Hey party people!
Yep, yep…it’s that special time of week…time kick back, relax, and
drool over celebrate a delicious day of eats!
Happy What I Ate Wednesday!
As always, a big shout out goes to Jenn for putting on the biggest blog party out there! Be sure to head over to Peas & Crayons, show her a bit of love, and see what everyone else has been munching on this week!
So, there was a last-minute change of plans for this post. I had a compilation of mouth-watering pics from my meals throughout the last week all set and ready to go, BUT that all changed last night after:
I went to my very FIRST Service Award Banquet, a dinner celebrating employees as they hit milestones in their time of service. As of June of 2012, I’ve been with my hospital for FIVE years!
My invitation came in the mail a couple of weeks ago, thanking me for my service and inviting me (and a guest) to a dinner at our local country club which I had never visited before.
My mom makes a pretty hot plus one, no? 😉
The banquet hall was set up very nicely and held our congregation of nearly 200 rather well. Mom and I were fortunate enough to be seated at the table with the most personality in the room…we had good laughs all night long. And after explaining why I was taking a bazillion pictures of my dinner, and then using pictures of my
Red Velvet Protein Pancakes as bait, I think I may have even earned a new blog reader! 😀
Anywho, how about we get on to the good stuff, huh?
It all started with salad:
Mixed greens with cucumber, tomato, carrots, and onions. There were assorted dressings to choose from, but I opted to have the delicious Greek-inspired pasta salad be my topping…filled with clumps of tangy feta cheese, kalamata olives, peppers, and even broccoli, I swear this was one of the BEST pasta salads I’ve ever tasted!
For the main course, we were able to chose from either beef tips with peppers and onions or grilled lemon-pepper salmon:
Mom went with the salmon, which did have a nice flavor, but the beef was SO much better…tender, juicy, and FULL of flavor! Served alongside some buttery creamed potatoes, honey-glazed carrots, and peas with pearl onions, this dinner was the epitome of classic Southern cooking (basically, I was in HEAVEN!).
And for the record, the ONLY way to eat from a plate like this is to dance your fork around the plate, scooping up a little of everything for each and every bite!
And then there was dessert:
Mom went with the cheesecake with raspberry drizzle…
While I chose to go with the “mystery” dessert that turned out to a sort of
combo between crumb cake and bread pudding…it had a good flavor but I would definitely have preferred more of a pudding-like consistency.
After dinner, the awards ceremony started with a word from our city mayor and then we were all called up in our range of years…5, 10, 15…and even 45!!
Our token for the evening…a silver pendant that can be attached to our name badges…notice mine has the #5?
I’ll admit that I almost didn’t RSVP to this dinner. It was scheduled just before my shift began and honestly, I just envisioned a night of boring chatter and food catered by our ill-reputed cafeteria. I am SO glad that I was wrong! In this world, it’s not often you get a chance to have your time/effort recognized and I feel grateful to hold a position were the management does actually try to show their level of appreciation in some form or another.
What’s the longest time you’ve ever spent at one job?
Do you have to keep your food separate on the plate or are you a mixer-upper like me?
That’s lovely that you were honoured. Congrats! That’s awesome.
Your mum’s cheesecake looks yuuuuuumy.
Yay for bringing your beautiful momma as your date 🙂 Congratulations on your award too girl.
Congrats on 5 years!!! I think my longest is 2… maybe 2.5 years. I’m restless!
You and your mom are twins. For real.
Congratulations on five years, Heather! As you said that it’s been your longest time at a job so far I hope you enjoyed them – and can envision yourself tackling the 45 ;)!?
It’s so sweet you chose your mum to come along – I’d have choosen mine (aka my best friend), too. Cute picture of the two of you!
Oh, before I’m forgetting it: The food sounds fabulous. Have you been thinking about recreating that pasta salad :)? Yes to mixing up food – what we did as children already can’t be wrong, right?
5 years – that’s awesome! Considering that I’m 23 and still in school, I have not reached anything even remotely close to that in jobs. My post-undergrad job lasted a year, but that was because it got shut down.
