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That’s Very Pinteresting!

I found several good items on Pinterest this week!

Highlights are below, but you can check them all out here.

Can you even begin to imagine THIS being your attic?  LOVE LOVE LOVE!

Source: cdnimg.visualizeus.com via Krista on Pinterest

For some reason, I’m obsessed with lime green walls and dark gray or black 

Source: craftsncoffee.wordpress.com via Krista on Pinterest

I love this quote.  That Albert Einstein, he was quite the genius!

Source: tumblr.com via Krista on Pinterest

 
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Posted by on November 30, 2011 in Decor, Random Crap I Love

 

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These are a few of my favorite things (unfortunately both can cause addiction)…

Enter Lot18

It’s a website that provides access to high quality, hard-to-find, WINES.

If that wasn’t enough for you, it gets better!!!

wait for it…

wait for it…

It’s…shipped…direct…to…your…door!!!

WHAT?! Wine AND online shopping all-in-one?

L-O-V-E

I can’t even remember how I stumbled across the website, but on November 13th, I did.  Since then, I’ve received those enticing marketing ploys in my inbox daily – free shipping, one in a million finds, 100 pt winemaker… and guess what?  They work!  I’ve already placed 2 orders!

Order one arrived today and I’m so excited to try it this weekend! It’s a Cabernet Sauvignon from Topel Winery in Hopland, CA.  I received two bottles and paid a bargain price of $19.83 per bottle.  These typically run $36/bottle plus shipping!

Order two will be arriving shortly.  It’s also a Cabernet Sauvignon (wow – can you tell what my favorite red is?) from Elevage Wine Co. in Ellensburg, WA. Two bottles also come with this shipment for $19.99 each. I’m not sure what the retail price normally is for this one.  Must be one of those “hard-to-find” ones. 🙂

Wine Down for the Weekend reviews on both of these will follow sometime soon…

 

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Cereal – It’s What’s For Dinner.

Do you ever have those nights where you eat cereal for dinner? And then maybe top it off with a side of Cheez-Its after the kids go to bed?

Please tell me I’m not the only one! Pretty please!

I’ve fallen into the trap of poor grocery planning, demanding, hungry kids and no time.  It seems like I’m in “go” mode as soon as my feet cross the threshold.  By the time I leave work, pick up the kids and get home, we have 90 minutes left to eat dinner, spend quality time together as a family and bathe the day’s worth of grime off the kiddos before bedtime.  It’s like a marathon and I’m rushing to beat my personal best day-in and day-out.

Needless to say, we’re sick of frozen pizza and cereal and fend-for-yourself dinners, so hubby and I made a pact to try our hand in planning out meals and incorporating family contributions into our dinners.  The thought was that maybe if we got the kids involved in making the meal, they would be so hyped about helping and would be less likely to demand dinner as soon as they walked through the door.

Pinterest to the rescue! (yes, it’s another sad addiction of mine)

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Recipe 1 – Sunday – Honey Lime Chicken

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Honey Lime Chicken
1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
1/4 cup freshly squeezed lime juice (2 limes), plus the zest of both limes
2 Tablespoons honey
1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1 teaspoon kosher salt
1 teaspoon freshly cracked black pepper
2 pounds of boneless, skinless chicken breasts

Directions:
In a large zip top plastic bag combine all of the ingredients except the chicken. Seal bag completely and mix well. Add chicken to bag, turn to coat and reseal. Place in refrigerator overnight.

Heat grill to medium high. Grill chicken for approximately 6-7 minutes on each side or until juices run clear.  If you’re using fairly thin chicken breasts, cut time down.

Candidly Savage Rating: 9

Comments: YUM-O!  This was a perfect blend of a little bit sweet, a little bit sour and a lot bit of flavor through and through.

Pairings: We served ours with a side of Green Giant Steamers – Whole Green Beans mixed with some olive oil, salt and pepper.  To continue with the citrus theme, we also had a side of organic oranges from our weekly freshconnect package.

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Recipe 2 – Monday – Spinach Artichoke Pasta

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Spinach Artichoke Pasta
1 (13 oz) box shell pasta
1 tsp butter
2 tsp minced fresh garlic
1 8 oz package reduced fat (not fat free) cream cheese
1/2 cup milk
1/2 cup reduced fat sour cream
1T lemon juice
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp red pepper flakes
1 14 oz can artichoke hearts (packed in water), drained and chopped
10 oz chopped, frozen spinach, thawed, with as much excess water squeezed out as possible
1/2 cup parmesan cheese
1 cup chopped cooked chicken (optional)
Additional Parmesan for serving

Directions:
1. Cook pasta according to package directions

2. In a medium saucepan over medium heat, melt butter and add garlic. Cook until fragrant, about 30 seconds. Add the cream cheese and stir until melted. Slowly stir in milk, then add lemon juice, salt and red pepper flakes. Stir in artichoke hearts, spinach, sour cream, Parmesan cheese and chicken (if using).

