Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Eco-Friendly Home Gifts

Does going green mean you have to become a "granola"?? Contrary to what some people might think, going green just simply means to help the environment and allow ourselves to be more healthy! So does that mean we can't give our friends and family or hostesses unique gifts? Certainly not! Here are just a few items that I have discovered that are earth friendly and worthy of giving as a gift.

Everyone loves candles but these Paddywax Eco Candles are made from soy-based inks, to hemp twine, to recycled paper, this collection is committed to conserving our planet’s resources, but still has great scents.

If you have a music loving guest, the Recycled Vinyl LP Record Coasters might be a big hit.

These are just a few of many you can find if you look online. Here are a few websites that I have bookmarked that offer a variety of items.

I hope you enjoy them and please post any eco-friendly gifts you have bought or websites you shop at.
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Easy Chicken Pasta

Easy Chicken Pasta

What's For Supper Ya'll?

White Beans, Pasta and Chicken
8 ounces dried cavatappi, fusilli, rotini, ditaloni, or other short pasta tubes
1 15- to 19-ounce can cannellini (white kidney) beans, rinsed and drained
1/2 cup chicken broth
3 cloves garlic, thinly sliced
1 tablespoon olive oil
6 plum tomatoes, coarsely chopped (about 2 cups)
12 ounces cooked chicken, shredded
1/4 cup snipped fresh Italian flat-leaf parsley
1/2 to 1 teaspoon cracked black pepper
1/2 teaspoon salt
Fresh Italian flat-leaf parsley sprigs (optional - I usually skip it)
Olive oil (optional - but I recommend at least a little for moisture)
1. In a large saucepan, cook pasta according to package directions; drain well and set aside.
2. In a blender or food processor, combine 3/4 cup of the beans and the chicken broth. Cover and blend or process until smooth. Place bean puree in pan used for cooking the pasta; bring to boiling. Return pasta to pan.
3. Meanwhile, in a large skillet, cook garlic in 1 tablespoon hot olive oil for 1 minute. Add tomatoes; cook for 1 minute. Add the remaining beans, shredded chicken, snipped parsley, pepper and salt. Heat through.
4. Add the tomato mixture to hot pasta; toss to cost. Top with parsley sprigs and additional olive oil. Serve immediately. Makes 4 servings.
Posted by Stacy Nelson, Easy Dinner Recipes.blogspot.com

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