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    WI Cheesehead
    Thu Jul 01, 2010 12:27 pm Groupie
    Grrlee - that is so cool! Congratulations! Are you giving out the recipe? icon_wink.gif I've tried veggie burgers a few times and the family hates them.
    J. Ko
    Thu Jul 01, 2010 3:45 pm Groupie
    Hi Everyone!

    That's too cool that I'm chef of the day today! I thought only premium members would get that honour - guess I was wrong.

    Grrlee: Good to see you back and congratulations on your award-winning veggie burgers! I'm glad to hear that you're enjoying your new job.

    WIC: Hope all is well in your neck of the woods. I know getting a house ready to go on the market is a real pain ... and then you have to re-arrange how you live your life while your're trying to sell. Hopefully your house will sell quickly and you can start your new life in NM. It must be a real relief to finally have a diagnosis for your daughter's ongoing health issues. Hopefully you'll be able to get her healthy again, quickly.

    Mandy: I know how difficult it is to live away from family. I'm on the west coast of Canada and my family lives about a 2 hour drive away from Toronto (we're about 2800 miles apart). Needless to say, we don't see them all that often. I has been 2 years since I've seen my Dad; 3 years since I've seen my sister; but luckily, my Mom came out for a 1 month visit last fall. My husband's parents are both dead and we don't see his brothers all that often. My kids have basically grown up without knowing their relatives hardly at all. icon_sad.gif I hope you're able to get closer to your family soon.
    Fri Jul 02, 2010 5:35 pm Groupie
    Sigh---I wrote this whole response this morning thanking everyone in regards to the burger (recipe is now owned by the restaurant, so I can't share icon_redface.gif ) and sympathizing with having family so far away. Then I pressed "sign out" instead of send!

    Our families are so far away. My family, who we're closest to, can fortunately afford to travel or help us pay for travel. but it's not the same as having that easy contact and ready-to-go babysitting when needed! If the immigration laws ever change we may seriously consider moving closer....but till that day, we'll stick it out here. I'm becoming more and more Canadian all the time, anyway. Who knows if we could move back down there??

    The boys are at a sleepover tonight! YAY! Though, sadly, my partner is sick so I'm headed out on my own to meet up with friends....having a quiet house for the afternoon sure is nice!
    Soup Lady
    Tue Jul 06, 2010 9:58 am Groupie
    grrlee, congrats in veggie burger! That is so awesome, if I ever make it up that way (it's really not that far) I will have to get the restaurant info from you.

    Had a good 4th, now back home after 3 weekends in Ohio. Have not cooked anything new or exciting, tried a new pasta salad that took a ton of work and I hated it.
    J. Ko
    Tue Jul 06, 2010 1:13 pm Groupie
    I have a super easy, super delicious pasta salad recipe. Probably not a salad you'd want to have too often because it's certainly not low-calorie, but I think it's really good!

    Creamy Pesto Pasta Salad

    2 1/2 cups dry rotini, cooked according to package directions
    3/4 cup basil pesto
    1/4 cup mayonnaise
    1/2 cup sliced black olives
    1/4 cup sun-dried tomatoes (packed in oil)
    1/2 tsp freshly ground black pepper
    2 Tbsp capers, drained (optional but really good)

    Mix pesto, mayonnaise and black pepper. Combine with remaining ingredients and refrigerate at least 2 hours to allow flavours to combine. Stir again just before serving.

    We've been back and forth between our house and camping this past week. We're camping about 25 miles from our house but the kids have activities here at home - DD has jazz band camp for 1 1/2 hours each morning and DS has summer school for reading for 2 hours each morning.

    It seems like the weather is finally going to warm up to seasonal temperatures this week; we're expecting highs of 30 C (85 F) for the next few days, which is really nice after the cool, wet spring we've had. There was even skiing at our local ski hill a couple of weekends ago! icon_eek.gif Unheard-of for late June.

