Friday, April 18, 2014

40 bags in 40 Days - Good Friday Update

 

 

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My 40 bags in 40 days Lenten challenge in now complete for another year. Last year I was able to fill 40 bags, which means a lot of clutter and miscellaneous items were removed from my home. When I started the challenge this year, I wasn't sure if I would be able to find 40 bags from the areas I had in mind. But, the process remains the same, no matter how many bags you fill. You are making space both in your home and in your mind. You are freeing yourself of the past and moving towards a future, that is calmer and a home only filled with what you really need. During lent, you are using the 40 days to take something on, instead of giving something up. And in writing about it here, I am showing my faith to the world.

I was able to fill 27 bags this year. My total bags included 12 to donate, 14 to the trash and 1 bag of books for the library. I donated servings pieces, I never used, but were taking up space in a basement storage area. Many clothes, from every member of the family, will now be used by those who need them. Both a hall closet and my laundry room closet and cabinets were emptied and I feel uplifted when I see the space and the organization.

This Lenten challenge has been good for me in many ways. It is something I will continue to do, whether I am able to fill 40 bags or not. It is the process that is good for your soul.

Have a wonderful Easter weekend!

 

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Simple Parsley Butter New Potatoes

 

 

 

Side dishes can be tricky for holiday meals. The last thing you want to do is spend all your time in the kitchen when you have guests. One reason I love new potatoes, besides the fact that they are delicious, is that there is no peeling involved. When guests are arriving, I never want to be up to my elbows in potato peels :-)

This recipe is simple enough for everyday dinner, but pretty enough to be the perfect side dish when entertaining. These potatoes are fluffy, buttery and so pretty with the green parsley. Fresh chopped parsley from your own herb garden is delicious, but even dried parsley from your pantry works fine too. Small redskin potatoes are also another pretty and delicious option.

 

Simple Parsley Butter New Potatoes

 

2 lbs new potatoes

1 stick butter (1/2 cup)

1/3 cup chopped parsley

Salt and Pepper


Scrub potatoes with vegetable brush and cut in half. Place in a medium pot and cover with cold water. Salt water generously and bring to a boil. Boil until fork tender (about 15 minutes) then drain water and place potatoes back in pot. While hot, toss with butter and parsley. Add salt and pepper to taste. Enjoy!

 

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Wednesday, April 16, 2014

A Tasting with Friends

 

 

 

Last night, we went to a wine tasting dinner at our club and it was a lovely evening spent with friends sampling great wine, as well as delicious food. The tables were beautifully set with all the wine glasses needed for the tasting and we were quickly introduced to the vineyard owner from Napa Valley, brought to talk about the wine making process and his vintages. His winery, Saddleback Cellars is a prominent winery in Napa Valley and is known for its award winning Cabernets. We love being able to enjoy a little piece of Napa here in Michigan :-)

 

 

Our dinner, accompanied by lots of laughter and fun conversation, paired beautifully with the wines. The tasting courses included mussels with a touch of citrus, paired with Chardonnay; stuffed shells in a deliciously spicy sauce, paired with a Zinfandel; a peppery T Bone steak, cooked to perfection, paired with a Cabernet Sauvignon and an interesting and unique dessert - a pear slice, topped with crumbled pancetta, goat cheese and drizzled with honey, paired with a dessert wine.

The Zinfandel was our favorite wine of the night and we came home with a few bottles to enjoy this summer, while having a candlelit dinner on our patio.

Happy Wednesday!

 

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Three Springtime Mimosas

 

 

 

Whether for Easter brunch, a bridal shower, Mother's Day or just because, on any Sunday, a mimosa is the perfect springtime cocktail. It is light, refreshing and when you add a garnish, like raspberries, it couldn't be prettier to serve. Of course, the traditional mimosa made with orange juice and champagne is lovely, but you can also give some variety to your guests by offering some unexpected flavors to choose from.

 

From left to right in the photo, there are three types of mimosas shown; all simple to make and all delicious.

Pineapple Mimosa - fill a champagne glass with 1/2 champagne and 1/2 pineapple juice. Garnish with raspberries or a thin pineapple slice.

Traditional Mimosa - fill a champagne glass with 1/2 champagne and 1/2 orange juice. Garnish with raspberries, pomegranate seeds or a thin orange slice.

Sparkling Grapefruit Mimosa - fill a champagne glass with 1/2 champagne and 1/2 sparkling grapefruit juice. Garnish with raspberries or a sectioned grapefruit.

 

Another way to serve mimosas, when entertaining, is to set up a pretty mimosa bar for your guests to serve themselves. Simply place the different juices in beautiful glass pitchers, fill interesting bowls with a variety of fruit for garnishing and place bottles of champagne and prosecco over ice.

Happy Tuesday!

 

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