Thursday, April 16, 2009

My Little Bunny

We took a walk today, and I couldn't resist taking pictures with my cell phone of the cutest baby in the world all bundled up in his bunny bunting suit in his stroller!

I've had a lot of jobs.

Here are the ones I can remember:
  1. Weis Markets (grocery store) - cashier
  2. Century 21 Real Estate - receptionist and advertising clerk
  3. Brother's Construction - receptionist and bookkeeper
  4. Fashion Bug - cashier
  5. Avon - representative
  6. My Aunt Lyn's house - taking care of my grandmother who was sick with cancer, and cleaning the house
  7. Hill Cadillac Pontiac Buick GMC - warranty clerk, receptionist, cashier
  8. Barnes & Noble - lead bookseller, music manager
  9. Wyomissing Institute of the Arts - registrar and receptionist
  10. Vision Auto Group - warranty admin.
  11. Heritage Ford - warranty admin. and service writer
  12. Clapp Auto Group - warranty admin.
I feel like I'm forgetting something....
But now, I think I have my favorite job, a nanny for Willow (almost 5) and John Henry (7 months)!

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

What we had for dinner tonight

Cottage Cheese Potato Lasagna

  • 1 1/4 cup meatless pasta sauce
  • 1/2 can mushroom pieces, drained
  • 2 1/2 cup Swiss cheese, shredded
  • 2 cups cottage cheese (I used low fat)
  • 1 egg
  • 2 tablespoons fresh parsley, minced
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 1/2 lbs new potatoes, sliced (we used red potatoes)
  • 1/2 lb fresh carrots, sliced
  • 1 medium red onion (1/2 cup diced, rest ringlets)
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon pepper
  • 2 tablespoon grated Parmesan cheese
  • 2 tablespoon sliced olives


In a medium bowl, place pasta sauce, mushrooms, cottage cheese, egg, parsley and oregano. Stir until well blended.

Spray 3 qt rectangular casserole dish.

Wash new potatoes and carrots. Peel and slice 1/8th thick. Place carrots in microwave bowl and cook 2.5 minutes.

Arrange 1st layer of potatoes overlapping edges in prepared casserole dish. Sprinkle with 1/4 cup diced onions, salt and pepper. Spread 1/2 pasta and cheese sauce over potato layer. Spread layer of 1/2 the swiss cheese.

Repeat potato layer over pasta and cheese sauce. Top with 1/2 of carrots, 1/4 cup onions, and salt and pepper. Arrange balance of potatoes and carrots on top with pasta and cheese sauce. Top with onion ringlets and sprinkle with Parmesan cheese, rest of swiss cheese and olives.

Cover with foil and bake 40 minutes at 450 degrees. Remove cover and brown top for 7 minutes, or longer. Let stand 10 minutes before serving.

Number of Servings: 6

Notes from Nicci: We didn't use the mushrooms or olives because I don't like them and my hubby is VERY sweet and accommodating of my various food issues.... I don't think it was lacking in any way leaving these out. Next time I may pre-cook the potatoes a min or two in the microwave like the carrots, I thought they could've used a tad more cooking. And I think I'd get a bit more potatoes as well. It was hard to cut them 1/8 inch thick so I probably cut them more like 1/4 inch think, and I sort of ran out for the third layer. Again, this didn't make a difference, but I know for next time. And there will be a next time!

Also, it was so SO GOOD that we each ate more than we should have (given the amount of cheese in it) and I'd say more like number of servings is 4. Make extra if you have company! Great paired with homemade bread!

One of my favorite things we've made since we got married! I highly recommend you trying it.

Tweaked a bit from a recipe found on

Folkies at Taco Bell?

SmoothNicci's Smoothie Shop

I think I'm going to open a smoothie shop in Corydon. I mean there isn't one already, and I could definitely charge less than Smoothie King does for theirs (the cheapest is $5 for a 20 oz, their small!) I'm going to call my shop SmoothNicci's Smoothie Shop.