    I hope everyone is enjoying the summer so far.
    WI Cheesehead
    Tue Jul 06, 2010 10:02 pm Groupie
    It's been so humid here, no one wants to go out. And the mosquitoes are deadly after about 4 or 5pm. I can't wait till we don't have to worry about either one, LOL. DH got a lot done this weekend, so just a few things left and major cleaning b4 we market it. One of the storms we had lately pushed a limb down on a tree and we have to get it removed. Plus, the shingles got ripped up on a section of the house. Anyways, I made Rice Cooker Spanish Rice with chorizo. We found the chorizo to be too spicy, but the rice was good, although it didn't cook all the way through in my rice cooker. I have 2 lbs of chorizo left, so wondering what to do with it that will mellow the spiciness. Any ideas?
    Susiecat too
    Tue Jul 06, 2010 10:25 pm Groupie
    hey WIC, I love spicy stuff but nobody else in the household does, so I end up breaking it up into tiny bits and cooking it into a soup or something where it gets diluted out and adds flavor but not too much spice. I only use a little bit at a time for that, and end up using one package verrrrry slowly. It sounds wonderful to me, though!
    Soup Lady
    Thu Jul 08, 2010 8:50 pm Groupie
    j.ko that pasta salad sounds so good! I love pesto and have to try it! I make pasta salad all the time, but it's always the same one, tri-color rotini, italian dressing, green pepper, tomato, cucumber (when I'm making it for others), cheese and sometimes pepperoni and black olives. I've been wanting to try a new one. Thanks for posting the recipe, I will let you know when I try it!

    Tonight DH grilled burgers for himself, I made homemade black bean burgers and it was really good. I made 4, so I froze the other 3. I feel better about eating them after all of this new about hexane in the pre-made veggie burgers. I also made potato salad that was really good.

    Thinking of taking the girls to see Despicable Me tomorrow.
    Fri Jul 09, 2010 5:25 pm Groupie
    Hey all---
    crazy busy week and on top of it all, because I've been working so much I have acquired "tennis elbow." OUCH

    It bugs the heck out of me that my children who will eat almost anything will not eat pasta salad. which i love. love. i've made every type of approachable one possible.

    pizza take out tonight! we found a new place we really like. and they have primavera pizza---a white pizza with zucchini, red peppers, olive oil, garlic...yum!
    WI Cheesehead
    Sat Jul 10, 2010 10:44 pm Groupie
    So, the realtor come over tomorrow to take pictures at 5pm. I made an executive decision and chose to eat out until then, so not to make any more messes! icon_lol.gif We are also considering NOT moving to NM, because of DD's health (having a seizure and having to see her neurologist again had a big hand in that). We don't want to switch doctors in the middle of trying to help her. So, my DH found a house about 7 minutes away from here. It's an old farmhouse with 2 units, almost 2 acres, right near a park (about 1 mile away). It needs a lot of work, but not falling down bad. We could rent the smaller unit out.
    Sun Jul 11, 2010 10:42 am Groupie
    Well, I'm sure moving 7 minutes away is not as stressful as moving states....I'm sure I've missed this part of the conversation, but what is behind your decision to move? Sometimes we really wish we could move...but then we're pretty connected where we are with work and friendships, etc.

    Today is farmer's market day, so dinner will involve as much local produce as we can prepare for one meal. I have some steaks too, which we almost never eat (unless we're out...)
    WI Cheesehead
    Sun Jul 11, 2010 9:16 pm Groupie
    Hi grrlee, we were going to move near some friends in NM bcz of the weather. We have some health issues with the cold here, but nothing life threatening. However, we're thinking it may not be good for DD to move there. So we're going to still sell here and find another home that fits our needs better. We found one that is perfect, but we JUST put our house on the market. So, if it's right for us, hopefully it will still be there. That one is about 45 minutes away. DD didn't even want to go that far, but I can at least take her to youth group on Wed. nights. I think it would be about a 35 minute drive. She's still be able to keep her GI, neurologist and ortho.
    WI Cheesehead
    Mon Jul 12, 2010 8:36 pm Groupie
    We got preapproved and are looking at a house only 10 minutes away. Now we just have to sell our house! Crosses fingers, prays, etc.
    J. Ko
    Thu Jul 22, 2010 5:27 pm Groupie
    Yay! Finally after a week-and-a-half I can get back into the forums! I hope all is well with you all.

    I've been having a good summer so far; camping and hanging out with the kiddies, mostly. We'll be hosting a 15 year-old girl from Germany for 5 months, starting August 29th. I've also applied, and had an over the phone interview, for a job as a receptionist at a real estate office. I'll be having an in-person interview early next week. Fingers crossed!
    WI Cheesehead
    Thu Jul 22, 2010 6:39 pm Groupie
    Hi J. Ko! Wow. I was really having forums withdrawal! icon_lol.gif That's so neat that you're hosting a girl from Germany. My heritage is 100% German. We've been in the middle of selling our house. Put on the market last week, and we've had 8 showings already. And the open house drew in 6-7 people too. We have someone coming tomorrow for a second look, so it's promising. Good luck on the job.

    If anyone on here doesn't do Facebook, I'd invite you to set one up. Then, if this happens again, we can communicate on FB until it's back. Just a thought.
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