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Thursday, March 29, 2018

Grape Chicken Salad


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Grape Chicken Salad

prep time: 15 MINScook time: total time: 15 mins
It sounds odd but the Grapes add a refreshing twist.

Ingredients:

3 cups chicken, cooked and chopped about 16 oz
1 1/8 cup mayo
3/4 cup celery -  chopped 
1/2 cup chopped sweet onion
1 1/2 cups grapes, cut in half
1/2 tablespoon smoked paprika
1/4 teaspoon salt and ground pepper medley
Romaine lettuce
8-10 rolls or croissants.

Instructions:

In a large bowl combine the chopped chicken, mayo, celery, onion, smoked paprika. Stir to combine. 
Gently fold in grapes.

Cut rolls or croissants in half lengthwise, and fill each roll with the chicken salad filling. 
Add lettuce to the sandwich if you desire.

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Wednesday, March 28, 2018

Farfalle Bow Tie Pasta Chicken 30 minutes to table

Bow Tie Pasta


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FARFALLE BOW TIE PASTA CHICKEN


Ingredients:
  • 1 box Bow Tie Pasta
  • 1 1/2 pounds of chicken
  • 2-pound bag of frozen broccoli (fresh is better)
  • Garlic Cloves - to taste I use almost the entire bulb
  • 1 cup Olive Oil
  • Sea Salt
  • Fresh Ground Pepper

Instructions:1. Prepare pasta following the directions on the box - al dente

  1. Prepare pasta following the directions on the box - al dente
  2. Chop Garlic
  3.  If using frozen broccoli - gently run cool water over broccoli in a colander to defrost - pat dry
  4.  Cover the bottom of the frying pan with Oil Olive - add in a few sliced garlic cloves
  5.  Medium high heat Add chicken - salt - pepper. You want the chicken to brown
  6.  Add broccoli - salt - pepper - add more olive oil making sure all ingredients have some oil.
  7.  The dish is cooked when the broccoli is wilted and a few pieces have been browned.
  8. Add the chicken and broccoli mix to the pasta - add salt - pepper to taste
  9. 30 minutes to the table. Piping hot.
  10. Serve with grated Parmesan cheese and toasted garlic bread.
Serve with Garlic Bread
Garlic Bread

1 freshly baked Italian stick
1 stick butter
Parsley
Salt
Pepper
Garlic Power

It's all to taste from here.

Pre-heat over to 375 degrees

Slice the breadstick horizontally.
Place on baking pan 
Melt the butter add in, parsley, salt, pepper and garlic power - brush on the bread stick - bake ar 375 about 15 minutes or when slightly brown and crispy.
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Saturday, March 24, 2018

OnLine Feedback from sales


When you sell handcrafted items online it's sometimes very hard to please people. Let's face it they are buying an item on faith, on the pictures we post, and the descriptions. More importantly, the reviews or feedback have an impact on future sales. What I have learned through almost 15 years is most people don't give praise - easily.  I've actually had to close shops on Etsy and eBay due to nasty - I'm talking disgusting feedback. Neither company removes feedback unless there is something threatening. And yes, I have even received threats via email.

My policies are easy - 100% satisfaction guaranteed - if you don't like the item - return it. I'm also not Walmart so there will be a restocking fee and you pay for return shipping. If I made an error I will refund all costs just ship the item back and I'll pay the return shipping.

A few months ago I sold 3 lamps to someone in France, and he had a complaint about everything. The shipping charges were high - they were actual costs no markup but I decided to cut him a discount. I figure 3 lamps why not? I supplied tracking - and then he complained the post office was to slow. Then he didn't like the packing material I used. Standard bubble wrap. It didn't end there. He complained about the color of the lamps - I had 12 pictures of each lamp. He complained about the electrical cords, about the size on and on. I answered each email and tried to be helpful. Finally, after 3 months I said enough. Send the lamps back if you're that unhappy. Nope, not good enough! I refunded him half the cost - still not good enough. I had to contact Etsy because now the treats came. He was scamming me. Etsy provides no protection for sellers. I fully refunded him and took a big loss. Again, I contacted Etsy and this time they blocked him from contacting me.

I'm okay with people that don't leave feedback. People are angry about everything so I would expect that to reflect in feedback. I can't control shipping and I can't control the weather. Yup, back to back blizzards, road closures or even loss of electricity do not matter to most buyers.

When I received this positive feedback the other day - well it made my year!
This reminded me - there are good people out there.

