Zucchini-etti

 

 

Yes!  Spaghetti made from zucchini.  So no not spaghetti, zucchini-etti.

A random comment I made to Lori today when I looked in the kitchen at our mountain of zucchini triggered a thought that Leanne (her boss’s wife) had sent me a spiralizer.

Lori had taken Leanne some zucchini last week after I had made zucchini bread for everyone and sent it to work with her.

I jumped right on trying it out.  I spiraled two zucchini into “noodles” right then and there.  I then sautee’d them up in olive oil with some garlic, tomatoes, shrimp.  Dropped half of it into a bowl to take to work for dinner.

Quite yummy!!  I am already thinking about a marinara sauce tomorrow as I NEVER have spaghetti.  Zucchini-etti really was like al dente pasta.  I suppose like any pasta it would be easy to overcook but my first experiment was grand!

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I have a serious problem

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Went I put my Spring garden in this February, I took the zucchini start, pulled ONE of the plants off and planted it and sent the rest to school for the horticulture class.

Excuse me while I go look up some zucchini recipes.

(another)Weekend Away

After a crazy week of work, averaging 11 hour days and 25 clients in house all week I left on Friday night and flew to visit Katherine for her birthday weekend.

I didn’t arrive until midnight and got to her house shortly after. Luckily she had my bed made up already and I pretty much said hello and hugged her before going to bed.

Saturday was a great day. Katherine had picked up some Gluten Free bread and I had French Toast for the first time in a long time. I woke up to the smell of bacon and things just got better from there.

We settled on a walk at the Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge. It was a lovely walk and we mostly chatted and watched for birds. Lots of water fowl and one tri-colored Heron was spotted.

We stopped by the house that is soon not to be mine so I could say goodbye. Walking through it no longer felt like mine so that was a good thing. It will be easier this way when this chapter is over.

A late lunch followed at Anthony’s homeport and my salad was very yummy and our Bourbon and lemonades were even yummier.:)

The evening was low key, we watched a great movie “The Woman in the Van” and I had more toast because there was bread I could eat and it is such a treat!!!

Sunday I had another lovely breakfast for me and we went downtown and wondered around the Museum of History and Industry before lunch and a little more visiting before heading to the airport.  I landed about 10:40 and was home and in bed before midnight.

The weekend was fun!  However traveling two weekends in a row with a crazy work week in the middle I am exhausted and looking forward to a weekend at home.

36 Hours

The house was listed on Tuesday afternoon.

Thursday a couple different people had already looked at it.  (And set off the alarm in doing so )  One wanted to make an offer and I had a long conversation with my broker.  Basically they wanted to know if I would ‘accept’ the offer now or wait until the weekend when more were likely to come in.

We (rather the broker) told them if they had a “Strong” offer I would consider it.  Otherwise I would hold it until we could have an open house this weekend and see what other offers came in.

We got the offer, just ABOVE the asking price.  So by Thursday afternoon (less that 48 hours after listing) I was under contract.

The inspection is next week and then the appraisal.  By the end of next week we will know what if anything else is needed prior to selling and if the appraisal supports the offer price.

I could very well not own this home as of May 31st.  Bittersweet.  If it all happens with few hitches from here it will also be a relief.  It has been an exhausting year already.

Wednesday Morning

We have managed to work a Wednesday morning walk into our schedules.  This has happened regularly for several months now, even today although I didn’t get home from work until 2am.

We also want to incorporate this on Mondays and Fridays but that is still hit and miss with all of the things we have going on.

Wednesday however is very nice.  A walk through Eldorado Nature Center every week and then out for breakfast together.  It is a lovely low key way to break up our week when we see so little of each other during the week.

This morning this lovely Egret was having breakfast, two lizards right off the shore and many little bugs and stuff in the water.

I just loved the blue sky through the trees reflecting in the water.

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A little morning baking

I got home from the weekend away,  Lori had picked a bunch of our prolific zucchini.  I only planted ONE zucchini plant on purpose!

On Monday before we both went to work I made 12 loafs of bread for her to take to her chair, other faculty and staff at school.  From what I understand no one wanted to share.

Luckily she also took some of the zucchini that I didn’t use into school as well (the photo is after I used a bunch for bread.)

Today while watering, yep a bunch more to pick!!

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Weekend with my sisters…..priceless

Cheap-o flights from Spirit Airlines (whom I will never fly on again and will go into that in a future post.) Event rates from the Best Western. Three taxi rides, miscellaneous food and weekend parking at LAX!

It was a very fun, albeit busy 3-day weekend.  Lots of laughing, four meals (all yummy), bonus sight-seeing, two medals and a ton of inspiration.

Della (my sister) drove in from Calimesa the night before and slept on our couch.  We had a 10:15 flight on Friday morning and so we had to leave by 7 for LAX.  Yes it is only 20 miles away but it took an hour to get there and then more than an hour to get through the ridiculous security line.  Our flight happened to be delayed by 40 minutes so we actually had time to stand in the Starbucks line for just about 45 minutes and get tea and coffee before getting on the flight.

Surprisingly our flight wasn’t too late getting into New Orleans and we got an immediate taxi to the hotel.  Checking in was a breeze and we settled into our room before heading out to get our first and last food of the day at 5pm.

Soon after we met up with our sister Tureaza at the hotel and she registered for the competition and we waited with her for her tanning appointment.  Lots of laughing but no night life for us.  Tureaza had a early morning call so went back to her hotel and friends she was staying with.

Saturday Della was up way before me, I was just so sleepy.  She was showered and went and bought our tickets to the pre-judging that started at 9:00.  We had really good seats and watched all of the judging for all the divisions as my sisters were all at the end.  She was in three different competitions.  Masters (for over 35); Novice for first time competitors; and Overall.

After the pre-judging was over (about 1pm) we all went to lunch, Tureaza’s coaches were allowing her grilled chicken and rice, her first carbs in days.  She was so excited.  My friend Vivian who was coming to see the show met up with us at the same time as well.

After lunch (which we walked a block to Outback) we hung out in our room and Tureaza relaxed and put her feet up to get ready for finals in the evening.  We had several hours of just hanging out in our room.  She re-did her make up and I curled her hair for the finals.

Finals started about 6:00 pm and again Bikini was at the end.  You would think that with most of the judging going on in the morning this would be a quicker affair but it was not.  This whole thing took nearly four hours but was a lot of fun and a packed room full of excited and cheering people.

Tureaza won 2nd place in the Masters and 5th place in the Overall.  So proud of all her hard work and dedication.  I don’t have a problem eating the same food day after day, but the extent of her diet for the last week is dull.  For the five days up to her competition she was allowed boiled chicken and lettuce.  Yep, every meal, (5 or 6 meals a day), every day!

So when the competition was over, we all went out for dinner.  We went to a pizza place called the Mellow Mushroom, it closed at midnight and we were the last ones there as they swept around us.  It was quite humorous just how many of the competitors where already there when we got there.  They all were happy to eating and like my sister who took two days away from the training diet are back on track, these people are dedicated!!!

Sunday morning I was the one up early, showered and reading before Della and Vivian were up.  We checked out and took a taxi down to the French Quarter for a little local flair before heading out.  Tureaza and her friends met up with us for Breakfast and a walk around before we took another taxi back to the airport and another even suckier flight home on Spirit.

It was a very fun weekend with my sisters and friends.  Things move slow when there are eight peoples desires and schedules to take into account.  Luckily we were all there for Tureaza’s event, the rest we fit in was just bonus time.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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