Locked Out Of The House, To Exhausted To Do Anything Caprese…

Monday night was quite the night. I laugh about it now, but man, was I one extremely unhappy, exhausted person by the end of my day. Here is a high level summary of my night…

After a long, hectic, fun-filled weekend with the husband’s family in town for my brother-in-law and now officially my sister-in-laws wedding (more on the weekend in another post…I know I have several of those I have said I will post on and I promise I will…I just need more time) and having worked a full day when I was originally supposed to have the day off (thanks to a meeting that I had to be at being scheduled) I was ready to go home, watch a movie and go to bed!

However, after finally leaving work and running a few errands, I got home and realized I got locked out 😦 Yes, true story, I actually got locked out of my house. With all the chaos of having people in and out of our house all weekend, my key got taken off of my key chain and never got put back on. I didn’t realize it at the time and when I left home on Monday I didn’t need to lock the door as people were still there, so no clue that I was key less.

Anyhow, at first I thought no big deal, there is a key under the doormat as the family that left after I went to work was supposed to use the extra key and put it under the mat when they left to travel home. Sadly, this didn’t happen as the newly married couple stopped by to pick up a few items we had of theirs and used their key copy we gave them in case of an emergency to lock up as everyone was heading out. No ones fault obviously, just an unfortunate happening!

Then, I quickly realized that all of the people with spare keys were out-of-town (yes all of them). And, even the Mr. was out-of-town so he couldn’t come to my rescue. Next I thought, maybe our 3rd story balcony door is open. It had been open while people were staying in that guest room so I climbed up the rock way along the side of the house to the back (mind you, all while in my work clothes which was a fairly fitted dress) to check it out. Go figure….it was locked too. Someone had checked it and locked it. URGH!

At that point I was really, really frustrated. Not knowing what else to do, angrily, I called a lock smith (after several calls to complain to the Mr.) to come to my rescue. After getting in touch with one, I was told it would be up to 40 minutes before someone called. Sadly by this point, I had to use the bathroom incredibly badly and the neighbors were gone. Knowing I had a little time, I quickly rushed to the Starbucks down the road to use their ladies room. And, in the process, bought myself a treat of a pumpkin spiced latte (I deserved it right?) to help me calm down!

About 25 minutes later the guy shows up after calling multiple times needing directions as he got lost. How, I am not sure as he mentioned he lived in Magnolia (just my luck!). 20 minutes later he still can’t get me in. By this time I was to the point of screaming (well, ok maybe I already was but by this point I was LIVID) so I took matters into my own hands as this so called lock smith couldn’t figure it out. I won’t share what I did as I don’t need people trying to replicate it and get in my house 🙂 But lets say it required serious climbing and strength on my side all while in my work clothes, which of course meant short, fairly fitted dress! URGH.

Thankfully my master plan worked and I got in as getting back down to ground level was going to be fairly difficult/dangerous! To top it all off, I still had to pay the guy $75 for coming out and doing nothing. I guess he was there in case I fell and hurt myself which is a positive way to look at it! Oh well, I got in my house and rescued the pup so he could take care of business!

After all this, I still had to figure out something for dinner. Of course I didn’t really have any leftovers…well I did, but it was all DESSERT items so that was outta the question. Scanning the fridge/kitchen I realized I had a gazillion tomatoes and fresh mozzarella and my basil plant is exploding with fresh basil so I decided on a caprese salad. So easy and so, so tasty!

Recipe which I will call “Locked Out of the House, To Exhausted to Do Anything Caprese” (one big serving – all estimates as again I forgot to measure! You can’t really go wrong, any amount of tomatoes, mozzarella and basil is good!)

  • 1 1/2 cups small tomatoes sliced in half
  • 2 oz fresh mozzarella cut into bit size pieces
  • 6 fresh basil leaves (thinly sliced)
  • Balsamic Vinegar and Olive Oil to taste
  • Salt and Pepper to taste

Cut up mozzarella, tomatoes and basil and toss together. Drizzle olive oil and balsamic vinegar over mixture. Top with a little salt and pepper. ENJOY!

