Chicken burgers, herbed couscous with arugula.
Maybe I'm not cut out to be a stay at home mom. I have a job, after all. But I'm off this summer, and entertaining three monkeys is all up to me. So far it's been fine, but then yesterday it rained and rained, and then it rained some more. Today it kept threatening to rain. The upshot is that my children and I have been cooped up for more than twenty-four hours, and that is bad news. Take these home conditions, combine them with actual bad news from the outside world, add the soundtrack from Caillou, and my head is threatening to come off my neck and steal the car and never come back.
Anyway, by dinnertime, it was abundantly clear that we needed some outside time. I thought I'd grill burgers, because then I can cook and stand around outside. For variety, I made them with ground chicken.
As soon as I lit the coals, it started raining again. The boys went inside. "I AM GRILLING THESE GODFORSAKEN BURGERS ANYWAY," I told them in measured and rational tones as they stared at me through the screen door. (I might not have said "forsaken." I forget.)
And I did. They were good!