About last night…

The Shop Tart made it to the meeting in Eau Claire, but couldn’t stay until the part about the Palmetto Compress building. It was totally worth going, because those things can be interesting, if you are like the Shop Tart. The room was packed and she had to sit on the floor.

Zoning stuff is really boring. Oh, wait, until it's your turn.

Fun Fact: A lot of people seemed to have had foot surgery or foot issues, because a lot of them were wearing one regular shoe and one strap-on boot-type thingy. Is this really that common? Apparently. Oh! And if you’re curious about what went down at the meeting, check out Jeff Wilkinson’s article in The State. Or watch the video on WLTX.

If you are so inclined, please share your opinion in the comments section below about what you feel should happen to the building or any other comments you have on city development and historic preservation. Columbia is changing at a rapid rate and we should all pay attention to the direction it’s taking. So…what do you think?

In other news, the Shop Tart has had a very busy week and she was looking forward to last night’s burlesque show at 701 Whaley Street, a What’s Love production that benefited Trustus Theatre. She started at the bar at Cola’s with fun friends and a delightful prosecco.


The show at 701 Whaley Street was awesome, incredibly entertaining. The crowd was a lot of fun, too, really in the Valentine’s spirit.

Because of her busy, busy week, the Shop Tart was particularly thankful for her slow cooker. She had to replace it recently after a certain someone — NOT HER — broke the ceramic liner. Her Kitchenaid model had been discontinued and she didn’t want the new one. Thank you, Ebay!

Our personal chef.

Earlier this week, she mentioned her peanut butter chicken recipe, made in the slow cooker, and several of you asked for the recipe, so here you go! (The Shop Tart has it scrawled on a piece of paper. Years ago, she used to post on mommy boards, because she was clueless about raising children and those ladies were dropping some serious knowledge. Anyhow, one of them posted this recipe and it’s become a family favorite.)

Slow Cooker Peanut Butter Chicken

Brown 8 chicken thighs (or about 1½ to 2 pounds of boneless chicken breast, if that’s what you have) in one tablespoon of oil.

Add the following to the slow cooker:

  • 1 chopped onion
  • 2 cans diced tomatoes with green chiles (like Rotel, y’all)
  • 1 can chopped tomatoes
  • 2 teaspoons cumin
  • 1 heaping teaspoon cinnamon
  • ⅓ cup peanut butter
  • 2 tablespoons honey

Add a little salt, especially if your peanut butter is the natural kind, with no salt added. Put the chicken on top, turning it to coat.

Cook on low for 7 to 8 hours.

Serve over rice, cous cous, quinoa, or your grain of choice.

The best thing about a slow cooker is when you walk in the door after a long day and smell dinner cooking. It’s like having a personal chef or an unemployed roommate. Hooray!

So, what are you doing this weekend? Want to see a good play for a good cause? The Shop Tart has two tickets to give away to The Vagina Monologues at USC. Proceeds benefit Sexual Trauma Services of the Midlands. How can you get the tickets? It’s so easy! Be the first person to email STSM’s Elizabeth and let her know you want them. Ready, Set, Go! And if you don’t win, you can get your very own, reasonably priced tickets here.

Vagina Monologues.

Read more about the show, and the latest at Trustus, in Otis Taylor’s article in The State.

Thus ends the post containing the most random assortment of things ever. (Burlesque! Slow cookers! Vaginas!)

In today’s post…

Happy Shopping and don’t forget to tell them you read it on the Shop Tart!

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6 comments on “About last night…
  1. Mikelle S says:

    I’m very much for preservation and I think the Palmetto Compress building should be preserved but at the same time I’d like to see Columbia move forward. Because I’m not like a contractor or someone who can tell if this can happen I’d leave it to the experts – of course I’d like to get multiple experts haha – but I think that the building should be restored if it can be, in its restored, utilized well.

    If it’s going to be restored simply as a historical landmark to just sit there and receive tourists… I’d say we should take some really good pictures, make a model of it, maybe even take out some sentimental pieces and put them in the SC Museum but then tear it down and build up something else that in it’s design gives an ode to the building that preceded it, but that’s going to really add to the city.

    Excuse my grammar haha.

  2. Kevin Smith says:

    Progress for Columbia includes preserving landmarks that make the city unique. There’s plenty of infill development that can occur alongside Columbia’s historic buildings.

  3. Well, YEAH the Palmetto Compress building should be saved. (What we do not need is another resort style student complex!)

  4. Laura B says:

    I would like to discuss the fact that you are sitting on the floor when there are MEN in the chairs!!! Where are their manners!

  5. Laura, ha! Good eye. While it’s true that none of the men offered a seat, I did get there late and I actually would have said no, thank you, because I am so much more comfortable on the floor than in a hard chair!

  6. Kelly Lane says:

    I don’t see any point in having a building remain standing when the structure can only be used as a storage building. I think it would be nice if a)USC wasn’t trying to use it as student housing b)it would be more open to the community in the future and c)if they could keep the side of the brick with the “Palmetto Compress” still standing. Ultimately, I think what almost always wins is…who has the most money!

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