When we moved to this suburb in May, I gleefully went to check out the brand spanking new Super Target. It was the first store open in a new plaza being built. The only entrance to this plaza is a traffic circle. I told my husband that I anticipated the circle would be quite ugly once the plaza was full and traffic increased. In this area, traffic circles are not often seen and I assumed it would cause some angst for nervous drivers. Angst is the least of our concerns. People can not figure out how to negotiate this simple circle. They had to publish directions in the newspaper a couple of weeks ago and people still can’t figure it out. I’ll admit I think designing the entrance as a traffic circle was flat out stupid but I am amazed that it flummoxes everyone to the degree it does.
It is a pretty simple circle. There are 4 off shoots – 1 to the right of the plaza, 1 in to the center, 1 to the left, and 1 to exit the plaza back onto Main Street. Often when, someone stops dead in the middle of the circle staring like a deer in headlights. They just don’t know what to do. Others stop because they don’t understand that they have the right of way over those entering the circle from the spokes. That is bad but worse are the people who don’t understand that all traffic circles work on the principle of 1 way traffic. I’ve seen half a dozen people drive the wrong way trying to exit the circle. I’m thinking of petitioning the TN institute an IQ requirement for drivers licenses – or at least one to enter our Target plaza.
Tessa slept through the night for the first time in 6 weeks. I’ve never been so happy to wake up and see the numbers 5:30 on my clock before.
Proof my baby is growing up – this outfit used to be long sleeves and long pants:
I made dinner for one of my mom’s club friends last night. (When someone has a new baby, we sign up to provide some meals.) I decided to try a new recipe from my Cooking Light magazine. I realized afterward that perhaps I should have tried the recipe before inflicting it upon someone else. Fortunately it was quite yummy (I also made it for us for dinner). It was a quick and easy meal so I’ll share it.
Chicken and Basil Calzones
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 lb ground chicken breast
3/4 cup prepared pizza sauce
1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper
1/4 cup chopped fresh basil
1 (13.8 oz) can refrigerated pizza crust dough
1/2 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
(I reduced chicken to 3/4 lb and added 8 oz of mushrooms, 1/4 cup finely diced onion, and a few tablespoons of red wine)
Preheat oven to 425.
Saute chicken, onion, garlic and mushrooms until chicken is no longer pink. Stir in pizza sauce (and wine) and red pepper. Simmer for 5 min. Remove from heat and stir in basil. Let cool for 10 min.
Coat baking sheet with cooking spray. Unroll pizza dough. Cut into quarters. Pat each quarter into 8×6 rectangle. Divide chicken mixture evenly between the quarters. Top with cheese. Fold dough over and seal edges by pressing together. Bake 12 minutes.