Keep The Change to Be The Change

Since it rained all day yesterday the Random Act of Kindness I had planned got washed out. Haha! Yes, pun intended. I know I’m cheesy. So I had to come up with a new act quickly. Since I had a to-do list a mile long including fixing my garbage disposal (which I did, like a boss) I figured I would have a cheat meal and order in. 

This is one that I have been wanting to do for awhile, restaurants can get expensive but this is perfect for takeout. So I had my dinner delivered and I grabbed my bag after signing the receipt that had a 100% tip on it. I gave the driver the receipt and I watched him turn around. He looked down at it, and he turned around really quick to which I told him it was the right amount and to have a great night. The smile he gave me was one of the greatest gifts I have ever received. It was filled with wonder, and gratitude. People it is so easy to do unto others, and really make a difference! I urge you to give back.

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Are you considering doing your own Act of Kindness? If not, what is stopping you? Grab a button if you would like to spread the word. The change that we seek in others has to first come from within. This year I hope you decide to Be the Change You Seek.

Till Then Smile Often
     

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Creamy Corn and Zucchini

As I am trying to work in more Vegetarian dishes into my diet I am finding all sorts of wonderful veggie dishes. This one is light while still being filling. This one is going in heavy rotation for sure. A little bit of veggie, and a little bit of cheese, yes please! This could easily be doubled or tripled for a summer BBQ.

 Creamy Corn and Zucchini

Ingredients: 2 TBSP Caesar Dressing ~ 2-1/2 Cups frozen sweet whole kernel corn ~ 1 cup frozen sliced Zucchini ~ 1/2 Cup Yellow Onion – diced ~ 1 cup Mexican style Shredded Four cheeses ~ 1/2 cup 0% Greek Yogurt ~ 1/2 cup tomato – chopped Optional: Ham or Bacon Adapted from this recipe.

Directions: Heat a skillet on medium-high heat and add in the dressing, onion, corn and zucchini. Cook until the veggies are fork tender approximately 8-10 minutes.

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Turn the heat down to medium and remove pan from heat , stir in the cheese, and Greek yogurt until combined.

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Place the pan back on the heat and cook approximately 3-5 minutes or until the cheese is melted. Be sure to stir frequently so as not to scorch the veggies. Sprinkle in the diced tomato and mix to incorporate. Serve.

This is perfect as is for a good Vegetarian dish, but if you aren’t a Vegetarian and want to bulk it up you can mix in some Ham chunks or a few strips of cooked bacon crumbles. I ate this as a main dish with a side salad.

 Creamy Corn and Zucchini

What is your favorite BBQ dish?

 Martinis & Bikinis

 

Cheesy Corn and Zucchini
Serves: 8
 
Ingredients
  • 2 TBSP Caesar Dressing ~ 2-1/2 Cups frozen sweet whole kernel corn ~ 1 cup frozen sliced Zucchini ~ ½ Cup Yellow Onion - diced ~ 1 cup Mexican style Shredded Four cheeses ~ ½ cup 0% Greek Yogurt ~ ½ cup tomato - chopped
  • Optional: Ham or Bacon
Instructions
  1. Heat a skillet on medium-high heat and add in the dressing, onion, corn and zucchini.
  2. Cook until the veggies are fork tender approximately 8-10 minutes.
  3. Turn the heat down to medium and remove pan from heat , stir in the cheese, and Greek yogurt until combined.
  4. Place the pan back on the heat and cook approximately 3-5 minutes or until the cheese is melted. Be sure to stir frequently so as not to scorch the veggies. Sprinkle in the diced tomato and mix to incorporate. Serve.
  5. This is perfect as is for a good Vegetarian dish, but if you aren't a Vegetarian and want to bulk it up you can mix in some Ham chunks or a few strips of cooked bacon crumbles. I ate this as a main dish with a side salad.

 

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Walking Fool

I had a very busy week last week and I haven’t had a free weekend in a long time so I was very excited to do nothing. Well nothing according to my normal weekends. I mean it’s me we are talking about here. I also had Good Friday off from work and so there is a lot to cover. Let’s go!

Thursday: I got to meet up with Maddie from The Whimsy One since she was in town visiting family. Her Sister-In-Law came with her and got quite the inside look into blogging. Hopefully we didn’t bore her too much. We are a fascinating bunch though. She got me this really cute frame wipe board and chocolate. :)

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Friday: I took Seamus for a walk early in the morning so that I could get back in time to meet the Insurance Adjuster since the damage to my basement still hasn’t been touched.

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Call me a touch mad about this, I want my house back dang it. My half-bath especially. Once he left I went out for a hike. I luckily didn’t see any more snakes.

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I tried to read a few blogs and comment but I was a touch behind. Trying to play catch up though. I then had to get ready for a Beer Tasting hosted by Emily but Jody and Allena from the last Sip Happens were also there. Aside from a $40 parking ticket (did I mention I hate driving and parking in Boston) the party was such fun. It was a fun group of girls and lots of laughs. I didn’t get many pictures since I was too busy laughing and having fun.

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Saturday: I did some cleaning around the house, did some yard work. I still need to get some soil and plant some grass and flowers. It will continue in a few weeks. I then took Seamus for a really long walk to try and tire him out.

