7.31.2009

goodies :) + a coupon for a cause!

So, this week my tub arrived from Tara's giveaway that I won!! It is absolutely beautiful!! Kim, at the Scarlett Boutique, did a GREAT job! There was also a fun little neck tie for Elton in the tub! He was so excited and he didn't even mind wearing it for several hours. So sweet of Tara & Sadie to think of Elton too :)




Elton in his tie :)

*Remember, you can still vote for Elton in his photo contest by clicking here :)

On Monday night, hubby and I went and had sushi at our favorite sushi place. We also splurged and had dessert. I honestly think this is THE best dessert in town. If you have an "In The Raw" sushi restaurant close to you, I HIGHLY recommend going and getting the chocolate gateau! It is baked and has warm chocolate coming out of the middle... YUM

On Wednesday night, I made turkey and rice stuffed red peppers! My husband and brother thought they turned out great! Here is the recipe and two pics I snapped.

Serves/Makes: 4

Ingredients:
4 red bell peppers, tops, ribs and seeds removed
1/2 pound ground turkey breast
1 cup cooked brown rice
1 small onion, finely chopped
1 garlic clove, peeled and minced
1/2 cup canned black beans, rinsed and drained
1/2 cup corn fresh, canned, or thawed frozen
1/4 cup flat-leaf parsley, finely minced
1 teaspoon dried oregano
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
2 tablespoons Parmesan cheese, grated
2 tablespoons bread crumbs, preferably whole-grain

Directions:
Preheat the oven to 400.

Taking care not to make any holes, cut a very thin slice off the bottom of each bell pepper, just enough to help them stand straight and solidly. Set aside.

For the filling, in a large bowl combine the turkey, rice, onion, garlic, corn, parsley, oregano, salt and pepper. Add beans, mixing in lightly with a fork so beans aren't mashed. Set aside.

Divide the filling into four portions, packing each pepper with the mixture, mounding any extra at the top. Place stuffed peppers in a baking dish just large enough to hold them. Pour in 1 cup of water. Cover the dish with foil and bake in the center of the oven for 40 minutes.

In the meantime, combine cheese with the breadcrumbs in a small bowl. After 40 minutes of baking, uncover peppers. Sprinkle cheese/crumb mixture over top of each pepper. Continue baking the peppers, uncovered, 15 to 20 minutes or until the peppers are soft when pierced with a knife but not collapsing. Let set until cool enough to eat, about 10 to 20 minutes; serve.

***I changed up the process a bit because I thought it would be quicker. I cooked the ground turkey in a skillet then added the other ingredients. I boiled the peppers on the stove as well. Once I stuffed them, I put the cheese and bread crumbs on top and broiled them for a few minutes in the oven! (I also did not put as much oregano as it called for..not a HUGE fan of a lot..)

Nutritional Info Per Serving: 249 cals, 5 g. total fat (2 g. sat fat), 505 mg. sod, 31 g. carb, 19 g. protein, 6 g. dietary fiber

This recipe from CDKitchen.com.

The stuffing
The finished product!

I'm very happy today is FRIDAY :) We are planning to have another relaxing weekend! Tonight, hubby and I are going to some friends, Judd & Kristen's, for dinner and to hang out. Tomorrow morning hubby is going to golf for a bit and I am going to help/hang with some friends who are having a garage sale. Tomorrow night, hubby and I are going to watch Lucy for a few hours while her mom and dad go to a wedding. That will be fun! :)

Anyone doing anything exciting this weekend? I cannot believe tomorrow is the first day of AUGUST! Where does time go?

If you need anything from The Gap, Banana & Old Navy you can click here to get a 30% off coupon. It is is only good until August 2nd. The best part about this is 5% of it goes to The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.

have a good weekend!

xoxo ~ Megan


37 comments :

  1. Oh my word...love the neck tie!! ITR is my fave...several weeks ago they had a banana cream cheesecake...it blew my socks off it was so good!

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  2. Elton in his tie just KILLS me - he is so cute!

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  3. I love the Tub, i was thinking about getting one...

