Today’s Post Brought To You by the letter “C”
… as in ‘C’rap, I have no idea what’s for dinner. And ‘C’lutter, since that’s all I see.
A daily occurrence, really.
It usually hits right around 4 pm when everyone descends upon me.
And, unlike my other friends, I haven’t done my grocery shopping for the week because I still have a city mentality and pretty much go to the store once a day at the most inopportune of times.
I’m not sure how long it takes to actually live in a place where you have enough room to store stuff and be able to go to the store once a week like a regular person before you actually start going. I guess it’s kind of like 80-somethings who still take the Sweet ‘n Lows from the diner or wrap up brownies in paper napkins at community functions because they were children of the great depression era and always feel deprived. Some things you can’t change. So, I guess I’m just one of those people who’ll continue to go to the grocery store at inopportune times every day. No coupons, no lists, no plan. Yep, that’s me. Disorganized me.
My friend told me about a person who comes in and helps you get organized. She’s a clutter expert. I called her. She’s supposed to be coming this week. But I’m embarrassed. And competitive. I have to de-clutter before she gets here so she doesn’t think I’m a hoarder. Kind of like those people who clean up before their cleaning service comes. What’s the point?
I wonder where she’ll start? There are so many places I’ve been using to stash away junk. I’m actually a little scared. And I’ll get in trouble with my daughter if I throw away this:
You know those people who “change over their winter clothes to their summer clothes” annually? Yeah, I don’t do that. What happens if we get a cold spell mid-July? You always need to be prepared.
Oooh, or what about the people who take in their outdoor furniture cushions the minute it’s about to rain? You know, to preserve them for like an extra week? Yeah, I actually forgot we even have outdoor furniture so that doesn’t happen. Plus, it’s more fun to buy new cushions every season! Out with the old!
So maybe I don’t need this organizational lady after all? Maybe she needs me! To go into her home and spruce up her drawers with things like this:
Well, it’s nearing melt-down time and we have no more nuggets left in the bag. But, alas! The bag remains empty in the freezer. Now who would ever think to do a thing like that?
Let’s see. Sticking to today’s theme…things with the letter “C”…
Catering is an option. Nah.
Cauliflower. Nope. Never figured out how to cook that stuff. And let’s just say it does a number on the gastrointestinal tract.
California Pizza Kitchen? Always a trusty back-up plan, no matter how many crayons are on the floor.
Caesar Salad. Hmmm…. Eggless. A must. Super yummy. Super easy. Kids like it. Adults like it. Now we’re talking. Top it with some chicken if you want more Cs. And don’t add the croutons if you want less Cs (carbs). Okay, I’ll stop.
- 1-2 heads of Romaine Lettuce (or bagged…but I don’t like the taste of bagged salad so I always chop my own lettuce even though it takes an extra few minutes)
- 3-4 splashes of Olive Oil
- 3 squirts of Anchovy Paste (I measure a squirt to be the equivalent of a teaspoon)
- Juice of 1 lemon
- 1 garlic clove, minced
- 1 spoonful of reduced fat mayonnaise
- 1 squirt of Dijon mustard
- 1 splash of Worcestershire sauce
- Sprinkle of pepper (don’t use salt…the Anchovy paste is very salty!)
- Flaked Parmesan cheese (as much as you want)
- Add Grilled chicken if you want (see recipe for grilled chicken on previous post and then just slice into strips)
- Mix everything up (except for cheese and croutons)
- Chop and wash lettuce carefully (really carefully as Romaine has lots of bugs! Yuck!)
- Toss with dressing immediately before serving or salad will get soggy.
- Add croutons after dressing.
- Serve in a wooden bowl to look extra professional.
- Enjoy with another favorite “C” of mine….Chardonnay from Cakebread Cellars.