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My job requires coverage from 7am – 7pm Monday through Friday and 8am – 3pm on Saturday.
Luckily, we have enough people on our team that we each only work one evening shift and the same people typically work Saturdays – but one of the girls is getting married this Saturday (a good reason for a day off!) and I’m covering her shift.
Picking up the Saturday shift meant taking off a day during the week – so I chose Tuesday, the same day my hubby is off work.
We spent the entire day working on our new house – laying down hardwood floor and painting. Before we got there though, we stopped at the brand new Trader Joe’s location which is close to the house! I was pumped – and Tweeted about it!
I found some new TJ’s addictions – sorry for the quick random photos. Their reduced guilt tortilla chips are fabulous, and this salsa my husband selected might be my new favorite (garlic chipolte).
We also snacked on these guys all day – he argued that they are fruit (even if they’re fried and covered in sugar).
We literally ate that stuff all day long – making it our lunch (but don’t worry, we had my healthy baked oatmeal for breakfast).
When dinner rolled around I had a craving for hot dogs. Yes, as a vegetarian (you can read why here) I know that’s a weird one. I think it has something to do with walking past a 7-11 store in town everyday and smelling them cooking as I head home from work (when I’m hungry in the first place). Luckily, TJ’s had Smart Dogs so I picked up a package.
I prefer the “Good Dog” brand, but these do the trick once in a while too!
I didn’t have any cheddar on hand so I made due with a mixture of gorgonzola, beemster (have you tried this?! it’s like pure butter!), and gruyere. I like to think the fancier cheeses make the meal a bit more grown up!
Cooking the noodles in milk instead of water replaces the butter and makes them incredibly creamy before you even add the cheese. Why didn’t someone think of this before?
After the entire day of snacking, this simple dinner was a real meal – and just right. Let’s pretend I had a big dish of steamed broccoli on the side too, okay?
Do you ever get a craving for a simple meal from your childhood?
Vegetarians – do you ever crave meat products?