Monday, January 24, 2011

Monday stuff, recipe, and bamboozeled

My things to do this week:
  • get out Valentine decorations
  • take all the lingering Christmas/birthday boxes to our recycling center
  • organize the basement pantry area
  • drop off Goodwill boxes (search for small shelves while I am there)
  • get dog food & browse the antique mall (they are right next door to each other, might as well!)
  • take Tanner to get his picture taken
  • write a few thank you notes
  • clean the house for a Saturday showing, so grumpy about this
It looks like I have a ton to do and I do, I actually have next week's list started. For the first time in over a month, I am not planning a birthday party or holiday gathering so I feel like I have a ton of things to catch up on. I hope I can get it all done.

My menus for the week:
  • spaghetti (kids' request)
  • chili (not sure what kind)
  • sub sandwiches and oven fries
  • after that, not sure, just found out big tall hubby is working late every night this week

Here is a recipe for the cheese tortellini stew I made a couple weeks ago. I made it again because we had company and I love it. It is super easy and yummy, despite my picture. I don't know how those food photogs get them looking so good! (This is a Weight Watchers recipe but no one has to know that!)
Cheese Tortellini Stew
serves 4

3 cups cheese tortellini
4 cups chicken broth
4 cloves of minced garlic
1 tsp. dried sage or rosemary
2 cups coarsley chopped spinach
1 16oz. can of white beans rinsed and drained
4 sundried tomatoes, minced
1/4 cup Parmesan cheese

Cook the tortellini according to the directions. Boil broth, sage, garlic and then stir in spinach, beans and tomatoes. Reduce heat and simmer until spinach is tender, add tortellini, simmer a bit longer (just a few minutes) and then sprinkle with cheese when serving.

**I add more garlic and tomatoes, just because I love them both.**

I got bamboozeled!
Last week I went to the doctor (will talk about why some other time!) and the nurse there convinced me to get a flu shot. I was trying to avoid it, not because I am afraid of shots or whatever, but I just know every time I get a flu shot I get sick. (I have avoided getting one for the last three years because of this.) I am not kidding. I told the nurse that and she said, "oh no, if you get sick afterwards it is because you already had something." Well, I totally feel like calling her up and ripping her a new one, because now I am sick. Fever, sore throat, chills, snot, the whole thing. I WAS NOT SICK prior to that stinkin' shot. I am so mad!!! No one in my house was sick either, now you tell me, did I get it from the shot or was I already sick? I had better get well soon because big tall hubby and I have a date planned for Saturday and I am not missing it by golly.


Karen said...

Thank you for posting the tortellini recipe. I can't wait to try it! I may have to put it on my menu for next week. I can tell it's going to be one of those meals though that my oldest takes one look at and decides immediately that he won't like it (because it has, you know, spinach). Too bad for him.

Also, one thought on the flu shot. I never get them and I don't get them for my kids either. I'm not anti-vaccination by any means. But, I figure our bodies are designed to fight things like the flu on their own. And, too many people that I know have stories like yours where they just end up getting sick with the shot. So there you have it. My 2 cents.

Have a great day Jenny!

Bringing Pretty Back said...

That recipe looks GREAT! And I told V that he is going to be joining me in healthy eating!He is a meat and tater guy. Butter... etc.
I am going to give this a try tomorrow night.
Thank you for your comment on my blog! Todays show was awful... I panicked! But.... wednesdays will be better! It has to be! And it's about underwear!
Have a pretty day!

also- you impress me with your lists! very much!

Bringing Pretty Back said...

Also- I would be so dang mad about the flu shot! GRRR!

Kerri said...

We love that cheese tortellini soup! My aunt is a lifetime WW member...and she shared her recipe with me.
I never get the flu shot...but Brady always does. However, 3 yrs in a row he was up all night throwing up after getting that shot. His pediatrician insists it's a coincedence. Give me a break! She will never sell me on that one!
Hope you're feeling better!

Sarah said...

Soup looks tastey, I'll be trying it for sure. Loving all your posts, thanks for sharing. I never know if I should get a flu shot. The last time I had one I was you have big news....?!!!!

Erin from Skoots and Cuddles said...

yum! good luck with your showing!

Erin from Skoots and Cuddles said...

oh! and you were NOT sick! boo to flu shots!

Becca said...

Soup looks awesome and I also hate the flu shot...get sick every time! DO you have news :)? See...Sarah got a rumor started...

Jill said...

Good luck on your showing! That recipe looks so yummy! I'll be trying that one for sure! I do not get the flu shots, last time I did years ago I got deathly sick. Nope, not me, never again... Hope you are feeling better soon!!