Wednesday, May 24, 2017

WIP Wednesday -- Cutting and Cutting

I had hoped to get my sewing machine out this past week, but it didn't happen.
I went into my room and started bringing out fabrics and batting to cut for the string blocks.  I ended up bringing out flannels for a couple of blankets I want to start too.

I cut what I needed then what was left of the piece of fabric I cut as well for other projects.
You can see that I cut 10 inch solid colors.  They are for the back of a quilt that needs to be finished.
I cut some 1 inch strips for a locker hook runner rug that I want to start.
I cut strips for another toothbrush rug.
I have a stack of 5 inch squares to add to my 5 inch stash.
I have both 7 inch and 10 inch flannel squares for a start on those blankets.
And....I have my stack of green strips with batting and backing for my string blocks.

Wish me luck that I make my goal of getting out my sewing machine today and working on these projects!!


I link up with the following blogs:

WIPs on Wednesdays

Jo's Country Junction:  http://www.joscountryjunction.com/











Monday, May 22, 2017

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Saturday, May 20, 2017

May Swago Pie Fest is here with a 500 sb Bonus!



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Friday, May 19, 2017

In Honor of Mediterranean Diet Month Win a Week's Worth of Food From Pangea Nutrition


May is Mediterranean Diet Month and Pangea Nutrition can take care of all of your needs.

As I share more about Pangea Nutrition I will also share images of the fantastic meals that they provide (delivered through Amazon Fresh).

The Modern Mediterranean Diet by Pangea Nutrition is a science-based meal planning delivery service designed to help busy Americans incorporate the eating habits and lifestyle principles people in the Mediterranean region have benefited from for centuries, to improve their chances of a healthier and longer life.

Chicken Fajita Salad




  The Mediterranean diet has been shown to offer many health benefits in various clinical studies (research happily provided upon request, and featured on the Pangea Nutrition Web site home page).
  • A 30% decreased incidence of cardiovascular events (including heart attacks and stroke)
  • A 52% lower risk of developing type 2 diabetes.
  • A 54% lower risk of cognitive decline and dementia in the elderly
  • A 39% lower all-cause mortality risk, when the diet is supplemented with nuts

Baked Salmon with Sweet Potatoes and Peppers





Our mission it to help people live longer, healthier, happier lives by providing education, products and meal plans that are fun, easy to follow and based on the most up-to-date medical science.

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  • Three nights per week, prepare dinner in just 30-40 minutes. Spend an extra 5 minutes to make the following day’s lunch.
  • That’s all it takes to follow the Mediterranean diet as recommended by scientists, doctors and healthcare professionals around the world.

Poached Salmon with Cilantro Lime Quinoa




PROGRAM FEATURES AND COST

  • $150 for two people ($12.50 per meal). Considering that this cost includes three lunches, three dinners and snacks for two people, it can be less than what many are spending on takeout. The company offers occasional online discounts as well.
  • Online Health calculator to learn how Pangea’s Modern Mediterranean Diet can help meet your specific health goals
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Pangea Nutrition is headquartered in Boston, Massachusetts, Pangea Nutrition was founded by Dr. Christos Mantzoros and Dr. Jason Paruthi.
Christos Mantzoros, MD, DSc, PhD h.c. mult., is Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School and Boston University School of Medicine. He serves as the Director of the Human Nutrition Unit of the Division of Endocrinology Diabetes and Metabolism at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and the Chief of Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism at the Boston VA Healthcare System.
Dr. Jason Paruthi completed both is BA and MD at the accelerated program at Boston University School of Medicine. He completed his research and residency internship training at Harvard Medical School, and finished entrepreneurship courses at MIT Sloan School of Management. He has been working in evidence-based nutrition startup companies since 2013.

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In honor of Mediterranean Diet Month, here are some additional recipes!

