Other than that one week, I was into a lot of good stuff.
We got new deck furniture, set up a fire pit in our back yard, and I got a hammock. And by I, I mean my kids. Consequently we've been outside a lot. Being outdoors is a good thing. It's refreshing and peaceful. Unless there are mosquitoes involved. That's what Off! is for, right? And citronella candles.
I listened to Rob Lowe's new book on audio, Love Life. I wrote about it here. I think both of his books are better if he reads them to you, so my recommendation is to look for them on audio. I wrote exactly one fan letter in my life and it was to him when I was 13 years old. It figures I'd love his books, and I'm happy that he's found a settled, fulfilling life. We both have.
I'm also re-listening to an old favorite of Anne Lamott's Grace, Eventually.
Café Rio Chicken was a family favorite this month-- a big hit that I ended up also making for another family I was taking a meal to. I served it over yellow rice with green beans. It's also good as a taco or nacho topping, especially if you have leftovers to use up. Here's the recipe:
2 lbs frozen boneless skinless chicken breasts
1 (8 oz) bottle Zesty Italian dressing
1 Tbsp ground cumin
1 Tbsp chili powder
Put frozen chicken breasts in crockpot. (You don't even have to thaw them!) Mix other ingredients and pour over. Cook on low all day, shred with two forks just before serving. Yes, it really is that easy and my husband pronounced it one of the best chicken dishes I'd ever made.
FRESH FRUITS: I've been getting really good strawberries from our local Farmer's Market on Saturday mornings. So of course I need to make this cobbler and this pie.
this band. Still reveling in the whirlwind birthday trip from my husband that got us both a night away and some really great music to boot. You may not can see them live, but you can go download their new album. I'm still wearing out song number 3. "Shame doesn't become you" is perhaps the best first line of a song ever.
POSTS THAT GOT ME THINKING:
"That first draft should bring with it all the freedom in the world," the best writing advice Jill McCorkle ever received.
This one on introverts is spot on. Take it from an introvert.
I preached to myself via this old devotion I had to google and dig to find. I need to get a "do the work" tattoo.
I have uttered the words, "I could never," myself many times, then found myself facing exactly what I thought I never could. I especially loved this quote: "No matter how I see myself and my limitations, God sees who he created me to be. All my life, I’ll be discovering who that is." Exactly.
I'm working on a post using this template. Look for it soon.
And this. Because it's so true. Bring on the summerrrrr!!!
This post is part of Leigh Kramer's "What I'm Into" link up: