The biggest challenge for Sundays, though, is feeding my family a good meal after church with very little prep time.
Both my husband and I teach Sunday School on Sunday mornings - he teaches adults and I teach kindergartners. (I won't ask you which of us has the harder job. Let's just say that his students rarely write on themselves with markers!) And after Sunday School is the worship service, which lasts about an hour and a half at our church - and we love it!
|One of my Sunday School students on|
her birthday. Isn't she adorable?
But by the time we get home, there are five or six starving people who want food. NOW!
A couple Sundays ago we had beautiful weather, so I fired up the grill to make my favorite quick dinner - Grilled Chicken and Summer Squash.
The grilled chicken is super simple -
Just take boneless chicken breasts cut into serving sizes (face it, some of those chickens must be Amazons....), season with your favorite spices, and grill until done. It takes about twenty minutes if your chicken is cut up and ready to go. I do that as a night-before prep.
Before you put the chicken on the grill, though, slice some zucchini and/or yellow squash, onions and mushrooms. Toss them together in a bowl with olive oil and more seasoning, and start them on the grill about five minutes before putting the chicken on the fire.
I love this pan for doing veggie stir-fries on the grill. It's non-stick, and the holes in the pan allow for the grill's heat to sear those veggies to a golden brown.
Turn the chicken a couple times, and stir the veggies often, and they'll soon be done.
Be sure to check the chicken with a thermometer to make sure it's done! You want it to be at least 165°.
I added some green beans seasoned with butter, salt, pepper and sesame seeds. Delicious! And ready to eat about thirty minutes after we got home from church. :)
After lunch, we often play a game or two. Settlers of Catan is one of our favorites.
My strategy for that game didn't work. When my son, Benjamin, won the game with his ten points, I still only had the two points everyone gets at the beginning of the game :(
I blame this creature.
This guy isn't part of the game - it's what Benjamin makes with his extra pieces while he's waiting for his turn. But do you see how he's bearing down on my little blue settlement???
Oh well. Someone has to lose the game.
What is your favorite way to spend a Sunday afternoon?