Enjoying Frugal Luxuries

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Xlibris Corporation, Aug 30, 2005 - Health & Fitness - 701 pages
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ENJOYING FRUGAL LUXURIES Today with an overload of media hype in the form of TV, books and magazines, it is easy to be confused by such a wide range of choices. Madison Avenue has spent millions of dollars telling us how to dress, decorate, and entertain. Their refrain is always the same. Bigger, faster, newer is always better. We are all told to trade in, trade up. As a result we lose confidence in ourselves and in our ability to make realistic choices. The constant emphasis on money and acquisition leaves us with a sense of insecurity and a loss of our authentic self. Instead we need to focus on what truly pleases us instead of what we are told we should want. Enjoying Frugal Luxuries is about how to be pleased with much of what you already own, which does not mean making do, but instead making better. With a little care and special attention, many things can be transformed into something new and lovely. This is a lifestyle book for women like me who want to simplify their lives and live with their own personal style. The book is organized as a journey through the year, beginning in January and ending in December. But whenever you receive this book just sit back and enjoy it. Do go back and read the January chapter because this begins your journey by creating a special place for you, a retreat from the world in which to read, write, sew, paint, to contemplate and create. I believe this is something that every woman needs and should have. In this chapter you will also learn how to schedule some time for yourself beginning by choosing a weekly planner to organize your time and your life. Every month you will find: SOMETHING FOR YOURSELF: This section provides ideas for growth that are just for you. Here you will learn to reduce stress and enjoy more pleasure every day. ORGANIZATION: This will provide more bliss for you by inexpensively creating a home that is rid of clutter and help you conquer the paper demon. It will provide you with a kitchen that works for you, closets that go from messy to manageable, and organize each room of your home for ease living. YOUR ROOMS: Here you will learn inexpensive ways to decorate every room in your home. You will be incorporating your own style to make a very personal and inviting place to return to every day. Remember! What you love will never go out of style. CELEBRATIONS: Life is full of celebrations and milestones of our lives. Here you will also find ideas for celebrating holidays at home. GATHERINGS: Here you will find ideas for entertaining friends and family alike. Most of these ideas will be seasonal, so sit back and plan some fun with your friends and family. These recipes will not be expensive to make, but delicious to serve. Both the Celebrations and Gatherings will be examples of frugal entertaining. OUTSIDE INTERESTS: This section is about your outdoor environment, your garden, porch, patio or deck. I believe that decorating has much to learn from gardening. You plan a lot, prune a lot, plant a lot, withdraw some, but in the end both your home and outdoor environment will reflect you sense of style. AGENDA: Regardless of whether you live in a small home, apartment, or a grand home, your home is your castle and castle upkeep takes a lot of work! In this section you will get some ideas on doing the work efficiently and also delegating to get the work done.
 

