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Did you Think It’s Safe for Your Teens & Tweens to Use Instagram? Think Again!

Dish With Clarissa:

All Parents need to be aware of what their kids/teens are posting on any social network.

Our technology comes with a price. Its easier for predators and pedophiles to prey upon our young!

Remember that……

Originally posted on Parenting And Stuff:

Being safe on Instagram

My two oldest girls have an Instagram account, and are complete social butterflies.

They take pictures of themselves, their friends, and food; you name it, and they share it with their friends.

I’m able to monitor their accounts because I see every picture they post.

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What Plus-Size Clothes Actually Look Like On Plus-Size Women

Dish With Clarissa:

Reality check or false advertising? Hmmm only each individual knows their shapes and curves, and what works or doesn’t…. I can’t do floral, polka dots, and or Rhinestones tops, but I can pull off animal prints, black skirts and heels!

Originally posted on Adventures and Musings of an Arch Druidess:

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Moving At 49…..Ugh….

This past Wednesday I was supposed to move, but it had to be postponed for 24 hrs due to a nasty cut my son got an hour before we were to pick up moving truck. Next day when we arrived at our storage I accidentally slammed my trunk onto my car keys, rendering them useless, move that should have took six hours, took over TWELVE!

 I’ll have no internet for a week which is fine, but hands down this was the worst move ever in my life. Top it off with a homeless old kitty cat that i fell in love with and intended to bring home and rescue has disappeared….. 

         

Animal Resources

Dish With Clarissa:

If every person did one kind act a day and consistently, it would spread like wild fire…

Originally posted on witlessdatingafterfifty:

This will have both wild and domesticated sources for you to check out about

animals. I feel I need to be kept abreast of endangered animals and also, some

of the ways we can protect domestic animals which have been turned into ‘strays.’

My open heart won’t allow animals to suffer, although when given a choice, I will

give to Columbus Children’s Hospital and March of Dimes to help out children

first.

I heard on the radio today, that April is also the month to keep abreast on

the subject of Parkinson’s Disease. I had a dear mother in law who has this

destructive disease and would donate or wear a ribbon signifying my belief

we need more research funds to ‘cure’ this rampant disease. I admire Michael

J. Fox in his continuing to perform to help let us be more aware of it, too.

I also believe in supporting…

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Taking a long break…..

i have a lot going on, too much since Feb 2013, and as much as i want to be here sharing my passion for cooking, i just have too many issues going thats kept me away. 

I’ll be back , i just dont know when…

Till then….

Trophy case :)

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Its still a humbling feeling…..

Originally posted on Random Bytes From Life:

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So I have just got 200 follows here and also an equal number of likes.. thanks all for following and coming and reading :)

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Two Years Later…..

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I thought id share one of my favorite posts from Geoff at Gorgeous Company, he spreads a lot of love, self respect, compassion and loving words, so naturally i wanted to share this special post.

Love, because it reminds you you’re alive

Intimacy is tough. It’s fucking hard. Love is hard. With anyone: not just your man, not just your woman, but your mum, your dad, your siblings, your friends. Not because of the inevitable disagreements or any of that nonsense; while those might be annoying, they aren’t the real reason intimacy is painful.

Intimacy is painful because the closer you get to someone, the closer you are to the realization that no matter what you do, what you say, how perfect you are, how hard you love, you cannot stop time. Or differing realities. Or change. Or ultimately, loss. Death. Anger. Parting. Separation.

So you might disconnect as a means of mitigating that pain but the reality is you only push it into another part of your life, or down the road, to some future unknown time when it’s okay to feel pain (when is that??). It will come out. It always does.

So go ahead and love. Love, because it reminds you’re alive.

Gorgeous Company

Nothing New

I’ll be back next week, nothing new to post.

Three Cheese Pasta W/Sausage and Sundried Tomatoes

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When thinking of dried foods the thought of a gourmet meal may not come to mind. However, a using a small amount of sun-dried tomatoes adds a burst of flavor to many recipes. Throughout history tomatoes have been featured heavily in Mediterranean cuisine, especially in Greek and Italian cooking where they are the base to a large percentage of traditional savory dishes. Aside from being a delicious fruit eaten on its own its very versatile with almost every other vegetable available to man, and sun-dried tomatoes are high in lycopene, antioxidants, and potassium, and vitamins A and C. They’re also low in sodium and calories, and free of saturated fat and cholesterol. Sun-dried tomatoes are lipophilic, which means that cooking them with some fat, like olive oil, actually increases their nutritional value.

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These dried, concentrated vessels of flavor have enjoyed a popularity boost in the United States in the past couple of decades, initially as a gourmet item but fast becoming a favorite of home cooks being added to everything, salads, soups, dips and dehydrated goodies.

