Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Of The Same Mind

Yesterday was kind of a long day at work for both of us.  My day started a little later than normal and we were busy with both customers and moving the sales floor around.  One thing about retail is that there is always something to do. 

Next Sunday night we receive the first round of outdoor furniture, cushions and all the good stuff that goes with it.  The customers have been looking for these goods for about a month now since we are a coastal city and there are numerous vacation rentals at the beaches close by.  So we will be getting a full 54 foot trailer of stuff, some of it regular, some of it the outdoor.  It is a fine balancing act to get everything out on the floor as close to opening on Monday as possible and this one is a biggy. 

Normally what happens is a crew comes in around 4 pm and takes in the truck.  Sounds not so bad until you know we do not have a loading dock so everything has to be taken off in the back parking lot.  First come the pallets which are generally about 8 foot tall.  On them is a mixture of full cartons of merchandise and what I like to call surprise boxes.  These boxes can contain anywhere from 1 item to a lot of items and are mixed with all the departments in the store.  After the pallets come what is called loose load and it is exactly what it sounds like, loose.  It is a mixture of furniture (heavy), rugs, pictures you name it other than food and breakables.

While the gang is taking the loose load off the truck another crew gets to work sprinkling the boxes of merchandise from the pallets all over the floor in the area they go.  I think you get the idea...

In the wee hours of Monday I come in with a crew and we start in one corner together and put all the freight away.  We travel as a group around the store until all the floor merchandise is on the shelves.  Some weeks are easier than others, this will not be one of those weeks. 

So right now we are getting the back of the store (where the outdoor goes) ready.  Yesterday we moved all the Easter food to its new home and started building fixtures.  Some of them we can fill now so that should make our job easier next week.  We just have to make the middle of the store look like we are not holding a dance anytime soon!  Throw into this whole mess writing next weeks schedule and it was a pretty exciting day. 

I had no idea what to make for dinner and no inspiration to cook it.  Apparently my husband was in the same state of mind.  I knew I had a jar of pasta sauce in the cupboard but didn't feel like making pasta from scratch so I picked up a box of tortellini.  Home I went....a while later in walks the husband with a bag from the grocery store.  He had gotten the makings of spaghetti sauce and a box of angel hair pasta.  He thought I would be home later than him and was planning on getting supper together.  You need to know my husband makes slamming spaghetti sauce! 

Bear was rather wound up so Michael took him for a sniff a rama walk (he has to smell every blade of grass and try to pee on every fence they pass) so I started the sauce.  Mine is good his is excellent but we suffered with mine. 

Here is his recipe for sauce, he doesn't add the garlic but what is spaghetti sauce with out garlic?

Spaghetti Sauce with Meat

1 lb Italian sausage (either links cut in 1 pieces or loose)
1 lb ground beef
1 large can crushed tomatoes
1 regular size cans tomato sauce
2 cloves garlic minced
½ green bell pepper chopped
1 tablespoon Italian seasoning

In a stockpot, brown the sausage and ground beef, remove from pan reserving liquid. Add the green pepper cook for about 5 minutes on medium heat stirring occasionally, add the garlic cook for 2 minutes (do not brown the garlic) you may have to turn the temp down a bit for that step. Add back in the meat and stir, then add the remaining ingredients. Give it a good stir, bring to a boil than turn down to simmer for about an hour, stirring occasionally.

This makes a lot of sauce!  We have some leftovers for today (I have to close and try to leave Michael some supper) the rest will be put in zip lock bags and frozen.

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