As I am now in week 3 of official summer break, I find myself enjoying things I never thought I would have said a few years back. I'm compiling them in a short list for my own personal amusement.
Top 10 Reasons Why Summer Break Is Great
10. No more dropping kids off at three different times to different locations.
9. No packing of lunches.
8. Later wake-ups (for both Children and ME)
7. Fewer layers to wear, to organize and to take off
6. Fewer work hours
5. Better lighting for better pictures for food blog
4. Fewer activities for Children
3. More hours to get Children involved in the maintenance of the house and to get them to throw away their own junk
2. More leisurely bathroom time, since I'm not rushing somewhere else
1. No more homework for me to stress over, get over, make sure it's over each week.
You got that right. It's the lack of homework from school that just gets me excited. Children can do their activity, sit down and do their extra math sheets with me, and play and we don't stress about homework. I don't check their homework, confirm their homework and sign off on their homework. It's the most liberating feeling ever.
The other thing that makes me happy is food that Children gobble down. Meals are more leisurely as we're not in a rush to go to the next activity, and instead we have more time to lick our fingers and enjoy our food. This chicken dish made the kids happy as they love anything with a sauce and the chicken was a little bit crispy and wonderful.
Balsamic Honey Barbecue Sauce Wings
2 lbs Chicken wings, separated into wings and drummettes, tips discarded
½ cup balsamic vinegar
½ cup tomato ketchup
¼ cup honey
1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
In a saucepan, mix together balsamic vinegar, tomato ketchup, honey, Worcestershire sauce and Dijon mustard. Stir until mixture is incorporated and smooth. Simmer over medium heat until reduced by a ⅓ about 15 minutes. Once mixture has reduced, set aside.
Preheat oven to 400. Line roasting pan with foil and if you have it available, use a roasting rack on the inside of the pan. This allows more fat to render off of the wing and a crispier exterior. Lay wings neatly on rack and drizzle olive oil over the wing, and season with salt and pepper.
Bake for 20 minutes, and then turn wings over and cook for an additional 20 minutes. Once wings have cooked, then brush barbecue sauce all over one side of wing. Cook for an additional 5 minutes, turn over, brush more barbecue sauce and cook for another 5 minutes.
To the great days of summer