Greece: Chicken Thighs with Lemon Dressing and Lentil Salad

Serves 2

Cooking time: 30 minutes



Ingredients:

•       1 lb chicken thighs

•       1/4 cup lentils

•       1 red bell pepper

•       1 red onion

•       1 zuchini

•       4 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil

•       2 tsp honey

•       1 tablespoon lemon juice

•       1/4 cup flour

•       12 cherry tomatoes (1/2 pint)

•       1 oz sliced black olives



Directions:

1.      Place 1/4 cup lentils in a small pot with 3/4 cup of water. Bring to a boil, and then reduce to simmer for 18-20 minutes. Then remove from heat and set aside.

2.      Chop the zucchini, red onion and red bell pepper into small, bite sized pieces.

3.      Heat 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil in a large pan on high heat. Add the chopped vegetables and toss for 1-2 minutes. Remove from heat and set aside.

4.      For the vinaigrette: In a bowl, mix 2 tsp honey, 1 tablespoon lemon juice and 3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil.

5.      In a medium pan, heat 2 tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil on medium-high heat. Coat the chicken in flour, and shake to remove excess. Then cook in pan for 4-5 minutes on each side, or until golden brown. Then add half of the vinaigrette, and cook for approximately 6-8 minutes, until the chicken is cooked through.

6.      Mix the lentils with cooked vegetables and 1 oz sliced black olives. Add remaining vinaigrette and mix well. Serve with cooked chicken. Enjoy!



Italy: Chicken Parmesan with Fresh Basil Tomato Sauce and Polenta

Serves 2

Total time: 40 minutes



Ingredients:

•       1lb chicken tenders

•       1 cup panko breadcrumbs

•       1 cup flour

•       2 eggs

•       6 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil

•       1/4 cup cornmeal

•       1/4 cup parmesan cheese

•       12 cherry tomatoes (1/2 pint)

•       2 tablespoons of fresh basil, chiffonade



Directions:

1.      For the polenta: Bring small pot filled with 1 cup of water to boil. Slowly add 1/4 cup cornmeal while stirring, until mixed well. Reduce to a simmer and cook for 30 minutes while stirring occasionally (every 5 minutes).

2.      Set up breading station with 3 shallow dishes: On dish 1: place 1/4 cup flour; on dish 2: whip 2 eggs; and on dish 3: spread 1/2 cup breadcrumbs. To bread the chicken: pat dry with a paper towel and coat each tender in flour, shaking to remove excess. Then dip in egg, making sure it covers completely, and then coat in breadcrumbs. Press down gently to adhere.

3.      Heat 6 tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil in a large pan. Place the breaded chicken tenders in the pan and heat for 4-5 minutes on each side, or until golden brown.

4.      Meanwhile, cut the basil into a chiffonade: stack the leaves and roll them, and then thinly slice.

5.      After removing the chicken, add to the hot pan 12 cherry tomatoes and 2 tablespoons basil chiffonade. Toss for 1-2 minutes, until the tomato skins blister.

6.      For the polenta: Now mix in 1/4 cup parmesan cheese. (Optional: add 1-2 tablespoons of water to reach desired thickness.)

7.      Serve each plate with the chicken on a bed of polenta, topped with fresh basil tomato sauce. Enjoy!



Spain: Saffron Poached Cod with Pangea Patatas Bravas

Serves 2

Cooking time: 40 minutes



Ingredients:

•       2 cod fillets (5 oz each)

•       5 yukon gold potatoes

•       3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil

•       1 garlic clove, thinly sliced

•       1 can whole peeled tomatoes (14 oz), drained

•       1/4 cup water

•       1 tsp saffron threads

•       1 bay leaf

•       1/2 tsp crushed red pepper flakes

•       1/2 cup Greek yogurt

•       1 tsp paprika

•       1 garlic clove, minced

•       1 tsp sherry vinegar



Directions:

1.      Preheat the oven to 400°F. Cut potatoes into bite sized pieces and toss with 2 tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil and 1/4 tsp of salt. Place in medium baking dish and into the oven for 35-40 minutes (Optional: stir every 5-10 minutes).

