SOME of MY FAVORITE THINGS THIS WEEK

This week has been the start of a busy next few weeks, so I wanted to end the week on a positive note.  So here are a few of my favorite things this week:

1. My husband. Today happens to be his birthday, so in celebration of that day, I have to say he definitely tops my list of favorite people. He puts up with my craziness and loves me adoringly. I know, even though we fight and drive each other crazy sometimes, I am so lucky to have him in my life. I thank God for allowing me to find him!  My constant prayer is that our relationship’s priority will be God centered.

2. In celebration of this day, it is also my husband’s cousin’s birthday today! She tops my list as well. She is like a sister to my husband and has become the same for me. Ironically, I met her before I ever met my husband, as we happened to go to the same college and crossed paths briefly her first year and my last.

Happy birthday to both of these amazing people!

3. Sunshine after two weeks of rain and flash flooding! I am thankful for the rain and all that it means, but I love the sunshine so much more!

4.  Making a successful dinner that my husband, my daughter and myself all loved! There were no left overs. Here is the recipe if you want to try it!

Drumsticks with Roasted Grapes

Ingredients:

1 lb. chicken drumsticks; 3 tsp. of olive oil, divided; 1 1/2 tsp. chopped rosemary; 3/4 tsp. salt, divided, plus a pinch of pepper; 1 cup red grapes; 1 cup quick cooking polenta; 2 tsp. unsalted butter; 1 Tbs. grated Parmesan cheese

1. Preheat the oven to 425. Line a baking sheet with foil. Toss the chicken with 2 tsp. olive oil, the rosemary, 1/4 tsp. salt, and pepper to taste. Place on the prepared baking sheet. Roast chicken for 10 minutes. Toss the grapes with a pinch of salt and 1 tsp. olive oil. Add the grapes to the baking sheet. Roast 25 more minutes.

2. In a medium saucepan, bring 4 cups of water and 1/2 tsp. salt to a boil. Add the polenta in a thin stream, and whisk until smooth. Cook for 5 minutes over low heat. Stir in the butter, sprinkle with Parmesan, and serve with the chicken, grapes, and pan juices.

Credit goes to the magazine, PARENTS, March 2015

5. MOPS meeting: I am finally feeling like I am starting to make connections. As an introvert, part time nurse, and full time mother and wife, it is so hard to make connections and friendships with people. The introvert part of me makes that especially hard, as it is way out of my comfort zone to share myself and my life with others. That and my tendency to think others won’t care, really hinders my relationship building sometimes. Add to that a busy life, and that is a hard equation to solve.

6. My awesome sister finished her first marathon! (And a trail marathon at that!) She constantly does things that blow my mind! She was my hero as a child and I am proud to call her friend now!

7. Family time with a grandfather, uncle, aunt, cousins, great uncle and aunt, and several other family friends! What more could I ask for then to see my little girl building lifetime bonds with all these wonderful people!

It was a busy and memorable week! Not every week is so busy or memorable, but they are all extraordinary in their ordinary way! Feel free to share some of your favorite things of the week! I would love to hear about it!

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