Yes, you read that right. I love having a dining room again. For the first time since I was pretty young, say 12 or 13, I have a dining room that is used almost every evening. The other plus to using the dining room almost every night means that I’m cooking almost every night as well. Even on nights when I work until close (I get out of work by 9:40-ish at the latest and home by 10) either Bill or I cooks dinner. It’s so awesome, and I feel so much better.
Growing up poor, I ate alot of packaged dinners, like hamburger helper, so I avoid the stuff at all costs. Cheap, quick meals for us generally mean a burger or bratwurst cooked on the foreman grill (outdoor grill now that it’s nice outside again) and some steamed veggies, shrimp stir fry over rice, or chicken and mushroom quesadilla’s with steamed rice (I’m pro at making Chipotle style rice at home). But most nights, we spend around 30-40 minutes making something.
Some things we have cooked over the past week are:
- Spare ribs with grilled mushrooms, green beans, asparagus, and a tossed salad.
- Grilled BBQ chicken, with grilled mushrooms, green beans, asparagus, and a tossed salad.
- Grilled cheeseburgers, mushrooms, and tossed salad.
- Grilled chicken, penne with spaghetti sauce, garlic bread, and steamed broccoli. (this was tonight’s dinner)
Another bonus we have been reaping lately is the beautiful spring weather. It’s made us able to fire up our grill again, and cook that way. I dunno about everyone else, but I seriously love grilling things on a good charcoal grill, and nothing matches the taste either. Both Bill and I have become quite awesome at grilling from last summer, so I can’t wait to see what we can make this year.
All in all it makes me feel very domesticated, but super happy to cook a delicious, healthy meal, and sit down with my husband at the table and enjoy it.
P.S. I’ve also put up a new layout! Questions, comments, etc are quite welcome!