2.      Drain can of whole peeled tomatoes, and place in a medium pot and lightly crush them. Add 1/4 cup water, 1 tsp saffron threads, 1 sliced garlic clove, 1 bay leaf and 1/2 tsp crushed red pepper flakes. Bring to a boil, and then reduce to a simmer. Then add cod fillets, and poach for 14-16 minutes. (Cooked cod will be opaque in color and flake easily.)

3.      For the Pangea bravas sauce: mix together 1/2 cup Greek yogurt, 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil, 1 tablespoon water, 1 tsp paprika, 1 minced garlic clove and 1 tsp sherry vinegar. Serve drizzled on cooked potatoes alongside poached cod. Enjoy!


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Disclosure:  All information and images were sent to me for the purpose of this post and giveaway.  I was not compensated in any other way. 

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

WIP Wednesday -- 50 Shades of Green

Ha ha!  I never get done in a week what I would like to, that is for sure.

I did manage to at least get through my scrap bag and pull out green for this month's scrap color with the soscrappy blog.  Literally though, I do think I have at least 50 different green fabrics if not more.


I did my frog stitching and started hand quilting around the edges of the Charming Stars quilt.  I really had hoped to have this done by the 22nd for show and share at quilt guild, but it's not looking very likely.


I cut more felt circles for my penny rug.  I even managed to find the lost bag of circles.  Not quite all of my circles in the picture, and I also have lots of them pinned to the blanket as well.  So anxious to get so many projects done.


I link up with the following blogs:
WIPs on Wednesdays

Jo's Country Junction:  http://www.joscountryjunction.com/








Friday, May 12, 2017

Manage Your Financial Life by Nancy Doyle Review and Giveaway



The full title is Manage Your Financial Life:  A Thoughtful, Organized Approach for Women and it published by The Doyle Group.

The author, Nancy Doyle has 30 years of experience in wealth management, finance, investments, and consulting.  She believes that when it comes to money, independence and objectivity are essential.  She neither works for nor partnered with any financial firms.  She received her MBA from the University of Michigan's Ross School of Business.  She holds the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) designation.

Managing Your Financial Life is a debut book for Nancy Doyle.  It addresses a common problem for most women--their financial lives have become complex.  Many women want to have more knowledge regarding their financial affairs, but don't know where to start.

The book is written in 4 parts and 13 chapters and also includes a Preface and Introduction.
Most prefaces and introductions are short, but Doyle's are 19 pages total, leaving nothing out on her reasons and purpose for the book.

Part 1 will help you get organized.  Here is where I really need help, and definitely a first step to getting your finances in order.

Part 2 is how to analyze your financial profile.  Budgeting might be the short word for it as she goes into detail on creating your financial statement, evaluating your cash flow, evaluating your debt, a plan to pay off debt and much more.

Parts 3 and 4 are all about investing.  These are the parts that interest me the most.  Over the years I have wanted to invest.  I've read many books and articles on the subject and always leave confused.  I really like how she explains the terms in simple English.  Each term that you need to know is even in bold as you read.

I appreciate that the book is written to be geared towards women, but I can see that any man would also gain from the book.  I know I intend to read many parts of it out loud with my husband, even though I also intend to use the book for myself to learn how to invest the little that I earn for the future.

To find out more about the book you can visit:  http://manageyourfinanciallife.com/
To read more about the author visit: http://manageyourfinanciallife.com/about

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Disclosure: I rec'd a copy of the book for the purpose of this review and giveaway. I was not compensated in any other way and any and all opinions are my own. Post does contain affiliate links.

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

WIP Wednesday -- At Least Something Done

I got the yo-yo's back out after putting them to the side too long.  I'm sad that I didn't keep up with my 365 of making 3 each day of the year.
I made several then I bagged them by colors and counted them.   My plan had been to start putting them together but forgot to put in my paper with the measurements that I need and a measuring tape.  Both are now in my box.  The picture is before I separated them, so next week I will show that.


