Not to state the obvious, but I'm not to great at sitting down to write the funny happenings around this wine hour. Finding time in between driving, grocery shopping, laundry, homework and just spending good fun time with the boys is becoming harder and harder. I'm also finding that when dealing with a teenager, pre-teen and a 9 year old who thinks he is a teenager, life isn't always funny. Sometimes it's heart breaking, sometimes frustrating and sometimes just plain boring. Ok, it's never really boring around here, but boring in the sense that there are no funny stories coming out of the moment. So I've decided to make a change on the blog. I'm going to starting writing about things that are easy and fun and are always happening. And, there are two things that happen at this house every single day....they eat and I drink. ;)
In an effort to keep the monotony out of planning, shopping, cooking and eating at least 5 dinners a week at home I am trying out some new recipes! This is exciting! And a little scary, and sometimes it's just plain gross. ;) I'll be sharing what works and what doesn't and what goes in the trash when the pizza delivery guy is called. Of course, each meal will include a wine selection, all of the finest eateries do. There may even be a few funny stories involved, that aren't about my cooking. ;)
Tonights dinner was suggested to me by a dear friend who is also trying to find interesting ways to keep a family with 3 boys full every day. Chicken Nachos! Nothing says easy and yummy like the word nacho, right? Well, the chicken part is easy, dump 5 chicken breasts in the crock pot and pour 2 cans of mild enchilada sauce over them, turn on crock pot. It smells divine while it's cooking which is shear torture for the stay at home mom..just a warning. I also whipped up some queso, pronounced in this house quay-so. Velvetta and rotel in the other crock pot. I don't normally use both crock pots at once so this is feeling like a real adventure. Of course, that adventure isn't really going to begin until it's time to clean up said crock pots. ;) Now here is the tricky part of the meal...open two cans of black beans and warm them on the stove. Yikes! I know...you just jumped a foot in your seat. ;) Also, not too difficult til the clean up round of the evening begins. I also made fresh salsa to go with the nachos tonight (this is actually the most difficult part and it's still not going all Julia Child or anything.) Grind up fresh tomatoes, cilantro and jalapeno in your food processor, stir together and add some garlic salt, pepper, minced onion and lawry's seasoned salt. I think some fresh quac would be yummy too, but no time for that today so I sliced a couple of avocado's to go on top. A Mexican fiesta is served!
Now for the review...
The hubby loved it! I loved it! The big kid ate two plates full (although he would eat two plates of dog food if I put it out there...the kid can seriously put away some food right now. He's also grown 1/2 inch a week for the past 3 months). The middle kid liked it but was a not go on the beans or avocado. The little one had a wig fit when he saw "red things" in the quay-so. All in all I'd say this meal is a huge family success and will be made again (as soon as I can get the burnt cheese out of the crock pot ;)
Wine for tonight's Mexican fiesta chicken nachos is a good margarita. Come on, everyone knows wine doesn't go with Mexican food and anyway Jose Cuervo is a good friend of mine. ;) I would suggest the pre-made light Jose Cuervo, the Skinny Girl Margarita's are good too so whichever suits you best! But definitely pour yourself a margarita of some kind so when one of your kids starts chanting "beans beans the magical fruit, the more you eat the more you toot. The more you toot the better you feel so eat more beans at every meal!" you won't feel the need to slap them upside the head. ;)
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!