Spinach Tomato Cottage Cheese Pasta Salad Recipe

[ 21 ] June 27, 2014 |

Refreshing Summer Luncheon Salad

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Spinach Tomato Cottage Cheese Pasta Salad

Loving simple seasonal salads!

I adore a great simple seasonal salad that I can whip up from the fridge, don’t you? This Spinach Tomato Cottage Cheese Pasta Salad is just what I am talking about! It’s prepared with fresh spinach and tangy cherry tomatoes. The cottage cheese substitutes for dressing  and the prepared pasta adds a warm element without adding meat!

I was inspired to create this seasonal salad by the P&Geveryday website which features seasonal salad lunch suggestions. I found the P&Geveryday recipe section so valuable, as it highlights food that is in season at that time period followed by salad recipe creations. For example, summer is listed and these ingredients that are in season are suggested: summer squash, zucchini, cucumber, melon, tomatoes, blueberries, raspberries, corn, peppers, eggplant, peaches, plums, apricots and then a recipe is provided for raw zucchini salad. Check out this wonderful Harvest salad they have for fall containing  baby kale, grapes, pomegranate seeds, apple, pumpkin seeds, feta cheese, your favorite dressing or extra virgin olive oil and apple cider vinegar!  MMMM!

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As we are basically starting summer in Michigan,  my seasonal inspired salad includes several items from spring and summer and then I coupled it with items I had in my fridge.  

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Spinach Tomato Cottage Cheese Pasta Salad is a great hot/cold salad perfect for a late spring or summer day.
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Recipe type: Salad
Serves: 1
Ingredients
  • Fresh spinach (enough to cover bottom of each plate)
  • ½ to ¾ of cup cottage cheese as desired
  • 4 oz of stuffed hot/warm agnolotti or ravioli (cooked)
  • 12-15 cherry tomatoes
  • Parmesan cheese
Instructions
  1. Spread fresh spinach over bottom of plate to form a bed
  2. Mound cottage cheese in center of lettuce bed
  3. Arrange cooked agnolotti or ravioli in a circular pattern around center mound of cottage cheese
  4. Place cherry tomato around arrangement in a pleasing manner with one in middle of cottage cheese mound.

 A little more about P&Geveryday

P&Geveryday is brought to you by Procter & Gamble, a company that has been establishing brands for the past 175 years, helping people around the world have extraordinary days, every day! You will love that you can find content and resources on beauty, family, food, health, home and more. I also found some great offers from the innovative and trusted brands I love. For example, there is currently an offer where you can get $10 when you spend $30 on Tide, Gain, Downy and Bounce! You are already spending money on those products, why not get $10 back?

Here’s just a few things I discovered on P&Geveryday

    • Delicious recipes for lunch and dinner (How about a Pumpkin Black Bean Soup Recipe)
    • Beauty trends, and smart tips (Haircut ideas!)
    • New products to try out for yourself, family and home (have you tried Mr. Clean Surface Cleaner?)
    • Product ratings and reviews ( I loved the star ratings!)
    • Fresh ideas and inspiration  (I saw an article on family bonding)
    • Coupons and samples from your trusted brands
    • And much more!

Get Social with P&Geveryday website

Check out P&Geveryday  website as well as the P&Geveryday Facebook page

  I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls Collective and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.

THE BEST TOTE BAG IMHO

[ 22 ] June 25, 2014 |

The Summer Tote –Michael Kors Jet Set Travel Multi-function Tote

Michael Kors Jet Set Travel Multifunction Tote

The Chief Blonde and the model are carrying the Michael Kors Jet Set Travel Multi-function Tote.  ($298…Sale $225). The Chief Blonde is also wearing a Tracy Karina Dress ($158) and Seychelles Shoes (similar).

A tote to love

Michael Kors Jet Set Travel Multifunction Tote

Why this Michael Kors tote bag is the BEST TOTE BAG

  • Large center divider pocket to keep all your items organized, 5 additional inner pockets
  • Looks like a “Cool Girl” bag, functions like a “Mom Bag”
  • Big enough to hold you tablet or laptop
  • Saffiano leather, which means a leather that is stamped with a cross hatched design making it particularly durable against scratching

Love Michael Kors Totes?

Michael Kors Jet Set Travel Tote

Here’s several other Michael Kors Totes to whet your style whistle! 1. Michael Kors Jet Set Travel Multi-function Tote. ($298) 2. Michael Kors Jet Set Travel Tote ($298) 3. Michael Kors Small Jet Set Travel Tote ($228) 4. Michael Kors Jet Set Travel TZ Tote ($278)

It’s the perfect time to pick up a few new summer things with all of the great sales going on right now. Try to use this sale time to find great basics that you can wear for years! I put together a list of a few of my favorite Shopbop items just in time for their extra 25% off with code 25MORE until Thursday, June 26th. Here’s a few of my favorites which I am considering:

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This JOA Jamie’s Floral Detailed Skirt is a mere $58. I can’t wait to try on these  Rachel Zoe Ryan Chambray slouchy pants $107 (sale 80.25). This 7 for all Mankind Chambray Jumpsuit is pricey at $298 but the cut looks timeless. I have looked high and low for a romper just like this Blank Denim Chambray Romper for $110. 

What pieces of clothing are you still scouting to round out your summer wardrobe? 

