I taught a class at Fort Jackson yesterday morning, then 4 hours on the lawnmower, plus the 2 hours on Monday, then off to Child Development Ministry monthly meeting at the church. By the time I finally got home, I popped two potatoes in the oven for roomie and I dinner, I could hardly move and creativity was long gone. Before you think it, no roomie wasn’t sitting waiting on dinner; he had a 8:30 kickball game. I am so ready to be rid of this yard however I do have a nice tan, with 15 SPF. Roomie is to weed eat today so it will all be nicely finished. Oh yea did I mention that they are calling for rain this afternoon and tomorrow. Maybe the grass can grow again, said with sarcasm.

Many years ago the kids and I took a trip to Kauai. (One of the Islands that is not commercialized and doesn’t remind you of Myrtle Beach, which surprisingly and very disappointingly Honolulu does.) We had such a wonderful time and we have several incidents that still today if anyone brings up we laugh so hard we cry. After a week in Hawaii, we were flying back for several days Colorado Springs where I had a meeting, so we had packed for about two weeks. The trip started when upon arrival at Charlotte airport, roomie, then a college sophomore realized he had forgot his wallet with the money he had saved, sounded way too convenient for me, and his license.  Chaos ensued to get him on the plane, but fortunately for some strange reason he had his college ID and after a bit they agreed to let him fly on that. Yes, I would have left him in a second. When we landed on Kauai, I had rented a Sea Breeze convertible. Sounded like the perfect plan for being on an Island, except for the fact it has zero trunk space and not much more interior space. The only way the three of us and our luggage could fit was for the front passenger, my daughter, to hold a suitcase on her lap and roomie sitting in the back had one large suitcase wedged in beside him and another on his lap. Of course when they brought the car up front they asked if we wanted the top down, we most certainly did. (Remember when car rentals actually brought the car to you instead of giving you the keys and sending you on a scavenger hunt only to realize the computer says the car in in, but it actually isn’t?) We were finally heading to our hotel, looking like true “Country Come to Town” folk, when the daily rain shower began. And since they had put the top down I had no idea how to get the top up. Oh my we have laughed about that so many times. I just love precious times like those.  While we were on the island, like every first time tourist, we decided to attend a Luau. Yuck! It was so commercial, the food was horrific, and the entertainment even worse, we left before it was over. Years later we timidly attended one at the Polynesian in Disney, and it was fabulous. Disney does a better job at everything, period! If you remember or ever meet my children, please ask about the Mia Thai’s; another funny story.

Wowie Maui Chicken

Roomie and I are eating tropical tonight. This recipe is from Looneyspoons, one of two cookbooks I have by Janet & Greta Podleski, the other is Crazy Plates. When I bought them years ago, they were so colorful they drew both my children in. They went through both and marked recipes they wanted me to cook. The books still have their different color sticky tabs in them; more memories.   

4 boneless, skinless chicken breast, cut into 1” cubes

 2 ½ cups low-sodium, reduced-fat chicken broth

1 ½ cup canned pineapple tidbits in juice, undrained

1 ½ cup uncooked long grain white or brown rice (see note)

¾ cup finely chopped carrots

½ cup each chopped red and green bell pepper

1/3 cup ketchup

2 Tab brown sugar

2 Tab soy sauce

2 Tab white vinegar

¾ cup chopped green onions.

Spray a large non-stick skillet with spray. Add chicken. Cover and cook on medium-high until no longer pink, no well done.

  • Add all remaining ingredients except green onions. Stir well. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium-low. Cover and simmer for 25 minutes, until rice is done. Stir occasionally.
  • Stir in green onions during last 5 minutes of cooking.

Note: If using brown rice, make sure it’s the quicker-cooking variety that will cook in 25 minutes, but not instant.

165 days and 23.02 lbs till Disney Food and Wine



About rosestancil

I am your average 50+-year-old who woke up one morning wondering how and where the extra 30 pounds suddenly appeared came from. I am a Mom to two grown children, an Environmental Engineer (go Clemson Tigers), and a farm girl. I was raised on a green onion and collard farm in what was then rural Lexington County, SC. I still live on a part of the farm and hope to stay there. I have had a subscription newsletter, Green Onion & Collards for several years. I published recipes using seasonal local foods. I became a bit overwhelmed at the responses (I know, this should have been a good thing right?) and stopped it about a year ago. Some of the recipes I post will be from the newsletter. I will not count calories or eat lettuce. Girl gotta eat. I also will not give up good craft beer and wine, I will watch my portion size however. I intend to cook healthy, full of flavor foods, which will allow me to eat more, exercise at least 4 times a week (no gym or gym contracts), reduce and try to eliminate processed foods, and have snacks handy. I am a work in progress and will always be. If I am crazy enough to post my weekly weight, you need to be crazy enough to tag along on this journey.
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