Pardon the deleted posts — starting over (mostly.)
Sorry if I deleted a post you really like, but I want to take this blog in a new direction.
See you soon!
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
Place the chicken breasts on a baking sheet and rub the skin with olive oil. Sprinkle liberally with salt and pepper. Roast for 35 to 40 minutes, until the chicken is just cooked. Set aside until cool enough to handle. (If using leftover chicken, skip to this part.) Remove the meat from the bones, discard the skin, and shred the meat.
Combine the mayo, wine, curry powder, and 1 1/2 teaspoons salt in a bowl, and mix well.
Combine the chicken with enough dressing to moisten well. Add the celery, scallions, chutney, grapes, and raisins; mix well. Refrigerate for a few hours before serving.
Just like that, I find myself starting over.
One year ago today, I was living in a nice house in the country, working in my garden, schlepping the kids to soccer and scouts, Swiffering my linoleum floor and organizing my Fiestaware by color. My husband and I were celebrating our ninth year of marriage. I had no idea that I would live a completely different life within the year.
But here I am.
It wasn’t as blissful as it sounds. But it never is. So many supposedly happy marriages are hellish once the guests go home and the dishes get dumped into the sink. All it takes is one thing to tip it over from “tolerable” to “aw, hell no!” and then it becomes an all-out war.
But I didn’t start this blog to bitch about my divorce or villify my ex (or men, in general) or throw a pity party because single motherhood is hard. (Hell, partnered motherhood is hard!) I started this blog because I miss writing, and honestly, I think this is a pretty interesting journey. There are a million mommy-blogs about feeding your children organic, gluten-free vegetarian meals and decorating their nurseries in chevron stripes and personalized artwork. Those are shiny, pretty blogs. My life isn’t pretty or shiny, and ugly things are far more interesting to read about, anyway. So, world, I give to you this blog… You will laugh, you will cry… you will probably make my bangin’ curried chicken salad. You will roll your eyes at my mistakes, and — at times– be really glad you’re not me. I don’t really care. I just want to write again. So here I go.