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HOLY CRAP LOOK AT THIS PLACE. And here's what you see if you were on that bed. Ridiculous. I have to say that so I'll quit gnashing my teeth out of want. I do love that century plant/agave growing outside. I need, like, three of those stat. (That place is on the Mykonos Island in Greece. And now I know where the Mr. and I will retire. I wonder if I can raise chickens out there...)

Last night I continued my emptying of the fridge and creating dishes the kids would eat quest and we hit on another good one. Although I would like to know what I'm doing to my mushrooms that makes my sauce turn grey when I add cream. BOO. Under the cut is

I lol at that because who do I think I am, some Top Chef contestant? A Cheftestant? <-- kill me if you ever hear me using that without irony.

Deconstructed Tuna Noodle Casserole

3/4 pound of portabellos (portobellas? PETEBELLES? I never spell it right and I'm too lazy to look it up.) because that's how much I had. More or less to your tastes
2 TBSP butter
splash of olive oil
1 large shallot diced (or sub in garlic or leave it out, who am I to tell you how to eat?)
1 4oz tub of mascarpone cheese
1 packet of albacore (I buy those foil packs - less liquid to drain, so I don't)
4 C egg noodles
1/2 C shredded Parm
salt and pepper

Start a pot of boiling water. Chop up the mushrooms, heat the butter and olive oil in a skillet, add the mushrooms and cook down until they release their liquid and start shrinking. Add shallots.

Get the noodles in that boiling water - shouldn't take more than 6 minutes to cook, if that.

When the majority of the liquid is gone from the mushrooms, (is this why it's grey? Guys, help me here. Obi-wan [you finish the rest]) add in the mascarpone and let it melt into the mushrooms. (If you like it all runny, add some cream or double your mascarpone. I'm going for a healthier option, and the kids wolfed it down, so you know.) Stir in the tuna, top with the parm, stir it up.

Slop some of them noodles on some plates, scoop and ladle the mushroom/tuna sauce on them, watch the kids eat it up, even when they say they hate mushrooms. We had a little side salad with this and it was perfect for 4 generous portions. No thick bricks of baked cheddar and cream of soup mix here, everything tasted fresh and real. NOM.

I need to figure out what we're having for dinner tonight. I think I might hit the Asian market and grab some bok choy and green onions and make a dumping soup. (I have the leek-mushroom dumplings already.) Yes, I buy store bought dumplings. Dude. The packaging is in Chinese, it feeds a group of 6, and costs 3.50. No way can I duplicate that in my kitchen for the price OR the flavor.

I also need to find a dress for my high school reunion next weekend. I keep hearing about old friends that won't come, and I have been leaving them scathing messages of "who do you think you are? You were in Orchestra with me, GET THEE TO THE REUNION. We'll be more awesome than the people who tormented us, I promise." Guys, I cannot WAIT for the reunion, the 10th was such an amazing mix of OH MY GOD, LOOK AT HOW THEY TURNED OUT! to holy shit, she looks 50 and she's not even 30 yet. Then again, that particular person looked like a 40 year old real estate agent when we were in high school, so that wasn't a surprise. Hint: she's in that top picture in the bottom left corner. BUT I BET YOU ALREADY GUESSED THAT, HUH? Lol. Whatevs, she was horrid to me.

It will be sad to see a few old friends that won't be there because of their untimely deaths. Steve Resta, the first boy who's leg hair I noticed in Mr. Murter's Earth Sciences class (how great is that name?), the first boy that gave me that "He's a MAN!" hot belly feeling, who was in most of my AP classes and took theater with me, who moved into my dad's neighborhood my senior year, so I saw him all the time outside of school too... He'll be one I missed. He committed suicide right after the 10 year reunion (which he didn't attend) and I hadn't seen him since we graduated.

Should be interesting to see how people have let bygones be bygones and who has held on to the weirdness. Goodness knows I'm a completely different person since those days. (Well, except for my goofiness, that hasn't changed.) I BASICALLY WANT A DRESS THAT GOES WITH THESE SHOES. I have them in brick red. They are SEX incarnate.


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Oct. 7th, 2010 02:05 pm (UTC)
The shoes are to die for! Yes, get a dress worthy of those devilish shoes.

On a totally different subject,I played 'Plants v Zombies' when I was at the daughter's house and it made me think of you! Apparently, carefully chosen plants keep those drooling, shambling things at bay. Just got to find the right stockist now. :)
Oct. 7th, 2010 02:10 pm (UTC)
ARE THEY NOT SO SEXY??? Esp. if you imagine them in red.

