My neighborhood association is co-sponsoring a share and reuse fair in a couple of weeks. For my neighbors and I this means we can dispose of any furniture, household items, and defunct electronics without taking them on the bus, asking a friend, or renting a truck. This is an annual occurrence. I have been looking at every item in my space once again and asking if it brings me joy.
There has been a digital cd player/clock on my nightstand for around 30 years or so. The radio and cd player no longer work. So essentially I had a large digital clock on my nightstand taking up a lot of space. Oh the reasons I had that I should keep that clock for as long as I did now seem so minute in comparison to the delight I had in replacing it. Off to the store I went and, of course, clocks were on sale. I was drawn to a face clock. A clock that ticks and tocks and was gold in color was talking to me loudly. Listen I did to that calling and that gold clock promptly landed on my nightstand. It is so pretty. Yes I spent time staring at my new purchase. It gave me joy. That is not the only gift this clock gave me. This particular clock’s numbers and arms cannot be seen when the lights are out. There is so much freedom in that! Whenever it is dark and my eyes open there is no longer big digital numbers glaring at me, letting me know how little I had slept or how long it has taken me to not fall asleep. There is peace in that. Stress no longer lurks in my bedroom and in my sleeping process. I have slept so much better with this new clock even the ticking and tocking is soothing and rhythmic (it also helps to have a white noise machine going all night). Joy is waking up fully rested to a pretty clock that is not screaming what time it is but there if I want to know.
This clock brings me so much peace and I cannot stop gushing about it. I am glad that I let the other one go. Change is good. Talking about change, we are transitioning into fall. There is still time to enjoy some fresh roasted corn, which also brings me so much joy. Hope this recipe brings a smile to your tummy.
Corn and Black Bean Skillet
This is a true one dish recipe, one pan to cook it in and one plate to eat.
2 chicken breasts
4 corn on the cob
1 15 ounce can of black beans -drained and rinsed
1 head of broccoli-florets only
1 zucchini -diced
1 large red bell pepper-sliced into two inch long strips
1 pint cherry tomatoes-sliced in half
1/4 cup salsa -approximately per serving
1/2 avocado -sliced per serving
1.Pan fry the chicken breasts. Coat the pan with oil. Heat the oil til you hear a crackle , then add the chicken. Cook for 6 minutes per side. Once chicken is cooked, place chicken on a cutting board.
2. While the chicken is cooking, prep the vegetables.
3. Add more oil to the skillet once the chicken has left the pan. Cut the corn off the cob directly into the pan. Stir occasionally and cook for 3 minutes.
4. Add the following in order; broccoli, peppers, beans, zucchini.
5 Cut the chicken into bite size pieces and add back to the pan.
6. Add the cherry tomatoes. You do not want the zucchini to be translucent, want it to stay white. The cooking process is a quick one. Don’t turn your back to the stove. Keep an eye on it and stir often.
7. Serve into individual bowls or set the skillet on the table with a trivet underneath and have everyone serve themselves. Add salsa and avocado to each individual serving. Serve with corn tortilla chips.
Eat any leftovers no later than two days after serving. The tomatoes will make it a little wet and soupy like the longer it stays in the fridge. Do not store with salsa or avocado in the same container.
Vegetarian Option: Delete the chicken and can make this skillet into a rice bowl by adding rice to get a full protein.