The Gift of Time

Chris, the custodian, popped into my room shortly after school ended, apologizing for bothering me and explaining he needed to clean the vents and he wanted to get a head start.

"No problem," I told him.  "I'm going to go home early and make dinner for my husband.  He won't know what's come over me."

"You know, that's the nicest thing you could do," he replied.

Hmmm... that made me feel a little guilty. Now that I'm teaching full time and going to school part-time, my husband has taken over many of the household duties.  Luckily, it's just the two of us, so the messes are kept to a minimum.  AND I do appreciate all he does.

So, I left school at 4:40 (pretty early for me), and headed home.  The sunshine warmed me and lifted my spirits, even though the thermometer told me that it was only 37 degrees.  Ahh...this was good.  I walked in the door before 5:00.

I made a recipe I've been wanting to try...Skillet Citrus Chicken Tenders in my new Cook's Country magazine.  By the way, I LOVE anything done by America's Test Kitchen.   I made some rice and a vegetable to go with it and 30 minutes later, dinner was on the table.  Yes, we even cleared the mail off the table and sat down together.  (More guilt...when the kids were home, we sat at the table for dinner all the time).

Cooking and baking feed my soul.  Mincing, dicing, and stirring are my therapy.   I love being able to feed good food to those I love.  (Heck, I just like to feed anyone good food).  So, for tonight, I took Chris' advice and for tonight, I am content.

Need a quick, delicious dinner?  Here's a link to the recipe from Cook's Country.

Thanks to Ruth and Stacey for hosting The Slice of Life Challenge.


  1. Nice. I'm sure you both enjoyed your dinner. The food preparations always helps me feel industrious.

  2. Skillet Citrus Chickens looks very yummy. So glad you enjoyed your dinner together. This is just a different phase in your wonderful your husband is supporting you as you teach full time and take classes. : )

  3. It's amazing how a little thing like making dinner can make all the difference in the world!

    So glad you took the gift of time!

  4. haha, I'm glad I'm not the only one who thinks 4:40 is an early time to leave school! With slicing this month, I've been really bad about cooking dinner... lots of prepared meals, but it's worth it! I can't wait for Spring Break next week so I can feel like I'm not rushing around all evening!

  5. Julie,
    I'm glad you left school a little earlier. It was nice to leave and find the sun shining brightly. I felt like it lifted my spirits a bit. I also noticed the 37 degrees, and wonder if your car also says "low temperature" at 37 degrees. It always makes me laugh when it says that. I'm pretty sure the car is in the wrong state if it thinks 37 degrees is cold.

    Your dinner sounds delicious! I'm glad you found a little time to cook and relax this evening.


  6. That looks delicious! I too am at school until 4:30 or 5 (or later) daily. It is hard to shut that part of my brain off and come home to mom mode. I find that when I am cooking something from scratch, I feel at peace, and love the process. I'm glad that you had the opportunity to connect with your husband over a nice meal, and wish you more days like this in the future!

  7. Sigh, I'm supposed to leave at two (I'm now part-time), but it so rarely happens. Good for you for taking part of your "day" back-hence the sunshine. I might try the recipe; your photos looks so good, Julie. Thanks!

  8. Well it sure is so lovely and adorable with all those citrus incorporated on them. I really can't wait to try it out! I was thinking of including this on my diet too!


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