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Contents

WHITE SANGRIA
435
TORTILLA ESPANOLA
436
EGGPLANT SPREAD
438
OLIVE PASTE
439
SEAFOOD PAELLA
440
MARINATED TOMATOES TERUEL
442
LEMON FILLIP
443
VANILLA ICE CREAM
445

BLUEBERRY BRAIDED BREAD
46
SOUR CREAM COFFEECAKE
48
ORANGEPECAN MUFFINS
50
MEDITERRANEAN MENU
55
BREADS
59
PARMESAN BREAD
61
CARAMELIZED ONION FOCACCIA
63
FEBRUARY
71
COOKING FROM THE PANTRY
86
CHICKEN TORTILLA SOUP
87
SALMON BISQUE
88
SOUTHWESTERN BLACK BEAN SOUP
90
FRENCH ONION SOUP
91
MINESTRONE WITH CLAMS
92
WHITE BEAN SOUP
94
AND NOW FOR BEANS
95
FARMERS MARKET SAUTE
97
SPICY ITALIAN RED BEANS AND RICE
98
NEW ENGLAND BEANS AND BROWN BREAD
99
STEAMED BROWN BREAD WITH CURRANTS AND WALNUTS
100
VEGETABLEBEAN RAGOUT
102
SLOW COOK IT AND SAVE
103
BBQ CHICKEN BEANS
105
BOSTON BAKED BEANS
106
NEXT GET GOING ON GRAINS
107
LEMON RISOTTO
109
MIXEDMUSHROOM RISOTTO
110
TUNA TRICKS
111
TUNA AND CHICK PEA SALAD
112
THE HEART OF THE MATTER
113
CREAMY ARTICHOKE PASTA
114
ARTICHOKE AND WHITE BEAN SOUP
115
HOT ARTICHOKEPARMESAN SPREAD
116
ARTICHOKE QUICKIES
117
MEXICAN TUNA SALAD
118
JUST REMEMBER
119
5 MINUTE MARINARA MAKEOVERS
121
LINGUINE WITH CLAMS
122
A GREEN REFRIGERATOR
124
MARCH
147
THE GIFT CUPBOARD
168
PIZZA PARTY MENU
170
VEGETABLE PLATTER WITH VINAIGRETTE
171
TOMATO VINAIGRETTE
172
BIGBATCH PIZZA DOUGH
173
RAPID RISE PIZZA DOUGH
175
TOMATO BASIL SAUCE
177
MEXICAN PIZZA
178
VEGETABLE PIZZA
179
FRENCH ONION PIZZA
181
FRUIT PIZZA
182
CHOCOLATE PIZZA
183
OSCAR NIGHT PARTY MENU
185
BLUE CHEESE TORTA
186
ZESTY ANTIPASTO
188
ZESTY ITALIAN DRESSING
189
SMALL COCKTAIL QUICHE
190
SALMONFILLED MUSHROOM CAPS
191
SALAMIHERB CHEESE ROLLS
192
LEMON TUILES
193
MEMES WHIPPED SHORTBREAD
195
APRIL
210
GRANOLA
236
LUNCH IDEAS
238
TUNA AND WHITE BEAN SALAD
240
MEXICAN OMELET WITH AVOCADO TOPPING
241
PINEAPPLE COOLER
245
ROAST CHICKEN WITH OLIVE SAUCE
246
CARROTS VICY
248
VEGETABLE FRITTATA
249
ROASTED NEW POTATOES WITH ROSEMARY
250
BLUEBERRY BRUNCH LOAF
251
A COCONUT EASTER CAKE
252
PASSOVER
255
FRESH BEET SOUP WITH YOGURT
256
STUFFED LEMON HERB ROAST CAPON WITH RICH PAN GRAVY
258
LEMON SCENTED STEAMED ASPARAGUS
261
CARAMELIZED FRUIT PLATTER
262
COCONUT MACAROONS
264
CARROT GINGER SOUP
267
SPRING VEGETABLE LASAGNA
268
WHITE BEAN SALAD WITH ASPARAGUS AND ARTICHOKES
270
LEMON LAYER CAKE
271
MASTER BEDROOM AND BATH
273
MAY
286
JUNE
323
CHERRY BARBECUED WINGS
343
HERBED PEPPER STEAK
345
CREAMY POTATO SALAD
346
GRILLED EGGPLANT PEPPERS ZUCCHINI
347
DEEP CHOCOLATE BUNDT CAKE
349
STRAWBERRY MARGARITAS
352
WATERMELON MARGARITAS
353
SANGRIA
354
MOCK BLOND SANGRIA
355
CLASSIC TEXMEX SALSA
356
FRESH CORN SALSA
357
PAPAYABLACK BEAN SALSA
358
THREEPEPPER QUESADILLAS
359
SPICY ENCHILADA BAKE
360
STEAK FAJITAS
362
CHICKEN CHILI
364
CORNBREAD MUFFINS
366
CABBAGEJICAMA AVOCADO SALAD
367
ORANGE SCENTED FLAN
368
WATERMELON MARGARITA SORBET
370
CINNAMON CRISPS
371
JULY
381
VEGETABLE HARVEST PLATTER
397
PROVENCAL POTATO SALAD
400
HEIRLOOM TOMATO AND AVOCADO SALAD
401
RASPBERRYWHITE CHOCOLATE CHEESECAKE
402
GRILLED CORN QUESADILLAS
406
TACO PIZZA
408
SAUSAGE SPINACH PIZZA
409
WATERMELON FRUIT BOWL
