Blowing off Steam: Cooking and Other Adventures

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IT’S ONLY 2:15???

That was my last Facebook post.  I was trying to think of something else to say but that pretty much sums it up!  We were banished to a day inside by hurricane Sandy and I have already made pumpkin muffins, puppets, a fort with a sun roof (a/k/a huge hole ripped into it by accident), done several puppet shows (“Hi! I’m a witch!  Hi! I’m a monkey!  Ok, bye!), broiled chicken for the soup I will make tonight, discovered that has the original Super Mario Bros. game FOR FREE (no, we don’t have a Nintendo or X-Box and now I am going to be totally playing this game since I never had it as a kid either and had to mooch off my friends), ate lunch (cheese sandwich and an orange, thank you) and now… I am out of ideas.  That was the end of the line as far as my creativity goes.  I always wanted to be one of those moms who sits on the floor and plays with her kids for hours and magically they don’t fight with each other and everyone plays together nicely for hours.  Did I mention FOR HOURS?  Sorry.  I can’t get past that part.  Anyway, I thought I would be able to come up with craft after craft and cool make believe games like my mom always did.  But that’s not how I turned out.

I taught the kids how to kick soccer balls, catch a Frisbee, hit a golf ball, hunt for roly poly bugs, catch minnows and crayfish, climb like monkeys and make a damn good pasta sauce but when it comes to building ANYTHING out of Legos I am not your girl.  If there aren’t directions, forget it.  I can’t even get past a wall of Legos or my go-to garage for toy cars.  My 4 yr old has already surpassed me in the drawing department so that’s out of the question and given that my attention span is quite possibly shorter than my 2 yr old’s anything that takes longer than 10 minutes makes me short circuit.

So that brings us to now.  Go in the playroom and play with the kids more you say?  We attempt to do this at least once a day and it always ends the same way.  Someone screaming and/or crying that their toy of choice wasn’t played with correctly, (dinosaurs and horses CAN NOT play together and don’t even get them started on My Little Pony), which results in said toy being removed from the scene, leading to more screaming/crying (by all of us) and everyone in time out (me included). It’s really a blast and though I should probably give up we still keep trying!

I hope (sort of) one day to have figured this whole play-with-your-kids-inside-with-no-TV thing out but for now, I think I will make them bundle up and rake the yard.  Come on, it’s a balmy 44 degrees out, (feels like 36 according to The Weather Channel)! That’s practically t-shirt weather!  Don’t look at me like that I really won’t DO it.  Sheesh.  Can’t a girl have some fun?

Roasted Tomato Basil Soup with 5 Cheese Italian Panini

I first saw this soup on Pinterest (no way!) and committed to make it tonight.  As usual, I couldn’t settle for the recipe at hand and had to view several versions and make additions and deletions as I saw fit.  I also couldn’t settle for just white bread and Gruyere croutons.  I needed something more.  I brainstormed with my friend D and her suggestion blossomed into an Italian style panini with ciabatta rubbed with garlic and topped with Asiago, Romano, Parmesan, sharp provolone and mozzarella.  Not just any mozzarella would do.  I went with bocconcini seasoned with herbs and garlic.  In two words:  WICKED AWESOME (we all know how cool it is to be orange-y and reflective like the soup in the picture and yes, I said wicked.).

Soup (Serves 4-6):

  • 1 1/2 lbs of plum tomatoes (about 9), halved lengthwise
  • olive oil
  • salt & pepper
  • 1 medium yellow onion, diced
  • 3 large garlic cloves, minced
  • pinch crushed red pepper
  • 1 14.5 ounce can crushed or whole San Marzano tomatoes, no salt added
  • 1 cup fresh packed basil leaves
  • pinch dried thyme
  • 2 cups homemade chicken stock
  • 1/2 cup cream (or in this case, evaporated milk to cut the fat)

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Chickens in Paradise

Boy child is doing lap after lap after lap around the house, naked, screaming “Time for a cherry and a lime on top.  Let me let me let me stop.  A E I Z I E…” pause… “Is this good exercise for my heart? A B C A D P A O N I C I EEEEEEEEE”.

Me: “Yes it is but stop if you can’t breathe.”

Boy child: “Ok.  I can breathe.” Breathes in and out deeply several times like he is hyperventilating.

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My “Why” (Video)

Good morning everyone!! I wanted to share with you a quick video that I was asked to make explaining my “why” for joining my company.  This is the first time I have ever made a video of myself and it took 4 takes just to get it under 2 minutes because I am a talker!  By the 4th take I decided to just hand it over and let it be!  I am excited to share this with you because it will give you a little glimpse into who I am beyond the blog posts.  The video is a little goofy but it’s all me!  Enjoy!

I am making it my goal this week (and every week after that) to touch the lives of as many people as possible in a positive way, whether it be a big smile when they seem down or a hug, or simply letting someone get the better parking spot, just because.  It doesn’t take big dramatic actions to make someone’s day a little better.  Give it a shot!  You would be surprised how much one small positive action can change the entire mood of the day!

I would love to hear what you do to keep your days as positive as possible!


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