Monroe Place Apartments Gives Back to the Children!

Gift Giving at Monroe Place!

The response to the Salvation Army Angel Tree program has been simply amazing! The old holiday saying that “it is better to give, than to receive” prevails at the sight of all the wish-gifts and needs that will go to all the children this year.

We are so proud of our Monroe Place residents! According to D. Simms, “I have been in the business over 12 years and I have never seen a response like I have seen from our residents, vendors and employees.”

Some of the larger donations this year include: roller skates, Barbie dolls, school uniforms, bedding and toys. It’s certainly beginning to look and feel like the holiday season around here.

If you have not had a chance to sponsor an Angel, and would like to do so, please stop by and grab a little Angel’s wish list from the tree. The pickup and collection date has been extended to December 2nd, so hurry on down to the leasing lobby and make a child’s wish come true.

You may continue to give all year-long, but we thank all of you for all that you have given of yourselves this holiday season!

Happy Holidays!

Buy One Get One Free at Starbucks!

Mmm mmm goodness! How much do you love to celebrate the spirit of the Holiday season with a great Latte?

Celebrate the season together with someone – and something – you love at Starbucks. On November 17–20 from 2–5 p.m., when you buy one holiday beverage, you’ll get a second one free.

Warm up with your choice of a Peppermint Mocha or new Skinny Peppermint Mocha, Caramel Brulée Latte, Gingerbread Latte or the longest-running holiday favorite, the Eggnog Latte.

What is your favorite drink?

Yumm!…One of My Favorites!

Talk about mouth-watering!

Feast your eyes on these!

Shrimp Summer Rolls with Dipping Sauce

Shrimp Rolls makeup one of my favorite dishes! I have been wanting to try making homemade summer rolls for some time, and I finally found a good recipe from Pillsbury.

INGREDIENTS
Dipping Sauce
1 jar (7.25 oz) hoisin sauce (3/4 cup)
1 cup water
2 teaspoons roasted red chili paste (from 4-oz jar)
1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
Summer Rolls
4 oz dried thin rice noodles or rice vermicelli (from 8.8-oz package)
2 cups shredded romaine lettuce
1/2 cup fresh cilantro leaves
1/2 cup shredded carrot (about 1 medium)
10 oz frozen cooked salad shrimp (about 1 3/4 cups), thawed, drained
12 round rice paper wrappers (about 8 inch; from 12-oz package)

DIRECTIONS
1. In medium bowl, mix dipping sauce ingredients. Cover; refrigerate while continuing with recipe.
2. Cook and drain noodles as directed on package. Meanwhile, in large bowl, mix lettuce, cilantro, carrot and shrimp.
3. Sprinkle water over 1 paper towel; place on cutting board. Fill a 10-inch pie plate with water. Place 1 rice paper wrapper in water 45 to 60 seconds or until pliable but not completely softened. Gently remove wrapper from water, shaking to drain excess water; place on damp paper towel.
4. Starting close to 1 edge of wrapper, form a row of about 1/4 cup noodles. On noodles, arrange about 1/3 cup of the lettuce mixture. Starting with edge covered with fillings, roll up wrapper over fillings, stopping after first turn to tuck in sides. Continue to roll up, tucking in sides. Repeat with remaining wrappers.
5. Place rolls, seam sides down and without touching, on platter. (If rolls touch, they will stick together.) Serve immediately with sauce, or cover with moist paper towels and refrigerate up to 2 hours. To serve, cut each roll in half diagonally.

Enjoy!

Cookin’ in the Kitchen with Grandma!

"Chicken A La Selma"

If you asked me to recall one of my fondest memories of spending time with my grandma Selma, I would have to say it was cooking in the kitchen. We used to laugh and sing and eat (and clean) as we went along. I keep this time close to my heart, always. This one’s for you Grandma!

Here it is: “Chicken A La Selma”

4 CHICKEN BREASTS ( BONELESS IS BEST)
1 STICK MARGARINE OR BUTTER
1 ONION, CHOPPED
2 CLOVES GARLIC, MINCED
1 CAN MUSHROOMS, SLICES & PIECES
1 CAN STEWED TOMATOES, ITALIAN STYLE
1/3 C SHERRY ( MAY BE OMITTED)

BAKE 1 HR @ 350

Brown chicken in margarine in large frying pan on top of stove. Remove from pan and place in baking dish. Saute onion and garlic in remaining margarine in fry pan. Add the Italian stewed tomatoes to the onions and garlic. Sherry may be added. Simmer slightly until well blended. Pour over chicken and bake in 350 degree oven for no longer than 1 hr. *Do not cover.*

Can be served with rice and a side vegetable to compliment! Enjoy!

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