Elegant Way to Chill Wine or Champagne

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A beautiful way to chill wine/champagne.  Perfect for dinner or holiday parties. Use different decorations for your occasion. For example, I used Fall leaves for my Thanksgiving mold. Valentine’s Day? Hearts/red beads. Halloween? Add ghosts/pumpkins/skeletons. Christmas? ornaments/gold string beads. You get the picture. Also, seasonal foliage adds nature’s beauty. Be creative and have fun!

Items you will need:

  • 5 qt. ice cream bucket
  • 2 liter plastic bottle (cut away top 1/3)
  • weights to keep plastic bottle steady (rocks)
  • decorations of your choice.

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 First step:

  • place plastic bottle with weights in middle of ice cream bucket
  • fill bucket (not plastic bottle) with water
  • insert decorations/foliage/berries in water – this may take some work as branches are not always cooperative. be patient.

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Second step:

  • place finished mold in freezer.  let freeze 24 hours
  • remove from freezer. wiggle and remove the 2 liter plastic bottle. pour warm water outside the ice cream bucket to help loosen the mold.
  • insert bottle and chill away!

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Third step:

Place in shallow bowl to capture water as it will melt eventually. CHEERS!

No Time? No worries. Delicious healthy pasta in 30 min.

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Servings 2-3 adults.

Ingredients

  • gluten free pasta
  • extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • chopped assorted vegetables: zucchini, onion, asparagus, mushrooms, green beans.
  • can crushed tomatoes
  • 1 cube beef bouillon
  • 1 tbsp sugar
  • chopped fresh basil

Directions

(meanwhile, boil water for pasta, cook al dente, drain)

  • heat olive oil in sauté  pan.
  • brown garlic cloves, remove.
  • add vegetables and sauté  approx. 10 min. (should be soft with slightly firm center)
  • add crushed tomatoes, beef bouillon, sugar, basil.  mix well.
  • cook approx. 15 min.
  • pour over cooked pasta.
  • garnish with remaining chopped fresh basil

Buon Appetito!

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Perfect Thanksgiving Nibbles – Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies

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Pumpkin Choc Chip Cookies

  • 1 cup (2 sticks) butter, room temp
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 cup pumpkin
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • 2 cups flour, sifted
  • 1 tsp. baking powder
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • 1 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1 cup semisweet chocolate chips

Cream butter and sugar; add egg and beat.   Blend in pumpkin and vanilla.  Add sifted dry ingredients, stir to mix well.   Stir in chocolate chips.

Drop by spoonfuls onto lightly greased cookie sheet.   Bake at 375 degrees for 10 minutes, do not over bake.   Let cool slightly.

Now what?

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I’ve finally started a blog, but now what? Until now, my thought bubble had been filled with a plethora of stories, ideas and situations I needed to write about and share. “You’re funny”, friends told tell me. “Start a blog”, others would say. My head swelled with confidence. Yes, I shall start a blog!

This morning, brimming with determination and holding a full cup of coffee in my hand, I approached my computer with anticipation. I sat down with my back perfectly straight, hair in a pony tail, glasses perched steadily on the bridge of my nose and fingers resting on the keyboard. I’m ready!

What the hell?! My thought bubble completely burst into a puff of smoke. Absolute vacuum in my head. Sitting next to me was my dog, Frederick P. McGillicutty. I looked at him as if he somehow reached inside my cranium and ripped out my brain. What just happened? This can’t be, I said to myself.

I was slightly annoyed and frustrated because I had spent the last week harassing friends for blog name suggestions – mine had to be perfect. When that didn’t pan out, I proceeded to waste copious amounts of time googling tips and examples on ways to create a catchy, funny, applicable and memorable name – 5 words, or less. Really?

I could do this – it’s not difficult. The afternoon had arrived and I was still staring at my computer screen. It was time for lunch. After consuming 10 spicy tuna rolls, an idea popped into my thought bubble. Why not write about not being able to write? That was it!  And here it is – my first post. I’m going to bed.