I'm bad at rules. Just as bad as I am at poetry. About a month ago, on May 31st, to be exact, Cathy tagged me in one of those challenges that go around now and then. This one was her first post of a Three Day Quote Challenge. It wasn't all that complicated really, in her own words, you "just post a favorite quote for 3 consecutive days and nominate three others to do the same!"
Easy peasy, right? Well, if you know me, you're crossing your arms, shaking your head and rolling your eyes.
In my defense, there wasn't a time frame specified. Your bad, not mine.
But that's all I've got in my defense. So in the spirit of "better late than never" (maybe I should use that as one of my 3 quotes), I'm doing this post today. And since I can't follow the rules, I'm doing it all at once.
I tried to find quotes that spoke to me, provided inspiration and were from people I knew of. But, as always, when I'm just going through life I can think of a million of them, and when I need one . . . nada. All I could think of was "if you love someone, set them free . . ." Not only is that not the kind of inspiration I wanted to express in this post, but I'd already changed that one to fit my life and made it into a meme for my Facebook page. See:
For my second quote choice I'm inspired by another lesson I've tried to teach my boys and something I myself grapple with, owning my mistakes. I am dismayed at what I'm seeing with frightening frequency in society; the desire to blame the victim, blame upbringing, blame society, blame anyone. Except the person really to blame:
My third quote is less inspiration and more perspective. It's a humorous quote, it's about life, and it reminds me that no matter what's going on, to take a minute and laugh. And then prepare yourself. Because all parents know that Murphy's Law is alive and well.
Oh, and here's one I live by. Not sure who said it first but I do believe that "food is love".
Ranch Chicken and Broccoli Kabobs
I know I'm supposed to nominate three people to take this challenge. Well, I was supposed to a month ago. With interest, that's probably about 300 people by now. Truth is, whenever I nominate people I worry about who I may have left out. So I'm just going to challenge anyone interested, either in blog posts or just in the comments below, tell me what quotes inspire you.
Ranch Chicken and Broccoli Kabobs©www.BakingInATornado.com
4 boneless skinless chicken breasts halves, cut into bite sized pieces
1 head of broccoli, cut into florets, leaving about an inch of stem on each floret
1/2 cup ranch salad dressing
1/4 cup oil
1 tsp Italian seasoning
3 tsp balsamic vinegar
dash of salt
*Place the broccoli florets and the chicken chunks into separate bowls or freezer bags.
*Whisk together the salad dressing, oil, Italian seasoning, balsamic vinegar and salt.
*Add the marinade to the chicken and to the broccoli. Mix to be sure everything is well coated. Refrigerate for a few hours up to a day.
*Skewer the chicken and broccoli. Skewer the broccoli carefully through the stem.
*Spray your cold grill with nonstick spray. Heat the grill to medium.
*Place the skewers on the grill and turn every 5 minutes until the chicken is completely cooked. It should only take about 15 to 20 minutes.