chipotle bowls at home

Chipotle is a sure bet around here. We all love it! Saturday afternoon it popped into my head that we could make our own Chipotle bowls at home. Why didn't I ever think of this before?! Hey, you're smarties. I'm sure you've already made this. Come on, it's pretty much just taco salad with rice. But in case you've never thought of this either, here's what we did:

We marinated two chicken breasts in the juice of a lime and a bit of taco seasoning- then an hour later- onto the grill they went. After they were done we chopped them up.

While Brian took care of the chicken, I got the toppings ready.

I cooked some brown rice and when it was slightly cooled, I stirred in a smidge of butter, a BIG handful of finely chopped cilantro and the juice of another lime.

I cut the kernels off an ear of corn and sautéed it in a skillet with a little olive oil and some salt and fresh ground pepper.

I warmed up a can of black beans.

I  chopped some lettuce. And some more cilantro.

Got out the (store-bought) fresh salsa, shredded cheese, and sour cream.


Then we all went to town dressing up our homemade Chipotle bowls just how we like them. No cheese or sour cream for me, thankyouverymuch. And put a few restaurant style corn chips on the side. And a cold beer. Don't forget the beer.

Woooo weeee- winner winner! Saturday night easy dinner!

a pretty cabinet

Rachel's mom had a custom cabinet built by a carpenter friend. And then she asked me to paint it! Rachel, when she was here in town visiting this summer, chose the blue and green paint colors, and they decided I should add a subtle landscape. There are glass doors that cover the front that are painted to blend, but since they weren't attached, I just took the photo without them.

The details: Two coats of Kilz 2 tinted brown. Two coats of the blue and green paint satin finish. The landscape is painted with satin latex paint samples (red, blue, yellow, black, white).  Light sanding and distressing before a waxing with light brown TLC wax

I have to admit that I was a bit nervous about this one, but I think it turned out pretty darn cute! 

she threw a party

And it was awesome.

My daughter has a subscription to the American Girl magazine, and she loves it. And as much as the American Girl relentless consumerism makes me cringe, I have to admit the magazine is pretty great. It's about strong girls being themselves, helping others, making their own fun.

There was an article about throwing a summer party, and she was inspired. She cleaned and decorated, planned the menu and games, and invited a few friends for a sleepover. They ate mini-hotdogs, watermelon, make-your-own fruit kabobs, and popsicles. They squirted each other with the hose, made water balloons, played outdoor games, and jumped on the trampoline. 

The sleeping was a bit of a challenge for them all, but that's how sleepovers go when you're nine!


the fourth of july

Earlier this month we took the kids canoeing and camping on the the Elk River and Big Sugar Creek, introducing them to the cool, clear, rocky rivers of my childhood memories. We went there several times every summer when I was small in a cute little pop-up camper. The rain plink-plunking on that camper roof is, to this day, one of the sweetest things I've ever known. My kids sleep in tents (J has his own now) but the floating, crawdads, minnows and oh-so-much swimming are just exactly the same as they always were.