Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Dear Celeste

To:  courtclerk@gmail.com
From:  veronica@gmail.com
Subject:  It's me again! :)


Celeste,


Hey, it's me again! I know, I know, I already sent you a bunch of e-mails begging to get out of jury duty, and I totally get it. As you put it, I "must be present or will be held in contempt of court and arrested." You guys are so serious over there at the courthouse.  


Now that I have made peace with the fact that I have to show up (unless you change your mind! j/k!), I was reading the information you sent me and had a few questions.  


1)  I was reading all the rules about the dress code, and since you are so specific about how I should dress for jury duty, I am assuming that you have a clothing allowance. Is it too late for me to get that? I know I'm summoned for tomorrow, but I'm sure I can get some shopping done tonight. How late is the courthouse open? And if you want, I can also go directly to your house if your work day is already over.  


2)  Since you said not having day care for my child is not an acceptable reason to be excused from jury duty, I am assuming that there is either day care available at the courthouse or I can bring my daughter with me. This is all great news, because I was not making up the fact that I do not have child care for her. Don't worry, she is very well-behaved. My question is, what do I need to bring for her? Can I keep her strapped to me in a Baby Bjorn or will there be room for her stroller in the jury box? Maybe I can get the handicapped seat in the box?  


That's it for now. See you tomorrow! Can't wait to finally meet in person!


Veronica Dimick




To:  veronica@gmail.com
From:  courtclerk@gmail.com
Subject:  Re: It's me again! :)


Ms. Dimick,


There is no clothing allowance for jury duty.


There is no child care available and your child is not to be on the premises.


You are still required to appear tomorrow at 8 AM.


Celeste
Court Clerk





To:  courtclerk@gmail.com
From:  veronica@gmail.com
Subject:  Re: re: It's me again! :)

Celeste,


No clothing allowance?? I have never heard of someone having a specific dress code and then not giving people some assistance in obtaining those specific clothes. I am unsure if I will be able to meet the strict guidelines with my present wardrobe.


And, I SERIOUSLY can't bring my daughter? Maybe I should have mentioned this before -- she is REALLY cute. And her name is Josie. Isn't that adorable? And seriously, whenever we go out in public, EVERYONE says she is the cutest baby ever. How about I just bring her? I think you will love her.


Thanks!


Veronica





To:  veronica@gmail.com
From:  courtclerk@gmail.com
Subject:  Re: re: re: It's me again! :)

Ms. Dimick,


The court dress code is fairly reasonable, so I believe it should not be an issue for you to comply. The two main things we ask of you is to not wear jeans and not wear shirts with vulgar wording.


Once again, your child should not be on the premises while you are appearing for jury duty.


Thank you for your attention in these matters.


Celeste
Court Clerk





To:  courtclerk@gmail.com
From:  veronica@gmail.com
Subject:  Re: re: re: re: It's me again! :)


Celeste,


Right. That is a slightly harsh dress code. Maybe I can borrow some clothes from my neighbor? Except she wears a size 2, and I well ... I wear a much larger size. You get me, right? Not to say that I think YOU are overweight, because how could I get that from your e-mails? I am sure you are thin. Thin and lithe. And beautiful. But if you're not thin, that's totally awesome, too. I bet it suits you. Yeah, I am imagining you curvy. I like it.


In regards to Josie: I have a new plan. How about I just bring her, assuming everyone will love her and she will be a doll, BUT if the judge doesn't want her in the courtroom (but we know this would never happen!), she could just stay with YOU at your desk or office or cubicle of whatever it is you're rocking, because I know you Celeste -- you're gonna LOVE her.


Smooches,


V





To:  veronica@gmail.com
From:  courtclerk@gmail.com
Subject:  Re: re: re: re: re: It's me again! :)



Ms. Dimick,


I am starting to suspect that you are sending these e-mails just to annoy me enough so I excuse you from jury duty.  


You will not be excused from jury duty. You must appear on the day summoned or you will be held in contempt of court. Do not bring your child or you will be turned away from the courthouse.


Celeste
Court Clerk





To:  courtclerk@gmail.com
From:  veronica@gmail.com
Subject:  Re: re: re: re: re: re: It's me again! :)


Celeste! It's like you don't even know me! I would NEVER do that.  If I wanted to get out of jury duty, I would just bring my pet monkey with me. Just kidding! My pet monkey is agoraphobic and can't leave the house.


I am just being thorough, because that is the kind of person I am, and you will totally know that about me once we meet and you get to see the real ME, not just the e-mail me.