By 8:30pm I was happily sitting on the couch with my caprese, a big glass of wine and a movie on to watch with the little guy (Leo) curled up beside me!

All in all I survived and can laugh about it now. But man, I was in really bad shape come 8pm on Monday. Thankfully no one had to see me and experience my bad mood! On our list for this weekend…figure out who else we can give a spare key to and fix the garage door so we actually have openers that work.

Hope you are all having great Wednesdays! I have two great brunch recipes to share with you so hopefully by tomorrow I can give you the scoop on those. Until then, farewell!

Advertisements

Dinner in a Hurry – Pesto Orzo

These last few days/weeks have been crazy! I don’t really feel like I have been able to cook. (Well, with the exception of Becca’s baby shower where I did a ton of cooking on Sunday! But more on that in a later post…that one will take some time!) Instead, we (the Mr. and I) have been going to others houses for dinner/fun events (game night, family birthday, etc.), or out to eat, or quickly grabbing whatever we can find to eat in the house.

Monday was the first night the Mr. and I were both home with no major plans. FINALLY! However, we got home kind of late from work and I haven’t been to the grocery store in ages to do proper shopping so it was a what do I have that needs to be used up kinda night!

Thankfully, it was a success. I happened to have a lot of stuff on hand that all went together very well. I ended up quickly making Spinach Pesto Orzo with Zucchini, Tomato and Spinach and a Caprese Salad. YUMMY! I say quickly as I think it took less than 20 minutes for me to make this meal and I was talking on the phone most of the time I was making it 🙂

Here is my guess on the recipe. I really need to start measuring when I make things I am going to blog about so that I can give you all an accurate recipe! Trust me, this is probably pretty close. And, with these ingredients you can’t go wrong with more or less. It will still taste good! 🙂

Ingredients:

  • 1 Cup Dry Orzo
  • 1 1/2 cups Zucchini (chopped)
  • 1 cup tomato (chopped – seeds removed)
  • 2 cups spinach
  • 1/4 cup spinach pesto (any pesto will work – I just happened to have some spinach pesto in the freezer that I had made a while back)
  • Salt & Pepper to taste

Directions: Cook orzo according to package. While orzo is cooking, chop up the zucchini, and tomatoes. Heat small amount of olive oil in pan and cook zucchini for about 5 minutes (or until it starts to slightly soften). After orzo is cooked, drain and return to pan. Add in spinach and stir (spinach will start to wilt). Add in zucchini and tomatoes and mix. Add spinach pesto and salt and pepper and toss. Serve and Enjoy! Also, I added a little bit of Parmesan to top it off.

For the Caprese I took sliced tomatoes and sliced fresh mozzarella and alternated each on a plate. I drizzled it with olive oil and balsamic vinegar and topped with fresh sliced basil! Simple and delicious!

Hopefully after this week/weekend things slow down and I can get back to cooking more often! I have so many recipes I want to try!

Zucchini Pizza

The title probably confuses most. I am not talking about a pizza made with zucchini on top. Instead, I am talking about a pizza made where the base/crust is zucchini. Yes, you did read that right. And, no, I am not crazy (promise). I saw Zucchini pizzas on Pinterest a long time ago and have wanted to make it ever since. The only thing holding me back…finding a zucchini that was large enough.

Well friends/family/followers, the time finally came when I found a large enough zucchini! This last weekend when visiting the in-laws, my mother-in-law gave me a zucchini from her garden that was big enough (woohoo)!!! Not only was it home-grown, it was also big. Man, I wish I would have taken a picture of the zucchini before I cut it up. But of course I forgot. This thing was at least a foot and a half long and at the fattest part probably 6+ inches wide. Absolutely perfect for me to test this newest recipe.

Like my 10 minute peach pita pizza, this recipe was super easy and fast. Perfect for a night where you need something in a hurry.

