Happy July 1st! Today Jaia gets her braces on, which up until this point she was super excited about – Now she worries that they will hurt. Having never had braces myself and only going off what other tell me -I tell her I think they’ll only hurt for a bit but honestly I’m not sure – we may be going out for ice-cream after
It’s been a struggle getting Row out to the barn on a consistent basis this summer. Part of it is totally me and laziness and knowing it’s a good 3 to 4 hour block I have to set aside for the riding. Part of it is that I think Row really has no pleasure in going and riding at OUR BARN so she’s not ASKING to go. She doesn’t necessarily “fit in” with the girls there (there are some AWESOME girls though, just different personalities) and knowing that the barn you’ve spent so much time at the past 5 + years won’t allow you to have your own trainer is kinda a bummer. The decision has been made I think and now I need to make progress on moving Row’s horse to a barn that allows her trainer to come. Ah growth and change is so difficult.
I’ve been playing around in the kitchen! Dinner the other night was bacon wrapped chicken thighs! They got 3 out of 4 approval yums ( don’t know what my youngest was thinking, same chicken, same herbs, different method)
1 to 2 packages of chicken things – deboned and no skin- ( I used 2 for our family of 4- organic from Trader Joe’s)
1 package bacon
3 – 4 cloves garlic depending on how much garlic you like
small bunch of rosemary
salt and pepper to taste
First mince the garlic and rosemary -toss together in a small bowl or just set to the side – you’ll use this immediately.
The process – take a slice of bacon, open the chicken thigh and lay it across the bacon. Top with the rosemary and garlic, sprinkle with salt and pepper. Roll. It doesn’t matter which side you roll from - I made sure to tuck some of the bacon into the thigh as I rolled.
Repeat until all your chicken thighs are seasoned and rolled. There should be (maybe) several slices of bacon left over – go ahead and fry this in the pan you’re going to use for the chicken. Set the bacon aside after it’s fried – you’re using this in the side dish.
You may have to drain a bit of the bacon grease off . Fry the now bacon wrapped chicken in a cast iron skillet – 5 minutes per side. While this is cooking preheat the oven to 425*. After you’ve fried the chicken toss it in the oven and you’ll finish it off in there. I think I timed it for 30 minutes.
Meanwhile – Our side dishes – I made Cherry tomatoes with capers and balsamic vinegar. This is a go to favorite in our house – the girls love it also. It’s a Jamie Oliver recipe and it’s in his cookbook – “Jamie’s Food Revolution”. ( I am a huge Jamie fan)
I also steamed some broccoli and tossed it in a mixture of melted butter, olive oil, garlic powered, salt and pepper – I added our extra bacon bits to the broccoli:)
As I said – my husband and 16 year old loved the chicken dish and it’s on my “add to menu rotation list”, but for some reason Jaia didn’t like it. Boggles my mind – silly girl!
And the best part? There were leftovers!