It’s humpdayyyyyyyy! And if you are anything of a Wisconsinite, or perhaps as much as a true Badger yourself, then it’s likely you are still swimming in the glow of a fantastic basketball season (like myself). A lot of people in town were very sad about the loss on Monday, but I was reminded of something really great despite it all.
High fives were given, nails were bit, and then breathes were held. I watched in the company of about 200 badger fans at Bdubs on Monday night as the clock timed out on our dream. The restaurant fell silent with only the sounds of a few exhales releasing their held breath. A few grumbles later, I heard a lone voice, “Let’s Go, Badgers” followed by three loud, passionate, Wisconsin-loving claps. Voices joined in and soon there was a small following of believers. Not everyone in the bar was feeling it. Plenty of people mumbled under their breath and wallowed in the loss of the game.
But some people chose a different response. Some chose to join in, cheering on their team even if it wasn’t a popular time to do so. I smiled at this.
It is interesting that now, days later, outside of Bdubs, this pride and support is resonating in my community and on social media. And perhaps all due to one positive person here and there, like the individual who started the chant at Bdubs, or maybe the person who shared this article on Facebook: 23 Reasons The Wisconsin Badgers Still Won The NCAA Tournament. I saw status after status – all positive. Good vibes, everywhere. Thanks to these few optimists, many of us have focused on appreciation and love for our Badgers.
That is pretty significant and amazing if you ask me.
This was such a meaningful reminder to me to appreciate all of the positive aspects of situations in life that don’t go our way, because its rare for plans to play out just right. You can be the believer, or the dweller in all scenarios of life. And most of the time it will be easy, and even tempting to be the dweller. But when you choose to be the believer, not only are you rewarded with a meaningful appreciation and peace of mind, but you also enable others to do the same. Who do you want to be?
Well, I choose happy. I choose positive. I am grateful for the Badgers, and this lovely Badger community for helping me lift my own thoughts towards appreciation this week! You are all amazing!
I also realized that Badgers are simply the best. Oh, wait. I knew that! On, Wisconsin!
Alrighty, onto more important things than self-growth…what’s for dinner?
Remember my cooking-with-yogurt obsession from last week (if not, get the scoop here)? Welp, I present you with Course Two..A stylish bone-in, curry marinated, baked chicken thigh I found in Eating Well Magazine!
I wont keep this from you any longer. Without further or due:
Bone-In Baked Chicken Curry
Prep Time: 4-8 hours | Cook Time: 30 minutes
2.5 cups nonfat plain yogurt
2/3 cup grated white onion
7.5 tablespoons curry powder
2.5 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
2.5 teaspoons salt
1 teaspoon crushed red pepper
12 small bone-in, skinless chicken thighs (~5lbs)
1)Whisk together yogurt, onion, curry powder, olive oil, salt and pepper in a shallow baking pan.
2)Add in chicken thighs, thoroughly coating each in the marinate.
3)Refrigerate 4-8 hours (over-night is a great option).
4)Grill or broil chicken until cooked (25-30 minutes).
4 Tips to cook this dish like a pro!
Love you, Mean it, Ciao <3