Friday, June 13, 2014

Spicy Honey Chicken Chunks and UYW Use Your Words

Oh yes, my kind of guilty pleasure, fried chicken. I try not to fry anything, but do on occasion pan fry. That means, just a dab (1 TBSP) of oil in a pan. That way the food is not saturated but I still get the taste/effect of fried.

You may have seen this photo on instagram, it was so good I wanted to share right away. Check out my Instagram page to see what I eat that is NOT on the blog or what I'm up to.

Today's post is also the #UseYourWords monthly writing challenge. You'll read it at the end of this recipe post. Please stick around and read to the bottom, thanks so much!!

3 boneless skinless chicken breast, diced
3 TBSP flour
fresh cracked pepper
2 TBSP olive oil
Dice your chicken breast and dredge in flour with pepper. Saute in a hot pan with oil. Drain well and top with spicy honey.
spicy honey
2 TBSP raw honey
1 tsp ginger 
1/2 cumin
1/2 curry
Stir well and drizzle over the hot chicken chunks

Today’s post is a writing challenge. This is how it works: participating bloggers picked 4 – 6 words or short phrases for someone else to craft into a post. All words must be used at least once and all the posts will be unique as each writer has received their own set of words. That’s the challenge, here’s a fun twist; no one who’s participating knows who got their words and in what direction the writer will take them. Until now.

At the end of this post you’ll find links to the other blogs featuring this challenge. Check them all out, see what words they got and how they used them. 
I’m using: purple ~ eye ~ warm ~ flower ~ water
They were submitted by:Juice Box Confessions

When I started this challenge I was excited, I love writing and in Feburary I started the tale of Pearl and William, which I have been asked repeatedly to continue. So, this month, here is installment 5 of the saga. I hope you enjoy it.
Installment 1
and now 5

Cleaning up after the storm had been a real chore, Pearl was so thankful for William. He is such a wonderful gut man, she thought. It helped her to get through her tough days with the children, cleaning, repairing and missing Cousin Sara.

Pearl had been raised to have faith that God knew what was right and to never question. This had not been difficult until now. Every since the storm she had to force herself not to question why God  would take Sara away from her husband and children.

As Pearl looked over at Abe, Sara's poor widowed husband she could still see the purple eye from something hitting him during the storm. On top of seeing all the water that still stood in the ruined fields.

The children seemed fine until time for bed or upon waking, then they cried for their momma. It tore at her heart.

Across the field she saw a wagon. Visitors? Oh my who could it be? Pearl patted down her hair, made sure her prayer cap was on secure and wiped her hands on her apron.

As the wagon approached, she thought she must have been warm in the head, surely it was not...

YES! It was Mama and Papa! Pearl cried out and forgot herself, she took off running and met the wagon. Her Mama cried out and jumped down without allowing Papa to help her down. They embraced and cried for what seemed like hours.

Pearl had not even noticed that Abe, William and the children had gathered around. When the women broke their embrace Pearl turned and smiled. She nodded to Papa and introduced him to William. Her face was warm with love and excitement. Mama smiled and thought "yes, I see the love for her in his eyes. It warmed Mama's heart but she would hold her tongue, this was between Papa and William.

As they stepped onto the porch Mama noticed the flowers. A tear slipped own her cheek. Abe was the first to notice and surprisingly asked if Mama was okay. She said "Yah, those are from the ones I gave to Sara when she moved away to become your bride." Everyone stood still for a moment lost in their own memories when Papa cleared his throat.

That evening while sitting on the porch, Mama told Pearl that she and Papa had come to help and to bring her home. They knew she was to be married but did not feel it was "not proper anymore for her to live here with Sara being gone all." Pearl wanted to protest but knew her place. How could she leave? When would she be back? when would she and William marry? What about the children? her mind was a flurry of worry and she had a horrible nights sleep due to it.

In the wee hours of the morning, Pearl thought she was dreaming, had she heard her name? She rose and walked to the window, peeking out she saw a shadow. This brought a huge smile to her face. In the moonlight his shadow had a purple hue. She threw on her house dress and quietly slipped from the house.

William pulled her close and, held her, ah she smelled like flowers. He loved that about her. They walked for some time, staring at the stars before either of them spoke.

When he spoke, it was very softly and with great concern. William said "Pearl I will honor your Pa but am not happy that at the end of the week you will be leaving. I wanted to speak with you about what has been on my heart before speaking to your Pa."

He continued: Abe and I have spoken, he can not raise these children and run a farm without a wife. He is too heart broken to consider a wife at this time. Would you consider moving here, marrying me and raising the children? Abe has agreed to give us part of his farmland as our own. We would move into the house when we get it fixed and added onto. While we are repairing the farmhouse Abe will live in the barn, it's warm so he would be fine until we have a dawdi house built for him. This way he could be in his children's lives but have help too. Will you consider this?"

Pearl did not realize she was crying until he reached and wiped away her tears. "YES I have no thinkin' to do. Cousin Sara knew something was going to happen. She had asked me when I first came to care for the children. She begged me to raise them." She took a breath, " I have been seeking the Lord on this since the storm". "I believe we are to stay here, help Abe and raise the children."

"Then it is settled," William said. "I will speak to your Pa first thing." They turned and walked back in the direction of the house.

Stay tuned...

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