I love you.


Veronica 





To:  veronica@gmail.com
From:  courtclerk@gmail.com
Subject:  Friend Request?

Did you seriously just send me a friend request on facebook?  

This behavior is absolutely inappropriate, and, to be honest, very disconcerting.

Please do not contact me again.

Celeste


To:  courtclerk@gmail.com
From:  veronica@ gmail.com
Subject:  Re: Friend Request?

Celeste,

YES I sent you a friend request! I feel like not only are we friends now, but we could totally be besties. Just think of all the things we have been through already! Me trying to get out of jury duty, me asking about the clothing allowance, you talking about how much you are going to love baby Josie when I bring her to court tomorrow, you joking around and telling me I will get arrested, me telling that joke about my pet monkey -- good times! I can just imagine us, twenty years from now, rocking in rocking chairs on my porch, sipping sangria (or white wine spritzers, whatever you prefer), and laughing about how random it was for such best friends to meet over e-mail regarding jury duty! Oh, how we'll laugh!

I think I'm even going to name my next monkey Celeste (I'm pretty sure my monkey is pregnant.  Fingers crossed!).

XOXO,

Veronica


To:  veronica@gmail.com
From:  administrator@gmail.com
Subject:  Delivery Failure

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Monday, March 28, 2011

Making An Effort Monday

In an effort to make more of the things I love -- good food, pretty things, and organized spaces -- I bring you Making An Effort Monday!


Wanna know what my effort is RIGHT NOW?  It's a big one.  JURY DUTY.  Yes, standing in line, sitting and waiting, being in VERY close proximity to what the clerk called "the biggest group we've ever had!"  "There aren't even enough chairs for everyone!" she chirps, and smiles, like this is the greatest day in the history of local government.  Spare me.


I'm also sitting by a window while typing this, freezing my bajingo off, AND my coffee is already gone and it's not even 9 AM.


So, that is the effort at hand.  My effort earlier this week was a new recipe.  It did NOT go well.  It went so terribly that I didn't even take a picture.  You didn't want to see that mess.


At Jeremy's request, I made a breakfast skillet, a recipe I have had sitting around for a long time and never tried.  It's also not that original or anything.


Here is the recipe:


6 cups frozen cubed hash browns
1/2 chopped onion (I skipped this because I was rushing and Jeremy makes faces when I tell him onions are involved in a recipe, and that just isn't worth the hassle sometimes)
1 chopped green pepper (I skipped this too, because I cannot eat these ever since being pregnant.  Sad face.) 
6 pieces of bacon (I used turkey bacon)
6 eggs
1/2 cup shredded sharp cheddar
1 Tablespoon vegetable oil (I used Smart Balance)


1.  Cook bacon, crumble, and set aside.
2.  Saute the onions and peppers.  Add the hash browns and cook until tender and browned.
3.  Make six "wells" in the cooked hash browns and crack eggs into wells.  Cook about 8-10 minutes, or until eggs are set.
4.  Sprinkle with bacon and cheese. 


Okay, first of all, my skillet is probably too small for this recipe, so I had lots of troubles.  THEN, I cooked those dang eggs for 10 minutes and only the bottom are cooked, so I had to flip them over and cook the other side, and by that time the bottom was a little more cooked than I think was ideal.  Sigh.  Jeremy said it was fine, but I put tons of hot sauce and jalapeƱos on mine to trick my brain into thinking I was eating something palatable.


Oh well, live and learn.


Veronica's final rating:  1.5 out of 5 stars.  If I had a bigger skillet and figured out the egg problem, I might consider making this for a "special breakfast." 


I have to go.  They are showing clips from Twelve Angry Men and chanting their catchphrase, "Jury Duty: It isn't fair if you're not there!"  You know I don't want to miss THAT.  


XOXO,


Angry Veronica

Saturday, March 26, 2011

Etsy Saturdays: XVIII

In support of the handmade revolution, I bring you Etsy Saturdays!  I will highlight a fun new shop every week, and I hope you will stop over to see their merchandise or find something else you love while you're there.  To see all Etsy Saturdays, click here.
*I have not been compensated in any way for this post*

Before we learned we were having a little girl, I thought if we had a boy I might do something with robots in his nursery.  I still love the idea, and every once in a while, I look for cute robot prints, and the other day I found some real winners!  I adore the robots over at Illustration + Paper Goods by Stephanie Fizer Coleman, and everything else there is great as well!  All of these prints are perfect for any child's room or playroom.  

