Thursday, January 31, 2013

{Recipe}Skinnytaste Baked Spaghetti Squash & Cheese

When I saw this recipe and read its description, I knew I had to try it.
I immediately pinned it and got the ingredients.  You can find the original recipe here.
I was making it for Miss Middle Schooler and myself so I made a few adjustments and halved it.
Speaking of halving things....
Here's my version:
Cut a spaghetti squash in half lengthwise, remove seed and bake at 375F oven until tender, about 1 hour.

Here you can see I already messed up.  Spoiler alert: It still worked!
When it's done baking, it will look like this...then the magic happens.

 Separate the strands with a fork and put into a medium bowl. Discard the shells.  Keep the oven on.
Heat 1/2 TBS each of butter and olive oil in pan over medium heat. Add 1/4 cup of chopped onions and cook about 2 minutes.  Stir in 1/8 cup of flour. Cook on low, whisking for 3-4 minutes.
Add 1 cup of milk and 1/2 cup of chicken (or in my case, veggie) broth.
 I use this stuff and water to make the broth.
 Turn heat up to medium high and whisk/cook for 2-3 minutes until it boils and thickens.
Season with salt and pepper.
 I used Cabot Sharp Extra Light Cheddar for this recipe.
Have you ever been to Cabot in Vermont? Fun place and all the cheese samples you can eat!
 It's a good idea to grate your cheese up while the squash is cooking. 
Remove pan from heat when the sauce is smooth and thick.  Add 4 ounces of grated reduced fat cheddar and stir, adjust salt and pepper to taste.
Add the cooked spaghetti squash and 2 cups of raw baby spinach.
 Pour into a baking dish and sprinkle with 2 TBS of grated parmesan cheese.
 Bake until bubbly for 25-30 minutes.
 This makes about  3 1/2 cups. Each one cup serving has 5 Points Plus.
 Cheesy, comforting...
yummy and guilt free!

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Wednesday, January 30, 2013

HSN-Remodel and Giveaway

Sorry, this giveaway is now closed!
HSN(Home Shopping Network) has had a little work done and they want to share their new look with you. has completely relaunched the company's digital channels- elevating the customer experience by making retailers' platforms faster, more efficient and more social than they were before.
If you haven't been over to lately you'll find lots of new features like The 20

The 20 is an innovative, first of-its-kind feature, enabled by integrating social media tools into the new
Customers and fans will get to vote for their favorite item on a curated list of products each day. At midnight, HSN will tally the votes and those who voted for the winning product will be entitled a discount on the purchase of that product.  Cool, right?
To celebrate, they have been running a supermodel sweepstakes all month and there's still time to enter.
Want to check out their new look?
How about a $10 gift card to get your started?
HSN is giving three of my readers $10 gift cards!!!
How to Enter:
Leave me a comment in the comment section of this post.  
Make sure to include your email so I can contact you if you're the winner.
3 winners will be chosen at random on 2/6/13
(Open to US residents only)
Sorry this giveaway is now closed.

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Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Scavenger Hunt Sunday 1.27.13

Late again for Ashley's party...
I  thought I was going to have trouble finding lace, I was wrong. I had more than I could use so I'm using two of my favorites.
We got this lacy frame with a picture from our wedding as a wedding gift from some friends. I've never changed it.  The wedding pic is in black and white and I always thought it suited the frame. 
I liked the shot better in black and white to give the frames and photos a more cohesive look.
One of my shirts. I love the lace and buttons agains the grey fabric.
This was another lace option but since I already had too many, I'm using it for the cute pearly bling on Miss Middle School's Christening shoes.
 A pair of my cozy slipper socks that I got for Christmas.
Remember this tree?  
It's going bye bye today!
This is a painting of fabric that College Girl did last year. It's one of my favorites. It's not hanging up yet so I just propped it on our green couch against a green wall so if it looks a little wonky, it's my fault.

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Monday, January 28, 2013

Chevron Under Foot (and overhead)

Hello gorgeous (no, not my feet).
I included this photo in my last Insta-Love post
It was a lil' sneak peek of the new kitchen rug.
It had been beckoning from the cover of Ballard Designs.
I must be on a grey and white chevron kick (check out my blog header).
 I needed an after Christmas pick me up and I've been wanting to add more grey to our kitchen since we painted it last year.
The previous rug was also from Ballard.  This is our fourth indoor/outdoor rug that we've purchased from them and they're great!  
{got a little Tony the Tiger on ya}
They are economical in price and if they get too dirty, they can be hosed off.
I didn't take any good 'before' shots so these will have to do from when we updated our kitchen island with bead board and paint.
I finally relented and ordered this baby.  
I could not wait to get it under the table.
Love, love, love how it lightens and brightens up the room.
The old rug found a new home down in hubby's office=win/win.

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Friday, January 25, 2013

Insta-Love #2

It's been over two weeks since my last Insta-Love post..where does the time go?
row 1*new kitchen rug (post to follow!)*requirements for hanging out at the skating rink on a Saturday morning(her Uggs/my coffee)*taking College Girl out to dinner before she went back to school (FYI Seasons 52 has a great vegetarian and vegan menu)*
row 2*dropping her off at school{sniffle}*hubs trying out his new Mac*morning reading because the book was due and I couldn't renew it*
row 3*the things I find on my phone!*January sunrises and sunsets rock(almost make up for the horrible weather, almost)*another Saturday at the skating rink and my reading material:SIGNED copy of YHL book and Entertainment Weekly plus coffee)*

row 1*out to dinner with friends and playing with my phone*can't get enough of my winter fruit salad!*at Starbucks with daughter and niece (we introduced little one to cake pops and that was that!)
row 2*our first shipment of Honey Bells*snow on the hot tub* hitting up the fabric store*
row 3*apple cinnamon water from Pinterest*stepping out in my desert boots and teal cords*this morning's sunset was even more stunning*

What do you have planned for the weekend?  
We don't have any big plans-hopefully some down time for relaxing and maybe a few house projects.

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Thursday, January 24, 2013

It's Happening...

 And it's ON!
I froze my little fingers off and braved the attic to bring this crate down.
Time to decorate!!
So much for calm and tranquil.
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Wednesday, January 23, 2013

{Pinned} Cleaning a Stainless Steel Sink

I originally pinned a cleaning method here but I used a slightly different method for cleaning my own sink which I did not pin. {smacks head}

Let me show you how grody the sink was.
Nasty nasty!
This is embarrassing!
So moving on..let's get this baby clean!
Sprinkle baking soda over entire sink and spray with white vinegar. Scrub clean with sponge.
I also took out the rack and scrubbed it on both sides.

Rinse everything with a pot of boiling water and wipe dry.

Apply Goo Gone (optional) for any gooey residue, wiping clean.

Use a soft cloth to apply olive oil to the sink and buff dry.
Bask in the reflection of your clean, shiny sink.
So much better!
I really have to remember to do this more often.
What are your tricks and tips for cleaning stainless steel sinks?

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Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Scavenger Hunt Sunday 1.20.13

I've had my Longaberger laundry basket for a long time and I still love it!
Since we have a leak in our faucet hose everything from under the sink is parked on the kitchen table.
Automatic dishwasher (at least this is still working while the sink is out of commission).
People Watching
I was people watching during the inauguration.
We recycle a lot of sticks and branches from our woods into heat for the fireplace.

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