mixture.  Spoon 2 Tablespoons of the hot broth over each portion; drizzle with 1 Tablespoon of the wine and 1 teaspoon of the oil.  Sprinkle each with the basil, ginger, salt, and pepper; top with a lemon slice.
4.  To close the packets, bring the 2 opposite long sides of the foil up to meet in the center; fold the edges over twice to make a tight seal.  Double fold the open sides to seal the packets.  Place the packets on a baking sheet and bake just until the salmon is opaque in the center.  About 15 minutes.  To serve, carefully open the packets, avoiding the steam that is released; slide the fish and vegetables onto plates.  Serve drizzled with any juices.

I did not use leeks and I don't have a steamer basket.  I just steamed the veggies in a sauce pan with an inch of water, covered.  Helpful hint: I lay out everything, ready, so that it makes it a lot easier and faster to put together.

Everyone have a GREAT weekend!



Thursday, July 22, 2010

Before & After : Bench and Train

Before, Master Bedroom Bench hardware:
(I drilled too many holes, messed up, tried to glue, it was a disaster.)

(So 1 year later I decided to fix it.  I scraped, sanded, and repainted before putting the new hardware on)

At Home: $8

(I found this train at a garage sale and thought it was SO cute.)

(I thought it would be cute and more personalized to paint it for our nephew's birthday, which isn't until November... Hey, I am on top of things)

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Before and After: Landing.





New Lamp from Pier One = $50

Zebra Fabric = $40

Not the best re-upholstering job = $50

All in 24 hours time!

Friday, July 16, 2010

Recipe Friday, snacks.

I know it has been forever.  I haven't really had anything to post about and no exciting ideas!  But I would like to share 2 really easy, completely opposite, yummy snack recipes.

#1 Fresh Salsa compliments of Ms. Paula Dean (She calls it Salsa on the fly!)

3 Large ripe tomatoes diced
1 small onion, chopped (yellow or white, I use yellow)
1 small green bell pepper (seeds and veins removed) minced
1/2 Cup chopped green chilies, with juice (4 oz. can)
1 clove garlic, minced
2 Tablespoons red wine vinegar
1 Tablespoon olive oil

And when I saw her make this on TV she added 1 avocado, diced

It is delish.  I serve it with tortilla chips or on top of some tacos.  You have to know it is good since I recommend it because I am a salsa, pico de gallo connoisseur.

#2 Sweet Grapes

1 bag of green grapes
Wash in bowl , drain the grapes but make sure they are still wet, do not dry them off.
Pour 1 packet of Sugar-Free Fat-Free strawberry jello powder over the grapes and toss.
They look like they have red powder on them.  They are so good and a really healthy, sweet, easy snack.  It would be perfect for a Halloween Party too because they kind of look like eye balls! HA 

Hope everyone has a fabulous weekend. Stay cool!