February 28, 2009

Work hard, play hard!

I spent 3 hours this afternoon working on a foodservice budget project and could not figure out this one part. If any of you RD’s know the formula for “Meals Served” I could use your help!

I paused around 4:30 to fill a hunger void with two of my favorite foods: a jar of Cinnamon Peanut Butter and some Kashis! I polished off both, but there wasn’t much left of either to begin with.

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~10 crackers

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I finally gave up on the project at 6:30 and moved on to bigger and better things:

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Actually, this vino was hand delivered to me and I asked the delivery boy to take some photos for the blog. He did an excellent job!

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For dinner tonight we planned the last of a bag of frozen shrimp we’ve had in there for ages. I wanted to do a simple shrimp scampi – nothing fancy. It turned out delicious when we brought the white wine into the mix!

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First we seared the shrimp in olive oil

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Then we added garlic. Then deglazed with about 1/4 a cup of our wine – the aroma was incredible!!!

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Then added the spinach, red pepper flakes and fresh frozen parsley

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And a tbsp of real butter

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Then added the pasta right from the pot – a little water helps to thicken and moisten.

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Topped with a little parmesan and served with whole wheat spaghetti.

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Plus a small second glass of wine

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He had some butter-drenched sourdough; I had 2 bites –

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After dinner we plopped on the couch to watch The Women. Three cheers to Matt for being a good sport! But turns out he hated the movie (I owe him one) and I actually didn’t really like it either. It was pretty boring. I think the only thing I liked about it was that it was set in NYC in fancy houses. And Meg Ryan :)

I was delivered a Hello Dolly while we watched. Pure bliss!!

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I went for another cookie (blame the wine!) but was caught red handed. He knows to come see what I’m up to if I rustle in the kitchen. I’m pretty full from dinner, so one was enough.

Tomorrow’s plans:

  • Yoga
  • Small breakfast
  • Write small freelance article
  • Brunch with my girlfriends (how cool is it to say that!? I’m so glad I have friends!!)
  • The Reader
  • Snow!??!
  • More schoolwork
  • Possible workout
  • Cook dinner


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1 Victoria February 28, 2009 at 10:28 pm

I love simple, delicious meals like that. Looks great!


2 BethT February 28, 2009 at 10:29 pm

Good gravy, I love butter.


3 FoodsThatFit February 28, 2009 at 10:37 pm

Wow, that looks like a great dinner. That is so great that your husband enjoys cooking with you! I think that is so cool!


4 Molly February 28, 2009 at 10:41 pm

Love the pic of the husband – too funny!

I also love when there’s only a little bit of pb left in the jar so I can just eat right out of the jar without fearing eating too much!

Did the pasta have enough flavor, since there wasn’t really a “sauce”? It looks delicious!


5 Michelle Hisae February 28, 2009 at 10:42 pm

Ooh, I have some shrimp in my freezer too….now I know what to make.

And tell us how The Reader is…I’m sure you will though!


6 Foodie (Fab and Delicious Food) February 28, 2009 at 10:46 pm

Dinner looks great!


7 Sarah (Tales of Expansion) February 28, 2009 at 10:47 pm

aside from meg ryan, i did NOT like the women, either. such a bummer because it looked amazing in previews and cast-wise.

scampi looks delicious, husband in the wine glass is hilarious, and bravo on stopping at one dessert! (i ate 4 tonight, whoops)


8 Olga February 28, 2009 at 10:48 pm

I love the reader!


9 Sharon February 28, 2009 at 10:49 pm

Oh wow, scrumptious!


10 Kara February 28, 2009 at 10:51 pm

Dinner looks fab! Love simple dinners with few ingredients.


11 Sarah February 28, 2009 at 11:24 pm

You had me at shrimp! LOL!


12 amber February 28, 2009 at 11:30 pm

Love the husbands wine shots! ANd yumm the shrimp look fantastic!


13 zestycook February 28, 2009 at 11:30 pm

I am loving the shrimp dish with the whole wheat pasta and spinach!


14 Jenn February 28, 2009 at 11:46 pm

You are the third person who has said they didn’t like The Women. It has moved to the bottom of my Netflix list. I’m not debating removing it. You should try Miss Pettygrew Lives for a Day. Super cute!


15 Fancy March 1, 2009 at 12:02 am

I agree that I didn’t like The Women. Such a shame because I was so excited to see it—what an amazing cast! I thought it was soooooooo long……

Your dinner looks delicious! I can’t wait to try that recipe soon.

Have a lovely day tomorrow! Having brunch with my friends is one of my favorite things to do in the whole world :)


16 Lisa March 1, 2009 at 12:16 am

Wow! What a tasty-looking dinner. White wine and shrimp are a divine combo.


17 Oh She Glows March 1, 2009 at 12:23 am

“He knows to come see what I’m up to if I rustle in the kitchen” LOL….oh man that is too funny!!! I gotta get Eric on this asap…it would help me out tons if he came in when I was in a ‘rustling’ mood…haha.

PS- Ive got a fun workout DVD contest giveaway on my blog- check it out!


18 Kristin March 1, 2009 at 12:52 am

mmmm…looks divine!! Question for you…what heart rate monitor do you use/recommend? I’d really like to start using one but I’m not sure which type I should get (strap vs strapless, etc.) Thanks so much!


19 Emily March 1, 2009 at 12:53 am

Yum, shrimp scampi sounds great!


20 Amanda March 1, 2009 at 12:57 am

Agree with you on The Women .. I also had my boyfriend watch it with me (trooper!) and I got bored. Too bad since I love Meg Ryan!


21 Leah March 1, 2009 at 1:23 am

lol @ Matt with the wine photos!!!

