Why yes, I did do a Google search for songs about pasta to come up with a title for this post. I came up with this one, to be sung to the tune of “On Top of Ol’ Smokey”:
On Top Of Spaghetti
On top of spaghetti all covered with cheese I lost my poor meatball When somebody sneezed. It rolled off the table and on to the floor And then my poor meatball rolled out of the door. It rolled in the garden and under a bush And now my poor meatball is nothing but mush. So next time you eat spaghetti All covered with cheese Protect your poor meatball In case of a sneeze.
Anywho, the song has to do with my Hump Day dinner. We’ll get to that later since there’s some other stuff I’d like to show you first!
Thanks to everyone for the comforting words regarding the job search yesterday - plus the great yoga and wine tips! I’m going to check into what my school offers for yoga classes in the fall and see what I can come up with. I’ll keep ya “post”ed - Ha, Erin You know what I’m talkin’ ’bout.
An omelette was on the menu this morning! I haven’t ventured to make one in quite a while, so I decided I was overdue. Plus, we had some extra salad leftovers that made the perfect “insides” for the omelette, so no chopping required!
I spread the omelette with a Laughing Cowcheese wedge (!!) when it started to get cookin’ and then added in the salad mix, which had lettuce, black olives, cucumbers and red peppers. I topped it all with Worcestershire sauce. I’m not really sure why. It was an impulse, and it didn’t do much for me - I don’t know if that’s what the sauce is meant for anyway I probably wouldn’t do it again.
There was also some Coffee Cocoa involved - you can probably guess whose mug this is I stole it from him today.
I was still hungry after the omelette, so I grabbed a Pumpkin Chococonut Mini Muffin. Would you believe me if I told you these are almost gone?! Makes me happy!
I spent my morning doing some more job research. I’m feeling much better about the whole thing now because I realized that it just takes time and that I don’t have to freak out too much - yet We’ll save that for later in the school year, ok?
Costco does it again today - how is it possible for one store to have so many wonderful options? It’s fun to get prepared meals from there. Today we tried the dim sum.
It’s a variety of veggie and seafood dumplings served with a teriyaki soy glaze. They are served over a bed of cabbage with pea pods and carrots. I had two of each.
I think my favorite is the shrimp dumpling in the top left part of the picture. But honestly, they are all really tasty when you heat them up - such a great idea, Costco!
I went back for more cabbage and peapods afterward. And I may have had one more shrimp dumpling We noticed that there were some extra after splitting them up, so we each got to pick our fave! I love sharing!
After lunch, I went to the gym and did 40 minutes on the elliptical, plus an arm workout that consisted of 2 sets/15 reps of each of the following:
Bicep curls with 12 lbs.
Tricep kickbacks with 12 lbs.
Chest press with 15 lbs.
Upright row with 12 lbs.
Shoulder press with 10 lbs.
Pull-up machine (aka Gravitron)
I came back and refueled with some grapes. Aw, I missed these little guys.
And now we’ve reached the significance of the post title! Yes, Papa Bender was at it again tonight. By the way, he wanted me to point out that he usually wouldn’t make quite such elaborate meals - he’s playing it up a bit for the blog I think he’s just being modest!! I’ve always grown up thinking his meals were exceptional **cue cheesy music** Either way, our whole family has been benefiting - my mom and bro can’t complain, either!
Tonight’s dinner was our choice of spaghetti and meatballs or seafood spaghetti. My bro, being the growing boy that he is, opted for the meat-lovers special with plenty o’ parmesan cheese. The rest of us went with the seafood version - holy moly, I’m SO glad I did!!
There is absolutely nothing bad to say about this dish. Angel hair pasta topped with a shrimp and clam sauce made with olive oil, white wine vinegar and clam juice. And on the side, clams and mussels - straight from the shell. Honestly - I was in foodie heaven!!
The pasta was paired with a delicious cabernet sauvignon called Chimney Rock.
And on the side was another delicious salad (same ingredients as this morning’s omelette), which I topped with a miso viniagrette.
By the way, I thought it was about time you saw the chef in action.
Ok, not really “in action” because this was totally staged But you get the idea! Looking at that picture makes me homesick, and I haven’t even left home yet!
I nibbled on some frozen grapes to round off the evening.
It was truly a delicious day. Plus I feel like I got a lot accomplished, too. I’m thinking I owe Papa Bender a dinner, though. But I wouldn’t know what to make for this guy, since he’s way better than me! Any ideas?!?!?!
It’s Thursday, which means it’s almost Friday! That’s not really good news for me, but I’m sure many of you are rejoicing! I hope you have a great day