Wednesday, December 30, 2009

here's wishing you the bluest skies

So, every year since I can remember I have journaled (usually on paper) about the best and the worst of each year...I thought a few years ago I would start doing a lighter version on my blog. So here's my verdict for the last year of my 20's.

  • Best book: The History of Love by Nicole Krauss (lovely wife of winner of my best book last year, Jonathan Safran Foer)
  • Best movie-drama: Brothers
  • Best movie-comedy: Julie & Julia (I don't think it was billed as a comedy, but I thought it was hilarious at times)
  • Best performance (onscreen): Colin Firth, A Single Man
  • Best play: My First Time, Unicorn Theatre (I need to see more plays that aren't starring my personal leading man)
  • Best musical: Into the Woods (KC Rep Theatre)
  • Best live musical performance: Martin Sexton, Crosstown Station, Kansas City
  • Best day: My 29th birthday definitely is near the top of the list
  • Best gift: My new digital camera (thanks Dad)
  • Best new recipe: Chicken/Broccoli/BrownRice skillet
  • Best new gadget: my scanner for scrapbooking
  • Best thing to watch on TV: LOST & House (three year favorites and running)
  • Best new show on TV: Flash Forward
  • Best vacation: NYC (although it was the only vaction I went on this year, strange how I never go to the airport anymore since Keenan's tour is over)
  • Best babies: It's a tie...but here they are in birth order: Reese Quinn & Hannah Thiel (last year was the year of the boy, this year brought the gals!)
Have a happy & healthy 2010!
title courtesy of Dar Williams: Better Days


Lisa said...

Can I have the recipe for the chicken/broc/rice skillet?

Great list!

Shannon said...

I adapted this from a white rice recipe and LOVE it.

Chicken, Broccoli & Brown Rice

1 tbsp ex vir olive oil
4 chicken breast halves
1 can of cream of mushroom (or chicken) soup
1 1/2 c. water
1/4 tsp. paprika
1/2 tsp. black ground pepper
1 1/2 c. instant brown whole grain rice (uncooked)
2 c. fresh or frozen broccoli florets (I usually add more than 2 cups, works fine either way)

1. Heat evoo in 10" skillet over med-high feat. add chicken and cook until well browned on both sides.
2. Remove chicken from skillet.
3. Stir in soup, water & spices into skillet. Heat to boil.
4. Add rice and broccoli to skillet, reduce heat to low, return chicken to skillet. Sprinkle additional pepper and paprika over chicken. Cover and cook for 10 minutes or until chicken is cooked thoroughly and rice is tender.

I also add whatever other veggies I might have califlower and onion are common ones. Califlower I treat the same as broccoli, but the onion I brown with the chicken first.