Monday, January 12, 2015

The Crazy Kind of Life

Two Things I am Grateful For:

1).  My team at work.  They are awesome.   I really appreciate all they do for me.

2).  A good nights sleep!  It is so nice to get a night of uninterrupted sleep!  Love it!

From the Camera:

Another silly photo of Lexi, just for fun.  This is what she gets for using my phone for her snap chats.

From the Heart:

In keeping with our theme, acts of kindness, here is another idea...

Employees often get recognized for putting effort into their job. It is common for companies to offer “employee of the month” awards to improve employee morale and keep them happy, but how many companies do you know that recognize the hard work bosses put into their job? Why not try to boost your boss’s spirits by honoring him or her with a “boss of the month” award?


Many bosses work extremely hard, but rarely get praised for the work they do. Oftentimes they might have a more stressful or emotionally-demanding job than those below them, and they are the ones who could really use some positive feedback. And when a boss is in good spirits, chances are that happiness will carry over to those who work under him or her.

Step It Up

Buy a special card for your boss and ask all your coworkers to write one thing they appreciate about him or her. Or surprise your boss by throwing a “boss appreciation party” at your office.

Keep It Simple

If you have a boss who you don’t get along with, aim towards improving your relationship with him or her. One way you could do this is through acknowledging one positive thing he or she does every week and offering a word of praise.

From the Kitchen:

Baked Ziti Recipe

  • Cook time: 55 minutes
  • Yield: Serves at least 8

If you don't have Italian seasoning in the pantry, use 1 teaspoon dried oregano, 1 teaspoon dried basil and 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme.


  • 1 pound ziti (can sub penne) pasta
  • Olive oil
  • 1 pound bulk Italian sausage or ground beef or pork
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 3-4 garlic cloves, chopped
  • 1 Tbsp fresh rosemary (or basil), minced
  • 1 Tbsp Italian seasoning
  • 1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 1 large jar of marinara sauce (about 32 ounces) or make your own tomato sauce
  • 1/2 pound of mozzarella cheese, grated
  • 1 heaping cup of ricotta cheese
  • 1 cup grated parmesan or pecorino cheese


1 Bring a large pot of water to a strong boil. Add about a tablespoon of salt for every 2 quarts of water. Add the pasta and boil, uncovered, until the pasta is al dente—edible but still a little firm. Drain the pasta through a colander. Toss with a little olive oil so the pasta does not stick together while you make the sauce.

2 Pour a tablespoon or so of olive oil into a large sauté pan on medium-high to heat. When the oil is hot, add the bulk sausage or ground meat. Do not crowd the pan (work in batches if needed). Break up any large chunks of sausage as it cooks. Brown well. Don't stir that often or it will be more difficult for the meat to brown. If you are using ground beef or pork instead of sausage, add a little salt.

3 When the meat is mostly browned, add the onions and stir well to combine. Sauté everything until the onions are translucent and beginning to brown, about 4-5 minutes. Add the garlic, rosemary or basil, Italian seasoning and red pepper flakes and stir to combine. Cook 1 minute, then add the tomato sauce and stir well. Bring to a simmer.

4 Preheat the oven to 350°F. Spread a thin layer of sauce in the bottom of a 9x13-inch casserole pan, then dot the surface with half the ricotta cheese. Ladle in some sauce with the pasta, mix it well and add the pasta into the casserole.

5 Pour the rest of the sauce over the pasta, dot the remaining ricotta cheese over the pasta, and sprinkle on top both the mozzarella and the Parmesan cheese. Bake in the oven until the top is nicely browned, about 20 minutes.

From the Spirit:

True charity, the absolutely pure, perfect love of Christ, has really been known only once in this world—in the form of Christ Himself, the living Son of the living God. It is Christ’s love that Mormon goes to some length to describe for us and that Paul the Apostle did as well some years before, writing to the Corinthians in New Testament times. As in everything, Christ is the only one who got it all right, did it all perfectly, loved the way we are all to try to love. But even though we fall short, that divine standard is there for us. It is a goal toward which we are to keep reaching, keep striving—and, certainly, a goal to keep appreciating.

A NEW Phone App to Check Out:

Okay folks!  This is the neatest app for those dieting or just wanting to keep track of your food, water, calories, and daily exercise.  A friend of mine has been using this for a few months now and she talked it up so much I decided to give it a try.  Yesterday was my first day, and I LOVE it!!!  The app has over two million food items with their calorie and nutritional information from everywhere.  I mean everywhere!!!  From every major food chain, fast food place, or restaurant this side of heaven.  Not to mention all the food items you prepare yourself at home.  You can also SCAN any item with a bar code and it will immediately add it to your food diary for the day.  It will link to a pedometer and track your steps.  It will follow any workout goals you have and even map out a route for you.  It can also keep track of your water intake too.  It's a super cool app and its sort of like playing a game.  I have to say I am always excited to share something I find that I think you will all enjoy too....don't you appreciate that????  ~chuckle~

From the Schmidt's:

What a day!  As far as we know, The Mission papers have been submitted to Salt Lake!  Curtis meet with the Stake President Sunday and he said as long as you don't hear back from me that night or the next day then paperwork should be submitted!!!  We could have a mission call by the end of next week.  Can you tell, this Mom is super excited!  Now the fun begins to try and figure out where Curtis will go.  He really could care less.  He is just excited to serve.  Which is a little hard for me to understand.  If it were me, I'd have a place all picked out.  

One piece of Schmidt family trivia I find to be interesting.  My husband gave his farewell talk from the same pulpit my two sons have or will give their farewell talks from.  That's right!  Same church building, same pulpit!  I think that's pretty cool!

Looks like Kevin will not have to go to court this week!  Yeah!  He really is not up for that at all.  He needs to just stay down in bed.  He is in a lot of pain this week.  I am very happy our attorney called and said he didn't have to go.  He has had trouble getting in to see his pain specialist and has gone a couple days without pain medicine.  That plus our damp weather has not been nice on my husband.  As I've mentioned before, it's not fun hearing him moan in pain when this happens in the middle of the night.  Yikes!

All in all, we as a family are feeling very blessed.  Sure, we certainly are not wealthy by the standards of the world, but we are rich with family and the blessings our Heavenly Father has seen fit to bestow upon us, and because of that, we feel like the riches people in the world!  

Have a wonderful day and we will talk to you soon.

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