Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Propagate, Cultivate, Nourish and Flourish

Each month, for the past 7 months, some blogging friends and I have gotten together to create a poetry post. I've taken the opportunity to try many types of poetry, including Haikus (which are more difficult than they look, due to the strict syllable count) and Limericks (which are every bit as fun as they look). We've added to the challenge of the monthly post by choosing different themes for each month.

Propogate, Cultivate, Nourish and Flourish, a monthly poetry writing challenge, this month using the theme "flowers" | | #MyGraphics #poetry

This month, we've chosen the theme Flowers. What I found most difficult, as I began to work on my contribution, was staying away from all of the flower cliches. I started a number of different poems, but they all felt just too expected. So I went in a totally different direction.

and unknown, you find the fertile soil
of your new home.

and nestle, you must germinate
in your first home.

and thrive, gain strength from your surroundings
in this temporary home.

develop roots, sprout leaves and buds
outgrow this home.

for transplantation, it's time to relocate
to your permanent home.
into the light, where you will thrive,
in the rich soil of your new home.

become the flower you were meant to be.
In your home in my arms.

My darling child.

I hope you enjoyed today's attempt at poetry. Good news: whether you did or not, I'm sharing an easy and delicious recipe. I know you'll enjoy my Spicy Peanut Grilled Chicken.

Spicy Peanut Grilled Chicken, easy to make, big on flavor. Marinate in the mornig, grill in the evening. | Recipe developed by | #recipe #dinner #chicken

Spicy Peanut Grilled Chicken

Before you go, click on these links to more poetry by some of my friends:

Dawn of Spatulas on Parade shares Flowers or Flour, Power or Powder

Jules of The Bergham Chronicles shares May Flowers.

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Spicy Peanut Grilled Chicken
Printable Recipe
3 large boneless skinless chicken breasts
1/3 cup soy sauce
1/4 cup honey
1/3 cup chunky peanut butter
1 green onion, finely chopped
1/2 tsp paprika
1/4 tsp dried (hot) red pepper flakes
1 TBSP curry powder
1 tsp minced fresh garlic

*Cut each chicken breast into 3 similarly sized pieces. Place into a resealable gallon sized freezer bag.
*Whisk together the rest of the ingredients well. Pour into the bag with the chicken and seal the bag.
*Massage the chicken and marinade so all the chicken is coated. Place the bag in the fridge and allow to marinate for at least 4 hours and up to all day. Flip the bag over now and then.
*One hour before cooking, place the bag on the counter. Spray the cold grill with non stick spray.
*Heat grill. Remove the chicken from the bag and place on hot grill. Discard the remaining marinade. Cook approximately 10 minutes per side or until the chicken is fully cooked.


  1. Great job I think it was a beautiful poem. The recipe looks delicious as always! I need to hire you as my personal chef!

  2. The chicken recipe sounds amazingly good and the poem is lovely. There is always a place for poetry in our lives and sometimes it comes to our families at the dinner table. Cook on! Beth

    1. I love both creative outlets. Poetry is harder for me, but I keep trying.

  3. This truly looks delicious. And the poem is a great take on the theme without using cliches! Well done.

    1. Thank you, kind of off topic but I tried to tie it in.

  4. Beautiful poem. Loved it.
    This recipe is amazing. It's going right on my to make list. Your plating is gorgeous... Looks like a butterfly. Reminds me of Spring.
    Question... Would creamy be okay?! I'm on a peanut butter kick, and sorta went overboard stocking up at Costco. It's huge bottles of creamy though.

    1. Yes, creamy would be fine. I like the crunch of the little bits of peanut but the flavor of the marinade won't be altered by using creamy.

    2. I'm thinking I'll buy some chopped peanuts.

    3. It's not necessary, and you don't want to add a lot of extra sodium.

  5. Lovely poem, lovely recipe. Shared and pinned! I love the combo of peanut butter and chicken. I would leave out the honey but that's me - actually, I love to eat fried chicken dipped in honey. But I can see using that to get some good browning. Alana

    1. Definitely try it without the honey and see what you think. I love starting with a recipe and then changing it up to meet my family's likes.

  6. I love how you effortlessly worked that poem!
    And the chicken recipe has been bookmarked. Will try it out and let you know how it went!

    1. Yes, be sure to let me know what you think about the recipe.

  7. You're a lot better at these than you give yourself credit! Of course, you did give us grilled chicken!

    1. Yes, hoping a yummy recipe offsets my marginal poetry skills!


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