Wednesday, August 22, 2012

In With the Old

If you know me or you have been reading my blog for a while you know that the husband and I just took over (and are getting close to finishing small remodels in) my mom's house.  In addition to taking over the house; my mom, sister and I went through all the stuff my mom had collected over the years.  We did what my mom refers to as "the big clean out".  This clean out included things she inherited from her parents, my dad's parents and all of their parents.  In turn, my sister and I have now inherited all of these items.  My mom complained a lot during the clean out, but we were very happy she was here with us for it.  It is nice to inherit things and not be in mourning; plus my mom is here to enjoy all the new uses I am finding for all of these old antique items that are new to me.

I have been wanting a ring holder for the kitchen.  I don't know about you, but when the going gets messy I like to keep my rings out of it.  Well, I found these two small silver dishes....I guess you would call them my antique stash and last night I polished them up.

The little round one will serve as a ring holder in the kitchen.  It is small enough to fit on the ledge near the sink.  Perfect way to avoid this:

Look at that beautiful granite!  ;)

They both polished up pretty well.  The larger dish will go on my dressing table which is kind of cool since I am pretty sure this dish was my grandmother's and the dressing table was the husband's grandmother's.

Love this little has tiny feet on the bottom.

I can't think of a relative with a W name and I have no idea what they did in '62 to have this little dish made, but a W really works for me.  :)

Needs a little more elbow grease, but it will be pretty!

Dinner last night was a mix of all the produce and a couple of freezer items that needed to go, you could say it was somewhat of an antique as well (nice transition, right?).  I made angel hair primavera.  The angel hair I found in the freezer along with a half bag of edamame.  The rest of the veggies were what was left of the produce I bought during the last grocery store trip.  On a side note we went to the grocery store after dinner last night so no need to worry about my fresh vegetable intake for the rest of the week.

This was super easy and it made our dinner and two lunch leftover portions.  I had two cups for dinner last night, but will only have 1 1/2 cup servings for lunches.
  • tons of fresh chopped garlic (I like tons...if you do not, feel free to cut back)
  • 1 onion, sliced thin
  • 1 bell pepper, sliced
  • garlic salt, to taste
  • 1 cup frozen edamame, thawed
  • 2 cups cherry tomato, whole
  • 3 cups fresh spinach
  • 3 teaspoons extra virgin olive oil
  • pepper, to taste
  • 1 package fresh angel hair pasta
  • 1/8 cup chicken stock (more if you need it)
  • 2 stems green onion, sliced thin
  • 6 tablespoons reduced fat feta

Add one teaspoon olive oil, onion and bell pepper to a large non-stick skillet (preferably one with a lid).  Sprinkle veggies with garlic salt and cover to saute.  While the veggies are getting started fill a large pasta pot with water and begin to bring it to a boil, once the water begins to boil remember to add a little salt.

Saute veggies until the onion is translucent and the pepper is tender.  Add in a little of the chicken stock, edamame and cherry tomatoes and keep sauteing.  Once the water is at a rolling boil add the pasta and give it a stir so it does not stick together.  While you are waiting for the pasta to come back to a boil toss your spinach in with your veggies to wilt.  The fresh pasta cooks quickly...angel hair only takes 1 - 2 minutes so you have to be quick with your juggling here so you do not overcook your pasta...while the pasta boils add your green onion to your veggie mix. 

Drain your pasta, toss with remaining two teaspoons of olive oil and sauteed veggies.  Serve topped with pepper and 1 1/2 tablespoons of reduced fat feta.

This dinner was a serious hit with me for what little planning it took and how much I got to clear out of my fridge and freezer making it.  Mmmm...I am already looking forward to lunch.

Today will mark my third lunch time gym trip this week.  Woohoo!  I got a new lock for my locker room locker.  It is fancy.

Yes, being purple makes it fancy.

 Happy Wednesday!  How is your week going?


  1. I love reading about your adventures, and that dish sounds yummy! I've been doing some 'clean out' 'of my own, need to get motivated to get back to it!

    1. This dish was yummy! I want to make it every time I clean out! LOL


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