Last Days of Summer
You know those final days of summer, where you’re basically in total denial of it being over? Yeah, we’re in that mode over here. And I know, I know—we’re not allowed to complain when we get a full three—geez, almost four—months off. But how it it possible that those months go by in a blink? Sigh.
This weekend, we tried to soak up some summer fun. We went to a birthday party on Saturday and hit up the pool after church on Sunday:
Lila has also been SUPER into play dough lately—this is what Ryan created when she said “Let’s make Mama!” The resemblance is striking, no?
On Friday, I made a version of arroz con pollo. I used pre-spiced rice, which I’m pretty sure is against the rules…but this was really tasty. Ryan loved it.
I seasoned (garlic salt and pepper) these skin-on chicken thighs:
…and then browned them in olive oil, about five minutes on each side. I removed them from the pot and added the rice, a can of diced tomatoes, and about a cup of halved green olives, stirring for about five minutes until the rice was coated in the oil. Then, I returned the chicken to the pot, along with 2.5 cups of chicken stock. Let it all simmer for about 30 minutes, until the rice was done.
Garnished with cilantro that I grew from seed on a whim!
Even Lila loved it. And Tenny can’t stay away from anything with chicken.
I never really cook with chicken thighs, but we both really liked them—so cheap, and I do love dark meat.
Got a busy Monday—meeting at noon, meeting at one, going to see a house (don’t ask), and then dinner with friends. The oven repair guy is supposed to come by this morning, too. Whew! Have a great day!