When you leave negative feedback without trying to work things out with a seller - you are essentially killing future sales for that seller. I have found that most sellers are very willing to fix any problems. Give them that chance.

Be kind - it cost you nothing.


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Friday, March 16, 2018

Hand strung Beaded Necklaces

I love one-of-a-kind jewelry. Which is why I started making my own jewelry.
I'm excited to share these unique necklaces with you. This necklace is a combination of denim blue and black glass beads with fancy silver beads for a little bling.  This one is for sale in my Esty shop. Click this link Black and Blue Beaded necklace if you'de like to purchase.

Just a few pictures of necklaces that will be available for sale.



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Monday, March 12, 2018

Spinach and Artichoke Chicken


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Spinach and Artichoke Chicken

prep time: 30 MINScook time: 20 MINStotal time: 50 mins
Fresh baby spinach, roasted peppers with artichoke hearts for chicken lovers.

ingredients:

1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil
6 chicken breasts - boneless and skinless
Kosher salt
Freshly ground black pepper
1/2 tsp. each dried oregano, basil, and parsley
3 tbsp. butter
3 cloves garlic, minced
2 cups. baby spinach
1 can artichoke hearts, chopped in half
1 large sliced roasted red pepper
3/4 cup shredded mozzarella

instructions:

Season chicken all over with salt, pepper, and herbs. In a large skillet over medium-high heat, heat 3 tbsp. olive oil. Add chicken and cook until golden. About 6 minutes per side. Remove the chicken from skillet.
Melt butter in skillet then stir in garlic and cook until fragrant, about 30 seconds. Stir in baby spinach, artichokes, and red peppers and cook until spinach starts to wilt. Add the remaining olive oil and bring mixture to a simmer. 
Return chicken to skillet making sure the chicken is completely cooked. About 5 minutes more. Remove from heat.

Top with shredded mozzarella and serve with white rice.

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Saturday, March 10, 2018

Tuscan Butter Shrimp



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Tuscan Butter Shrimp

prep time: 10 MINScook time: 15 MINStotal time: 25 mins
Quick and easy skillet meal

ingredients:

2 tablespoons Olive Oil
1 pound shrimp peeled, deveined, and tails removed
Kosher Salt
Freshly ground pepper medley
3 tablespoons butter
3 cloves garlic - minced
1 1/2 cups cherry tomatoes - cut in half
2 cups baby spinach
1 cup heavy cream
1/4 cup fresh grated Parmesan Cheese
1/4 cup basil - thin sliced


instructions:

In a large skillet over medium-high heat, heat oil. Season shrimp with salt and pepper. Add shrimp and sear until underside is golden. (about 2 minutes.) Flip until opaque. Remove from skillet and set aside.
Reduce heat to medium and add butter.  When the butter has melted. sit in garlic and cook until fragrant - about 1 minute.
Add cherry tomatoes, season with salt and pepper. Cook tomatoes until they are beginning to burst.
Add spinach and cook until spinach is beginning to wilt.
Stir in heavy cream,  parmesan cheese, and basil - bring mixture to a simmer. Reduce heat to low and simmer until sauce is slightly reduced - about 3 minutes.
Return shrimp to skillet and stir in to combine. Cook until shrimp is heated through.
Optional: Squeeze lemon on top before serving  

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I'm Fasting - No Facebook for 30 Days


I'm logging out of Facebook for awhile - maybe I'll quite altogether. I actually deactivated my personal account.

I'm going to concentrate on my business page which I just opened  https://www.facebook.com/CityChatterGal/?modal=admin_todo_tour and my fun page https://www.facebook.com/ccghappenings/

I'm doing this for several reasons.

I work outside my home and I sell online. I need time to do what I need and want to do. I find the everyday hate we have come to accept is not acceptable for me. Everyone seems bitching or complaining in every post. Every post has a nasty political comment and I'm tired of defending my opinion.

I find the "friends" on my personal are pretty judgmental (HA! maybe I need new friends) not supportive as I hoped they would be. Apparently I'm bragging when I post my items and I'm a shitty person. I'm just trying to make a living. I love to see others shine and I get inspired by those that work hard and post about it. I don't consider it bragging - at all.

Facebook has become a chore and a time killer. So my goal is to find new friends that will inspire me and I hope I can inspire them. I actually started to dread going on my personal page and I stopped posting about what I love to do.

I sell online, which means I market my items online. After reviewing my stats on ALL my social media sites for the last YEAR  - I received just 1 sale from Facebook, shares and likes are just not there. There is no support.

