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Feb
02
2011

Go Green & Say NO to Plastic!

I told you I would have some ideas and a giveaway!  Meant to get this up yesterday but weather was a priority and I just didn’t get it finished!

Here’s the rub: TRY to reduce your NEW plastic purchases this month.  I said TRY!  This is going to be one of those things where we all have to take baby steps.  I know I will.  I still forget my reusable grocery sacks too often! Plus there are things that will always be packaged in plastic, and hopefully it is recyclable.  It’s that disposable plastic that is so regrettable and preventable.  And then there is the toxicity factor that I do not know enough about to write anything worth reading I am afraid to say.  But it IS something I will we looking into.  That I promise you.

To enter to win TWO of these lovely glass refrigerator dishes like you see below, simply leave me a comment about what you are going to do to try and reduce your plastic purchases.  New ideas are welcome!  Take a peek to the right at all the cool items I found for reducing your need to carry plastic for your lunch etc.  And great replacements for  the plastic you use now. Click on the pictures and you will be taken to the purchase area at Amazon.com.  Easy Peasy!

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I have several sizes in these glass refrigerator dishes and I LOVE THEM!  LOVE LOVE LOVE THEM!  Now this little green giveaway will be a quicky so don’t dilly dally around.  Get your name in by leaving a comment and idea if you have one.  Or just your pledge to TRY to reduce your plastics.  I will draw the winner this Saturday at noon so you have until then.  But hey, Sunday when you venture over to see who won, guess what!  Another giveaway!  Not kidding.   This will be a Valentine themed giveaway with recipes and a product to win, so stay tuned!  Yummy stuff coming up!

Thanks so much for the time you spend here and know I do appreciate your comments and encouragement.  Have a lovely evening and try to stay warm!

Jan
15
2011

In a hurry? Gooseberry Patch has a new cookbook just for you!

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Hearty, satisfying recipes for busy families…from fridge to table in 30 minutes or less!

And really who isn’t in a hurry from time to time?  Or most of the time!?  Well I am!  I have several  WONDERFUL recipes for you, the first one  this morning. I am also happy to announce you can enter to win a copy of this amazing new cookbook from Gooseberry Patch. This giveaway will go a little faster that the last.  You will only have a week to get your name in the drawing so leave me a comment, letting me know you want to add your name and be sure and try these recipes – they were huge hits here at the Dahlem house. I will draw the winner’s name next Saturday January 22 at noon CST.  But hey don’t just leave your name today and then not check back.  There will be opportunities during the week to get your name in a second, third or maybe even fourth time!  So try to check back.

I really can’t say how much I loved reading this cookbook.  So many great recipes plus helps and hints on nearly every page.  A real treasure.  As you can see, I have a few things marked to try – in fact making one today that I will post tomorrow (and another chance to enter for you!)  As you can see I have quite a few recipes marked 🙂

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And one of the greatest things about the book is it isn’t just for supper meals.  There’s a whole section on Busy Day Breakfasts!  I am telling you for reals, if you don’t win it you so need to buy it.

My first recipe is for On-the-Run Chicken Pot Pie. This homemade chicken pot pie is done in less time than you can open the box and bake a store bought one.  Can you beat that???  And just look at it!

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My kids LOVE chicken pot pie.  They even love the little boxed ones but they LOVED this one.  Ooo’d and ahhh’d and there were NO leftovers.

On-the-Run-Chicken Pot Pie

  • 2 potatoes, peeled and diced
  • 2 carrots, peeled and chopped
  • 1 onion diced
  • 2 stalks celery, chopped
  • 1 cup water, divided
  • 10 3/4 ounce can cream of chicken soup
  • 1 /2 cup milk
  • 1 – 1 1/2 cups cooked chicken diced
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1/2 cup frozen peas
  • 9 inch pie crust cut into one inch strips
  • 1 egg beaten

Place potatoes, carrots, onion, celery and 1/2 cup water in a microwave safe bowl.  Cover and microwave on high for 15 minutes.  Meanwhile, heat soup with milk and remaining water in a saucepan over medium heat, stir in chicken, salt and pepper.  When vegetables are done, drain and place in an uncreased two quart casserole dish.  Add peas, spoon chicken mixture into dish.  Arrange pie crust strips on top lattice style; brush with egg.  Bake at 425 for 15-20 minutes until crust is golden and mixture is hot and bubbly.  Serves 4.

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YUM and here is my little crustless pie ~ gluten free 🙂   Baked it along with the other one.  Delish!

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Enjoy!

Happy Saturday Peeps! And best of luck – I wish you could all win!  However since that’s not possible, as soon as we all congratulate the winner on January 22, and if you are not that lucky duck, zip over to Gooseberry Patch and get yourself a copy of Homestyle in a Hurry.  Oh heck ~ go ahead and order several – they make great gifts for all your foodie friends.  Now leave me a comment and get your name in.

More great places to find Gooseberry Patch:

Blog:  www.gooseberrypatch.typepad.com
Facebook:  www.facebook.com/gooseberrypatch
Twitter:  www.twitter.com/gooseberrypatch
Video Channel:  www.youtube.com/user/gooseberrypatchcom


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On a personal note: If you are following the news you know of the hell that Tunisia has become quickly and almost over night and you know if you follow my blog that my Jerry works in Tunisia.  He is home safe and sound. Now I just want to hear that all his co-workers are out of Tunisia and someplace safe. Preferably with their families.   It’s amazing to me how quickly things became complete chaos. I know the office personnel sent their families out of the country two days ago. But the men are still there. I am so thankful when Jerry was asked he declined to stay over. They needed him but he said no. With the few extra days he was needed, then the weather between here and there it is very likely that he would have been in the country trying to get home when all this happened. I think you know about how well I would have handled it. No idea how this will affect his job.  Jerry said the crew going out made it to the rig. But the crew coming in had to stay. No flights in and out. At this point hey are probably safest on the rig.


Sep
16
2010

Thoughtful Thursday Part Two-Woo Hoo :)

A much anticipated phone call woke me up 20 minutes ago.  Jerry is on the plan in Paris!  Tunisia is left behind and in a little while if all goes well he will begin his journey back across the big pond and eventually to this little green house some time late this evening.  That of course depends on a lot of different things and people so today will not only be filled with work but me checking his flight, oh say, 50 times maybe?! The work is welcome.  I always tell myself I am going to finish all my work before the day he comes home but maybe I don’t for a very good reason.  What would I do all day if all I had to do was sit and think about him being 30 thousand feet in the air for 12-13 hours?  I think it might be best to be busy.

I also woke up to two great emails from Amy Pennington.  The first being a note saying she was sorry we didn’t get together yesterday to get a little something done up for you all. No worries Amy! Wednesday was evidently wild all over the place!  Wow, what a great reason to be so busy ~ finishing up her second book due out in March 2011! How exciting!  I am going to put my name in now for two copies one for me and one to giveaway here.  The other email was really addressed to you happy peeps!

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Now get over there and get that recipe!  Didn’t I tell you it would be wonderful! Woo Hoo!

See you happy folks on the flip side.  Remember to leave a comment to enter the drawing for Amy’s book.


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