Garlic Shrimp & Spinach Pasta

11 Nov

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Boy do I have a good one for you all today! This meal was amazing. I used brown rice noodles, and (dare I say it) it was even better then whole wheat noodles, and more filling! So glad I made this twice this week!

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All you need is

  • Big handful (or 2) of spinach (chopped)
  • 6 oz of brown rice pasta
  • Half of bell pepper (red looks cooler for this meal), Chopped
  • 2 Tablespoons butter
  • 1 Tablespoon Garlic (or three cloves chopped)
  • 1/2 lb shrimp, pealed (cooked or uncooked)

1. Cook brown rice pasta according to directions. Drain, set aside.

2. Chop up the ingredients

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3. Put uncooked shrimp and peppers with butter and garlic in a pan (or if using cooked shrimp, put in once peppers are soft – about 5 minutes) sauté until shrimp is pink and peppers are soft.

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4. Add cooked pasta and chopped spinach. Stir until spinach is wilted and soft (less than 2 minutes!).

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Then enjoy this meal! It was amazing!! I’ll be making this a staple in our house!

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As far as this week goes I have not had any gluten! YAY! I am getting a little bit sick of rice (we have it at almost every meal) – but thankfully rice pasta is really good and potatoes are always an option too. Thanks for all the encouragement throughout the week.

This next week I am attempting Gluten-Free Lasagna…… Oh yeah! Tune in next Friday to check that out.

For more of my favorite recipes (both gluten-free and gluten-full), check out my FOOD page!

DIY Wood Letters : EAT Your Heart Out!

9 Nov

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To those of you who know me, you know that I love to eat, cook, and bake. It is a great stress reliever and I love making up recipes and amazing dishes.  And I love sharing these dishes with friends, as well. One day in a friend’s house, I saw on their kitchen wall they had the word EAT. I loved it ever since – I means its not like I need to be reminded to eat when in the kitchen, but I just love how it fits with the theme of a kitchen (some of you are like “Duh, Mindy!”) . So simple, yet so beautiful. ahhhhh 😉

So I set out to make these letters! It was simple.

I printed out large letters on a sheet of paper, traced it on to my piece of luan from Lowes for $4, cut it out with my handy jig saw, and painted!

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They are far from perfect, but I love them. And I still have half of sheet of luan left to use for another project! HEY-O!

Here they are up in my kitchen.

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I painted it using my Chalk Board paint. One day I might move them over the benches, and I might want to write a shopping list on them or something, too!

What are some other ideas of kitchen decor? I am in need of it, I still have a huge blank wall!

Twine Wrapped Vases

7 Nov

I love fall decorations. I love using oranges, maroons, burlap, twine, and all things that are rustic! I just love the look of it.

One day on Pinterest (how many sentences start like that?) I saw these amazing twine wrapped wine bottles. They looked amazing as decor and as center pieces!

Here are some of my favorites:

via PrairieMod

via FrugaliciousMe

via MoreDesignPlease

So, when I had a couple bottles of hard cider (classic fall drink), I knew I had to use it for this project! It was the easiest project – maybe took me 20 minutes to clean and wrap all three bottles!

{ Plus a glue gun! }

I can’t wait to use these for centerpiece for my Thanksgiving Table-scape! 🙂 Projects like these are so satisfying, they are easy, cheap, and done in under thirty mintues.

What are your go-to projects when you need to accomplish something creative?

Gluten-Free Goddess: Lime Chicken Tacos

4 Nov

One week down! Kinda….

This week went pretty well for gluten free! I ended up getting a stomach bug that knocked me off my game for two whole days, and then when I was ready to eat the only thing I could imagine putting in my mouth was hot wonton soup. So I caved and got wonton soup. But that was my only gluten indulgence for November… so far!

This past week I made these amazing Lime Chicken Tacos. Try them!

