Wednesday, 28 November 2012

Wordless Wednesday

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Saturday, 24 November 2012

Mini Chicken and Mushroom Pot Pies

These little things are Heaven in a ramekin!  And, they are SO easy to make!




I got the recipe from "First for Women" Magazine and have tried it a few times.  Now that I have perfected it with my own twist, I am pleased to share it with you!

The recipe says it serves 6, but I used smaller ramekins, so it ended up making 8.

2 pkgs of refrigerated crescent dough (I used Pillsbury)
1 medium onion
8 ozs sliced mushrooms
1/2 small red pepper, diced
2 tbsps olive oil
1/2 bag of frozen peas and carrots
1 jar Alfredo sauce
1 pkg (.49 oz) chicken broth powder
1 tsp poultry seasoning
4 1/2 cups cubed cooked chicken
1 large potato, boiled and cut into 1 inch cubes
1 large sweet potato, boiled and cut into 1 inch cubes

1.  Grill chicken and boil the potatoes to just tender.
2.  Heat oven to 375 degrees.  Open the crescent roll dough and cut in half (where it is already perforated) and then cut each of the halves into four...so you have a total of 16 strips per package.  Divide the strips among 8 greased ramekins, pressing the ends into the bottoms.
3.  In a frying pan, over medium heat, cook onion, mushrooms and pepper in the oil for 5 minutes.  Add the next four ingredients.  Stir well.  Stir in the cooked chicken and potatoes to coat.
4.  Divide mixture among the ramekins.  Fold the dough over the filling, twisting to secure the tops.  Lightly cover with foil and bake for 30 minutes, removing the foil after 20 minutes.

I refrigerate the extras and Boy Oneder takes them to school for lunch! 

These things are AWESOME! Pin It

Friday, 23 November 2012

TGIF!!!

Wow....this week has lasted for what feels like a MONTH.  It's funny how sometimes (usually when I am on vacation) the week FLIES by and sometimes, the weeks drag on.  This one dragged peeps...ugh.

Last night, Hubster and I had parent/teacher interviews for Middleman and Threepeat.  Both boys are doing AMAZINGLY well.  I always love going to the interviews because, I am blessed with really, REALLY good boys.  They gush over my guys and tell me what a great job we are doing as their parents.  I just love that so much!

A special visitor will be arriving at our house soon.  I just bought an "Elf on the Shelf".  He is due to arrive in 3 to 9 days.  The boys (especially Threepeat) will be very excited!!  Oh, who am I kidding?  *I* am so exicted to see where this little guy will turn up every day!!!

I have almost finished Christmas shopping for Threepeat...he's the easy one.  I just have to buy the things he has asked Santa for...you know, the things that either don't exist or are very difficult (and expensive) to find?  Sigh...  As for the other boys, I am completely at a loss on what to get them.  What the heck do you get for 16 and a 13 year old boys that have pretty much everything?  Double sigh...it will probably end up being gift cards...I hate that.

The boys have a PA Day today and the two olders are still sleeping.  Threepeat is at daycare because he BEGGED me to let him go.  He so loves it there and they love him like their own.  He likes to play Angry Birds with his three best pals.

Anyway, back to work I go.  Have a great weekend!

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Tuesday, 20 November 2012

Drive By

A drive-by post is all I have time for today, so here goes...

  • Dudley is a maniac...of this I am sure.  He is truly Threepeat in dog form...never stops running and playing until he suddenly crashes and burns
  • Top Talent is done.  We rocked it.  We are now waiting for our final takeaways to complete our project
  • Boy Oneder is going to his semi-formal on November 30th.  He bought his outfit this weekend and he looks so handsome and grown up
  • Middleman is LOVING his new soccer team.  He is getting a real work out three days a week and has already made some great friendships with his new teammates
  • Threepeat continues with his gymnastics for about three more weeks.  We watch him every Monday night and he has a HUGE perma-smile on his face for the entire hour that he is in the gym
  • I have started my Christmas shopping.  Nowhere near done, but I have a few things already hidden away
  • I think I will put up our Christmas decorations and tree this weekend...maybe
  • We had a GREAT night out on Saturday with the neighbs.  Yet another one of us crossed over the hill and hit her forties.  We partied until the wee hours of the morning
  • The previous weekend, we went out for drinks with another set of friends and had a blast there too!
  • We've started attending church again because Middleman will be confirmed this May.  I really, really hate this church and the priest, but Middleman wants to be confirmed with his friends, so this church, we must attend.  I cringe the entire time
  • I am painting a nativity set that I bought this weekend.  A couple of years ago, MIL killed our Joseph from the set we had before when she knocked him off the table.  She felt terrible and prayed for days over his accidental death.  Since then, Mary has been a single mother.  At one point, we placed one of the Wise Men in Joseph's place, but it just felt so dirty and wrong.  So a new nativity set will be placed on our table this year...if I can get it painted in time for Christmas!
  • BIG changes may be coming my way soon....

