I have an amazing hard working husband, he does so much in one day I am often left sitting here in awe at what he accomplishes. Not only does he do his job these days, but the job of two others as well. On top of it all, it is the week of President's Day. For those in the car business, that is the busiest time of year for them. So we have not been seeing much of him these days, he tends to leave for work at 7-7:30am and doesn't return until around 10pm, with few days off.
Not only is all that hard work he is doing tough and tiring on him, it takes it's toll on the kids and I as well. All three kids think he can do just about anything, and look forward to his off days, as much as I do. They each have a list of activities, games and projects they want to do with him as soon as they get his attention. It is heart warming, they see the great guy that their dad is, just as I do.
But sometimes, they forget that mom and dad are very different people, we have different skills. There are things I do that daddy can't and things that he does that I REALLY can't! So in his absence, I try my hardest to be a little bit more like him, so the kids don't miss out on his type of fun. Like yesterday, Chase and I were building dinosaurs out of his pipe cleaners (his favorite activity) and he asked me to build him a microraptor....
In my head, I am like, "what the fuck is a microraptor??" I do a quick google search, so he doesn't realize mama has no clue what the heck is talking about. Playing it off like I am a dinosaur expert too. When I find a picture, I set to work trying to construct this prehistoric creature out of brown pipe cleaners.
Chase looks over at my finished product (which was horrendous) and he says one thing to me, and it sort of broke my heart, because I'm trying...
"I wish I had a stay at home dad."
I realize, kids say things like that, and have no idea how it sounds to us adults. So I, like all parents try to not put much stock in what a 7 year old says.... But there is a lot of truth in their blunt words some days. He misses his dad, as we all do!
So while I may not be able to build dinosaurs and other creatures out of pipe cleaners. I do know how to put a hearty meal on the table in under 30 minutes. Because during weeks like these where I am sort of single mom-ing it, I have little time left in my day to cook, (or blog!)
Lemon Garlic Skillet Chicken
6 boneless skinless chicken thighs
1 tbs olive oil
1 tbs unsalted butter
1 large lemon
1/2 cup chicken stock
10 cloves of garlic, minced (yes, I said 10!)
1 tsp of salt
1 tsp freshly ground black pepper
4 sprigs of fresh thyme
Parmesan cheese for serving
Salt and pepper the sides of each chicken thigh.
Heat olive oil and butter over medium/high heat until the butter has melted.
Add in chicken thighs. Brown each thigh on each side (about 2 minutes per side)
Reduce heat to medium/low.
Add in the juice of half of the lemon, slicing the other half, and adding the slices to the pan.
Add in garlic, thyme and chicken stock.
Leave chicken to simmer for about 15-20, or until all the liquid has been reduced and the chicken is evenly browned and cooked through.
Serve with fresh parmesan cheese.
For side dish options, I like rice and roasted broccoli.