Is it Monday again already? Time passes so quickly these days it seems! I’m sorry I missed last Monday. I was lucky enough to be babysitting my little grand. He’s mobile now so needless to say my attention was on him ( and his keen interest in the dog’s water) and not on my keyboard.
Being in church on Mother’s Day with my daughter, son-in-love, and grandson brought me such joy. As part of the service they recognized the oldest mother present in the congregation. (She was eighty-eight.) Then they asked for the youngest mom and it turned out to be MY daughter! Boy, talk about overwhelmed with feelings!!! I can’t tell you how proud it makes me to see my baby girl taking care of her own baby! It’s a feeling so amazing that I find it hard to put into words (and you know I love my words)!
Having Hannah standing beside me as the congregation applauded her took me back to being a young mother myself. I remember being so tired that I didn’t think I could do one more thing; but I did. I can remember feeling afraid I would make mistakes; of course I did. I remember feeling so overwhelmed with love that I thought I might cry; and yes, I did that too. Pulled in every direction: home, school, church, community; there were times I didn’t think I could handle it all…..and some days I didn’t, but some days I did!
Being a mom and now MiMi is my greatest blessing! It isn’t easy. And for those of you just starting out like Hannah, I’d love to tell you it gets easier….but it doesn’t, just different. I think back now and wish I’d lingered in the everyday just a little longer. I wish I’d soaked in the tiny hand hugs and sticky kisses just a little more deeply. I wish I’d prayed more, read more nursery rhymes, and said fewer words out of anger.
My grandparents used to tell me that the older you get, the faster time seems to go. I didn’t understand back when I was a young mom and wife, but I’m living it now! Whether you’re a mom, dad, grandparent, aunt, uncle, sister, brother, or friend I remind you to cherish each moment you’re given! Good, bad, ups, downs, happy, sad….life happens so quickly and all too soon you’re looking back and wondering where that young person went and how the person in the mirror could possibly be you!
I remember one thing about being a young mom very clearly and that was suppertime! By the time I’d worked all day and picked the kids up from the sitter, making dinner felt like slaying Goliath! Those were the days of Kraft Macaroni and Cheese and Hamburger Helper. Spending time now with my kids, I know the challenges for young families are the same today, if not greater, and I must admit I still like a quick meal too! So for those of you feeling stretched thin, overwhelmed, or like me; just like easy, I thought I’d share another easy chicken recipe that takes about as much prep time as Kraft Mac & Cheese and the clean up is easy, too!
Well, now that I’m the grandparent I’ll tell you to sit down with your family or friends around your table, say a prayer, enjoy some good, easy food, talk, laugh, and hold tight because you’ll find out that time passes in a blink of an eye, like I did!
- 4-6 skinless, boneless chicken breasts
- 1 can Cream of Chicken soup
- 1 1/2 cups water
- 3/4 cup uncooked long-grain rice (I used Minute and it worked fine-maybe not quite as firm)
- 2 cups fresh or frozen(thawed) broccoli florets ( I used frozen because it was easy)
- 1/3 cup Italian bread crumbs (I didn't use quite this much)
- 1/2 tsp. onion powder
- salt and pepper to taste
- 1/2 cup shredded Mozzarella cheese (or cheddar if you prefer)
- Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
- In a bowl, mix soup, water, rice, broccoli and onion powder together and pour into a 9 X 13 pan.
- Lay chicken on top of rice mixture and season with salt and pepper.
- Sprinkle the bread crumbs on the top of the chicken and rice mixture.
- Cover pan with foil.
- Bake for 45 minutes.
- Uncover, top with cheese and replace foil. Let stand on counter for 5 minutes to let the cheese melt.
- Serve with fresh fruit or a salad.