Funny how a bunch of foods combined together often lose their individual colors. That was the case with this rice, although it tasted wonderful. Inspired by those "sides" you see advertised, it was named in they style of Pam from Sidewalk Shoes (and my own kids). Of course, she is right. You can't forget what's in a dish if the name essentially contains a list of ingredients, right?
BROCCOLI CHEESE RICE
2 cups rice
1 tsp salt
4 cups water
1 bunch broccoli, cut into itty bitty florets
1 cup shredded sharp cheddar cheese
1/2 stick butter
Start the rice, salt and water to cooking. When it has 7 minutes to go, add the broccoli and let it simmer merrily along. When it's just about done, stir in the butter, and then the cheese. Hide veggies from the kids and enjoy good food, too. The biggest problem is that the colors all tended to fade together.
And, for Gaylen, I only cut out, and did not finish, a princess seamed spaghetti strappy dress last weekend. The problem is that I got my hands on a book called The Island in the Center of the World, about the Dutch settlement at New Amsterdam, and can't put it down. It's wonderful, but, how could you not love a book that says the "17th century Dutch distinguished themselves by being Regular Guys," and "King James I had been an awkward monarch - he tended to drool and was given to crude mannerisms."?
Interesting note: the boys next door started school today, and were very eager to come over and play with my boys and Thor after school. Do you see Thor supervising? No? Look more closely. I'm happy to have a big doggy to referee games of kickball!