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Baked Cod with Sauteed Greens

The other night I was cooking dinner and while standing at the stove I noticed I was talking to myself, explaining the steps of the recipe I was making.  I immediately smacked myself in the head and ran to get my camera, all the while telling myself that this dinner would make a great blog post.  I Baked Cod with Sauteed Greens tell you this so that you'll understand why the format of this post is different from my usual recipes.  This is a spontaneous post, but the recipe is definitely well thought out and delicious.  You definitely should make it.  Today. This is a perfect recipe for spring.  It is light and healthy, just what we are looking for this time of year.  Additionally, you'll find this is a very easy recipe to pull together with limited time and very few ingredients.  Are you ready to get started?  Since this is a two-part recipe we'll start with the greens. Sauteed Greens Serves 4 Kale 1 large bunch of kale 4 cups baby spinach 1/2 large onio

My Powder Room Remodel: Part 2

I posted about my powder room remodel project a couple of weeks ago and since then have been asked about the specifics of the products used.  Today's post will share the details of all the products we used to go from... The Old Powder Room to... The New Powder Room The Paint The paint is Behr brand from Home Depot.  The yellow color is Provence Creme , eggshell finish.  The white is Brilliant White, semi-gloss. The Tile 6 x 6 Marazzi Montagna Lugano tile from Home Depot.  It came in multiple versions.  We alternated plain tiles with the fancy, decorative tiles. The Fixtures The toilet and pedestal sink were from the Kohler Memoirs line .  The faucet is Kohler Devonshire . The Mirror The mirror is the Carrabelle 23 inch wide mirror in Glacier White from Home Depot. The Wall Mounted Cabinet The cabinet over the toilet is the Fieldcrest wall cabinet from Target. The Wall Mounted Magazine Rack The magazine rack is also a toilet paper holder.  It is the Ch

No More Bugs!

As the weather heats up the insects are literally crawling out of the woodwork.  Oh, how I hate the bugs.  Don't get me wrong, I know that bugs have a purpose in this world and I applaud that.  What I take issue with is bugs infiltrating my personal space.  Do you feel the same?  If you do, you'll appreciate these tips for getting rid of those pesky pests without the use of harmful insecticides. Kill the Ants I do not like ants.  Period.  I tolerate them outside, but I do not like them.  If they dare enter my home it is war! Yes, You Can Get Rid of Ants! A little Borax, some sugar, some water and lots of patience will rid you of these bothersome invaders. How to Kill Ants Kill the Fruit Flies Spring and summer are the seasons for all kinds of wonderful fruits.  If you are like me you return from your grocery shopping trips with beautiful, ripe fruit that you proudly display in your countertop fruit bowl.  A day or two later you'll begin to see those very pesky

My Powder Room Remodel

My family has lived in our current house for more than twenty years.  We were not the first owners of this house, so over the years we have completed many projects to make this house our home.  Recently Hubby and I decided to tackle our first-floor powder room for a complete makeover.  My Old Powder Room How hard can it be, we asked?  After all, it is a teeny tiny room.  We were confident we could replace the existing fixtures, tile the floor and repaint the walls and ceiling in a couple of weekends.  So confident were we that this would be a two-weekend task we started the work a couple of weekends before Christmas knowing full well we would be hosting more than twenty people for Christmas festivities.  I know, it was a crazy thing to do. The most complicated elements of the plan for us were retiling the floor and adding a raised panel wainscoting to the walls.  Hubby was taking the lead on the tiling and I was in charge of the wainscotting plan.  Both of us spent a lot of t

Chocolate Mug Cake: Should You or Shouldn't You?

Chocolate Mug Cake Chocolate mug cake.  If you are like me you've seen recipes for mug cakes all over the blogosphere and have seen pictures of mug cakes posted on Pinterest.  If you are like me you thought, hmmm...Microwaved cake?  Five minutes?  Really? I wanted to test this concept but wasn't really in a big hurry to do so.  After all, skepticism is well known to me.  Last week, though, I had the urge for chocolate cake and with none in sight, I remembered chocolate mug cake.  Aha, I thought.  This was definitely my time to give microwaved mug cake a go.  The ingredients and method are simple enough.  Mix the dry ingredients with the wet.  Pop a cup into the microwave.  Set the timer for three minutes and before you know it you are eating chocolate cake! Donna's Chocolate Mug Cake Serves one Chocolate Mug Cake Ingredients 4 tablespoons all-purpose flour 3 tablespoons granulated sugar 1 1/2 teaspoons cocoa powder 1 large egg 4 tablespoons fat-free milk

Creamed Kale

An old fashioned, but favorite, side dish in our family is creamed spinach.  You don't see it very often on restaurant menus these days, unless you are dining at a steak house.  We don't have it very often on our home menu either, primarily because of the heavy cream in the recipe, but every once in a while it will sneak in.  Yummy Creamed Kale This week I got the urge to make creamed spinach...but not creamed spinach.  I had a couple of bunches of kale in the refrigerator and thought they might be a good substitute for the spinach in my creamed spinach recipe.  I was right.  Creamed kale is delicious and the kale has a bit more structure to it.  That's a texture difference we really liked in this dish. There were thumbs up all around the Just One Donna dinner table for this creamed kale recipe.  Try it.  You'll like it. Creamed Kale Creamed Kale Igredients Serves 4 as a side dish 2 bunches of kale, center stem removed, leaves cut into bite sized pi

Five March Gardening Tasks

After about a week of daily temperatures in the mid-40s here in southern New England we can finally see the ground.  The snow is not completely melted, but for the most part it is starting to feel like spring may actually come again this year. Still Some Snow in the Garden This past weekend Hubby, Sadie and I got out in the yard to see what we needed to get started on for our March gardening to do list.  This year we are faced with much more clean up than usual due to harsh winter weather, including the blizzard.  We've lost several trees in our yard. Cutting Down A Badly Damaged Tree That means task #1 on our March To Do List: Cut down the damaged trees .  Two trees in our front yard were so badly damaged by the snow and winds we had no choice but to cut them down.  They used to screen us from having to look at an unsightly utility pole.  Truth be told, we'd rather look at the unsightly utility pole than be without power.  They had to go. Another tree just missed