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February 2014

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Do You Believe in Heaven?

It was an attorneys birthday yesterday, so we had breakfast treats.  I knew there were going to be bagels, so I brought stuff to make an egg white/bacon/cheese breakfast sammie.  Lori, I always think of you when I eat a bagel!

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That was super filling, which was a good thing, because I had one boss wrapping things up before leaving for a spring break trip with one of her kids, and my other boss had a brief due yesterday.  I eventually heated up my soup around 2 – no picture though, there wasn’t any time.   But happily, my boss finished her brief during normal working hours, which doesn’t happen sometimes.  The very first day I worked with her she had a brief that was due in Chicago and I worked with her and another attorney until 4:00 a.m., only to get home at 4:20, get up at 7:00 and drive downtown to file it. 

Later in the afternoon we did have birthday treats again – I normally never partake in the birthday treats – I don’t deem them insulin worthy, but um, this fruit tart?!  INSULIN WORTHY!  I had a small slice of it – it was delicious.

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I was happy I was able to leave work on time, because Tony and I had a date night before I work this weekend.  We met at Wok n Fire – $3 beers and half price appetizers – score!  We had Sopporo on tap, fried calamari and beef skewers for apps.

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I ended up getting steak Kung Pao for my dinner – I was so full from beer and apps, I only ate half of this – so spicy good though! 

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We had plenty of time to relax at dinner – the movie Monuments Men didn’t start until 6:45 – it was nice not to be in a hurry.  Okay, two new movies that I have to see – first up:

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That movie Tony and I will both see.  The movie Ted killed us it was so funny.  Invariably there will be previews that Tony takes one look at me and says “that’s why you have a Mother, daughter and sister to see that movie with!”

I can’t wait to see this movie:

 

Do you believe in Heaven?  I do.  I am not overly religious by any means.  I grew up going to church and I believe in God but as an adult, I never felt the urge to go to church every week. 

When my Dad died at home over 15 years ago, we were all there when he took his last breath.  I saw angels in the corner and I suddenly knew that everything was going to be okay.

As luck would have it, when my grandma died in Virginia when I was a Freshman in college, I just so happened to be playing field hockey on the East coast and got to see her before she passed away.  Right before she died she said “Johnny is here.”  That was my grandpa.  I like to think that when you die you get to see all your loved ones again.

What do you believe?

I have to get this show on the road – I made this creamy tomato and tortellini soup for lunch today – thanks for the recipe Renee – it looks amazing!!

Happy Friday – make it a great day!

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I was cut! Sort of.

Usually when I get up and cook and blog before work, Tony is still sleeping.  Nothing wrong with that but I try not to make too much noise.  I was looking for my non-stick skillet yesterday morning to make an omelet, and I couldn’t find it.  I could have made a ton of noise looking in the dish washer (which I know I am not supposed to do with non-stick!) or root around our one cabinet that is too small to hold all the cookware that we have.  I ended up just getting a small pot figuring that would work just as well.  Um, no.  I usually pour my egg whites in the pan, put a lid on it, go get dressed and then when I come back – it’s done and I just flip it into my container to take to work.  Um, no.  It stuck, so I ended up with scrambled egg whites.

Plan B!  B breakfast burrito panini.  I am sure I am not the only one that has a panini maker at work. Open-mouthed smile

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I love the tiny Wholly Guacamole containers.  And I love these tortillas too – 8 grams of fiber per tortilla!

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I went swimming again at lunch.  I know it’s weird to want to swim when it’s so fricken cold.  Our high today?  SIX FRICKEN DEGREES!  Gah.  But the pool room is super warm and so is the water.  It’s just the walk from the pool to the shower locker room that sucks ass.  I was the only one there, and I am happy that the life guard is confident in my swimming skills by now, because she doesn’t sit in the life guard chair, she just sits in the office.

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Lunch was leftover lemon pasta from the night before.  Still so tasty!

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So on Monday when it was so slow at the restaurant that I got cut after one table, the GM asked me to call in before work last night to see if I needed to come in.  I called at 4:30 – not gonna lie I was hoping the whole time that they would say they wouldn’t need me.  I like my weekday evenings home with Tony.  But she said I was assigned to the bar and it was probably going to be busy because we had live music in the bar.  So I go from one extreme – hope I don’t have to work! to the other – rats, I have to work.

