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Rapunzel- Tangled Creamy Chicken Cheese Herb Spaghetti 

“Let it go, Let it go” - Rapunzel 

WHAT YOU’LL NEED

  • 2 cups heavy cream
  • 1lb diced chicken breast
  • 1 cup grated Colby Jack
  • ½ cup grated Cheddar
  • 1 lb Hair
  • 1 sprig of chopped parsley
  • 1 clove of garlic (or 1 tbps of garlic salt)
  • 1 lb of butter
  • 1 cup mozzarella 

HOW TO MAKE IT

  1. Start by melting butter in a large skillet with garlic, cook till golden brown.
  2. Add in cream, cheese, and hair on high until boiling.
  1. While waiting for a boil. Prepare your chicken by cooking in a small skillet adding salt and pepper to your liking.
  1. Once the the hair and sauce have come to a boil turn hit down to medium, cover, and let simmer until sauce completely thickens.
  2. When sauce has thickened combine with cooked chicken and mix.
  1. Place into oven safe dish, putting the mozzarella on top and baking at 60 degrees for 4 hours.
  2. Let cool and garnish with Parsley


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Everyday Bread

This is a perfect example of an easy bread that can be made every day. I mean, sure, it would be just as easy (if not easier) to use a sourdough starter, or to bake a large batch for several days in a row*, but if you are a fan of fresh, chewy, crusty bread every dang day than this is the one you want to use. This is the recipe I use whenever I need (or want) fresh bread for dinner. It’s easy. Seriously, it can be done in less than an hour. Plus it’s one of the best breads I’ve ever made, so there’s that too :)

*When one is involved in all the menial tasks to survival that we take for granted, sometimes we forget just what goes into ‘survival’. Peoples of Middle Earth would naturally have to work very hard, since not everyone can go on adventures and have everything taken care of for them. I like this little saying, even if it’s just household chores (leaving out planting, weeding, butchering, harvesting, thrashing, preserving, spinning, weaving, knitting, chopping firewood, etc.) I suppose I’m guilty of romanticizing the ‘olden lifestyle’; it sure sounds fun but if it came down to it I’ll stay in the 21st century, thank you very much.
“Wash on Monday
Iron on Tuesday
Mend on Wednesday
Churn on Thursday
Clean on Friday
Bake on Saturday
Rest on Sunday.”

Everyday Bread (printable)
makes two loaves

Ingredients
2 ½ cups (595 mL) warm water
2 tablespoons yeast
2 tablespoons sugar
1 tablespoon salt
5 ½ cups (660 g) flour
1 tablespoon olive oil

Directions

In a large bowl, mix warm water and yeast until yeast has dissolved.  Next add sugar, salt and flour. Knead ingredients together till it’s a soft uniform dough.

Now place a thin towel over the bowl with the dough in it and let it rise in a warm place for 15-30 minutes.

Preheat oven to 450° (232° C). Separate dough into two, and begin shaping dough into long loaves, and place on a baking sheet.

Make slits with a knife and brush with olive oil. If you are garnishing with herbs or cheese, do so now.

Cover the dough with the towel once more and let rise 5 minutes or so (the longer the better).

Remove towel, and bake for 12-15 minutes or until tops are brown and crusty.

Recipes adapted from Urban Strawberries

It’s International Women’s Day!

