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Lessons On My 40th Birthday

Me and the Fam! I have news. A few weeks ago I celebrated my 40th birthday. It was my second COVID/lockdown birthday and I wasn't even sad about it. I'm not a huge birthday bash kind of girl, so not having to break the news to everyone that there would be no crazy party felt sooooooo good.  I've thought a lot about this post. About turning 40. What do I want to share here to help document this milestone birthday? When my kids look back and read this online journal so to speak, what do I want them to know about what I was thinking on May 11, 2021? And here's what I came up with: On celebrating my special day: COVID birthdays aren't so bad as an adult. Sure they suck shit for kids (can't have a party, can't see their family and friends, hardly any presents because said parties are a no-no). But for me, as an adult, I understand why I can't party it up with like 50 of my closest friends and family members. I understand that a Vegas trip is out of the questi

Recipe Review: Skinnytaste Lemon Chicken and Brown Rice Pilaf

I'm always on the lookout for new and easy family friendly recipes and I really hit the jackpot when I bought copies of The Skinnytaste Air Fryer Cookbook and Skinnytaste One & Done....you can check them out on her website here (no I'm not an affiliate, calm down).

I've tried a few things from the air fryer book, but hadn't really dug in to the other one so last night I tried her "Lemon Chicken and Brown Rice Pilaf" recipe. OMG. It was so tasty. This one was made in a skillet on the stove and the ingredients were all things I (mostly) had at home. 

I say mostly because I had to substitute a few items. I left out the vermicelli, swapped peas for chopped carrots, and didn't have brown rice so I used white parboiled rice, and lastly, no fresh garlic so I used garlic powder and hoped for the best. Sometimes swapping out ingredients can really kill the whole vibe of the recipe, but in this case, I found it worked and I didn't feel like it was missing anything. I truly loved it. Adrianna (pickiest eater ever) loved the chicken and said she would eat it again. The boys didn't love it as much as I did, but they're not big lemon fans so I take their opinions with a grain of salt lol. And really, since I am the cook in the family, they have no choice but to eat what I make. I always say, if you don't like it, there's always toast or cereal. Deal with it bitches (I usually mutter the 'bitches" part in my head so they don't hear me...it makes me feel pretty badass lol).

Before it went into the pot

This recipe will definitely make it into my recipe rotation.

Tonight I'm going to try her American Goulash recipe in the Instant Pot - I'm determined to get along with that thing...it's been a love/hate relationship from the moment I bought it. But that's another post for another day. 

What's your go-to one pot recipe?

The chicken was hiding but it's there, underneath the lemon slices

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