Well, here we are: Monday night.
Friday seems, honestly, like it was a minute ago to me. Do you feel that way?
It’s as if somehow the sum of everything – a fast dinner at Steak N’ Shake, $1.99 latte bowls at Anthropologie, a friend’s birthday brunch at one of my favorite places, Saturday movie marathons, bacon-wrapped dates, long walks in warm sunshine, free Starbucks, bunches of Cool Ranch Doritos, bonfires with homemade s’mores, couch-shopping, a lot of driving and two new pairs of shoes.
Doesn’t add up somehow.
No matter how well, or with how much, you fill three empty days, they still end, and you have to return to normal again. And, I don’t know about you, but I’d like to find a way around that reality.
No matter how we look at things, tomorrow is typical Tuesday morning, but then, that isn’t entirely bad. I mean, for one thing, this week will seem short. For another, this is still May, and whether you’re watching it from the inside of your office window or while standing in an open field, you can’t miss the beauty.
So let’s talk normal. Like everyday, routine, weeknights. Like dinner. Do you know what you’re having?
Baked chicken breasts are always easy.
Because I chopped the accompanying vegetables the night before, all I had to do Sunday afternoon after church was rinse off the chicken, season it with the spice packet, place it on top of the seasoned carrots and onions and stick the whole thing in the oven.
After 45 minutes cooking, the chicken emerges tender, cooked and saturated with hints of black pepper, onion, garlic and paprika, as do the chopped vegetables surrounding it.
Accompanied by some garlic couscous and sliced fresh Italian bread, this made a lovely meal.
And tomorrow, on my work lunch, it will make a great addition to a salad, chopped and tossed with romaine, carrots, radishes and tomatoes because, you know, just because things are back to normal in life doesn’t mean our food has to be.
About Shanna Mallon
Shanna holds an MA in writing from DePaul University. Her mantra? Restoring order and celebrating beauty through creative content, photography, and food. Shanna's work has been featured in Bon Appetit, The Kitchn, MSN.com, Everyday Health, Better Homes & Gardens, Houzz.com, Food News Journal, Food52, Zeit Magazine, Chew the World, Mom.me, Babble, Delish.com, Parade, Foodista, Entrepreneur and Ragan PR.