Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Spinach & Chicken Pasta Salad

I have a secret. There's this blog that I LOVE. The woman who writes it is sheer genius in both the kitchen and creative-juices departments. So, it's fitting that I would look to her for inspiration when seeking out the perfect recipie for...anything. Here's yourhomebasedmom's suggestion for feeding a crowd: Spinach & Chicken Pasta Salad (aka: dinner for 100 ladies). I've hesitated to share this blog with you all, because she really is such an inspiration to me. I borrow her recipies, decorating, craft ideas...all the time. And once you check her out, you will realize that I am a major copycat. I suppose I couldn't keep it a secret forever. Here you go!

SPINACH & CHICKEN PASTA SALAD

16 oz. bow tie pasta, cooked al dente

Dressing:
1 cup vegetable oil
2/3 cup teriyaki sauce
2/3 cup white wine vinegar
6 Tbsp. sugar
1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. pepper

Salad consists of:
20 oz. bag of spinach
1 6 oz. bag craisins
3 cans mandarin oranges, drained
2 cans sliced water chestnuts, drained
1/2 cup parsley chopped
1 bunch green onions, chopped
1/4 cup sesame seeds, toasted
6 oz. peanuts
2 cups chicken, cut into pieces.

Blend dressing in blender. Mix dressing and pasta and marinade for 2 hours (in a ziploc bag). Combine rest and add pasta and dressing and toss.

This recipie serves 10. You can stretch it easily by doubling the spinach (now it serves 20!). I always double the chicken, no matter how many batches I need, but that might be because I'm accustomed to cooking for a carnivore deeply disturbed by girly (ie: not very meaty) food.

Thursday, October 7, 2010

Now I Know My ABC's

Little Camryn should be getting a package in the mail TODAY. When her mom opens it up, this is what she'll see:


I'm pretty pleased. So pleased, in fact, I considered keeping it. I think I would have, too, except that I couldn't figure out what I'd DO with it, as no one in my house is baby-sized or looking for a sweet quilt to hang on their wall. Nevertheless, it tore my heart out to send it away. Its been in various pieces and stages around my house for quite some time now.

For now, I have no quilt hanging over me, begging to be finished, and life is quieter and less guilt ladden. Hopefully Camryn will like it. If not, that's okay, too. As much as I made it for her, I did it for me, too. I needed a challenge: something longer-term to sweat over and create. It's not the quilt I love so much, as the fun of planning, designing and making it come together. I can do it again. Maybe.

Next project? Purging burp cloths, bibs, and newborn socks from my 2-year-old's room. I'm a little behind. Truthfully? I think I'd rather work on the quilt.