Orange Robot Print

Blue Robot Print

ABC Letter Print Large Size


Counting Kokeshi Dolls Large Print

Friday, March 25, 2011

Funny Stuff My Husband Says, Vol. X: Recurring Utterances

My husband is like the funniest guy on the planet.  So, every once and a while, I salute him.  Like today.  To see all volumes of Funny Stuff My Husband Says, click here.


There are a few things that Jeremy has been saying over and over again lately.  Let me tell you about them ...


Whenever Jeremy tells me about something "bad" MoJo does and I say something like "He didn't mean it" or "He's just a cat," Jeremy then retorts:
"You defend that cat like he split the atom!"


Whenever the cat or dog get too close to Jeremy's legs when he is walking or going up or down the stairs (because he is convinced they are trying to trip him on purpose), he shouts:
"Sabotage!"


Whenever I ask Jeremy to change Josephine's diaper and he gets upstairs to find poop, he yells at me:
"You set me up!"


Apparently, Jeremy ranks the animals in accordance with their behavior ...


Whenever the cat does something Jeremy likes, he turns to Cleo and says:
"Watch out, Cleo, you're slipping to #2."


Whenever the cat does something Jeremy doesn't like, he says:
"See MoJo, this is why you're #2." 

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Oh, Sammy W. We're all Winners When I Get to Shop.

Have you ever had a moral dilemma about spending a gift card?  Yeah, me neither, because, hello -- FREE MONEY.  That is, until my mom gave me a gift card to Wal-Mart.


DUM DUM DUM!


Yes, the dreaded Wal-Mart.  No matter how you feel about Wal-Mart, you have undoubtedly heard about the evil corporate policies that destroy lives all over the world (not that I'm taking sides or anything), and some obviously shop there to enjoy savings and convenience while others would rather stew in a pot of lava than shop there (you'll never guess to which group I belong).


So, yeah, we don't shop at Wal-Mart, but when my mom gave me this gift card that she had also gotten for free from someone, I realized that the thing I thought was the worst option -- going to Wal-Mart and buying things -- was actually what I MUST do.


Let me break it down for you:  Someone had already spent $25 at Wal-Mart to buy that gift card, but had gotten nothing in return.  Therefore, if someone received that gift card and never used it (as is often the case), then ... WAL-MART WINS.  And what do I NOT want?  That's right, a winning Wal-Mart.


But of course, as I pulled into the parking lot the other day and saw the sprawling building next to its sister-building, Sam's Club, I realized there was a whole other layer to this onion of a Wal-Mart problem.  Sigh.  Some of you might already know that I met my amazing, wonderful, fantastic husband while we were both working at ... Sam's Club.  A division of Wal-Mart.  Oh, the horrors.  And yes, it was just as horrible as you might imagine, as I was a cashier at a place that tricks people into filling their carts with things that weigh 50 pounds on average, but that's a whole different post.  Let's not dwell.  


The existential crisis looming in front of me was that if I had not been so hard-up for a job 10 years ago, I would not have applied at Sam's Club and I NEVER WOULD HAVE MET MY HUSBAND, THE LOVE OF MY LIFE WHO GAVE ME MY BEAUTIFUL DAUGHTER!!!  Sam Walton ... gave me the best thing in my life??  *mind blowing*



Alright, I guess in we go.  Side note:  I brought my camera hoping to catch some beauties like these, but I got too scared to take pictures of people.  And do you have any idea what kind of strange looks you get taking a picture of the building you're about to walk into?  I'M the strange one?  This day is taking a real turn.


Going to Wal-Mart was DEFINITELY the way to go, because had we not gone, we would have missed out on the awesomeness that is Wal-Mart, like their MASSIVE selection of children's books ...
(Bible stories and coloring books?  Wal-Mart knows how to appeal to the masses)

The wide array of toys for children under 24-months old ...
(my head is spinning with all the choices!)
The wildlife ...
(I don't care who you are -- a bug AND a glass diffuser bottle for only $2.00?  That's a straight-up deal, y'all.)

And what I can only imagine is a doll you buy for your daughter to make her feel better after she cuts her own hair and has to go to school looking like a street urchin ...
(I don't want to be a little mommy to this kid!)

Wait, but WAIT!  Here's the best part:  When I got home, I looked in the bottom of my bag and found THIS:

Yup!  Gotcha, Wal-Mart!  You PAID me to take these things home with me:

bath-time safety!
bath-time fun!
the only socks that stay on my baby's feet!

Who's the winner now, big W? 

