The other day, I had to pick up some medication in Walmart, so I hung out for the required 30 minutes on those super hard metal chairs that everyone hates. Normally, I catch up on reading, but decided to people watch instead. One thing stood out more than anything else.
A young girl about 5 years old drove up on a shiny new red tricycle with the tags still on, alone. She quickly got up from her seat, moving 2 bottles of Calcium over to the Flintstones Vitamin area of the shelf. She also calmly shuffled the Fish Oil over to the Vitamin C area. She got back on her "borrowed" bike and promptly left the area. She came back for trip 2 to move the Iron over to something I've never heard of - Red Yeast Rice, and left again. Determined to show her organizational expertise, she drove back over to move the ICaps over to the Centrum Silver area to help out all the elderly folks. I have no clue where she went after she left each time, but I did notice that there was no adult around to hold her hand or to stop her from redecorating the vitamin section in Walmart.
When she came back again, I politely asked where her parents were, with no response. She looked at me strangely, but did follow me over to the Customer Service Department where they made an announcement about a lost little girl.
The kid started crying as four adult women came over to the desk, but I got the evil eye. Uh...OK. I'm not a fan of young kids because they can't have a discussion about the Food Network, chauffeur me around or do any laundry. AND they need a ton of supervision! Please forgive me for thinking that a pervert may have grabbed your little girl at any moment while you shopped for goodness knows what. Was I the bad guy for jumping in? Bottom line - don't leave tiny children alone to roam the aisles of Walmart by bike, skateboard, inner tube or on foot!
2 Tbsp Olive Oil
1/4 Cup Pitted Kalamata Olives
2 Cloves Garlic, chopped
1 Tbsp Capers that have been rinsed
4 Cups Low-Sodium Chicken Broth
1 Cup Marinara Sauce of your choice
12 Oz. Linguine Noodles
1 Lb Medium Shrimp
8 Oz. Plum Tomatoes, roughly chopped
1/2 Cup Fresh Basil Leaves, torn, or use what's in a jar
1. Heat the oil, olives, garlic and capers in a large deep skillet over medium heat until the garlic is light golden brown, about 2 minutes. Remove from the heat, then mix in the broth and marinara sauce.
2. Add the linguine and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat and simmer, stirring often for 10 minutes.
3. Nestle in the shrimp in the mixture ad cook until opaque throughout - 3 to 4 minutes. Cooking it longer will make it rubbery. Fold in the tomatoes, basil and pepper. For more heat, go ahead and add cayenne or red pepper.
This is also a great meal without the shrimp.
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