Gift Cards. I am writing this late Saturday afternoon (won’t post on the forum until Monday morning). I started early because today I tried to spend my Gift cards but couldn’t make up my mind at the yarn shop what I should buy. The sales person said spending Gift cards is almost harder than spending money! Imagine that! I’m also the gal who can’t go into a shoe store with too many shoes (think Nordstrom, Macy’s, DSW, Off Broadway) or I leave without anything. Too many choices. I like things simple, don’t give me too many choices. Even a restaurant with too many choices (Cheesecake factory) won’t get me back because there are too many things on the menu to choose from. OR, I always buy the same shoes or order the same item off the menu. But I digress….
Here is how I got the Gift cards. Last December, Bobbins Nest in Santa Clara, CA was having a promotion. Purchase a $25.00 Gift card and take 20% off your yarn purchase the day you bought the card (I think it was 20%). Being one who likes to spend money to save money I went down to the shop, bought some yarn, got my Gift card and was about to leave the shop. My friend Carrie comes into the shop and says “I was just coming to buy your christmas gift, what do you want? So I pick out more yarn and away we go. Fast forward to my birthday in April, Carrie gives me the $25.00 Giftt card she bought in order to get her discount that day on the yarn she bought me and now gives me the $25.00 Gift card! On June 5th my church was having Appreciation Sunday to recognize folks who had been active in service to the church (our church closed June 12th after 47 years but that’s another story). Lo and behold, the woman in charge of the gifts knew I liked to knit, lives in Santa Clara and went to Bobbins nest to purchase me a $50.00 Gift card. I now have more than $75.00 in Gift cards. But wait there’s more!! Bobbins Nest is ending their current rewards program on June 30th (starting new program July 1st). On the old program, when you spend $200.00 you get a Gift card for $20.00. I only need to spend $45.00 of the Gift cards I have to get another Gift card for $20.00.
So, today I went to the shop to spend $45.00’s in Gift card money so I could get another $20.00 Gift card and ran into TOO MANY CHOICES!!!!!! I wound up sitting down and knitting for forty-five minutes to collect myself so I could think about what I want. I came home and found a few patterns I need (read, “want”) yarn for and check needles I need and tomorrow will hopefully be more successful. I’ll add to the post tomorrow (in case someone is reading this today and wants to come back and see what happened.)
OK, PART II of the Gift card dilemma. DONE!! After checking my queue and paper patterns I decided I only need yarn for one project, Echo Reversible Drop-Stitch Mobius , needles for Ali’s Cap and of course more sock yarn. I bought Vintage Chunky by Berroco for the Echo, Chiaogoo needles for Ali’s Cap and Hazel Knits sock yarn. After applying some of my Gift card money to my purchase, earning $20.00 for reaching 200 points, I now still have $48.00 on my card!!!
OMGosh, what should I buy next?
This weeks recipe is from (again) The Pioneer Woman
|Prep Time 15 Minutes
Cook Time 25 Minutes
|Servings 6||Difficulty Easy|
- 8 whole Flour Tortillas
- Butter Or Margarine
- 2 cups Grilled Pineapple, Sliced
- 3 whole Boneless, Skinless Chicken Breasts
- Salt And Pepper, to taste
- 3 cups Monterey Jack Cheese, Grated
- 1 whole Jalapeno, Sliced
- 3 Tablespoons Barbecue Sauce
(To grill pineapple: cut wedges, stick on skewers, and grill over low heat. Cut into slices.)
(To pound chicken, place inside a Ziploc bag and pound with a mallet or large can to flatten to uniform thickness.)
Sprinkle with salt and pepper and Cajun spice (or cumin/cayenne, etc.) Drizzle olive oil on a grill pan and grill on both sides until done, brushing with barbecue sauce. Set aside and slice into very thin slices.
Warm griddle over medium heat and put sizzling butter or margarine in the pan. Slightly warm and toast tortillas on both sides, then remove from griddle and set aside.
To assemble, sprinkle four browned tortillas with grated Monterey Jack. Arrange chicken slices evenly over the surface. Add pineapple slices and jalapeno slices. Sprinkle on cilantro. If desired, drizzle extra barbecue sauce over the top. Add second browned tortilla on top of each one. (You’ll have four complete quesadillas at this point.)
Add to oven to warm, or back to skillet to warm, until cheese is melted. Cut each quesadilla into six wedges. Serve with sour cream, pico de gallo, and lime wedges.