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Happy Monday-once again.

We had quite the weekend-pet sitting our grand fur babies.  Lily, the border collie pup-who adores our very old lab mix Sunshine and Toby-the Maine Coone.  Toby was not happy-Pepper, our Tabby kept hissing at his dog and him.  Pepper wasn’t being unsocialable, we saw it was just plain jealousy rearing it’s ugly head.  

Lily shadows our dog and Sunshine allows it. Pepper took it as Sunshine was preferring Lily to him and was very hurt/angry.  

Then came the worst-Sunshine is more than sick, she’s scaring us.  So it’s off to the vet we go later today.

Prayers needed and appreciated!

Needless to say-we were tired from all the extra work (read that messy clean up and sterilizing), so I decided to make this a very easy cooking weekend.

Friday-I grilled a chicken and mini bell peppers and made a pan of noodle pudding.  Just had to cut up the chicken.  Seasoning?  That was the “trick“-instead of marinating it, I just used a sprinkle of applewood smoked pepper and freshly ground sea salt.  Served BBQ sauce on the side. Peppers didn’t need anything-as they grill they become very sweet.  The noodle pudding is easy.  

Best part-one pan has about 12 servings.  So we had it fresh Friday night and when it cooled I sliced and packaged up the rest in 2 serving amounts and froze it for later use on busy nights.

Saturday-I had the leftover chicken, which I cubed up add some more of the peppers and a chopped onion and mixed it into some marinara sauce.  Served it as an open faced sandwich on some fresh rosemary and olive oil loaf from Costco.  

This would also be a great way to serve leftover meats of any kind and even use slightly stale bread!

Sunday-our human kids were back, so I made a LOT of ribs.  Grilled some asparagus and baby portobellos and served it with the last of the artisan bread.

Dessert?  Again-out of the freezer.  Had some angel food cake and we bought some beautiful raspberries and blueberries at Costco.  No need for whipped cream or cool whip either!

How do you help yourself out on busy nights?  This week-share your fast and fun dinners!

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      Max0125 wrote Jul 13, 2010
    • I am sorry to hear about Sunshine. You all are in my thoughts and prayers!

      Your meal ideas sound yummy!

      One of my favorite and versatile staples in my panty is sun dried tomato pesto. I use it to put on top of grilled salmon or chicken. I also cook up shrimp and add it to whole grain pasta with the pesto amd top with a sprinkling on parmesan and fresh basil. I can have a meal on the table in under 20 min.



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      Carine Nadel wrote Jul 13, 2010
    • That’s a great tip Mary.  I love having salsa and pasta sauce around for that reason-you can have a great homemade soup made up of leftovers in literally minutes w/ the jar of sauce and some broth!

      Sunshine is slightly better today-have to go get her some pepcid to round out the med schedule though



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      Carine Nadel wrote Jul 13, 2010
    • thank you Stacey.  she’s hopefully on the mend.  lots of meds, special foods and she’s got her boy watching her like a hawk.



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      Linni wrote Jul 13, 2010
    • Will keep Sunshine in Prayers!  

      what is noodle pudding?



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      Carine Nadel wrote Jul 13, 2010
    • it’s a “Jewish” dish.  Pretty much wide noodles, cook them.  I like to add dried fruit to the water so they soften.  Everyone makes it different.  Because we don’t eat dairy-I make a “custard-like” concoction of tofu, soy milk, vanilla, a bit of margarine, sugar and cinnamon in the blender.  Mix it and the noodles/fruit together, top it w/ some bread crumbs and bake it for an hour (covered for 45 and browning for another 15) at 350.  

      My mom uses a non-dairy sour cream and orange juice and only raisins.

      I also like to stir in a grated granny smith.

      good for a side dish, breakfast, dessert-hot, cold, room temp.

      first time I’ve frozen it though.  But dh wouldn’t like to eat it 6 nights in a row!



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      Carine Nadel wrote Jul 13, 2010
    • oh-forgot, I definitely add eggs!!!



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