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Sunday, January 31, 2010

Giving Vintage New Life - Contest extended!

Hi friends, I posted a little contest last week for you to show and tell about how you renew vintage items.  I didn't do much promotion and had the contest end tonight, but sadly there have only been a few takers.  I would like to add another week, with the deadline a week from now, as Sunday the 7th at 8:00 pm.  Thank you to Jessica at OhSoHappyTogether Blog for promoting my little contest for me.  I know not all crafters do stuff with vintage, but I know you are out there dear readers.  Pass the word; the most postings wins my little prize, pictured on the flickr group.  Pictured here is the little vintage potholder dress, just in time for Valentines Day.  Leave a comment, become a follower, post on my flickr group, I love to be in community with such talented people!
Here is Hubby holding a yummy chicken dish I made the other night, so easy and with few ingredients, it will definately be something I hope to make again.  Here is the recipe taken from Better Homes and Gardens Mag, Sept 2009.  Under the headline, Supper Satisfaction. 

Lemon Chicken with Olives & Ricotta

8 No-boil (oven ready) lasagna noodles
1 lemon
4 small skinless, boneless chicken breast halve or tenderloins
1 cup garlic stuffed or pitted green olives
1 cup ricotta cheese
olive oil
fresh rosemary


1. In Dutch oven bring 3 inches water to boiling. Add noodles and 1 teaspoon olive oil. Cover. Cook 6 minutes or until tender; drain. Lay noodles in single layer on waxed paper. Cover; set aside.
2. Meanwhile, shred peel from lemon; halve lemon. Juice 1 half, cut remaining into wedges. Season chicken with salt, pepper, and 1/2 of lemon peel. In skillet heat 1 tablespoon oil over medium-high heat. Add chicken. Cook 10 minutes or until no pink remains, turning once. Add olives; heat through. Remove from heat.
3. In microwave-safe bowl combine ricotta, the lemon juice and 1/2 teaspoon each salt and pepper. Microcook on 100 percent power (high) for 30 seconds stirring once.
4. Spoon ricotta mixture into bowls. Top with noodles, chicken, and olive mixture, remaining lemon peel, and the fresh rosemary. Pass lemon wedges. Makes 4 servings.
Nutrition Facts
Calories 443, Total Fat (g) 19
Haven't felt much like sewing this past week, the winter doldrums have certainly taken hold.  Walking the dog has been such a chore with 17 degree temps and wind chills below zero.  Cooking and lots of eating seem to be a way to cope.  Tomorrow I am faced with my demons, to begin a fitness and weight management program, being promoted by Cleveland Clinic.  A program called Go Fit Cleveland Challenge.  This program is open to anyone not currently a member of a fitness club.  It is an opportunity for people to begin a health and fitness routine for free at either a YMCA or a Curves.  I chose to go to a Curves, and plan to try to put my exercise in my week, and maybe healthier eating.  Middle age definately brings with it the chance to put on a spare tire.  I will share my trials over the next 3 months, praying for the strength to persist! 

I hope you all are staying warm and healthy, till next time!

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