410
FREE FORM APPLE PIE
412
AUGUST
419
ROASTED ROSEMARY WALNUTS
434
CHERRIES JUBILEE ICE CREAM
446
FROZEN PEACH YOGURT
447
HOW TO TOP IT
448
PEANUT BUTTER COOKIES
449
ICE CREAM SANDWICHES
450
GIANT CHOCOLATE CHIP COOKIES
451
CHERRYPOPPY SEED COOKIES
452
RUSSIAN TEA CAKES
453
LIMEADE
455
TROPICAL WINE COOLER
456
BLACK BEAN SALAD
462
HONEY LIME CANTALOUPE
463
CHOPPED SPICY ASIAN COLESLAW
465
AMBROSIA
466
OLIVE SALAD
469
PRIZE WINNING POTATO SALAD
471
FUDGY CHOCOLATE BROWNIES
472
SEPTEMBER
473
HUMMUS WITH BLACK OLIVES AND RED PEPPERS ON RYE
485
TOMATO AND BRIE SANDWICHES
487
HAM ON CORN BREAD WITH HONEY MUSTARD
488
CASHEW PASTA CHICKEN SALAD
489
WHOLE WHEAT ZUCCHINI BARS
490
CHOCOLATE CHIP BUTTERSCOTCH BARS
492
ROASTED TOMATO FENNEL SOUP
495
SPICY CRACKER MIX
496
CHICKEN TACOS
497
TEXMEX BEAN SALAD
498
SKILLET CORN BREAD
499
MELON SALSA SUNDAES
500
OCTOBER
507
BUTTERNUT SQUASH AND PEAR SOUP
522
PUMPKIN POT STEW
524
PUMPKINPATCH POTATOES
526
PUMPKIN BARS
528
SPICY CHOCOLATE PUMPKIN MINI CAKES
530
AIOLI
533
TOMATOES WITH MOZZARELLA AND BASIL
534
TRICOLORED PEPPERS AND POTATOES
535
CHICKEN PROVENCALE
536
SAUTE OF MIXED VEGETABLES
537
MOMS BEST BISCUITS
538
APPLE PEAR AND CRANBERRY COMPOTE
540
SPICY APPLE CAKE
541
NOVEMBER
547
BUTTERNUT SQUASH AND PEAR SOUP
563
HERBED TURKEY WITH GRAVY
565
CHESTNUT STUFFING
567
OLD FASHIONED MASHED POTATO CHIVE BAKE
569
SWEET POTATO CASSEROLE
570
ALICIAS HOLIDAY CRANBERRY SAUCE
572
AVOCADO CHICK PEA SALAD WITH POPPY SEED DRESSING
573
CIDER GLAZED CARROTS
575
PUMPKIN PIE WITH PECAN TOPPING
576
CARDAMOMWALNUT POUND CAKE
578
A FAVOR FOR YOUR GUESTS
580
THANKSGIVING ON A ROLL
584
TURKEY POTPIE
585
CHILI WITH TURKEY AND MUSHROOMS
586
TORTILLA TURKEY SOUP
587
SPICY CHILI DIP
591
PECAN CROWNED BRIE
592
THE VEGGIE STATION CRUDITES WITH A TWIST
593
SPINACH AND ARTICHOKE DIP
595
HUMUS WITH SUNDRIED TOMATOES AND GREEN ONIONS
596
SUGAR SNAP PEA WREATH
597
STUFFED CELERY SLICES
598
ZUCCHINI STUFFED TOMATOES
599
BEAN AND GOAT CHEESE SPREAD
600
ZESTY ZUCCHINI BITES
601
EGGPLANT CAPONATA ON CROSTINI
602
MOCHA BROWNIES
607
CHOCOLATE SNOWBALLS
608
CHOCOLATE COCONUT BALLS
609
MACAROON SQUARES
611
HOLIDAY BISCOTTI
613
THE DRINK STATION
615
DECEMBER
621
BRUSCHETTA POMODORO
633
ROAST TENDERLOIN WITH PORT WINE SAUCE
634
GARLIC MASHED POTATOES
636
MELANGE OF FENNEL WITH CARROTS PEAR ONIONS
637
WINTER SALAD OF MIXED GREENS AND MARINATED BEETS
639
CHOCOLATE YULE LOG
640
COCONUT CREAM FILLING
642
CHOCOLATE MERINGUE KISSES
643
HOLIDAY EGGNOG
645
HANUKKAH
646
HUMUS
647
MATZO BALL SOUP
648
BEEF BRISKET WITH ONION GRAVY
650
ZUCCHINI LATKES
653
FAVORITE TSIMMIS
655
ORANGE POPPY SEED SPONGE CAKE
657
ORANGE GLAZE
659
EASY TOMATO SOUP
662
MACARONI AND CHEESE
663
BROWNIEFRUIT PIZZA
665
A FEAST OF LITTLE DISHES
666
SALMON MOUSSE
667
SEAFOOD SALSA ON CUCUMBER SLICES
669
ENDIVE LEAVES WITH RATATOUILLE
670
TEXMEX CHILI CUPS
671
ROASTED RED POTATOES WITH PESTO AND SHRIMP
673
ARTICHOKE DIP ON PITA CRISPS
674
PITA CRISPS
675
CORN AND BLACK BEAN SALSA WITH VEGGIES
676
REFRIED BEAN DIP
677
LITTLE SWEETS
678
CRANBERRY OR CHERRY CRESCENTS
679
NUTTY CINNAMON LOGS
681
DATE WALNUT BARS
683
CHOCOLATE MEXICAN WEDDING CAKES
684
NUTTY CHOCOLATE SQUARES
686
COCONUT BALLS
688
HEALTH WEALTH AND GOOD FORTUNE PACKAGE
689
FORTUNE COOKIES
690
RESOURCES
697
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