Here's some of my creations:

Island Smoothie

1 c. milk (or soy milk for you who are dairy-free)
1/2 c. fresh mango slices
3/4 c. frozen peaches
3 tbs. coconut sorbet
2 ice cubes
splash peach schnapps
spash dark rum

(alcohol optional for those of you nursing or abstaining ;-)

Dark Berry and Orange Goodness

1 c. orange juice
1 banana
1/2 c. frozen blueberries
1/2 c. frozen dark sweet cherries
1/2 c. frozen whole strawberries
1 squirt light agave nectar


What I had for lunch today

Taboule "doctored" with:
red pepper
green onion
olive oil
lemon juice


I think he's amazing...

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Eating for your job?

So I'm watching Ellen instead of working on my talk or cleaning or doing dishes, etc... And Jenny McCarthy is on. I never liked her, but I think I do now... she seems to have changed considerably now that she has a son who's autism diagnosis and cure has been the center of her life. She seems older, more mature. And I love that she's with Jim Carrey. Anyway, she said that he's playing Curly in the new 3 Stooges movie, and has to gain 50 lbs to play him! Eating for pay, I could do that!

Also on the show was Mary McCormack, who's on some cable show I never heard of... she's funny!

Questions, comments, thoughts, concerns????

Friday, April 10, 2009

Angela, this town is wrong...

I miss the Nields. I've been listening to their albums a lot lately.. the kid ones at work and the adult ones in my car. But I miss seeing them live, hearing their banter and harmony firsthand. I hope they come to my area someday, or that they're playing PA when I'm visiting sometime....

For now I'll have to be content with YouTube.

This Town Is Wrong

You've always been a good girl, smart girl, pretty girl, lucky girl,
happy as the day is long.
You've always been a good girl, smart girl, pretty girl, lucky girl,
happy as the day is long.
This town has so much at stake in you
Do you have any idea what they put you through?
They tell you you will go far, a little star, how I wonder what you are
When I watch you wearing their jewels
They want you to have long hair, short skirts, clear skin, nothing hurts
Following their every rule.
But why don't you make the rules?
Why don't you make the rules?
Angela, this town is wrong
Angela, this town is wrong

So now it's so sad to see you this way
I call but you never have time to play
They gave you all these big dreams, big plans, beneficial programs
A studio with mirrors for walls
Your doctors tell you work it through, smooth it out, feel your pain, let it out
They never let you learn how to crawl
They never let you make the rules
Why don't you make the rules?

Angela, this town is wrong
Angela, this town is wrong
Angela spread your wings and be gone.

It's midnight, your light's on and I'm standing here in your yard
I sold my computer for a used acoustic guitar
You only need your toothbrush, fifty bucks, that velvet shirt that brings you luck
The voice that's your mother's investment
By morning we'll be long gone, on the run, city bound, I know someone
I'm sure we could stay in her apartment
And then we'll make the rules
And then we'll make the rules

Angela, this town is wrong
Angela, this town is wrong
Angela spread your wings and be
Angela spread your wings and be
Angela spread your wings and be gone.

© 1999 Nerissa Nields, Peter Quince Productions (ASCAP)

Thursday, April 9, 2009

Never Let Me Settle

Hi all. Welcome to my new blog! I follow a few different people's blogs and look forward to checking them each day, wondering what their baby did today, what shows they're watching, what food they're making, what songs they're writing, and what insights they have for me on a daily basis. Their blogs seem like a fun outlet for opinions and thoughts and just getting things out there for anyone to read, and possibly comment back on. I decided to start my own such blog, and even if no one reads it, it will be a creative outlet for me, somewhere to post my thoughts and interests and musings.....

I named it NEVER LET ME SETTLE because I have a wandering mind, a variety of interests and opinions, and can never make my mind up or settle on anything. And I never want to be the kind of person settled down, or stuck in their ways. I like to try new things, new jobs, new places, travel, listen to new and different music, and learn how to do things I've never done before. So this shall be my subject matter for my entries here. I hope my friends find me here and enjoy what they read, and those of you who don't know me...welcome to my world!