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I Declare A Snow Day!

I didn’t have much to do today.  I was supposed to go down to school to do some work for a professor, but I decided to stay in because of the slick roads.  My professor understood.

The end of the semester is close to an end.  I can see the light at the end of the tunnel.  It’s so close!  Only one quiz and two finals stand in my way.  Not bad – not bad at all.  🙂  (Too bad one of them isn’t until next Friday at 3:30!!)

I didn’t even have to coach today because of the weather.  I had the entire day to myself.  It was strange.  It was a good thing I picked up season 2 of “Dexter” at the library yesterday.  Otherwise I would’ve been lost and had nothing to do.  🙂

Dinner was a new experiment.  I’ve been wanting to try making ravioli with won-ton wrappers ever since I saw Giada do it on the Food Network.  I really want to try her Nutella-filled raviolis, but that might have to wait.  (Hello, my name is Jackie and I am addicted to Nutella.)

So, this what I came up with.  I’ll have to do a few tweaks, but it was fairly successful and husband approved.

Chicken & Spinach “Ravioli”

1 package won-ton wrappers (I found mine by the salad greens at the grocery store)

1 clove garlic (chopped very finely, grated or pressed)

2-3 chicken breasts, cooked a cut into small pieces

3/4 cup ricotta cheese

1/4 cup shredded Italian cheese

1/2 package frozen spinach – thawed and strained

1/2 T dried oregano

1/2 T dried basil

1 t black pepper

Other ingredients: 1 egg, dash of water

Add all of the ingredients (except for the wonton wrappers) into a food processor.

Pulse the ingredients in the food processor until well-combined and relatively smooth.  Take 1 T of the mixture and place it in the middle of a won-ton wrapper.  Mix together one egg and a splash of water in another bowl.  Take a pastry brush (or your finger) and place the egg mixture along two sides of the won-ton skin.  Fold over – and be sure to seal the edges well.

When you’re ready to cook, place the ravioli in salted, boiling water for approximately 5 minutes (or when the ravioli floats to the water’s surface).  Serve immediately with your favorite sauce – we chose our standard tomato sauce.

Freeze the leftovers individually and then bag them when they’re completely frozen.

Overall, they tasted pretty good especially for my first crack at it.  I think it would a lot better with actual pasta, but that’s a challenge for another day.  🙂  For a won-ton wrapper, they’re pretty good.  I’m sure I can modify this recipe a lot.  Maybe create a mushroom mixture with a burned butter sauce?  Mmmm….  I’m loving the possibilities already.

If you try this recipe, let me know if you made any modifications!  I’m interested to hear your thoughts.

Alright – time to watch “Glee” and the “Top Chef” finale.  I just found out today that Idina Menzel is going to make an appearance on “Glee”.  I think the role is Lea Michele’s character’s biological Mom – which would be perfect because they look A LOT alike!

Idina Menzel - Courtesy of http://www.keithprowse.co.uk

Lea Michele - Image Courtesy of Broadway World

I love both of them.  🙂

I’m excited for “Top Chef”!!  Go Kevin!  I guess he’ll actually be tweeting live during the finale.  G’night everyone!!


A Day for Gleeks!

I’ll admit it – I’m a Gleek.  I’m a Gleek through and through.  I love the show.  I love everything about it.  I love the songs.  I love that the leads are Broadway veterans.  I love the messages that the show sends.  It’s one of the reasons why I love Wednesdays – in addition to “Top Chef”.

Okay.  I’m done now.  🙂

Breakfast was the same as yesterday – ‘Nanner oats.  I think I’m going to try pumpkin tomorrow.  I did hear there might be a pumpkin shortage *gasp!*  I might have to stock up.

I taught this morning.  I thought it went well – not as controversial as the last one.  The highlight of the day was a girl asking me if I was going to teach regularly, and when I said it was my last day, she responded “Aw, that makes me sad.”  Yay!  I made an impression!  Well, it was one student, but I’ll just pretend she has the attitude of the entire class.  🙂

Lunch was going to be tricky today – I was meeting my father and my Aunt Jane at a local custard/burger restaurant.  I walked away only having a plain grilled chicken sandwich (with BBQ sauce – of course), a few fries (we all shared) and a Diet Coke.  No frozen custard – which is a big step for me.

I was able to relax a bit while taking care of some emails and other business.  And then it was off to swim club.  It was weird – I felt a little better.  I think it was because I knew that I was going to go into a better direction.  I was more relaxed, not as tense.  After club, I went to the other one where I talked to the coach.  We decided that if I did switch clubs –  it should be after the natural break between seasons (around March).  I agree – I don’t want to do it out of spite, I don’t want to leave anyone in a bind – I just need a better situation.  A situation that matches my goals as a coach – and I think the new club does that.  We’ll see what happens… I haven’t decided how I’m going to go about telling people…

When I got home, it was after 9 o’clock and it was time for a quick dinner.  Enter Trader Joe’s (again!) Chicken Marsala.


Gotta love TJ's!


It only takes 3 minutes in the microwave – and it’s pretty good.  Not as good as my Mom’s – but nothing is.  🙂

(Yes, I resurrected my digital camera.  No more iPhone photos for you guys – only the best!)

We paired it with some mashed potatoes from a pouch (I cheated – so what?!) and some peas (from Trader Joe’s!).  It was a nice, healthy and quick meal.  Yum, yum, yum!


Nom, nom, nom

Tomorrow will be a fun – yet long – day.  Research at Marquette, class, preparing for the banquet (it’s a pot-luck – I don’t know if I’m going to make anything….), swim banquet and “NEW MOON”!!!  I’m excited about the movie because it was my favorite book of the series.  Yes – I’m totally Team Jacob and this is *his* movie.

Wow… I’m really showing my inner 14 year old girl.  I need to stop…

Alright – back to “Top Chef” and “Glee”!!!!!

There’s that 14 year old girl again…  🙂