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[tweetmeme] From The Classic Zucchini Cookbook: 225 Recipes for All Kinds of Squash I decided to try out

Tomato Zucchini Soup

3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
1 onion, minced
1 Small fennel bulb or 2 celery ribs, minced
1 carrot, minced
2 cloves of garlic, minced
1 ounce ham, minced (optional)
4 cups chicken broth or vegetable brother
2 cups diced and seeded tomatoes
2 cups grated zucchini
Salt and freshly ground black pepper

1. Heat the oil in a soup pot over medium heat.  Add the onion, fennel, carrot, garlic, and ham.  (if using)  Saute until the vegetables are soft and fragrant, about 5 minutes.

2. Add the broth and tomatoes.  Bring to a boil, then reduce the heat, and simmer for 30 minutes

3. Add the zucchini and salt and pepper to taste.  Simmer until the zucchini is cooked through, about 15 minutes.

4. Serve hot.

Serves 4

I modified things a bit…

  • I used butter instead of olive oil
  • I opted to use 5 stalks of celery instead of the fennel or 2 celery ribs
  • I forgot to buy a carrot…
  • I used about 10 cloves of garlic
  • I didn’t use ham
  • I probably used about 6 cups of chicken broth and could probably use a bit more due to all the extra stuff I added – most of it absorbed the liquid….
  • I used a 24 oz. can of diced tomatoes
  • I used about 6 cups of zucchini
  • I added a 10 oz. container of sliced mushrooms
  • I also mixed in a pound of mini shell pasta

It came out really really yummy!
I highly recommend….

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[tweetmeme] The Weekly Re-cap: I shared pictures of Giraffes and The Brooklyn Bridge that Michael took while we were in NYC last week. I showed you the new hard wood floor that my friends helped me install.  I shared a post I had written for the On The Edge blog called My Daughter The Chi-A-Poo.  We talked about uses for baking soda and I told you how you can enter to win a 40″ Flat Screen TV!!

The Weekly “oh crap!!”: My motorcycle tire is worn down to the cords (or would it be chords??) 😦

The Weekly Food: Zucchini, mushrooms, chicken and pasta – chicken alfredo – and a BFS Little Italy Sub.

The Weekly Amazing Fact: An adult giraffe’s kick is so powerful that it can decapitate a lion!!!

The Weekly Birthdays: Jessica Westervelt, Melinda Race Myers, Jen Swartz Lawrence, Angelos Tzelepis, John Striffler, Jeremy Kenny, Faith Barr, Jeff Filby, William Pillon and a HUGE Happy 30th Birthday to Avari Tears!!  I hope you all had wonderful birthdays – leave a comment to let us know how you celebrated your special day.

The Weekly Activity: Working on the poker run – route ideas, and donations oh my!!

The Weekly new people I’ve found on Twitter: BurtsBees, CarolinaPad, RozInCP, FamousFootwear, Ivan_Temelkov, and WebPartners

The Weekly Charity I’m Pimping: No Destination’s Poker Run to benefit The Ronald McDonald House

The Weekly Countdown:
Dutchess County Fair – 3 Days
No Destination Poker Run – 7 Days
Labor Day – 16 Days
Sons of Anarchy – 17 Days
Breaking Dawn Movie Premier – 454 Days

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I LOVE this picture of the giraffes that Michael took at the Bronx Zoo this past week!!

What is your favorite animal?

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[tweetmeme] The Weekly Re-cap: I shared pictures of “Mama’s Lil’ CutieIsabella.  We learned about those rubber things that hang off the back of cars.  I shared the results of the poll about who you think Brenda will end up with on General Hospital and how thrilled I am that she’s back!!  I shared the recipe for Spicy Shrimp with Pasta that I love!!  I told you about something cool and FREE to do this weekend!!  Lastly I guest blogged over on the TU Biker’s Blog that Michael writes.  I wrote a post about proper riding footwear.

The Weekly Note to Readers: There are BIG changes coming in the next few weeks!!  Stay tuned for the big news 🙂


The Weekly Movie:
Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure – I love the movie now just as much as I did back in 1989!  Granted, I’ve been calling everyone Dude for the last couple days – small side-effect of the movie….

The Weekly Downer: I haven’t been getting enough sleep lately and it’s making me cranky.  I really need to try hard to get back onto a normal sleeping schedule….

The Weekly Food: Banana & cubanelle peppers from the garden, home-grown tomatoes & American cheese, turkey sandwiches, Trader Joe’s baked cheese crunchies, and sloppy joes.

The Weekly Amazing Fact: The Brooklyn Bridge was opened for use on May 24, 1883.  On that day 1,800 vehicles and 150,300 people crossed the bridge.

The Weekly Birthdays: Vicki Vosburgh, Tami Bates Carlaw, Leigh Cummings, Tim Hennessey, Sam Lauridsen, and Tracy Kutey ColangioneI hope you all had wonderful birthdays!!  Leave a comment to tell us what you did to celebrate your birthday!!


The Weekly Activity: We went to The Bronx Zoo and then to The Brooklyn Bridge with Michael’s Photo Group and we had a great time!!

The Weekly new people I’ve found on Twitter: Arbonne Forever, MSF_USA, Sensible Spender, CS_Albany, & Brugo Mug

The Weekly Charity I’m Pimping: LaDorka’s – National Multiple Sclerosis Walk
These women are incredible and walking for a good cause.  Please donate whatever you can.  They have a hefty goal.  Every dollar gets them closer to a cure for MS.

The Weekly Countdown:
Dutchess County Fair: 10 Days
No Destination Poker Run: 14 Days
Labor Day: 23 Days
Breaking Dawn Movie Premier: 461 Days

Change image from: http://vaynermedia.com
Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure image from: http://www.horreur.net/fiche.php?nom=Keanu%20Reeves
Birthday Cake image from: http://marinasulaimantaha.blogspot.com/2010/07/colorful-birthday-cake.html
Brooklyn Bridge image from: Michael T. Henry Photography
LaDorka’s inage from: http://main.nationalmssociety.org/site/TR/Challenge/WIGChallengeWalkEvents?pg=team&fr_id=13099&team_id=178556

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The Weekly Re-cap: I showed you pictures of Isabella with her new Monkey Toy and my Dad entertaining.  I made Pesto and shared the recipe I used.  I tried sending a message on HootSuite and I shared a guest post called Who Will You Be When The Pilgrimage Is Over.  We discussed some good service I’ve received lately and lastly I made a request to all of you for donations for a Poker Run to benefit The Ronald McDonald House.

The Weekly Movie: Percy Jackson & The Olympians – The Lightning Thief – What I saw of it was really cute!  I need to go back and watch it again when I’m not distracted!

The Weekly Downer: Again – people who don’t return phone calls.  I have a contractor who I left a message for about 2 weeks ago.  Too late – even if he calls me back, I can’t do business with him.  If he can’t be bothered to call me when I’ve got paying work for him to do, he sure as hell isn’t going to call me back if there’s a problem after the job is done.

The Weekly Food: Pesto, Pork Chops, Steak & Cheese Burrito, Tomato Sandwiches….

The Weekly Interesting Fact: You can’t kill yourself by holding your breath.   (I guess I never thought about it, but it makes sense….)

The Weekly Birthdays: Tina Price, Joel Kuhn, Mariana Caglioti, Valleri James, Bridgette Almstead Garioli, Misha Gnazzo Yoshida, Carla Roberts Pryor, Tim Hoss, Jenn Boudreau, Kate Mostaccio, Diona Irish, and Melissa TatorI hope you all had wonderful birthdays!!  Leave a comment to let us know what you did for your special day!

The Weekly Activity: Interviews, phone calls, networking, and a motorcycle ride 🙂

Sofft - Floria

The Weekly Shoes: I love the shoes pictured above!!

The Weekly new people I’ve found on Twitter: TS Ensemble, Woo Themes, Glennpeter Jewelers,  and Jennifer Gish.

The Weekly Charity I’m Pimping: The No Destination Poker Run to benefit The Ronald McDonald House.  For donation information click here.

The Weekly Countdown: Days until Brenda returns to General Hospital: 5

The Weekly Hypothetical: If you had an over-abundance of tomatoes, what would you do with them?

