Sunday, June 5, 2011

A good mix

It's Sunday night, and I'm tired.

Friday brought great news for my mom's health - she had her heart checked out and there are no blockages and to quote the doctor, she'll never have a heart attack, which was joyous to hear.

On a much-lesser note, I also enjoyed having a work meeting at the Chicago Botanic Garden, one of my most favorite places on earth. I met a friend for lunch, and it was just a splendid day out.

The rest of this weekend was a mix of work and fun. Fun was had at our first visit to the Green City Market for the season.


And a pirate party at a nearby park.


We also had a playdate with good friends to round out the weekend. And Jeremy grilled steaks for us Saturday night.

Work was had organizing everyone's closets. Now that it's June, we think we can finally put away our winter clothes and bring out the summer ones. And Miss Jossie has graduated to 3-6 month clothes.


My yard work for the season consisted of me washing down our 4th floor porch table and chairs and planting my flower boxes with Jack today. One neighbor gave us three small cherry tomato plants, so we're going to give those a whirl too.


We also washed our windows, giving us a clear view of the Chicago skyline - at least, until it rains again.

For Sunday night dinner, Jeremy grilled chicken with a marinade of vegetable oil, lime juice and The Spice House's fajita seasoning.  I made my own Spanish rice (rather than from a box) - it was from one of my toddler food cookbooks, with a few of my own variations:

Spanish rice

2 t. olive oil
1 large shallot, chopped (about 1/4 cup)
1/4 cup carrot, chopped
1/2 cup fresh tomatoes, seeded and chopped
1/8 or 1/4 t. cayenne pepper (depending on your tolerance for spice)
1 1/2 t. ground cumin
1 cup uncooked white rice
2 cups vegetable or chicken broth
1/2 t. salt

Heat olive oil in large stockpot over low heat. Add shallot, carrot and tomatoes and saute until shallot is translucent, for 3 minutes. Add spices, rice, broth and salt. Cover and bring to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer until rice is tender, about 25 or so minutes. Check every 10 minutes to be sure the broth has not all been absorbed too quickly; add more liquid if needed.

And Jeremy found a winner at Costco this weekend for the perfect summer wine. If you're a member at Costco and like light summery wines, try out:

2010 Despagne Eclat de Sauvignon - it's a white bordeaux for $6.99, and it fabulous pairs with warm breezes and bright sunshine.

One last discovery - I love this new lipstick: Clinique Chubby Stick in Mega Melon. You are welcome.

Happy Sunday night - go take a bath and relax a little. And go get 'em tomorrow!

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