I was at the point where I thought no one like my items - except me! But then my sales increased when I started posting on Instagram and Twitter - and the stats are pretty darn good. This blog shoots up - and that let me know that people do like what I post.

So - I'm going to change my habits - no personal facebook and I'm going to post what makes my soul happy.  I hope you come along and have some fun.






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Tuesday, March 6, 2018

American Chop Suey


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American Chop Suey

prep time: 15 MINScook time: 30 MINStotal time: 45 mins

ingredients:

3 tablespoons butter
1 medium yellow onion, chopped
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 1/2 pound ground beef
1 teaspoon dried oregano
1 teaspoon dried basil
1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
Kosher salt
1 (14.5-ounce) can diced tomatoes
1 (14.5-ounce) can tomato sauce
Pinch of sugar
1 pound elbow macaroni

instructions:

1.  Heat the butter in a large pot over medium heat. Add the onion, stirring occasionally, until soft, about 5 minutes.  Add the garlic and cook, stirring for about 1 minute. Then add the ground beef and continue to cook, stirring and breaking up the chunks of meat with a spoon.  Cook until the meat is no longer pink, about 7 minutes.  Sprinkle the herbs and pepper over the meat, add salt to taste, and mix in well. 
2.  Add the canned tomatoes with their juices, the tomato sauce, paste, and juice.  Add sugar to taste. Simmer while you cook the pasta. 
3.  Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil over high heat.  Add the macaroni and cook, stirring occasionally, until al dente. Drain.  Mix the macaroni into the chop suey. 

Serve hot. Garnish with parmesan cheese.

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Wearing Silver Jewelry


Silver remains quite a popular choice among the masses as it is inexpensive when compared to other precious metals like gold and platinum. The metal is capable of adding dazzle and spark to any given outfit.
Silver is neutral and gels well with grays, whites, peaches, beiges, browns. reds, purples, violets, greens, blues, yellows, oranges and looks incredible with black. An outfit is incomplete without the metal.
The look and feel of silver and white gold are different. White gold can be quite flashy and may not always fit with the look of every outfit. Silver comes to your rescue. 
Silver is elegant, sophisticated, chic, modern as well as classy. Many timeless or classic pieces will always be in style and can be worn with modern pieces for a new twist. A brooch or scarf pin with some studs or beautiful semi-precious stones etc is fun and eclectic.
Silver does lose its sheen over the time. On contact with air and water, the metal reacts with sulfur to form a grayish layer on the surface. Tarnished silver ornaments give a feel of timeless antique pieces. But, the clean and shiny ones rock. So, take proper care of your silver while you wear and store them properly.
Silver is softer and less dense than other gold. This makes it more prone to scratch and damage. If worn carelessly the ornament may also distort in shape and look ugly.

I'm excited to share a limited number of handmade jewelry items that are available in my Etsy Shop . Check often as I am phasing out the jewelry selection supply is limited. I am listing my remaining inventory and have some really great prices.




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Saturday, March 3, 2018

French Country Serving Tray



Sometimes things don't work out a planned.
It all started out good. I had my image transfer on the tray. But once I remove the paper I found the transfer was to light and didn't have the French Country look I was going for.
I used this image. I did a mirror image on my computer before printing. 
And this is the result. 
I was not happy with the results.

So I started all over again.  I sanded everything off. Used a white chalk paint.

And now I'm happy.

And I used a satin cream wax finish to protect all my hard work!
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Thursday, March 1, 2018

Bisquick - Banana Nut Bread


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Bisquick - Banana Nut Bread

prep time: 15 MINScook time: 1 hour total time: 1 hours and 15 mins

1950's Recipe. There are lots of banana bread recipes but I like this one the best because it's made with Bisquick.

ingredients:

1 1/3 cups very ripe mashed bananas - about 2 large2/3 cup of sugar1/4 cup of milk3 Tbsp vegetable oil1/2 tsp vanilla3 eggs2 2/3 cup original Bisquick1/2 cup chopped walnut
Instructions:
Pre-heat oven 350 degrees.
Grease only the bottom of a 9 x 5 x 3 in a loaf pan.
In a large mixing bowl combine/mix all ingredients EXCEPT Bisquick and nuts.
Stir  in Bisquick
Add nuts

Bake for 50-60 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center is clean.
Cool for 10 minutes.
Loosen sides from pan and allow to completely cool on a wire rack.



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