Friday, April 28, 2006

Spinach, Lemon, & Ricotta Pasta

Here's a terrific pasta recipe with a twist (of lemon that is). It's quick, delicious and nutritious!

Spinach, Lemon, & Ricotta Pasta


16 ounces rigatoni, farfalle, or other favorite pasta shape
2 T. olive oil
¼ c. finely grated Parmesan cheese
1/3 c. chopped (chiffonade*) basil leaves or 1 T. dried basil
Salt & Pepper to taste
1 6 ounce bag or 6 cups of fresh baby spinach
8 ounces (1 cup) ricotta cheese


Cook pasta in large pot of boiling, salted water according to package directions. Drain and return to pot.

Combine oil, lemon juice, Parmesan cheese, basil, salt & pepper in a bowl. Add to pasta along with spinach. Toss well to coat.

Divide pasta into 4 bowls or plates and top each with a dollop of ricotta cheese.

Some great add-ins would be chicken breast sautéed in garlic and olive oil, kalamata or black olives, and/or cherry tomatoes.

*An easy way to slice basil is to stack the leaves and roll it up. Then slice across the roll forming thin ribbons. This technique is called chiffonade.
Karen & Rick

Monday, April 24, 2006

Soaking Tubs & Whirlpool Tubs

GramDeb3 asked in response to our Vertical Spa post:
"Great information! I was wondering what would be replacing the whirlpool since you are seeing less and less of that in new construction. Soaker tubs seem to be the current remodeling craze. I am sure these Vertical Spas will be coming along fast!

Do you have any information on the best or new in bathroom lighting"

You're right, soaking tubs are the latest thing in remodeling and new construction. They take up less space than jetted tubs, are less expensive, and don't make noise. These combined with vertical spas / panel showers are considered to be the new luxury in baths. A tub like the Pearl Ballade T soaking bathtub shown below has a generous 21 inch deep soaking well that makes for pure luxury in the bath.

Pearl Bathtub Model Ballade T Biscuit

Thanks for your great questions, GramDeb and we'll have a post soon on the latest innovations in lighting.

Karen & Rick
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Friday, April 21, 2006

Save Money on Gas - Shop From Home!

The cost of gasoline is soaring right now. Projected prices by summer are between $3.50 and $5.00 per gallon! Save significant gas money by doing your shopping from home. You can do everything from grocery shopping at places like Peapod that allow you to shop for all your groceries online and deliver for a minimal fee to office supplies, home furnishings, kitchen ware, and remodeling supplies. Check out some of our links below for great resources to help you shop at home and save! Also check out our website @ for more terrific shop at home sources. If you are in need of some type of shopping source that you don't see available here or on our website, feel free to drop us a line and we'll see if we can find it for you along with any available discounts.

Peapod online grocery shopping and delivery- click here for $10 in FREE groceries

SmartBargains offers name brand items for kitchen & bath, bedding, men's and women's designer clothing and accessories, and much more. They are currently offering FREE SHIPPING through the following link. April Newsletter: Free Shipping on Orders Over $75

Homeclick offers kitchen and bath products ranging from flatware to sinks and showers. They are also currently offering Fine Outdoor Furniture at - Low Prices and Free Shipping. Check out this weekend and save an extra 10% on much of their outstanding merchandise.

Save some money and shop online today. Happy Shopping!

Karen & Rick
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Thursday, April 20, 2006

What is 18/10 stainless steel flatware & cutlery?

Many people question the differences between the types of stainless steel when making a flatware or cutlery purchase. Here are a few facts to help sort out the differences. Stainless steel is available in two basic qualities: 18/0 or 18/10 and 18/8. The '18' refers to 18% chromium which is added to the steel mix to give it stainless properties. The '10' or '8' refers to nickel which adds to those properties and also gives a silvery sheen. So basically, it's not the weight of the silverware, but the quality that you are looking at with the numbers. 18/0 is much less expensive than 18/10 and 18/8 and most cutlery and flatware sold today is made from the higher grade stainless. 18/10 and 18/8 stainless steel gives greater protection against corrosion and has a softer shine. Most modern day flatware patterns are made from this top grade stainless steel.

A couple of our favorite sources for good quality flatware and cutlery are:

SmartBargains: Fine Dining

Click here to view more info on this topic and for more of our favorite sources for beautiful flatware and cutlery at great prices. While you're on our site, you may want to join our mailing list to receive some promotional codes and coupons to these and other merchants that you won't be able to get elsewhere!

Come back soon for more great home, cooking, and business tips.

Rick & Karen

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Wednesday, April 19, 2006

What is a Vertical Spa / Shower Tower / Shower Panel?

