Project Champlain- and cilantro pesto chicken!!!

Project Champlain

Dean and I purchased our first home together a couple of months ago.  It has been the best purchase of my entire life and sooooo much work!  I anticipated living in construction for a month or so, we are going on 3 months and there is no end in sight!  Luckily we are no longer sleeping on a mattress on the floor or eating dinner with a wheelbarrow as our dining table!!!

There is saw dust everywhere, random paint samples on the walls, enough trash on the side of our yard to fill up about 5 dumpsters and tools EVERYWHERE.

Here are the projects that we decided to take on (and some pictures of what we’ve done so far)!!!

  • Install hardwood flooring- complete!

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  • Expand closet in master bedroom- 99% complete!

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  • Paint-   We still have the office, both bathrooms and the kitchen to complete

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  • Baseboards- in progress
  • New doors/ door casings- in progress

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  • Crown molding- in progress
  • Fireplace refacing- not even started yet!!!

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Luckily I have the most handy dandy dad in the world and he is helping us out tremendously!!!!  He comes over once or twice a week and works while Dean and I are at work to work on the house, spends the night and gets up the next morning to work on the house more!  We are so lucky to have him helping us out!!

Over the weekend he told me that he would be over on Monday night.  He told me that I better have a good dinner ready for him and it better not involve cauliflower!!!!  😉

So, Dad got chicken cooked in cilantro pesto with some steamed veggies that were leftover from my bridal shower!  I added a tortilla for him too!  He didn’t look too excited watching me cook it but he loved it!!!

Cilantro pesto

In your food processor, combine-

  • A bunch or two of cilantro
  • Handful of toasted almonds
  • 3-4 crushed garlic cloves
  • Olive oil
  • 1/4 cup of Chicken broth
  • Salt and pepper

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I sauteed the chicken in olive oil, salt, pepper, and garlic.  Once the chicken was cooked through and browned, I added in the cilantro pesto and cooked it together for a few minutes!  I served it with some fresh avocados that Dad brought over from his tree!  They were extra creamy and so much better than the ones at the grocery store.

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Dad also told me he can’t wait for my next blog entry-  HI DAD!!!!  🙂