Blue Flowers image from: http://www.flickr.com/photos/chitrasudar/2780206155/sizes/m/in/photostream/
Shoe image from: http://www.thewalkingcompany.com/brands/Product.aspx?ProductID=12144&pagetag=women_fashioncomfort&source=comfort
Percy Jackson image from: http://www.percyjackson.org/info/percy-jackson-official-site-updated/
Cake image from: http://www.giftacrossindia.com/cakes.asp

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This was originally posted on my friend Lynn Hidy’s website Up Your TeleSales on May 31, 2010.

Who Will You Be When The Pilgrimage Is Over?

Rose Niekrewicz-Winters is a friend of mine, I met when we were both on a bus trip with a band in Ireland…. ‘nuf said. Instead of telling you, I’ve asked Rose to share her pilgrimage and thoughts about it:

It’s been quite a long pilgrimage.  I’ve traveled through the past year and a half searching for a job.  Not just any job, but “the” job.  I know, I know – in this economy many would say I’m a fool to NOT just take any job.  What those people don’t realize is that if I just take any old job and then if it doesn’t work out and they lay me off, it could jeopardize my future unemployment status.  The bottom line is that I’m picky.

Who

Some may say it’s all about who you know.  I’ve found that sometimes that just doesn’t matter.  I have over 600 friends on Facebook, over 200 members in the motorcycle club, I’m in, thousands of hits to my blog, piles of former clients….  The list goes on and on.  Nobody seems to know anyone who is hiring.  I keep my ear to the ground because all it takes is 1 “right person” to drop your name at the right time.

Who I will be at the end of the journey is hopefully someone gainfully employed and happy at my job.  Push that angle aside and I’ll also be a person who took the time to get to know hundreds of people in the process and did good things for others along the way.

What

What did I do to keep my sanity?  I helped others.  I spent time working on a charity poker run for a girl with optic nerve cancer.  I helped some friends whose house burned down rebuild their lives.  I volunteered to help do work to open up the Double H “Hole in the Woods” Ranch in Lake Luzerne, NY.  I helped out a friend who was in a motorcycle accident. I supported a friend whose daughter has leukemia and tried to help her spread the word about a fundraiser for her.  I tell friends that I may have an empty bank account and can’t financially contribute to everything I’d like, but I do have time and a bank full of good karma!

When

When did I find the time?  Being out of work many people assume you’ve got all the time in the world to run around and help them with their errands.  There is nothing further from the truth.  I look at my schedule lately and wonder “when will I find the time to work when I get that new job?”  When you get extra time in your life, life decides to throw things at you to fill the time!

Where

Where do you meet the people?  Anywhere and Everywhere!  I talk to people every chance I get.  I make friends at a local coffee shop, on vacation, at concerts, at networking events, online, through other friends….  I keep saying it only takes talking to the one right person to land that perfect job….

How

How I’ve dealt with being out of work so long is a common question.  The answer is by keeping a positive attitude.  I always keep in mind that nobody wants to hire a complainer who’s crying in their beer all the time.  So I’ve been careful not to be that person. At the end of the How Far Are You Willing to Travel article in the A Chip Off the Block newsletter some questions were asked.

How would you like it to be instead?

Obviously I’d like to be employed.  I’d love it to be with a solid company that’s willing to recognize and pay for a quality employee.  Those $10/hour job calls just frustrate me to the point of asking “Did you even read my resume??”

How open to new, sometimes crazy sounding ideas are you?

I started my job search very focused on a sales job.  Later I reflected on my career and realized I was selling myself short.  True I’ve held many sales positions as of late, but I also have done marketing, data processing, management, etc.  So pigeon holing myself was a horrible thing to do!  I later realized that opening myself up to other markets and other professions was a great idea and now I tell people that I’m keeping my options open and I’d love to hear their ideas, no matter how crazy they may sound.

Just last night a good friend told me that another mutual friend counts on me for my ideas.  Apparently I’m her “think tank” and I never knew it.  I’m analytical and try to think three steps ahead and my friend doesn’t normally think past the first step.  She let’s things unfold as they happen.  I’ve learned in life to think about the future because your actions today can make or break things.

How much effort will you put in?

