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Life and Orange Chicken

5 Sep

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As easy as it was for me to delete my last post, it’s not so easy to delete from my life. I started the business with a partner, and as it often times goes, our creative visions ended up being very different. After a few months of trial and error and weighing it out in my head, I had to decide to let The Bus Stop Diner continue without me. I am still looking for my food truck, and still building my own ideas.

In the mean time, my fella and I have purchased our very first house! A charming three bedroom, two bathroom cottage with a fenced in yard for the dog friend to run.  It’s in town, and there is plenty of room for gardening. We will be closing next month and moving in November. I can’t even convey our excitement!

I’ve been busy with work, web design classes, playing my drums, searching for new ideas to decorate our house and doing a lot of cooking. While saving for our house we have discovered all kinds of ways to cut unnecessary costs from our budget. We have both been eating breakfast and having coffee at home. I discovered an amazing granola bar recipe that I can’t wait to share with you! We have been taking our lunch to work, and going out less. We were struggling with dinner though. It’s so easy to just slip on down to our favorite bar and let someone else feed us. I have searched out meals, and planned dinners and tried new dishes to keep us from getting bored with the routine.

I happened to discover a tasty little dish that I got from a pile of old recipe cards that my sister was throwing away. It called for a some chicken pieces, so I bought a whole raw chicken and watched an amazing YouTube video on how to cut it.

It is absolutely not for the squeamish, but the result was plenty of chicken for dinner and next day lunch and two large breasts to put in the freezer. I took the chicken guy’s advice and used the carcass to make about 6 cups of broth that I portioned and froze. I stretched that little chicken just as far as I could! Thanks chicken!

Orange Chicken

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350°  1 hour

1 frying chicken (3 – 3 1/2 lbs)

1 clove of garlic minced

2 Tbsp butter chopped into little pieces

tsp black pepper

4 Tbsp fresh orange juice

2 tsp grated orange rind (I used 1 orange for this recipe)

1 Tbsp brown sugar

After you dismember your chicken, or buy chicken like a normal person, put enough in a baking dish with a lid. I used the legs with the thighs attached, and the two wings so I could send leftovers with my fella.

Sprinkle the soy sauce, garlic and black pepper over the chicken and then drop the little chunks of butter on top. Cover and cook for 30 minutes at 350°.

While this was happening I cooked some rice and put some brussel sprouts and butter in a pan with a lid. I cooked the brussel sprouts on low for about 40 minutes and the result was tender amazingness.

When the timer goes off pull out the chicken and pour the orange juice and some rind over the chicken. Spoon all the juices over the chicken then sprinkle the brown sugar on top and put the lid on. Cook for another 20 minutes or until the chicken is cooked through.

When serving, garnish with a little more rind and a few orange slices. The sweet orange went perfectly with the bitterness of the brussel sprouts, and the rice kept it simple. This is one of my new favorite meals!

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If only I could be one of those people. Inspiration all around me, creative at the drop of a hat, always in a pleasant mood. Alas, I’m just a moody, fickle artist. I can’t really afford a life as a moody fickle artist since I haven’t really done anything to earn enough monetary security to seclude myself from the outside world and just drink and create. So I must work, as a waitress. It’s easier said than done, you must put on this face everyday and be fairly pleasant no matter how you really feel. Similar to being a stepford wife I assume.

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After a delightful day as a waitress, where people treated me with nothing but kindness and respect, I clocked out and headed towards my Jeep. I’m asked to park a quarter-mile or so from work to provide enough parking space for the generous people who come eat lunch at the little restaurant that I work in. I walk past a pawn shop and a dollar store on the way to my ride, and today I saw something I hadn’t seen in a while. A woman pulled into the parking lot of the dollar store right in front of me, and the passenger had a tiny baby in her lap. The passenger handed the baby off to the driver and hopped out to go dollar shoppin’.

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I feel like I’m a pretty good vegetable gardener, but I’m no good with the flowers. I have some bulbs that I planted in my front bed a couple of years ago that never blossomed. This spring there was a beautiful red tulip bud growing out of one of the little flowerless piles of green. I took extra care to check it each day to see if it had opened.

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I grew tired of the green eyes that would replace my brown ones. Every time I would see one of those studded phone cases I was in love, but not enough to shell out the cash. You see dearies, I am very frugal. I like to save my money for bigger and better things instead of spending it on the trivial things. As a waitress you understand more than most that pennies really do add up to dollars. I prefer to make the things that I covet, and in doing so I am able to exercise my artistic expression as well as set myself apart from the norm. I used the last of my studs, and a feather that broke off an earring.

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