Oh, sweet and blessed Summertime! How I love it! We eat as many meals as possible out on our deck before it gets too hot. Sunday dinner was outside yesterday, thanks to the warming of the temperatures. There was a lovely breeze that felt great when the sun got a bit hot.
I invited my mother-in-law to join us for dinner. My husband closed his eyes for this pic, so I sweetly cropped him. =)
Eating outside is just so relaxing. It was nice for a Sunday dinner. My menu was:
I made another new dish from my new cookbook. This one was called Honey Pineapple Chicken. It was a dish for the crock pot – a terrific choice for Sunday meals. I think the meat was a little overcooked, so I’ll adjust the cooking and temperature time a bit. My crock pot cooks a bit fast, so I’ll probably only do 3 hours on low next time. It was still good, thanks to the liquid added. The pineapple mixture that’s poured over the chicken is pineapple sweetened with brown sugar and honey, also a little lemon juice and soy sauce. It’s delicious over the rice that I served as a side dish!
To prepare the chicken for Sunday, I browned the chicken Saturday night and place it in a dish in the fridge. I also mixed the pineapple mixture together Saturday night and refrigerated it, so all I had to do Sunday morning was put it all in the crock pot.
The dessert was also from the new cookbook. They are wonderful and hard to believe that they only have 136 calories and 3g of fat! It’s a little apple pie in a yeast dough. The recipe makes 16, so I had plenty to store in the freezer. Love that! I figure if you’re saving fat and calories on the pie you can splurge a little and have a scoop of ice cream or frozen yogurt on it! I served these warmed in the oven. Yum!
To make French peas, place desired amount of peas in boiling water and boil briefly – a minute or two. Drain liquid. Salt and pepper the peas. Add a couple tbl. onion, chopped fine, lettuce (about 1/2 cup), chopped fine and a tbl of butter. These are very good and a nice change from ordinary peas!
Have you been eating outdoors? What’s been cooking in your kitchen this week?