Monday, September 22, 2014

New Job

Welp, I have almost survived a month at the new job. It has taken some time but I think I have finally gotten my schedule down. Sorry for being MIA - it's just that the last thing I wanted to do when I got home from work was get on a computer. I know, cry me a river.

So, Lowe's is good. The campus is beautiful. I am sitting outside right now in the fallish 70 degree weather. Here is a view from inside my building. There's a nice lake that goes around the building with a walking path, a bridge, a zen garden, a water fall, etc. I've been really bad at working through lunch and just eating at my desk. So this week I vowed to step AWAY from that routine and blog during my lunch breaks.... or go to Target, depending on the day and how much moolah I have in the bank ;) haha.

So starting a new job is hard. It's a whole lot of information and new people at once. You want to know how to do everything right away but that is not possible. People are already friends so you have to slowing inch your way into the circle. Everything is new. The drive, the hours, the building, the work attire, etc. I have been fortunate enough that I knoew a few people from one of my past jobs. They've stopped by and said hello and one even works across from me. I've been really fortunate that I've gotten a nice cube, a nice team, and certainly nice office supplies! I had to bring my own supplies at my old job. I even got a fancy new laptop that my team is really jealous of! Haha. One great thing is if you forget your lunch, they have an awesome and super tasty cafeteria. They have two salad bars and getting a salad and a drink will only cost you $3.50. That's a deal. Or if you are freezing cold in your cube and are going for stick to your ribs kind of food - they offer hot lunches like pizza, pasta, burgers, and my personal favorite last week, shepherds pie. Someone said to me "this food really put you in your happy place." Yep. It did.  It was SO good and just what I needed on a cold dreary day! Here is a photo, trust me, it doesn't do it justice because Shepherd's pie is one of those things that tastes good but doesn't look pretty.



Here's a pic coming in on campus one morning. Yes, I was driving and taking a photo at the same time. Woops.

There's top notch security here too. You get a "puck" to get through the gate on campus and then you have to wear your badge everything to move around the building. If you walk outside, good luck getting back in because you'll need your badge for that! :) I don't know WHO would be dumb enough not to know that their first week..... ;)

The drive is definitely new to me. I went from a 5 minute commute to a 35 minute commute which can sometimes be a 45 minute commute or even an hour on a super bad day. So this means earlier mornings and later evenings. To adjust, I made freezer meals and soups.... am listening to Today show on Sirius in the AM and Oprah in the PM.... and I'm doing the T25 workout when I get home to get energy out after sitting on my bum in the car for so long.  It's nice after my work out to pop dinner in the oven, take a shower, get in my PJs, eat, catch up with Dave and watch something on the DVR.

So, in a nutshell, that's life surrounding the new job. Nothing too exciting but definitely an adjustment!

Saturday, August 23, 2014

White Chicken Enchiladas



So I altered this recipe to have corn tortillas and made it more of a "bake". This recipe is so easy to make! Here is the link. We topped  it with Chipotle Tobasco and that gave it the kick it needed!

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Giada's Meatloaf



A friend told me about Giada's meatloaf and it is really good! Dave and I had it last week - it was a lot for two people so next time I think I will cut the recipe in half.

Quick Marinara Sauce
¼ cup extra-virgin olive oil
3 garlic cloves, finely chopped
1 celery stalk, finely chopped (about ⅓ cup)
1 large shallot, finely chopped or ⅓ cup finely chopped onion
1 28-ounce can crushed tomatoes (in puree)
2 dried Turkish bay leaves, broken in half
¼ teaspoon dried crushed red pepper
¼ cup chopped fresh basil
¼ teaspoon kosher salt
¼ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
Meatloaf
2 large eggs
3 large garlic cloves, minced
2 teaspoons kosher salt
1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
2/3 cup chopped fresh basil plus sprigs for garnish (optional)
2/3 cup finely grated Parmesan cheese (preferably Parmesan Reggiano)
1 small onion or ½ large onion, finely chopped (about 2/3 cup)
⅓ cup Panko (Japanese breadcrumbs)
2 pounds ground beef (80% lean)
½ cup coarsely grated whole milk mozzarella cheese

instructions

Quick Marinara Sauce
In a large heavy saucepan, heat the oil over medium heat. Add the garlic, celery, and shallot. Sauté until the celery softens, about 5 minutes. Add crushed tomatoes, bay leaves, and dried crushed pepper. Bring to simmer, stirring occasionally. Adjust heat to medium-low or low and continue to simmer gently until the sauce thickens slightly and is reduced to about 3 cups, 20 to 25 minutes. Mix in basil, salt, and pepper. (Can be made 1 day ahead. Cool, cover, and refrigerate. Remove bay leaves before using.)
Meatloaf
Preheat the oven to 375°F. In a large bowl, stir eggs, garlic, 2 teaspoons salt, and 1 teaspoon pepper to blend. Mix in 2/3 cup marinara sauce, chopped basil, Parmesan cheese, onion, and panko. Add beef and blend well. Mound meatloaf mixture on a large rimmed baking sheet; press out to 12x8-inch rectangle (about 1 inch thick). Spread ½ cup sauce thinly over the top.

Bake the meatloaf until cooked through and instant read thermometer registers 160°F, 25 to 30 minutes (there will be lots of juices and drippings on sheet around meatloaf). Cut the meatloaf into eight 4-inch squares and separate the squares slightly. On each, square spread 2 generous tablespoons sauce, leaving a border of meat visible. Sprinkle 1 tablespoon of mozzarella cheese in center of the sauce. Return meatloaf to oven. Bake until the cheese melts, about 5 minutes.

Transfer meatloaf squares to plates. Spoon additional sauce alongside; garnish with basil sprig.


Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Chili Lime Shrimp Kabobs


Dave and I made this on Sunday night at it was DELISH! I grabbed the recipe from Pinterest! It makes about 8-10 kabobs. It definitely makes enough for 2 meals and we had it over rice.

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Guess who got a new job???

THIS GIRL!!

I'm the new Community Relations Coordinator for Lowe's!!!  And if you can't tell already, I'm super excited! I start in 2 weeks!

Have a great week everyone!!

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Lil' Rolly Polly



Holy cuteness!

Oh Yolanda


Yolanda Foster, from Real Housewives of Beverly Hills, posted this picture this week on her facebook page. My first thought was - that horse is cute, I want a horse. And my second thought was, she's 50 and looks way better than I do - wtf!