How Fast Can You Make Dinner?
Yesterday at 4 p.m. I got a call from my husband on his way home, asking me if I was up for having my sister and my niece over for dinner. Of course I said yes. Our extended family dinners are a frequent occurrence and are usually served at six. Everybody’s casual and so there’s never any pressure. Except for yesterday.
Between 4 and six, I:
- Finished the blog post I had started
- Took the freezer bag of chicken pieces out of the freezer and put that in a pan of warm water to defrost
- Took a long-overdue shower and shampoo from my morning in the garden
- Fed the dogs and cat
- Took the dogs out for a potty break
- Made an arugula salad and a homemade vinaigrette
- Tossed new potatoes in olive oil, rosemary and garlic and put them in a baking pan
- Tossed the defrosted chicken pieces in a bag with a bunch of oil and seasonings and put that in another baking pan
- Threw the two baking pans in the oven for 45 minutes
- Put on a pot of English peas
- Set the table
- Made a pitcher of sweet tea (the House Wine of the South)
But dinner was good, and all of the veggies came from our garden. That was the best part.
The collage shown here is one of the collages that I did last Thursday that I blogged about here.