3. Drain pasta and add to artichoke mix. Toss and season to taste with salt and additional lemon juice as needed. Serve with additional shredded Parmesan.

Candidly Savage Rating: 6

Comments: I’d tweak this one a bit to match my taste buds, as it was a bit too tart and sour creamy for me, but I’m not a sour cream fan 🙂  I’d say less lemon juice, sour cream and cream cheese, more red pepper flakes and a bit of black pepper.

Pairings: We paired it with a side salad and some Ciabatta bread.

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The kiddos loved helping – setting the table, mixing ingredients, talking about our days and I loved not having the kids hover over me while I was eating my cereal dinner – jealous they didn’t have the luxury of eating Count Chocula at 6pm.

So, here’s to hoping we can create a new trend in the Savage household.  Move over cereal – hello family dinners!

 
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Posted by on November 22, 2011 in Recipes

 

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A little slacking….a little addiction

Yes, I’ve been a blog slacker lately…

What are you going to do about it?

Yeah.

That’s what I thought.

Seriously though, I needed a break to live life, enjoy the moment and maybe, just maybe watch a little too much tv.  Can you say addiction?  I tell you, those series DVDs just might be the death of me.

I…

CAN’T…

STOP…

My latest addiction, you ask?

Sincerely,

— my inner tween

 
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Posted by on November 21, 2011 in Me, Random Crap I Love

 

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Pushing BIG, red buttons

How is it that kids automatically know what your hot buttons are and they insist on pushing each and every one of them when they disagree with your requests?

My biggest pet peeve = open cabinets / doors in the kitchen

Have I ever told Nate this?

NO!

Then WHY does this happen every time he disagrees with me?

Killer instinct?

Please ignore all the crap inside the drawers - this is our "junk drawer" side of the kitchen.

 
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Posted by on November 9, 2011 in Kids

 

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Lemurs, Aliens or Stir Crazy?

Remember this guy from Madagascar?

Yes?

If you’re ever sitting at home on the weekend with bored, obnoxious. stir crazy kids, try this for a spin…

3 Bored people

1 Mac

1 Copy of Photo Booth

=

Hours of Entertainment!

I can't decide if we look like Aliens or Lemurs

 
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Posted by on November 7, 2011 in Entertainment, Kids

 

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Series Addict

We don’t have cable TV and haven’t had it for around 3 years now, but I find myself watching more TV these days instead of less.  I guess that’s the blessing and the curse of technology.  The blessing is that I no longer have to shell out $100 every month for cable, the curse is that I’m glued to the TV and I find myself watching every show that even looks remotely interesting just because I can. I even got hooked on a Canadian show that doesn’t air in the US – craziness!

Hulu and other sites (which I could share, but then I’d have to kill you) have made it all possible.  That, and having a desktop hooked up to the TV.  Best of all, Hulu is FREE and even keeps a queue for you of your favorite shows.  You can set it up to get e-mail reminders when new episodes are available.  It’s super easy and so worth it!  Sure, I don’t get to see it on the original air date and have to wait a whole 24 hours, but who watches live TV anyway, especially with kids?

Some of my favorite shows this season…

  • New Girl – Loved the duck dance episode! … This one is about a girl that comes home to find her bf having an affair so she’s forced into finding a new place to crash.  Lo and behold, she moves in with three bachelors and life gets interesting.
  • Person of Interest – just started watching this one, but it looks enticing! … It’s about a ex-military guy who partners with an IT mind to save innocent people who don’t know they are about to die.
  • Secret Circle – I’m not sure what draws me in about shows with witches, but I was also hooked on Charmed back in the day!

And, of course, my previous favorites are still in the running…

  • Modern Family – H – I – L – A – R – I – O – U – S!
  • Private Practice – Taye Diggs – no need to say anything else
  • True Blood – This one just keeps getting more and more bizarre, but I can’t help myself

One of my favorite Modern Family Moments…Cam Hands 🙂

What are some of your favorites?

 
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Posted by on November 1, 2011 in Entertainment, Random Crap I Love

 

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