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Last Days of Summer

August 4, 2014

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:

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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?

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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!

3 Comments leave one →
  1. August 4, 2014 3:09 pm

    I’ve purchased 2 cilantro plants from the grocery store and I’ve managed to kill both of them within days… and you grew it from a SEED? Please tell me all your secrets 🙂 I love cooking chicken thighs.

    I’m sorry you’re going back to school, but summer is NOT over! My bday is during Labor Day weekend… and summer isn’t over until then in my book haha.

    • August 4, 2014 5:49 pm

      It was the craziest thing– I SWEAR to you, I could kill plastic house plants. But we got the coriander seeds and I just kind of half-heartedly planted them all in our (weedy) flower bed and a few pots that we had laying around– and cilantro is sprouting up EVERYWHERE! I’m loving it, haha.

  2. itzyskitchen permalink
    August 4, 2014 5:20 pm

    What a great dish! Love the nude patio eating haha. Have a good Monday!

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