Thursday, August 27, 2009

My 1st Treasury

I scored a Treasury on my 1st try. Here it is... thoughts??

Here's what I did:
1. to check the clock
2. opened the respective treasury, in this case Treasury West
3. had my title already in my clip board
4. waited patiently...when it opened I pasted my title in the bar and hit "ok, create" -- It worked!!

All these tricks I learned here:

Hope you guys find this useful.

Friday, August 21, 2009

Spaghetti Squash with White Wine, Spinach & Shrimp

Last week, I made spaghetti squash for the 1st time in place of pasta for dinner & I must say it ROCKED! Here's what I did should you want to give it a try...

Squash: (small - medium size)
sliced in half length-wise
Baked the squash on 375 for 20 minutes (10 each side)
scooped out the core & separated the "spaghetti" with a fork

saute pancetta, red onion, lots of garlic, pignolia nuts, red pepper flakes in olive oil
add a package of frozen spinach (I didn't have fresh spinach handy)
add white wine & chicken stock (approx a half cup of each)
add a pinch of kosher salt (teeny tiny bit)
add parmigiano reggiano grated cheese
add shrimp

This is something I came up with on the spot based on the ingredients I had available at home. I don't use actual measurements -- everything is to taste.

Feel free to leave comments or your Spaghetti Squash recipes.

Saturday, August 8, 2009

Did you know?

Did you know?  Copper is an amazing metal.  It directs energy and increases the flow of blood.  Copper provides strong energy to the body and brain.  It helps to heal the metabolism, and may relieve exhaustion. Copper also aids in healing sexual instability.

Approximately 4 weeks have passed in between the two anklet photos below.  The difference between the two is dramatic.  While there are ways to speed up the natural patina or antiquing process of copper, what you see in the second photo is a result of the natural aging process.

Copper will naturally patina over time from exposure and wear.  Now, I personally love the antiqued look of aged copper, however, it's not for everyone.  Exposure to air, water, the oils in our skin will speed up the natural antiquing process of copper.

Like the original shine better?  No problem! ...just drop your copper piece in salted lemon water for a few moments, rinse with cold water & dry to bring it back.  Keep in mind this is an ongoing process.   Enjoy!!