Ahhhh. Although it felt like I was cooking Thanksgiving dinner there for a moment, I have to say, I was soul-satisfied and nourished by the meal I just cooked for my boys. The meal topped off a day of stress-free domesticity as Graham and I stayed home from school. He had gone down last night with a slight fever, a bad tummy-ache and the palest face he's worn in months.
It turned out he wasn't that sick - so, we got to make some fresh new cooked play-dough (he chose the color "recipes" from the box of "Stormy Blue," and "Apricot); I made a pretty good loaf of Cinnamon Swirl bread and a good batch of almond coconut granola. I also got to do some...quilting! And, we had a good 45-minute snuggle on the couch, where I *almost* fell asleep, and would have, if not for someone's wiggliness.
And on to the dinner. Two pounded flat chicken breasts marinated in fresh lemon juice and microplaned garlic, dragged through melted butter and coated in fresh bread crumbs mixed with fresh basil, pepper, parmigiano reggianoo and salt. While they were baking I boiled up some Russets for mashed potatoes and made the boys (and mine!) favorite green bean recipe - the almond coated one from the big yellow "Gourmet" cookbook. Aaah. It just all tasted sooo good!
I think I really needed a day off. Hopefully, the school traveled on safely without me - and I'm guessing that I'll be back there tomorrow to GET THINGS DONE!