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Delicous Lemon-Rosemary-Garlic Chicken and Potatoes

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Yesterday was one of those crazy days.  If I was an Uber driver, I would’ve made a ton of money!  I spent the afternoon running around from the orthodontist to school pick ups to practices.  I finally walked in the door at 7:15 to a wonderful aroma…and dinner was ready.

I love to cook but let’s face it, most of us have crazy weekdays.  I found this recipe in Southern Living and let me tell you, it lived up to the hype.  I prepared the entire dish (steps 1 & 2) in about 15 minutes earlier in the day and put it in the fridge.  I followed the recipe except I doubled the chicken thighs because we love them and we are big eaters.  About an hour before I got home, I called my 13 year old and she popped it in the oven.  So easy.  So delicous.  A must try.  The potatoes were cooked to perfection.  And do not forget the French bead.  The sauce it creates is to die for!  We also had leftovers which will be great for my lunch!

The original link is here and I also put it below for quick access.

Hands on Time:  20 minutes

Total Time: 1 hour, 5 minutes

Yield:  6-8 servings

Ingredients

1/3 cup olive oil

1/4 cup fresh lemon juice

1 (3.5 oz) jar capers, drained

2 lemons, sliced

10 garlic cloves, smashed

3 tablespoons fresh rosemary leaves

2 teaspoons kosher salt

1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

3 tablespoons olive oil

6 chicken legs (about 1 1/2 lb)

4 skin on, bone in chicken thighs (about 2 1/2 lb)

2 pounds small red poatoes

Crusty French bread

Easy 3 Steps

Step 1  Preheat the oven to 450 degrees.  Stir together first 8 ingredients in a medium bowl.

Step 2  Place a roasting pan on the stove top over 2 burners.  Add 3 tablespoons olive oil and heat over medium high heat.  Sprinkle chicken with desired amount of salt and pepper; place skin sides down in pan.  Add potatoes.  Cook 9 to 10 minutes or until chicken is browned.  Turn chicken and pour lemon mixture over chicken.

Step 3  Bake at 450 degrees for 45 to 50 minutes or until chicken is done.  Serve with sauce and French bread.

Enjoy!

 

Celebrate The Father In Your Life

You are not my father…but you are the father of my children! Sorry Rob, I couldn’t resist.  So this is an inside joke between my husband and me. One mother’s day many years ago, my sweet husband dropped the ball. I mean REALLY dropped it.  I was so upset. There was no special breakfast, no card, no flowers and no gift. I was hurt and beyond pissed off. When I confronted him about it, he said, “You are not my mother.” We had a nice long discussion and let’s just say my mother’s day celebrations are much better today.

When you have small children, the responsibility of celebrating Father’s Day and Mother’s Day falls on the parents. The kids aren’t capable of organizing it. As the children get older, they begin to engage and most are excited to celebrate their parents. Rob and I usually sit down and discuss what our expectations are for the day each year. For me, it’s usually a day that I do not have to cook, plan a meal, clean or grocery shop. For Rob, it’s often spending time with the kids. My best advice to you is to have an open discussion. Don’t make each other guess what the other one wants. And whatever you do, do not forget to thank and wish your spouse a happy day. They are the father or mother of your children.

 

So with Father’s Day this weekend, have that conversation with your husband. If you don’t have time for that, here are a few simple and low cost ideas:

 

  1. Stock the fridge and pantry with HIS favorite drinks and snacks. Our kitchen is usually filled with the things the kids and I like.

 

  1. Does he have a hobby or something he likes to do? Let him do this today without any complaining or asking how long he will be.

 

  1. Is there a big sporting event he wants to watch that day? Get the sofa ready and let him watch it and even take that afternoon nap uninterrupted if he falls asleep.

 

  1. What does he like for dinner? Make a reservation. Cook his favorite meal. Buy meat for him to BBQ if that’s what he likes to do.  Just have a plan.

 

  1. Make sure the kids make cards and to top it off, you write a letter telling him why you think he’s such a great dad.

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Remember what goes around comes around. Pay it forward Moms!

I’d love to hear how you will celebrate Father’s Day this year?   Please leave me a comment and share your plans for the day.

 

 

10 Ideas For Your Teens/Tweens This Summer That Will Blow Your Mind

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I wasn’t ready for it.  It happened so fast.  It feels like yesterday that I was just drowning in the chaos of life with my 3 kids under 5.  And then it happened.  Last spring as I was trying to figure out how the heck I was going to survive the summer with the kids.  My 12 year old declared that she would not doing any camps this summer.  She felt very passionately about it.  She said that camps were for little kids.  I saw a vision of her sleeping in and laying around all day and that scared the crap out of me.    I told her that she had to do something.  She needed to give me a few reasonable ideas…and that did not include sleeping until noon and binge watching Once Upon A Time.  I said I would consider letting her out of camps if I liked her ideas.  She came to me with a plan and  I accepted.  She spent the summer volunteering as a  junior swim coach for our neighborhood swim team, babysitting and dog sitting for multiple families, and completing her required summer homework.  She set everything up herself and managed her schedule all summer.  The result was a happy mom and a happy daughter.

Here is a list to get you thinking.  I do believe in lazy days and late nights so be sure not to over schedule.

  1. Have your tween/teen create a list of goals.  Does she have a summer bucket list?What does he want to improve on?  What has she always wanted to try?  What makes him happy?  There are so many cool journals if they need help getting started.  Check out this  Journal.
  2. Find a home project you can do together.  Does she want to paint her room?  Plant a garden?  Build a lending library?  Check out these blueprints.
  3. Start a business.  This could be babysitting, pet sitting, starting a youtube channel, becoming an Instagram brand influencer, starting a car wash, a blog, selling stuff on eBay.  The options are endless.
  4. Volunteer.   You can use your network.  Ask friends for ideas.  Ask around at your local school, library, church, and hospital.  Here is also a great website that focuses on opportunities for kids and teens www.kidsthatdogood.com.
  5. Do something new together and let them pick the activity.  Check out your local community center or college.  Many have fun classes over the summer.
  6. Hold a family night once a week and take turns planning the activity or outing.
  7. Spend time outside.  Beauty is all around us.  Do they like to walk, hike, run?  Sit on a beach or in a park and read?
  8. Have them research your summer vacation.  Is it a big trip, an overnight or a series of day trips?  You pick the destination but ask them to help find activities, restaurants, and other cool spots.  As they get older, they may begin to resist these family trips.  By letting them get involved in the planning, they feel invested in the vacation.
  9. Surprise them.  You trust them.  You are teaching them values and responsibility.  What are they asking for that you keep saying no to?  Is it a different haircut or hair color?  Dying the tips of their hair with kool-aid?  Is it a cell phone?  A second ear piercing?  Is it walking downtown with friends to shop, is it wearing a certain item of clothing you don’t love.  The bottom line is, sometimes when you give a little, the reward is great.
  10. Recharge your battery.  Make sure they have downtime.  It is summer.  There should be days to sleep in, binge watch your favorite show, eat ice cream for breakfast.
  11. Learn a new life skill.  Check out this list put together by Thriving Family.

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My daughter read this article and told me that she is not going to let me forget about #9.  I cannot wait to see what she has in mind for this summer.   I’d love to hear what your tweens and teens are up to this summer.  Please leave a comment and let me know!