Monday, March 21, 2011

Making An Effort Monday


In an effort to make more of the things I love -- good food, pretty things, and organized spaces -- I bring you Making An Effort Monday!



Efforts were made this week, my friends.  Oh yes, efforts were made.  Two new recipes AND making TONS of baby food.  I know you want to say it, so I will say it for you.  "DAAAAAANG girl!"


Okay, first recipe.  This is my "own" recipe, although it is not all that creative and for all I know it's some recipe that has a name and everyone has heard of it and thinks I'm an idiot for thinking I "made this up."  Whatever.  I wanted to do something with chicken breasts wrapped in bacon, so I decided on this.  (Dear god, I hope this isn't Chicken Cordon blue or something.  That would be embarrassing.)


INGREDIENTS:
Boneless, skinless chicken breasts, defrosted
Turkey bacon (uncooked)
Swiss cheese
Spicy brown mustard


DIRECTIONS:
I flattened out the chicken using the flat side of my meat tenderizer, then spread a tiny amount of the mustard on the chicken.  I layered that with a slice and a half of Swiss cheese, rolled them up, and rolled a few slices of bacon around the outside.


I plopped them in a baking dish and I think I ended up baking them for about 40 minutes at 450.  I just cooked until the juices on the chicken ran clear.


They ended up looking like this:


 I know you might be thinking, "Veronica, that bacon doesn't look very cooked." 
Don't worry, it's cooked.  That's the beauty of the turkey bacon I use -- it doesn't get overly crunchy.  I know not everyone is in favor of that, but I love it.


My rating: 5 out of 5 stars  
I was a little nervous to use the mustard, which was my dad's suggestion, because of THIS fiasco, but I didn't taste it at all, and the bacon gave the chicken a delicious flavor.  It was also very juicy.  Yum.
Jeremy's rating:  5 out of 5 stars 
When asked for comment, he said, "Excellent!" and held up an "okay" sign.  Then he said, "No, wait.  Muy bueno."


On Saturday I also filled my freezer with all this lovely, colorful baby food I made.



I use the Beaba Babycook Babyfood Maker by Williams Sonoma and freeze the food in their multi-portion freezer tray, pop the frozen portions out, and store them in freezer bags (this is mostly because I only have one of the trays -- they're expensive, yo!).


Then on Sunday I tried another new recipe.


I found the recipe for Lemony Garlic Chicken Thighs in Family Circle and decide to revise it a bit and also use chicken breasts instead.  Here is my version:


Lemony Garlic Chicken
INGREDIENTS:
5 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
5 garlic cloves, smashed
1/3 cup lemon juice
1/3 cup low-sodium chicken broth
1 Tablespoon cornstarch
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
1/4 teaspoon salt
dash of cayenne pepper (because I'm zany like that)
3 large handfuls of fresh spinach
8 ounces angel hair past (I used Barilla plus - multigrain plus extra protein, fiber, and Omega-3)


DIRECTIONS:
1.  Trim chicken of any excess fat, place in slow cooker and scatter garlic cloves on top.
2.  In a small bowl, stir together the lemon juice and chicken broth.  Pour half (about 1/3 cup) into slow cooker.  Cover and cook for 3 hours on high or 5 hours on low.
3.  Remove chicken to platter and keep warm.  Discard garlic cloves. 
4.  In a small bowl, stir together remaining 1/3 cup of lemon juice and broth mixture, cornstarch, salt, and pepper.  Whisk into slow cooker bowl with spinach and cook another 30 minutes on high.
5.  Meanwhile, cook pasta according to package directions.  Stir half of sauce from slow cooker into pasta and serve remainder over chicken.


Here's how it looked:



My rating:  4 out of 5 stars
The flavor was good in the pasta, but it was a little blah in the chicken.  In fact, I would make just the pasta in a heartbeat.  I also would have used a little less black pepper.  However, I really liked it, and will probably add it to the meal rotation.
Jeremy's rating:  5 out of 5 stars
Jeremy said, "I don't like rating these because I will just give everything a 5 out of 5, you know that."  


Hmm, so maybe I won't ask Jeremy for his rating anymore?  He's inflating the star averages, and that's just not acceptable.


And that was my effort-filled weekend.  Tell me about your efforts in the comments!

Friday, March 18, 2011

St. Patrick's Day Fail

I had the distinct pleasure of working last night.  Teaching a night class.  On St. Patrick's Day. Meaning, I had to teach college students who would much rather be out drinking AND then drive home with all the people who had hit up one (or more) bars and were heading to another.


