Hi everyone! Our littlest guy is finally feeling better! Yea!! You can tell he is feeling better as he takes his brothers toys and runs through the house screaming. 🙂 It is so difficult having a sick little person in your house. I know all of you moms and caregivers out there can relate. It’s especially hard when they can’t communicate how they are feeling or what is hurting them. You have to make the best guess that you can and just watch and hope that you have made the right decisions. Parenting is definitely the most difficult yet the most rewarding thing I have ever done. I love my kids so much!
I had mentioned in my last post that we had big plans over the Easter weekend and were going to have friends and family in town. Well when Jake got sick we had to cancel. 🙁 But thankfully my parents and some of our best friends from Austin couldn’t stay away and came to visit us this last weekend instead. I love having everyone here and having our house filled with noise and activity. It fills my heart with such joy! My mom brought the boys these balloons that you would blow up and then release and they would make this whistle sound and go crazy. I think she paid like $2 at cvs for them and you would have thought she brought the boys the best gift ever. They had the most fun chasing the balloons around. It was super fun! Then when my friend Sandy came she brought all the kids water balloons and glow in the dark swords. She has a son that is the same age as our oldest (5) and all three boys play really well together. The sun was out so we were able to grill and go over to our community pool. The water is still cold but the kids still don’t care a bit. Yesterday it was 98 degrees here in San Antonio! HOT!
As you know, in March Joe and I got away and went to New Orleans for the weekend. One of the meals he ordered was Jambalaya and I have been craving it ever since. I ordered something different (it wasn’t even something that New Orleans specializes in) why I did that I don’t know! Anyways… so shortly after we got home I made this yummy dish! This jambalaya recipe is easy and delicious and can all be cooked in the slow cooker which makes it even better. I think that Jambalaya is one of those comfort foods that just makes you feel like home inside. This version is my favorite with only chicken and sausage but you could easily add shrimp as well. What is your favorite way to have jambalaya? Is it something that you cook very often for your family? What is your go to meal that you find so comforting?
- 3-4 boneless skinless chicken breasts
- 1 link of smoked sausage
- 1 can black beans
- 1 cup of chopped onions
- 2 cloves of minced garlic
- 1 cup chicken broth
- 1 can (14.5oz) diced tomatoes
- 3 Tablespoons tomato paste
- 1/2 cup tomato sauce
- 2 teaspoons Creole seasoning
- 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
- 1/4 cup sliced green onions (for garnish)
- Put everything into the slow cooker except for the green onions.
- Cook on low for 6-8 hours.
- Remove the chicken and slice, shred, or cube it and then return it to the slow cooker.
- Let it simmer for 20-30 more minutes.
- You can serve the jambalaya on a bed of rice or by itself. Either is delicious!
- Garnish with green onions.
Have a blessed rest of your week!