Shrimp Fra Diavolo

Giada De Laurentis has a winner with this recipe:
Shrimp Fra Diavolo

I served it over pasta (my favorite kind: Rossi), with a salad and a glass of chardonnay. It is the perfect meal, and is quick cooking. Perfect for a late work evening. Which was the case Friday evening.

Saturday started my “free weekend” season. Working at an outdoor wedding venue in Florida, we don’t typically have summer weddings. This is my chance to catch up on my weekends, and travel. This weekend was exactly what I needed. Relaxation and no huge plans.

Saturday, I found myself at a recent favorite, Tijuana Flats, for lunch:

Three tacos and a pile of chips with salsa, queso, and guacamole, with a bunch of hot sauces. This place is so much fun.

Then I found myself in the Chinese grocery store, and I’m really mad I didn’t get some shots of all the interesting things I found 😦 I only took this one picture of the “candy” (if you could call it that), I got:

This candy is the flavor of the Asian fruit “durian”. The lovely cashier did warn me that durian has a “pungent” flavor. I would describe it more as the flavor of dirty socks. I literally spit it out! Awful…and stinky, yuck!

To continue the Chinese theme, dinner was take out:

Egg drop soup (my first time trying…Not a fan), Hunan chicken (yum), and steamed dumplings (my favorite). What a great Saturday!

Sunday was more greatness. Coffee, grapes, and a copy of Whole Living magazine for breakfast. Then an early afternoon workout, followed by a small bowl of instant oatmeal for second breakfast? Then to hang out with my family for Father’s Day. I love hanging out with my loves:

She is fascinated by airplanes.

Did I mention there was ice cream cake?
And a bunch of other goodies:

Turkey burgers, and a nibble of regular burger and hot dog, baked beans, chips, corn,potato salad, watermelon, and tomato.

And grilled pineapple. And everything was delicious. Thanks mom!

That wraps up a wonderful weekend. This is a busy week. A lot of appointments with brides and getting ready to attend a wedding this weekend. It will be fun to be a guest for a change!

Learning to be flexible.

I can tend to be somewhat of a control freak.  Especially with my time.  I usually have my whole day planned out, which doesn’t leave much room for spontaneity, or surprises.  So, if a work day runs a little long, what’s a girl to do?  Yep, leave out the gym and find a way not to feel bad about it.  And if my house buying hunt leads me back to square 1, I just have to re-strategize and keep going, not beat myself up that I didn’t cross everything off my to do list today, or put an offer in on a house I liked.  Flexibility is my lesson for the day apparently.

Breakfast was not flexible, however, just my old stand by of oatmeal with pb and bananas, and a hard-boiled egg.  But my lunch was fabulous and I was able to throw it together in about 2 minutes flat thanks to the prep work I did yesterday.  I took it to work:

Salad with romaine, ham, carrots, tomatoes, brown rice, and Bolthouse Farms yogurt ranch on the side.  You gotta try this stuff.  I love creamy dressings, but stopped using it because of high fat and calories, this only has 70 calories and 6 grams of fat in 2 T, and nothing artificial. Yet, somehow tastes like the real thing.

After work, I did get the pharmacy and grocery store crossed of the list and headed home to treat myself to  an “almost 5 o’clock” treat.  Cheese, crackers and wine;

That’s a Wasa cracker with gouda cheese and a spotted glass of Foxhorn Merlot. Oh yeah.

I should probably mention lasts night’s dinner.  Here’s a new segment called “Leftovers+ Imagination=Tasty meals”

Remember Saturday’s dinner:  Click here

Well I had an extra chicken breast left, so I chopped it up, cheese and all, and put it in what was left of the jar of sauce along with a can of artichoke hearts, and a handful of grated parmesan cheese.  Heated all that through and served it with some gourmet artichoke fettucine from Rossi Pasta:

The whole deal.

My serving, sprinkled with more parmesan cheese.  I find the refrigerator light works pretty good for pics in a dark kitchen.  Now I’m off to start dinner.  Stayed tuned for this evening’s fare.