Bigger is Better!

The summer seems to be zooming by already, and I’ve been busy crocheting the days away on some fun new rugs.  I love working with my customers to create new styles and colors.  Lately the custom requests have been coming in for larger and larger rugs, so I’ve added some to my shop.  I’m now happy to offer more size options for some of my favorite designs.

Check out some of these recent extra-large-size additions:

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Click on the images to view details, or email Carlie at evavillain@hotmail.com for more information.

 

Yummy Spaghetti Squash and Bacon-Gorgonzola Beef

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We got the motherload of yummies in this week’s bountiful basket.  Tomatoes, Fennel, Spaghetti Squash, Blueberries, Plums, Bananas, Lettuce, Strawberries, Red Peppers, Green Peppers… YUM!  Well, Cole and I are making a super delicious meal (while Eva’s anxiously waiting for her opportunity to taste test) .  I looked up several recipes for the squash, but we didn’t have enough ingredients, so… we winged it.  Here’s what we did.

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  • Halved and scooped the squash
  • Brushed them with oil and sprinkled with salt, onion powder, garlic powder, pepper
  • Baked them at 400 for 50 minutes.
  • Run through them with a fork (makes “spaghetti”)
  • Saute with onions, butter and garlic and a little parmesan cheese.

Then the meat… mmmm….

This week Top Round Steaks were on sale, so here we go:

  • Pound them thin
  • Sprinkle with Gorgonzola
  • Roll it up
  • Wrap with Bacon
  • Secure with toothpicks
  • Brown lightly on each side on the stove
  • Finish in the oven for 20 mins on 350
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The family loved it!  (The baby ate two portions.)

Bountiful Basket

A friend recommended that I try this, and I am so glad that I did.  We received our first ever Bountiful Basket this week.  I was so excited.  Look!  ImageIt’s loaded full of goodies- a mountain of fresh oranges, mangos, pineapple, cantaloupe  lettuce, cauliflower, carrots, corn, butternut squash, and tomatoes.  I will definitely keep doing this.  If you’re interested, go to http://www.bountifulbaskets.org/ to sign up.  It’s $16.50 each time you order except the first time which is $3 more.  They come every 2 weeks with different produce and goodies.  There are add ons you can do too, or get all organic for an additional fee.  I love that it’s not a subscription. You can choose to participate each time.  I can’t wait to see what is in the next basket!  It’s surely going to get my creativity going to figure out new ways to cook with ingredients I may not usually pick up.

Not quite a pickle salad.

This week I got some incredible cucumbers at the grocery store and decided to try something new.

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After a rough chop, I added 1/2 cup each of Red Wine vinegar, Apple Cider vinegar and my favorite of favorites this AMAZING Aged Balsamic Vinegar I bought on Broughton Street in downtown Savannah.

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I tossed in some salt, pepper, garlic, and a splash of olive oil and mixed it up.

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After all that, I put it in a mason jar and stuck it in the fridge until dinner.

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DELICIOUSLY simple.  They were the perfect addition to the pulled pork sandwiches and baked beans that had cooked all day in the crock pot.  I only wish I had thrown a few tomatoes and onions in there too.  Oh well, next time…