LOL my littlest loooves that game, too!
Oct. 7th, 2010 02:23 pm (UTC)
Well, the shoes would be sexy as HELL on me, mostly because if I wore them, I'd require a team of well-oiled manservants to carry me about on a litter for the evening. Rrrrrrowr.

Look foxy. http://www.modcloth.com/store/ModCloth/Womens/Dresses/Ask+You+Out+Dress

and sexay. http://www.modcloth.com/store/ModCloth/Womens/Dresses/There+s+Something+About+Dress+in+Navy

Remember, these people remember you as Miss Molly Mormon in training. Prove to them that you have sexier underwear than they may expect.
Oct. 7th, 2010 02:31 pm (UTC)
Oooh, I love the second one (I have an hourglass shape, so full skirts make me look unbalanced) I was looking at this one, too: http://shop.nordstrom.com/s/3106522?origin=category

Crap, I just saw that it's petite. I'll see if it's not in 5'6" size.

And HAHAHA, you're not the first person to mention that to me, lol!
Oct. 7th, 2010 02:30 pm (UTC)
Oh my god those shoes. I think I just came.
Oct. 7th, 2010 02:33 pm (UTC)
ARE THEY NOT THE SEXIEST?!?! And seriously, in red?! I wore them out one weekend with the Mr. with a fitted charcoal grey, off the shoulder dress. The dress looks very sexy secretary and then the SHOES. BAM. If I can't find a new dress to wear, I might just wear that again. The dress was surprisingly comfortable. (It was from the upscale Banana Republic line - they have some CUUUUTE things)
Oct. 7th, 2010 02:34 pm (UTC)
Guys, I cannot WAIT for the reunion

There is something wrong with you, Stoney! I wasn't tormented at all in high school, but I have zero desire to go to a reunion! In fact, my husband is going to his reunion this weekend, and I am not going to that either.

Portobellos always do that! If you want to make a mushroom cream sauce, regular button mushrooms or cremini or oyster or shitake are a better choice because they're not nearly so inky.
Oct. 7th, 2010 02:49 pm (UTC)
WHAT?! Why not!? I admit I'm a bit of a vouyer, so I enjoy the thought of seeing all of these people from my past just for the sake of the people watching. But the closer it gets the more I remember about people that I did like that I'm curious to see again. A lot of people didn't go to the 10th, but I think a lot of folks realized they missed out and are coming to the 20th. (OMG, Pique I am OLD.)

Ok, so when I've made them with other mushrooms, that's why. (But Portobellos are so gooooooood.) I'm glad to know what's up.
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Oct. 7th, 2010 02:37 pm (UTC)
Do you wander around the internet looking at fabulous houses with a mixture of envy and scorn? Or would that just be me? I also look at itty bitty houses, so size isn't everything. I honestly have no idea how big a house I'd live in if someone else was cleaning it. And I was rich.

Hahaha, I love that picture of you!!! Be kind to her, she was doing the best she could. xoxox

My 20 year reunion was smaller than the 10, too. The first one we all dressed up and tried to impress (I had the world's worst morning sickness, but I wasn't showing yet), the second one I left the hubby at home and wore a turtleneck, LOL). I grew up in a small town, so had many issues with bullying or whatever by the same people all through elementary and junior high. It was good for me to see how the jerks and popular people changed, either into good people or pathetic wretches. A girl who was particularly unkind to me went to the 10 year dressed in matching outfits with her husband. That was excellent. Anyway, after all these years I've discovered that the opposite of hate for me is indeed indifference. I still dream about some of those people though, all these years later.

Those shoes are shockingly gorgeous. Just like you!
Oct. 7th, 2010 02:52 pm (UTC)
You know, some days I do have seething levels of envy. But I just looked at the royal suite to the 7 star hotel in Dubai and realized that I would NOT feel fancy or awesome there, and was horrified at the busy red/orange/purple everywhere. Give me an elegant modern house on a seashore in Chile. No really, give me one. LOL.

Posh, she was at the 10th and was bitchy, so I don't have high hopes for this year.

I'm sure I'll be much more relaxed with myself this time around. I've had people contact me hoping I'd come to the reunion because they "always liked me" back in school that frankly shocked me. I guess I wasn't as much of a weirdo as I thought? Or over the years they've suffered brain damage, it could go either way.