I went to a bunch of yard sales over the weekend and found some needed items for projects.  One of those was a large piece of red felt for my penny rug.  I got to thinking that now it's warmer out and soon hot and I won't want to work on it.  However, I get cold when the air conditioner comes on, so that blanket I am sewing them too will come in handy  LOL
I can't find where I put the bag of extra circles I had cut, but while looking I found a stack of felt.  I'm busy getting more circles cut so that I can start sewing them together and then on to the blanket.


That's all I have to report for this week.  I'm itchin' to be stitchin' so working to find more sewing time!

I link up with the following blogs:
WIPs on Wednesdays

Jo's Country Junction:  http://www.joscountryjunction.com/









Friday, May 5, 2017

Frugal Friday With Marsha -- This Week's Savings


Let's see what deals I can find for my readers today.

Looks like you can get English muffins at Target for just $1

English Muffins at Target for $1 with Cartwheel

Blink contacts eye drops for just 49 cents

Blink Contacts Eye Drops at Walgreens for $0.49 with Coupons

Here are some good coupons to print

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on the purchase of any two (2) HORMEL Pepperoni products


off any ONE (1) package of Quilted Northern Ultra Soft & Strong, 9 Mega Roll or 18 Mega Roll (Available at Walmart)


on any ONE (1) Sun Clean & Fresh Laundry Detergent (250oz Liquid) (Available at Walmart)


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Thursday, May 4, 2017

Where's Kitty? Dot-To-Dot-- Just in Time for National Pet Month in May




Are you up to the challenge of finding Kitty in over 30 global destinations?  

Where's Kitty Dot-To-Dot is one of Thunder Press' newest adult crafting books, published in March 2017.

Each puzzle has over 500 dots, some close to 1,000!  Challenging is a good word for them, but they can also be very relaxing just like the adult coloring books.

Everyone that I showed the book to had the same reaction...."Holy _____".  Fill in the blank with all kinds of words, because that's what I heard.

One friend started the Statue of Liberty as shown on the front cover.  I worked on it a bit too.



My youngest daughter (age 20) completed the Big Ben puzzle.


These are fun, and again, I will say challenging.  The numbers are small, and some overlap each other.  I actually am working on the Holly Wood sign puzzle.  I've had to get out my magnify glass a few times to make sure I was seeing the right numbers.

Do you want to give it a try?  I think this book will make a great gift for yourself, or for any adult on your list.  I also think that teens would really enjoy it.  It might even keep a teen off the gaming system or their phone!





Disclosure:  I rec'd a copy of the book for the purpose of this review.  I was not compensated in any other way and all opinions are my own.  Post does contain affiliate links.

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

WIP Wednesday-- Quilt Retreat Report

As usual, I had a wonderful time at the quilt retreat and I feel like I got a lot done with all those hours of dedicated sewing time.

The first thing I made sure to get done was my President's block for the outgoing President of our guild.


I then got out the red string blocks and got those finished.  I plan to start putting the quilt together after getting one more color of string blocks made.


I then did some fixing and adding to my guild challenge.  I'm very pleased now with how it is----and it's ONE out of 17 of the 17 UFO's in 2017 that I can actually say is done now.


Then it was time to bite the bullet and finally get this Charming Stars top worked on.  I am pretty proud of myself for sandwiching it and then actually taking the hours it took to machine quilt around each star.  Hopefully I really will finish it in the next couple of weeks.


Last, but not least, I was able to get 2 more rows on to my black and white with a little red quilt.  Again, I didn't have enough black and white to make all of the blocks.  I'm anxious to finish this and really hope that it won't take me until the next retreat to work on it!


Haven't stitched a thing since Saturday night, but cross your fingers for me that I get the yo-yo's out when I am babysitting this week and get some work done on those!

I link up with the following blogs:

WIPs on Wednesdays

Jo's Country Junction:  http://www.joscountryjunction.com/








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