Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Poker Face and the Easiest Dinner You Will Ever Make

Happy Tuesday blogland!

I hope your weekend was grand and your Monday was a better start to the week than mine.

My sweet Baby Girl has been giving me a run for my money lately and yesterday was one of her worst days yet.  I'm not sure if she's just showing me a little "Terrible 3" action or if there's really something going on with her.  She is constantly exhausted, irritable, moody, and clingy.  She has been defying me by speaking in one word utterances and butt scooting (like she did as a baby).  I think she knows how annoying I find that behavior.  I need to work on my poker face.

She was crying, wouldn't participate, and defying me with her baby nonsense at Little Gym yesterday morning so I scooped her up and left.  I gave her 3 warnings and she didn't listen so I showed her I meant business.  You should have seen the Judgy McJudgerston looks I got from the other moms.  

Do I want her to think I will put up with that ridiculousness?  No.  
Did I show her who's boss?  You betcha.  
Was I little hasty and harsh?  Probably.
Will she think twice next Monday before acting like a fool?  Hopefully.
Did I have so much mommy guilt for getting frustrated with her last night after she went to bed?  As always.

Anywhodles.  Let's move on to last night's dinner.  After a tough mommy day, the last thing I want to do is spend hours slaving over a gourmet dinner while she's fussing and whining for me to sit with her. That's why I busted out my Easy Mexican Chicken Bake.  It's so tasty and only takes 5 minutes to prepare (and 30 minutes to bake).


Easy Mexican Chicken Bake

1 package chicken breast tenderloins
1 can of corn, drained
1 can of seasoned black beans, drained
1 jar of salsa
Shredded Cheese
1 package of Mahatma yellow rice prepared according to package
Optional toppings:  cilantro, black olives, tortilla strips, diced green onions

Preheat oven to 375 degrees.  Grab a 13" x 9" Pyrex baking pan.  Empty and spread the black beans first, followed by corn, and then salsa in the pan.  Top with chicken and bake for 25 minutes.  Spread cheese on the top and allow to melt during the last 5 minutes.  Serve over yellow rice with optional toppings and voila!  Easiest meal in history!


We polished off a bottle of my favorite, Whispering Angel Rose since it was already open and chilled.  Mexican always pairs nicely with a tasty Albarino or Rioja.  Enjoy!

p.s.  Why do I drink Baby Mama Juice?  Because I'm finally able to move normally after my ballet class last Thursday.  My poor muscles.  I have to remember to stretch this week.  Duh.


  1. Hope the little one is feeling better soon. And thank you for sharing the recipe!!

  2. That looks yum! And don't worry about the other moms...when their kids are 16 and heinous they'll wish they had your parenting skills! :)

  3. Oh no...so sorry to hear about the terrible 3s! I bet all the other mothers were just jealous of how beautiful you looked, while demonstrating awesome parenting!

    She will be your best friend one day . . . I'm sure.

  4. Aw, hope your girl is feeling better soon. High five to you for taking her home...I struggle with this too, but they totally need boundaries and guidance. That recipe looks right up my alley (Mexican-ish and easy!), thanks for sharing. Can't wait to try it out.

  5. That chicken bake looks right up my cooking alley! Hang in there mama! I wanted to put my head through kitchen window during dinner time prep tonight!!

    I need tontake ballet! Anything that makes you that sore sounds great!!

  6. You are funny! I think you did the right thing....and usually mommy guilt ensues....but you want her to be her best self...and this means controlling herself. She will learn it in no time! yummy recipe!!

  7. oooooh I know I am going to get so much balk talk when I am a mom!
    That dinner looks amazing. Trying next week for sure

  8. any mom who gave you a dirty look is secretly hanging on by a thread or high on percocet!!

  9. OMG. I love Jill's response!! I didn't know you could still get Percocet?

    Anyhoo... I have mommy guilt too a lot at night. You did the right thing by showing her who is boss!

    Have a good day! That wine sounds devine...

  10. Jill's response is great. The mommy guilt will always be there because you love you little boo but the follow through is sooo important and you will not regret the amazing little person she turns out to be as a result of your efforts!! Little mama's gotta know you mean it!! Applause to you!!!

  11. You did the right thing by taking baby girl home. Better to teach those lessons now instead of when she's 13! My youngest can give me a run for my money so I completely understand your frustration. Thank God for wine!


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