(I forgot to take a picture opps)

Lime Chicken Tacos Recipe

“I like to marinate the chicken overnight. But if you only have an hour or two- go for it. Marinate, kick back and sip a margarita with someone you love.
For the marinade:
4 split organic free-range chicken breasts (boneless saves time)
4 cloves of fresh garlic, chopped
1/4 cup fresh squeezed lime juice
1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
2 teaspoons agave
A pinch of cumin, to taste- or some chopped cilantro, if you like
Fresh ground pepper
For the taco fixin’s:
4 vine-ripe tomatoes, chopped
2 cups shredded Romaine lettuce
1 cup shredded sharp Cheddar, Jack or dairy-free cheese
8-10 fresh and soft white corn tortillas (Mission are gluten-free)
3-4 fresh limes cut into wedges
Rinse the chicken briefly in cold water and pat dry. Place in a shallow glass or non-reactive dish.
In a small bowl combine the garlic, lime juice, olive oil, agave, cumin and fresh ground pepper. Pour the marinade over and under the chicken breasts. Cover tightly and marinate for at least an hour; overnight is even better.
When the grill is hot, remove the chicken from the dish and discard the marinade.
Grill the chicken over medium-high heat until it is cooked through and is no longer pink inside- about 12 to 15 minutes.
Assemble and ready your remaining taco fixin’s.
Place the cooked chicken on a clean cutting board and slice thin.
Serve your tacos at a room temperature, if pliable and very fresh; or heat them gently. Here’s what I do.
In a clean skillet or griddle, heat a scant amount of olive oil and briefly heat the white corn tortillas one or two at a time, coating them with just a scant amount of oil to soften them; remove to a tortilla warmer lined with a clean, warm towel.
Have everyone assemble their own tacos.
Serves 4.”
Thanks Karina for this great food, and great website!

Crossing the Finish Line: Benches Done!

31 Oct

We have done it.

The benches are done.

The frames are built. The cushions have piping and are sewn. The pillows are put together and fluffy! The extra storage space is used.  It is wonderful. I love my kitchen! It is now uncluttered and can seat more people. WINNING!

Lets start with the before.

And now today here are some picture showing off the amazing, DIY, kitchen benches.

The great this is the extra storage I gain. I can put my canning supplies, corningware, and cast iron all under there now! YAY!

Lets total the cost of the project:

Wood                  FREE (Shipping containers from local company)
Stain                   $ 2 (Habitat for Humanity ReStore)
Nails                   $ 3
Fabric                 $ 30
Pillows                 $ 5 (Scraps)
Rope (Pipping)  $ 5
Foam                    FREE (Thanks Mom- From her old benches!)
TOTAL                $ 45

What a great deal. Being on the lookout for Free stuff really does help!

I am so happy this project is done. I can now move on to other projects in the kitchen. Stay tuned, they are going to be awesome!

Where do you have extra storage in the kitchen? In a garage? Over the Fridge?

P.S. See the process in my previous posts Here, Here, and Here! (Yes it has taken awhile!)

Going Gluten Free

28 Oct

For a while now I have had psoriasis (an autoimmune disease, not contagious – read the literature!). A condition where my skin over produces cells creating “flakes” on some areas of my body. Over the past year, I also have developed Psoriasis Arthritis, common in 70% of people with psoriasis. Arthritis makes everyday hard, even getting out of bed to walking. This is something I have had now for ten years.

Recently there have been studies showing positive results between eating a gluten free diet and the condition of autoimmune disease.  So I am going to bite the bullet – the gluten free bread – and attempt to try going gluten free. This won’t be an easy task for a bread-pasta-and-all-things-wheat-lover like me. But if it will clear up my psoriasis and help my joint pain, I am willing to give it a try. Starting November 1st, 2011 until January 1st, 2012. (If it works then I’ll do it longer!).

To motivate myself and encourage others who are eating gluten free or wondering about trying it, I am starting a Gluten Free Fridays here on my blog. A place to share amazing recipes that are gluten free, and warn others what not to try. 🙂

Join me next week as I attempt this Gluten Free diet for the next two months!

Today was spent getting rid of all my beloved gluten – goodbye pasta, flour, cake mix and crackers (and tomato soup!)!

 

Apron Inspiration

27 Oct

With Fall here and Holidays on the way, I have been wanting a sweet apron to cook and host in! I know that I have been making a few aprons for other people (see here and here), but I have yet made one for myself! Crazy!

Here are some Aprons that I love that I found on Pinterest!

via Craftiness is Not Optional

via Luna and Chole Weddings

via Sew Liberated

via  The Spotlight Inspiration Room

via Anthropologie

All of this prompted my own apron design, I wanted something simple and full length!

And there you go! Now I can bake away this holiday season!