I have very mixed feelings about surprises.
The surprise of what Mr. Prevention or my sister-in-law will give as gifts, I love. They’re both great gift-givers and I always like being on the receiving end because lord knows, they’re both impossible to shop for. Truly. Impossible. Mr. Prevention has resorted to emailing me links and saying, “This is on sale, I’d like it for Christmas. Be sure you select free shipping. Love, Me.”
We’re real romantics around here, can’t you tell?
The surprise of a haunted house or what will happen next in a scary movie – pass. Being told, “it’ll be a surprise…you’ll like it!” I hate that. A lot. My mind wanders way too much over such silly things.
Last night? Lots of great surprises. It was my hospital’s annual holiday party. Being a part of the event planning, I knew what to expect. Which, quite frankly, was very much the same as last year (if it aint broke, don’t fix it, right?). Except for the Dance Heads booth. That was new and totally fun. Hilarious, really.
Last night’s surprises were complete surprises. As the CEO was announcing the handful of award recipients (“Stars of Excellence” we call them)…my name was called. I was the last recipient called. My staff clapped, I think I got a “booooyaaa” (yes, I was surprised!) and I wish I could remember half of the nice things that were said about me as I made my way to the front of the giant room to receive my award. I was truly flattered. And very, very surprised.
I weaved my way back to my seat…in the back of the room. I sat down, replaced my napkin to my lap and then I hear, “Most Improved Department Award goes to…Nutrition Services. Will Nicole and her staff please make their way up here?” Whaaaaaaa?! Too cool!!!
My boss handed me a beautiful award that weighs about 40 pounds (no, seriously). He went on to talk about my department’s accomplishments — everything from patient satisfaction to the budget. My staff glowed with pride and I felt like a proud mama duck with all my older-than-me ducklings. It was a night of great surprises. I’m still on a little bit of a high this morning.
As for other pleasant surprises? How about 15-Minute Wonton Soup? This is my kind of winter meal ready in minutes. I thought it would be good, but it far exceeded my expectations. Love those kinds of surprises, too.
- 8 cups low-sodium chicken broth
- ¼ cup low-sodium soy sauce
- 3 Tbsp rice vinegar
- 1 Tbsp fresh ginger, minced
- 1 Tbsp sesame oil
- ½ Tbsp sambal oelek
- 18 oz (about 18) frozen dumplings or potstickers
- 8 oz mushrooms, sliced
- 6 oz raw baby baby spinach
- 8 oz rice noodles, prepared according to package instructions
- In a large pot over high heat, bring chicken broth, soy sauce, rice vinegar, ginger, sesame oil and sambal oelek to a boil, stirring occasionally.
- One boiling, add frozen dumplings/potstickers, mushrooms, and baby spinach to the boiling broth and simmer for 3-5 minutes until dumplings are warmed through and spinach is wilted and mushrooms are tender.
- Divide noodles between four bowls and cover with equal parts of the wonton soup.
Easy cooking this week! There’s baking to do
Weekly Menu: December 8th – 12th
- Sunday: Loaded Baked Potatoes with Turkey Chili
- Monday: BBQ Chicken and Pineapple Quesadilla
- Tuesday: BBQ Chicken Salad
- Wednesday: Happy Hour/dinner with my staff
- Thursday: CEO’s Holiday Party
Back-to-back hockey games tonight and I hope to FINALLY see Catching Fire today. I heard it’s amazing! Anyone else see it?