Goals to Help- Goal 2: Kindness

Good Afternoon Everyone!

I have been debating on what I wanted my goal for November to be, and after much deliberation, I have decided that my goal for this month is to be Kind in every action that I make. Sounds easy right? Well I can tell you that I get a little fiery sometimes (blame it on my southern sassy-ness) and I can lose my temper with the best of them.

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However, after watching the build up to the election and the aftermath of it, I am tired of all of the violence and hate begin spewed everywhere. I, by no means, have been a completely innocent bystander, but I have made the decision to do better.

“Do your little bit of good where you are; it’s those little bits of good put together that overwhelm the world.”
Desmond Tutu

One of the first things I am going to do is purchase a LGBT flag, an American Flag, and a Texas flag, and place them in my office (probably the little ones on wooden sticks). I believe that all people deserve kindness, regardless of how they dress or who they love. So the LGBT flag will hopefully let others around me know that I support their rights just as much as I do my own, and being disrespectful or hateful towards that community will not be tolerated in my presence. I also want the American and Texas flag because I think it is important to keep a constant reminder of what is at stake if we do not humble ourselves and remember that we are all human and imperfect. If we cannot listen to our neighbor thoughtfully, then nothing will ever change and change is absolutely necessary.

“I don’t care if you’re black, white, straight, bisexual, gay, lesbian, short, tall, fat, skinny, rich or poor. If you’re nice to me, I’ll be nice to you. Simple as that.”
Robert Michaels

The second thing I am going to do is take a breath when I want to react with anger or spite. Emotions are a funny thing, and sometimes when emotions are high, we behave in a way we are not proud of and would discipline our children if we caught them behaving the same way. So in those moments when I feel myself losing my tongue (in traffic when someone cuts me off, or when someone says something ugly to me), I am going to try to take a step back, breathe, and then calmly approach the situation. There are way to many things in this life to get upset about, someones impatience should not be the brick that my daily foundation of happiness is balanced upon.

“Let us make one point, that we meet each other with a smile, when it is difficult to smile. Smile at each other, make time for each other in your family.”
Mother Teresa

I know these two things seem small, but they are big to me, and will affect my life and the life of those around me greatly, but that is a good thing. I want to be a better human being, a better American. Shouldn’t we all strive for kindness? Do you want to join me? Do you have any ideas of how to extend Kindness daily? Please share your ideas with us!

“Acts of Kindness:
A random act of kindness, no matter how small, can make a tremendous impact on someone else’s life.”
Roy T. Bennett, The Light in the Heart

Until Next Time,

Momma Rae

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Momma Rae’s Fall Chicken-Veggie Skillet

Good Afternoon Yall!

I hope everyone has been doing fantastic. Today I have a great and easy recipe for you to try. I took a recipe (here for the original), and adjusted it to fit my time, budget, and health needs. 

So let’s give it a go.

What you will need:

  • 2 Tbsp. Extra Virgin Olive Oil, halved
  • 1 LB. or 1 Large Boneless, Skinless Chicken Breast; cut into 1/2-1in cubes
  • Salt and Pepper
  • 4 Slices of cooked and chopped bacon (If you want a less greasier option, cook bacon the night before, let it cool, chop it, and refrigerate it.)
  • 3-4 Cups Brussels Sprouts, washed, trimmed, halved or quartered
  • 1 Large Sweet Potato, peeled, washed, and cubed into 1/2in pieces
  • 1 Large Yellow or Sweet Onion, chopped coarsely
  • 1 Large Granny Smith Apple; peeled, cored, and chopped into 1/2 slices
  • 3 Tbsp Garlic Powder
  • 1 tsp. dried Thyme
  • 1/2 Tsp. Cinnamon
  • 1 cup Chicken Broth, halved

Directions:

  • In a Large skillet, heat 1 Tbsp. Olive Oil. Add Chicken. Cook through. Remove once cooked and place on a paper-toweled plate. Set aside.
  • Add the rest of Olive oil to the now empty skillet. Add Brussels sprouts, sweet potatoes. Lightly salt and pepper (this is really to taste, but you will be doing it again). Cook over medium-high heat. Stir occasionally for about 15 minutes.
  • Add onion, apples, and garlic powder to the vegetable mix. Stir well. Cook on medium heat for about 10 minutes, stir occasionally.
  • Place chicken back into the mix. Add bacon, thyme, and cinnamon. Stir. Cook over medium heat for about 5 minutes. Add 1/2 cup of chicken broth. Stir occasionally for about 15 minutes.
  • Add remaining chicken broth. Salt and Pepper to taste. Stir. Reduce heat to low. Cover pan and simmer for about 20 minutes. Stir at the 10 minutes remaining mark.
  • Serve!

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That is it. Easy-Peasy. Keep in mind, especially if you are not a Brussels Sprouts fan, that the longer you let it simmer in the chicken broth, the better it will be. I served this in a bowl, but you could add a starch (like brown rice) if you would like.

I hope Y’all like it! Let me know, and if you put your own spin on it, share below that way we can all compare and better our own recipe!

Until Next Time,

Momma Rae