October 17, 2009

Learning to Prioritize

I woke up this morning to find the hubs creating a program on his laptop that would help us prioritize our to-do list. He was playing with formulas involving importance, time to complete the item, urgency, and effort. Even though we agreed that finishing the Thank You cards from the wedding needed to be done two months ago (ie. important and urgent), the time to complete and the effort involved kept it down to 5th or 6th on our list. He played with his formulas until the Thank You cards were finally tied for first with an important and time sensitive, but quick and easy email to a friend. I was finally satisfied with these results. We grabbed the cards, headed to Panera, and finally finished them! The funnest part about this software was that "completing scheduling software" remained at the bottom of his to-do list now matter how he weighted the factors.

Maple Salmon
I got these recipes from "The Next" magazine that I'm unsure exactly why I'm receiving in the mail... changed it up just a little.

Preheat oven to 425. Combine 1/4 cup maple syrup and 1/8 cup of balsamic vinegar in a bowl. On one side of a roasting or baking pan, drizzle veggie of your choice (they used carrots, broccoli, and zucchini; I kept it simple with just zuccs) with olive oil. Place salmon fillets on the other side of the pan. Season with salt and pepper and brush with the maple syrup mixture. Bake 15 minute, check it, back for another 5 if needed.

Walnut Couscous
In a saucepan, bring 1 cup of chicken broth to a boil. Remove from heat and add 1/2 cup of couscous and 1/4 cup of chopped walnuts. Cover and let sit for 5-7 minutes until broth is absorbed. Fluff with a fork.

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