Monday, December 19, 2011

Back to Reality (& recipes!)

I suppose it was inevitable. At some point I would have to return to work. I knew this...but after a month off work...going back sounds less than awesome.
I am starting a new job and a new shift at work on Tuesday so that's probably where most of my dread comes from. I really do like my job but that's a lot of change all at once.
I will be starting the night shift (12 hour nights) coming from the day shift and will be working on the float team which floats throughout the whole hospital. I am excited for the new areas that I will get to experience, but nervous to work nights. Although I am a night owl, I worry how it will affect the rest of my life. When working 7p-7a, a few days in a row, I will likely never see Jason during those days except as I am going to bed in the morning and he is going to work. I guess it's no different than him being at work all day while I'm off for the day...but it will be somewhat different. I am hoping I will really like it and that it won't affect me or Jason too negatively. Time will tell.
When we got back from vacation I was wondering if I would regret taking a few extra vacation days and having the next week off work too. Would I get bored? Be ready to get back to work right away? Oh hell no. Best decision ever.
I have enjoyed doing all sorts of things including (in no particular order) photographing a friend's wedding, grading lots of papers (ok I didn't enjoy grading the papers...but I enjoyed the Panera I ate while I graded them!), doing acupuncture and boot camp, seeing friends we haven't seen in awhile, going to Jason's company Christmas party at a comedy club (tons of fun), going to friends for brunch today, and then celebrating Jason's grandpa's birthday today with most of his family. I have of course also enjoyed sleeping in very late and doing a whole lot of nothing...but that's just a given. Jason and I even watched an entire season of a new show on Showtime that we had DVR'd but never watched. Homeland was really should check it out!

I tried out a new recipe and have another one to share besides since I had some free time on my hands last week.

Buffalo Chicken Enchiladas
I actually got this recipe off Pinterest. Here is the link to the blog where it came from...see recipe on her page.
I of course tweaked it a little just because Jason isn't a fan of blue cheese and neither am I. We also added a little extra buffalo sauce to make it more spicy. And as I usually do with any enchiladas, I got a rotisserie chicken and shredded that since it's so tasty and tender    : )
They turned out's a picture of mine!
mmmm mmmm mmmm!

Tater Tot Hot Dish
This dish is a very common Minnesota casserole that is borderline embarrassing due to the fact that it's filled with tater tots.  But, we both really love it (we LOVE tater tots!) so why not share my version of the recipe? I make it a little different because neither of us likes mushrooms much at I don't include those.

Here's what you need:
1 lb ground beef, browned (place at bottom of glass pyrex when cooked)
1/2 yellow onion, sauted and mixed with browned beef
1 can Campbell's cream of celery soup (undiluted...pour on top of cooked hamburger in pyrex)
1 can Campbell's cream of onion soup (undiluted...also pour evenly on top of cooked hamburger)
1 bag Ore-Ida Extra Crispy Tater Tots (they do seem to get crispy faster) you likely won't need the whole bag, just enough to pile on top.

Cover with tin foil and cook at 350* for 45 minutes. Uncover dish and increase temperature to 425 and cook for 15-20 minutes longer or until tots are golden brown or as crispy as you'd like : )

looks gross...tastes SO GOOD

That's the only food I documented last week but maybe that's good because I am SO tired : ) If all goes as planned (and she doesn't go into labor), I am going to be doing some belly shots for a friend of mine from college tomorrow so stay tuned for those pictures. If not, stay tuned for baby pictures within the week ; )
I hope everyone has a great week before Christmas...and although a white Christmas would be nice...I for one did NOT mind the 45* weather today!

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