Day 1455

I should be quilting. Or cleaning. Or sleeping…. I’m very tired this week.

But I promised myself two things tonight. One was to post an awesome recipe for turkey leftovers and the other was to update my on line notes for the Ties quilt before I loose the things I’ve been thinking about it.

First the recipe:
Chicken & Broccoli Alfredo

1/2 of a 1-pound package linguine
1 cup fresh or frozen broccoli florets
2 tablespoons butter
1 1/4 pounds skinless, boneless chicken breast halves, cut into 1 1/2-inch pieces
1 can (10 3/4 ounces) Cream of Mushroom Soup
1/2 cup milk
1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper

1.Prepare the linguine according to the package directions in a 3-quart saucepan. Add the broccoli during the last 4 minutes of the cooking time. Drain the linguine mixture well in a colander.
2.Heat the butter in a 10-inch skillet over medium-high heat. Add the chicken and cook until well browned and cooked through, stirring often.
3.Stir the soup, milk, cheese, black pepper and linguine mixture in the skillet and cook until the mixture is hot and bubbling, stirring occasionally. Serve with additional Parmesan cheese.

It’s delicious!

The school had a drama production last night. They were performing skits they had written for class- 6th and 7th grades. The assignment was to use characters from myths or legends- 7th grade specifically had Greek-Roman mythical characters to work with.

After about the first four in which I could not tell who was supposed to be who or get any sense of what was going on, I was thinking to myself “Emily, if your skit is not better than this, I’m going to kick you.” The kids were turning their backs on the audience to deliver their lines, clumping all the action on one side of the stage- as if it was imperative that they get OFF stage just as soon as possible- and generally employing every bad acting technique ever invented. The scripts were incoherent and delivered in voices that would not reach the first two rows.

Then Emily’s skit started. There was a plot with a beginning, a middle and an end. Also a conflict and resolution. Her group spoke up loudly enough to be heard. All the characters called each other by name so that you were never lost as to who was who. The action- including a short fight scene- ranged over the entire stage with the action clusters being fairly evenly distributed. Two of the girls were playing two different roles (mother-daughter pairs) and it was easy to tell the difference in the characters Emily said she based her interpretation of the ‘mother’ character on me and the ‘daughter’ on Eliz- her interpretation of Eliz was spot on too.

There was humor and the audience laughed when they should have and did not when they should not have- and not that fake “we’re your parents so we will laugh at your lame humor” laughter either- it was real chuckles and snorts.

In short, they did WELL.

I also saw a sign in the theatre about drama club- after school until 4 on Fridays. I asked Em if she had thought about joining and she said that the teacher had asked her but she didn’t think I could pick her up from school and so declined. I get off at 4 and her school is about a minute away from work- that’s totally do-able. So she will be joining the drama club now too.

I’m wearing my proud mama face now.

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