Congrats on your award, Heather!
I’ve been at my current company for almost 11 years! I haven’t always done the same thing.. first help desk/tech support, now web design.
I’m a bit of a mixer upper myself 🙂
congrats on 5 years!!! my longest is my current at 1.5, unless you count me on and off at my dads landscaping company since i was 13. haha
I’ve been at my current job for three years and it’s the longest job I’ve had. I love it though and never plan on leaving!
I’m a mixer upper, for sure. I also looove dipping. 🙂
Congrats on 5 years at your job! I haven’t made it past 1 year at a full-time job yet…
And I’m a mixer-upper like you 😉
What an awesome celebration! I followed you on IG last night, and I totally drooled at those flipping beef tips! They look amazeballs. The longest I’ve ever worked somewhere was 5 years at The Rooftop at Vendue Inn in Charleston, SC. I was a bartender so all I have to show for it are my delicious drink concoctions I post on Fridays and the amazing friendships I made with my coworkers, but that alone was totally worth it to me!
Congrats on the 5 years! And that sounds like a fun time! Way to be brave on the mystery dessert 😉
congrats on 5 years!! thats huge. im now at the 2.5 mark at my current hospital…not quite my longest but getting there…
Congrats! And, wow, you were lucky for that meal. I probably would have assumed the worst–like you almost did. 🙂
Salad on salad? That’s what I’m talking about.
I have not been at the same job for more than a year. I am awesome. [And a flight risk.]
That’s a pretty fancy work party! Glad you chose to rsvp. Based on all of that amazing food, you made the right choice. I think I would have been in love with that mystery dessert. It sounds and looks great.
Beautiful mom!!! Congrats on all you do & yes, to be acknowledged is icing on the cake as they say! 🙂
It looks like it was a good thing you did RSVP! Everything looks wonderful.
It depends on the kind of food I’m eating, but I’m usually ok with the foods on my plate touching. For big meals with lots of textures like Thanksgiving, though, no way!
Haha, holiday meals are usually the ones where I mix stuff up the most! I love how dressing, turkey, and deviled egg taste all stirred together! 😀
things start separate but eventually everything gets mixed around 🙂 taste better that way for some reason
Congrats on being recognized for 5 years at the hospital! That’s awesome! 😀 The longest I’ve ever been at a job was when I worked 10 months as a cashier in high school. Ever since then I’ve only worked in the summers between semesters at school!
Congrats on the 5 years! The longest that I’ve ever been at a job is 3.5 years. I actually just had my 1-year anniversary at my current job today. I got a balloon.
Well talk about a CELEBRATION!! I hope there was at least one party hat/noise maker involved in that too! 😉
Congrats, I think it’s awesome that you’re a nurse! It’s funny, I used to keep everything 100% separate and not touching, but now I mix EVERYTHING!
Thank you Sabrina! I actually work as a CAT scan tech, but it’s a common thing for people to assume that I’m a nurse. I look up to the nurses I work with…it takes a special person to do that job!
Oops, sorry for that mistake! Being a CAT Scan tech is super awesome, too! Thanks for keeping us healthy 🙂
Congrats on the service doll. That hospital is lucky to have you!
I’ve been with the same company for 12 years, basically since I graduated from college…eek, am I that old. Aw crap!
Thanks girlie! Wow, twelve years is awesome! And whatever…your blonde…and hot…and hot blondes never age…it’s proven…I read it somewhere…probably the internet…so you know it has to be true! 😉
My longest was probably my highschool/college job – it was 6 years and probably the funnest job too. Working in a bookstore is kinda awesome! Especially if your a book worm.
xo Emily @ Hungry Delights
Oh wow that WOULD be awesome! I’d be broke!…kind of like if I ever got a job at Whole Foods! Lol
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Congrats lady!! So happy for you. The longest I stayed with a company was OFFICIALLY 4-5 years with Starbucks but I always say 6 years because I was trained by them when I was in high school and working at the Target Starbucks, I was just officially a Target employee.