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Anticipating the Change

Anticipating the change, as in looking forward to something, knowing that it is going to happen. Seasons can be like that, anticipating what we know will be coming and the changes that will happen when the new season starts. Each season brings with it so many different parts, so many different moments, memories. The way we feel in the season, the way we look forward to feeling based on past experiences.


As a child in school, knowing that the beginning of summer represents the end of the school year and vacation, waiting with anticipation for summer to begin. Fall and the changing of the leaves and at the colors, the cooler months, coming off of a very long hot summer. Winter time and all the snow sports, colder weather, an excuse to hibernate, turn inward, cuddle up and drink hot cocoa and watch movies. Whatever that change represents to you, we welcome them with much anticipation, it's the change we love, something different.


What if, with each change of the season, we decided to do something different that season. Something that was indicative to the season, that you have never done or tried before. Something new to your lifestyle or habits, a challenge, a new way of being, or seeing things. This would give you something new to anticipate with each change, an accomplishment that continues with each year, season after season.


There is so much about each season that we probably haven't ever touched, seen, been a part of or experienced!! Make that commitment to making some changes to your seasons, give them some new meaning, fill your soul with the season, make it your best one yet. Then, carry that with you to the next one and the one after that... adding new things, changes some things. Grow with the seasons, let the seasons expand who you are and your self awareness. I realize that there is always some dread to a season and some of the things that come with it, change that, bring new meaning to the season and to yourself. Make sure there is something in each season you look forward to, so there is more of the anticipation. The change is going to come, move into it with anticipation, something to look forward to.


Mustard Chicken


Ingredients:

4 boneless skinless chicken breasts

1/4 cup whole grain mustard

1/4 Dijon mustard

1-2 tbsp honey, your preference

2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil

Juice of 1 lemon

4 cloves garlic, minced

1/2 tsp paprika

1/2 tsp dried thyme

salt and papper to taste


Directions:


In a medium bowl add the whole grain mustard, dijon. mustard, honey, olive oil, lemon juice, garlic, paprika, thyme, salt and pepper. Whisk thoroughly until well combined. Reserve 1/4 cup of the marinade for brushing on the chicken.


Place the chicken in a ziplock bag or glass container, pour the marinade over the top. Massage the marinade into the chicken, and let it sit for and hour to overnight. The longer you marinade the more flavor the chicken will have.


Preheat your grill to medium high, oil the grates. Place the chicken on the grill and cook covered for about 5-7 minutes, turn the chicken and brush the reserved marinade over the top of the chicken. Cook for another 5-7 minutes.


Remove when done, internal temp should be about 165 degrees.


Serve as is, or slice and place it on top of a salad, with roasted veggies... You can even make chicken tenders.

Mustard Chicken





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