Ms. Toody Goo Shoes

Ms. Toody Goo Shoes

I've hung up my dress-for-success clothes, and pulled my domestic "genes" out of storage.

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Cauliflower Fried Rice and Distractions




Cauliflower Fried Rice | Ms. Toody Goo Shoes

Are you a procrastinator?
I never considered myself one, 

but I guess under certain circumstances, I am. 
It seems that when it comes to doing things that must be done.......
things that I'd prefer not to do.........
I'm rather easily distracted. 

I wasn't always like this.
As a former full-time working mom,
I couldn't afford to procrastinate.

I had only so much time to take care of my "mom-ly" chores,
and when I had a spare five minutes,
I could schedule three doctor appointments,
balance my checkbook, and make a food-shopping list (arranged by aisle),
and nothing...NOTHING...could take my focus off the tasks at hand.


Cauliflower Fried Rice | Ms. Toody Goo Shoes


Now that I'm not working?
I practically have to tie myself to a chair to get anything done. 

The slightest things distract me,
and before I know it, day is done with nothing productive to show for it. 
This morning, I was energized to Get Things Done.
By day's end, the only thing I crossed off my  
Things I Don't Want To Do list was "Make a To-Do list."
Why?
Distractions were everywhere.


Cauliflower Fried Rice | Ms. Toody Goo Shoes


I thumbed through a catalogue.......
Tried on new pants with six different pairs of shoes.......
Checked Facebook.......
Had a snack.......
 Rearranged K-cups in their carousel.......
Watched the birds from the kitchen window.......
Looked through my photo library for pictures to frame........
Checked the weather forecast.......
Liked a few photos on Instagram........
Checked Facebook.......
Had a snack.......
Leafed through the photobook I made about Italy.......
Researched a cruise to Cuba.......
Searched online for a new outdoor dining table.......
Googled graduation gifts for high school students.......
Had a snack.......
Had a snack.......
Checked Facebook.......
Turned on the TV to see the news.......
Spent an hour online with Mr. GS looking at NYC apartments for sale 
(no, we're not planning on buying one).......
Took a quick peek at Rue La La and Gilt sales.......
 Checked Facebook.......
Checked Facebook.......
Checked Facebook.......

Oy.    
I need a distraction intervention!

Cauliflower Fried Rice | Ms. Toody Goo Shoes

Distractions aren't an issue when I want to do something. 
And one thing I wanted to do was try the recipe I found for Cauliflower Fried Rice.
So, I ignored my Facebook alerts,
took no notice of the birds outside my window, 
and paid no mind to my tummy rumblings.
I was totally and fully committed to the recipe at hand.

Most of you know that I'm a lazy cook,
and I will take any short-cut to make things easier.
The recipe called for a full head of cauliflower to be pulsed in a food processor.
I bought a bag of cauliflower rice at Trader Joe's.
Rather than dice up a fresh carrot, I used a bag of frozen peas and carrots,
to make it even more easy (frozen) peasy. 

Including preparation, this took under 30 minutes from start to finish.
And, it was mighty tasty! 
Next time, I'll add some chicken to make it a meal.

One note about the recipe --
in my opinion, it's best when eaten immediately.
Although leftovers were okay the next day,
it did get a little soggy.

Cauliflower Fried Rice | Ms. Toody Goo Shoes

Cauliflower Fried Rice

1 medium head of cauliflower (I used a 16 oz. bag of cauliflower rice)
2 tbsp. sesame oil
1/2 white onion, diced
1 jumbo carrot, peeled and diced
1 clove garlic, minced
2 tbsp. soy sauce
1/2 cup frozen peas, cooked according to package directions.
Kosher salt
Pepper
2 eggs, beaten
1 scallion, thinly sliced

Core and roughly chop cauliflower. Add to food processor and pulse in two batches until finely chopped. (Skip this step if using prepared cauliflower rice).

In a skillet over medium-high heat, heat sesame oil. Add onion and carrot and cook until tender, about 5 minutes. Add garlic and continue cooking for 1 minute. Stir in cauliflower and cook until tender, about 5 minutes. Pour 1 tablespoon of soy sauce over vegetables, and stir until combined. Add peas (and carrots, if using frozen). Season with salt and pepper, and cook two minutes more. 

Scoot rice to one side, and pour eggs into empty space. Scramble until just set and mix into rice. Add remaining soy sauce and continue cooking 1 minute more. Garnish with scallions. Serve immediately.

Cauliflower Fried Rice | Ms. Toody Goo Shoes

My advice to you?
 Don't procrastinate or drag your feet........
Get out of your seat and make this vegetarian treat! 

Now, if you'll excuse me, I've got to go check Facebook. 😀


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Friday, May 19, 2017

BEST OF THE WEEKEND 5.19.17






Hello there!
Welcome to Best of the Weekend!


What a difference a week makes!

Last Friday, I was talking about wearing a down coat;
yesterday the thermometer hit 95°!
I'm not complaining...but is it too much to ask for something in between?

I've got to admit - I'll be relieved when this weekend is over.
The fundraiser I've been working on since last summer- 
 a "Dessert and Dancing" gala --is on Sunday night. 
200 people are coming - I've got pre-gala jitters!

And now.......it's BOTW party time!


We'd appreciate it if you'd follow your co-hosts!

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All of our features are pinned to our Best of the Weekend board! 





Last week's most clicked:



7 Clever Glue Gun Projects | Little House Living



 A few of my favorites from last week:

Weight Watchers Shrimp and Guacamole Wontons | Just Plum Crazy


Salted Caramel Pretzel Extreme Shake | Momma D Jane


DIY Industrial Pipe Shelving | Repurpose & Upcycle


Muffin Tin Herb Garden | Dukes and Duchesses

 
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Friday, May 12, 2017

BEST OF THE WEEKEND 5.12.17 and HAPPY MOTHER'S DAY!