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I have noticed that will all these walks the fatty tumors I was worried about before seem to have shrunk a bit. I then got a few movies from RedBox and made it a quiet night in with Homefront with Jason Statham. I mean holy yum. I may have fell asleep during The Counselor, so weird and not a great movie.

Sunday: I woke up really early, thank you Seamus. He was a little too hyper so I took him for another long walk. I do love getting to explore my city on these long walks but really the best part is walking by the lakes. I am almost at the half way point for the 50 Miles in April Challenge.

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There are two different lakes within 1/2 mile from my house and the water was glistening and it was perfect weather. Really my idea of heaven! After grocery shopping I made some Cheesy Corn and Zucchini dish which I will be sharing the recipe for tomorrow. I also made some more eggplant Parmesan for this week, and Spanakopita. Once I test it out a little more I will share the recipe.

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I may have enjoyed one of two of these too while I was cooking. They are so good and the Mango version is my next one to try.

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This is one of the really old trees in the park by my house that I walked through with Seamus and I thought it was perfect for the nature prompt for Picture Practice.
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How was your weekend? Fellow Bostonians are you off for Marathon Monday?

Linking up with Leeann from Join the Gossip and with Kelli from She Crab Soup


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Long Weekend Favorites

Happy Friday! I am so excited that I have this day off. I hopefully will get out to the hiking trails to enjoy it, after the insurance adjuster comes out and takes a look at my basement again. I am also heading out for another girls night for a beer tasting. I am just hoping my liver can stand a third night of drinking, I am not 21 anymore. Wish me luck.

I am also switching it up this week and linking up with Amanda at Meet At The Barre for Friday Favorites since hers always makes me laugh.

 Favorite Song

Like I’ve said before I like all music but I am a rocker chick at heart. It is what I listen to at the gym, in the car, and when I want to tone people out at work.

 

Favorite Recipe

I am going to be cheesy and say my own Eggplant Parmesan because I do love it and am making it again this weekend. Addicted.

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Favorite Mug of The Week

A Friday wouldn’t be a Friday without the mug of the week. So this week I am giving one a Virtual Mug to Kelli of She Crab Soup. She makes me jealous living so close to the beach and having actual warm weather to enjoy it. She also works from home and started a new series from How To Design Your Own Blog so be sure to check her out.

Susan Wallace Barnes Stoneware Cafe Mug - Beach Umbrella

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Favorite Read

After a really horrible book I was so glad to pick up a nice light and fun book. I didn’t want to put this book down and I can’t wait to read the next book in the series.

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From Good Reads: The up-and-coming matchmaking agency Kinnections is the hottest thing to hit Verily, New York—just like Kennedy Ashe, social director for the service she owns with her two best girlfriends. A coach, consultant, and cheerleader rolled into one super-sizzling package, Kennedy creates dream dates, encourages singles to shine, and never refuses a challenge—not even Nate Ellison Raymond Dunkle, rocket scientist, nerd extraordinaire, and Kennedy’s newest client.

Kennedy vows to work her magic and transform this hot mess in a lab coat with a disastrous relationship track record into the most wanted man on the Verily dating scene. If only she could turn the wand on herself . . .

Though she radiates confidence and sex appeal, Kennedy harbors deep-seated insecurities from a tormented past and lifelong struggle with weight issues. When she realizes she and Nate are cut from the same cloth and might be perfect together, can Kennedy learn to let her heart lead the way? Or will her fears sentence her to the sidelines as Nate finds love—with someone else?

Favorite Funnies

What I need to do this weekend but what I feel like doing.  Cue up an episode of Hoarders that always help.

Ha Ha!! Not cleaning!

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Just me? No.

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How I felt about getting to see Maddie again last night when she came up to Boston. We got to be snarky and sassy together. Her Sister In Law also got to learn a little more than she wanted about blogging. So many laughs.

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 What are you up to this weekend?

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A Time To Play

When I went hiking this past weekend I saw snakes and lots of dogs. Since I am a huge animal lover it is no surprise this is my third Be The Change that involves animals. You may remember this one, and this one.

Every time I go hiking I am so jealous that Seamus is just not behaved enough to take hiking. He has stranger issues and although he has gotten much better since I got him he just can’t handle that many new people at once. Besides so many dogs are off leash and he can’t manage that either and after getting bit he wouldn’t like it. Watching the dogs though are so fun. They run and jump into the water, they tumble and chase each other and getting them nice and tired is a bonus. What better way to tire them out then chasing a ball?

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So I bought a few canisters of tennis balls from Wal-Mart and placed them in a box (be sure and weigh it down with a rock) I had lying around for the owners to take and play at the little lake.

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This can also be done at a dog park, or anywhere that you see dogs hanging out frequently. The dogs will love you for it and the owners will too. Win-win.

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I placed it under the entrance map kiosk and then hit the trails. After my hike I headed to the lake to see if they were playing with the tennis balls. I saw a few and the Dobbie had one in his mouth he didn’t want to let go of it. So precious.

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 Also in case you didn’t get enough dog talk today head on over to Kathy’s blog to see my guest post about 5 Reasons to Get A Dog.

Are you considering doing your own Act of Kindness? If not, what is stopping you? Grab a button if you would like to spread the word. The change that we seek in others has to first come from within. This year I hope you decide to Be the Change You Seek.

Till Then Smile Often
 

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