Monday, November 19, 2012

The week I went without sleep

The past week of my life has been, in a word, ridiculous.  Until yesterday, I literally felt like I didn't stop for 6 days straight.
I feel so blessed to not only have a job, but to be self employed, but holy cow, things got crazy!

Monday and Tuesday were spent at my "other" job as a corporate chef.  We had a big meeting with some fancy buyers all day Tuesday, so it basically consisted of 2 meals, and 20 display plates.  A couple of long days, but well worth it!

Wednesday-Friday was spent in Chicago conducting store trainings for a new croissant product we have in Meijer stores.  The trainings themselves went a bit less than smoothly, but it was an excuse to go into the city for dinner one night!  And my mom was able to tag along.

 At dinner at one of our favorite Chicago spots, Le Colonial

 This was just the appetizer.  It was a Vietnamese free form mushroom and chicken ravioli with ginger and basil.  Yum!

In three days, I kid you not, we ate nothing but Asian and Mexican inspired cuisine.  Apparently we don't have enough of that when we're not in Chicago?  

 I made it home on Friday afternoon and got to work prepping for a wedding I catered on Saturday.  It was a small reception at the church with just desserts, coffee, and tea, but still a lot of work!

 They requested a small, simple cutting cake.  For the record, I am NOT a cake decorator.  So I was very upfront about the homemade look they could expect.  I think it turned out cute though!

 I ended up prepping until 1 in the morning on Friday and worked 8:00am-7:00pm Saturday, so by the time Sunday rolled around, I was ready for some relaxation!

For fun, I made a healthy batch of granola to replace my obsession with cereal.

And finally for dinner, we had homemade BBQ chicken pizza topped with arugula salad.  Yum!

Looking forward to reading about everyone's Thanksgiving celebrations :)


  1. It's so dang cool that you're a chef!
    And golly you seemed busy!
    New follower :)

  2. one of my wishes is that i could have the talent of cooking! jelly! :)

    new follower from tell me about it tuesday!

  3. All of this food looks so yummy. Im one of your newest followers from the Tell Me About it Tuesday Link Up. I would love for you to follow me back

  4. looks like an absolute blast!!

    thanks for linking up!
    Helene in Between

  5. How fun! Your treat looked awesome:)

  6. You poor thing!! That's a lot of work! Hope you were able to get some rest!! :)