Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Tomato, tomatoe...

Tomato and Herb Salad  from Sunset


  • 2  pounds  assorted vine-ripened tomatoes
  • 12 to 14 Slices of Fresh mozzarella
  • About 1 tsp. sea salt
  • 1 1/2  tablespoons  red wine vinegar
  • 1/2  teaspoon  honey
  • 1/4  cup  extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2  to 3 sprigs marjoram
  • 10  to 12 basil leaves


1. Slice large tomatoes; leave small tomatoes whole, or cut in wedges or halves. Arrange on a platter with cheese.
2. In a small bowl, whisk 1 tsp. salt, the vinegar, and honey until salt is dissolved; whisk in olive oil. Spoon over tomatoes.
3. Strip marjoram leaves and flowers from sprigs onto salad. With kitchen scissors, snip basil leaves and flowers over tomatoes. Sprinkle with salt to taste.

Monday, October 25, 2010

We have a winner! Congratulations!

Congratulations to Shenais Bock of Portland, OR for winning the Reclaimed Firewood Bench from our Spotlight on Greeneyed.com. 

And, of course, Anthropologie has done it again.  Check out one of their newest necklaces below.  I know I can totally make this.  Anyone else up to the challenge?  I will post the image of mine sometime soon. 

Saturday, October 23, 2010

Croque Monsieur

 This recipe is in the "Spread a little Joy" cookbook from Philadelphia Cream Cheese.  I just changed it a little.  (Thanks to Faith- N- Neil for letting me know about the book at Stracks!)
2 Slices of Wheat French Bread
2 Tbsp. Philadelphia Cream Cheese
4 Thin sliced Black forest Ham Slices
2 Swiss Cheese slices torn to fit onto the bread
A couple dashes of Oregano, or whatever spice you like

 Spread Cream cheese over each slice. Dash with Oregano. Layer the Ham and Swiss Cheese.  I tossed some pepper on top too.

 Broil 30 seconds or until cheese is melted.  Deeelish!!

Friday, October 22, 2010

Lasagna Pie

Allow me to introduce you to Lasagna Pie. 
You may already have most of the ingredients for this.

1/3 cup ricotta cheese or small curd creamed cottage cheese
3 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese
1 pound ground sausage 
1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese (4 ounces)
 can diced tomatoes

1   clove garlic 

tablespoons red wine

1 cup milk
2 eggs  
Spread Cottage Cheese on the bottom of non stick sprayed pie plate.  Add Parmesan cheese and sprinkle with pepper.

In blender, add diced tomatoes, garlic and wine. Blend 'til smooth.

Cook Ground Sausage and place in bowl after draining.
Add Shredded mozzarella cheese. I grated my own, and it melts really nice.
Dash of parsley.
Place meat cheese and sauce in bigger bowl, and combine.
Now put that on top of your cottage cheese in your pie plate.
Mix Bisquick, Milk and eggs, and pour into the plate over top the meat and cheese.
Should look about like this.

Sprinkle with Parsley or oregano.  
  1. Heat oven to 400ºF.
  2. Bake 30 to 35 minutes or until knife inserted in center comes out clean. Sprinkle with remaining cheese. Bake 1 to 2 minutes longer or until melted. Cool 5 minutes. Serve with additional spaghetti sauce.

Monday, October 18, 2010

The Dollar Stretcher -Frugal Living in Tough Times

This is a great website for tips on saving money.  I signed up for the emails, and they constantly have great stuff.  Also, if you submit a tip and they use it, you are put in a drawing for $100, and get their brochure by mail.  

Here are a couple articles...
Preparing for the cold season:
Using Spices: Spice it up!

Also, don't forget to check out Greeneyed.com and put a comment in for the Embroiderforu giveaway.  
I hope everyone is well! Feel Free to leave comments on my page and let me know if anything has helped you.

Friday, October 15, 2010

Smoked Sausage, Apples and Onions

Cooking for Two
1 1/4 Package Smoked Sausage, sliced in sections
1 Red Apple sliced

1/2 Onion sliced
2 Tbsp. Dijon Mustard
1 Tbsp. Apricot preserves
2 Tbsp. Butter

Add some fresh mashed potatoes, and beets for good measure
Saute all ingredients except apples for two minutes. Then add apples. Saute for another 5-7 Minutes. Serve with Mashed potatoes and a vegetable. 

Tasted even better than I imagined

And don't forget to go on greeneyed.com and leave a comment for embroiderforu for a chance to win a Reclaimed Firewood Bench!  

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Giveaway Feature on Greeneyed.com


So today is the day, we're on Greeneyed.com giving away a Reclaimed Firewood Bench to one lucky person who leaves a comment.  
I believe you have 5 days, to get a comment in, before a winner is picked.  Now go to the website! 
Good luck! and tell your friends!

Monday, October 11, 2010

The newest addition

 Announcing our newest addition to our Woodworking Etsy Shop, the LVL Bench.

We have decided to branch off to our new Etsy shop, The Chicago Bench Co.which will focus on Furniture.  Here's the link: http://www.etsy.com/shop/TheChicagoBenchCo .
New Shop

Our Embroider for u Etsy shop will be featured this coming Thursday on:  http://www.greeneyed.com  
Please make sure you stop by and check out the feature, as we are giving away a Reclaimed Firewood bench to one lucky person who leaves a comment, so spread the word!

Friday, October 8, 2010

Homemade Sloppy Joes

So, normally, I'm not a Sloppy Joes fan.  Anyone mentions them, and all I can think is, what's on the side??...please say pasta! 
However, this recipe makes me want to eat them every week.

1 1/2lbs Ground beef
1/4 Onion, diced
2 Cloves Garlic, minced 
3/4 Cup Ketchup
3/4 Cup Water
1 Tbsp. Brown Sugar
1 Tsp. Chili Powder
1 Tsp. Dijon Mustard
1/2 Tsp. Red Pepper Flakes
2 Dashes of Worcestershire Sauce
2 Tbsp. Tomato Paste
4 Dashes Tabasco Sauce
Salt and Pepper to taste

Brown ground beef till no longer pink. Drain most of fat and add onions and garlic. Cook for a few minutes.  Add the rest of the ingredients. Stir and cover. Simmer for 10-15 Minutes. 

In the meantime, butter rolls and toast on a frying pan. 

Spoon Joes onto the rolls. This recipe is great, 'cause you most likely will have all the ingredients on hand. Enjoy!

Friday, October 1, 2010

For the Little ones...

Free Baby Stuff and Offers:

Pampers Coupons Pampers.com will send you a free welcome kit, complete with valuable coupons for Pampers products. You will be automatically entered in this month’s Pampers Welcome Sweepstakes for a chance to win a year’s supply of free Pampers products.

"Diaper Genie" Free for twins or more (call before the babies are 3 months old) 1-800-843-6430
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Huggies Pull-Ups - Coupons, E-Newsletters and Free Potty-Training help
Gentle Naturals  $2.00 Rebate on these products, and $1 coupons on all their products. 

  The Enfamil Family Beginnings program can make life a little easier by sending you valuable retail checks and special offers—absolutely free

With times as they are, every bit helps.

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