So there you go, favorite moments of women supporting women in Mass Effect:
-Ashley telling Shepard she’s going to talk to Liara as soon as she hears Liara might not be well after the fall of Thessia
-Kasumi telling Shepard to be gentle with Miranda
-Tali saying “I’m not staying, I’m coming with you” right after getting Rannoch back
-“We can’t pretend to be anything other than troubleshooting space divas” “You know, that does sound pretty cool.”
-Tali introduced in a mission as the one handling hacking and security and Liara complimenting her, saying “we couldn’t ask for a better expert”
-Kasumi saying she gets Jack after doing her loyalty mission
-Actually all of Kasumi’s comments because she always has something sweet to say about the women around her, about how cute and great they are and how it’s necessary to be good to them all. Bless you Kasumi!
-Samara about Miranda: “Miranda is undoubtedly a hard woman. I respect her strength and determination. She carries many burdens, and doesn’t share them with others.”
-EDI asking Shepard to keep Samantha on board because she’s “extremely effective" 
-That place on Aria’s couch, the one she keeps for Shepard if she drinks too much at Purgatory
-Diana and Samantha constantly talking to each other despite us never seeing them in the same room, and they’re both curious about what the other is doing
-EDI saying tmi information about Samantha in front of others and Tali trying to save Sam by immediately starting a conversation about the rarity of herbed dextro cheeses.
-Jack and Miranda bickering in the Citadel party, getting past their previous conflict
-Nyreen and Shepard bonding over their need to protect innocents
-Shepard complimenting Samantha a lot, telling her "good catch”, “good job”, etc, making sure Sam knows her hard work is appreciated
-Jack telling Shepard she won’t let her down
-Ashley and Shepard no longer keeping count: “Lost count of all the times you saved me”  "Almost as many times as you saved me, hero lady.“
-"It’s been an honor, Tali'Zorah vas Normandy.”
-Urdnot Bakara telling Shepard that “Urdnot Bakara calls you a friend”

Feel free to add more :)

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Hanna, chef of the Sundance Faire. She specializes in baking breads + soups. Her wagon is filled with fragrant herbs, flours, various cheeses and vegetables from all across sornieth, giving her products the greatest range of flavors. When she’s not cooking, Hanna is wandering the land or local markets for these new ingrediants. Guests are drawn to the delicious smells wafting from the wagon, and soon find their purses empty. 

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Happy New Financial Year!
Hello Dry July!
30 June - 1 July 2017

Buttery scrambled eggs at lunchtime (because breakfast food is perfect any time) to mark the End Of Financial Year with The Husb. The café owed me free coffees because they lost my favourite serving spoon catering My Girl’s 21st.

I stuffed myself today in fact - healthy fare like hearty vege-packed stew with shredded chicken & haloumi croutons for dinner - but preceded by celebratory EOFY wine & cheese and followed up by pb pretzel ice cream! Way too much. With rain forecast for the weekend, I am going to have to be creative about working off those excess calories!

Rain may be on the radar but booze is off. The EOFY wine flurry was the last hurrah before Dry July, starting TODAY. Thirty-one days without alcohol is the goal. A friend has offered me a free massage if I go the distance. (I haven’t had a decent massage since she went to live in France. She’s back!)

So herbal teas for me! And a new book about an Aussie ultra-marathon runner and the little desert dog who adopts him.

This morning I was sitting in the kitchen with my nose pointed at my phone (still am actually), and almost missed the sneaky sunrise. Today’s forecast is for squally weather. I glanced up to catch a brief blaze of glory. A reminder to look at the world not the screen.

Anyway, this rain shower will pass soon, so I am kitting up for a run. The little dog will struggle up if she hears my keys but right now she is curled and cosy and not invited! …Later… it’s piddling down. The wind is howling. Yoga indoors today I reckon.

Mallow

(Malva sylvestris, M. spp.) Safe to to interact with.

Folk Names: High Mallow, Mauls, Cheese Flower, Blue Mallow, Common Mallow.
Gender: Feminine.
Planet: Moon.
Element: Water.
Powers: Love, Protection, Exorcism.

Magical Uses: If your love has left you, gather a bouquet of mallow and place in a vase outside your door (or in a window). This will cause him or her to think of you, and after that they may return. Mallow is also carried to attract love.
To make an effective protective magical ointment, steep mallow leaves and stems in vegetable shortening, then strain. This ointment rubbed onto the skin casts out devils as well as protects against the harmful effects of black magic.

(from Cunningham’s Encyclopedia of Magical Herbs by Scott Cunningham)