Archive | October, 2012


26 Oct

The highlights of my work week include:

  • Calling a resident “babe”.  Not a sweet little white-haired female resident in her 90’s.   But a male resident in his 40’s.  “If you don’t feel comfortable talking to the psychologist, ba — AHH, you don’t have to.”  Talk about sending the wrong signal.  I must stop calling Firas “babe”.
  • Carving pumpkins with my residents and having them work hard to preserve the seeds for roasting, only to remember right as they came out of the oven that 80% of the residents are on a mechanical soft diet and wouldn’t be able to enjoy them.  So naturally, I told them they were burnt.  Minutes later, my assistant and I had to have a “meeting” = a pumpkin seed feast in our office.
  • One male resident in his 70’s playing Celine Dion’s “I’m Your Lady” on his iPhone.  On repeat.  For three days.  Even when sitting in the dining room chowing down on a hamburger and fries.  It’s one of those songs that you might blare in your car when you’re all alone and you just need to LET IT OUT.  Not the case with this man.  The best part is staff walking around subconciously singing, ” ‘Cause I’m your laaaaady, and you are my maaaaan” under their breath.  Including me, obviously.

Enjoy your weekend!


Pinterest Proven: Two Ingredient Pumpkin Muffins

17 Oct

No eggs, no oil, no water. Two. Ingredients. That’s it. Ok, three if you have a chocolate craving and four if you can’t say no to cream cheese frosting. There are two things I love in the kitchen: easy recipes + anything that involves pumpkin. After seeing this on Pinterest, I decided I needed to give it a go and it was totally worth it. The below recipe makes a little less than 2 dozen muffins since you need to fill the tins with more batter than you usually would (they won’t rise as much as “normal” muffins). I made half of mine without chocolate chips and then added them in to the remaining batter – both muffins were absolutely delicious so just do whatever your heart/belly desires! What are your favorite pumpkin/Fall-inspired recipes?

Two-Ingredient Pumpkin Muffins

Makes about 18 muffins


  • 1 box spice cake mix
  • 1 15 oz. can of pumpkin (not pumpkin pie filling)
  • 1 bag mini chocolate chips (optional)
  • Cream cheese frosting (optional)


  1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Combine spice cake mix and pumpkin puree into a mixing bowl.
  3. Blend by hand or with a mixer for two minutes until well mixed – doing this by hand is somewhat difficult because the batter gets pretty hard.
  4. After mixing, add chocolate chips if desired.
  5. Scoop batter into lined or greased muffin tins. Since you’re forgoing traditional cupcake ingredients, these will not rise as much so go ahead and fill the entire muffin tin with batter.
  6. Bake muffins for 20 minutes and let them cool before removing from the tins.
  7. Enjoy plain or with a little cream cheese frosting on top!

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Happy Thursday!

11 Oct

Firassic Park

8 Oct

Happy Birthday to my sweet fiance, Firas!

I hope your day is filled with firawesome surprises!

Halftime Snack

8 Oct

I’m with you, Charlie… out with the apples and in with the cheese!

I finally had a work-free weekend where the only commitment I had made was to make no commitments.  Unfortunately, I came down with a terrible cold on Friday morning which was no fun at all.  I spent my Friday evening watching Parenthood, adoring Zicam, and eating chicken soup  Poke-Jo’s barbecue turkey and sides.  Not your traditional “sick meal”, but Firas brought home something he knew I liked.  Unfortunately, I couldn’t even taste it.  Still a sweet gesture nonetheless.  I started to feel somewhat normal by Sunday and I was determined to make the most of my last day off.  Firas had his brother over to watch football and I thought it would be fun to prepare a few “game day” appetizers.  One of the apps was a simple quesadilla with a twist.  Who doesn’t love a good ol’ quesadilla?  And who doesn’t love a snack that takes 5 minutes to make?

I grated some cheddar cheese (I know, shocker) and diced up some roasted red peppers, onions, and chives.  The rest doesn’t really need explaining… it’s as easy as spraying the skillet, laying the first tortilla down and covering with cheese, toppings, and the second tortilla, and then flipping when browned.  I made a few different ones, alternating between green chile corn tortillas (so good) and whole wheat flour tortillas. I served it up with a side of mango lime salsa, and it was de-lish.  I’m sure Firas and his brother would have been just as happy with a bag of nacho cheese doritos (maybe even happier?), but it’s nice to have a homemade snack once in a while.

Another favorite of mine is a vegetarian quesadilla, loaded with zucchini, squash, bell peppers, tomatoes, and more.  I also like to add different kinds of cheeses… I might be making this up, but I feel like I’ve enjoyed a brie and apple (sorry Charlie) quesadilla before.  I think I’ll try to recreate that next time.  So many options!

What else do you like to add to your quesadillas?


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5 Oct

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Charlie Says

5 Oct

Apples? I think you can clearly see how I feel about apples below…

Not a fan

How about something a little more… cheesy?

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