Well, I managed to survive week 1 of work, and I'm going into week 2 not any happier than I was last week. I need to look ahead and figure out how many more days until the next vacation/break. Oh, yeah, it was supposed to be on Thursday, but my fellow union idiots sold their souls to the devil and voted to work on those days. Some people will do anything for chump change!
And we didn't even get to the longer work day yet. In a week from today, my work day will be longer by an hour (the school day for kids in my district will be longer also). I suppose the hard work by the drones has been paying off. According to last year's testing results, many schools did well. Even the shoe chewer's school did well. The thing that gets me most upset about the extended day is that I'm going to need even greater planning skills in order to get dinner on the table in a timely manner. D1's cheer practice will be over at 6:00 pm, so I guess our dinners will be at 6:30 or so. If I'm able to leave work at 4:00, I'll possibly be able to make it home by 4:30, which will not leave much time to prepare dinner.
Luckily, this easy noodle dish can be thrown together quickly, and it can even be made the night before. I'm feeling like a lot of my cooking will be done ahead of time.
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Baked Chow Mein
Baked Chow Mein
1/2 lb char siu
2 trays (@10-12 oz) chow mein noodles
2 tbsp oyster sauce
1 tbsp sugar
1 tsp salt
1 tbsp sesame seeds
1 tbsp sesame oil
1 pkg chop suey vegetables (about 10-12 oz)
Combine all ingredients thoroughly in a 9 x 13" pan. Bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes, stirring once during baking.
And if you're still reading along, here is a tip: lightly grease the pan or line the baking pan with foil. If you forget to do either of these things, you run the chance of baking your noodles into your pan and having to chip them off later with a chisel. Not fun.
Speaking of "not fun", I spent this past weekend fixing 9 cheerleader skirts. The skirts flared out too much, so somehow (according to D1, this whole issue is my mom's fault), I ended up doing the alterations. OMF!!! I don't want to see another seam ripper for a long time!