Good morning, all! I have been absent a while. I just can’t seem to find a spare moment to blog, keep up with correspondence, clean my house properly, or much of anything else. Busy busy busy! I hope all is well in your world.
Fortune is today’s daily prompt topic. Such a subjective topic. Many would probably define fortune as wealth in the monetary sense. Others may define it as luck (i.e. he was fortunate enough to win that raffle drawing). Since I personally have never been wealthy nor lucky, I think of fortune more like blessings–more like understanding how much you do have and appreciating that. Even though life has been challenging of late, I know how fortunate I am.
I have a wonderful family who I love dearly. I have a caring, kind spouse who loves me even though I seldom deserve such a partner. I do not have to struggle daily to feed my family. I have a roof over my head. I have clothes to wear. I do not live in an oppressed, third-world, nor a war-torn area. I do not have to walk miles and miles each day to collect tainted water. Each day, though often an emotional battle, is not a physical challenge of survival. I am free to believe in God and can expect not to be persecuted for that belief.
And today I have been given yet another opportunity to wake up and face this day with health and hope and the opportunity of making the best of what the day presents. I could not ask for more fortune in my life.
May you also recognize how fortunate you are. Much love.
Song of the Day
November Rain by Guns N’ Roses. How fortunate I am to have lived long enough to hear the songs I grew up listening to on the classic rock station…….
Book of the Day
I am almost finished reading The Secret History by Donna Tartt. This is the second book of hers that I have read, and I can say two things: she is an excellent story teller, and she must have done lots of drugs throughout her life……. This book and The Goldfinch have a common theme of heavy drug use by the main characters. The narrator in The Secret History, Richard Papen, recounts his involvement in a murder during his years at Hampden College in Vermont, where he was a member of a group of mostly wealthy Ancient Greek majors with questionable morals that live in a world quite removed from the rest of the student body. I will likely end up giving it 4 or 5 stars on Goodreads. We shall see……
Recipe of the Day
Sun Dried Tomato, Spinach, and Cheese Baked Stuffed Chicken Breasts via http://www.recipetineats.com. This is one of those recipe videos that I saw on Facebook. I will be trying it for dinner tonight.
- 6oz/180g small chicken breasts (2 pieces), boneless and skinless
- 1/2 cup sun dried tomato (oil packed. Use enough to cover the chicken, cut into strips)
- 4 slices mozzarella cheese (or other melting cheese of choice)
- leaves Handful of spinach
- 2 tsp olive oil
- 1 tbsp Dijon Mustard
- 1 tbsp white wine vinegar or lemon juice
- 1/2 tsp sugar, any
- 2 tsp olive oil
- 1/2 tsp EACH Italian mixed herbs and red pepper flakes
- Salt & pepper
Preheat oven to 180C/350F.
Whisk together the Italian Dressing ingredients in a bowl. It will be thicker than salad dressing.
Cut a pocket into each chicken breast, taking care not to cut all the way though.
Coat the chicken (inside and out) with the Italian Dressing.
Place chicken on work surface. Stuff with sun dried tomato, top with cheese then finish with spinach leaves. Just stuff in as much as you can.
Seal with toothpicks (just stick them in on the diagonal – see photo in post).
Heat oil in an ovenproof skillet over high heat. Add chicken and cook for 1 1/2 minutes on each side, or until golden.
Transfer to oven and cook for 15 minutes, or until cheese is melted and bubbly and chicken is cooked through. Rest for 3 minutes before serving, drizzled with the juices in the skillet.