So, today was a day that Sean and I decided to wrestle away from all the crazy schedules and to-do lists. We just survived a move, and work hadn’t slowed down for it one bit. Now that we have gotten ourselves pretty well unpacked and nested for the most part, we needed a day just for family. So, we declared Monday a school-free/work-free day to just BE. We gardened, we played and we did one of our family’s favorite activities…we hiked!
But wait! We didn’t leave until 1pm for a six mile hike…..I didn’t want dinner to sneak up on me and stress me out. It was totally a day for making the kitchen gadgets work for me. Enter the crock pot!
Top with 4 chicken breasts (as you can see, I simply plopped in some frozen chicken for ease). Then for the the spices. Add in 1 1/2 teaspoons cinnamon, 1 teaspoon dry mustard, and 4 pods of cardamon.
The best part is what you find on hikes out here, especially when I compare it with my hikes when I lived in LA. Check out the litter
Haha and I loved that my 8 year old is so unaccustomed to graffiti that he pointed it out and had a sneaking suspicion that it might be left there by the ancient Chumash. So awesome. He thought it was beautiful!
I was so proud of my little explorers who brought along their sacks and notebooks for the hike. Such cool kids lovin’ nature!
North African Style Chicken Stew
- 4 chicken breasts (or use thighs)
- 5 cloves of garlic, minced
- 4 large potatoes (or 8 smallish medium)
- 2 tomatoes, chopped
- 1 bag of frozen peach slices
- 1 cup apple juice
- 2 tablespoons honey
- 1 large red onion, chopped
- 1 1/2 teaspoons cinnamon
- 4 pods of cardamon, seeds only
- 1 teaspoon dry mustard
- 1 teaspoon black pepper
- salt to taste (start with 1/2 teaspoon…but you will probably need more since the potatoes suck up the salt)
Combine all the ingredients in a crock pot and let the magic happen. Cook on high setting for 3-4 hours.