Naked

by Heather on April 28, 2010

Don’t be alarmed by this post title. Although I’m sure I’ll get some interesting search engine terms out of it ;)  I’m referring to the fact that my photos in this post are 100% untouched here (tear!), which makes me feel a little exposed.  I guess it’s just that desire to appear “perfect” that’s eating away at me, but I think it’s probably good practice to show imperfections every now and again!

Dinner last night was something I threw together with what we had on hand.  I hadn’t thawed any sort of meat out, and we were both pretty hungry getting home from work yesterday!  I made a Shrimp and Pea Baked Rotini dish:

Once everything was prepped, it was really easy to throw together!

  • 1 16-oz package frozen peas, thawed
  • 1-2 pounds shrimp, peeled and deveined
  • 1 box whole wheat rotini pasta (or whatever you have on hand)
  • 6 oz fresh gouda, shredded
  • 2 oz grated parmesan
  • 4 Tbsp butter
  • 4 Tbsp flour
  • 4 cups milk (I used nonfat.  You know, to balance the butter ;))
  • 1 tsp each salt, pepper, nutmeg, garlic powder

In a pot with salted, boiling water, boil the shrimp for 2-3 minutes or until just done.  Remove from water with a slotted spoon, and then cook the pasta according to package directions.  Drain right at al dente and set aside.  In a large pot, melt the butter and then whisk in the flour to create a roux.  Cook for 1-2 minutes, stirring occasionally, until the flour flavor is cooked off and the roux is a light golden brown.  Whisk in the milk and bring to a simmer, stirring occasionally.  Once the mixture coats the back of a spoon, remove from heat and stir in 5 of the 6 ounces of shredded gouda.  Stir in the spices, peas, shrimp, and pasta.  Transfer to a baking dish.  Sprinkle the remaining cheeses on top and set under broiler for 2-4 minutes until the top is bubbly and brown.  Let sit at room temperature for about 10 minutes, then serve and enjoy!

Dessert was cookie ice cream sandwiches:

They were pretty good!  I had sugar cookies with mine and put a thin layer of peanut butter on one half.  Next time I would probably not do that, but you never know til you try, right?  We caught up with Dancing with the Stars and Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives…well, I did.  Nate was prepping for an awesome photo shoot he’s going to be doing for 14 hours today :)

This morning when I woke up I was not feeling yoga at all, so I decided to sleep in a little longer.  I’m leaving work early today, and will likely do my workout once I get home!  Breakfast was a sausage sandwich from Starbucks and a tall coffee:

I know that’s not the healthiest option they have on their menu, but my serving sizes were small last night, I know my lunch is going to be small, and I just wanted a sausage sandwich.  So there :)

I just saw the funniest (in my opinion) tweet from Angela at Oh She Glows:  “husband to me ‘I can’t understand you with your accent.’ ……wtffffff lol.”  I just about died laughing at that!  And then it made me think about my own accent and how I miss my Texas twang sometimes. 

SO, tell me, what sort of accent do YOU have?  Do you like it or not so much?  And if you don’t think you have an accent (or if you KNOW you don’t have one), what accent would you have if you could pick one? When I lived in Texas I think my accent was a lot thicker than it is now, but it’s funny because now that I’m surrounded by people WITHOUT accents I can hear mine so much more clearly than before!  I really like my accent because I’m really proud of my Texas heritage; however, I do wish that I sounded a little more Southern sometimes too.  No reason why, I just do :)


Happy Wednesday y’all!

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