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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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Busy Little Spider

28 Jun

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I feel rather busy, yet I can’t help but let the little things catch my eye.

Renegade Cicada

25 Jun

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I read in the news a couple of months ago about the cicadas that were coming to the east coast for the summer. I hoped that I would end up in the area at the right time to see the little buggers, and it just so happened that Rails Girls DC coincided. Well they didn’t visit DC, and we didn’t see them when we moved on to Asheville NC either. I had lost hope. I love the sounds they make, it reminds me of so many different times in my life.

I walked around the side of the house this morning to get the hose and there it was. Hanging off the back of my fella’s motorcycle cover was a cicada shell. We aren’t due for cicadas here in Nashville for some time, so I think he may have traveled to see me.

Snail For A Day

20 May

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I was gardening yesterday when I spotted this little guy on the patio. No bigger than my thumbnail and the same color as the concrete, I have no idea why i noticed him. He was so active that I watched him for a while and took some video. I saw him move that little stick without a problem.

It’s hard to explain the feeling I get from something so simple and small. Something that goes otherwise unnoticed, but today became a part of the actual world wide web. His whole life this little snail could have gone along without a person actually seeing him, but I saw him. I named him Carney.

This Easy Push Out Ice Cube Tray Will Be The Death Of Me

14 May

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Easy push out ice-cube tray, with flexible rubber bottom. Sounds dreamy. Three little roundish ice cubes floating in my little whiskey glass makes for the perfect post waitressing cocktail. Continue reading

Lettuce, Fear and Growth

14 May

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The Mesclun mix of lettuce really is growing! It’s doing so well that I planted more! It’s my dream to grow most of my food. I get so freaked out when I read the ingredients lists on packaged food or when I think about the chemicals that could be involved when growing produce on enormous farms. I try not to buy things that are not from the United States, but only because I only know that we regulate the amount of chemicals in our food and food from out of the country has different regulations. There was a time a few months ago when the citizens of the United States were instructed by the news/media not to buy orange juice from out of the country. Not because there were chemicals in it, but because the chemicals were higher than the amount that we legally allow into our food. It’s scary, really scary. I even worry about the safety of the food that I grow because I live in the city, with all the pollution and emissions and such.

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Help Put A New Roof On A House That Needs It

5 May

This is Danny Proctor, close personal friend. If you recall I hosted a surprise birthday party for Danny a few months ago and wrote about throwing a party in a small space. Danny is in dire need of a new roof, please read his story and visit his GoFundMe site.

Created by Danny Proctor on May 5, 2013

Madison, TN

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 Raindrops keep falling on our heads! We have major leaks in our very old roof that require more than patching. We need a new roof ASAP!

Long story short: I had surgery for prostate cancer in 2006. No more cancer. In March 2009, my housemate and partner Daryl Pike was diagnosed with Non-Hodgkins Lymphoma. After chemo and then going into remission, he relapsed and required a stem cell bone marrow transplant in May 2011.

The good news: Daryl’s cancer is gone! The bad news: Daryl has been unemployed since May 2011 and I quit my full-time job three years ago to be his required 24/7 caregiver. We have no health insurance (we’ve exhausted all options, believe me) and very limited income. I’m working from home making what money I can.

A friend in the roofing biz gave us an estimate for a new roof. The $6,000 will cover the materials, labor etc plus any incidentals (such as gofuncme.com’s fees). We want to install a metal roof, which is recommended for a low-pitch roof, plus the economic value. Any mold, fungus etc. can be dangerous to Daryl’s new immune system so we can’t have rain literally dripping on his bed anymore. My friend has patched the roof twice, stopping the kitchen and bathroom leaks, but the leak over Daryl’s bed is still there.Between Daryl and myself, we have nearly 4,000 Facebook friends. A few dollars each would give us this roof that we desperately need.

Believe me, begging is a last-ditch effort. Please forgive us but know anything anyone can give would be a blessing.

To help, please visit Raise Our Roof by Danny Proctor

 

Ants In The Dog Food Bowl

3 May

It’s only when you are doing something totally absurd, that you think is totally normal, you remember exactly who you are.

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Today I came home from work to find ants in the dog food bowl. No good. I mean, good because that means it’s finally warmed up after what seemed like an eternal winter. Bad because I don’t want my little dog friend eating ants! So as I was filling up the pan with water, I thought about how crazy I may look to an observer.

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A Short Dress And An Inspirational Snake

1 May

As I locked the dead bolt this morning before heading off to work, something in the flowerbed caught my eye. I looked over, and there he/she was. A snake, a ribbon snake says Google. Maybe 14 inches and he was looking right at me. I was looking right at him and I only broke our eye contact to get a picture of him and he used that opportunity to try to slither away. The porch and the concrete garden borders confused him as he bounced around for a few seconds and I was able to get a shot.

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Artists And Pincushions

1 May

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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.

I tend to romanticize the life of an artist, but I don’t know if it would be much different from my current everyday life. I would make my lists as usual, and depending on the day I would actually do the things on my list. There is no way that a person can feel creative and motivated all the time, is there? Maybe it’s just a decision, mind over matter and that type of thing. Can I really decide to be creative and motivated every single day no matter what? That’s heavy man.

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