Crab Bisque + Weekly Menu & Some News

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My news is…I resigned from my job. To be honest, I still have very mixed emotions about the whole thing because as you may know, I absolutely love my job. I love my team. I love being in the kitchen. I love seeing patients. I love my boss. I love my co-workers. I love the stress…to an extent. I love so, so much of what I do every day.

But when I got an email a few weeks back from a diabetes program director at the hospital just minutes from my home for a 28 hour per week diabetes educator position…my heart had to wonder if it was time to make a career change. A change that would bring about a better work-life balance, far less time on the roads, and far more importantly, significantly more time with that cute little baby of mine.

I labored over the decision for weeks. Literally. I had to decide between a job I know and love that has me a bit more stressed and away from home more than I’d like…or a change in career – a step back from management and a return to all patient care. I have to continue to tell myself that it was a beautiful and blessed position to be in. Not only that my family has the opportunity to make this decision, but that these opportunities are available to me.

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It was this past Monday when I was dropping Shea off at daycare that a look on her face had me know what I should do. I dropped off my smiley, happy baby and when I walked away for the day, the joy in her face faded away. While I know it was only for a moment and she quickly recovered, there was a switch in my mind and my heart that had flipped. I needed and wanted to be closer to home and more present for my daughter. My director hat was going to get hung up for now.

I communicated my decision to my boss late on Thursday afternoon and it came as a complete shock. It is a secret to no one at all that I love my job but in the end, the saying “having a baby changes things” is so very true.

I’ll shorten my commute from about 35 minutes to 6 minutes and work 2 minutes from Shea’s daycare. I’ll have the flexibility to come home for lunch, or maybe even squeeze in a workout. I’ll be able to learn more about diabetes and cool things like continuous glucose monitoring and insulin pumps that my smaller diabetes program doesn’t currently have access to.

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I will be leaving behind a team that is absolutely incredible and co-workers that makes me smile and laugh…a diabetes program that I’ve grown and nurtured into what it is today. It’s so bittersweet for me. And change is always scary.

On a much lighter note, I’ll be leaving behind a kitchen in which my office is smack in the middle of. I will no longer be surrounded by sights, smells, and access to delicious food all day, every day. Of course this is both good and bad 😉 Perhaps a step away from food during the day will ignite my desire to cook more at home.

During one particular cooking clump, Mr. Prevention requested crab bisque – a not-so-healthy soup selection. I consulted Google and came up with this fairly healthy rendition and guys, it’s a keeper.

 

 

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Crab Bisque
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Serves: 5 servings (about 1⅓ cup each)
 
Ingredients
  • 1 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1 onion, finely chopped
  • ½ cup carrot, finely chopped
  • 1 Tbsp tomato paste
  • 6 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 Tbsp all-purpose flour
  • 1¼ cups water
  • ¾ cup half-and-half
  • 2 (8 oz) bottles clam juice
  • 6 oz ⅓-less-fat cream cheese (about ¾ cup)
  • ¼ cup dry sherry
  • 1 Tbsp fresh chives, chopped
  • 1 tsp fresh thyme, minced
  • 1 lb lump crabmeat, drained and shell pieces removed
Instructions
  1. Heat oil in a large saucepan over medium-high heat. Once hot, add onion, carrot, and tomato paste. Cook 10 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add garlic; cook, stirring constantly, 1 minute. Stir in flour; cook 1 minute, stirring frequently.
  2. Stir in 1¼ cups water, half-and-half, and clam juice. Bring to a boil; reduce heat, and simmer, uncovered, 10 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add cream cheese, stirring until melted. Stir in sherry, chives, thyme, and crabmeat. Cook an additional 5 minutes or until crab is heated through. Serve hot.
Notes
Recipe from Cooking Light
Nutrition Information
Serving size: 1⅓ cups Calories: 279 Fat: 14.2 Carbohydrates: 13.6 Sugar: 6.4 Sodium: 866 Fiber: 1.8 Protein: 22.6 Cholesterol: 146
Weekly Menu: March 1st – 5th

Be well,

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18 Comments

  1. March 1, 2015 / 1:47 pm

    Congratulations! It sounds like the perfect combination of continuing to work, but having more time with your baby! Very, very exciting!

  2. Rachel B
    March 1, 2015 / 1:52 pm

    I think this job was a blessing for you and seemed to come at the perfect time, so that tells you something. Congratulations!! And, thanks for this soup – making it this week! : )

  3. March 1, 2015 / 2:07 pm

    Congratulations! Sounds like a wonderful opportunity.

  4. JulieL
    March 2, 2015 / 7:03 am

    It’s hard to find the work/life balance when returning to work. I hope that this new job brings you just what you and your family need! Good luck!

  5. March 2, 2015 / 11:40 am

    Congrats! I work about 5 minutes from home and it is fantastic! I can go home for lunch if I need to, rarely get stuck in traffic and usually have enough daylight to go for a run after work.

  6. March 2, 2015 / 2:20 pm

    Congrats on the new job, sounds like it will be a good fit for you and your family 🙂

  7. Alex
    March 2, 2015 / 2:39 pm

    Lots of my mom friends have done the same thing and are really happy. A tough decision to make, but glad you did what you felt like was right for YOU. Congrats!

  8. Stephanie
    March 3, 2015 / 12:17 pm

    Congratulations on your decision! If I were in a position to do it, I’d absolutely switch to part time to be home with my 14 month old daughter too. Enjoy every moment, you are truly lucky.

  9. Rachael
    March 3, 2015 / 12:59 pm

    Congratulations Nicole, that sounds like an amazing opportunity and that you really gave it a lot of thought and made the right decision!!!!

  10. March 4, 2015 / 5:07 pm

    Just catching up on my blog reading after being in Key West – I know how much you loved that job, but you are lucky that you have a choice in choosing a shorter work week – seriously before you know it Shea will be in all day school and you can always go back to management! So excited for you!

  11. Liz H
    March 7, 2015 / 4:51 pm

    Nicole, this sounds like a perfect compromise. Reducing your stress level and your commute is HUGE but you also aren’t having to give up your professional identity and your commitment to your career. I’m so glad you were able to find a choice that you think will work better for your family.

  12. Stardancer
    March 10, 2015 / 12:13 pm

    Congratulations on your new job! I could tell how much you miss Shea on a daily basis, and I hope that this job does give you more of that coveted life-work balance.

  13. March 23, 2015 / 4:24 pm

    Congratulations on this new career journey! I’m sure it was a very difficult decision, but I feel like this will be a wonderful new experience full of great opportunities!

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