How goes it, friends?
Glad to see you here at Best of the Weekend

This could well be the first Mother's Day 
that I go out to celebrate in a down coat!
Okay, I'm exaggerating, but not by a lot......
It's been a very chilly May!
Unfortunately, we've got showers in the forecast 
for Mother's Day, here in the NY area,
which poses a very serious problem........
what shoes will I wear in the rain????????


On a serious note, I'd like to wish all of the 
moms, grand-moms, step-moms, and moms-to-be, 
a very happy Mothers Day!  
You're all Super-Moms!


And now........it's party time!


We'd appreciate it if you'd follow your co-hosts!

Cindy - Little Miss Celebration | Facebook | Pinterest | Twitter | G+


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We feature all kinds of posts -- 
 recipes, home decor, DIY, gardening, travel, whatevah
so link up your best stuff! 

Non-Bloggers: There are hundreds of fabulous ideas collected here each week;
just click on the links under the thumbnail photos,
and you will be taken directly to the blog post.  

All of our features are pinned to our Best of the Weekend board! 





Last week's most clicked:






Swiss Potatoes - Simply Stacie



 A few of my favorites from last week:



Crusty Broccoli Cheese Quiche - Brooklyn Farm Girl


No Bake Candy Birthday Cake - Giggles Galore


Colorful Backyard Makeover - Dukes & Duchesses

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Monday, May 8, 2017

TWO WEEKS IN PHOTOS: 4.23 - 5.6.17



PHOTO DIARY 4.23.17 -5.6.17 | Ms. Toody Goo Shoes

It's been a hectic couple of weeks. 
Mr. GS and I celebrated our 23rd anniversary 💝....
I've been busy working on my fundraising gala,
which is happening on May 21 💰....
we've done some home repairs 🏠.... 
had some home despair 💨 (see May 2) ....
and went to a fabulous concert to celebrate my sister's birthday! 🎂
But, perhaps, the photo that best sums up the the last two weeks is this....





Wish I knew who to give credit to that photo,
but it couldn't be more true!

And now...the photos!


   
April 23
Tonight begins Holocaust Remembrance Day, or Yom Hashoah. Days before, my friend gave me a very special cookbook. Each recipe is accompanied by a story by a Holocaust survivor. I can't read the stories without getting all teary. 

PHOTO DIARY 4.23.17 -5.6.17 | Ms. Toody Goo Shoes


April 24
Happy 23rd Anniversary to Mr. Goo Shoes and me! We celebrated at our favorite restaurant, Harvest On Hudson (which is where we had Junior Goo Shoes' bar mitzvah almost 5 years ago!). The restaurant has spectacular views of the Hudson River, however, it was a grey day. No matter...the food, the ambiance, and of course, the company...was stellar!  

PHOTO DIARY 4.23.17 -5.6.17 | Ms. Toody Goo Shoes


April 25
I am reading a really fun book, by Kristy Woodsen Harvey. You may know her from the blog, Design Chic, which she writes with her mom. The book tells the story of three sisters and their mother.....and a secret which threatens to tear them apart. The book is released today, and you can buy it here (affil. link). It's a perfect give for Mother's Day, but make sure to get yourself a copy, too!




April 26
There's a good caption here, somewhere. I just can't think of one. Honorable mention next time to whoever comes up with one.

PHOTO DIARY 4.23.17 -5.6.17 | Ms. Toody Goo Shoes


April 27
Walking through Herald Square, near Macy's, on my way to lunch with a friend.


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April 28
Waxing Crescent. If only I wouldn't have been so lazy, and gotten my tripod, this could have been a really great picture.

PHOTO DIARY 4.23.17 -5.6.17 | Ms. Toody Goo Shoes



April 29
It doesn't make for a pretty picture, but today was all about replacing the rickety deck stairs. 

PHOTO DIARY 4.23.17 -5.6.17 | Ms. Toody Goo Shoes


April 30
Spring is busting out all over!

PHOTO DIARY 4.23.17 -5.6.17 | Ms. Toody Goo Shoes


May 1
I've never gotten a weather alert of any kind in my car, so when a tornado warning popped up, it freaked me the freak out! Tornadoes are not a common occurrence around here. BTW, it didn't happen.......or did it? 

PHOTO DIARY 4.23.17 -5.6.17 | Ms. Toody Goo Shoes


May 2
I heard a loud noise, but didn't know what it was, until a little while later, when I went outside and found this!  Very heavy winds lifted the umbrella out of its stand, and it crashed onto the table. Glad no one was outside at the time. Maybe there was a tornado after all!
 
PHOTO DIARY 4.23.17 -5.6.17 | Ms. Toody Goo Shoes


May 3
Mr. Goo Shoes and I driving into NYC on a surprisingly quiet morning on the West Side Highway.

PHOTO DIARY 4.23.17 -5.6.17 | Ms. Toody Goo Shoes


May 4
One finch, two finch, gold finch, green finch. 

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May 5
Who is that in my wine glass?

PHOTO DIARY 4.23.17 -5.6.17 | Ms. Toody Goo Shoes


May 6
Barbara Streisand in concert at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn! Yup, we were in the nosebleed seats! It was amazing to see this living legend......and.......Hillary and Bill Clinton were in the audience!

PHOTO DIARY 4.23.17 -5.6.17 | Ms. Toody Goo Shoes


...and a bonus from the bat-mitzvah we went to two weeks ago - a fabulous party!


PHOTO DIARY 4.23.17 -5.6.17 | Ms. Toody Goo Shoes

Till next time,