I work hard so I can play hard.  Everyone likes to make money.  They’d be lying if they said otherwise.  I like to do a job in the most efficient way and get it out of the way.  I put in the effort to get a job done right the first time so it doesn’t have to be revised 4 times therefore wasting valuable “play time.”

How does this fit into your goals?

This all fits into my goals.  My goals are to work hard so I can afford to play hard.  I love to travel (in fact that’s how Lynn of Up Your Telesales and I met and became friends), ride motorcycles, attend concerts, etc.  All of that is tough to do when you’re unemployed.  So I’m hoping my positive attitude and outgoing personality I’m putting out there will pay off with the job of my dreams!

How will you keep going when it gets tough?

That’s a loaded question if I ever saw one!  Things have gotten tough.  Life is tough.  The question is will you choose to have a “Whoa is me” attitude or a positive attitude?  Attitude is half the battle!  Times get tough and somehow it motivates me to work harder and put in even more effort than I had prior.

In closing the How Far Are You Willing To Travel article said:  “It’s your pilgrimage so there are no right or wrong answers – plus if you’re happy with the path you’re on, continue!”

I may not always be happy with the path I’m on, but I’m always aware of the next crossroad and am very aware that my life can be very different based on the choices I make.  All events shape the outcome of future events.  Just like Marty and Doc discussed in Back to the Future It’s all about the “Space Time Continuum”. Make every moment count.

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Chelsea Clinton & Marc Mezvinsky to wed this weekend in Rhinebeck NY

[tweetmeme] I wasn’t invited to the Clinton/Mezvinsky wedding even though it’s up the road from my parents house in Rhinebeck, NY….  We will be down to spend time with my parents that day though.

The Weekly Re-cap: I showed you what I had for a 3AM snack and spoke about Mental Feng Shui.  We celebrated Miss Isabella’s 3rd Birthday!!  I told you about a study going on to track how many fireflies are still out there.  Michael & I attended the 5th Annual smAlbany Small Business Day and I shared a recipe for Chocolate Zucchini Bread.

The Weekly New Season on TV: Project Runway Season 8

The Weekly Beverage: Raspberry Vodka & Sprite (made by Kristi Gustafson during her guest bartender event at Dale Miller to benefit Equinox, Inc. – They raised over $1,000!!

The Weekly Food: Pizza, Sliders Sweet Sausage and Leftovers!  (Real healthy huh?)

The Weekly Amazing Fact: According to Musicouch.com Time Warner Corporation bought the rights to the Happy Birthday song in 1998. So now a single use in a film or TV program will cost around $10,000!

The Weekly Birthdays: Chantel Weckesser-Schultz, Nicole VanWagner, Heather Skoda, Jennifer Kappeller, Jerry Papandrea, Ed Lass, Debbie DeCicco-Fiore, Carla Rozman, Phil Russo, Lisa Naccarato Schatzel, Dan Hubbell, and Kevin RyanI hope you all had wonderful birthday’s!!  Leave a comment and tell me what you did for your special day.

The BMW K1300 GT backed up to my Yamaha FJR 1300AE

The Weekly Activity: We went to Dale Miller for the Equinox, Inc. benefit where Kristi Gustafson & Steve Barnes were guest bartenders.  (They raised over $1000!)  Our friend Trish and her son came to visit for a day of BBQ and hanging out in the pool.  We attended the Lia Car Show, as well as the smAlbany Small Business Day as VIP bloggers.  We rode out to The Factory in Ballston Spa with No Destination, and we test rode a BMW K1300 GT at Max BMW Motorcycles.  We had a VERY busy week!!

The Weekly new people I’ve found on Twitter (some of them): ChesshireCat, Santino Rice, Tim Cronin, Rev. Alan Rudnick, Lydia Kulbida, Outspoken Media, Barkeater Chocolates, Merci Miglino, Sonja Stark, Lisbeth Calandrino, Dan Churchill, Larry Zimbler, Lauren Rose, and Squiggout.

LaDorka's National MS Walk 2009

The Weekly Charity I’m Pimping: LaDorka’s – National Multiple Sclerosis Walk
These women are incredible and walking for a good cause.  Please donate whatever you can.  They have a hefty goal.  Every dollar gets them closer to a cure for MS.

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BMW & FJR picture by Michael T. Henry Photography


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