Note to the driver I encountered while trying to get home:  Driving THIRTY MILES under the speed limit does NOT make you less conspicuous to law enforcement.  In fact, I'd go as far as saying it makes you MORE conspicuous.  Especially when you are inching along and a string of more than ten cars is stuck behind you, unable to pass.  This is conspicuous.  I promise.


Anyway, on the way home from work, I stopped at Meijer to grab some Guinness for me and Jeremy and a big honking dog bone for Cleo, who just happened to be the birthday dog yesterday.


Awww!

Here's what I learned from that little expedition.  You know how these days if you use your credit or debit cards at grocery stores they collect data about you and print off coupons they think you'd like based on your previous purchases?  Well, usually they are right on.  Last time I got a coupon for baby rice cereal.  Helpful.  I will use that coupon.  Last night, on the other hand, Meijer chose to make two rather bold assumptions about me based on the fact that I was purchasing 4 beers and a dog bone late at night instead of painting the town red on one of the biggest "party days" of the year.


#1.  You are a crazy cat lady.



Okay, so I OWN a cat.  You got me there.  And you figured it out even though I have never purchased cat products at your establishment AND I bought a dog bone.


Yes, some cat people are "crazy."  And I have been described that way.  But if you think you can make me feel bad about not being out drinking on St. Patrick's Day by insinuating that I would rather be home with my cats?  Well ... you'd be somewhat right.  


But assumption #2?  Oh boy.



Burn Meijer.  Big burn.


But, I might consider trying that brand of cat litter.

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Based on a True Story

Jeremy: *walking in the door from work*  Hey babe, how was your day?
Veronica:  Name ANY item in this house.
Jeremy:  ... Why?
Veronica:  Because I can GUARANTEE Josephine spit up on it today.
Jeremy:  Oh ... yikes ... I'm sorry you had a bad day ...
Veronica:  Are you slowly walking backwards?
Jeremy:  No, no, not at all!  HAHAHAHAAA!  You're so silly, silly!
Veronica:  You ARE!  Get back in here.
Jeremy:  I think I hear your phone.
Veronica:  No, it's right here *holds up silent phone*.
Jeremy:  Oh, HAHAHAHA.  It must be MY phone.
Veronica:  Noooo, your phone is in your hand and it isn't ringing.  And why are you laughing like that?
Jeremy:  *cups hand over ear; yells over his shoulder* Oh, okay.  I'll be right there!
Veronica:  Jeremy.  *sigh*  We are the only people living in this house, remember?
Jeremy:  *mumbles incoherently and runs out door*
Veronica:  You'll never get away with this!

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Lots of (Very) Important Information

Just when you thought you had learned all of my weird ways when I fessed up about the button obsession (P.S.  Thanks to all the nice folks who supported me in my button-y ways), let me remind you about this:  Remember how I wrote that post in 2009 about the Kit Kat flavors in Japan?  You don't?  Okay, well I DID.  However, the other night, on a whim, I decided to zazz it up a bit, and I added THIRTY freaky flavors to the list!


Clicky-Clicky to see the pretty kit kats


Along the way, I found two cool blogs, Japanese Snack Reviews and Jen Ken's Kit Kat Blog.  These are the people in the trenches, eating all the flavors and rating them for you.  Well done.


Since I am in an updating mood, do you remember Josephine's Books?  Have you commented to add to my list?  DO IT!  Tell me about books I need for my wee one.  


Click to add to the list

Finally, since my public clearly demands it, I will continue with the Etsy Saturdays.  I think they're fun, and as long as you're not sick of seeing them, I will keep them coming.  ALSO, if you have a shop, have a friend with a shop, or have a favorite shop, shoot me a link at veronicachunkymonkey {at} gmail {dot} com.  No promises that I will get to them all, but I wouldn't mind some suggestions! 


Thanks, Internet friends!

XOXO Veronica


P.S.  I haven't gotten any buttons in the mail yet, and Ed was the only one to offer so far.  I wasn't joking.  Sooo ... chop chop.

Monday, March 14, 2011

Making An Effort Monday

In an effort to make more of the things I love -- good food, pretty things, and organized spaces -- I bring you Making An Effort Monday!

I LOVE soup.  I know, I know, sodium, but I try my hardest to lower the sodium in every soup recipe I come across so I feel less guilty about eating soup all the time.


I just tried this new soup, and I was geeked because the ingredients include KALE!!  I haven't had yummy soup with kale since I spent the summer living on Cape Cod.  Yum.