Shopping note

 

 

Enjoy your Red Wine! Red Wine Cavity Fighter?

[ 8 ] June 23, 2014 |

Red Wine Show Promise as a Cavity Fighter

Red Wine Fighter

Add cavity fighting to red wine’s benefits?

Women over 45 (okay all WOMEN!) — Want ANOTHER reason to drink a nice glass of red wine with dinner or before bed?  According to latest reasearch, red wine, as well as grape seed extract, could potentially help prevent cavities. Will we be seeing a slew of natural products that ward off dental diseases with fewer side effects?

Research on red wine cavity fighter

American Chemical Society has reported in the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry, that research has suggested that polyphenols, grape seed extract and wine can slow bacterial growth.  M. Victoria Moreno-Arribas, Pharm.D and colleagues decided to test this research under realistic conditions for the first time.

They grew cultures of bacteria responsible for dental diseases as a biofilm. They dipped the biofilms for a couple of minutes in different liquids, including red wine, red wine without the alcohol, red wine spiked with grape seed extract, and water and 12 percent ethanol for comparison. Red wine with or without alcohol and wine with grape seed extract were the most effective at getting rid of the bacteria.

Changing your dental routine?

Well maybe I won’t drop toothpaste, flossing, and mouthwash just yet. However, why not add some red wine (with or without alcohol), or grapeseed extract to your routine.  It appears drinking the red wine isn’t necessary all you really need to do is dip your teeth in the red wine. 

Ummm….Who the heck is going to do just that?  I, for one, usually have a glass of red wine before bed each night for “medicinal purposes”.  Now with these new findings, I can also assert that my red wine is for “dental purposes” as well.  Who knows what benefits they’ll discover next?  ELATION!!!


The Chief Blonde DancingThis content was provided by the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry. The Chief Blonde posted it for her readers enjoyment. The content is uncompensated and unsponsored. 

Super Absorbent Materials , Why Absorbency Matters…

[ 38 ] June 19, 2014 |

 What Super Absorbent Materials do you use?

Today’s discussion about Super Absorbent Materials with Poise Microliner is part of a sponsored post for Socialstars. #PoisewithSAM

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Do you think about absorbency much?

My daughter’s boyfriend came over last weekend and taught her how to hand wash her car “properly”. One element that he emphasized was the use of a microfiber cloth to dry the car, to eliminate water spots. He said that the super absorbent materials in a microfiber cloth really work to soak up all the final moisture.

That car washing lesson got me thinking about absorbency and it’s impact on my everyday life. How many wonderful things do I use each day, that make my life SOOOO much better because they are absorbent?
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Absorbency at the Beach

For a moment, think of beach towels, when you run in from the ocean. Everyone fights over the most absorbent one, we all know JUST which beach towel that one is! Who wants to get the lousy beach towel that leaves you feeling damp everywhere?

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Personal care require Super Absorbent Materials too!

Absorbency is important with my makeup and personal care routine as well–absorbent sponges for applying foundation, mistake correcting cotton swabs to fix manicure disasters, and soft gauze to protect cuts and scrapes.  All of these items would be rendered ineffective if they didn’t have their absorbency qualities.

As well, when it comes to Light Bladder Leakage products, absorbency is key. Light bladder leakage can be triggered by many things such as laughter, sports, sneezing, coughing, sickness, surgery, etc. Poise now makes the Poise Microliner utilizing SAM (Super Absorbent Materials). It’s their  thinnest liner available in the light incontinence category from Poise to manage Light Bladder Leakage (LBL) while letting you go about your day without feeling weighed down.

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While in the package, the Poise Microliner is about as big as a silver dollar, so you can carry several in your tiniest handbag.  Unfolded, the Microliner is about the weight of a paper dollar and almost as thin. You will hardly notice the Microliner doing its job. The SAM (Super Absorbent Material) in Poise Microliner really seems to absorb wetness, neutralize odor, and you will really notice how dry you feel.

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I like the Poise Microliner because it frees me from worrying about the triggers of LBL. Do you have trouble with Light Bladder Leakage (LBL) caused by laughter? Read about my experience with that trigger in my previous post “Getting the Shot. Laughter as a Trigger!”

If you want a little help with the LBL, the triggers that cause it, and the how the Poise Microliner you can visit thePoise website for answers.

FREE SAMPLE! Use our EXCLUSIVE COUPON and get some Poise Microliners with SAM! 

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PEEPS for Summer

[ 284 ] June 18, 2014 |

Peeps  Towel+Tee+Travel Mug

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still blondeThe Chief Blonde Remarks:  This contest is sponsored by me.  So there is nothing to read, just enter to win some GREAT PEEPS PRIZES!  

THE GIVEAWAY

Giveaway Runs from June 19- June 25, 2014 11:59 PM EST

THE PRIZE

Total Peeps Prize Package $63

  • “Peeps” Adult tee ($25),
  • Chillin with my Peeps Towel($23),
  • Peeps Gone Wild Tumbler ($15)

UPDATE: The Peeps for Summer Giveaway is over.  The Rafflecopter Entry device has been removed and had 2913 entries.  See Giveaway Winners.

Summer Solstice GiveawayThanks to MamaNYC  for hosting the Summer Soltice hop. Now that you have entered our giveaway keep hopping to all the other giveaways on these fine blogs!

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