Last week I saw this picture of a Nicoise salad over on Canelle et Vanille. It looked so pretty and doable. We had some good friends over on Saturday night and I played copycat. It went over big. My friend said, "It is almost pretty enough to take a picture of!" I had to admit that I already did. :)
Check out my pretty roasted chicken! It made me sooooo very happy to see that lovely crisped up skin. I varied the recipe a little (as is my usual) but mostly followed this.
So I hate picking a chicken carcass, but I did my best. Knowing I had left plenty behind, I threw the whole picked over birdie into a pot of boiling water. Once it was chickeny, I added brown rice, carrots, tomatoes and the chicken I had picked off back in. Mmmmm....chicken soup for dinner tonight!
I find myself at a point of circling back. I think I got off track this past year. I started buying a lot of STUFF again and I don't think I am necessarily any better for it. I feel the need to purge and read a lot about the simple life. I find that reading is one of the best ways to keep myself grounded. My biggest start...I am trying to eat and give my family as much real food as possible. I am reading lots of labels and making myself make things from scratch, even if it would be easier just to buy a mix. And I like it. And I feel better about myself. I think I want to blog here more again and get back to finishing my list. I may change some things...We'll see.