Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Wishes aren't Fishes but Hope is Dope

I suppose if this becomes my thousandth "poor me what the hell is with this dark cloud I'm living under" post, I'll lose even my diehard readers. So no, I'm not going there. St. Patrick's Day has (hopefully) brought me luck, and I've been walking the beach each morning for over a week now and am feeling so much more zen.

As I prepare to kiss my mom and my son goodbye and head back to the land of what-could-possibly-break-next?, I'm wishing this sunshine and tranquility will follow me home. 

Maybe I'm a bit jaded, but what keeps going through my head over and over again on a loop is that old idiom "if wishes were fishes we'd all swim in riches". I know what it means, that we (OK, I) need to stop spending time and energy wishing and go out and make something happen. But, since we're on the subject, I just want to say that if you're looking for a deterrent to just sitting there and wishing, the consequence of swimming in riches is just not the way to go.

I digress.

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Far be it for me to claim to know more than long established idioms (not so far, turns out), but if you're looking for new sayings, seek and ye shall find. Brand new future idioms by yours truly:

If goals were poles, we'd all dance in fish bowls.

If hope was "dope", I'd be the Pope (OK, maybe not).

If dreams were schemes, I'd have my own regimes.

If wishes were britches, there'd be no fashion hitches.


If wishes were delicious, I'd not fit in my britches.

Shrimp Tortellini Casserole, a marriage between Tortellini Marinara and Shrimp Scampi come together in this delicious dinner casserole | Recipe developed by www.BakingInATornado.com | #shrimp #dinner #casserole

Shrimp Tortellini Casserole

Shrimp Tortellini Casserole, a marriage between Tortellini Marinara and Shrimp Scampi come together in this delicious dinner casserole | Recipe developed by www.BakingInATornado.com | #shrimp #dinner #casserole

If wants were bouffants we'd all be debutantes.

If crave was a rave, none of us would behave.

If expectations were temptations, we'd be having . . . relations.

If desire was fire, well, that could be dire.

If fancy were chancy there'd be no more schmancy.

If wants were jaunts, you'd be one of my haunts.

If wishes were glitches . . . well, that would explain a lot of what had been going on in my home, now wouldn't it?

But honey, if wishes were witches? Pass the broom, bitches.

Heading home on Thursday. Wish me luck.

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Shrimp Tortellini Casserole         

Printable Recipe

1 package (12 oz) dried cheese tortellini
3/4 cup marinara sauce (my Homemade Marinara recipe HERE)
1 cup fresh spinach
3 slices cooked chopped bacon
1 TBSP olive oil
1 TBSP butter
1 tsp minced garlic
1# large or extra large raw shrimp, peeled and deveined
2 TBSP grated parmesan cheese
1/3 cup shredded mozarella cheese

*Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease a 8 X 11 baking dish
*Cook the tortellini according to package directions. Drain, rinse in cold water to stop the cooking process, drain again and mix with the marinara sauce, spinach and most of the bacon (reserve a little for the top). 
*Pour the tortellini evenly into the prepared baking dish.
*Heat the olive oil and butter in a large saute pan over medium heat until hot. Add the shrimp in a single layer and cook for 2 minutes. Turn the shrimp over and cook until it is pink and completely cooked. 
*Arrange the shrimp over the pasta. Pour all the liquid in the saute pan over the top. Sprinkle with the parmesan, mozarella and reserved bacon.
*Bake for 30 minutes.


  1. You are brilliant! I love them all. I hope on your return home your appliance/machine revolt will be over. The recipe looks fabulous. I love shrimp with anything or by itself!

    1. Yes, I'm hoping a few weeks at the beach changes my luck. Fingers crossed.

  2. OMG this was funny and the casserole looks delish...just perfect for a snowy Spring day....wish I had the ingredients...

    1. Hope your spring gets less snowy . . . and you get to try this casserole some time soon.

  3. Well one thing is for sure, you found your sense of humor before you left. This made me chuckle.
    Hopefully the salt air has cleared your thoughts and you've found peace and inspiration.

  4. Bwahahaha! Perfect! My favourite? If wishes were delicious, I'd not fit in my britches.
    Already there, my friend. Already there . . .

    1. Getting there myself, but loving every minute of having fresh seafood every night!

  5. All in all a pretty good post had a giggle here and there

  6. My husband loves shrimp, scampi and tortellini. Unfortunately, I have never been able to stomach shrimp (something about the texture) so hubbie has asked me to find out if you think this would work with bay scallops. I hope so! Alana ramblinwitham.blogspot.com

    1. Absolutely, give it a try. Scallops tend to be a little sweeter but I bet it would still be a delicious dinner. Let me know if you try it.

    2. Hubbie tried it yesterday. Besides the scallop substitution, he didn't use the marinara sauce (I know I'm strange, but I don't like tomatoes with most seafood, which is why I was thinking scampi). We had some red mullet dip we had bought in Florida, which was mayo based. He used the liquid from the defrosted scallops and, after cooking, put some of the red mullet dip on top. It was fantastic! The spinach was such a nice addition. I guess I was thinking scampi for some reason; I still think it would work well with scampi sauce. Maybe next time. Alana ramblinwitham.blogspot.com

    3. I think you were thinking scampi because in my recipe the shrimp are cooked similar to scampi, with garlic and olive oil and butter. So glad you played with the recipe and made it work for you.

  7. Face hurts, laughing! These are awesome!

  8. OMG your sense of humor is pretty damn amazing. This made me chuckle. I am going to bookmark this post and would prefer reading those 'idioms by Karen' to make my day :)

    Wow I loveee shrimp and your casserole looks so delicious.

    1. I love that this made you chuckle, and I really hope you try this casserole.


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