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Started at a Different Office

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This morning, I started out my day at a different hotel than I usually do.  Because I am the manager of two properties, I try to spend a little bit of time at both.

When I called Brian at lunch, he specifically asked me if there was anything left at work.  I had no idea what he was talking about. All I could think of was the envelope the night auditor left by the door for us to pick up…clearly not what Brian was talking about.  When I said no, I think it threw Brian off a bit.

At around 2pm, I headed over to the other property to finish off my day, and there they were…

What a great fiance!  He was confused because he didn’t know that I would be starting the day at the other property…oops!  Luckily, I was splitting my time at both places 🙂  It was a great surprise to the middle of my day!

Dinner

When I arrived home, I was very excited because dinner was waiting for me….in the crock pot.  Last week, in my attempt to find a little extra time in my week, I decided to go with a suggestion from my mom.  She suggested to make a giant meal in a crock pot, so that I have meals for the week or that I can freeze and reheat for a later date.  What a simple and great idea!

Tonight’s meal was a take on The Savvy Vegetarian’s Barley Lentil Crockpot Soup.  I added a bit of shrimp to mine for some extra protein.  The meal was warm and a tad spicy from some chili powder I added.  It will be great to eat again in the cooler months!

The recipe made exactly 5 servings…how perfect 😉

I ate the 5th serving 🙂

I must say, I am really loving the pre-prep ideas that I have been trying.  It is really making my life easier.  Getting used to having a set schedule is a little more challenging than I thought it would be.  I know I will get used to it eventually, but right now these little prepare ahead of time tips are getting me through!

I hope you all had a great start to the week, too!

Question of the Evening:

  • Do you prepare all of your food at the beginning of the week, or do you prepare things as you go???

Perfect Mother’s Day

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First of all, Mom was completely surprised by my visit!  The plan was a success.

 

Today was the perfect day for gardening.  As soon as my mom and sister arrived back at the house, my mom put Brenna and I to work.  She gave each of us a giant pot and told us to “get creative” and fill the pot with flowers.

I have to admit, I was a little intimidated by the “creativity” aspect of this gardening task.  When it comes to plants, flowers, and landscaping I really enjoy it when it looks nice and put together, but getting it to that point is usually not the portion of the process that I am apart of.  Even so, Brenna and I took our pots and got creative!

We had plenty of plants to choose from and even had to go to the store two extra times to get more pots because my mom bought so many flowers.

This was my pot before I got my hands dirty.

It is actually more of a flower bed.

The finished product!  I decided to make it a “fire and ice” theme by using the  red, orange, yellow, blue, and white flowers.  I hope it survives the summer.  For some reason, I have a history of killing plants…not on purpose, they just don’t survive once I get my hands on them, but maybe this summer will be different.

Brenna and I then got busy in the kitchen preparing dessert and dinner for my mom.  Dessert was a recipe that Brenna found on pinterest.  Strawberry Lemonade Cake.  It was just as good as it sounds.  The frosting was a combination of marshmallow fluff, cream cheese, lemonade Kool-Aid, and yellow food coloring.  It was tasty and tart on it’s own, and paired perfectly with the strawberry cake.

For the main meal I steamed asparagus using my mom’s new silicone vegetable steamer.  It was so simple to use and the asparagus turned out perfectly!  Simply put a small amount of water in the bottom of a pan, set the silicone steamer in the pan, then place the vegetable in the steamer.  Turn the burner on, cover with a lid, and let the veggies steam for about 5 minutes.  Not only does it work well, but it looks cute too 😉  I haven’t done much experimenting with this little gadget, but my mom says that fish could be steamed in this little basket as well.

Brenna made ribs for my mom and her with my mom’s homemade spice rub, beer, and barbeque sauce.  They looked super messy, and my mom and Brenna ate every last bite…they must have been good!

We also had a side of homemade caesar salad.  I have never been a red meat person, so I made myself a nice piece of cod with garlic salt.

Now that our bellies are full and the garden is planted, it is time to catch up on TV, and completely relax.  It is nice to just be at home and actually have a chance to simply enjoy one another’s company.  This was the perfect way to spend such a special day.

I hope you had a great Mother’s Day!

Tempeh First Timer

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Meeting with the florist earlier today was amazing!  I actually found her on The Knot and realized that her shop was near an area right by Butler that I had been to several times.  After talking with her for a while, I found out that she graduated from Butler with a degree in Arts Administration too!  Instant connection.

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She said that she will be sending me a quote this weekend, and I know that it will be a hard decision between this florist and the first one that I met with.  Should I take personality and the “vibe” I got from each person into account?  I suppose I will deal with that when the decision needs to be made.

 

Dinner

Tonight’s dinner was a newbie!  I have read several recipes made with tempeh, but I never actually understood what it was and was a little nervous about trying it.  After doing a bit of research, asking a couple of questions, and finding an approachable recipe, I purchased tempeh and decided to give it a go.

 

If you have never heard of tempeh, tempeh is a cake made of fermented and cultured whole soy beans.  It has a higher content of protein, dietary fiber, and vitamins than tofu.  Although it has a pretty earthy flavor on it’s own, it really picks up the flavors of the ingredients surrounding it.

I used a recipe from Clare on Fitting It All In for Garlic Soy, Eggplant and Zucchini.  The recipe was simple, easy to follow, and a great introductory recipe for tempeh!

Precooked Eggplant and Zucchini

Precooked Eggplant and Zucchini

It had a slightly soy sauce flavor, and the vegetables were cooked to the perfect tenderness.

I am now relaxing, watching the Food Network, and in desperate need of painting my nails.

EEK! I haven’t painted them since Chelsea’s Wedding!!

What new ingredient have you used lately??