8 Feb

Maybe my company isn’t that bad of a place.

Seeing they gave me a pretty sweet bonus and all.

That’s right, I’m raising the frickin roof (and well aware no one has used that term seriously since the early 2000’s) I changed roles late last year and thought my yearly bonus would be in jeopardy because of that but I guess not since my old manager decided to give me the bonus. Thanks boss!

I still can’t believe it. They put out a notice saying they were having  quick touch base meetings with everyone individually and automatically, the number one thing that went through my head was “I wonder if we’re getting laid off?” then I started doing the math in my head about how much severance I would get (it would be a pretty sweet severance given my length of time with the company) When I stepped into the meeting, they handed me a sheet of paper and there it was–the number. They told me I did a wonderful job last year and that I will be seeing the bonus in my paycheck shortly. I probably won’t see a good deal of the bonus due to 401K, taxes, etc. but who cares—it’s a bonus! And a bonus that I worked my ass off for this past year so I am going to enjoy it. Who am I kidding–I am going to put some into my travel savings account, put some aside to get my hair did and buy some pajama jeans!  I just had to share since it was a complete surprise to me and just what I neede given my attitude towards work lately.

There’s going to be a couple of meatless Monday options up in this piece…..

 I was craving something warm and carbalicious the other night.I cooked spinach and mushrooms in extra virgin olive oil, oregano and red pepper flakes and cooked a couple servings of penne while that was cooking.

I added both together then added shredded mozzarella cheese and mixed

I transferred to a baking dish then since the penne wasn’t enough carbs for me, I topped with torn up pieces of Great Harvest Rosemary Garlic bread then poured a little extra virgin olive oil on it and let back at 400 degrees for 15 minutes.

Success  with that meal. Next time I make it, I think clam sauce or some kind of seafood would be a nice addition!

When I got home from work tonight, I seriously had no idea what to make for dinner. So when that happens, I do what any rational person does: I take almost every item out of the fridge, place on the counter and stare until something comes to mind.

Don’t laugh, it works.

I thought of a  black bean quesadillas but was too lazy to reach up to get the can opener. Add baking chicken tonight for Lincoln as treats because I was too lazy to drive to Target to the list of things I do because I am lazy. I can’t help it.

So no go on the quesadillas. But I guess I wasn’t too lazy because I mustered up the energy to whip up stuffed mushrooms and kale chips.

I started with cream cheese and parsley. I microwaved it for about 30 seconds to soften up then mixed together.

Added black pepper and mozzarella cheese to the mix

I took some extra virgin olive oil and let the  mushroom caps swim around

Then stuff!

I also prepared a sheet of kale chips, brushed with extra virgin olive oil and Spike seasoning then let the shrooms and kale cook at 350 for 13-15 minutes

I love meals that taste great. I love meals that taste great that don’t require utensils even more! A great end to meatless Monday!

Something amusing: I was looking at my site stats and one person found my blog by googling “bj jokes” and another found it by searching “Bj’s”. Immediately, I found this funny since I have the sense of humor of a 14-year-old boy. Then it made me think of this old school jam (um, disclaimer, please do not click on this at work, if easily offended, a prude, holy roller, etc.)

Which of course I sang “Put it in my bin” last week  when one of co-workers asked me where he should put some files for me to the tune of that song. I can’t help it–why must I turn everything into a song??

While on youtube, I had to search for this skit, one of my favorite comedy bits:

I love the Gaffigan.

And my other favorite Gaffigan bit

My ex boyfriend and I used to think of outrageously gross Hot Pocket creations and try to top each other. I thought Fish n Chips Hot Pocket with malt vinegar dipping sauce would always be a winner but I still haven’t seen it happen yet. I shall write them one of these days.

What’s the nastiest Hot Pocket creation you can think of or what would your dream Hot Pocket consist of?

What’s the most random phrase that someone entered to get to your blog?

If you want to show off your dog, head to Carrots N Cake and submit a picture of your four legged friend to be featured on Blog Dogs!

