Monday, December 13, 2010

Spinach Chicken & Pasta Salad with Teriyaki Vinaigrette

YUM! I tried a salad that looks very similar to this at a baby shower awhile back so I'm dieing to try this recipe and see if its the same!

1 cup canola oil
1/3 – 2/3 cup bottled teriyaki sauce (I used 1/3 cup but you may want to add more depending on your taste)
1/3 cup rice vinegar
1/3 cup cider vinegar
6 tablespoons sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon pepper

16 oz. bow tie pasta, cooked al dente, drained and cooled
1 bag fresh spinach (9 – 10 oz)
6 oz. craisins
2 (11 oz.) cans mandarin oranges, drained
1 (8 oz.) can water chestnuts, drained and slivered
1/2 cup chopped fresh parsley
4 green onions, thinly sliced (white and green parts)
1/4 cup sesame seeds, toasted
6 oz. honey roasted peanuts
2 cups cooked chicken, tossed with 2-3 tablespoons teriyaki sauce

In a blender, combine all the dressing ingredients and blend until well combined and smooth. Mix about 1 cup of the dressing with the cooked pasta in a large bowl and marinate for at least one hour. Combine the remaining salad ingredients in a large bowl. Just before serving, add pasta and toss. Add dressing to taste and toss. Serve immediately.
As seen HERE

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Chicken Lime Tacos

Chicken Lime Tacos

1 1/2 lbs. boneless, skinless chicken breast - cubed
1/8 cup red wine vinegar
1/2 lime, juiced
1 t. white sugar
1/2 t. salt
1/4 t. pepper
2 green onions, chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 t. dried oregano

Directions: Saute chicken in medium sauce pan over medium high heat until no longer pink(I poached mine and then shredded it). Add vinegar, lime juice, sugar, salt, pepper, green onion, garlic, and oregano. Simmer for 10 minutes.

Place in tortillas, top with lettuce, tomato, cheese, and salsa. I like to squeeze a little more lime juice into my taco.

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Party Hats

How cute are these?

First girls bday party these are on the list
As seen HERE

Wednesday, October 27, 2010


In my next life when I get completely organized and up to date and find the time to carve pumpkins again these will be first on my list. How cool are these?

As seen HERE

Friday, October 22, 2010


peanut butter and chocolate together is a sin
and I feel like committing one today
who's with me?

As seen HERE

Thursday, October 21, 2010


This may not be something I ever try and accomplish but arent these before and afters amazing??? The befores look like they are straight out of the D.I! and the afters look straight out of West them....So If I ever find some awesome chairs like that I know I couldn't pass them up...I could find some fabric thats easy and the recover process??? Hire someone?!

As seen HERE

Tuesday, October 19, 2010


THIS blanket has been eying me for a few weeks. I have seen it on everyone's blogs! So colorful, soft, and comfmy looking wouldn't you agree?
It's dark, cool, and overcast today and I frankly just want to wrap myself in this soft blanket and eat THIS. Has anyone ever tried salt with chocolate? I heard its a dangerous combination. i.e salt in chocolate milk supposedly it brings out the flavor!