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Last night, we had dinner with Knight and Ro and watched Mr. Deeds. I hadn't gotten a chance to see it yet, and I really enjoyed it. Ro fixed chili this weekend and her chicken noodle casserole last night. I had both for dinner, and a yummy Fuji apple. Next time I buy apples, I'm going to buy those; it was sweet and very crunchy. I like the way Ro fixes her chili, and her suggestion of adding cheese and (lite) sour cream was great.

When we got home, I decided to complete a lazy day by going to bed early. When Flar came to bed at 11:30pm, he remarked upon how I don't mean "go to sleep" when I say "go to bed." I was reading Kushiel's Chosen. :)

This morning, I fixed the boys banana pancakes for breakfast. While they were eating, I quizzed them about items to add to the grocery list. Tigger didn't hear me - he told me on the way home from school this afternoon that we were out of spaghettios with meatballs.

But I did take the time to make out menus for the week, so I'd know for what recipes I'd be shopping. The special recipes are Ham and Swiss Casserole and Beef Macaroni Italiano. Nurse asked me to fix the former for her, when I invited her to dinner Wednesday night, and I decided to fix the latter for Flar tonight, since we haven't had it in a while. I also decided to get pork chops, to fix the box dinner we've had in the pantry awhile.

My nipple piercings are healing just fine. But I'm still learning how long to warm the distilled water to mix with sea salt. Yesterday I determined that 3 minutes is too long. Today I learned that 2 minutes is too long.

One of the reasons I've wanted nipple piercings is that my nipples haven't been very sensitive, ever since I nursed my babies. The piercings are definitely stimulating them -- especially when I get cold. Brr.

Bowling this morning was great! I bowled 155, 172 and 156. We took 3 out of 4 points: Grace wasn't bowling her average today, so we lost the last game, when Knight's game started to fall off, as well.

I picked up new dog food, then did a small grocery run that was mostly sodas and meat. We should be set for several meals now, since I stocked up on staples last week.

I told my mom about getting my nipples pierced. Her immediate reaction was to want to know why on earth I'd do such a thing. When I told her that Flar found nipple piercings attractive, she was totally positive about it, but then said not to tell Daddy -- she wouldn't want get them for him. :) Then it turns out she'd rather get a tattoo. Now, Mom's always talked about tattoos like they're graffiti on God's temple, so this was a surprise to me. So we talked about that a bit.

I figure when I get around to getting a tattoo, it'll be no biggie to tell Mom about it. ;)

If she were to put together details from phone conversations, about my weekend, she might wonder about who went with me for me to get pierced. If she asks me point-blank, I'm planning to tell her that Wolf went with me, cause Flar's too squeamish. Since I'm not out to Mom about poly or BDSM, I don't plan to tell her that my piercings are a gift from Wolf, as my Master, and will provide a nice permanent place to wear symbols of commitment to him. But then, I don't expect her to ask about *that* point-blank.

Flar got a small client check over the weekend. On my way home from the grocery, he called to see if I could get it deposited before 2, which is the cut-off at our bank. I traded cars, and let him unload the groceries, to get it there in time.

That gave me just enough time to eat lunch and leave to pick up the boys. When we got home, I hotsynced my visor, and then formatted over two weeks worth of food diaries to send to Wolf. Solid habits are hard to form. ;) Now I'll download email, delete the spam, and see if there's any urgent mail.

Then it'll be time to start dinner.

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Ham and Swiss Casserole

Recipe, please?? :)

It's a really simple recipe, really, which is why I got it from Ro ages ago. :)

2 boxes of mac n cheese, prepared according to directions
2 10oz. chunky white meat chicken
1 can favorite cream soup (chicken, mushroom, celery, etc.)
1 can favorite veggies (she used peas last night, I'd use carrots for Tigger)

Put together all in baking dish (8x13 or 1.5 quart), top with bread crumbs and shredded cheese, and bake at 350° for at least 20 minutes, but no longer than 40 minutes.

Note: I've taken to buy multi-packs of cream soup at Sam's. Their cooking assortment includes cream of: mushroom, chicken & celery, and it's the lower fat version. I also stock large cans of chunk chicken that I buy at Sam's, and I buy mac n cheese there in bulk. I use carrots, because it's the single most popular vegetable in this family. But I've gotten out of the habit of buying frozen sliced carrots. Gotta add that to the shopping list. After all, this is supposed to be a "dump" recipe, as in: dump the ingredients out of the boxes or cans and combine. Using baby carrots would involve (shudder) chopping.

I don't mind you giving out the Chicken Casserole recipe, but I do believe that canuckgirl asked for your Ham & Swiss Casserole recipe, which I might like to have too, just BTW. :)

Oh, and not that it matters very much, but they're Fuji apples (you know, like the mountains in Japan). :)

I don't mind you giving out the Chicken Casserole recipe, but I do believe that <http://stat.livejournal.com/img/userinfo.gif> canuckgirl asked for your Ham & Swiss Casserole recipe, which I might like to have too, just BTW. :)
Oh heck. My bad.

Ham & Swiss Casserole

I got this from a page-a-day calendar whose theme was recipes with less than 7 ingredients. I didn't try all the recipes, but I saved the ones I tried and liked.
  • 3/4 lb. swiss cheese, sliced 1/4-inch thick (I just buy kroger pre-packaged, sliced, deli swiss, and use as much as it takes to follow the directions)
  • 2 1/2 cups ham, cubed
  • 2 1/2 cups cooked rice (measured after cooking -- it takes about a cup of raw rice to cook up 2 1/2 cups)
  • 1 can cream of mushroom soup
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 1/2 cup green pepper, chopped (I buy this frozen, chopped and keep it around for stuff like this)

Layer bottom and sides of a greased casserole dish with cheese. Combine other ingredients and pour in casserole. Bake uncovered at 350°F. for 45 minutes.

I usually used a 2 quart French White casserole dish. I'm thinking of using a 13x9 inch dish this week, which will alter the cheese to casserole ratio.

Thanks for catching the typo. I've fixed it now. I was spelling Fuji with my brain, but but sometimes my fingers think they know better.

So umm... how long will the nipple piercings need to heal?

They should be mostly healed by 6 weeks. I'll most likely continue to post about my progress.

I need to call the shop, because I forgot to ask what gauge my piercings are. Oops.

When I told my mom about them, she said I needed to ask for diamonds on them. I countered by suggesting that Flar might be able to find the right size beads in amethyst, emerald and/or topaz.

But I'll wait until I'm fully healed to consider jewelry.

I really must get a chance to see them sometime soon!

I wish I had the funds to travel, but I can make you welcome, whenever you're able to visit (given some advance planning, of course).

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