You know TGIF..I think we all know it.  I love Fridays…casual day at work..often there are treats in the office/teacher’s lounge…it is the end of the work week…payday…and in our house it is date night.  I love Fridays.

So…it is time for a new perspective…how about TGIM?  Thank God It’s Monday!

We spent the weekend celebrating the life of a great man. Attending the funeral of a dear family friend, recalling stories of his life.  At 73, he had lived a full life, raised his three kids and was enjoying his grandchildren.  He still drove bus for a North Dakota elementary school.  A Facebook Post from a 1st grade teacher was read at the funeral: “Loren was a bright light of hope in all of our lives at the school. He was loved so immensely by the students and staff….my students and I spent the afternoon discussing what we loved most about him…they remembered Loren as the person who always greeted them when they came on the bus, gave them tic-tacs as a treat, gave high-fives when walking down the hallways, and always seemed to have the right thing to say. He will be incredibly missed.”

May we all do our best to be a bright light in our little places in the world, sharing greetings, and tic tacs and high fives. Showing a little love and a positive attitude goes a long way.

So, no more whining and complaining on my Mondays…I think I will make a little special effort on Mondays to turn an ordinary day into a little something to look forward to. Maybe a new recipe for dinner?  Yes.  That is what I will do.  That is what I did.  Ziti Al Forno and brown sugared squash. TGIM.

And tomorrow…TGIT  🙂  I plan to show a little gratitude along the journey of life…and to feel blessed for another day.

Ziti Al Forno…

…just like Biaggi’s…recipe found online at richard’s kitchen


  • 1 pound ziti
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • ½ cup red onion, julienned
  • 4 ounces prosciutto, diced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 4 boned and skinned chicken breasts, diced
  • 8 ounces small shrimp, 50-60/pound
  • ⅓ cup dry white wine
  • 3 cups heavy cream
  • 2 ounces grated Parmesan cheese, about 1/2 cup
  • 6 tablespoons scallions, chopped
  • salt, pepper and crushed red pepper flakes , to taste
  • 1 cup mozzarella cheese, grated


Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Grease a 9 by 13 inch baking dish, and set aside.

Boil ziti in a large pot of salted water until al dente, checking for doneness about 2 minutes before the time called for in the package directions. Drain and set aside.

Melt butter in a large saucepan over medium high heat. Add onions and prosciutto, and sauté until onions are lightly caramelized, about 5 minutes. Add garlic and chicken, and sauté until chicken is about halfway done, about 3 minutes. Add shrimp and continue to cook, stirring frequently, until shrimp are just done, about 3 minutes.

Deglaze pan with wine. Cook until liquid is reduced by half, 3 to 5 minutes. Add the cream and cook until reduced by 1/4, about 5 to 10 minutes. Stir in the Parmesan and scallions. Season to taste with salt, pepper and red pepper flakes (bear in mind that the red pepper flavor will intensify as it cooks).

Stir in the cooked ziti. Simmer for 2 to 3 minutes, stirring to prevent the pasta from sticking together. Turn pasta and sauce out into prepared baking dish. Top with the shredded mozzarella. Bake until lightly browned, 15 to 20 minutes.

2 thoughts on “TGIM.

  1. Our book club actually read the book TGIM by Scott Stratten a couple years back – it was an easy read and a very fresh perspective… we should enjoy coming to work (obviously its not all roses, but if we don’t enjoy coming to work how effective are we really going to be?)… I love that you are taking Monday to do something celebratory – I may just steal that idea.

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