Archive | February, 2013

Back next week!

12 Feb

I was too busy celebrating my promotion to VICE PRESIDENT with my brother tonight to bother pinning anything.  More to come when it is formally announced on March 1st!

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It’s snowing in NYC!

8 Feb

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Pinned it Tuesday: skinny tuna noodle casserole

5 Feb

I know what you’re thinking…because I was thinking it too.  Tuna noodle casserole?  Gross.  Probably the combined result of stress at work and crummy weather, I’ve been craving something comforting for the past week.  Oddly enough, this was it.

tuna noodle casserole

Skinny Tuna Noodle Casserole

  • 6 oz no yolk noodles
  • 1 tbsp butter
  • 1 medium onion, minced fine
  • 3 tbsp flour
  • 1 3/4 cups fat free chicken broth
  • 1 cup 1% milk
  • 1 oz sherry (optional)
  • 10 oz sliced baby bella mushrooms
  • 1 cup frozen petite peas (I did not use because I find peas revolting)
  • 2 (5 oz) cans tuna in water, drained
  • 4 oz 50% reduced fat sharp cheddar
  • butter flavored cooking spray
  • 2 tbsp parmesan cheese
  • 2 tbsp whole wheat seasoned breadcrumbs

Directions: Cook noodles in salted water until al dente, or slightly undercooked by 2 minutes. Set aside. Melt the butter in a large deep skillet. Add onions and cook on medium heat until soft, about 5 minutes. Add the flour and a pinch of salt and stir well, cooking an additional 2-3 minutes on medium-low heat. Preheat oven to 375°. Lightly spray 9 x 12 casserole with butter flavored cooking spray. Slowly whisk in the chicken broth until well combined, increasing heat to medium and whisking well for 30 seconds, then add the milk and bring to a boil. When boiling, add sherry, mushrooms and petite peas, adjust salt and pepper to taste and simmer on medium, mixing occasionally until it thickens (about 6-7 minutes). Add drained tuna, stirring another minute.  Remove from heat and add 1 cup reduced fat sharp cheddar and mix well until it melts. Add the noodles to the sauce and mix well until evenly coated. Pour into casserole and top with parmesan cheese and breadcrumbs. Spray a little more cooking spray and top and bake for about 20 – 25 minutes. Place under the broiler a few minutes to get the crumbs crisp (careful not to burn).

(original recipe here)

Preoccupied

2 Feb

I am SO excited to be dog sitting for friends this weekend.  And it’s totally normal that I planned my weekend around this little princess.

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What February brings 2.0

1 Feb

Keeping Resolutions

My resolution to read “more” is full speed ahead: I read “Gone Girl” last month and already downloaded “Never Tell” on my Kindle; one book per month feels like a solid goal.  My second resolution was to bring lunch to the office more often, and out of 22 workdays in January, I only bought lunch twice.  Not bad!

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Pantone Emerald 17-5641

“Lively. Radiant. Lush… A color of elegance and beauty that enhances our sense of well-being, balance and harmony.”  Honestly, this is only on my February list because I couldn’t avoid it.  This color is everywhere.  Dresses, shoes, purses, jewelry, nail polish, makeup, furniture, décor, home goods.  You name it, it most likely comes in Pantone Emerald.

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Hurricane Cocktails

Sneaking away overnight to the Poconos with the Chef in two weeks, I’m on cocktail duty.  It seems appropriate given how close to Mardi Gras our night away will be that our cocktail of choice is a hurricane.  (Many hurricanes.)  It feels like a good drink for the hot tub…and playing hooky on Monday.

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Beyonce at the Super Bowl

I’m not invested in either of the teams playing this year however it is clearly unpatriotic not to watch the Super Bowl.  I’ll redirect my efforts to: (1) the party with my friends; (2) the commercials; and (3) BEYONCE.  I never thought I would say this about Super Bowl Sunday but…it’s going to be fierce.

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John McClane

Bruce Willis falls into my “men who are older than my father but I would still sleep with” category.  Oh stop judging, you know you have one too.  Anyway, I LOVE that “A Good Day to Die Hard” (aka – Die Hard 5.0) comes out on Valentine’s Day.  Sounds like the perfect V-day date to me.  It’s been too long since I saw John McClane single-handedly save the universe.

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3 airports in 3 cities in 9 hours

Spring on-campus recruitment is always hectic, but also more fun than anything else.  I’m traveling with a close colleague from NY to DC to Boston again this year toward the end of the month.  I adore the hotel we stay at in Boston, and we always manage to squeeze in good food/drinks and conversation.  This year promises the same!

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