Good morning, and Good Friday...to all who celebrate Easter, may you have a blessed weekend. For those of us celebrating Friday, TGIF! Actually, for me, it just means that Monday is closer and my Spring Break is almost over. I go back to work on Monday and start counting 7 long weeks until summer vacation. Don't misunderstand me...teaching developmentally delayed preschoolers is awesome. When people say, "It must be rewarding," I just shake my head (after hearing it 2,000,000 times in the past 26 years). It truly is rewarding. Seeing the language development that goes on in my classroom is amazing. The light bulb goes off in their heads all day long! But, summer vacation means 9 loooong weeks to cook, clean closets and drawers, and drink two, not one, but TWO cups of coffee while I read the newspaper. Yeah!
Last night I "whipped" up a quickie but a yummy dinner. My younger daughter has been craving Penne a la Vodka for weeks now. The list of ingredients is short:
Penne a la Vodka
1 bag of Tinkyada pasta (I used the rotini)
1/2 pint (1 cup) regular whipping cream
1 can Muir Glen fire roasted tomatoes (any brand will due)
GARLIC, LOTS OF IT -- I used 3 cloves
1 large onion, diced
s and p to taste
dash of crushed red pepper
VODKA, 1/4 cup
1. Coat the bottom of a wok pan or pot with the olive oil.
2. Saute chopped garlic, 2-3 minutes
3. Add the onions
4. Saute until soft
5. Add tomatoes (PUREE THEM OR BUY PUREED IF YOU DON'T WANT THE CHUNKS OF TOMATOES)
6. Add whipping cream and vodka
7. Add salt and pepper, and crushed red pepper to taste
8. Boil the pasta (remember to rinse well with cold water to stop the cooking of the pasta)
9. Drain pasta, add to sauce...ENJOY....
The whole thing from start to finish took me less than 30 minutes...helllo Rachel Ray, did you hear that?
I could've added garlic bread, gf of course and a salad but I was lazy!
You see, I spent the day at the spa...yes, last year, one of my parents from school (I worked in an affluent area)gave me a gift certificate to the Boca Raton Resort Spa. Close your eyes and let me take you with me as I relive yesterday...
They gave me a key, a locker, a robe, and slippers....went into an Inhalation room, with cucumbers on my eyes, an ice cold washcloth on my eyes, and eucylyptus (SP) sprayed into the air. I layed down on the bench and relaxed. "Okay," she said, "it's time to go to the bath," A ritual bath, they call it....soapy bath with a facial scrub and a wet washcloth to remove after ten minutes, a loofah scrub and exfoliating concoction, frozen grapefruit smoothie in a shot glass, and bath salts to sprinkle. Is this heaven? After what seemed to be forever, the woman escorted me to a shower, the car wash. Seemed like hundreds of jet spray hot water on your body until you tingle like pins and needles....then to another shower, where I climbed down three steps, put my face down, and three jets pounded, yes pounded my shoulders and back with water. STRESS becomes stress, becomes, yes! On a five minute timer, thank goodness, and into the jacuzzi I went. Ahhhh....orange and grapefruit slices, glasses of cold water...ahhhhh.
Over yet? No...dried off, went to the Great Room, and awaited my Albanian masseuse. His name was Vlatmir, I think...By that time, my brain cells were on mush! I got a back, shoulder and neck massage, lasting 30 minutes. He massaged my head too. Can I sleep here, I thought. No...it ended, and I had to leave! To the locker room, put on my swimsuit, out to the pool for two hours to read the book I just got from the library. Ice cold water to drink was just 10 steps away. Silence. Ahhhhh. I ordered a salad with feta, not blue cheese to be safe...ate it without dressing...put the rolls in my bag for my kids, and ahhhh.
At 2 p.m. I took a shower, using their mango-coconut products, dressed, and bid adieu my wonderful day of relaxation. I had used 7 bath towels and didn't need to launder them!
A well-deserved thank you note will be written to the family that gave me the gift of relaxation. Meanwhile, makes you think. We could all create our own day of relaxation. Some aromatherapy products, light some candles, fresh salad, and peace and quiet. I have seen those aromatherapy steam fountains at Whole Foods and was always tempted to buy one. Especially the one that changes colors.
Ahhhh. Wanna Join? We could all use more relaxation in our lives.
Take care, be well, and Happy Friday to all....