Friday, September 10, 2010


TGIF..... :O) It has been one crazy week, so I'm glad the weekend is here! My morning started out with an iced mocha. I wasn't really in the mood for a fruit smoothie this morning, and for some reason I was wanting something chocolatey.

A few weeks ago I won the CSN give away from veganandsoforth. I won a $40 gift certificate, and finally decided what I wanted to get with it about a week ago. I had planned on getting a new cutting board if I won, but I bought one while I was on vacation in August. We haven't been very happy with our dinnerware that we've had for about a year and a half, so we decided that we wanted some new ones. We found alot of really cool, colorful ones....some looked like Mexico, some like Italy and some like Spain. Tony is all about checking reviews on everything, so it was time to check out what others had to say about them. Well, it was good that he did. He found that most of the ones that we liked, (well, most of them period) had high amounts of lead. They were made in places that didn't have very strict guidelines. We started looking into potters in America and found Fiesta Ware which is made by The Homer Laughlin China Co. They're in West Virginia and have been making lead free china since 1871. We really liked the idea of buying American. This past weekend, Macy's had their Fiesta Ware on sale, so we went and got two place settings from them and then ordered two from CSN. We bought Paprika and Lemongrass colors from Macy's and Peacock and Sunflower from CSN. Below are the two that we got from CSN. We love our new dishes!!!

This one is called Peacock and is my favorite!

This one is Sunflower.

We got the dishes in yesterday, so of course I had to use the peacock one last night. Last night for dinner I cooked some yellow squash and zucchini in a little olive oil with some garlic powder, salt, and pepper. I also cooked some asparagus in a little olive oil with some garlic powder, Herbamare, pepper and then added a pinch of tarragon a few minutes before it was done. I also made some seasoned potatoes that had salt, pepper and paprika sprinkled on them before they were put into the oven. My chick patties that I've had in the freezer for the past couple of weeks have been screamin my name the last few days, so I decided on them to go along with the veggies. :O)

Here's my new favorite quick frozen treat. Kroger had their Almond Dream ice cream on sale last week, and of course I had to try it. I've been keeping my eye on it for some time now, waiting for it to go on sale. It's too expensive to buy not on sale. Anyway, I got the vanilla, because I can add whatever I want to it. Well, Wednesday night I was craving something sweet, so I pulled out the ice cream. I crumbled up a couple of oreos and drizzled some almond peanut butter over it, and it was awesome!

Hopefully I will be trying out some new recipes this weekend! I hope everyone has a great weekend!


  1. Yay! Great practical choice for your gift certificate. I love the colors. That's about the same color I painted my kitchen walls under my cabinets at my old house. :) Good to know about the lead - I always wondered about that.

  2. I always thought it was the radioactivity in the Fiestaware that was the issue, not the lead. But, if you or Tony start to glow in the dark, you'll know what's what. Those Boca Chick'n Patties are the best.

  3. Oreo, PB, ice cream...that might be my dream sundae!

    That's really smart of you guys to check for the lead content in that china; I don't think I ever would have thought of that. Seems like there's so much to be wary of and conscientious about these days! =/

    Amber Shea

  4. Yummy food and I LOVE your dishes Fiesta Ware is such nice stuff.

  5. Cute dishes, nice choice for your win. The blue is a stunning color.


  6. The colorful dishes are very nice! I'm a review-reader, too.

    I haven't tried Kroger ice cream, but I'll have to keep an eye out for it. Very good idea to add to it.

  7. Yummy choclatey smoothie.
    We are all about trying to buy American as much as possibleso I'm always researching too. So glad you found some dinnerware that you love.

  8. That Almond Dream ice cream really surprised me; it's quite good!!

  9. Wow -- I had no idea there could be lead in dinnerware! That makes me nervous about my boyfriend's hand-me-down, old-as-dirt plates.

    You picked beautiful colors for your dishes!