A day in the life (April 2015)

4/15/15

James was away on a hiking/camping trip the weekend of the 12th, and since we're a one-car family, that meant Anouk and I were pretty much stuck at home for two days and I didn't mind at all. It was a nice break from all of the running around we did over Easter and spring break and we enjoyed it very much, even my little extrovert.

Be sure to stop by Not-So-SAHM to see how our friends spent their day!





8:30 AM: Some early morning ball.



9:00 AM: What? You don't eat your bananas with a side of mustard?

 10:30 AM: Hank takes it easy and Anouk has a dance party while Mama sews and listens to RadioLab.



12:00 PM: Some sewing projects involve hammers and thats pretty cool.



2:00 PM: We spend a couple of hours getting our garden ready to plant next week. I have a pretty cute helper, no?



3:00 PM: A. always gets a little tired of photos on 12 in 12 days.




5:00 PM: Daddy's home and he brought his big backpack with him!

5:30 PM: He also brought some presents (magnet obsession!) and promised to take us out for a sushi dinner. Hooray for not cooking!



7:45 PM: "Mom, will you hold my heart for me?" Always.

Chicken and Rice with Green Olives

4/13/15













I am always looking for ways to spice up (literally) our dinner rotation that are quick and easy to make and I think I found it in this flavorful Mediterranean stew from 365 Slow Cooker Suppers, my favorite cookbook ever. At first the combination of ingredients sounds weird (tomatoes? chickpeas?) but it is strangely addictive and there is literally nothing like it I've ever tasted. Not to mention that we are huge fans of green olives, and there don't seem to be too many recipes that use them as a focal point, so double bonus!

I REALLY can't say enough about 365 Slow Cooker Suppers, while a lot of slow cooker recipes can be boring or bland, this features tons of creative and easy recipes inspired by world cuisine. We really love it and use it almost every day and so far I've bought the book as gifts for three people. (If I know you IRL, you might be next...)

Ingredients:

6 boneless, skinless chicken thighs
1 teaspoon ground cumin
1 teaspoon ground coriander
1 teaspoon dried oregano
1 14.5 ounce can of fire-roasted tomatoes, undrained
1 15 ounce can chickpeas, drained and rinsed
1/2 cup pitted green olives (we like more -- maybe 3/4 cup)
3 cups chicken broth
1.25 cups rice*

*the original recipe calls for 2 cups quinoa but we prefer the rice

Directions:

Place the chicken into the insert and add all the spices. Top with the tomatoes and chickpeas. Add the olives, and stir in the broth. Cover, and cook on low for 6 hours or on high for about 3 hours. When the cooking time has elapsed, carefully remove the chicken from the pot and set aside. Pour in the rice and stir well. Cover, and cook on high for 30-40 minutes or until the rice is bite tender. Let side with the lid off to release condensation before serving with the chicken.

If you don't fool with slow cookers, you can make this the same way we do on nights where dinner is a last minute affair: by chunking the chicken and then throwing everything into a stewpot over medium heat until it's cooked through (about an hour, start to finish). I love one-pot wonders.

The Art of Video Games at the Chrysler Museum

4/10/15






More spring break adventures! Can you tell that Molly and Co. are our partners in crime this week? This chilly gray afternoon took us to the Chrysler Museum to see two current exhibits -- I'm splitting our visit into two posts because both were so great they deserve their own.

The first exhibit we saw was the much-anticipated Art of Video Games (at the Chrysler through May 10) -- basically, a complete history of video games from the very beginning to the current day. Around the room were stations where you could see each gaming system and listen to a bit about it, and in between were little stands where you could try out some of the games (Super Mario Brothers, still got it). This was maybe the most fun part of the whole thing, except for the vintage arcade games at the end (seeing A. play "Pac-Girl" as she calls it was maybe the highlight of the year so far for me).

Nobody else in our group seemed to really love it but for me another highlight was the screen set up to show peoples' faces as they played different video games -- I found it fascinating and could have sat and watched it for hours. Why do so many people look so grim when they're playing? It was very intense.

I'm an advocate of less-screen-time-is-more (in theory at least) but this exhibit really made me want to break out some of our old gaming systems to introduce to Anne. Dad, do you still have that Atari???

Matisse next week, happy weekend!

 ^^ Molly should go on the road as a professional Pac-Man player. That's a career, right? ^^




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