Sunday, July 5, 2009
My DH and I spent the 4th just the two of us. He doesn't like to cut his flowers for me to make a flower pot--he likes for them to be in the yard. He broke down yesterday and got on his scooter and rode around a gathered me a "few" flowers. I didn't really have any 4th of July decorations so I went to Martha Stewart and printed off a few things. My plates are our outdoor plates and have birdhouses around the rim. As you have probably noticed from other pictures, I love birdhouses. We barbecued chicken on the grill. I cut the chicken in half and double wrapped them in tinfoil. DH cooked them 25 minutes on one side and turned them over for 25 more minutes. He then removed them from the tinfoil and brushed the sauce on. I usually make my NC barbecue sauce but didn't feel up to it yesterday, so I used bottled sauce. I marinated the zucchini slices in Zesty Italian dressing and then he cooked them on the grill. We had mashed potatoes and marinated steamed broccoli. The recipe for the broccoli is below.
STEAMED BROCCOLI FLORETS
1/4 cup sugar
3 tablespoons cider vinegar
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
2 tablespoon water
1/2 teaspoon prepared mustard
Dash each of salt, pepper, and ground mustard
1 pound fresh broccoli florets.
In a jar with a tight fitting lid, combine the sugar, vinegar, oil, water, prepared mustard, salt, pepper, and ground mustard; shake well. Set aside. Place broccoli in a steamer basket. Place in a saucepan over 1 in of water; bring to a boil.
Cover and steam for 5-8 minutes or until crisp tender. Place in a serving bowl. Shake dressing and drizzle over broccoli and toss to coat.