I get there and find out we’ve had two bigger parties cancel last minute, and after being there all of 20 minutes, I got cut.  Hooray!  I get to come home to Tony!  I ended up getting home 45 minutes later than usual, but not a big deal.  I quickly changed into my comfy clothes – I mean, doesn’t everyone put their pajamas on within 5 minutes of walking in their door after work?  I had sloppy joes on the menu for tonight, but if I don’t have to work late at the law firm, we are going out to dinner and a movie tonight!  Here is my recipe for sloppy joes – please ignore the shitty ass pictures from 2009 – thank you.

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Although that picture isn’t much better – still trying to find the right white balance under my florescent light – any suggestions are welcome!  My joes are topped with spicy pickles, mustard and Frank’s red hot wing sauce.  And nothing goes better with sloppy joes than tater tots!

Time to go warm up my car.  Usually by this time of the winter there is at least a glimmer of spring – but not this year!  Make it a great day!

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One-Pot Lemon Garlic Chicken Pasta

Breakfast tacos were back on the menu.  #love  I made them at home and reheated them at work.  I popped them in the toaster oven to crisp up again, then got busy at my desk and got back to them in the nick of time – nearly burned them!  These were extra crunchy – they were filled with egg whites, baby spinach, cheddar cheese and taco sauce.

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Work was busy, so that was nice – makes the day go by so much faster.  It’s funny because one of my bosses almost apologizes when he gives me a lot of work, and I keep telling him I’d rather be doing real work than making scratch pads out of scrap paper any day of the week.

I had a break and got to the gym to swim and try out my new goggles.  They were perfect!  They had a nice suction and I didn’t have raccoon eyes after swimming with them for 35 minutes.

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Lunch was more leftover chicken noodle soup and some cucumbers with ranch and hot sauce.

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I’ve said it before, but lately Tony hasn’t been the biggest fan of red sauce in pasta.  OMG, I could eat a good marinara with a spoon.  Check out Veronica’s spaghetti and meatballs – I may have to make this for one of my lunches next week.  Tony isn’t a fan of balls either (but I am!). Open-mouthed smile

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I found a recipe on Pinterest, didn’t pin it, but printed out the recipe and the link on the bottom of the printout is so tiny I can’t read where I got it from.  Dammit!  So if this is your recipe – thank you.  I adapted it a bit because you know I left out the onion and I reduced the amount of olive oil from 1/4 cup to 1 tablespoon.  This makes 4 servings:  444 calories, 14 fat, 33 carbs, 1 fiber and 43 protein.

One-Pot Lemon Garlic Chicken Pasta

Ingredients

  • One-Pot Lemon Garlic Chicken Pasta
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 pound boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cut into bite sized pieces
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt and pepper
  • 4 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 3 cups low sodium chicken broth
  • 8 ounces pasta of choice
  • 1 lemon, squeezed (about 1/4 cup juice) plus the zest from it
  • 1/2 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1 cup baby spinach (that was just for me)

Instructions

  1. Season the chicken with salt and pepper and heat olive oil over medium high heat. Sear the chicken, but don’t cook it all the way through. Remove to a bowl. Add garlic and cook for 1-2 minutes, just until it starts to brown. Add in the broth and uncooked pasta. Bring to a boil, then turn the heat down, put a lid on the pan and cook for 15 minutes. Remove cover and add chicken back in and cook for 5 more minutes over medium low heat. Remove from heat and stir in lemon juice, lemon zest, baby spinach. Plate each bowl and divide the shredded Parm over the top of each plate.
http://www.mybizzykitchen.com/2014/02/26/one-pot-lemon-garlic-chicken-pasta/

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I also added a bit of crushed red pepper to mine.  The verdict?  We really liked this.  The sauce was not too lemony and it tasted like a spring pasta dish to me, even if we are going back to arctic air.  At the rate we are going, I am not sure that we’ll ever see spring this year!

I am on the schedule at Zeal tonight.  I am going to call before I go over and see if they need me before heading over there.  While it is only a 10-15 drive from my office, it’s a 45 minute drive from my house and I’d rather save the gas if they don’t need me.

I feel like making an egg white omelet for breakfast – off to get that started and to heat up my car – it’s only –3 degrees but with the wind chill feels like –19.  I think we need to move to Key West!

Make it a great day!