Saturday, March 11, 2006

Rona's Recipe Pick for March - Greek Grilled Chicken and Vegetable Salad with Warm Pita Bread

My husband and teenage son absolutely loved this one! I felt great about serving it because it includes vegetables. We'll be having this again.
Greek Grilled Chicken and Vegetable Salad with Warm Pita Bread for Wrapping - Rachel Ray

1 1/3 to 1 1/2 pounds chicken breast tenders, 2 packages from meat case
Salt and pepper
8 pita breads
1 ripe lemon, zested and juiced
3 tablespoon red wine vinegar, eyeball it
1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil, eyeball it
2 tablespoons fresh chopped oregano, 4 stems, stripped of leaves and chopped
3 cloves garlic, chopped
2 hearts Romaine lettuce, chopped
1/2 cup pitted Kalamata olives, coarsely chopped
8 ounces feta cheese, crumbled
2 vine ripe tomatoes, seeded and diced
1/3 seedless or English cucumber, diced
1/2 red onion, chopped
1/2 cup flat leaf parsley leaves, a couple of handfuls, chopped

Preheat grill pan over high heat. Place chicken in shallow dish and season with salt and pepper.

Preheat oven to 275 degrees F. Wrap pita breads in foil. Place in warm oven and heat until dinner is served.

Combine lemon zest, juice and vinegar in a bowl and whisk in oil. Add oregano, garlic and whisk again to combine into dressing. Pour half the dressing over chicken tenders. Turn tenders in dressing to coat.

Combine remaining salad ingredients in a bowl. Pour remaining dressing over salad and toss well. The salad should be very lightly dressed. Season salad with salt and pepper and transfer to a large serving platter.

Grill tenders 4 to 5 minutes on each side. Transfer hot tenders to the salad lined serving platter. Remove pitas from oven and unwrap. Cut pitas in half and arrange around the edge of platter.

To serve, each person can pile grilled chicken and veggies into pita halves, wrap up on either side and enjoy!

Friday, March 10, 2006

Watch a Movie with Your Hubby This Weekend - Share the Benefits

The Case for Chick Flicks

The popcorn is popped, the lights are dimmed. Now you and your spouse just have to agree on the movie. If you're locked in a heated debate over the merits of Jarhead versus In Her Shoes, go with the sentimental choice, says Oliver Schultheiss, professor of psychology at the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor. According to a recent study, watching romantic movies can actually bring couples together.

Men and women who watched a romantic film experienced an increase of more than 10 percent in their levels of the hormone progesterone, which is associated with a subconscious urge to be close, researchers found. On the flip side, a movie like The Godfather can alter testosterone and dampen loving feelings.

"When you're watching movies, your hormones are responding as well as your mind," Schultheiss says. Sharing a romantic film is the perfect way to get cozy.

Rona's Pick for Best American History Website - 'America's Story'

Visit America's Story from American Library website for more fun facts and pictures.

This website offers your student fun and educational way to learn more about American History courtesy of The Library of Congress.

Amazing Americans allows you to learn more tidpits about politicans, performers, inventors and other people who made a contribution to our country. Don't forget to play the Dynamite President game!

Jump Back in Time allows you to get a peak into in American history. They can even see what history occurred on their birthday!

Explore the States lets you learn more about each state. Check out the Treasure Hunt.

Join America at Play is where you'll discover more about America's hobbies, pastimes and sports.

See, Hear and Sing is just the place to listen to a movie, hear a song or listen to a tone.

You'll want to bookmark this site because you'll be visiting often!

Thursday, March 09, 2006

Creative Table Centerpieces - HomeMade Simple

Visit HomeMade Simple website for a fun spring article on creative table centerpieces. You'll have your pick from book lovers, fruit and candy themes.

The HomeMade Simple e-newsletter offers you organizing skills, recipes, outdoor fun, giveaways, coupons and more, each month. And best of all, it's free. Just click here to sign up.

San Diego Latino Film Festival - March 9-19

This annual film festival features more than 100 film screenings that celebrate the best in Latino cinema from around the world. Other activities will include concerts, art exhibits, festive galas and educational workshops.

Visit San Diego website for a complete list of films, show times and admission prices. The festival starts on March 9 through March 19.

Wednesday, March 08, 2006

Ergonomics and the Home Office

Just because you work at home doesn't mean that you should ignore ergonomics. Matter of fact, by not addressing using proper equipment and tips you could find yourself suffering from chronic pain and permanent injury.

Since I suffer from chronic neck, back pain and bilateral carpal tunnel I decided invest in my health, to avoid further injury. The following are my favorite ergonomic picks!

I purchased a pair of Smart Gloves at our local office store for $19.95. These gloves provide extra support to my hands while I still have flexibility for typing and writing. I find them easy to pull on and off, comfortable and must have. My pair even have 'comfort beads' that are located in the lower palm. They provide the correct height for my hands.

My chair was purchased from PB (see the picture) The Perforated Airgo Chair provides me with great back support. The material breathes so I'm comfortable during the summer months. The handbars are padded for comfort and support. I also find that I have plenty of elbow room. The metal base has rolling casters and are height adjustable. (a must have) Oh, I cannot forget to tell you about the colors. You can match your room decor or just be fun and crazy. (no more boring office black)

The Logitech Optical Marble Mouse was purchased at my local Office Depot. It took a little while for me to get used to but I love it now. I find the marble less stressful, for navigating, with my carpal tunnel hand.

For more ergonomic tips and equipment, stop by Home . Safe Computing website offers several ergonomic exercises.

And don't forget to take a 5 minute break every 30 minutes, to stretch and walk around. Your body and mind will thank you.

Tuesday, March 07, 2006

Stain Removal 101 - Checklist Please

When my husband was working for Hilton Hotels,in security, he was required to wear a suit and tie. His dress shirts really took a beating with pen marks and ring around the collar. I eventually broke down and purchased Martha Stewart's Laundry 101 guide. In it there's a Stain Removal First Aid Chart.

I actually made copies for my girlfriends. Once the word got out I even started receiving request for additional ones.

If you are in need, click here. You can download the chart and post it in your laundry room. You'll also find a handy list of stain removal supplies.

Monday, March 06, 2006

San Diego National College Fair - Don't Miss It

San Diego county homebased learners shouldn't miss the San Diego National College Fair on April 20, at the San Diego Convention Center. This promises to be a huge event with individual college representatives available to answer all your questions. There will also be workshops that offer tips on preparing, applying, and getting into the college of your choice.

Don't forget to stop by the National Association of College Admission Counseling website. There's free literature, frequently asked questions and more.

The College Fair is free and open from 5:30pm to 8:30pm. Visit the San Diego Convention Center website for driving directions.

Sunday, March 05, 2006

And The Winner Is - 'Marcus and Me' & 'Berrymorin Bits and Tips' Blogs February Drawing

I have drawn and verified February's winner of a Country Bunny Bath & Body Pearberry Lotion Bar.....Godfrey Homestead Blog!

If you would like to be entered in March's Drawing for a Country Bunny Bath & Body Lavender & Eucalyptus Body Spritzer/Linen Spray, 9 ounces just leave a comment at 'Marcus and Me' or 'Berrymorin Bits and Tips blogs. You receive additional entries for every comment.

Besides being a great, refreshing body spray, I use these for freshing up our linens, rugs and couch. (always do a fabric test before using)

Feel free to browse at my online store.

DIY 2006 Great Garage Giveaway Sweepstakes

Click here to enter the DIY 2006 Great Garage Giveaway Sweepstakes today. You could wind $50,0000 and a 2006 GMC Sierra 1500 Crew Cab. Deadline is March 21. Good luck!

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