That dish looks really great… unfortunately Steve isn’t much of a seafood lover so I don’t think it’d go over well in our house! I suppose I could modify it to make chicken scampi!

Have a great day today Kath…. with some snow perhaps??!


22 Sarah (lovINmytummy) March 1, 2009 at 1:26 am

I love how Hubs gets “blamed” for bringing you the wine and the cookie, but then steps in when you are rustling up more 😉 You got a good one, Kath!


23 Alicia March 1, 2009 at 2:34 am

Yes, alcohol definitely makes me eat more, even when I’m not hungry.

I had wine, pizza and dessert on a weekday and was so intoxicated that I started eating the fiance’s dessert. I probably could have inhaled the entire pizza but only ate half.

So it’s a good thing that you have Matt around. 😛


24 Alicia March 1, 2009 at 2:35 am

Yes, alcohol definitely makes me eat more, even when I’m not hungry.

I had wine, pizza and dessert on a weekday and was so intoxicated that I started eating the fiance’s dessert. I probably could have inhaled the entire pizza but only ate half.

So it’s a good thing that you have Matt around. 😛


25 Jaclyn March 1, 2009 at 3:00 am

Hey the scampi looks great, have to try that! Yoga tomorrow for me too, hopefully 😀 Have a great rest of your weekend and good luck w/ the school work!


26 Amy S. March 1, 2009 at 3:13 am

Yumm.. the wine looks tasty! :)


27 Marianne March 1, 2009 at 3:54 am

That is a pasta dish right up my alley. Simple, no cream sauce, no tomato sauce, has seafood. Lovely. When I can chew again, I’m going to have to make that 😀


28 Lara March 1, 2009 at 4:30 am

Looks delicious :) I didn’t know you could buy frozen parsley!


29 Jen March 1, 2009 at 7:20 am

WOW that is one fine dinner!! :) :)


30 Courtney (The Hungry Yogini) March 1, 2009 at 7:31 am

What a delicious pasta dish! Enjoy your day tomorrow! I love brunch!


31 VeggieGirl March 1, 2009 at 7:41 am

That photo of Matt made me laugh out loud 😀


32 Nicole March 1, 2009 at 8:02 am

Have fun at brunch!

We’re supposed to get snow here, too! I can’t believe it. It’s been so mild lately. It’s snowing right now but I hope it doesn’t add up, we’re supposed to like like 10 inches in CT today!


33 Lauren March 1, 2009 at 8:05 am

Your Sunday of yoga, brunch, and a movie sounds lovely! Those are some of my favorite Sunday activities :) I hope you enjoy “The Reader”–Kate Winslet is, obviously, amazing in it. Have you read the book?

Have a great day!


34 Red Head, Yellow Dog March 1, 2009 at 8:13 am

Sounds like a great night! I can’t wait to hear what you think of The Reader! I really want to see that movie!


35 Julie March 1, 2009 at 8:16 am

That dinner looks fab and easy, I need to make it sometime.

Did you know The Women was set in NY but filmed in Boston? 😉


36 Yasmin March 1, 2009 at 8:20 am

That looks fantastic! Fun, Easy, and Delicious-Looking…trifecta!


37 Lauren (food+hands) March 1, 2009 at 8:21 am

Looks incredible! The first photo of it in the bowl is really pretty.


38 brandi March 1, 2009 at 8:35 am

dinner looks great – have fun at brunch!


39 Shelby March 1, 2009 at 8:42 am

Sounds like a fun day planned.

Oh and that picture of Matt is hilarious!


40 Meg March 1, 2009 at 9:06 am

What a delicious shrimp dinner! That Hello Dolly looks amazing! Have a great Sunday!


41 Clean Veggie March 1, 2009 at 9:10 am

LOVE your shrimp scampi :)


42 seelee live (for the love of peanut butter) March 1, 2009 at 9:17 am

This recipe sounds so deliciously easy and simple! I wonder if you just make cooking sound so easy, or if it actually is! Reading your posts always make me happy because when I grow up I want to have a good husband who will cook and deliver me wine and cookies. He truly loves you and I think it is so wonderful that you share your life with us. You have your priorities straight and it is such great inspiration.

Thanks Kath!!


43 Beadie @ What I Ate Yesterday March 1, 2009 at 9:27 am

Dinner looks fantastic!!!

Hope you enjoy brunch!


44 Mara @ What's For Dinner? March 1, 2009 at 9:52 am

THat dinner looks delicious!


45 Emily March 1, 2009 at 2:24 pm

Yum. Everything looks so amazing, and the daffodils in the background are gorgeous too! Spring is coming! I have to keep reminding myself. The Winter storm warning for tonight isn’t helping!


46 Newlywed Wife March 1, 2009 at 3:34 pm

I’m definitely trying that shrimp dish tonight!


47 Shannon March 1, 2009 at 3:43 pm

I highly recommend the 1939 version of The Women, which is far, far better than this awful remake!


48 Kath March 1, 2009 at 4:37 pm

Molly ,
Yes, it had lots of flavor – thanks to the wine!

Kristin ,
Check the FAQ page.

seelee live,



49 Kati March 1, 2009 at 4:39 pm

That meal looks so good! Can’t wait to hear your review on the Reader…and glad to know The Women isn’t worth renting! Happy rest of the weekend :>


50 Spiceaholic March 2, 2009 at 3:19 pm

Your dinner looks great! Thanks for the heads-up on the movie, it’s been on my “not sure I want to see it” list.


51 Marika March 2, 2009 at 3:28 pm

I was just wondering– how do you react when Matt “catches” you trying to have an excess snack? My boyfriend does this for me too, and I tend to get a little snappy. I know deep down that he’s right and I don’t need it, but sometimes I still really want the cookie/chocolate/whatever, so my frustration gets taken out on the poor snack police.


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