54 Responses to “Green+Googling+Gaffigan=Great”

  1. terri February 8, 2011 at 8:19 am #

    kudos on the bonus! thats always a nice surprise!!!
    and i totally want to make your kale and mushrooms. they both look heavenly. i have to admit i have been afraid to try making kale (not sure why)….but you make it look sooo good and easy! yay!
    i love that you can take random ingredients and make heavenly dinner creations!
    have a great tuesday!

    • simplyshaka February 8, 2011 at 9:52 pm #

      I used to be scared of the kale too but they are seriously so easy to make–just wash, tear, season, bake and done! And I love it in soups with white beans and bacon–yummy 🙂

  2. Elin @andserenitytoo February 8, 2011 at 10:28 am #

    Congrats on the bonus! Yesss… you can get yourself some pajama pants!!:)

  3. TheSceneFromMe February 8, 2011 at 10:30 am #

    Thanks for mentioning the Dog Blog that CarrotsNCake is doing, I so just submitted Journey and Ripley for her posts!

    I love how you put bread on top of your pasta and crisped it in the oven. Totally something I would love. I’m coming for dinner and I want you to make me that dish!

    • simplyshaka February 8, 2011 at 9:56 pm #

      Hooray-I can’t wait to see them on there. There just arent enough dog pics in the world-I will never tire of seeing doggies.

      If I’m in Indy, consider it done. I figure if I’m eating carbs, I might as well load up right??

  4. Mindy@FindingSilverLinings February 8, 2011 at 10:54 am #

    1. Gaff! He’s hysterical!! Hot pockets! LOL! My husband quotes him all the time.

    2. I do spinach & mushrooms & loves them. Your dinner looks ridiculous!

    3. Congrats on the cash woman!!


    • simplyshaka February 8, 2011 at 9:57 pm #

      Thanks girl!! I’ve been saying hot and caliente pocket all day long.

  5. Jenn L @ Peas and Crayons February 8, 2011 at 1:40 pm #

    Oh man… Gaffigan is one of my faaaavorites! I love all his stand up! =) obv bacon and hot pocket skits are ze best =)

    You were too lazy to open a can… and then made amazing kale chips and stuffed mushrooms? omg too funny girl! come make that for me anytime! ❤


    • simplyshaka February 8, 2011 at 9:19 pm #

      I know I know. I guess I just didnt want to turn the handle but didnt mind chopping and stuffing. I’m crazy what can I say!

  6. Alex February 8, 2011 at 2:39 pm #

    Dude. Fuckin’ pajama jeans! Do you realize how awesome that commercial is??? I’m betting you do, otherwise you wouldn’t have mentioned it. Those things blow my mind. The possibilities….underwear jeans….lingerie jeans….board short jeans…. oh man.

    • simplyshaka February 8, 2011 at 9:14 pm #

      The possibilities are quite endless eh? I never even thought where it could go from there. I remember seeing it for the first time over Christmas wknd and automatically thought that Santa did really exist and would bring me pajama jeans. I love pajama pants however dont want the world to know how lazy I am and that I want to wear pajama pants 24/7. Yet I like the look of jeans but hate the feel. I must look up who invented pajama jeans and if its a man–must see if he is available and get him to put on a ring on it.

  7. Kristina @ spabettie February 8, 2011 at 2:46 pm #

    looking great – I LOVE the green and the new header!! 🙂

    …and now you know what I have in my head??? “hooooot poooooockets….”

    • simplyshaka February 8, 2011 at 9:11 pm #

      Thanks, I wanted to jazz it up a bit! 🙂 Caliente poooooocket!

  8. Monique February 8, 2011 at 3:03 pm #

    i love you and your dirty ass mind!

    I love looking at google analytics. I found some pretty random things that people google and end up finding my blog. examples:
    -expired tater tots (true story!)
    -Diva, Dude, M.Wells
    -Lazy Cakes
    -monique the snob
    -and some ridiculously long sentencea about Carl Sagan… who the fuck is carl sagan???

    good times.

    • simplyshaka February 8, 2011 at 9:11 pm #

      wow, those are great! I want to call you Lazy Cakes now hahahahah.

