We are done, DONE, D-O-N-E with school! For the year! I don't know who is more excited-the kids or me. We will keep up summer reading and light math facts plus watch some educational You Tube videos when boredom hits a high level. But, as far as formal books, we have completed year 6 of Barefoot Hippie Homeschooling. (my mil just finished year 26 I think she said. Crazy!(long) Dedicated! Here's to you, teacher of the year!)
I ran my race. The weather was nippy, but actually perfect. The first 7 miles were awesome-just like last year. The next 5 were the hills-which were a killer. The last 3 miles were a combination of run/walk/limp. But we made it through. I knocked 18 minutes off my last time, coming in 3-1/2 minutes before my "realistic" goal of last week. I averaged less than 10 minute miles, and I am proud of that. The winners averaged in the way less than 5 minute mile range, but we can't all be winners...
|the medals prove we finished...=)|
I bought a bike. My goal was to push hard in my running training until our race last Saturday, and now we are upping our tri training. And this is the beauty that now belongs to me... Ummm...I'm thinking some butt calluses are in order...
|Mr. Hippie has the exact same one, his is just fitted differently.|
Bebop-a-rebop...rhubarb.... This was the week for rhubarb. I needed jam. I was on my very last teeny-weeny jar. So, I got ambitious and ordered 20 pounds of rhubarb. Which looks something like this...
|20 pounds of rhubarb|
|For the jam recipe, go here...|
|I gave 2 away. Noble of me. Also great for my waistline.|
|chopped chives from my garden. great on baked potatoes and in eggs.|
|smell so good!|
|and the red bud tree.|
And, because activities are winding down, it was time to make a two fresh batches of sugar scrub. We made our favorite brown sugar-coffee mix, and we also experimented with color and scent for some green cucumber-melon....
|sugar scrub recipes|
Not only did we make sugar scrub, but I stepped way out of my comfort zone in painting my finger nails blue. I never do any other tones but reds, and burgundies. Sometimes a coral. But, when your daughter picks you out blue polish for Mother's Day, you swallow your inhibitions and wear it proudly on your nails. She was looking for sparkly. I guess sparkly didn't come in red...
Finally, I made my old work horse, aka, crock pot, work overtime this week. On Monday, I made pulled pork for sandwiches and pulled pork tacos. On Tuesday, I tried a brand new endeavor-cooking dried beans in your slow cooker. I read about the technique on a link from Design Mom. It sounded intriguing. You start with dry beans and end up with tender and delicious beans. I made black beans.
|recipe here (I would say that I cooked mine on high for 8-1/2 hours before they were done. I doubled the recipe.)|
I used some of my black beans for my pulled pork tacos, I froze some, and I used the rest for this...
|Latin Chicken. Bet you want this recipe! Doesn't it look fabulous! It is...|
Here is the recipe to integrate into your weekend menu...
Crockpot Latin Chicken
8-12 bone-in chicken thighs, skin and fat removed
2 t cumin
1/4 t salt
1/4 t black pepper
1 t paprika
1/2 t ground allspice
1 cup chicken broth
1/2 cup salsa
3 large garlic cloves, minced
2 cans (15 to 19 ounces each) black beans rinsed, or 3-4 cups of homemade black beans
2 pounds of sweet potatoes, peeled and chopped into 2" pieces
1 Italian style roasted red pepper from jar, cut into strips (1 cup)
1/3 cup loosely packed, fresh cilantro, chopped, plus additional if desired
Sprinkle chicken thighs with 1/2 cumin, salt and pepper. Heat a large, non-stick skillet over high heat until hot. Add chicken and brown on both sides-about 10 minutes.
Place beans and sweet potatoes into the bottom of your crock pot. Layer browned chicken on top.
In the skillet, combine broth, salsa, remaining cumin, paprika, allspice and garlic. Stir until boiling and remove from heat. Pour over the chicken in the crockpot. Cook on high for 4 hours, or low for 8 hours.
Remove chicken from the crockpot to a large bowl or platter. Stir cilantro and red pepper strips into the potato mixture, then pour over the chicken. Top with additional cilantro. Serve with lime wedges.
So, that was my week...how was yours? Any plans for the weekend?