Friday, September 24, 2010

TheGreatestOfTheseIsLove


Training for the St. Jude Half Marathon is in full swing and I am so looking forward to cooler weather!! Where is it?!?! It sure does not seem like Fall because Memphis has had record-breaking temperatures all week! I am up to 7 miles and it feels great to be over half way there in my training! This year I decided to do the Memphis Runners Track Club Road Race Series. Even though I run 5 to 6 times a week, recently purchased a Garmin (which I LOVE and highly recommend) and have run in countless races over the summer- I still get intimidated when I show up and see all the "serious" runners doing 1 to 3 mile WARM UPS!! Seriously...I don't consider that a warm up!

A friend and I have started a St. Jude Heroes Team to raise money and help support the research of cancer. Our team name is TheGreatestofTheseIsLove. I'm sure everyone knows someone who has been affected by cancer- it's such a horrible disease and has taken so many precious lives way too early. I would love to someday say that my fundraising efforts helped with the research that found a cure for Cancer...how awesome would that be?

I seriously hate asking people for money...BUT...if any of my 4 readers would like to make a donation (just click on team name above), then I will no longer expect you to wait in Autozone Park in the freezing cold weather to watch me cross the finish line. ;) Only exception to this is the hubby who better be there with bells on.

1 Corinthians 13:13
And now abide faith, hope, love, these three; but the greatest of these is love.

Friday, September 17, 2010

Creamy Cajun Shrimp Pasta

I made this recipe last week and it was sooo good! It's definitely going to be entered in to my recipe bank since it even scored yummy points with the hubby. It's actually "lite" which makes it even better! So easy to make and throw together for a quick meal.













Ingredients
1 cup water
1 (14-ounce) can fat-free, less-sodium chicken broth
6 ounces uncooked linguine
1 pound medium shrimp, peeled and deveined
1 1/2 tablespoons butter
1 (8-ounce) package presliced mushrooms
1 large red bell pepper, cut into (1/4-inch-thick) slices
2 teaspoons all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon Cajun seasoning
1/4 teaspoon salt
2/3 cup half-and-half
1/4 cup chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley

Preparation
Combine 1 cup water and broth in a medium pan; bring to a boil. Break pasta in half; add to pan. Bring mixture to a boil. Cover, reduce heat, and simmer for 8 minutes. Add shrimp to pan. Cover and simmer for 3 minutes or until shrimp are done; drain.

Melt butter in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add mushrooms and pepper to pan; sauté 4 minutes or until moisture evaporates. Add flour, seasoning, and salt to pan; sauté 30 seconds. Stir in half-and-half; cook 1 minute or until thick, stirring constantly. Remove from heat. Add pasta mixture and parsley to pan; toss.

Thursday, September 2, 2010

The Good Wife

Some of you may have seen this before but I came across it today and cannot believe this was actually published in a magazine!!! The below article was featured in a 1955 Housekeeping Monthly publication.














-Have dinner ready. Plan ahead, even the night before, to have a delicious meal ready, on time for his return. This is a way of letting him know that you have been thinking about him and are concerned about his needs. Most men are hungry when they come home and the prospect of a good meal (especially his favourite dish) is part of the warm welcome needed.

-Prepare yourself. Take 15 minutes to rest so you'll be refreshed when he arrives. Touch up your make-up, put a ribbon in your hair and be fresh-looking. He has just been with a lot of work-weary people.

-Be a little gay and a little more interesting for him. His boring day may need a lift and one of your duties is to provide it.

-Clear away the clutter. Make one last trip through the main part of the house just before your husband arrives.

-Gather up schoolbooks, toys, paper, etc and then run a dishcloth over the tables.

-Over the cooler months of the year you should prepare and light a fire for him to unwind by. Your husband will feel he has reached a haven of rest and order, and it will give you a lift too. After all, catering for his comfort will provide you will immense personal satisfaction.

-Prepare the children. Take a few minutes to wash the children's hands and faces (if they are small), comb their hair and, if necessary, change their clothes. They are little treasures and he would like to see them playing the part. Minimise all noise. At the time of his arrival, eliminate all noise of the washer, dryer, or vacuum. Try to encourage the children to be quiet.

-Be happy to see him.

-Greet him with a warm smile and show sincerity in your desire to please him.

-Listen to him. You may have a dozen important things to tell him, but the moment of his arrival is not the time. Let him talk first- remember his topics of conversation are more important than yours.

-Make the evening his. Never complain if he comes home late or goes out to dinner, or other places of entertainment without you. Instead, try to understand his world of strain and pressure and his very real need to be at home and relax.

-Your goal: Try to make sure your home is a place of peace, order and tranquility, where your husband can renew himself in body and spirit.

-Don't greet him with complaints and problems.

-Don't complain if he's late home for dinner or even if he stays out all night. Count this as minor compared to what he might have gone through that day.

