First of all, I want to tell my Dad, Happy Father's Day. I already called him, but it doesn't hurt to tell people again. So, Dad, thank you for all you've done for me and the family all these years and I love you--You Goofball! (Taylor still brings that up from time to time that Grandpa Scott calls him Goofball. I always have to explain to him that you are silly and just kidding!)
Next I just gotta tell my amazing husband, Kevin, Happy Father's Day and that I love you tons! Thank you for all you do for our family and most of all for putting up with me!
What a man! (I love this picture!) Our 11th anniversary is in five days. Thanks, Hon! You're the best! I love you!
Tonight for Father's Day dinner I made Pasta Jambalaya, something that Kevin really loves. I found this recipe on at www.epicurious.com. The recipe link is here. I did not use shrimp, but cooked about 1 1/2 pounds of cut up chicken breast. This pasta was quite good, although Kevin likes his pretty spicy and though I followed the recipe pretty exactly (minus the onion, of course, for those who know me--I hate onions and do not ever buy them or cook anything with them--I do, however, allow Kevin to eat them whenever we go out as he does love them. Nonetheless, I am a pretty darn good cook even though to some it is unthinkable to not cook with onions!) Anyway, sorry, got a bit off track there. I used one green bell pepper and one red pepper, instead of the onion. I also added about 2 cups chopped baby bella mushrooms, just for kicks. I didn't take the greatest of pictures, but this made a boat-load of pasta. Kevin will be eating this for his lunches all week! (I also used a whole wheat pasta.) Since it wasn't hot enough, as I put it into containers for Kevin to take to work, I added a bit of hot sauce and hot pepper flakes. He usually sprinkles hot pepper flakes on everything!
I also asked Kevin last week what he wanted for a Father's Day dessert. He asked if it was possible to have cake with a layer of cheesecake. I searched and found this recipe. It was okay, but there was too much cake and the cake was not as chocolatey as I would have liked and it was a bit dry. I would totally make this again with a great chocolate cake recipe and just use the cream cheese part of the recipe. This would be fun to try with maybe a brownie layer or something. I think the cake just wasn't that great. Actually, we decided that if you really want something cheesecakey, to just stick with a cheesecake. (Kevin doesn't really like cake anyway, so not sure why that was what he wanted.) It was still fun to try something totally new. The edges were also a little overdone and I only cooked the cake for 35 minutes (the recipes says 40-45).
And real quickly, Taylor sometimes will not touch a single bite of his dinner. Tonight he did it again. Although he was not very happy because he knows if he doesn't eat his dinner then he doesn't get a treat or snack later. As we all finished eating, he sat somberly in his chair. Next thing we knew, he had fallen asleep at the table--again.