Weekends around here are filled to the brim with balls. This weekend included multiple basketballs, tennis balls and we even threw in a little baseball. When I have that many balls to deal with, I don't cook. I can't even think about food during that sort of ball storm, so we eat out a lot on the weekends. The upside to this? Well, there are actually several bonuses not the least of which is the fact that restaurants serve wine. ;)
But tonight is Sunday night. A school night. A night to catch up on homework, get everyone scrubbed up and get to bed early. I am a huge fan of early bedtimes as bed is my favorite time of day. ;) I have found the best way to get everyone in bed on time is to eat at home and start the whole process early, like say maybe about noon. ;) So Sunday's I don my chef hat and hit the kitchen. Tonight we had the added bonus of some 60 degree weather which makes grilling the best possible option. The hubby is quite the grill master and has three little grill masters in training so that part of the meal is off my plate. ;) I like to prepare the chicken with a marinade ahead of time....it's called Kraft bbq sauce. ;) I have found the best way to marinade chicken is by dumping all the chickens in a zip lock bag and then emptying the entire bottle of bbq sauce on top of it. You can use the gallon size bag unless you are feeding bottomless and his brother pit and his other brother pit and then you might want to grab the 2 gallon size. ;) The nice thing about this method is that you dump the chickens right on the grill and toss the nasty salmonella bag right in the trash! I mean is there anything grosser than raw chicken slime? Uhhh, I'm actually not going to answer that. Blech Blach blea...sorry, that whole topic made my gagger go. Gross. Once the chicken is cooked fully on the grill, it is fantastic and tastes a little bit like summer. :) I also threw together a nice pasta salad to accompany the hubby's bbq masterpiece. The salad is super easy and you probably have the ingredients in your pantry/fridge. I use the multi colored cork screw pasta because I like the way it looks, but all pasta tastes the same, you could use spaghetti noodles if that's what you have. Then I throw in some cheese cubes, cut up cucumber and tomato! No dressing necessary or you can throw whatever you have in your fridge on there and mix it up! So yummy and so easy. Those are my two most favorite things in any recipe. ;)
There is absolutely not a morsel of food left. Enough said. :)
I would definitely suggest a chardonnay with this meal. I chose the Fat Bastard Chardonnay because that is what was in the wine fridge, and it was delicious. I am now listening to the middle practice for a violin test tomorrow, so I probably need another glass or some earplugs...or maybe both. ;)
The W(h)ine Hour..
Every household has one…the whine hour. It’s those bewitching hours between approximately 5 and 8pm in the evening when the kids go crazy and moms across the world lose their minds completely. It doesn’t matter if you have babies, toddlers, kids, tweens, or teens; those hours of dinner/homework/bath time/ bedtime can just about do a momma in. What is a girl to do? It’s simple and brilliant actually, just slip in a little wine of your own! Now, I’m not suggesting anyone down a bottle of whiskey everyday between the hours of 5 and 8, in fact if you do that you will have a few whine hours of your own the next morning. Basically, a little wine during the whine hours will keep you out of the padded cell at the local cookoo house where people will walk by and peek in your little window and say things like “aww, poor mom has lost her marbles” and “hmmm, now that’s a crazy one right there, sits in there all day and hits herself over the head with a Barbie and a hotwheel”. Don’t smirk, it can happen.
So, enjoy the tales of my whine hour, and how I survive each and everyone of one of them with a sense of humor and a good bottle of wine! After all, the whine hour comes around every single day, a girl has to be prepared!