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Smiles and Happy Tummies

Man, oh man.  It's February and I have my baby solely in his diaper with the fan going.  It's nearly 90 degrees here today.  I'm sorry, but that's just wrong!  I'm sweatin' bullets.  On the upside, however, Brennan had his first smile today!!  I received the delightful bit of sunshine about three times in a row, one being a huge toothless grin, so I figured that definitely makes it official.  Be still my heart!  He's still a tough crowd at this point, but man, I'll just about do anything to get that guy to crack a smile!

As I mentioned the other day, we have been so blessed by friends and family who have taken the time to bring us amazing meals.  I want to collect all the recipes and have made such requests.  The first one I've received is for Parmesan Chicken and Rice, a meal from Cooking Light made by my friend, Courtney.  It was delicious!  I must confess that all the meals that have been brought to us have been so good that I wake up in the morning craving them...and thus, they are my breakfast as well.  <grin>  Oh, and Matt would add that I'm not good at sharing them either.

Parmesan Chicken and Rice
  • 1  tablespoon  olive oil
  • 1/2  cup  chopped onion
  • 1  teaspoon  bottled minced garlic
  • 1/2  teaspoon  dried thyme
  • 1  (8-ounce) package pre-sliced mushrooms
  • 3/4  pound  skinless, boneless chicken breast, cut into bite-sized pieces
  • 1/2  cup  dry white wine
  • 1/2  teaspoon  salt
  • 1/4  teaspoon  freshly ground black pepper
  • 1  cup  uncooked instant rice
  • 1  cup  fat-free, less-sodium chicken broth
  • 1/2  cup  (2 ounces) grated fresh Parmesan cheese
  • 1/4  cup  chopped fresh parsley

Heat oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add the onion, garlic, thyme, and mushrooms; sauté 5 minutes or until onion is tender. Add chicken; sauté 4 minutes or until the chicken is lightly browned. Add wine, salt, and pepper; cook 3 minutes or until liquid almost evaporates.

Stir in rice and broth. Bring to a boil; cover, reduce heat, and simmer 5 minutes or until liquid is absorbed. Stir in cheese and parsley.

Ok, I gotta run.  I think I have both a sleepy and hungry baby, and that's just not a good combination.  Not a good combination at all.  Blessings, ya'll!


HI Meg! I'm catching up on your blog, which I so enjoy reading! Thanks for sharing this time in your life. I know it is a challenging and busy time! I had to share the biggest breakthrough from one compulsive cleaner to another (just found that out about you!) - did someone already tell you? My dear friend recommended to me and it is the best $8 I spend all year. Some (very) motivated mommy organized every chore you would ever think about doing and all the ones you always forget into a day-by-day calendar, complete with pretty low-key chore weekends! Anyways, it has freed up my mental space (no more thinking, "I have to clean the whole house top to bottom NOW!!!") and I'm in a good rythym of getting things done without totally neglecting my girls for hours. We're all better for it! I totally recommend it. And now that my little ones are older, I can also involve them in the chores too! (Bonus!) Anyways, check it out. And if you want, ask me questions! I am a BIG fan! Give yourself lots of grace. You're doing great! I'm so glad to hear you talking about how much you hold him. Hold him all the time. You can't spoil him at this age. Promise. Just soak him in. You'll never regret it. Blessings!

That first little smile is the sweetest! It made me smile just reading about it! :)

We need a picture of that smile!

OHHHHHH MY WORD!!!!!!!! That sounds delicious :o)

yay! post a pic of his smile!!!!! and i can't wait to make this dish. sounds so yummy! (oh look, it's lunch time) I think sometimes mac gets tired of his sleepy, hungry baby. y'all could bond.

Hurray for smiles! Can't wait to see that! Give him a big hug from Nana! I was just looking for something to do with chicken tonite so will give it a try---thanks! Have a relaxing weekend with Grandparents doing baby time! I did go to my sister-in-laws for a long needed nap ;). Fun for all--sure wish we were closer to have our turn more often!

His first smile! My, oh my! He's got you now, for sure! Am so excited to see a photo of it! :-)

About your warm weather, sorry, but I just ain't sympathizin'. We've got sun, but 20 degree weather.

I'm visiting as your neighbour in Lisa-Jo's blog - I was looking for a good read, which I found and now I have also found an idea for tonight's supper - Thank You!

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