I started by cutting the zucchini into about 1/2 inch thick slices. Next, I chose to place the zucchini slices on a pizza stone and broil them, however, recipes I read recommended putting them on a grill. If the Mr. had been home I might have asked him to head up the grill, however, it was just my good friend Meg and I so instead I chose to broil as it was quick.

After about 10-12 minutes I pulled the zucchini slices out as they were just starting to soften and had turned slightly brown on top. Next up was putting the toppings on. I started by spreading about a tablespoon or two of tomato sauce over the zucchini slice. Next, I put a layer of shredded mozzarella cheese (probably 2 or so tablespoons). Then I placed about six slices of turkey pepperoni on top of the cheese, and sprinkled on some sliced black olives. Finally, I topped it with about a tablespoon of shredded sharp cheddar cheese.

After all the toppings were put on, I transferred them back in the oven (still on broil) for about 5 or fewer minutes. Just long enough for the cheese to melt.

Man were these good. I will definitely make them again. In fact, I am tempted to make them as an appetizer for something. You could totally use the smaller zucchini’s you usually see in stores for bit size pizzas 🙂

With the pizzas I also served a cucumber, tomato, feta salad. My mother-in-law also sent me home with tomatoes and cucumbers from her garden. All I did was slice the tomatoes and cucumbers up and toss them with a little bit of feta, olive oil and balsamic vinegar. Simple and absolutely delicious!

Today is my Friday! Can’t wait for the LONG weekend. Tomorrow is a girl day with my mom. Shopping and golf. Husky Football starts on Saturday and I am beyond excited for that. I do love my Huskies 🙂 We also, have two BBQ’s and a golf tournament this weekend. Like typical Piep style, we will be BUSY. Just how we like it!

I do have some cooking to do this weekend so will be back next week with some more exciting stuff (well I find it exciting!).

Have a great weekend!

Dinner in 10 – Peach Pita Pizza

Last night was crazy! Between working until after 6:30pm, rushing home to walk Leo and rushing straight to my condo Board meeting at 7:30pm, I didn’t have much time for dinner. In fact, I didn’t even get to think about dinner until 8:45pm when I got home from my Board meeting!

When I got home I really didn’t want to make anything, however, we didn’t have anything easy to grab. Well I guess we had granola and yogurt but that just didn’t sound like dinner to me. Right now, our fridge is a miscellaneous mix of food. There are a lot of good items, however, not the easiest combination of ingredients to come up with dinner options. Side note: I am still trying to learn how to grocery shop. I always say I am going to make a list and have meals for the week planned, however, that has yet to happen! Some day I will figure it out 🙂

Sorry, got distracted, back to dinner…after looking in the fridge for inspiration I decided I again needed to do something with peaches as we have a lot and a few are getting SUPER ripe! I know, hard to have to eat peaches 🙂 I also noticed we had some pita bread in the fridge that really, really, really needed to be used. Based on those two items it all of a sudden hit me…Peach Pita Pizza!!!

I have been wanting to make a peach pizza for a while now. I saw it on Pinterest a few weeks back and ever since it has been on my mind so last night was my chance. Well, OK, it wasn’t really pizza, however, it was a pizza style dish. Here is a picture I snapped on my phone of how dinner turned out. Not the best picture but it gives you an idea of what it looked like. See below for my recipe.

image

Recipe:

  • 1 Pita
  • 1 Peach (cut into 1 in chunks)
  • 1/4 cup ricotta cheese (total guess as I didn’t measure – probably was a little less or more depending on how you like it)
  • Honey (to taste)
  • 5 basil leaves (thinly sliced)

Instructions: Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spread ricotta on pita and top with peaches. Drizzle a little bit of honey over peaches and pita. Cook for 5-7 minutes or until heated. Top with basil.

I wasn’t sure how this was going to turn out, but thankfully it was good! Felt like I was having dinner and dessert all at once! This was super easy and quick. I think it took me about 10 minutes in total (not counting the time it took me to figure out what the heck to make).

If you want a quick easy dinner, I highly recommend giving this a go. I still want to try an official Peach Pizza one of these days but until then this totally hit the spot!

Enjoy!