Thursday, August 25, 2011

Roasted Hatch Green Chili Chicken Stew

So I've been daydreaming about using my Hatch green chilies, I've read multiple recipes and I've come up with this Hatch Green Chili Chicken Stew. I don't care for white potatoes so I'm using corn and pinto beans instead. If I'm going to use flour to thicken anything, it's going to be whole wheat. So here is my version of...
Roasted Hatch Green Chili Chicken Stew
Carrots - 2
Onion - 1 lg. or 2 small
Celery - 3
Garlic - 1 lg. clove
Roasted Hatch peppers - 1 hot and 3 mild
1.5 lbs chicken (I had 12 ounces of chicken sausage and 1 large chicken breast diced small)
Whole wheat flour - about 2 T
Cumin - 1.5 t
Coriander - 1.5 t
Chicken stock - 1 qt
Corn - 1 can
Pinto Beans - 1 can
Salt and Pepper - to taste
Now I cooked my carrot, celery and onions in oil in one pot till just tender then added the garlic and cooked till fragrant. I browned my chicken in another pot till cooked and then added it to the pot with the veggies. The reason I did this was because I forgot I had a really awesome cast iron Dutch oven until after I started cooking my chicken. Anyway, then I added the peppers, cumin and coriander and then sprinkled the flour over the mixture and stirred really well. Next I added the chicken stock and corn. Then I brought it all up to a boil, covered it and reduced to simmer. The whole process took about 30 minutes. I am going to cook it that way for at least an hour, maybe longer before I add the beans. I may add a little more chicken stock depending on how it looks when it is all done.
I think I will serve it with a spoonful of sour cream and maybe a little lime and cilantro. I think it will be a nice refreshing stew.

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Schlitterbahn 2011

James and I decided that a good way to spend Monday was to head to Schlitterbahn since Round Rock ISD didn't start till Tuesday. Sure enough we chose a good lines, but only the Blastenhauf section of the park was open. Kiley, who is terrified of roller coasters, decided she wanted to take on the Sky Coaster...a giant swing. Then she decided that I needed to do it with her. So here is the video of our little adventure. I would do this ride again and again. It was a blast!!!

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Random thoughts...

So my day started pretty early...6:30 am. Today was the first day of school for Kiley. She got up around 6:40. She was very excited to get to school and see how her day would go. She got an adorable haircut last week and during the meet and greet at the school both the kids and the parents talked about how great she looked. What a great self-confidence boost!!!
Kiley only took a few magnetic things for her locker this morning. We couldn't even find her schedule so whe went without one.
She was super excited to head to the bus stop with Sophia. I couldn't believe there were seven kids at her bus stop this year.
I can hardly wait to see how her day went.