Sunday, March 25, 2012

made for each other

There comes those times in my life when I cannot deny that this is where I need to be and this is what I am suppose to be doing. I feel that my next adventure in life is going to be just one of those times. After months of looking. Many interviews and many many many applications… I have a job. And it is just right for me. Like a dress that was cut out and sewn together to fit my every curve to perfection. However, just like custom-made dresses it comes with a price, which is about 13k less than what I was earning before I had a master’s degree. Yes, I have whined… a little. But mostly I am thankful for a job that will combine and put to use all my experience, education, skills, and desires into one opportunity.

The social worker in me. Desire to serve. Love of teaching. The need to make a difference. Experience teaching adults.  Love of playing. Experiential Education.  Need to create. Love of planning parties and events. Need for challenge. Opportunity to grow. Experience teaching children. Experience teaching teens. The budgeting and analysis skills I have always wanted to put to use.  The organizer in me I just can’t help.

…And I get a place of my own. The facility where I will be is mine to manage and do with as I please.  Complete with an office.

Yes. I believe we were made for each other.

BTW. I am a program coordinator at a low-income housing community center. Stories to come.

Thursday, March 1, 2012


I was just thinking…I love March. As much as I love the month love, especially with its extra day, I am so happy that March is here. The month of LUCK. At least it should be the month of luck. I am feeling awful lucky. (Otherwise known as blessed.) I am especially lucky because I have this little guy in my life to make laugh and laugh, again and again. And I dearly love to laugh.


“Kiss me Baby, I’m Irish”

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Parmesan Chicken

Writer’s block = Share a recipe. I can always talk about food. Never a problem there. When I tried this one I didn’t have very high expectations. I’m not a huge parmesan chicken fan. At least not the ones I have ordered in restaurants. I guess I expect it to be more parmesan and less spaghetti sauce. But this was surprisingly good. I mean really good. Just like the guy at Food Wishes said it would be.

2 tbsp olive oil
2 cloves garlic, crushed
hot red pepper flakes, to taste
6 boneless skinless chicken breasts (I used frozen chicken fillets, and boy were they tender. Yum.)
2 cups marinara sauce
1/4 cup chopped basil
8 oz mozzarella, shredded
4 oz Parmesan, grated
1 (5-oz) package garlic croutons

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a 9x13 pan spread olive oil, garlic, and red flake peppers. Next lay the chicken in the pan and pour marinara sauce over. Sprinkle basil over. (Yes, fresh is best.) Next sprinkle with 1/2 of the called for mozzarella and parmesan cheese. Then cover with the croutons and top it off with the rest of the cheese. Bake it uncovered for 30-35 minutes. (Until chicken is fully cooked. Make take longer depending on chicken.) Serve. Don’t burn your tongue. Enjoy.