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Monday, April 30, 2012


Our kids are rapping, "Pants on the ground, pants on the ground. Lookin' like a fool with your pants on the ground!" Cora is cracking me up!

Kelvin and I shared the kitchen after church and made some extremely yummy seafood paella. It was soooo good! Here is the recipe...

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 yellow onion, diced
  • 1 tablespoon salt
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 2 pinches saffron
  • 1/2 cup dry white wine
  • 1 cup cremini or white button mushrooms, stems removed, caps roughly chopped
  • 1 14 ounce artichoke hearts, drained, rinsed and roughly chopped
  • 1 pound large shrimp, peeled and deveined, tails removed
  • 1 pound scallops
  • 2 chicken sausage links, sliced into rounds
  • 2 cups quick-cooking brown rice
  • 1 3/4 cups low-sodium chicken broth
  • 2 teaspoons smoked paprika
  • 1 tablespoon finely chopped flat-leaf parsley

  • 1.  Heat the olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Reduce heat to medium low and add the onion and salt; cook, stirring occasionally, until onion is golden brown, about 8 minutes. Mix in the garlic and cook 30 seconds. Add the tomato paste and saffron and cook, stirring, 2 minutes. Add the white wine, mushrooms, artichoke hearts, shrimp, scallops and sausage; stir. Mix in the rice and chicken broth; cover and cook until liquid has dissolved, approximately 10 minutes.

    2. Top paella with the smoked paprika and parsley and serve.

    Serves 8
    Prep time 9 minutes
    Cook time 21 minutes

    Tomorrow morning I'm dropping Princess, our cat dog, at the groomer. It will be her first haircut since she came to live with us. She is the silliest dog. She acts so much like a cat. She sleeps in the window sill or under my feet at at the desk and jumps on top of the recliner and sofa and sleeps on the very edge. Hope the vet opens early enough for me to stop by and pick up a copy of her shot records. The groomer has to have a copy. Ugh! Such high maintenance!

    I'm about to start the process of cleaning out and making the office into Cora's very own room. She is still sleeping in our room, and only has a little space in an armoire in our dining room for her toys. It's time for her to spread her wings a little bit. I was hoping she could be Carleigh's roomie, and I guess it would work if it absolutely had to, but they are 7 years apart. In another year, Carleigh will be in middle school, and Cora will still be a preschooler, and I just don't see much harmony in that situation. So, off to work cleaning and organizing and rearranging I will go!

    Have a wonderful week!
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