1. Last week, for the first time in my whole life, I made homemade jambalaya complete with a roux. I had never made a roux before, mostly because I was scared to. But I did it, and I only did it because I had Lee's help. I stirred for the first 20 minutes, then he stirred for another 15 while I did the rest of the prep, then I stirred for the final 10. There is no way on earth I could make a roux if I were home alone with the girls cooking. Ain't nobody got time for that. But I did it, and it turned out beautifully. And the jambalaya would have been perfect if the rice hadn't been crunchy. Why on earth was the rice crunchy? I followed the directions to the letter. I did not open the pot at all to stir. I believe I had the liquid to rice ratio correct. My only theories are that a.) I didn't get the liquid to a rolling enough boil before adding the rice, so the simmering temp was off or b.) the cast iron dutch oven I was using didn't have a tight enough seal on the lid. The crunchy rice bummed me out, but the flavor was pretty awesome.
2. So this happens quite often at our house now:
3. Last weekend I took the girls to the park. Alaina was thrilled because she "doesn't ever get to go anymore!" Never mind that she gets THREE recesses on a playground each day. But it was a beautiful day. I thought it would be nice to get some pictures of the girls. Bria had other ideas.
|Tasting the wood chips to compare them to the other wood chips at other parks.|
|So much for a nice Sisters picture|
5. This also happens at our house quite often:
Need a fun thing to do this weekend? Join our church for our last family hike of the season! We're meeting at the West Mount Falcon Trailhead at 9:00am. There will be a BBQ at the end of the hike, so bring a side dish or dessert to share and stay for lunch. It will be a beautiful day and we DO live in Colorado.