Mary Oliver

"Tell me, what is it you plan to do

with your one wild and precious life?"

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Chardonnay, Chicken, and Christmas

I'm starting to feel a bit stressed. I left school as soon as the students did yesterday, planning to wrap a bunch of Christmas presents and write out my Christmas cards, but felt overwhelmed by what I have and what I have left to do. Yikes.

I did actually make some of the salt scrubs over the weekend and they smell delicious. I also mixed up my holiday "stew" for the stove top, (there has to be a better word) to make the house smell all Christmasy, and I had music playing too. But I could feel my neck tightening up and I wasn't feeling the joy. I think it's the decision making that makes me tired. (Either that or the aching tooth that probably needs a root canal. Happy Christmas!)

Tonight I came home and threw together a delicious supper, if I do say so myself. I had an open bottle of Chardonnay from Sunday, so I poured myself a glass, then marinated some chicken breast tenders in a cup or so of the wine while I cooked a cup of orzo with some garlic cloves. When the orzo was done, I drained it, added a little olive oil and some sun dried tomatoes I had bought from an olive bar in the grocery store on Saturday and covered the pan. I browned the chicken tenders in some more olive oil, with paprika, salt, and pepper. When they were good and sizzly, I added the wine and let most of it boil away, then dumped in the orzo. I added some Parmesan cheese to it, and yummy! It was delicious!
I ate it out of one of my thrift store bowls.
I love thrift store dishes and I'm not entirely sure why. Any ideas?

1 comment:

  1. I like thrift store dishes too. Mostly because you can have a variety of pretty patterns - one for every meal. And you know you've saved a dish from the landfill and saved money. The last is always important.
    Take it easy.