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Put the Kettle on....

First Week of Work for 2014 - DONE! 
Jan. 11, 2014 5:12 am 
Updated: Jan. 12, 2014 12:16 pm

This past week was the first "full" week of work for 2014 and it flew by! My "full" week consisted of Monday (a day with no students as it was a work day for staff only). Tuesday and Wednesday school was cancelled - we were in the middle of the Polar Vortex (who comes up with these things??) and boy was I glad to stay home! Thursday and Friday we were back to school, but I spent Friday morning at a workshop. All in all I'd say I sort of wish all my "full" weeks went like this first one!

Tuesday morning when I got up I vowed I was NOT going to do any chores or even get dressed until I darn well felt like it. It was 11:30 before I hauled my lazy butt off the couch and got showered and dressed for the day. I rarely sit around in my pj's that long; in fact I couldn't tell you the last time I did that. I spent the day doing what I felt like doing - which meant I did a lot of reading and a lot of drinking hot tea and munching on Christmas cookies I pulled from the freezer. When Jon got home from work (yes, Jon had to work...) we piled into his already warmed-up truck and headed to the restaurant. Tuesday is our day to go to the restaurant to take checks, pick up any bills from Federico, and handle anything that may have happened along over the weekend.  And, of course, we let Victor cook us dinner.  I figure we have to make sure he's still doing a fantastic job of preparing all that delicious Mexican food!  Kristal and Jake usually meet us there and we enjoy a nice dinner together.  It was so cold out that there weren't many customers.  I would not have ventured out on that cold, cold night if we didn't have to.  Since the place was so slow, we got to sit at the "prime" table - the one right next to the fire place.  Federico had a roaring fire burning merrily in that fireplace and it felt so nice and warm! It's a gas fireplace so he doesn't have to work hard at starting it or keeping it going.  :)

After we left the restaurant and got home, my phone rang.  School was cancelled for Wednesday as well!  I was doing the happy dance all around the house to the tune of, "Shut up! You are so lucky! Some of us have to work!".....    Jon just doesn't "get" my excitement. Nor does he share in it.  I had some plans for Wednesday and they involved spending time in my kitchen.  This time spent was going to be time spent as a labor of love for my best friend.  Tawnia's mother had been battling pancreatic cancer and her struggles had come to an end.  I wanted to do something that would give them one less thing to worry about during this time.  Tawnia has two sons, one of which is one of my son's best friends, so I figured a comforting casserole would be enjoyed by them. 

First I filled my crockpot with turnips, parsnips, carrots, red potatoes, onions, and chicken thighs for our dinner.  I stuck the veggies in the pot, seasoned with salt and pepper, then layered a couple lemon slices, then I rubbed the chicken with olive oil and covered them with a mixture of crushed rosemary, Hungarian paprika, pepper, and thyme.  I set the crockpot on low and got busy putting a casserole together for Tawnia and her family.  One of our favorite comfort casseroles is a Chicken Noodle Casserole.  It has just the right amount of "comfort" creamy goodness to it.  The buttery cracker topping helps, too.  I knew they would enjoy it. 

I called my friend and asked if I could drop by her house for just a minute.  She was not home but was in town taking care of some things for her father, so she said she would drop by.  When she arrived at my house she said she had time to have a cup of tea and visit for a while; she could really use the distraction of some time just trying to be "normal".  I filled a plate with some cookies and we sat down to catch up with one another. 

While Jon and I were eating our crockpot dinner I received a text from my friend.  They really enjoyed their casserole.  It had been a big help to her to not have to worry about fixing dinner for her family.  I was glad to have been able to help her out in some small way.

Thursday and Friday were pretty much normal days as the temperature had risen and school was back in session.  Friday night is another one of our trips to the restaurant so we can sign paychecks.  After a tasty dinner prepared once again by Victor, Jon and I sat in the hot tub and just relaxed and spent some time planning our weekend.  Nothing special is planned, but we hope to get a few things accomplished.  One of those things being getting the living room back to order.  We finally have all of our new furniture!  We also still have the old loveseat taking up space.  Space that really isn't available.  It is going to be moved out this weekend.

