Crazy, Lazy Days

This whole month has been….crazy. I couldn’t even begin to explain the crazy to you. So it’s nice that I actually took the time to make a real dinner on Thursday night with lots of veggies.

Veggies make you as strong as Popeye, and when you’re strong, you can power through anything.

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Roasted Tomato Caprese Salad

  • 4 cups grape tomatoes
  • 1 large zucchini, sliced
  • 4 cups cubed artisan bread
  • 3 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tsp kosher salt
  • 1 tsp freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 cups fresh mozzarella pearls
  • 15-20 basil leaves, torn
  • good balsamic vinegar
  • mixed lettuce
  • chopped avocado

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. In one pan, toss grape tomatoes and sliced zucchini with 1 tbsp olive oil, 1/2 tsp salt, and 1/2 tsp pepper. In another pan, toss cubed artisan bread with 1 tbsp olive oil. Roast tomatoes for 20 minutes and bread for 10-12 minutes, tossing a few times during cooking. Remove and let cool.

Combine all ingredients together, sprinkle with remaining salt and pepper, and drizzle with remaining olive oil and a nice pour of balsamic vinegar. Serve over lettuce.

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Besides using a few pans, this dinner is so easy. You could easily add some chicken to it for extra protein, but I added chopped avocado, because in the paper-scissors-rock war, avocado beats chicken.

I also had a zucchini from my aunt’s garden to use up, so I chopped it and roasted it along with the grape tomatoes.

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Yum.

It certainly was better for me than the night I consumed nearly a jar of mustard for dinner, but the taste was pretty much equal.

For the first time in four weeks, Dave and I did not go to Stevens Point for the weekend. We had a supremely lazy day on Saturday. My brother Tyler was over, and I basically plopped myself on the couch and watched movies all day. Despicable Me, Hot Fuzz, and Jumanji all played a role. Then our friend Shelby came over and we played Monopoly.

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For the first time in maybe ten years, I won! So exciting. This game was certainly much more civil than when I used to play with my siblings. There was a lot of “You can pay me back later after you pass go” or “I only have $13. Is that okay?”

I pretty much won by owning all the railroads.

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I love when people ride the train.

Dave made rye bread on the grill in a cast iron pot while we played.

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Dense, chewy, sesame-seedy. I don’t know how people live without being married to bakers.

He made us a mid-day snack of rye bread, mustard, and smoked salmon.

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Monopoly multi-tasking.

Shelby really wanted to play Clue, too.

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If you don’t let me play Clue, I will eat you!

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Dave was really worried that I knew the answer so he guessed early and lost.

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Eight turns later, I guessed and won!020

 

After we finished Clue, we went to Papa Murphy’s and picked up three pizzas.

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Hawaiian, Veggie (with red sauce instead of white) and Mediterranean. Shelby loves ranch with everything pizza, so we made our own version with plain Greek yogurt and a ranch seasoning packet. I normally don’t eat ranch dressing, but this was really tasty.

We fell asleep on the couch while watching Hook.

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It was a perfect lazy Saturday.

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