Here's the recipe (slightly modified from a Family Circle recipe -- click HERE for the original):

Pasta Fagioli
INGREDIENTS
2 tablespoons olive oil (I used EVOO)
1 onion, diced (I used a half of an onion and diced on the larger size)
3 cloves garlic (I used 5)
1 can (14.5 ounces) diced tomatoes with basil, garlic, and oregano (I used low-sodium version)
2 cans (14.5 ounces each) reduced-sodium chicken broth (I ended up having to add WAY more after I got all the ingredients in because there was NONE ... I got very angry.)
8 ounces (about 2 cups) small pasta shells (I used Barilla Plus -- with protein and Omega-3)
1 teaspoon Italian seasoning (I make my own mix and probably added closer to 1 Tablespoon)
1 bunch fresh kale, tough stems discarded, cut into 1-inch pieces and washed (NOTE:  I thought maybe "removing the stems" meant just cutting off the bottom.  It doesn't.  Cut the stem out of the middle all the way up, essentially splitting the leaf in half.)
2 cans small white beans, drained and rinsed (I WANTED to use canellini or navy beans, but I happened to go on a day they were on sale and they were OUT, so I had to use one can of Great Northern beans and one can of Chick Peas -- while I love these beans, they were NOT the right flavor for this soup, and I think they cook much too slowly to be suitable for this soup.  If I use this recipe again, I will definitely use Navy beans, which cook the fastest and I think have the mildest flavor.)
1 Tablespoon tomato paste
1/2 teaspoon salt (I used sea salt)
1/4 teaspoon pepper
Grated Parmesan, for serving


DIRECTIONS
1.  Heat oil in large pot over medium heat.  Add onion and cook 5 minutes.  Add garlic; cook 1 minute.
2.  Stir in tomatoes, broth, and 3 cups water.  Bring to a simmer over high heat.  Add pasta and Italian seasoning.  Cook, stirring, for 5 minutes.
3.  Stir in kale; cook 5 minutes more.  Reduce heat to medium and stir in beans, tomato paste, salt, and pepper.  Heat through (Like I mentioned before, just "heating through" didn't work for the beans I used.  They did not taste very cooked).
Serves 8.


Here are the Nutrition Facts for the original recipe:

And here's how it looked:

Veronica's final rating: 3.5 stars.  If it had different beans and I could figure out how to have enough broth without having to add it in at the end and lose all the flavor, then my rating would be higher.  I might mess around with it a bit.

Jeremy's final rating:

I was hoping for a new, easy, go-to Italian soup.  Meh.  It made me long for my favorite Italian soup.

BONUS RECIPE!

Tortellini Soup 
(adapted from Taste of Home Heart-Warming Soups - book I bought in the checkout line at Kroger 5 years ago)
INGREDIENTS
3 garlic cloves, minced
1 tablespoon olive oil
3 cans (14.5 ounces each) low-sodium vegetable broth
1 package (9 ounces) refrigerated cheese tortellini
1 can (14.5 ounces) diced tomatoes with green chilies, undrained
3 large handfuls fresh spinach (or 1 10-ounce package of frozen spinach, thawed and squeezed dry)

DIRECTIONS
In a saucepan, saute the garlic in the olive oil until tender.  Stir in the broth.  Bring to boil.  Stir in tortellini; cook for 5 minutes or until tender.  Stir in tomatoes and spinach; heat through.

Super easy and DELICIOUS!


Brag about your own efforts in the comments!  Happy Monday!

Saturday, March 12, 2011

Etsy Saturdays: XVII

In support of the handmade revolution, I bring you Etsy Saturdays!  I will highlight a fun new shop every week, and I hope you will stop over to see their merchandise or find something else you love while you're there.  To see all Etsy Saturdays, click here.
*I have not been compensated in any way for this post*



I am excited to feature sjENGRAVING this week.  I ordered a gift for my mom from this seller, and I was very pleased with the quality of the product, the price, and the speed of creation and delivery.  They have SO many products, it was hard to only choose a few to highlight.

White oathing stone - Custom Engraving for engagement, wedding or anniversary - wedding pebbles

Mom's Nest (c) - set of 3 stones in bird nest
(also available in any other size -- from one egg to as high as you go)

Interlocking Monogram Pebble - engraved stone for couple, anniversary, engagement, wedding - custom double sided stone engraving


ALSO -- Quick vote:
Should I keep doing these?  I hardly ever get any comments, so I am wondering if people actually enjoy these or they roll their eyes when they see a new one pop up.  Leave me a vote in the comments section!  Please? 
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