Thursday, 20 October 2011

Goal 30: Get permanent full-time work

So this is a great week for me! I can finally announce that I do in fact have a job, and it's a position! I have a schedule and benefits. Since I am a nurse it is evening and day shifts, but its a great unit and all the staff are really smart and personable. So I am really excited about this goal being completed! Now I am going to go get ready for work, so its a short post this week!

Tuesday, 18 October 2011

Menu Plan Monday: Quick & Easy Edition

This week I will be doing evening shifts and having house guests, so my menu has to be something that can prepared early in the day and very easy to prepare. Here is what I have come up with:

Sunday: Turkey Salad (from last week, we didn't get around to it)
Monday: Fish Tacos
Tuesday: Chopped Salad
Wednesday: Thai Curry Chicken on Quinoa wi. Side Salad (from the freezer)
Thursday: Two Bean Chili

I only planned this far as I also bought some treats for Adam to make.... Kraft Dinner! And I figure by then I will be exhausted, so it will be leftovers, random fend nights and eating out. Some weeks are like that, so I think its better not to buy too much food and let it go to waste, but to accept the reality of the situation.

I really loved this recipe for Turkey Salad which I adapted from Canadian Living: Make Ahead Meals. It's a light recipe to use up that turkey and a great change from heavy holiday meals.

Turkey and Mixed Greens wi. Honey Vinaigrette ~ Serves 2
4 cups mixed baby greens
1 cup cooked turkey, cubed or shredded
1 pear, diced
1/8 cup dried cranberries
1/8 cup pecan halves
pinch each salt & paper

1/8 cup apple cider vinegar
1/2 tbsp. honey
1/2 tsp. dijon mustard
1/2 tsp. lemon juice
1/4 cup canola oil
1 clove garlic, minced
sprinkle each salt & pepper

In medium bowl, combine salad ingredients; set aside. In small bowl, whisk together dressing ingredients. Use as dressing to taste.

Thursday, 13 October 2011

Goal 21. Host a fancy dinner party

I have wanted to plan and put on a fancy dinner party for a long, long time. However, I have never actually had a reason to do this until this past weekend. Prince Charming and I hosted Thanksgiving: Prairie Edition for Belle, Cogsworth and Jafar. It was a really really fun evening, during which I was fully able to relax and enjoy myself. In fact, I was a little nervous because it didn't seem that hard, even though I had planned a fairly intense menu. So here is how I was able to do that.

Monday, 10 October 2011

Menu Plan Monday: Turkey Time Edition

I am lost without a menu plan. I am even more lost without a grocery list. I'm not even one of those people who write the list and then never look back at it, I have to look at every item on the list and even then usually have to go back to get at least one thing.

But luckily I very much enjoy the solution to this problem..... meal planning!

Thursday, 6 October 2011

In progress goals

This week has been very busy.

We have learned that nothing in Alberta makes sense to us or them. We have learned that Alberta is all about rules, but rarely has the infrastructure to support these rules. Right now I am not a huge fan of Alberta. Our week has been about trying to finish up final moving items and me doing a lot towards the employment situation. No goals got actually accomplished, but we are making progress on some of our larger goals. This is still pretty great and Alberta has a pretty autumn.

This weekend is also Thanksgiving! I will be doing a big turkey dinner, which is going to be my big fancy dinner! Hopefully there will be lots of great pictures in my post about that.

So until then, remember to give yourself time off between accomplishing your goals. Maybe you can spend some time finding more goals by reading other blogs!

The Nester over at Nesting Place has been doing a 31 Days Series challenge on her blog. I think around 700 different blogs are participating in this with many different topics. Click here if you want to check out all the topics. Here are the ones that I am reading and enjoying. 

My Life as Prose: 31 Days to make your rental a home. So applicable!

The Complete Guide to Imperfect Housemaking: 31 Days to Organized. This one is my favourite so far!

Thinking about Home: 31 Days to make a House a Home. I loved today's post about Sound. All too often my house is full of cold silence or a blaring TV. Time for some nice music. 

Green Willow Pond: 31 days to Slash Your Budget Painlessly. So far a round-up of easy and interesting tips to help save money. I already do one! But I would love to make my own laundry soap.....

Everday Ordinary Dawnings: 31 days to Build a Better marriage. Very wise words. 

And of course Nesting Place: 31 days of Lovely Limitations. The blog that started it all. Also check out her past 2 years of 31 days. They are really fantastic. 

I hope you enjoy!