Take It Easy, Don't let the sound of your own wheels make you crazy.

Sometimes you want to make a special dinner that doesn't involve 12 bowls, numerous dish washings and esoteric ingredients that you have to find in 3 separate grocery stores.  Especially when you have ~72 hours to love the ones you're with.

Make a melon ball salad.  It's cool and refreshing, and noone will care if you only use one type of melon.  Don't wash your melon baller, just rinse it.  Seriously, you weren't making raw chicken balls with it.

 Make something tried and true.  Like my brown butter and soy asparagus.  Melt butter in dish in oven at 400F, when it is toasty and brown add a little soy sauce and toss with your aspargus.  Roast for 15 minutes.

Use something you already have in your fridge.  The Hatch chile pesto has an encore on top of some goat cheese.  Toast the bread while you roast your asparagus.

Use some high quality prepared grilling sauce on your chicken thighs.  Just do it.  Don't put it on too early though because with all that sugar it will burn like the tinder dry grass in my backyard. 

 Buy some filet mignon.  Season simply with garlic and alae salt.  Learn how to grill to medium rare without cutting into the meat.  For me it's ~10 min on each side at 500F, take temp of meat with instant read thermometer, when it's 120F turn off grill and allow to sit an additional 10 minutes or so.  That's with the thick steaks pictured above.  Have your husband do the dishes.  There won't be many.  Serve a dessert from Costco (the horror!).

 Everyone will love your dinner, and its simplicity will leave you more time for this.....

And, of course, this.