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Let Them Take A Leading Role In Your Next Dish

 

 

Ingredients:

 

2 lb Italian sausage

1 package 3-4 oz sun-dried tomatoes

2 Tbsp olive oil

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3 large garlic cloves, finely minced

2 tablespoon fresh basil

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1 cup half and half

1 cup mozzarella cheese, shredded

1/2 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese

1/2 cup freshly grated asiago cheese

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12 oz penne pasta

3/4-1 cup reserved cooked pasta water

1-2 tsp red pepper flakes, to taste.

2 tsp fresh cracked black pepper

salt, to taste

 

Directions:

 

Julienne slice sun-dried tomatoes and mince garlic; set aside.

Bring a large pot of water to a rapid boil, add salt and cook pasta according to instructions. Before draining pasta reserve some of the pasta water.

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Using a large deep pan or skillet over high heat add oil

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and then saute garlic and sun-dried tomatoes in 2 oil for a couple of minutes or until garlic is lightly browned. Remove from skillet  and set aside.

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Add Italian sausage

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cook until browned 

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drain excess grease and add sun-dried tomatoes and garlic back to skillet.

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Add half and half

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and each of cheeses to the skillet and cook over medium high heat until the cheeses start to melt and begins to bubble.

Reduce to simmer and cook, constantly stirring, until a creamy sauce forms.

Add cooked pasta to the skillet and stir to combine.

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Now start to add about 1/2 cup of the pasta water you reserved as by now he sauce has thickened, add more pasta water till you reach the desired thickness.

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Add crushed red pepper flakes and season to taste with salt and pepper.

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Three Cheese Pasta W/Chicken and Sun-dried Tomatoes

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When thinking of dried foods the thought of a gourmet meal may not come to mind. However, a using a small amount of sun-dried tomatoes adds a burst of flavor to many recipes. Throughout history tomatoes have been featured heavily in Mediterranean cuisine, especially in Greek and Italian cooking where they are the base to a large percentage of traditional savory dishes.

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Aside from being a delicious fruit eaten on its own its very versatile with almost every other vegetable available to man, and sun-dried tomatoes are high in lycopene, antioxidants, and potassium, and vitamins A and C. They’re also low in sodium and calories, and free of saturated fat and cholesterol. Sun-dried tomatoes are lipophilic, which means that cooking them with some fat, like olive oil, actually increases their nutritional value.

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But where did the sun-dried tomato originate?

If you said Italy you are correct, Italians dried tomatoes on their tile roofs for use during the winter months when tomatoes were not readily available and before modern canning methods. However sun drying is one of mankind’s oldest preservation methods as evidence shows that Middle East and oriental cultures actively dried foods as early as 12,000 B.C. in the hot sun. To survive ancient man had to harness nature. In frozen climates man froze seal meat on the ice. In tropical climates the sun was used to dry foods.

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American Indians smoked fish and meat, this was an important part of their diet and survival.

During World Wars I and II many foods were dehydrated to develop lightweight, nutritious, stable foods for the military.

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Sun-dried Tomatoes have enjoyed a popularity boost in the United States since the 80’s, initially used in gourmet dishes it quickly became a favorite pantry staple for home cooks being added to everything, salads, soups, dips to name a few. Sun-dried tomatoes are easy to use and really bring a punch of deliciousness to any dish.

So Let Sun-dried Tomatoes Take A Leading Role In Your Next Dish

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Ingredients:

 

2 lb chicken breast; boneless, skinless cut into 1/2 inch pieces

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1 package 3-4 oz sun-dried tomatoes

2 Tbsp olive oil

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3 large garlic cloves, finely minced

2 tablespoon fresh basil

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1 cup half and half

1 cup mozzarella cheese, shredded

1/2 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese

1/2 cup freshly grated Asiago cheese

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12 oz rigatoni pasta

3/4-1 cup reserved cooked pasta water

1-2 tsp red pepper flakes, to taste.

2 tsp fresh cracked black pepper

paprika lightly sprinkled over chicken before cooking

salt, to taste

 

Directions:

 

Julienne slice sun-dried tomatoes and mince garlic; set aside.

Cut chicken into 1/2 inch chunks and season with salt, pepper and lightly sprinkle with paprika; set aside.

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Bring a large pot of water to a rapid boil, add salt and cook pasta according to instructions. Before draining pasta reserve some of the pasta water.

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Using a large deep pan or skillet over high heat add oil and then sauté garlic and sun-dried tomatoes in 2 oil for a couple of minutes or until garlic is lightly browned.

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Add chicken and cook on high heat for 2-3 minute on each side.

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Add half and half

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and each of cheeses to the skillet and cook over medium high heat until the cheeses start to melt and begins to bubble.

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Reduce to simmer and cook, constantly stirring, until a creamy sauce forms.

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Add cooked pasta to the skillet and stir to combine.

Now start to add about 1/2 cup of the pasta water you reserved as by now he sauce has thickened, add more pasta water till you reach the desired thickness.

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Add crushed red pepper flakes and season to taste with salt and pepper.

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Did I mention I made this same dish but with sausage instead of chicken?

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Follow this link to sausage goodness…

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