When Dusty decided he wanted to join his father on the farm, Dusty's mom sat me down and gave me a run down about what it's like to be a farmer's wife. In the winter it's wonderful because it's the off season and your husband is around all the time. But in the spring and summer....do I have a husband? I thought I had one but I haven't seen him in a week!
From 6 am to 9-10 pm, Dusty is out on the farm seeding and spraying at the moment. With my work schedule as a nurse, by the time he comes home, I'm in bed sleeping. It's been quite an adjustment from what I'm use to when it comes to seeing and spending time with my husband. Date nights...forget about it. Eat a meal together...good luck with that! See you in October babe!
The one piece of advice that Julie (Dusty's mom) gave me that stuck out was that I need to find "my own thing" to keep me occupied and involved with the community and friends. Only working 3 days a week leaves me 4 days to sit around waiting for Dusty, and Duke and I can only go for walks so many times a day! I've definitely been struggling with all the free time now that I'm not a full time student.
So after a week of that, I decided to not only get a second job as a car-hop at the Dash In, I decided to get a third job as a Tastefully Simple Independent Consultant. As much fun as car-hopping is and the joy of getting to know more members in the community, I am soooo excited about Tastefully Simple! The women in the area that are apart of TS seem like such a great group of people and I can't wait to get to know them. I also can't wait to do parties and meet new people in Shelby. It's going to be a fun experience and plus, food is involved!
If you couldn't tell by this blog, I love food! Now that I work weird and very loooong hours, I want to come home and make something quick and delicious....enter Tastefully Simple.
On Friday I got a package in the mail with some of their new Spring/Summer collection seasonings and sauces. This Chipotle Beer marinade was the first on my list to put to use in the kitchen.
Chicken + Chipotle Beer Marinade Mix + Beer (or Olive Oil) + Veggies =
Spicy Savory Chicken Skewers
The rice is even easier....
Rice + Chicken Broth + Garlic Garlic Seasoning =
Super Flavorful Rice
I made this dinner for my husband and his cousin last night, and boy did they gobble it up!
If those two farmer boys loved it, I know your family will love it too!
Chipotle Beer Chicken Skewers with Garlicky Rice
-2 whole Chicken Breasts, cut into 1 inch pieces
-1/2 packet of Chipotle Beer Marinade Mix
-1/4 cup Beer (or Extra Virgin Olive Oil)
-1 Red Bell Pepper, cut into 1 inch pieces
-1/2 Yellow Onion, cut into 1 inch pieces
-1 small Zucchini, thinly sliced
-4 ounces sliced Mushrooms
-1-1/2 cups Long Grain Rice
-3 cups Low Sodium Fat-Free Chicken Broth
-1/2 tablespoon Garlic Garlic Seasoning
-2 Green Onions, finely sliced
-12 Wooden Skewers
For the Chipotle Chicken Skewers:
Place the Chipotle Beer Marinade Mix in a large plastic bag with 1/4 cup Beer or EVOO. Add the cut up chicken breasts, seal the bag and shake to combine. Set aside to marinade for 30 minutes or longer.
Preheat the grill over medium heat once you are ready to get cooking. Skewer the veggies and marinated chicken in an alternating pattern until all the ingredients are used up. Grill chicken skewers for 8-10 minutes, rotating throughout, until chicken is cooked. Serve on top of the Garlicky Rice.
For the Garlicky Rice:
In a rice cooker, combine the chicken broth, Garlic Garlic Seasoning and Long Grain Rice and cook until the rice is tender and all the liquid has been absorbed, depending on your machine. Keep warm while you grill the chicken skewers. Sprinkle with thinly sliced green onions.
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Recipe adapted and inspired by Tastefully Simple
This post was not sponsored by Tastefully Simple. I am an Independent Consultant for Tastefully Simple and purchased the products myself. All opinions and thoughts are my own. I just really love there products!