towing the 55 boles down the mountain toward the valley we noticed our car's temp gauge (not the engine temp but the thingy that shows the outside temp) reflecting a decided number increase .. bit by bit. tahoe was a cool 65. by the time we hit the valley floor? 104. the following graphic offers a description of the experience. you can imagine the thrill. hmpfh.
fast forward to yesterday :: we woke to wonderfulness in the way of a light rain, cool temps, and a general overcast sky. spent lots of time outside with the pooch during breaks in the wet stuff. what a treat, this weather! so cool in fact that i felt justified to flip the oven to 375 and bake some chicken as well as cook up some pasta on the stove top.
on our way home from tahoe we stopped at c*stco for a few necessaries, one of those being a couple of their delish deli already cooked chickens. i cut up a chicken and put it into my clay baker. then i added a drained can of roasted tomatoes, a generous drizzle of extra virgin olive oil, half a cup of italian seasoned olives, plenty of parsley, cracked pepper, kosher salt, and threw in a red onion (chopped large) cuz it's what i had on hand. placing the clay baker lid on top i shoved the whole thing into the oven and let it do its magic for about an hour. maybe it was a bit longer. regardless, the house was smelling mighty good. then i tried a pasta recipe found on pinterest and am thrilled with the result. the pasta was a perfect go along to the chicken and the hubs was a happy camper. we have leftovers so tonight i'll saute a mess of mushrooms and broccoli and toss that with the pasta (to serve alongside the remaining chicken). yUm. here's a link to the pasta recipe:
and ... it's my understanding that today marks an onset of *weather from hades*
oh joy beyond joy.
not. no. nada. no way.