It is official that it is Christmas time, when Peter comes home :)
When I see this commercial it just makes me smile--I just always remember it on every Christmas--so the saying was always ,when Peter comes home, we know it is Christmas...LOL
I had to wait for Kevin to come home, to get it home in his truck though. Isn't it beautiful. I am going to use it in my dining room as a mini-hutch or *Pie Safe* I am thinking of adding a shelf or two in the inside--I am just so thrilled with this. When I was looking at a little shop here in Town, they had one similar for 250.00--which was way over my budget.
When I got home yesterday, I used this spray cleaner to do my closet mirror doors, I can not believe how clean and clear they look--beautiful!
So when I get home today, I am going to wipe down every mirror and glass I have. It smells good too.
I also picked up four renuzit apple and cinnamon air fresheners and put them all over the house, and one lavender in my bathroom.
Dinner will be something with ground beef, since that is what I have in the fridge and it must be used.
3 pints grape or cherry tomatoes
4 tablespoons EVOO - Extra Virgin Olive Oil, divided
Salt and ground black pepper
6 slices bacon
1 pound whole wheat penne pasta
1 pound boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cut into bite-sized pieces
2 avocados, pitted and diced
2 cloves garlic, grated or finely chopped
A few dashes hot sauce
4 to 5 scallions, thinly sliced on a bias
1 cup blue cheese crumbles
1/4 cup (about a handful) fresh basil, chopped
1/4 cup (about a handful) flat-leaf parsley, chopped
Yields: 4 servings
Preheat an oven to 400ºF. Place a large pot of salted water over high heat to boil.
Scatter the tomatoes onto a baking sheet and drizzle with about 2 tablespoons EVOO and some salt and pepper. Toss lightly to coat and roast them in the hot oven until they burst open and are tender, 12-15 minutes.
Place the bacon on a broiler pan and transfer to the oven as well. Cook until crispy, about 15 minutes.
While the tomatoes and bacon are in the oven, drop the pasta in the boiling water and cook to al dente according to package directions. When the pasta is ready, reserve a large mug of the starchy cooking water and then drain the pasta and return it to the pot it was cooked in.
While the pasta is cooking, season chicken pieces with salt and ground black pepper. Heat a large skillet with one turn of the pan of EVOO, add the chicken and sauté until golden brown and cooked through, about 6 minutes.
While the chicken is cooking, scoop the avocado flesh into a small bowl and squeeze the juice of the lemon over it, tossing to coat.
When the chicken is finished cooking, add garlic to the pan, cook for 1 minute, then sprinkle in a few dashes of hot sauce and toss to coat.
In a large serving bowl, mash cooked tomatoes together with scallions, add the pasta water and pasta.
Top with chicken, crumble the cooked bacon over it, and toss with the avocado, blue cheese, basil and parsley.
On here website--she has a little video of making this dish and a better picture of what the finished dish looks like--so click HERE
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