Saturday, April 12, 2014

Winner winner, chicken dinner!

 

I thought I'd share a little recipe that I whipped up recently!  I'm always looking for fairly dinners that we can make during the week.  With my recent health kick, I've also been looking for options that feel like comfort food, without being too heavy.  This one fits the bill!

The other great thing about this recipe is that the measurements don't need to be terribly specific - a lot of this can be eyeballed, and it's pretty easy to size it up or down if you have more or less people to feed.  This specific recipe feeds both of us for dinner, with enough for us each to take in for lunch the next day.

(You can scroll to the bottom for for the quick-text version of the recipe!)

Cut the chicken breasts up into bite sized pieces, and set aside.

In a large saute pan, heat up the olive oil on medium high heat.  Add the garlic, and cook for a couple of minutes, but don't let it brown too much!  Add the spinach and saute until it's all wilted down.  Remove the spinach from the pan, and set aside - we'll add that back later.


Add the chicken to the hot pan, and season with a little salt and pepper.  Brown the chicken on all sides.


While the chicken is cooking, go ahead and get a pot of water boiling for the pasta.


 Also, mix the flour into the chicken broth, and whisk it together with a fork.


Pour this into the pan with the chicken, and turn the heat down to medium, and let the chicken simmer away.  Give it a little stir every now and then.  

By this time, your water should be boiling, so drop the pasta.  In about the time it takes for the pasta to cook (around 7 minutes), the chicken should cook through, and the sauce should thicken a little.  Add the goat cheese to the chicken, and stir until it's all melted in.  Go ahead and add back the spinach now, too, so it can warm back up.



  Once the goat cheese is all incorporated into the sauce, combine the chicken and sauce with the pasta, and serve!



Spinach, Goat Cheese & Chicken Pasta
3-4 servings.

2 chicken breasts
11 oz box of fresh baby spinach (or sub in a package of frozen chopped spinach)
2 tbsp olive oil
Minced garlic (we keep a jar in the fridge, and here I use about a tablespoon)
1 1/2 cups chicken broth
A couple of tablespoons of all-purpose flour
5 oz herbed goat cheese (if you don't have or can't find herbed goat cheese, plain is fine - just throw in some dried parsley and thyme, about a teaspoon of each)
12 oz rotini pasta (I like to use Barilla Veggie Rotini)
Salt and pepper to taste.

Cut the chicken breasts up into bite sized pieces, and set aside.  In a large saute pan, heat up the olive oil on medium high heat.  Add the garlic, and cook for a couple of minutes, but don't let it brown too much!  Add the spinach and saute until it's all wilted down.  Remove the spinach from the pan, and set aside - we'll add that back later.  Add the chicken to the hot pan, and season with a little salt and pepper.  Brown the chicken on all sides.  While the chicken is cooking, go ahead and get a pot of water boiling for the pasta.  Also, mix the flour into the chicken broth, and whisk it together with a fork.  Pour this into the pan with the chicken, and turn the heat down to medium, and let the chicken simmer away.  By this time, your water should be boiling, so drop the pasta.  In about the time it takes for the pasta to cook (around 7 minutes), the chicken should cook through, and the sauce should thicken a little.  Add the goat cheese to the chicken, and stir until it's all melted in.  Go ahead and add back the spinach now, too, so it can warm back up.  Once the goat cheese is all incorporated into the sauce, combine the chicken and sauce with the pasta, and serve!

Saturday, April 5, 2014

Flop.

The first quarter has been a big ol' flop for me, sewing wise.  I have gotten almost nothing accomplished!  I can make all kinds of excuses - work has been busy, I've been focusing on my health and fitness goals, blah blah blah.... But really, I just haven't had the mojo.

However, I did get a commission request from someone who I've made a quilt for before, and I just couldn't say no.  Thankfully, it got me back in the swing of things!!  I'll be able to post pics of that quilt soon, but here's a sneak peek:


All done, and ready to go out the door!

Since I'm on a roll, I decided to try to finish up a few more projects:

A bee block:

Beanbags to go with the cornhole boards I made a couple of weeks ago: 


And, while they aren't sewing finishes, I finally got a couple of mug rugs listed on Etsy that I've been meaning to post for a while! 


It's the little victories that get you going, right?

Monday, February 3, 2014

Little things

I finally caught the dreaded bug that had been going around, so quilting came to a bit of a standstill last week.  I felt just fine, but I always have this guilt when I make quilts when I'm sick, like I'm producing small pox blankets...

So, this past weekend, now that I'm no longer Typhoid Mary, I finally got to sew! I didn't actually get as much sewing done as I had wanted, but I managed to cross a few things off my list that have been there for a while.  

I mentioned a while ago that I went to a baby shower, and one of the gifts I made for my friend was a pacifier clip.  It got rave reviews from others at the shower, so I decided to make some for my Etsy shop!  



I made about a dozen of them this past weekend.  Even better, I actually took the photos and got the Etsy listing live! 

While I was on a roll, I finally got pictures taken of a few other items that have been sitting in my studio for a while.  I took photos of my tissue cozies....



My coffee cozies....



And terry cloth baby washcloths!  



So, even though I didn't get too much actual sewing done, I feel soooo glad to get all this done!!  

Sunday, January 26, 2014

Feel the love

So, yes, there may still be a few last straggling Christmas decorations that need to be put away, but it's time to bust out the Valentine's Day decor!  I will admit, a big part of the reason why I decorate for V day is to give myself a reason to finally put away the winter stuff.  Snowmen just don't have the same charm when it's 80 degrees out...

I decided to make a few new pieces his year, since my decorations for this season are a bit meager, especially as compared to how Christmas decor covers every inch of my house in December.  Project number one had to be a replacement for my Christmas tree wall hanging.


It's just a bunch of half square triangles, made from scraps in my stash, that I tried to arrange into a heart.  It doesn't show as well as I'd like, but I'm going with it.  We'll call it "subtle" Valentine's decor...

Project number two was done entirely with scraps as well, but a different kind.  You may remember (from waaaaay back) this Valentine's Day wreath I made:



Turns out, I still had TONS of red, pink, and white felt leftover, hogging space in my sewing room.  I used exactly the same technique to make the roses, but made a kissing ball instead!


It now lives on my (still kinda sparse) entryway table, with some of my other V day stuff.


I really need something on that wall, right?  The entryway table is a relatively new resident in the house, so it's evolving, and getting a little better with each season.

What fun stuff are you making for the season? 

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Slow start...

So, after starting off the year with a bang, I haven't sewed a darn thing!

I think that the new year's organizing bug has gotten to me.  Every time I walk into my sewing room, I find myself tidying, organizing, and putting away, instead of actually sewing! It's not that I don't have plenty of inspiration, or ideas flying around in my head.  I know I have a set of quilty resolutions to be getting to, but I'm giving myself a little license there, and don't plan to do them all in the first few weeks of the year.

The project I'm hoping to get to this weekend is a new wallhanging done for my kitchen, to replace the Swirled Christmas Tree that's still hanging up there.

What?  You didn't expect me to just leave to nails hanging out on a bare wall, did you?

Pictures and progress soon, I hope... :)