Hetic Pace and Yummy Salad

What a couple of days.  And it’s really looking like its not gonna slow down either. Saturday started off with pictures of my children and KC & Eric’s kids. This…might take some explanation. So I’ll get back to the hectic nature of my week in a minute.

Eric and I have been friends since I was 14 years old. We were close: he was the first person who knew many things about my life. He was also the guy who used to drive my teenage ass home at three in the morning after game. Well, things happened, and ten years later, we ended up dating. We dated for six years, I was thinking marriage. He…apparently wasn’t. More so when I got pregnant and I was scared, but happy. He wasn’t. I’ll never forget what he said to me: “If I loved you, I would be willing to sacrifice for this baby. but I’m not willing to, so…”

Well you can imagine where it went from there, right? Well no, you can’t. I wasn’t willing to throw away a (at that point) 12 year friendship. Yes, we broke up. shortly thereafter William and I started dating and we got married, and in the interim, Eric also found his soul-mate in KC, and they had two kids.

Because of that, and many other things, we get along famously. So when KC asked if we wanted to take advantage of a major coupon she had at the photostudio and get pictures taken of the babies, I said yes. They came out adorable, I’ll have to post them when we get them.

Meanwhile, we had four kids at 11 Am in a photostudio, cranky and bored. so we had to leave- I had to go pick up my best friend and run over to Children’s Orchard. Its a used clothing store here in Central Ma- and the bag sales they have are the BEST! 30+ pieces of clothing for 10 bucks. Love it. But then I had to run her to work, get back to her place to pick up her son, run back to target, pick out the pictures, then collapse at home for dinner and a few hours, before picking up my BFF at 10:30 at night.

Exhausted yet? I’m not done.

In the middle there, I am coming down with a cold: my fourth one in as many months. In addition, I get the news about Papa’s death in the middle of my day.

Sunday, I am up at eight to bring BFF to work again, and chill out with her son for a few hours. I start this blog, surf the web while he sleeps, before waking him up for grocery shopping. Then we grab the BFF from work, wrap Liam’s birthday presents before heading down to a gymnastics place in Leicester for a join birthday party with KC & Eric for the kids (Their two were born within a few weeks of Liam. told you we were close :))

Monday comes around- I get up, go to work, still sick. call the doctor, who’s willing to see me that day. Win! I head to the doctors, get a z-pack, go buy a bra or two, then meet anna on the bus. But, when I get the mail, I have an overdue notice from my student loans. Wait, whut? I just graduated in December!? So I spend my time before Anna gets off the bus calling the first of three student loan companies, trying to figure out what’s up.

Once Anna gets off the bus, we run to pick up her brother at daycare, then shoot back to pick the BFF up from work, get her son to his evening doc’s appointment, and back in time to get the kids dinner. We feed them, chat a bit, then I get the kids home by 8 at night.

Odd, it was cold in the house. Well it had been weird weather, so I don’t think much of it. I put the kids down, turn on the heat, and plop down to browse my normal blogs.

The heat never comes on.

In fact, when my husband gets home, notes how cold it is, and opens the cellar door, his reaction is “OH SHIT!”

Yeah that’s right….five feet of water in the basement. The heat hadn’t come on because the furnace had water halfway up its side. So we call the landlords, put in the water pump, and pump the water out.

And that was only Monday.

I still have a funeral to attend, a trade-show to set up for and attend on Thursday & Friday, and then I leave for Vegas at 3 in the morning on Saturday. Vegas will be jammed packed with GAMA work (I’ll explain about that in another blog, perhaps) prepping for Origins and helping to run GTS.

My food hasn’t been all that great yesterday and today. But it has been all Veg, which is very good for me. Tonight, though…tonight I made a masterpiece!

I made an amazing burrito salad. Recipe is:

For the Salad:
Romaine Lettuce
Butternut Squash

For the Burrito innards:
1/2 Sweet Red Pepper, sliced into strips
3 slices of Yellow Onion, sliced into strips
Handful of fresh mushrooms
Half a can of corn, no salt added
can of Black beans, drained and rinsed
Garlic
1 tbs of chipotle sauce

For the Rice:
1 package of Trader Joe’s Brown rice
fistfull of cilantro, chopped
Juice from 1/2 a lime
Salt to taste
splash of Garlic “juice” (the water that diced garlic is packed in)

for the Dressing:
1:2 ratio of light sour cream to salsa (I used 1/4 c of light sour cream and a 1/2 c of salsa)

Blue Flaxseed tortilla chips for garnish

This sounds like a lot, but it is soo easy. It only took me about 30 minutes to put dinner on the table.

Start by throwing the garlic, onion, pepper and chipotle sauce into a stirfry pan or a saute pan. While that is cooking down, dump the rice into a pot (I used a frozen, pre-cooked package that is 3.99/3 pouches, and is super good and organic), add the lime juice, the garlic juice, and the chopped cilantro. Stir on occasion for 10 minutes or until the rice is cooked.

While the rice is cooking, mind your veggies…When the onions seem pretty well soft, add the corn and mushrooms. Let them cook down for the rest of the time the rice needs to cook.

Once the veggies are tender but not cooked out completely, take it off the heat and fold in the beans.

Set up the salad plate with the lettuce, ripped to shreds around the outside of a large plate. I used my manual peeler to peel off thin slices of butternut squash, but you can skip this if you aren’t a fan (ps- if you’ve never had it raw in a salad, TRY IT. You’ll be surprised). In the middle, add about a quarter-cup of rice, and about a quarter-to a half-cup of the burrito innards. Dress with the sour cream and salsa mix. I also added five tortilla chips for a bit of crunch, all broken up.

Exactly how I had it as written above, the nutritional value is: 334g calories, 62g carbs 6g fat, 13g protein. Amazing, right?  Obviously like any other salad, you can play with the fixings to your liking.

For the kids I just threw everything into a whole wheat burrito shell and they loved it.

I have to admit, I am still nervous about Vegas. I won’t be able to cook things like this. I started my packing list and it is long…I don’t even know if I am going to fit it all.

Wish me luck!

Ciao,
Erica

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