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Wednesday, 14 November 2012

And that's a wrap!

Six weeks
Blood
Sweat
Tears
Stress
Anger
Anxiety
Thrill
Excitement
Fear
Work

The list is endless.  There are no words that can really describe what the last 7 weeks have been like for me.  Top Talent has been a life-changing project for me.  I just can't do it justice with words.

Seven weeks ago, I was chosen from a potential 1,200 employees for a new initiative called "Top Talent".  I applied, along with 75 others.  From that 75, 32 were chosen to do presentations to the executive team on something that we felt would be a good project for the chosen few Top Talent members to work on.  From the 32, 16 of us were the chosen few.  The elite employees who were trusted to represent our company on four projects that the executive team felt needed to be brought to the forefront.  For the last seven weeks, I have been on a full team of 16 and a project team of 4.  Our mission was to work on project plans that we were to present to the executive team with a goal to move forward on our plans.

We succeeded.

Yesterday, we did a presentation to the entire executive team on forming our own charity.  We worked well into the night on many nights, all the while, expected to continue excelling at our day jobs.  And we did it.  We blew them away.

And now, it's over.  All that hard work and dedication came to fruition at 3:00 yesterday when we passionately presented a strong business case for a charity all our own.  Helping others and building a strong philanthropical name for a fantastic company.

I rubbed elbows and shared stories and laughs with every single member of the executive team.  I formed bonds with my fellow Top Talent employees.  I networked, I sang my praises and I showed them just how damned good I am.

After 16 years, I finally have a voice.  Every member of the executive team knows me by name...knows how hard I work...knows my potential.  Finally, I exist.

I rock.

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Saturday, 10 November 2012

Possums and Crock Pots, Soccer and Work

HA!

Got you with that title, didn't I?

We have been dealing with a possum that decided that our backyard was a good place to chill out.


The possum (or opossum as some people call them) is the most hideous looking glorified rat I've ever seen.  His fur is all gross and matted and his tail makes me shiver just thinking about it.

He hung out for a few nights last week, which made letting the dogs out at night a bit scary, but thank God, he seems to have moved on, finding no food in our yard.

(shudder)

I have been using my crock pot a alot lately.  I've made a few pot roasts (not possum meat thank.you.very.much!) and I've made chili a few times too.  I love that I can throw everything into the pot in the morning and just serve it at dinner time!

The indoor soccer season has begun and we have a fresh start with a new club.  The club we were with before treated our team very poorly and so, it was time to move on.  Middleman now plays for a great team with a couple of his friends.  We couldn't be happier.

Tuesday is Top Talent Day.  This is the day that will bring our project to a close, when we present our recommendations to the executive team.  I am very excited about what we will be presenting because I think we've worked really hard and gathered some very good information, but I'm not gonna lie...presenting this stuff to approximately 30 people, 10 of which are the top executives at our company, is a bit overwhelming.  I'm hoping my nerves don't get the best of me!

Dudley's doing great.  He's now BFFs with Rosie, which is nice!  Threepeat is still as full of energy as ever and Boy Oneder is looking for a part time job.

Other than that, everything is pretty much normal around these parts.  Looking forward to a night out with some friends at a local pub to see a live band tonight...the first time Hubster and I have been out alone together since our trip to Cabo San Lucas in October, 2011.  Yeah...I think we're due!

Have a great weekend!
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Friday, 2 November 2012

Five Question Friday

Thank God it's Friday....my goodness what a week it has been!  Stress, stress and MORE stress!!!  I am so glad that this week from hell has finally ended!

On to Mama M's Five Question Friday.  Head on over and join the fun!

1. What terrifies you the most?


The thought that something could happen to my children...health-wise.  I am terrified that they will get very ill or die...it's a real issue for me. :(
2. Favorite fall/winter drink?

Wine....spring, summer, fall, winter....it doesn't matter...wine is my first drink of choice.  However, coffee is my morning drink.
3. Do you and your spouse have the same political views?

Neither of us are really THAT into politics, but we are both Liberals when it comes to voting.
4. What was the last book you read? Was it any good?

The Fifty Shades of Grey Trilogy.  It was alright...it got better in the middle of book three, but books one and two were painful. (excuse the pun)

5. Do you look forward to the snow each winter? Why or why not?

No.  I loathe winter.  I despise snow.  I hate the cold.  I wish I lived in Cabo San Lucas.

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