    The neck tie is too cute. I don't think my dog would leave it on for a second.

    Hope you have a great weekend.

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  4. I am so going to have to try to start being brave and experiment with recipes and will DEFINITELY have to try this. Looks sooo yummy! And how cute is that tub, and even cuter is Elton in that tie, LOVE IT!! :)

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  5. Ha, that little tie looks so dang cute on him, handsome little devil!

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  6. That neck tie is so Adorable. He is a such a cutie. I hope he wins (I voted)

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  7. The bucket turned out so cute! Elton looks adorable in his neck tie! Ty will love that recipe. I will have to make it for him soon.

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  8. girly I love stuffed peppers and I'll have to try this one- I'll give you my recipe for mine too.. that is if you like feta!

    That tie is AWESOME!!!!

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  9. Awe so cute!! I love Elton's tie!!! So nice!

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  10. Megan, Elton is so cute! I might have to introduce Punkin' to this fine young man!

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  11. I honestly don't know what is cuter - the tub or Elton in the tie. I love, love, love him! I wish we lived closer b/c Coco could totally date him - ha!

    Have a great weekend! The husband gets home in a few hours, so we're just going to hang out this weekend!

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  12. That tub is adorable and the necktie on your doggy is just the cutest thing!

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  13. Aww gosh! I love the tie on your dog! So sweet!!

    & that dinner looks great! I may be making it tomorrow night! My mom always made that growing up! It rocks!

    xoxo

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  14. That tub is too cute! And look at Elton in his tie!! Precious! My dogs would have torn that up in less than 2 seconds... Monsters.

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  15. Elton looks so cute in his tie!!! I voted for him! :)

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  16. All the girl doggies are going to be chasing hunky Elton around with that neck tie on!

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  17. The tub is precious!!

    And so is Elton, but DUH. :)

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  18. Fun little thing for you on my blog. Sorry, I know I've been tagging you a lot lately! Just love your blog. :)

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  19. the tub is adorable!
    elton is a cutie pie (i voted for him!)
    the peppers look delish!!
    have a fab weekend beauty!

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  20. Those peppers look and sound good! I might actually have to give these a try!

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  21. Elton looks like a stud in his tie! U make me crave ITR!! I didn't take u for a stuffed bell pepper liker- impressed!

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  22. Love the tin... so cute! The stuffed peppers look SO good. I make dinner for my grandparents sometimes b/c they aren't doing well. My grandpaw had been requesting stuffed peepers. I'll have to try this recipe! Thanks.

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  23. Holy cow, your puppy is sooooo cute!!!

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  24. That tub is the CUTEST thing! Off to vote for your pup now :-)

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  25. i am so jealous of your bucket!!! and elton looks so handsome!!!

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  26. That tie is just too adorable for words!! Doesn't he look like the dapper little gentleman. ;) lol.

    And I LOVE stuffed red peppers. I have a recipe too I could give you, if you like couscous and feta!

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  27. That's my FAV dessert in town, too!! Love love love it! And I think I'm going to steal (1) the peanut butter balls recipe from the other day AND (2) this stuffed peppers recipe!! :) Loving the little neck tie!!!

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  28. I'm loving the necktie! I gotta get one for Sammy! So cute!

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  29. There are no words for how adorable Elton is in that tie!! I LOVE ITR, it's the best! I've never had dessert there though, I'll have to try it. Thanks for the recipe, looks awesome!

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  30. I love that tub, I am going to have to visit her site!! It's so cute and those stuffed peppers looks yummy!! I think they are fun to make!!

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  31. OH MY WORD! that tie is adorable on him! And you are so very welcome! I am glad you love it!

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  32. Love the tub and the tie is super cute on Elton

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  33. I just bought a tub just like that for luciana's infant toys, check back later this week i'll post a pic. I love your personalized one! Thank-you for that recipe too, my husband will love it!

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  34. that tub is adorable! i just have a plain silver one, but now i think i'll paint it!!!

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  35. I'm making these for dinner tonight :) your recipe popped into my head!!
    happy friday girly!
    kate

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