Thursday, March 27, 2014

Delicious Chicken Spinach and Artichoke Linguine

I tried a version of this recipe from Budget Bytes. I loved it and decided to put my own spin on it by adding some new ingredients. Try them both and then invent your own!!  There are so many possibilities.

 8 oz. white button mushrooms
1 (14 oz.) can artichoke hearts
1 bunch of green onions
4 cloves garlic, minced 
1 medium sweet onion
5 cups vegetable broth
2 Tbsp olive oil
12 oz. linguine
1 tsp dried oregano
½ tsp dried thyme 
1/2 tsp. black cracked pepper
1/2 Rotisserie Chicken
8oz. frozen cut spinach 

Rinse the mushrooms to remove any dirt or debris. Slice the mushrooms thinly. Drain the can of artichoke hearts and roughly chop them into bite-sized pieces.  Chop the green onions. Slice the onion.  Place the vegetable broth, olive oil, mushrooms, artichoke hearts, green onions, onions, and garlic in a large pot. Break the linguine in half and add it to the pot along with the oregano, thyme, and black pepper. Push the ingredients down under the broth as much as possible. Place a lid on the pot and bring it up to a rolling boil over high heat. While you're waiting for it to boil, chop up the chicken (I get mine at Costco for only $4.99, you can't beat that).  As soon as it reaches a boil, stir the pot to evenly distribute the ingredients and prevent the pasta from sticking. Add the chicken and turn the heat down to low so that the pot is just simmering. Allow the pot to simmer, with the lid on, for 10-15 minutes, or until the pasta is tender and most of the liquid has been absorbed. Give the pot a stir every few minutes to prevent the pasta from sticking. Once the pasta is cooked through, add the frozen spinach. Allow the heat from the pasta to thaw the spinach. Stir the pot to help break up the clumps of spinach. Serve hot.  This is such a light but yet yummy dish. You've got to give it a try!!

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Saving Your Laundry

If you're like me - you have washed an item that should not go into the dryer, fully intending to remove it from the load and hang it before drying the rest.  Only to forget and have it go into the dryer.  Or, have someone else accidentally dry it while trying to be helpful.  


Well... no more - thanks to the best. idea. EVER.
It's as simple as a  dry erase marker!
I have mine on a pretty little ribbon hanging from my laundry shelves.

 Use the marker to write any items in the wash load that can not go in the dryer right onto the door or top of the washing machine..  This will be a visible reminder to you (or any other helpful little elves) moving the laundry from the wash to the dryer to take those items out and hang them!

Then just wipe the writing off with a rag or eraser.  

Easy peasy!  Your favorite sweater is safe!

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