Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Creature of Habit Explores New Shell!

Are you a creature of habit? I certainly am, especially when it comes to cooking dinner. {Of course, I'm more in the habit of picking up dinner!} When I do cook dinner, I typically cook the same meals or at least use similar ingredients in most of my recipes. Rotel and Cream of Chicken soup are staples in my pantry! =)

Well tonight, I crawled out of my shell and tried something new. As my husband and daughter were headed out the door for soccer practice {Yes, my husband's awesome like that! He'll take Kailey to practice so that I can get things done at home.}, my daughter says "Mom, can you make spaghetti for dinner?" Now, spaghetti is one of my daughter's FAVORITE foods; however, it is NOT anywhere near my list of favorites. But remember, this is a time when I was feeling bold and was willing to experiment.

So, I called my parents and invited them over for dinner to test out my experiment. I just wouldn't be satisfied with feedback from my husband and daugher alone, I would need someone a little more critical. That taste-tester would be my father. He LoVes to cook, so I knew he'd give me his real opinion.

Here's the menu:
Stuffed Manicotti: I sauteed garlic, mushrooms, and onions. Then added boneless, skinless chicken tenders and seasoned it all with some crushed red peppers. {I LoVe anything and everything spicy!} While the chicken was cooking, I cooked the manicotti noodles. After draining the noodles, I stuffed each manicotti noodle with a spoonful of cottage cheese and a cooked chicken tender. Using just a bit of some spaghetti sauce I lined my casserole dish to prevent the noodles from sticking. Then placed the stuffed manicotti in, covered them with the remaining sauce and the remaining mushrooms and onion. I topped it off with some feta cheese crumbs.

Salad: Mixed spinach and greens, tomatoes, bell peppers (red, yellow, & orange), jalepenos, onions, feta cheese, and a Greek dressing

Bread: crescent rolls

It turned out deeeee-lish!!! We all LoVed it, including my biggest food critic. Guess I can add it into my mix of usual meals that I always fall back on when cooking dinner! As for my daughter's request, it's not spaghetti but it was pasta with an Italian theme. AND she inhaled it all the same!

Have you crawled out of your shell lately? You should, there's sunshine out there!

Thursday, March 25, 2010

Suggestions NEEDED!

I've mentioned before that one of my responsibilities at school is to do the morning announcements on the school PA system. Yep, that's right! I start off everyone's school day  with a quick musical intro and then a daily dose of what's goin' on in and around our school. (I really don't mind it. It's kind of fun!)

So last school year we started a tradition of hosting a spring Father-Daughter dance. Every successful dance has a rockin' DJ, right? Well, guess who my principal recommended to the PTO moms as the DJ? Oh yeah, your's truly! {Do you think listing "school DJ" on a resume would help me land a job later on in life? Hahaha!}

Well I survived our first dance last school year -- it went very well I might add. Lots of F-U-N!!! It's now time for that darling dance again and here's where you come in to play. I would LoVe to hear suggestions from you about songs that are a MUST to play at the dance. I've been going through my VERY large list of iTunes music trying to build a playlist with a variety of fun songs and sweet songs, but want to make sure I'm not missing anything. Plus, I just thought it would be fun to see what you come up with!

What songs do YOU think I should play?
This is my hubby and sweet girl at last year's dance. Unfortunately, they won't be there this year because my baby *sniff* girl *sniff, sniff* is too big for my school. *tears roll down my cheeks*

Monday, March 22, 2010

"Just Another Manic Monday"

Really, it was! A MANIC MONDAY!!! While I wasn't really ready for my Spring Break to be over, I certainly did not wish to start my week back to work in Manic Madness!

Has this ever happened to you??? ...

You go to bed late, wake up a time or two in the middle of the night for a bathroom break, and then the next thing you know you open your eyes, look over at the clock, and ...
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Scream! That's right, you scream because the clock says 7:25 and you are supposed to be at work in 5 minutes. Yes, 5 minutes! 5 MINUTES!!!!!

Even if I didn't have to take a shower, dry my hair, get dressed, put on some make-up, grab some breakfast, pack my lunch, and run out the door. I still couldn't make it to work in 5 minutes. It takes me 15 minutes just to drive to work! You do the math on that one!

So, I called school to let them know I would be late and then hit the floor like a
{My husband says I should take a shower that fast all of the time. Hmph!}

Let me tell you, ladies and geezermen, I DID take a shower, dry my hair, get dressed, put on some make-up, grab some breakfast, pack my lunch, run out the door, AND fly drive to work all in a matter of 45 minutes! That's right, I made it to work by 8:10. Remember it takes me 15 minutes just to drive to work. Not to mention the few minutes I took to call work. How fast did I get ready for work on this Manic Monday? -- you do the math!

Oh, and of course I had to allow some time to growl at my husband for setting the alarm clock for 5:55pm! This is the reason behind all of my Manic Madness in the first place! Grr! But the hubster says I should be thanking him for getting me that extra hour and a half of sleep - I. DON'T. THINK. SO. I'll be double checking his alarm setting skills tonight! I will make sure it's set for a.m.

However, at the end of the day, I survived and I still LoVe my husband! {By the way, thankfully my daugher spent the night at my parents' last night. She made it to school on time, thanks to my mother!}

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Spring has Sprung!

Have I told you how much I despise cold weather? No? Well, I much prefer 100 degree temps over 50 degrees ANY day! This is why living in Texas is perfect for me. Well almost perfect. Someday when the hubby and I retire, we may find us a little beach hut to live in during the winter months. That way on the rare occasion when it does snow, we'll have somewhere warm to go hibernate!

And since I LoVe warm weather, the fact that spring is in the air makes me HAPPY! Something else that reeeaaallllllyyy makes me happy ...

Spring Fling

That's right, I participated in Life as Lori's "Spring Fling" and am so HAPPY with my surprises. Don't you just LoVe surprises?!! Deb, from Sweet Tea, and I were paired up for the spring gift swap fun. I enjoyed getting to know Deb by stalking browsing her blog. She's a FUN gal! Go check out her blog and see the surprises I sent her. But first, check out the goodies I received!

This is me opening my package. Don't you just LoVe surprises?!!
{Please ignore the wardrobe and hairdo. I just returned from a run. Boy was I ecstatic when I found this package on my front doorstep!!! It was a pleasant way to end my run!}

Ooh, la, la! Spring has Sprung!
{Did you notice how my little dog, Pepper, keeps making an appearance in the pictures?}
Aren't those spring hand-towels just the cutest?
Can't wait to wear these fun earrings!
My favorite item amongst all of the goodies is the trio of the most adorable Easter bunnies!
I'm currently fighting with myself (Yes, I said I'm fighting with myself!) as I try to decide whether to keep these festive wooden bunnies at home on my sofa table for spring or take them to school to display in my library. If I take them to school, I can show them off to hundreds versus keeping them at home where only a few family and friends can enjoy them. Hmm. Any thoughts?

Thank you Deb for all of the A-W-E-S-O-M-E goodies!!! And thanks for being my Spring Fling partner. Also,  a BIG thanks to Lori for sponsoring this fun swap!

Oh, and I must give props to my photographer! ;-)
{Did I mention that I drug her along on my run? Can't you tell by the hair?!!}

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Let's BOOK it!

Who doesn't LoVe a good BOOK? Who doesn't LoVe a good, FREE BOOK?!! I'm hoping to be a lucky winner and receive a FREE BOOK from Finesse Your Nest's give away.

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