Vertical Spas, which incorporate multiple showerheads, water diverters and sophisticated temperature control systems, are perhaps the biggest trend in today's baths. They offer the relaxation and luxury of a whirlpool spa, but without the time required to fill a large tub. And they still function as an ordinary shower for times when functionality is all-important. Vertical Spas vary in design and some work with standard plumbing. Others require special behind-the-wall modifications to install larger water supply and drainage lines, or an extra hot water heater. These styles may be more suitable to new home construction instead of renovation where entire rooms are gutted and walls rebuilt.

But Vertical Spas are definitely catching on and many believe they are the new millennium's replacement for the whirlpool tub, which may be on the decline. "Not everyone who's had one of these whirlpools really wants one when they do another bath," said Linda Lentz, features editor at Home Magazine and an expert in modern kitchen and bath design trends. "They find they don't want the extra maintenance or that the tubs are noisier than they expected. Because of that, a lot of people are opting for Vertical Spas and taking longer showers, or installing soak tubs, or both."

In general, the trend is toward larger showers, often with stylish frameless doors and glass block walls that allow in more light while sealing off the shower stall. With the extra room in the shower stall, homeowners are not only putting in items such as Vertical Spas, they're sometimes installing oversized showerheads or even entire Vertical Spa units on opposing walls, enabling two people to shower simultaneously without having to share a showerhead. Pure luxury!

Some examples of vertical spas are:
Hansgrohe Shower Panel Model 26102881

Hansgrohe Shower Panel Model 26102881

Kohler Shower tower Model 1030-PW

Kohler Shower tower Model 1030-PW

Hansgrohe Shower Panel Model 26512001

Hansgrohe Shower Panel Model 26512001

Try a great new spa experience at home. Happy soaking!

Rick & Karen

Tuesday, April 18, 2006

Spring Asparagus Recipe & Tips

Here’s a recipe to put you in the mood for spring. Fresh Cream of Asparagus Soup. Click here for the recipe. Thin asparagus spears will be a bit tenderer and will cook more quickly than thicker spears. You may need to add another 2-3 minutes cooking time for thicker spears but they will taste just as good as thin spears when cooked in a soup. When buying fresh asparagus, look for tightly closed buds on the tips. The spear should not flop over when held straight up and down from the stem end. Serve this soup with some crusty bread and a salad for a terrific springtime meal.

If you need a new pot, try a LeCreuset soup pot. They cook beautifully and will last a lifetime. Not only that, they look great displayed in your kitchen as well. Check out the great new color from LeCreuset –Kiwi. What fun for your kitchen!

Le Creuset 2.75-qt. Soup Pot, Kiwi
Here's a $10 off coupon for your next purchase at You must go through this link to activate the discount. Get $10 Off $75 shipments!

Le Creuset Soup Pots at Sur La Table
(This pot is on sale at Sur La Table right now for only $69.95. That's a great deal for Le Creuset.)

Happy Spring!

Karen & Rick

Monday, April 17, 2006

What Does It All Mean? 18/10 Stainless, Santoku Knife, Anodized Cookware & More

You hear all these terms over and over in ads, on products, in articles but what do they mean?? Our newest website will clarify many of the words you hear in relation to items for the home and small business. For example, did you know that the term cutlery actually refers to kitchen utensils and flatware? Most people think of it only as kitchen knives. And what about all those different types of kitchen knives? Do you need them all or will just a few do? In our future posts and our website we will discuss these and lots of other topics related to kitchen and bath, home organization, remodeling, and yummy gourmet foods (one of my favorite topics!).

Also, we have information on our site relating to running a small business, especially a home based business. Check out our current articles on choosing a web hosting company and what to look for when your website doesn't seem to be performing up to par. We invite you to post questions or comments here or to customer service for our website. We look forward to hearing from you!

By the way, if you're wondering who "we" are, we are Divine Finds, Inc. a small family company that has sold housewares successfully on eBay for the last couple of years. Now we are moving on to our own informational websites and want to provide info and links to great sources of merchandise offered at decent prices. Many of the sources are the same ones we used for our eBay business, so you can get some great deals! Why the change? Honestly, we really hated the packing and shipping part of the business. So we thought we'd leave that part up to other merchants and just provide the information for you to get to these sources. Talking with the customers has always been the fun part of the business anyway.

We have also written a couple of e-books on running a business and incorporation and have a great interest in the business end of things. That's why we are including small and home based business information.

We hope you enjoy our blog. Be sure to bookmark it and come back often. Feel free to ask questions. Also, if you have an article of interest related to our topics and would like to submit it for possible publication on our website, we'd love to read it. You can submit it here.

Talk with you soon!

Rick & Karen

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