      Carl Sagan was an astronomer/scientist. Umm, I want to see why it brought that to your blog!

  9. Amy @ Second City Randomness February 8, 2011 at 3:07 pm #

    Isn’t it so sad the first thing that goes through our head is wondering if we’re going to get laid off? Silly economy…

    But congrats!

    And um, “Put it in my mouth” was one of the anthems of freshman year for me- we’d play it while getting ready. How slutty…

    • simplyshaka February 8, 2011 at 9:58 pm #

      Same for my freshman year. Then we would go to the bars and request it since we were classy and all. Ahhhhhh, to be young again…..

  10. Jen February 8, 2011 at 3:09 pm #

    Congrats on your raise!!!! I need your carbalicious meal. Like now!

    • simplyshaka February 8, 2011 at 10:02 pm #

      Thanks! The carbies are perfect for cold, dark nights 🙂

  11. Diana@mymarblerye February 8, 2011 at 3:22 pm #

    Congrats on your bonus! I find out in 2 weeks if I get one!! I better! Anyways people have found my blog by googling “”tokyo midgets”…um can u say fetish?! Btw heart gaffigan!

    • simplyshaka February 8, 2011 at 10:05 pm #

      Hahahahhaa that is awesome….yet disturbing. But mostly awesome.

      Crossing my fingers for you!

  12. bigcitybabycarrots February 8, 2011 at 3:25 pm #

    Congrats on the bonus! Those mushrooms look good – they are making me even more hungry than I am.

    • simplyshaka February 8, 2011 at 10:07 pm #

      Thanks, they were quite tasty. Sad I have no more shrooms to play with though, boo.

  13. This Italian Family February 8, 2011 at 4:01 pm #

    Carb-ilicious for sure! Yummy! And I love kale chips. 🙂

  14. Ashleigh February 8, 2011 at 4:38 pm #

    Ok, all the food in this post looks SO GOOD!!!! What a genious casserole idea!!

    Congrats on the bonus 🙂

  15. Kristen @ That Hoosier Girl February 8, 2011 at 4:41 pm #

    Congrats on the bonus! Gaffigan is hilarious – and the Hot Pockets one is my all time favorite of his. I want those mushrooms – basically if you stuff anything with cheese, I’ll eat. A shoe stuffed with cheese? I’m game. 🙂

    • simplyshaka February 8, 2011 at 9:09 pm #

      It’s such a funny skit, whenever I’m having a bad day I youtube it and it always makes me smile.

      I am right there with you cheese! Anything with cheese is super fabulous.

  16. Lily @ Lily's Health Pad February 8, 2011 at 7:49 pm #

    Way to go on the bonus! Your boss probably knows he’s gotta show you how much he appreciates you since you’ve laid it all on the line.

    I emailed my Link’s photo to Tina and asked if she was featuring cats too. I haven’t gotten a

    • simplyshaka February 8, 2011 at 9:08 pm #

      Thanks 🙂 Well maybe she will do a special kitty edition for the Link, especially since he has his own blog!

  17. Amanda February 8, 2011 at 8:32 pm #

    I love that Jim Gaffigan Hot Pockets clip. It’s seriously hilarious!

    Fish n chips hot pocket? LOL love it.

    Congrats on the bonus!

    • simplyshaka February 8, 2011 at 9:06 pm #

      Hahaha, sounds nasty yet delicious! I’ve been saying hooooot pocket all day though, I think I drove the co-workers crazy!

  18. leashieloo February 8, 2011 at 9:07 pm #

    Congrats on the bonus lady! That is ALWAYS exciting! I’m waiting on pins and needles for the results of my bonus, I probably won’t hear anything until mid-March, but I have my fingers crossed.

    • simplyshaka February 8, 2011 at 10:06 pm #

      Thanks—I’m crossing my fingers for you!!

  19. Autumn @ Good Eats Girl February 8, 2011 at 9:56 pm #

    Yay for a bonus! Congrats! I love it when things like that happen! And that pasta seriously looks amazing!

    Jim Gaffigan is hilarious!

