I ended up making a couple things after my last post that were great and helped me use up some of those ingredients. One was Heidi’s potato soup, which was amazing! Funny thing is that my Papa (Grandpa) asked me for the recipe (on facebook, even more funny) and he accidentally put 3 cups of flour instead of 1/3 cup… oops.
So tasty though, when made right! Thanks Heidi!
I also tried making my own homemade pasta sauce using canned diced tomatoes, fresh basil and parsley and a couple other ingredients. These weren’t really on my “list”, but it was something I had been meaning to try for awhile. It came out runnier than I would have liked, but it was much more flavorful than I would have imagined it to be. I even got to use my immersion blender that my mother-in-law got me for Christmas. Yay! That’s definitely going to come in handy over the years.
And to top it all off, tonight I made fajitas for the very first time with my new-ish cast iron skillet. You have to understand, this is my husband’s absolute favorite meal, so he’s been nudging me to make them for a while now. I’ve always been afraid to for some reason. It was so easy! I used a recipe from allrecipes.com and used these cute mini sweet peppers that I picked up from Costco with my mom. All in all, great quick meal.
Husband was VERY pleased, and even more pleased when I did the dishes right afterward. Sometimes it’s amazing how I forget to do those simple things to bless him.
His response? “I also really like ice cream and beer…” Oh dear.
This was awhile ago now, but who cares!
My wonderful and thoughtful husband treated us to a surprise night out at a hotel in Minneapolis (see here) the week before Valentine’s Day. Thank you, priceline.com, for helping us get such a good deal! It was a great time to get away for a bit and enjoy not thinking about work or cleaning and daily life. The funny part though? We get up to our room and see that we got two double beds! Whoops.
Since this place was on Nicollet Mall, we could just walk a couple blocks to some well-known fancy shmancy restaurants. We decided to go here, and boy was it yummy! We both ordered the corn tacos and really enjoyed them. The way they presented the food was really beautiful too; the plates were so pretty and cute!
Even though we tend to go “out” to eat pretty often these days, we haven’t been to a nice restaurant in a long time, or ever even. So I’m hoping my husband and I can do these little date nights out more often. It was great!
I passed my NCLEX-RN!!!! :D This is the nursing boards exam that allows me to actually practice as a registered nurse! I took it yesterday morning and was 100% sure that I had failed. Yesterday was rough because I had to wait until this morning to find out if I passed or not. I’m sooooo excited!!! It’s a miracle from the LORD that I passed, because I felt like I guessed on half the questions. It was very difficult!! But apparently they think I’m competent enough to be a nurse now, and I’m happy with that! :) God sure did answer a lot of prayers by having me pass!
Sorry I haven’t posted in a month. I’ve been studying and doing random other things since then, like going to the MN Zoo with my mom and my brother’s kids, going to my sister’s bridal shower, going to my cousin’s wedding reception… well, not that much really, but the past two weeks have pretty much been strictly studying. Now that I’m “free” from the burden of studying, I can do things like write in my blog again! Yippee! Oh and laundry, I get to do that again! ;) My husband will like that. He goes through clothes faster than I can clean them. Since we moved here, what, three months ago? I haven’t been able to catch up with laundry.
So, next week is my older sister’s (my only sister) wedding!!! It’s out in Massachusetts where her and her fiance met and live. They’ll be moving to Iowa after they get married because her husband will start working at Grinnell College, cool huh? Which means, they’ll be MUCH closer to us and the rest of the family! I’m psyched about that! :) I’m glad that I passed my boards too so that next week I don’t feel down about it, but can just let go and enjoy the week. We’ll be staying in Boston for a day just to tour around, since we have never been there, and then on Wednesday we’ll head over to mid-MA where the festivities will take place and have a couple days before the wedding on Friday. One minor detail… I haven’t been fitting into my bridesmaid dress all that well lately, so I’ve put myself on a bit of a temporary restriction from all things sweet/carb-y…. cakes, cookies, crackers, pretzels, etc. And, I’m going to work out like nutso these next few days before we leave. Hopefully it will be enough to squeeze me into the dress!! It’s very pretty!
Off to eat the turkey chili that I just cooked up…. at 8:30am. :) We had no milk and I hardly ate anything yesterday, so I figured a nice healthy hearty meal/breakfast was in order. I like cooking a lot too, so it’s kinda a way to celebrate. :)
My nursing job starts on the 21st! Can’t wait!!
People, you need to see the movie Ratatouille! It’s so cute and well done… I highly recommend it! ….Last night John took me to St. Paul for some dinner and dancing! :) It was part of my birthday celebration from the 18th. We had yummy Mexican food at Boca Chica and then went straight to the Wabasha Caves for some swing dancing lessons and hours of swing dancing! Well, more like 1 hour… it became more frustrating than fun for us when we could not seem to get it figured out. Part of the reason is that I have trouble dancing if we’re not on the beat and John has trouble dancing to the beat… so, you can imagine the frustration. I’m glad we tried it though! After trying until we just couldn’t take it anymore, we left to go drive around St. Paul, our favorite city! We hope to move there in the next few months; there’s this one part of town that we both adore and we found a super cute apartment complex that we hope to move into soon. I’m trying to find a nursing assistant job in St. Paul so I can get some experience, get connected to a hospital, and to make some extra $$ to afford living there. Pray for me!! I just found out I didn’t get the NA job at St. Joseph’s, which is my dream hospital to work at as a nurse. All in God’s plan though, I know he has something else planned for me.