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R5F – Things have changed

It’s Friday! It’s time for 5 Random thoughts from my little corner of the world:

1.  Recently I dreamed I was pregnant.  I woke up in the dream-conversation with Hubbs as we talked about raising a kid into our 7os. GAH – no thanks!  Thankfully I learned later that dreams about pregnancy represent  a new beginning or new creation in life – it’s generally very positive and indicates growth – yay! For details on analyzing your dreams check out “The Dream Book” by Betty Bethards.

2. Speaking of growth, I know where this is coming from:  I’ve just come through several of years of learning how to say no to what’s not good for me.  Saying no has made room for more yes’s – and, consequently,  I’ve pushed myself to accept speaking engagements and assignments that challenge me.  And it’s really getting fun. 🙂

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Yes! Google.images.com

3. Talking with one of our boys the other day I offered the following advice/life lesson which was: “Learn how to manage your manager.”  I.E. if your boss is unorganized it helps greatly if you are.   Or  if your boss has high anxiety about the progress of projects, you’re well served to proactively give updates on a regular basis.  It’s not 100% perfect as some managers are unmanageable – but in just talking about it, I realized I’ve been doing this for years and with some pretty good results.

4.  Another pot-luck at work this week.  My colleagues are happy to eat anything – especially items that contain the 4 essential pot-luck ingredients: a) cheese, 2) chocolate, 3) BBQ sauce and 4) cool-whip.  On a whim, I signed up to bring “Sloppy Joe’s.”  Then I realized I didn’t have a recipe because the last time I made them was in Home Ec while sporting wedge heels and Fonzie tee-shirt.    Digging through my cookbooks, I found the recipe below.

Easy Home-made Sloppy Joe’s

Ingredients

  • 1 lb lean ground beef
  • ¼ cup chopped onion
  • ¼ cup chopped green pepper
  • ½ tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp yellow mustard (like French’s)
  • ¾ cup Ketchup
  • 3 tsp brown sugar
  • salt & pepper to taste
  • Note I made this recipe x 4

Directions:

  1. Brown the beef, onion & peppers, drain off liquids
  2. Stir in seasonings: garlic powder, salt & pepper (I added Mrs. Dash regular, too)
  3. In a separate bowl mix together ketchup, mustard & brown sugar then stir that into the meat mixture.
  4. Reduce heat and simmer for 30 min.
  5. Made the day ahead this easily warmed up in the Crock Pot on low ~ by Noon it was mostly gone.
Stock photo: There's no evidence we ever had any Sloppy Joe's in our office!

Stock photo: There’s no evidence we ever had  Sloppy Joe’s in our office!

5.  Heading home from meetings, a three-hour drive turned into four because of the weather BUT one positive was the various radio stations I had to pick from as I left one market and entered another.  Example – this new-to-me Bob Dylan song.  “Things have changed” – and it was just the kind of acoustic-guitar groove sound I love to drive to … have a listen …  I used to care .. but things have changed.  🙂

So how was your week?  Had any weird dreams lately?  What have you said yes to? Were “Sloppy Joe’s” something you made in the 70s, like Chef-Boyardi-Pizza?  Does the phrase, “I used to care but things have changed” resonate with you?

Do tell!

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Vegorama Pizza

 ‘Tis the season again!  The Fall/Holiday potlucks have begun.  🙂

In a quest to eat a bit healthier, I made this dish recently.  For my office-mates.  You know, the team who rarely touch vegetables.

Yep, at our office we have four important food categories:  cheese, bbq sauce, cool whip and chocolate.

If a pot-luck dish doesn’t contain one of those four items (and lots of it), it’s out like a fat kid in dodge-ball.

photo from Allrecipes.com

photo from Allrecipes.com

Make no mistake, this shouldn’t be considered health food.  The base of crescent dough, cream cheese and sour cream is enough to slow a few arteries down.  But the crunchy fresh veggies on top counteract the richness of the base resulting in a creamy/crunchy and tasty appetizer.

Here’s how to make your very own Vegorama Pizza:

You’ll need:

  • 2 – 8 oz packages refrigerated crescent rolls
  • 1 cup of sour cream
  • 1 – 8 oz package of cream cheese, softened (I used Jalapeno flavored)
  • 1 teaspoon dried dill (don’t skip this!)
  • ¼ teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 package of dry ranch dressing mix  (I use 1/2)

Toppings

  • 1 green onion, chopped with greens
  • 3-4 radishes, chopped
  • ½ red pepper, chopped
  • 1 large carrot, peeled and chopped
  • 1 large bunch of broccoli (about 1 cup), chopped
  • Shredded cheese

Directions

  1. Remove crescent dough from the fridge and let it sit on the counter while you pre-heat the oven to 350 F.
  2. Coat a large cookie sheet with non-stick cooking spray.
  3. Roll out the crescent roll and press it into the pan; you’ll want to “connect-the-dots” as in pieces so you end up with one solid piece of dough.  Pierce the dough with a fork and then let stand for about 5 minutes.
  4. Next, bake for 11 minutes; remove from oven and let cool 20 minutes.
  5. In a medium-sized mixing bowl, combine sour cream, cream cheese, dill, garlic and ranch dip mix.
  6. Spread this mixture all over the cooled crust.
  7. Top with onion, carrot, broccoli, radish, bell pepper and broccoli  and then sprinkle shredded cheese across the top.
  8. Cover and let chill about an hour.
  9. Once chilled, cut it into squares and serve.  (I made this the night before a pot-luck and simply cut into squares, layered with waxed paper, covered and served the next day.. Results?  Zip. Bang.  Gone!)

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