Monday, June 22, 2009

Monday's Recipe

Wagon Wheel Pasta

This is such a whimsical-looking mix, it’s bound to lure most any diner. It features ruote, a wagon wheel-shaped pasta, multicolored veggies and a snowfall of grated cheese.

The recipe is adapted from one that a friend shared with me years ago; you are welcome to adapt it further, as I do almost every time I make it--it’s just that kind of recipe. If I’m serving it as a main course, for example, I might stir in some slivered Organic Prairie Pepperoni Slices or cooked Italian Chicken Sausage rounds.

Servings: 8


2 ounces sun-dried tomatoes, soaked in hot water 20 minutes and cut into slivers
1/2 cup coarsely chopped imported black olives
1/2 cup each diced sweet red and green bell pepper
1/2 cup finely chopped fennel bulb
1/2 cup finely diced red onion
zest and juice of 1 lemon
1 1/2 tablespoons minced garlic, mashed to a paste
1 1/2 cups Newman's Own Organic Lighten Up Light Organic Balsamic Vinaigrette Dressing (or to taste)
1 pound ruote (“wagon wheels”) pasta
1 package (6 ounces) Organic Valley Italian Blend Shredded Cheese
1/2-3/4 cup Organic Valley Shredded Parmesan, divided
1/4 cup chopped fresh basil
Several whole basil leaf clusters


1. Combine tomato slivers, olives, bell peppers, fennel, onion, lemon zest and juice, garlic and dressing in a large bowl; let stand 2-3 hours, stirring occasionally.

2. Cook pasta in lots of boiling, salted water until just tender; let stand for several minutes to drain well. Toss the still-warm pasta with the dressing-vegetable mixture.

3. Bring to room temperature, stirring occasionally. Stir in Italian Blend Cheese, half the Parmesan and the chopped basil. Just before serving, sprinkle with remaining Parmesan and garnish with basil clusters.

Copyright by Terese Allen

Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Cool New Onesies - Limited Time!

Check out these amazing onesies "Peacful Patriot" and "Wind Power". We just love Ire Star products and are so excited to offer you these awesome onesies from their organic baby clothing line for the smallest fashion fanatics! These onesies are only available for a limited time. To make it even better they are being offered at only $26 ( reg. $30). Cool organic onesies at a great price - what could be better than that?

This is what Ire Star has to say about their organics:

"Welcome to the line of organic cotton baby clothing by Irie Star! We've created a sweet and funky line of ecological baby shirts for the smallest fashion fanatics.

We use sustainable, clean, organic fibers for these shirts because we believe your baby should have a pure, healthy start in life. Not only that, but organic farming leaves the world green for their generation, and generations after that. That's pretty positive.

All shirts are designed and ethically made in the USA. Each shirt comes boxed for easy gifting."

Remember, these new onesies are only available for a limited time sooooo....HAPPY SHOPPING!

Monday, June 1, 2009

Cleaning Baby's Nursery

Instead of our usual Monday Recipe that you all have become accustomed to, we decided to throw in this helpful article and "mix it up" a little!

Check back next week for another new Recipe!

As important as cleaning your kitchen and bathroom your baby''s nursery should be top on your list of cleanliness.

In your baby''s nursery is an important room to keep clean. This simple list will help you keep on track with the basic cleaning details for baby''s room.

We spend hours and lots of money making sure this room is a haven for our special little ones, take the time to make sure it stays that way.

Use this simple baby nursery cleaning list to ensure your little one''s surroundings are taken care of.

With the hectic daily care of a baby you''re often left with little time to clean. Do your best to try and find a spare 5 minutes daily to keep the nursery a clean nurturing place.

In wiping down your baby''s room make sure you are using a non-toxic cleaner for. There are some great ones on the market that take care of odors and disinfect.

Daily -

For very young babies change the mattress sheet daily or every few days. Leaky diapers and other accidents are common and expected so be prepared to clear them up fast. Have several crib sheets for quick changes. Keep baby''s mattress fresh. If the mattress is not of the waterproof kind, purchase a couple of mattress covers so you can rotate these also. If you mattress itself is the waterproof kind wipe it down with non-toxic cleaner each time you change it. Takes just a few seconds and clears up anything that may have leaked through.

Change out the diaper pail and wipe it down with a non-toxic odor eliminating cleaner. If you don''t do it daily do it several times a week. A few minutes airing in the out of doors is a good idea also.

Air the room with the windows open for about 15 minutes. Try to do this in the morning.

You may need to do laundry daily with a small baby. Or at least several times a week.

Straighten toys and belongings. Put away clean clothing.

If you travel daily check diaper bag and restock. If not save this for once a week. A diaper bag list is a great idea to keep from leaving anything behind.

Weekly -

Dust baby''s room. A simple damp rag will do the job. Add a drop of lavender essential oil for a calming scent through the room.

Wash baby blankets.

Vacuum floor.

Wipe down changing table with a non-toxic disinfecting cleaner.

Monthly -

If you have curtains wash them. Don''t put dry clean only in baby''s room. Clean windows.

Wash baby''s bath toys. A quick swish in dish washing soap. Wash out baby''s bath tub.

Wipe out diaper bag. Spills can happen.


Vacuum under baby''s furniture.

Clean out baby''s closet.

Baby will be a year before you know it and helping you clean shortly after that.

Use this simple cleaning list to keep baby''s room in top order.

Lists are the best way to stay organized. For a simply lovely way to stay organized see Household Notes .For more on cleaning your home visit Homemaking Organized
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