Our life living off the land in our log cabin, breathing fresh mountain air, and getting back to basics.

Monday, November 5, 2012

Bright Ideas Come When You Least Expect 'Em

I often have trouble sleeping...it's been something I have been plagued with for as long as I can remember.  But it isn't all bad, because when I can't sleep, my mind keeps on working (that part is the not too great part, because if I could get my mind to be quiet, I am sure I would fall back to sleep) and I periodically encounter a bright idea that might even lean toward brilliance (ha ha, I know, it sounds like I might be a little big headed at the moment, but really, I am usually quite modest).

Last night was one of those sleepless nights.  And you know what I thought about?  My Marinated Grilled Wings recipe that I shared yesterday...they were really delicious, but I had a bright idea, so go with me...

Follow the same recipe ingredients with the following noted adjustments (click on my Marinated Grilled Wings link).  Instead of mixing all the ingredients together, mix the dry herbs and spices together as the recipe states, including brown sugar, which creates a rub.  Massage your little wings with the rub and then wrap them in one layer (meaning don't overlap them or put them in a bowl, you want each and every little juicy-to-be wing to absorb the rub) in saran wrap overnight.  Just before you are ready to cook your wings, mix the liquid ingredients, including 1/2 cup brown sugar (the garlic is part of the liquid ingredients) and put them into a sauce pan.  Bring it to a boil and let the mixture thicken a bit (but not too much, the beauty of this recipe was the subtle presence of the sauce), which will create your glaze/sauce.  Now cook as the recipe instructed.  I have not tried this, but it sounds so darn good to me that I will try it!  And if you do, please do share your results!

Related to bright ideas, but only in an indirect way, as the birds were flittering about in the experience I am about to share with you, as if a cold front were coming, and of course, birds have wings...this was sublime...

I went for a walk up the mountain this morning...the sky was blue, the air was crisp and it was cold enough to have to wear a heavy coat and gloves (we woke to frost this morning, which is beginning to be a regular occurrence...an experience of living here that I thoroughly enjoy!).  On my way back down the mountain, the waning moon was perfectly framed by the bare branches...it caused me to pause and be grateful.  For everything.  And everyone.  It was an unexpected bright, spiritual moment:)

Life is good!  Life is bright!

Thanks for reading my blog, you are the best f/f/r/s/f's, see you tomorrow,

1 comment:

Dad/Pepere said...

Love the photo...another treasure! I'll wait for you to tell me how the updated recipe works...Hugs!