It’s a change-up!

…If you got the title reference to “Rookie of the Year” please submit your name and address because you win a million monopoly bucks. Let’s be better friends. =)

We had a change-up occur in our menu. According to the plan we were supposed to have casserole today but last night we ate a delicious casserole (at Casa Del Kristi and Rob) that was very similar to the one I was going to make tonight. So we called on our flexibility powers and had the easy garlic chicken we were going to have on Thursday. It was SO yummy!!

Like our cute paper plates?! I love paper plates.

Before I tell you how Connor and I teamed up and made this, I have to give a little anecdote about how I almost died.

On Sunday, Kristi (my aunt) invited me to go to Gunnison with her and visit our favorite Ryry the Science Guy (my cousin) since he was there for a follow up surgery (broke his collar bone last year). I haven’t seen him in a year so I was pumped. It was an awesome visit. The three hour drive there went very quickly. That was probably because Kristi and I talked about things like creation vs. evolution and the education system (hehe). Once there we had delicious mexican food, saw Ryan’s metal collarbone plate thing that they had removed during surgery…very gross, and walked around Gunnison. It did my soul good to spend that time with Ryan. Thanks Kristi. =)

The crazy stuff happened on our drive home. Beginning with us passing a skydiver and noticing that he was descending pretty fast, had two parachutes, and kept spinning in the air. I watched the parachutes hit the ground as we drove quickly by and thought nothing of it afterwards. We Found out the next day, after watching the news, that we had just watched this. =(
About half an hour after that, we were putt-putt-putting up a giant mountain when the car stopped accelerating. Kristi kept pushing her foot on the gas and nothing was happening, except a revving noise. It wouldn’t have been so scary except for the fact that we were driving on roads with massive dropoffs and no siding. And if you aren’t able to go up, gravity insists you go down (to your death, in this instance).  However, God, who is THANKFULLY much greater than gravity, had other plans. A turn out appeared right then and I’ve never been so happy to get out of a car. Kristi and I both were so shaken up that it took us to get in motion…only to find out there was no cell reception anywhere. Panic city! Again though, God is so good and sent us a very calm and nice state trooper who called AAA for us and got a tow truck moving in our direction. When we finally got home that night we were both extremely happy to see our families and extremely exhausted. However, I still hold the memory of that trip and the quality time I spent with Kristi and Ryan as special and important.

Now for Easy Garlic Chicken (Boyce House Style!)

You will need:

4 defrosted chicken breasts

4 garlic cloves, cut in as small pieces as you can manage

4 tablespoons brown sugar

3 teaspoons vegetable oil

Preheat your oven to 500 degrees and grease a casserole dish using margarine/butter.

Cut your garlic up

Put the vegetable oil into a frying pan and sauté the garlic until it barely starts to turn color.

Remove the pan from the heat and add your brown sugar. Mix.

Put the defrosted chicken into the prepared casserole dish and cover with the brown sugar/garlic mixture

Add a little salt and peppa if you wish

Cook uncovered for about 30 minutes

(I forgot to take the picture until after we had devoured the other pieces.) I was so surprised how well the garlic and brown sugar worked together! We had mashed potatoes and peas with our chicken, which turned out to be perfect complements.

Meal planning meal #1 was a success in our book. We will definitely be putting this in our recipe repertoire.

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