I got a phone call from my friend Jeanne last night. They are inducing her daughter this morning at 5:00 (yawn). This is Chrissie's second child. She is the same age as my oldest son. They grew up together, along with Dallas, Connie's oldest from Connie's turning 50. So now, Chrissie and Dallas are both married (not to each other mind you) with 2 children. Mine? Nada. Zip. Zero. Zilch. While I am anxious for him to find his forever love, I know he has his heart set on accomplishing a few things first. And I also know, he may not be looking, but if the Lord sets the right woman in his path, he will have no choice. (hehehe) So - I'm learning patience. That is not a strong tribute of mine.
Speaking of patience, that is what I have to do today in "Love Dare". Practice patience on my spouse. Hmmmmm. I agree with Christine from Wash, Fold, Put Away, Repeat, - who is the one who recommended this book. The mornings are easy because you wake up and he is out the door to work. Now when we go RVing and 4wding this coming weekend for 3 days - we'll see how I continue to practice this phenomenon!! Plus more!
HEY! CRICUT LOVERS! I just read my flyer from Joann fabric and craft stores and the small Cricuts like mine are on sale for $99 this week!!!! For all of you who wanted one after seeing mine, that is an UNBEATABLE price . . . and it sure is fun!! But remember you need the cartridges too, and you REALLY need to find those on sale.
Onward! I made a new recipe out of my new cookbook last night! "Chicken with Garlic, Tomatoes and Basil." Doesn't sound like much, but it was a quick and easy recipe so I gave it a shot. Now remember! This is Karen we are talking about. I don't tend to follow recipes all that well. Especially the part that brings home the correct ingredients from the market. So. I improvise A LOT!!!
This recipe called for 1/2 cup of a fruity Chardonnay or a good Pinot Noir. I had a great Chardonnay that I picked up in Temecula the last time I was there. It is from Wilson Creek and it is outstanding! Great start!
Then heated up the most favorite item I have in my kitchen, my Le Creuset pot. LOVE IT!!!! And it shows! I call it "seasoned". HA!
Season the chicken with s & p then brown for 3 minutes each side "skin side down"
- uhhhhh, they were boneless, skinless breasts that jumped into my shopping cart. IMPROVISE!!
"1 cup of plum tomatoes, skinned and seeded."
The only "Plum" tomatoes Trader Joe's had yesterday were these tiny sweet ones.
Skinned and seeded?
Hmmmm . . . NOT!!!!
Brown the chicken, OK that's easy. Except there were supposed to be 4. Oh well!
Everything else is standing by the ready - wine, 2 cloves of fresh minced garlic, tomatoes.
Remove chicken, add other ingredients and cook for a few minutes, add the chicken back, then plunk the whole kit'n'kaboodle in a 450 degree oven for about 8 minutes or however long it takes to finish cooking the chicken. Put it back on the cooktop, add 2 cups of cherry tomatoes...
and 2 Tbs fresh basil - YUM!!! ButI add more! I am a fresh basil -a-holic!
Cook it all for about another 5 minutes or so, until the cherry tomatoes are soft.
Plate and serve! I followed her suggestions of a creamy polenta. And then threw in fresh spinach because I like green!
And that was it! It was easy! And best of all - they all liked it!!!
Now if only I could've gotten Justin to do the dishes before he left for class . . .
Have a great day and I'll keep ya posted on the baby!!!!