The shoes are so sexay, P. And pssht, we're the hottest LJ girlfriends there are, please. ;)
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Oct. 7th, 2010 02:55 pm (UTC)
How beautiful is that bedroom?? Can you just hear that wonderful sound of the ocean through that big glass door? SIGH.

You know, my dad had a graduating class of 32, and they STILL meet up every decade to shoot the shit. I think they're down to 16 folks still around (Vietnam did a number on our parents' graduating classes, huh?) but they all meet up at a burger joint, or something.

Aww, you should have gone! There's always the 25th or 30th or whatever comes next! HOW CAN PEOPLE NOT BE CURIOUS ENOUGH TO GO?! <-- I really don't understand that one.
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Oct. 7th, 2010 02:55 pm (UTC)
I MEAN COME ON. How outstanding is that?! And if you close off the indoor pool (omg) you still have big glass walls to look through. MORNING SUN THROUGH YOUR BEDROOM OASIS = YES PLEASE.
Oct. 7th, 2010 03:10 pm (UTC)
Is that a pool in the BEDROOM? That is fantastic and extremely shiny and I want one right NOW. Add a library the size of the one at Alexandria and you have my dream house right there.

I could not get my feet into those shoes in a million kajillion years, but yes, they are gorgeous. They would be sinfully gorgeous in red!

You're the first person I've ever spoken to who WANTS to go to a reunion. I mean, I'd go to my reunion if I were the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court, drop dead gorgeous and filthy rich. Otherwise...no.
Oct. 7th, 2010 03:27 pm (UTC)
It IS! It's a luxury resort suite in Greece.

Oh, you totally could get your feet in them (Unless you have some sort of deformity/injury, in which case, apologies) it just takes WILL. Ha.

I am really baffled at people not wanting to go to their reunions. Don't you want proof that certain people turned out poorly? Or the underdogs rose to greatness? I CANNOT WAIT.
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Oct. 7th, 2010 05:07 pm (UTC)
Jesus. That bedroom. I am smitten. siiiiiiigh.

I didn't go to my 10 year out of the usual fears of judgement/ppl hanging on to old hangups, and a suspicion that it would end up like Liz Lemon = the people who I thought were mean to me would think I was all mean to them or something. I heard it pretty much sucked, anyway.
But I like that you are going (with some kickass shoes!) and you're ready to enjoy yourself :)
Oct. 7th, 2010 06:55 pm (UTC)
Isn't that bedroom outstanding!? Google pics of the island too. HELLO FUTURE HOME WORLD.

LOL at your Liz Lemon reference. I think that's why I'm wanting to go - to remind me that I viewed everyone through my own insecurities and hopefully come away with a better grip on who I really was back then. I mean aside from a dorktron. :D
Oct. 7th, 2010 05:19 pm (UTC)
It's the gills on portabellas that discolor cream sauces. At least it still tastes great.

This shoes are fantastic. The Grecian bedroom is fantasticker still. Oh, man, we need to win Lotto so we can retire to Greece. Or Hawaii. I'm flexible.
Oct. 7th, 2010 06:56 pm (UTC)
I have just learned that! As long as it's not a sign of me being a horrid cook, I'm okay with the grey. Or I'll just switch to crimini or something. I JUST LOVE MUSHROOMS.

We totes need to win Lotto! And I want a private jet to take me to that beautiful room.
Oct. 7th, 2010 05:41 pm (UTC)
OMG that room. I wouldn't even need the rest of the house, the entire room could be my home.

Those shoes are ridiculously hot. Something short and sexy would look great with those.
Oct. 7th, 2010 06:56 pm (UTC)
Dude, excellent point. That room should be enough for anyone.

10Q! Bust today on dress shopping, but I have a whole week and change before the event.
Oct. 7th, 2010 07:21 pm (UTC)
I broke my ankles just looking at those shoes. I'd take one step into the room and be flat on my back staring at the ceiling - look at me now, high schoolers!

That women/girl looks like a bitch. She has a mean mouth and mean hair. If she was a real estate agency she'd sell leaky houses to newly wed couples and hide the fact that it was riddled with woodworm. I...I just don't like her.
Oct. 7th, 2010 07:21 pm (UTC)

Oh man, with the day I'm having, I want to be in that room RIGHT NOW. Ugh.

Love the shoes.
Oct. 7th, 2010 08:09 pm (UTC)
Huh. I just realized that I missed my 10th reunion. OOPS.

I love the shoes, of course I love the shoes

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