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Most of the time I welcome slow food that requires a lot of my attention. I admit, I enjoy multi-tasking; you will often find me listening to music while doing the dishes in-between loads of laundry and stirring something on the stove, and helping Milo with his homework or running to the couch for a quick snuggle with Oliver. But other days, ugh. I don’t want to deal with food. Maybe it’s because I have to take the boys somewhere in the afternoon, which cuts into dinner time. Or maybe I’m just feeling lazy. Either way, this is one great way to have a hot meal going while you are doing other things. I hope you like it!
Crockpot Chicken Teriyaki
- 2-3 lbs chicken (I used drumsticks and skinless boneless chicken thighs)
- 2 cups pineapple juice
- 1/2 cup tamari (or other soy sauce)
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- 1-inch piece ginger, minced
Just throw it all into a crock pot together and cook on high for 6 – 8 hours. Remove any bones and shred chicken with fork before serving on rice with pineapple slices or alongside a salad. Enjoy!
Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros- “Man on Fire”- Such a great song, and I dare you to try to watch it without your heart filling up with joy!
Lisa Hannigan- “Lille”- A long time ago I saw her play with Damien Rice, and she totally stole the show, in my opinion. Such a pure voice (she is from Ireland originally). If you like this, check out more on her NPR tiny desk concert here.
C.W. Stoneking- Kapel Sessions- “Handyman Blues,” “Dodo Blues,” & “Goin’ to the Country”- Andrew’s contribution to this week’s Music Monday. I love these guys (and their style!).
Sometimes our dog Proudie likes to scratch at the bedding before she nestles down to sleep. It drives me absolutely bonkers because I know that she is breaking down the fabric and it will eventually tear… that, and the fact that there is a dog under the covers. I am of the belief that dogs should sleep at the foot of the bed or, gasp, on the ever-loving floor… but, as Andrew will tell you, Proudie has lived with him for longer than I have, so habits were formed before we could discuss them. Eh-ehm.
Anyway, so that happened. The soft, loved, scratched-at sheets on our bed finally gave out and I found them ripped to shreds. I didn’t want to throw them out, though. So the boys and I spent an entire morning having a blast ripping them into long strips (do you know how good it feels to rip something up?!!). I told them that since I was their mummy, I might be one for real next Halloween, and these would be the perfect thing.
I guess Emil was listening.
He wrapped himself up and walked around like a zombie-baby for a while before I ran for the camera. I’m so glad I did. What a little ham. Repurposing something always makes me feel better about its original demise.
Have a wonderful weekend!
I’ll be the first to admit that it’s not always relaxing or convenient to bake with my boys. But when time allows, it is enjoyable and a teaching moment in every sense of the word. When it all comes down to it, I want my boys to know how to make wonderful food for themselves and their families some day. I want them to know the process of making a pie crust from scratch- how to keep the ingredients as cold as possible, to use a pastry cutter, to teach them to see exactly how the pea-sized pieces of cold butter fit into the picture, that to make a flaky delicious crust, they must not overwork the dough.
I want them to understand the subtleties of simple but whole food preparation.
And so yes, I teach them. It is messy, it is not efficient or quick. But when I step back and allow myself to see, I see a two-year-old learning the basics of baking- of measuring and precision and using his hands to create. I see skills being acquired and a sense of pride in helping make dinner for our family (in this case, chicken pot pie). If you are interested in getting your kids to help in the kitchen, I recommend starting with a simple but clear job, such as just rolling dough. Give it a try sometime- you might be surprised by how much your child already knows just from watching you!
… isn’t afraid of anything.
P.s.- Don’t worry, it was *no longer* alive.
I can’t stop watching this trapeze act! I am taking Trapeze 1 again at Bumbershoot, and let me tell you, I’m completely addicted; I find myself counting the days before I get to go back every week. Who would have thought that Monday nights would be my favorite time of the week?
P.s.- The song is by The Cinematic Orchestra- “To Build a Home”- isn’t it beautiful?!
Hurray for the Riff Raff- “Black Star”- This New Orleans-based band opened for Shovels and Rope last week at Off Broadway. They were full of energy and such a joy to see live. I have small dreams to go see them in their hometown someday! See the full session here. This one’s for you, Eliza!
Uffie- “Difficult”- for my buddy Georgia, who is newly 4 years old and has all the attitude a feisty young lady should have!
Patrick Watson- “The Great Escape”- I’m obsessed with this song right now. Poor Milo, Oliver, and Emil have been listening to it on repeat all weekend, but they didn’t seem to mind. If you like this song, check out The Cinematic Orchestra- “To Build a Home.” It is just gorgeous, and Patrick Watson is a part of it. Hope you had a great weekend!