Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Weigh~Down Wednesday


Welcome to Weigh~Down Wednesday!
I am starting a new feature to my blog!

Blubber BeGone
~*~
Every Wednesday I will be posting healthy and delicious recipes
designed specifically to help the blubber be gone - far away!!
I hope you will all join me weekly for some mouth-watering
treats, helpful tips & tricks, inspiration and encouragement! 

Last night I made a meal for my family that was:
hearty & healthful & heavenly
It began by this bountiful baking sheet full of fresh kale! 


Have you ever had baked kale? 
This was a first for me - and we love it!!!
We can all thank Hungry Girl for this fabulous snack!
It is my go-to site for all things decadent and guilt-free!


Baked Kale

PER SERVING (entire recipe): 64 calories,
1g fat, 212mg sodium, 13g carbs,
2.5g fiber, 0g sugars, 4.25g protein 
PointsPlus® value 0*
Prep: 5 minutes
Cook: 10 minutes

2 c fresh kale leaves
olive oil cooking spray
dash of salt
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Preheat oven to 425 degrees.
Place kale leaves on a baking sheet sprayed with olive oil nonstick spray.
Spritz leaves with the nonstick spray and sprinkle with salt.
Bake in the oven until crispy, 5 - 8 minutes, for a potato-chip-like snack.
The edges get browned and the kale becomes super crisp -
 curbs the crunch craving!!
MAKES 1 SERVING


I also made an easy-peasy and very pleasing ~
Lemon Herb Chicken
You can bake, pan saute or grill this fantastic chicken!  



This is a very flavorful and savory dish that you can whip up in a snap!
I paired mine with the most incredible black bean soup and yellow rice.
Be proud fellow Blubberettes - I did not partake of the rice even though
I have a definite addiction...weakness for my beloved rice!
Lemon Herb Chicken would be delightful sliced and served on top
of a fresh, crisp green salad - yum!!!  


Lemon Herb Chicken
8 chicken cutlets
2 lemons
2 garlic cloves, pressed
1/4 c fresh parsley
1-1/2 t oregano
1 t thyme
1/2 t lemon pepper seasoning 
olive oil spray
kosher salt
fresh cracked black pepper
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Place chicken cutlets on a baking sheet sprayed with olive oil.
Spray cutlets with olive oil - season with salt and pepper.
Rub fresh minced garlic on top of cutlets.
Zest one lemon and cover cutlets with grated peel.
Juice lemon and pour on top - then add all the spices.
Cut second lemon in thin slices and place on each cutlet.
Bake @ 350 for 20 minutes.
Top with fresh parsley.  


I am linking to the following parties:


Miz Helen’s Country CottageIt's a KeeperPhotobucket




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Monday, May 23, 2011

TEA BASKET SWAP


I am probably the last tea-swapper to post about their treasures!
I received mine right before going on sabbatical to concentrate on
the graduation of my son from high school...more about that later!

My swapping partner was the famous and incredible
I am completely overwhelmed with how she lavished
upon me the most charming gifts.


The exquisite details just took my breath away!


I loved the way she wrapped and embellished each precious piece!


The pictures do not do these amazing cups justice.
Don't you love these adorable little fabric and pearl flowers?



I was blessed with an abundance of teacups!
Three new magnificent china cups to add to my collection! 




I have never seen a teacup like this one before - it is so unique and different.
I love the intricate flower design, gold trim and words beautifully embossed.
It is truly something to behold! 


This little cup is sweet and delicate - it is like spring time coming to my home!
It reminds me of the sun shining on a lush flower garden.


I adore this elegant teacup.  It is very hard to even decide on a favorite,
but this cup sings royalty to me - it is the princess among them all.


There were many surprises tucked into my basket.
The Tablescaper did not realize that purple is my favorite color
or that I absolutely swoon over organza pouch bags! 
Look at this marvelous bag holding a fragrant lavender candle!
There are even beads dangling on the bottom and gold cord at the top. 



I also received these fluffy yellow chicks to add to my table and there
was a package of yummy gourmet jelly beans hiding in a blue sparkly egg box. 


These shiny jewel-like eggs are an absolute favorite!
They are actually place card holders!  I love them!!
So whimsical and fancy!

I cannot thank The Tablescaper
enough for this beloved gift package.
You are a real gem!!
Thank you Martha and Terri for hosting this wonderful swap!
I can hardly wait for the next one!


I am linking to the following tea parties:




Sweet Strawberry Bread


Sweet Strawberry Bread


Mmmmm....so good!
This recipe is adapted from
I love Christy and I love her blog - she is even sweeter than this bread!
If you have not already discovered Christy's world I encourage you to 
visit her site - it is like visiting with a treasured friend!




Pour a cup of tea and enjoy
a big slice of this heavenly treat! 


Sweet Strawberry Bread

*1 c fresh strawberries, wash & slice
* 1-1/2 c self rising flour
* 1 c white sugar, plus two tablespoons
* 1-1/2 t ground cinnamon
* 1/2 c vegetable oil
* 2 eggs, beaten
* 1/2 t almond extract (not in original recipe)
* 1 c chopped pecans ( I did not add pecans because my children do not like nuts)


Place strawberries in a small bowl and pour two tablespoons of sugar over them. Stir and set aside. In mixing bowl, place flour, remaining sugar, oil, eggs, almond extract and cinnamon. Mix until well combined. Add pecans and strawberries and mix again until well combined and a pretty shade of pink. Pour into greased and floured loaf pan.


Bake at 350 for 45-50 minutes,or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.

Allow to cool in pan ten minutes before turning out of pan to cool completely. 

I am linking to the following parties:

Lark's Country HeartPhotobucketTuesday Night Supper ClubHearth and Soul Hop at the 21st Century Housewife
It's a KeeperPhotobucket
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CONCETTA'S RECIPES

The Kitchenettes ~ A Hospitality Club

Romans 12:13
Pursue the practice of hospitality.

The Kitchenettes is all about teaching and mentoring young girls in the art of hospitality. It is so much more than cooking or doing domestic tasks ~ hospitality is the very heart of God ~ a demonstration of pouring His love onto others. This group of young girls are learning the very nature and character of God as they serve people and sharpen their skills in homemaking.

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