Before we had kids, going out on the weekend was a regular and normal thing. Then we had kids and became hermits. At first, it was because we never wanted to leave our kids. Then we did want to go out, but were super-selective about who we’d leave with our children. Now we’re in the final stage, the one where we’ll happily allow Attila the Hun to babysit as long as he’s willing and available.
Last night, we went to our first concert in years. We saw Poison and Def Leppard, neither of whom I’m very familiar with, but they’re old favorites of my husband. I’m a few years younger than my husband, so I really only know about Bret Michaels from watching “Rock of Love” marathons. (Yeah, okay, I probably shouldn’t admit that…) Lita Ford performed too, but we arrived late and missed her whole performance. I’ll spare you the long story, mainly for the sake of family peace…
I thought the concert itself was fun, but my husband thought it was horrible. Not terrible, just bad in a funny way. There were clearly technical issues with Poison’s set. Mainly they needed to turn up the volume because it wasn’t projecting properly. Although I’ve been to Jones Beach before, I’d never seen a show there and found the venue itself interesting. The stage is built right into the water, and there were swans twenty feet from the stage. Apparently they’re not very noise-sensitive, or maybe they just love “Every Rose Has Its Thorn” that much…
That song still stands up remarkably well twenty-four years later. It’s funny how some things resonate many years later and some things just… don’t. (However, that’s really another blog post for another day…)
Unfortunately, today I’m paying the price for the open-air concert. I can’t stop sneezing! I went to the drugstore to get Claritin, but the system was down and I couldn’t get clearance. It was kinda ridiculous since I was standing there sneezing and snotting all over the place, clearly in need of allergy meds. (I know it’s a lovely image. You’re welcome.) I think the cashier would have sold it to me, but the manager told her she couldn’t. Ugh. Meanwhile the cashier scanned my license four times! So I’m probably already flagged as either a drug addict or a chemist… Oh well, that’s probably just the natural chain of events. You start going to Poison/Def Leppard concerts and the next thing you know you’re a drug dealer…
In honor of the show Rock of Love, today’s recipe will be…
SUPER EASY PAELLA!
2 TBSP butter
1 package Spanish Rice
1 ½ cups water
14 oz diced tomatoes
½ cup mild salsa
14 oz corn, drained
12 oz cooked chicken sausage
½ lb peeled cooked shrimp
chopped cilantro, optional
In a large skillet, melt butter over medium hear. Add rice mixture (reserve flavor pack) and brown according to package directions. Increase heat to high. Stir in water, tomatoes, salsa, and flavor pouch. Bring to a boil and reduce heat to medium-low. Cover and simmer 15 minutes. Stir corn and sausage into rice, layer shrimp on top, and cook 5 minutes more, until liquid is absorbed. Top with cilantro if using. It’s not only super easy, but it’s healthy too!
* I think this recipe originally came from Parents magazine.