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Project Life December 2014 - create.share.love. Welcome to the last spreads of 2014.

Project Life December 2014 - create.share.love

I'm looking forward to change things up a little bit in 2015 and start a new album. (click photo to enlarge) Week 49: December 1 - December 7 Supplies used: paislee press Journal Cards; This Day in December, Paislee Press; December Faves Notes: I didn't have many photos for this week so I decided to use more filler card and one 6x8 photo on the top right which I cut down to one 4x6 card and two 3x4 cards. Week 50: December 8 - December 14 Supplies used: various cards from past Studio Calico Project Life Kits Notes: Nothing special this week. Week 51: December 15 - December 21 Supplies used: Project Life Midnight Edition, Journaling Cards by BigCityQuiet Notes: The main theme on the photos were some round elements.

14 Simple, Vegetarian Weeknight Dinners. I made the most random dinner out of leftovers last night.

14 Simple, Vegetarian Weeknight Dinners

Sautéed fennel and garlic, leftover linguine, a handful arugula and enough goat cheese to bring it all together. It wasn’t bad. Sometimes, though, I don’t want to chance it—I just want a simple, tried and true dinner that I can serve to friends. I came up with this collection of my favorite, simple, hearty dinner recipes for those nights. By the way, if you appreciate this post, you might also want to bookmark my new “easy weeknight dinners” category, which I’ll be adding recipes to as they are published.

Hope you all enjoy a good dinner tonight! No. 1: Caprese Pasta Salad Hurry, make this one before the good tomatoes are gone! No. 2: Vegetarian Tortilla Soup Gluten free and easily made vegan (skip the feta) Finally! No. 3: Simple Kale and Black Bean Burritos Easily gluten free and/or vegan Spicy kale, black beans and feta are one of my favorite flavor combinations. Spinach, Avocado and Sun-Dried Tomato Home Fries Skillet. Spinach, Avocado and Sun-Dried Tomato Home Fries Skillet is light and healthy yet perfectly filling.

Spinach, Avocado and Sun-Dried Tomato Home Fries Skillet

Enjoy for breakfast or dinner! Did you know hash browns don’t have to come out of a bag? Not that I’m looking down my nose at bagged hash browns. Right now I have approximately five bags of varying quantities hogging precious space in my freezer, half of them congealed into an unusable, impenetrable solid mass thanks to freezer burn. Thanks (for absolutely nothing,) freezer burn! Hash browns are like yogurt, frozen corn, petite diced tomatoes, and wine, if we’re being honest, in that I unnecessarily stock up on them every time I go to the grocery store even though I’ve already got plenty on hand at home. Moral of the story, my kitchen inventory skills are lacking (though I’m not super upset about my wine rack always being adequately stocked!)

I have even more reason to stop buying pre-made hash browns because Ben and I have been cutting our own lately – home fries-style. Chicken Quesadillas. Chicken Quesadillas are absolutely a go-to recipe in our household, but while I’ve made them on my show (and have posted different variations of quesadillas here through the years), I just realized yesterday that I’ve never posted the recipe!

Chicken Quesadillas

I’m organized and on top of things like that. Here it is! Such a simple recipe, but always delicious results. And always very, very family friendly. Start with three boneless, skinless chicken breasts. Sprinkle them generously with whatever you’d like: taco seasoning, Cajun seasoning, or just a mix of chili powder, cumin, seasoned salt, etc. Heat some oil in a skillet over medium to medium-high heat… And cook them on both sides until they’re nice and brown on the surface and totally cooked in the middle. Then remove them from the heat and let them cool slightly.

Next, slice a big, honkin’ onion into thick slices… Then grab a big bell pepper (this one’s from my garden!) And cut it into slices. Grilled eggplant & pesto sandwiches. You probably don’t need a recipe to make a sandwich but I couldn’t help but share this big juicy stack of late-summer grilled veggies.

grilled eggplant & pesto sandwiches

I rarely make sandwiches these days, (mostly because I live in the town of tacos)… but these simply grilled eggplant slices were just begging to be put between bread and slathered with arugula-walnut pesto. I piled on some roasted peppers and fresh mozzarella. Sub avocado for the cheese if you’re vegan. Then get out the napkins because things are gonna get messy! You can assemble your sandwich like I did, or put the ingredients on a platter so everyone can make whatever combo they like. For further instruction, I made this animated gif for you. Grilled eggplant & pesto sandwiches Slice your eggplant and arrange the slices in one layer on a plate. If you make this, let us see!

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