Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Routines and Changes...

Is it still a routine if it changes from time to time?
Since Nick's been home and taken this staff job, my morning routine has changed drastically. My morning routine was very casual and included only my coffee (which I prepare the night before so I can stumble to the kitchen and hit a button), taking the dogs out, feeding the dogs, and making breakfast for Callie on her school days.
Now, Nick gets up first, turns on the coffee maker, takes the dogs out and is usually sipping his first cup of coffee by the time I stumble out. I truly love sitting in the morning having coffee with my honey. We watch the news, talk about the day, upcoming events, etc. I make something for him for breakfast, make his lunch, and fill a thermos with coffee for him. Even though he's home and I do more in the morning, it's still way more relaxed than when he was gone. The stress of the deployment is gone and that does a lot to relax me. I still make breakfast for the college kid. She's one spoiled girl!

For dinner tonight I made a baked chicken recipe that I took from an Army family readiness group (FRG) cookbook. I bought this book from a good friend on one of my favorite military forums when she was FRG leader. The name of the dish is "Kittie Chicken" I don't know why it's called that, but I know my family LOVES this dish.

Kittie Chicken
 (from A Taste of Freedom cook book written by the Headquarter and Headquarters Support Company Family Readiness Group, Fort Stewart, GA)

8 boneless and skinless chicken breasts
8 slices Swiss cheese
1 can Cream of Chicken soup
1/4 C white wine
1/4 C melted butter
1C herb stuffing mix, crushed

Place chicken in buttered 9x13 dish. Top each chicken breast with a slice of cheese. Combine soup and wine; spoon over chicken. Sprinkle stuffing mix on top; drizzle with butter. Bake at 350 degrees for one hour. Serve with rice.

I cut this recipe in half because it's usually the two or three of us. The cheese and soup/wine mixture makes a delicious sauce. The stuffing bits on the top are yummy! I serve it with brown rice and something green. Tonight, it was green beans because they were in my pantry and I'm cleaning out the pantry!


Michelle said...

Do you ever find it's hard to let go of that stress from the deployment? There are times I have to remind myself to breath and relax he's home now. Your new routine sounds heavenly. And dinner looks delish, yet another recipe I'll be coping.

Paula said...

I have let go of so much responsibility that I had during deployment that it has been a relief. However, I'm finding it hard to not be involved in anything. I think I may be a little depressed. I stay home a lot, and feel unproductive and I know that's not true. I'm ready for the next thing!

USMCWIFE said...

Just found you via a comment you left on my blog! I look forward to reading your journey through this military life ! I am marking and coming back. Great read!