-Make him comfortable. Have him lean back in a comfortable chair or have him lie down in the bedroom. Have a cool or warm drink ready for him.

-Arrange his pillow and offer to take off his shoes. Speak in a low, soothing and pleasant voice.

-Don't ask him questions about his actions or question his judgment or integrity. Remember, he is the master of the house and as such will always exercise his will with fairness and truthfulness. You have no right to question him.

-A good wife always knows her place.

Really? We have seriously come a long way!!

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Ultimate Tailgating

I am so excited about College Football starting this week! It's a good thing I love football because if I didn't- it would not be fun at my house during football season because my hubby watches every single game that comes on...seriously. My TWO teams are Ole Miss and Tennessee. I'm not sure how good either team will be this year but am anxious to find out. I grew up being a Tennessee fan. I do still love the Vols but I have been to more Ole Miss games over the past 4 years, know all about what is going on, know players names and the positions they play, have even made two trips to Dallas, TX to cheer on the Rebels in the Cotton Bowl and have sang the Hotty Toddy countless times, so I feel like a true fan.

If you have ever been to the Grove, you know how elaborate some of the tents get. It is crazy how extreme some people are- - do you really need a chandelier and over the top centerpieces for tailgating?? Well in the Grove, you do.

Below are a couple of my favorite tailgating recipes to go along with the usual chicken fingers, barbecue, burgers and sausage and cheese plates!

Dixie Caviar
Ingredients:
2 (15.8-oz.) cans black-eyed peas, rinsed and drained
2 cups frozen whole kernel corn
2 medium tomatoes, finely chopped
1 medium-size green bell pepper, finely chopped
1 small sweet onion, finely chopped
4 green onions, sliced
1 to 2 jalapeño peppers, seeded and minced
1 to 2 garlic cloves, minced
1 cup Italian dressing
1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro
1/2 cup sour cream
Tortilla chips
Garnish: cilantro sprig

Preparation:
1. Combine first 9 ingredients in a large zip-top plastic freezer bag. Seal and chill 24 hours; drain. 2. Spoon mixture into a serving bowl. Stir in cilantro, and top with sour cream and cilantro. Serve with tortilla chips.
Makes 6 cups

Goat Cheese Torta
Ingredients:
16 ounces cream cheese, softened
8 ounces mild goat cheese
2 cloves garlic, minced
4 teaspoons fresh oregano, snipped or chopped
1/8 teaspoon ground pepper
1/4 cup pesto
1/2 cup sun-dried tomatoes, packed in oil
2 tablespoons slivered almonds, toasted
fresh oregano
stone ground crackers or baguette, thinly sliced

Directions:
Line a 1-quart loaf or souffle pan with clear plastic wrap. In a food processor bowl or large mixer bowl, combine cream cheese, goat cheese, garlic, oregano and pepper. Process or beat with electric mixer until smooth. Spread 1/3 of the cheese mixture in the bottom of the pan. Top with pesto, spreading evenly. Layer with another 1/3 of the cheese mixture.

Drain sun-dried tomatoes, reserving one tomato for garnish. Chop remaining tomatoes. Spread chopped sun-dried tomatoes evenly over cheese mixture in pan. Top with remaining cheese mixture. Cover with plastic wrap, and press gently to pack the cheese. Chill several hours.

Uncover cheese; invert onto serving plate. Cut reserved sun-dried tomato into thin slices. Garnish with thin slices of sun-dried tomato, the toasted almonds and fresh oregano or parsley. Serve with crackers of choice!

Toffee Bars
Ingredients:
1 cup butter
1 cup packed brown sugar
1 1/2 packages saltine crackers (broken)
1 (12 ounce) package milk chocolate chips
1 cup of pecans or nuts for topping


Directions:
1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F
2. Line a cookie sheet with aluminum foil and grease the foil
3. In a small saucepan over medium-high heat melt butter with brown sugar; bring to a boil for 3 minutes and remove from heat.
4. Arrange crackers on the lined cookie sheet. Pour butter mixture over crackers.
5. Bake in preheated oven for 5 minutes.
6. Remove from oven and sprinkle chocolate chips over crackers and mixture. Spread chocolate over crackers as it melts. Once the crackers and mixture are covered with chocolate- add the pecans and refrigerate for 1 hour. Break into bars and enjoy!

Haystacks
Ingredients:
1 package butterscotch chips
3/4 cup peanut butter
2 small packages of chow mein noodles
1 cup miniature marshmallows

Directions:
First heat peanut butter in deep pot at medium heat. Then stir in butterscotch chips, reducing heat to low. Remove pot from burner, adding in noodles a little at a time while stirring the mixture.
Once combined, add in marshmallows (make sure mixture isn't hot or they will melt) and continue to combine all.
Once all ingredients are coated, spoon out onto wax paper and allow one hour for them to set.
Please send me your favorites-I am always up for trying new recipes!