Monday, November 22, 2010

Oh Rooney.......

"Patience is a Virtue"

My father is ALWAYS preaching this phrase.  And my response is typically- "A virtue that I do not have!"  So, it comes as no surprise that I have already pulled my Christmas decor out.  I lost all patience with Thanksgiving and was ready to start seeing holiday cheer.  

Much like Santa, I had my own set of helpers while decorating.  Okay, more like two furballs constantly in the way/nosing through EVERY box and tub.  One decoration, in particular, had Rooney in complete meltdown mode.  Being the wonderful evil mommy that I am, I videotaped his battle with the mean old bobble Santa and Snowman.  

After several minutes of Rooney carrying on I moved the Santa to where it belongs which resulted in this-

After a good half hour of Rooney crying/barking/shrieking/yodeling/chirping/growling/whining/obsessing he finally gave up {more like, he gave up after I yelled at him to give it up}. 

Bobble Santa/Snowman - 1, Rooney - 0

Happy Monday!
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Tuesday, November 16, 2010


It is COLD FREEZING outside which means perfect soup weather!  My all time favorite soup to get when I am at Olive Garden is the Pasta E Fagioli.  Mmmmmmmm.......breadsticks and soup.  Sadly, we do not live that close to an Olive Garden so I took to the internet to find the perfect recipe. 

Pasta E Fagioli
Recipe from

3 tsp Oil
2 lbs Ground Beef
12 oz Onion, chopped
14 oz Carrot, slivered
14 oz Celery, diced
48 oz Tomatoes; canned, diced
2 c. cooked Red Kidney Beans
2 c. cooked White Kidney Beans
88 oz. Beef Stock
3 tsp. Oregano
2 1/2 tsp. Pepper
5 tsp. Parsley, chopped
1 1/2 tsp. Tabasco Sauce
48 oz. Spaghetti Sauce
16 oz. Ditali Pasta

Saute beef in oil in large 10-qt stock pot.  Add onions, carrots, celery and tomatoes and simmer for about 10 minutes.  Drain and rinse beans and add to the pot.  Also ad beef stock, oregano, pepper, Tabasco, spaghetti sauce and noodles.  Add chopped parsley.  Simmer for 45 minutes. 

  • Cut this recipe in at least half unless you want to eat Pasta E Fagioli for two weeks straight (not even kidding.....this recipe makes 9 quarts when all said and done).
  • Wait to add the noodles until the last 15 minutes otherwise they become soggy.

Hubs and I LOVED this recipe!  It tasted so much like the Olive Garden version.  Of course, since we followed the quantities in the recipe we had LOTS of leftovers.  I am pretty sure my co-workers loved me the next day and the day after 

Sorry, I forgot to capture a picture of the finished product but I can safely say that it looked like the Olive Garden version.  I even bought fresh Parmesan and used my Pampered Chef Cheese Grater (just like they use at Olive Garden). All in all, I give this recipe two thumbs up!

Have a FABULOUS day!
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Monday, November 1, 2010

Cold Natured

Good morning! Sorry for the long, unscheduled hiatus.  Things at work have been CRAZY so by the time I get home the last thing I really want to do is look at a computer.  But no fears.....I am back!

I cannot believe how cold it has gotten! We finally turned our AC off but have been too stupid stubborn to turn our heat on.  So you can bet that we are utilizing our fireplace, blankets and warm clothing a lot.  As cold natured of a person as I am, I prefer that our house be on the cold side.  I would much rather bundle up than be hot, especially when I am sleeping at night.

Last night I was snuggled under all of my blankets, comfy as can be when Rooney decided that he was going to jump into bed to snuggle with me.  When Rooney snuggles he turns into a furnace.  Seriously, if I could choose one thing to be stranded in freezing cold temperatures with it would have to be Rooney.  Sorry Hubs!  Oddly, Rooney is just as cold natured as me.  Crazy for a bulldog, I know!

After awhile I kicked Rooney out of bed.  Not even five minutes later he was back in bed so I kicked him our for a second time.  This little game went on throughout the night.  Normally after kicking him out twice he gives up and sleeps in his own bed under his fleece blanket but not last night.  I couldn't figure it out.  FINALLY at 5 am the game stopped.  So, I went back to sleep thinking nothing of it.

After the alarm went off I managed to crawl out of bed to go turn the shower on.  As I walked towards the bathroom I noticed that our nice comforter and decorative pillows that had been stacked neatly in the corner was no longer in a neat pile.  Baffled, I grabbed the corner of the comforter to pull it back in place when suddenly the pillows started to move.  Boy did I jump! Next thing I know I see this precious little face peak out from his pillow/comforter cave.  I just stood there and laughed (and of course took a picture of it).
"MOM!!!! You woke me up!"

It then dawned on me that I had put Rooney's fleece blanket in the closet because we had had company earlier.  Poor little guy was freezing!!!!  Eventually he resurfaced only long enough to jump into our bed and burrow underneath all of my blankets. 

Note to self: Christmas gift for Rooney this year will be another fleece blanket! lol

Have a fabulous Monday!
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