Today was staff appreciation day at work, which basically means they have some stuff going on at work AND we get 4 hours off in the middle of the day :) That usually includes lunch out and fun stuff.
Since it was such a good day, I’m just going to go through everything I appreciated about today:
– A lunch out with Nick and some friends (I forgot my camera!)
– Shopping with a friend from work and having a fun time with a lot of laughs
– More strawberries from the farmer’s market!
These are already washed, cut, and ready for breakfast tomorrow :)
– An awesome and easy dinner!
Totally unlike me, but I had nothing planned for dinner. I know what I’m making tomorrow, but I couldn’t even push that meal up a night because I’m waiting for some meat to thaw out.
I remembered that I had a half pound of Laura’s Ground Beef in the freezer so I set that out to thaw in some cold water while I got everything else ready.
I also found this Bertolli sauce Foodbuzz sent me through the Tastemaker Program a while ago.
The sauce itself is pretty thick and rich, so I only used a few tablespoons tonight.
I cooked an onion with some roasted red pepper and garlic and then added in the ground beef. After that was browned, some salt, pepper, parsley, basil, oregano, crushed tomatoes, and some of the Four Cheese Rosa sauce went in to simmer until the pasta was done.
Easy! I served mine over some steamed broccoli for a one-dish dinner. I love having meals all in one bowl – they’re so much more fun to eat this way!
– Nick and I bought our tomato plants yesterday!!!
They’re all heirloom varieties (not hybrids) AND the plants were started right over in Floyd, VA!
All ready and waiting to be planted :)
I’m ready for some ANTM, Top Chef Masters, and reading tonight.
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What did YOU appreciate today?