Pretending to be a housewife

February 14, 2010 at 8:20 pm 1 comment

During the week, our nightly meals range from gourmet to down right embarrassing. Some nights we have steaks with red mushroom sauce, as mentioned previously, while other nights it’s Kraft Mac n’ Cheese or frozen pizza. With both of us working full time, Matt working on homework, and me commuting 50 minutes each way to work – by the end of the day we’re looking for something to fill us, and not add much more work.

The weekends, though. Those are different. I love making a fancy meal for my family one day a week. Spending hours in the kitchen is more of a hobby then, rather than a rush to feed hungry bellies before bedtime. Since we went out for our Valentine’s dinner last night, I wanted to make something special for my husband today. On the menu? Roasted chicken with crispy skin coated in olive oil, salt, pepper, garlic and green onions. Green onion and cream cheese mashed potatoes. Rhodes rolls (not exactly homemade, but we love these things). Carrots and celery briefly sauteed. Yum. And, since we are so fancy, to drink – sparkling peach juice from Target. Ha. Maybe it’s ghetto, but it’s tastier than most wine anyway.

Roasted chicken, rolls, green onion cream cheese mashed potatoes, celery and carrots.

Complete with vintage Archer Farms sparking peach juice. Haha.

* Pretty roses in back from Matt – one on Friday night when I returned home, one this morning when I woke up. I am so lucky to have him.

Mashed potato recipe:

5 large baking potatoes cut into thick slices. Boil slices for approximately 20 minutes, or until fork tender. Drain water, return to low heat.

Mash potatoes with fork, and leave skins on. It adds texture and a bit of vitamins. (Although, it’s mashed potatoes – not exactly a super food vitamin wise but sooooo tasty) Add to potatoes: 3 tbsp butter, 1/2 package (4 ounces) fat free cream cheese, 1/6 cup milk, 4 stalks green onions cut into small pieces, 1/4 cup homemade chicken stock (future post), and lots of salt, freshly cracked black pepper and garlic to taste.

Heat until all has melted and keep whipping until potatoes are tender. Enjoy!

The only downside to making a real meal? All of the dishes. Oh well. Now we’re down to our normal Sunday night – Matt’s doing homework, I am blogging, and the pups are taking turns snoozing beside me on the couch.

Just another Sunday night

Happy Sunday!

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1 Comment Add your own

  • 1. Di  |  February 14, 2010 at 10:12 pm

    Very tasty looking dinner. I totally agree with you about trying to fit in a special dinner or two during the week.


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My name is Mallory Murray and I have a love of all things oldfashioned. I'm a modern day feminist who also adores Martha Stewart. Read on for my sewing, crochet, cooking, gardening, quilting and crafting projects. I am the chief officer of marketing and design at Northwest Missouri State University, so expect the occasional random post about marketing/universities/design. I dream of a hobby farm with baby doll sheep, a sheep dog, a small flock of chickens, and other animals to be announced. I'm also a Pitt State grad, football lover, HGTV addict and obsessed with the color aqua.

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