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Date Night #1

Wednesday night was our “first” date night at home.  I mean first as, we are making the effort to have a date night at least once a week, we realized how fast life goes by as parents and we don’t want to lose touch with one another along the way.  So we will be cooking a meal together eating it together at the table and talking about how awesome we are.

I subscribe to Everyday with Rachael Ray.  (It was my birthday present last year from Steve.)   We pulled a recipe from the July issue, we made Grilled Bread Salad with Chicken.

Bread Salad

This meal was delicious.  Steve had doubts about the salad but he quickly changed his mind…

I chopped the cucumber, tomato, onion, basil and olives and put it all in a bowl.  Poured some olive oil over the mix, sprinkled salt and pepper and tossed.  The bread took 5 minutes on the grill. I cubed the grilled loaf, laid that cubes on a platter and then dumped the tomato mixture over then bread.  The mixture had enough time to break down to make a little juice, the hot grilled bread soaked up all those juices and presto you have a delicious Bread Salad.  Awwwesome!  Lay your chicken on the platter and juice one lemon over everything, then devour!  You want to keep eating it and you will but it does fill you up full.

So simple, so clean and super tasty!  I love cooking with Rachael Ray, her recipes are straight forward, everyday foods that that make your tummy happy after you create one of her dishes.

*I like to personalize mine, this called for Feta and I am not a fan, so I left it out.  When I make Bread Salad again I will be adding fresh Mozzarella.

The best things in life lessons by Michaela

1.  Finding out that the little things in life are meant to giggle at.

2.  Eating good food makes every tummy happy.

3.  Hugs.  Even word hugs are nice.

4.  For every day you worry and stress, you miss something awesome.

5.  Even bratty kids are sweethearts.

6.  Work hard to pay for the life you want.  Live hard to give thanks for want you have.

7.  Finding out that dancing when no one is watching isn’t as much fun.

8.  Respect thy neighbor.  Unless he’s rude then be thankful he isn’t family.

9.  Change is a friendship that will only disappoint you if you allow it.

10.  If you love yourself first, then anyone can love you.