Winning Recipes

I have been cooking new recipes I find on Pinterest at least 2-3 times a week.  It has been great trying new recipes and building up my winning recipes board on Pinterest.  The ones we don’t love or take a lot of work get deleted.  Here are some I have tried over the past few months that we thoroughly enjoyed!

1.  Jalapeno Popper Dip– a big hit at a family gathering, can’t wait to make it again!

2.  Buffalo Chicken– love this!  Don’t need to add the extra salt since the hot sauce has enough sodium in it.  I like to double the recipe and freeze it in small portions to have other meals (buffalo chicken nachos, wraps, salads, etc).

3.  Oven Roasted Tomatoes with Goat Cheese– I made this as a side dish (not with crostini) and really enjoy the creamy goat cheese.  I would love to try this out with crostini as an appetizer.

4.  Spicy Sausage Pasta– I halved this recipe and used half a box from precooked pasta that I had leftover.  I put the pasta in the sauce and let it simmer for 7 minutes which worked great.  I used 2 spicy Italian sausage links and we had two servings leftover.

5.  Crock Pot Green Chile Chicken– another recipe I like to make extra I freeze.  Super simple, but tasty!  We used it for our taco night and loved the flavor.

I find it tricky cooking for two people.  We really have to work out the serving sizes and plan all our leftovers.  I hate wasting food and luckily it works out well because Jeff loves to plan what he is going to eat for the week!

Again, let me know if you have any favorite recipes 🙂

Ray

 

New Work Jitters

I began my new job on Monday, but like any new job there comes new job jitters.  Here were some of my worries as I tried to relax and lay my head to bed before my first day…

1.  New commute- making sure I arrive on time!

2.  Meeting new people

3.  Lunch!  Will they take me out, should I bring lunch, or will I just go out and get food on my own?

4.  Diving head first into learning a new work place system (ie: mail room, phone, security, computer, etc)

5.  CHANGE!!!!!

How do you handle a new job transition?  I just kept reminding myself, I have done this before and it worked out just fine!  So this too will be easy 🙂

Ray

 

In Need of Good Fitting Pants

I did a little outlet shopping on my week off from work.  Whenever I go shopping, my main goal is to find new pants (either work pants or jeans) and new pencil skirts. This always seems to be a struggle for me which is why I am constantly trying to find these items.

I can’t find pants that fit me well.  They are either too tight, stick out far from the back, too short, too big, saggy butt, etc.  I’ve always been told to get my pants tailored, but I have a hard time finding a pant that I would want to spend the money.

Does anyone have any suggestions?  Help me find the perfect pant!!!!

Ray

A Magical Mini-Vacay with Thousands of my BFFs

Before my Annual Meeting in Orlando, the Penguin, my sister, her husband and I took three days to explore Orlando aka visit the parks.  We hit up Magic Kingdom, Epcot and Universal- Islands of Adventures.  Unfortunately, MK was a bit crowded.  When I say crowded, I mean most rides had 45-60 minute waits.  We still had fun, but being surrounded by thousands of people with no space to relax and truly experience the magic was tough.

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Epcot was a lot more enjoyable. The pathways were larger and not as crowded so we were able to take a little more time to enjoy.  We did spend the whole day there (9:00am-10:00pm).  The wait times averaged 30 minutes and we were also able to visit all the countries and partake in some food/beverages.

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We had a great time at Universal, but it definitely had more rollercoasters which aren’t my sister’s cup of tea.  Harry Potter world was awesome, but SUPER crowded.  They really didn’t plan that well with the size of the “shops.”  We went there as soon as we got there and the castle ride was still a 60 minute wait.

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My advice for first timers…

1.  Get your tickets in advance (not will-call)

2.  Wear comfy shoes, you will stand/walk ALOT

3.  Disney- you can get free cups of water from the restaurants and not spend money on the bottled water.  I was surprised at how affordable the food was though.

4.  Disney- fast pass (you get three per park with your ticket), use them for the more popular rides in the middle of the day when the lines are the longest.  It is definitely worth planning out your day with the fast pass and what rides you want to go too (it will save you from back tracking).

5.  Universal- Islands of Adventure- you will get wet on the Jurassic Park ride and you will get soaked on the Popeye white water rafting ride (save these for last)

6.  Bring snacks with you to save money!  And don’t forget your sunscreen.

Ray