Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Christmas Break and Happy New Year...what a treat!

Didn't have enough room to add the sweet pot but will make room next time!
Ok....so this recipe took awhile to post, but if you have some time for therapeutic work in the kitchen, its worth it! I was scrolling through Pinterest, and saw a picture of the ingredients and then the end product (could not find the link again). No recipe included. At first, I was going to pass this by...but this creation was to pretty on the eyes to pass up! Sometimes, its hard to start something when I have no black and white directive, but cooking has taught me how to be more daring in the kitchen. I call it the Zucchini Potato Pinterest Medley. Look at the above picture and create your own variation! Recipe follows below.

Zucchini Potato Pinterest Medley


  • 1 zuchini, sliced
  • 1 summer squash, sliced
  • 1/2 yellow onion, sliced
  • 2 tomatoes, sliced
  • 3 red potatoes, sliced
  • 2-3 Tbsp pesto
  • 2 Tsp minced garlic
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • Lots and lots of cheese (mozzarella and grated Parmesan)
Start with washing all the veggies. I preheated the oven to 415. It took the potatoes longer to cook, so boiled the potatoes for 5-7 minutes and let cool before slicing. Add the sliced tomatoes, onion, zucchini,  squash, and potatoes to a large bowl and mix with the pesto. Herb and spices of your choice would work too. Next spray a glass pan with cooking spray and start layering the pan. Pop the pan in for 10-12 minutes. Top with cheese and cook for another 5 minutes or until cheese is melted has been reached. The times may vary with how thing your slices are and how long you semi-boil your potatoes. Enjoy!

I had pesto on hand so decided to season with that and a little pepper.

Man....let's just say things got busy with the internship and I'll keep it brief!I finished up my WIC rotation which was the hardest to date...not in the rotation being hard but that there were at least 16 projects that ranged from a comparison paper, 7-day menu for a WIC family, poster board, time study, phone surveys, etc. I was really surprised with how much more I liked working with soon-to-be mommies, mothers, infants, and children. My busiest day came when I had to see 15 families....that day was a whirlwind. Any client could walk in with a whole lot more on their plate then I could have ever imagined and the last thing on their minds was listening to my 15 minute nutrition speel. There could be several crying children, teenage mom on methodone, and a very absentee father that makes it hard to explain the importance of why their 3 year old probably isn't eating well when their drinking 6-8 cups of soda or juice a day. These type of scenarios were common, but no one family was the same. At times, focusing on one small nutritional goal that mattered to them was the way to go.

Loved wearing my smock! No really, it was super comfy!

The 5th week of the WIC rotation was also what seemed liked the hardest of the internship. We had two night classes, a case study due, and a Saturday seminar with tea social that was enjoyable but killed any semblance of a weekend. The accumulation of that week turned into a fun get together at one of the interns house where gifts were exchanged and drinks were consumed. The following day, I had to start cooking for our cultural food seminar which would be all day the following Monday. Each of the 12 interns had a different food item and culture to present which made for a very happy belly! Even though we were on official internship business so to speak, each intern has to make up the hours that we missed from our current rotation.

Yep....I had Germany :)
Some said I was the spitting image of the above lovely lady :)

Another intern and I were also in charge of the open house the day before Thanksgiving for the Adagio Health Dietetic Internship which I had gone to last year. That means being in charge of updating the presentations, designating a topic each intern would address, creating an agenda, and of course, clean up!

We had a snow storm come in the night before the open house which wasn't as bad as it was forecast. Our professors at Tech drilled into us to go to the open houses for our perspective internships to 1) let the internship see your face and 2) to see if the internship is the right fit for you. The majority of the open houses should be wrapping up now, but for future perspective interns who are interested in going, always follow these three simple points. 1) Dress your best (professional best that is), 2) when asking a question, do not ask something that has been covered or could be answered on their website, 3) ALWAYS introduce yourself to the internship director. I cannot stress the third point enough. It is key to make it known that you were there if you took time to be there and could set you apart from other applicants.

Put my professional heels on for the Open House :)

Totally missed an update on my long term care rotation that I completed right before the holidays. I was lucky to get Presbyterian SeniorCare, which is located in Oakmont. Not gonna lie, stopped 3-4 times at the famous Oakmont Bakery and I was not disappointed! The long term care facility was a second realm that I have had less experience in. I worked two weeks in clinical with two dietitians and one week in the food service portion. The Alzheimer unit there was interesting in how much of the individuals previous life was made a part of their current stay, such as pictures from the past and familiar furniture. Now I had some great convo with the residents. Never have a been at a location where my name was more common. There were not too many Edith's at my high school....aka there were none.

On one faithful evening when I had just enough daylight to actually run in the daylight, I took my loyal four-legged companion for a quick but well needed run. The wind picked up as the shadows scattered from bare limbs of forlorn trees should have warned me what happened next....Steely took a small jump off a cliff. Actually, it was in the first 2 minutes of the run and the hill had become a cliff edge which I can only assume she did not see the edge when I was calling for her. One emergency vet visit later....Merry Christmas to me!

The cliff....and steely after the vet.

I was able to go home to my parents place for Christmas. My body and mind needed  recharge for sure.It was a very nice treat since I haven't been there since this past June! The day before I left, Pittsburgh had a high of 20. When I arrived home....high of 72-75 degrees for two days. I had to dust off my TT bike and had some fun! The dog came home and took my dad on walks several times a day which they both enjoyed. I have been slacking on training as of late. I told myself that there was no excuse to not move with several nice days of weather. With three days left before the second half (YEP!! WE have halfway completed the dietetic internship), I feel re-energized to tackle my next rotations and projects. Around this time last year, I was stressing out about getting in 4 dietetic internship applications in on time to the DICAS system. I stayed up watching the new year as I worked on my online application at my boyfriend's parent's house.

Now the new year is set to begin...haven't had time to contemplate 2013. Chance a hair cut to celebrate the start of 2014? Maybe tomorrow, but today I look forward to relaxing and snuggling inside where its warm and NOT cold :).

Your dog pic from for the month of December!