The temperatures are bearable, but now it is raining.  The yard is a slushy, soon to be muddy mess.  Good thing Suzy knows she has to stop and get her feet wiped off when she comes back inside!

Jan. 11, 2014 5:56 am
Sounds like you have had some real quality time this first week of 2014. I hope to get to that restaurant of yours one day and I wish you and yours a healthy and happy 2014.
Jan. 11, 2014 7:17 am
Hi mauigirl - I'd love to see you at our restaurant! Happy New Year!
Jan. 11, 2014 8:10 am
You know, some days you just really need to do NOTHING when you feel like it :) I'm sure your company and sending dinner home helped your friend a great deal. I, too, want to come some day and sample your restaurant's food!
Jan. 11, 2014 10:24 am
Cat - I'd also love to see you at my restaurant. Remember - there are tons of wineries around here, too! :)
Jan. 11, 2014 12:38 pm
It's these cold yucky days are when I most appreciate being able to stay home and my work comes to me! Audrie and Little Luke and I snuggle and play by the warmth of the heater all day! Those chicken dishes sound so yummy! My prayers go out to your friends!
Jan. 11, 2014 1:21 pm
I love being able to not have to go to work esp. in the winter. A wonderful thing you have done and are doing for your friends. Prayers to your friends and you also.
Jan. 11, 2014 2:12 pm
rock on ma! a very nice week you had. very nice of you to make a casserole for your friend. thanks for increasing the size of your blog :)
Jan. 11, 2014 5:39 pm
Mother Ann - sounds like you had a lovely week. We ended up and had school canceled every day, so Monday will finally be my first day back. I make the same casserole for families in need. In fact, you were the one who recommended it a long time ago. It is so good and everyone I've made it for has asked for the recipe. I always keep ingredients on hand to fix it at a moments notice. Enjoy what is left of your rainy weekend. We are having the same weather here.
Jan. 12, 2014 4:21 am
Terry, unbelievably there were actually people at school who claimed they had gotten bored at home and were glad to be back! What is wrong with those people??!! Bored? Not me. I could stay home every day and find things to keep me busy. You are so lucky to have your "work" come to you. I would not consider what you do work -it's way too much fun! :) Lucky you!
Jan. 12, 2014 4:22 am
gderr - I'm glad I increased the size of my blog, too! A HUGE shout out to all the great people who told me how to do it! :)
Jan. 12, 2014 4:24 am
Molly - I try to keep those ingredients on hand as well - it really is a great comfort food. The weekend has been great so far. And hubby got up early and took Suzy out for the last day of duck season here. I hope they bring back a goose, actually, our freezer is bare of goose and I like it best.
Jan. 12, 2014 8:31 am
It was such an odd week with the weather! Now we get back to normal. Thanks for the casserole tip - it sure will be on our table soon!
Jan. 12, 2014 12:16 pm
Maggi - I'm hoping we're back to normal this week!
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I've been married for 33 years, and live in Ohio. We have a daughter who is married and lives nearby. Our son graduated from college and moved to South Dakota. He has his own place but still goes to visit my sister and brother-in-law and have dinner with them occasionally. We have two black labs that get to go duck hunting with dad and two cats. We own a Mexican restaurant and are learning alot about the food industry. I love to eat, go camping, read, spend time with family and friends, watch movies, and drink wine; not necessarily in that order.
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I love to bake - anything chocolate is fine with me. Seafood, chicken dishes and slow-cooker fare.
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My husband and I enjoy cooking together with wine. We pop open a bottle of wine and get cooking. :-)
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Whenever I can put together a meal that gets many compliments and leaves the diners satisfied is a triumph in my book! I love to cook meals for family and friends.
My cooking tragedies
When I was first married we had my grandparent's-in-law over for a pot roast dinner. The meat came out great, but the potatoes and carrots were still half raw. My husband's grandfather went to cut his fork into a carrot and it flew off his plate. He looked at me, winked, and said he loved his carrots that way!
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