Summer Time Dinners

Need a quick summer meal? With the kids gone for the summer, coming up with meals for two becomes a task. No one actually wants to cook especially in the heat but with some leftovers in the fridge you can always get a little creative. Last night we had a yummy pasta dish I would totally make again.

Italian tomatoes with chicken over ramen noodles:

1 1/2 pre cooked chicken breasts – diced into 1 inch squares- ours had been seasoned in the initial cooking with Montreal Steak Seasoning
1/2 container grape tomatoes
1 tbsp. olive oil
1 tsp. minced garlic
Italian seasoning to taste
2 pk. chicken flavored ramen noodles

Cook ramen noodles according to directions and drain. This can be done as you are making up the sauce.

In a sauté pan heat olive oil, add garlic sautee for 1 minute. Slice grape tomatoes into quarters and add to pan. Once the tomatoes start to release their juices sprinkle mixture with Italian Seasonings. Continue cooking over medium heat add in diced chicken. Heat through, mix with ramen noodles and sprinkle with parmesan cheese.

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Crazy People

I have determined people are trying to make me crazy.  From the resident who has 2 cat and 3 dogs in a two bedroom apt that measures less than 900 square feet.  To the resident who says they have no heat but their baseboards heaters are reading between 101-107 degrees on an infrared thermometer.  To the maintenance guys who cannot seem to keep track of keys.  It’s enough to drive a body batty.  Then add in kids, spouse and other family and well you better just forget staying sane. Anyway, tomorrow is another day and hopefully sanity will reign supreme or maybe the weather will be cold enough to keep the crazies inside.  LOL

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I admit, I like blogging.  Now I am not as prolific as my sister-in-law or some other blogs that I follow but I do truly enjoy writing one.  It’s fun to pop on-line and scribble out your thoughts.  Embarrass your children and husband, lament or glorify your job, post recipes or even just ramble.  Now that it is winter and things are slowing down while I would like to think that I will blog more, I cannot make that promise.  This winter has been crazy here in Ohio.  We’ve had snow and wet and very limited sunshine.  Though today would seem to be the exception to that rather than the rule.  Today sunlight is pouring into my office practically blinding me and keeping it at an overall temperature of about 80 degrees.  Now as someone who likes to dress for the weather (love those winter sweaters) an 80 degree office is somewhat overwhelming.  So I open a window, and my employees moan and groan.  Lamenting the cold.  And how it isn’t right for me to open my windows when it is 39 degrees outside.  And to them I say…get over it.  They love me anyway (ha ha ha).  Usually I end up shutting my office doors to avoid sending a draft everywhere.  And normally they just crank up the heat.  See future blog on being Green (lol).  Anyway that is all for today.  More tomorrow…maybe. 😉

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Its that time of year…Girl Scout Cookie Time!

I love this time of year and I wait patiently for it to arrive every year.  The time when the children (girls specifically) come to the office with their Girl Scout Cookie order forms.  This year one of my employees almost sent them away after placing his order.  I asked him what was wrong with him and told him that he could not possibly deprive the rest of us of the yumminess.  This would be the same employee who we actually had to contact the sales girl again because he realized after she left that he had not ordered enough cookies.  As these are a once a year item, I can say I totally understand.  We were then joking around about the cookies we ordered and how long they would actually last. Personally only ever order one box of samoas because I can scarf them down within hours of their arrival.  In fact samoas rarely make it out of the office.  Now thin mints,  on the other hand I tend to hoard away.  Most of the time I just don’t take them home so that I don’t have to share them with anyone.  Not kind,  I know but it’s not like I don’t by cookies for everyone else because I do.  I buy tagalongs, dosido’s and trefoils.  So I comfort myself by saying that I am sharing.  Nothing like a yummy Girl Scout Cookie.

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And it continues…

So we are now if not well into the New Year we are at least chugging along nicely.  Both Cass and Ingvild are working their way through mid terms (ugh) and of course Ms. Bean is just happy to be oblivious to such things.  Though she did write Ingvild a nice little note wishing her luck on her exams.  Both girls decided we need to go to Chicago again last night.  Ms. Bean because she wants to see Lego land and Ingvild because she has family out that way.  Don’t know that it will happen but can’t say definitively that it won’t either.  Guess it will one of those surprise things.  Ingvild also wants to go the Toledo Zoo so she can see the underwater hippo exhibit.  I think perhaps that is a little more likely than Chicago.  But again you never know.  Lots to do these busy winter weekends.  Need sometime to relax.  A friend observed that weekends don’t even feel like weekends anymore because there is always so much to do.  Guess its just a matter of making the time.  Oh well, more later. 🙂

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It’s a New Year…

Here we are again at the start of a New Year.  And while I am still trying to figure out where last year ran off too and cannot say I am altogether sorry to see it go.    I am happy to be celebrating my 10th wedding anniversary this month and looking forward to an exciting 2010.  We are getting ready soon to start looking for our 2010-2011 exchange student though I believe it will be difficult to find one as wonderful as Ingvild.  We have been quite spoiled by her good nature and thoughtfulness.  And while I anticipate like any child that comes into ones life that our hearts will grow to accomodate them I expect many tears come time for her departure in June.  I also expect PC to pack herself into Ingvild’s suitcase so she can go off to discover the great white north.  Much like Ms. Bean, PC has completely adopted Ingvild into our family.  I fear Ingvild will be cleaning cat fur off her clothing for many years after her return home.

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Christmas Break…

Yeah I have been getting the blues for not posting in a while.  Sorry people been a bit busy…but I am back and only 7 days until Christmas.  The other thing I am hearing about is my lack of Christmas cards.  You know the ones people haven’t received yet.  But there is hope, I am on a forced more or less (the whole use it or lose it thing) vacation thru the end of the year.  Can’t complain though because of course I am getting paid for it.  However I fear the mice have already started playing in my absence.  We will see.  But with that said it is now time to enjoy the Christmas holiday.  Still have some cookies to bake, possibly a gingerbread house to make, and then there is the decorating on which I am way way way behind.  Got to get busy.  Presents to wrap, books to read, swimming for one kid and studying for another.  Although I am not sure AR reading counts as studying, nor does flute, recorder or guitar practice.  But we will make it thru.  As the reindeer in Prep and Landing says “laughing all the way”.  Merry Christmas to all and to all a good night.

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