  20. thefitacademic February 8, 2011 at 10:10 pm #

    Those look amazing! Congrats about the bonus, too! That’s so exciting! Especially with the economy – it’s nice to be appreciated at your job!

    • simplyshaka February 8, 2011 at 10:38 pm #

      I know, I go in with the attitude like I’m not going to get a bonus because I hate disappointment but apparently I should quit doing that!

  21. Monique February 8, 2011 at 10:14 pm #

    UGH, pajama jeans?!? Really??? hahaha. In other news, at the Grand Canyon University’s basketball games, the marketing dept. plays a video of the gym with the roof coming off and it literally says “Raise the Roof.” And do you know the worst part?!?!?!??! PEOPLE ACTUALLY DO IT!!! WTF, Phoenix? I thought you were cooler than that.

    • simplyshaka February 8, 2011 at 10:35 pm #

      Really. I can’t help it, they seem like what I envision heaven to be like!! I need to youtube that game. Nothing like seeing multiple people raiding the roof.

  22. Laury @thefitnessdish February 8, 2011 at 10:31 pm #

    Congrats on the bonus!! Wait, so you are serious about the pajama jeans, or no? I can’t tell. If not, rock on with your bad self in those PJ jeans 😉 You are hilarious

    I have had some funny google searches for my blog, but of course can’t think of them right now! (pregnancy brain. That’s pretty hilarious though what brought someone to your blog lol.

    Those mushroom caps looks amazing! kale chips are my heart 😉

    • simplyshaka February 8, 2011 at 10:40 pm #

      I know I know. I want pajama jeans and I will have them. No joke, I can’t help it—they look too comfy to pass up. And if they suck, at least I will have a story!!

      I have so many preggy friends right now and they are all complaining about their memory–I guess one more thing that happens when you are with child eh?

      I need to make your bean dip!!

  23. Alicia@ eco friendly homemaking February 8, 2011 at 11:51 pm #

    All of this looks so good. Oh the pasta and bread looks yummy! Congratulations on your bonus!

  24. 40daykedge February 9, 2011 at 1:02 am #

    OMG! I LOVE the Hot Pockets bit! Would you like a hot pocket with your hot pocket?

    How about a spam, sardine, egg, pickle and smoked gouda hot pocket? OR a snail, sea urchin, creamcheese and fig hot pocket?

    For my post tomorrow, I thought of you and your quinoa bag. Maybe it will spark some ideas for you. Good night blog buddy.

    • simplyshaka February 9, 2011 at 10:10 pm #

      OMG both of those creations sound extremely nasty, you win.

      Can’t wait to read about the quinoa! I almost typed about the caliente pocket. Sigh, I love his humor.

  25. Natalie @ While I Breathe February 9, 2011 at 1:02 pm #

    i want that pasta dish now….. and i love gaffigan…
    I’ve had a bunch of ppl google onto my site by searching for knee arthritis in young people, perogies or latin meaning for my blog name…

    i’ll take any visitors i can get though hehe…

    i think a nasty hot pocket would be a thanksgiving meal wrapped in a hot pocket… though somehow its always good when mixed together as leftovers lol

    • simplyshaka February 9, 2011 at 10:15 pm #

      OMG I want a hot pocket like that now! That is my goal for this upcoming Thankgiving, I will make it happen!

      Those are some random searches! And now I want pierogies….

  26. Katie H February 9, 2011 at 3:42 pm #

    Congrats on the bonus! That is awesome!

    hahahah, sadly enough I used to really love that song. Oh to be an 18 year old college freshman again.

    Love the stuffed mushrooms- they look easy and awesome!

    • simplyshaka February 9, 2011 at 10:17 pm #

      I hear ya, I used to jam to that allllllll the time!!

  27. Meesh February 9, 2011 at 5:23 pm #

    yay for bonuses! This post made me laugh 🙂

  28. BikiniBy30 February 11, 2011 at 9:41 pm #

    OMG! Not Pajama Jeans!!!!!!!! No!!!!!!!! (But if you buy them I want a full report!)

    • simplyshaka February 11, 2011 at 10:49 pm #

      Oh yes, I’m totally getting them!


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