Happy Friday! I’m so glad it’s almost the weekend. It’s been a good week. Our neighbors bought some mulch in bulk, and they asked if we wanted their extra. I’ve never mulched a darn thing in my life, but Aaron says it’s good fertilizer for the soil. So, we took them up on their offer, and we’ve been mulching our yard – and our other neighbor’s yard in the evenings.
Our yard is coming along. Our beds in the front are all planted, and they are growing in. We have one tiny bed that lines our driveway that I think we have some ideas for. Once we plant that, we will be done with our landscaping (I think). Aaron is an expert because he helped his dad with their land when he was growing up. So, I’m lucky to have him because he has a good eye for things.
We spent this year’s Cinco de Mayo at one of our local favorites: Pico’s. I had reservations ahead of time for six people, but it was so crowded when we arrived. But, I guess, what did I really expect? We ended up waiting about an hour, but we had some margs and good conversation while we were waiting.
We were joined by our friend’s Tyler and Mariam and Blair and his mom, Alice. She is a gem.
When we were leaving, we walked out to this car. Obviously, my husband is a big car guy because he owns his own wholesale automotive business. And, he’s seen all kinds of cars. He said this is one that had some really unique modifications – and it was well done. The girl who owns this car is a member of some local car clubs. Things like that don’t get me super excited, but I’ll admit that it was pretty neat to look at.
And, if you’re ever in Houston (or are reading from Houston), you must try the chocolate tres leches cake if you are at Picos. We all left with a piece.
My flowers are still going strong, and they’ve been making my workspace pretty over the last two weeks. I gave them some new water to refresh them – and took out anything dead. Hoping I can get one more week out of them? Does anyone else do this?
We’ve also been hard at work getting our pool summer ready. Remember – we had it covered up all winter with our Katch-a-Kid, so it needed some cleaning. We use a local guy named Walter to clean our pool, and he got us back in business. Pool is officially open for the summer, friends.
Crockpot Ranch Chicken
And now, for the easiest recipe you will make this weekend: my crockpot ranch chicken recipe.
Here’s what you’ll need:
- 1 pound of boneless, skinless chicken breasts
- 2 tablespoons butter
- 1 packed of ranch salad dressing mix
- 1 cup of chicken broth
- 12 ounces of banana peppers (juice included)
Here’s what you do:
Add the chicken breast into the crockpot, then add your broth, dump in your ranch seasoning and top with the butter and banana peppers and their juice.
Set your crockpot to low and cook for 4-5 hours until chicken is tender enough to shred with a fork.
Optional: add some broccoli in during the last half an hour of cooking so you have a veggie with your meal. You can serve by itself or you can cook some quinoa or rice to go with your meal. And, as a bonus, it makes more than one meal for two adults. I usually keep the leftover and serve over salads for my lunch during the rest of the week.
Okay, friends. I’m off to knock some work projects out, but enjoy your weekend – and Happy Mother’s Day to all the moms out there.