Friday, November 09, 2012

MIA Strikes Again!

Oh Boy have I got to catch up!
I do think about this blog every day, I just don't ever get to it.  I know I have done this before. I think when things get hectic, this is the first thing I cut off my to do list. It all started with Manic Monday disappearing and then my posts all together...eeeek.  I am not comfortable with long silences so I will try to pick back up where I left off.  Like old friends, you can pick up where you left off without any hard feelings, right?
What have I been up to?  Well, I am taking the second part of my memoir class (started in October and ends in March) and have been writing a LOT.  This has really taken away from blog time for sure but I am making progress and can't wait until I can announce that I got a book deal (thinking positive here).
My day job has also kept me very busy as of late with expense reconciliation, video editing, blog postings (another blog), presentations, meeting planning, travel booking, etc. - basically all of the things that come along with assisting an executive who travels all the time who I never get to see plus some extras.  I really like my boss and that is important when there is a ton to work to do.
Keeping house as much as I can.  Now that my living room and kitchen have been painted I am a bit obsessed with keeping them as tidy as I can, but don't have a lot of time. I think need an assistant myself!  Hey, how do I get an intern?
Anyway, I have been making some pretty good food to fill my belly and stick to my bones (as my Mom would say) during my long working days.
Here are a couple of my favorites:

Greek Tomato Roasted Potatoes
Preheat oven to 350
:: 2 lbs of potatoes (cut into wedges)
:: 2 large tomatoes (or the equivalent)
:: 1/2 large onion
:: 4 Tbls Olive Oil
:: Salt and Pepper
:: 1 tsp Dried Oregano - rub between hands and sprinkle on top
(toss together the above ingredients in a deep baking dish)
Place baking dish on middle rack and pour 2 Cups of water down the side of the pan, as not to disrupt everything too much.  Jiggle the pan a bit to make sure water covers the bottom and bake for about an hour and 30 minutes until most of the water is soaked up and potatoes are golden brown.  Turn the potatoes every so often while cooking so they don't stick on the bottom. My potatoes got nice and creamy inside and were deeeelish.
I will have just this for a meal and be totally happy!  Fry up leftovers in a skillet with breakfast and you are good to go. Potatoes can do no wrong in my book.

Tim has been working most evenings so we don't have dinner together much anymore so I try to make things that are easy for him to reheat as well (without a microwave).  I made this soup last week - recipe here. I didn't use the crock pot though since peas cook so fast. I also wanted more green so I added an entire 1 lb bag of organic frozen spinach - yumm.
No matter how inundated with projects I get, I do feel it is super important to fill myself with good, wholesome food.  This is the time of year we almost always have soup (with leftovers in the freezer) and some sort of beans going on the stove top or crock pot.  Yumm.

As busy as life is (and let's face it, no one is busier than anyone else these days), I am a true believer in taking time for myself whether it be for a nap, writing or cooking (which mellows me out). I no longer give myself a bad time about it either. Life is too short. If I can't be good to myself, how can I be good for anyone else. Right?

This little cutie reminds me to take breaks as well and gets me out walking a couple times day which I love!

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