DAY 28 – IN THE WOODS
Crunch crack sounds warning
Hidden creatures sigh relief
Snow is in the woods
Well, this is it; today’s the last day of Terri Giuliano Long’s #BlogFlash2013- Part 1. I’m sorry for it to end, because BlogFlash is the one time that I force myself to write and publish something every day to my blog. It’s predominately haiku, which is a love of mine that I don’t concentrate on writing otherwise.
I thoroughly enjoyed popping over to everyone’s blogs to read and comment on posts. I feel a real sense of community and I’m going to miss it until Terri’s next #blogflash rolls around again. I will try to keep in touch with the new friends I’ve made. See y’all in August!
Since the warm weather has made me itch to go fish, here’s an encore piece on ‘Success’ from #BlogFlash2012:
Choosing perfect words for a 17-syllable piece is challenging to say the least. Daily word prompts get my creative juices flowing, which pour into the rest of my day’s writing. I want to keep that creativity flowing, and I have a favor to ask y’all.
I’m asking my reader friends to leave one-word prompts in the comments section (leave more than one word if you wish). All I need is 22 different prompts to write weekday haiku/poems for the month of April. Go ahead…you know you want to!
Thank you in advance for helping me with my self-challenge. Terri, thanks again for a fun month’s romp! :0)
SUPER CRISPY SUPERBOWL CHICKEN WINGS
(This is a recipe that will have ‘em worshiping the ground you walk on
during football season…heck, for any season or any reason!)
With only a few days under my belt, this neophyte blogger is taking baby-steps and probably will be for some time, however; I don’t want a week to go by without posting. I promised little snippets of happiness and I’m pulling out the big guns today because it is my wish that you to ‘follow’ my blog and stick around!
Superbowl Sunday is fast-approaching, so I’m divulging my most prized recipe for the crispiest chicken wings ever. They come out perfectly seasoned and are so crispy and delicious you won’t even want to dip them…yet a smattering of bleu cheese never hurt anybody.
Fresh chicken pieces
Salting the chicken 12 hours or overnight to remove moisture
Twice-frying the chicken- 8 min. at 275° to poach, drain on wire rack, then 2 min. at 375° to crisp
5 LBS. – Fresh chicken wings and drummettes (frozen wings contain too much moisture)
4 Tbsp. – Kosher salt
4 Cups- Canola or vegetable oil (Do not use olive oil as the smoke point is too low)
Place chicken in a large bowl, then sprinkle with salt and toss to coat. Transfer chicken pieces to a baking sheet and arrange in a single layer. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for 12 hours.
When ready to cook, remove chicken pieces from refrigerator, pat completely dry with paper towels, and brush away all the salt. Let chicken sit at room temperature for 10 to 15 minutes.
Place oil in a large Dutch oven or stove top deep fryer fitted with a thermometer. Heat on medium high until oil is 275 F (140 C).
Divide chicken into batches so that the pieces won’t crowd your pot. One batch at a time, fry for 8 minutes and keep the wings moving using a wooden spoon. Transfer each batch to a wire rack set on a baking sheet.
Once all the chicken is done increase the heat to high and heat oil to 375 F (190C).
Again working in batches, fry chicken for 2 minutes, then transfer to a wire rack. The skin should be brown and crunchy and the meat should pull away from the bones with just a bit of resistance.
As each batch is transferred to the wire rack, season it with salt and pepper. Transfer the chicken to a large bowl and, while the wings are still hot, pour your choice of sauce over the wings to coat or leave plain. Transfer to a serving platter.
Serve with traditional bleu cheese dressing, celery sticks and carrots. Makes 5 to 6 servings.
So, you’ve got time to bring the ingredients in-house, and remember to salt your chicken on Saturday to present the most crispiest of crisp chicken wings you’ve ever had in your life on Game Day.
Have fun, enjoy the game, and please comment on how you made out with your wings. GO GIANTS!
Hey, this weekend would also be the perfect time to read a bedtime story to the kids in your life. Why not give LUCCI- THE NO SMOOCHIE POOCHIE a go! E-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org if you’d prefer the printed version.
[Credit: I found this recipe several years ago in a story titled “Want a great buffalo wing? Moisture is the enemy,” December 7, 2008 THE ASSOCIATED PRESS, Larry Crowe. The link is different, but the story's there.]
It’s been a couple of months since you’ve heard from me. I attempted my first NaNoWriMo in November, but only got to about four thousand words. To be honest, I became overwhelmed, stressed, and depressed. I began looking at all of my efforts in a negative light.
Exhaustive participation on social media sites did not translate into book sales. I made many friendships with fellow authors for which I treasure, however; the time spent tweeting and posting to Facebook had taken my imagination hostage. When I sat down to write, I had nothing. Nada. Zilch. This went on for weeks.
I decided to step away from it all for a bit. No Twitter; no Facebook; no writing; instead, I baked and cooked and read and hung out with my family and my animals. I spent a lot of time working outside in the fresh air, appreciating the antics of my three pet goats and the nine adorably funny Guinea Hens that have newly adopted my front yard as their home. I rested. I remembered how grateful I am for my life and the wonderful people and experiences that fill it.
My children’s story, LUCCI-The No Smoochie Poochie was published on Amazon exactly one year-ago today, and I also embarked on building my author platform, so I thought it fitted that I claim my imagination back on this special anniversary. I’m up on the horse!
I followed constructive criticism and am having some of the illustrations in LUCCI revised, and I opened my NaNo story and went to work on it this morning.
Now, I’m posting to my blog. Whoopee! I’m still scared as hell, but quitting is not an option!
Jeff Goins wrote a similar post about stepping away from it all. Try it; you’ll be surprised. The nicest surprise I received was knowing that there were folks out there still supporting me, although it was not reciprocated for a bit.
Thank you friends, see ya’ll on Twitter and Facebook pronto!