Today I woke up to my usual routine:
– Check e-mail for any responses overnight
– Shower and breakfast
– Start with the job boards and twitter, following any leads
Then I did something that I haven’t done in a few months – grocery shopping. Now, I have been to the store, but lately it was for a purpose – food for Bad Movie Night or beer. I was checking my pantry and freezer and realized that I didn’t have all that much actual food to eat. I have plenty of snacks, but nutritious food was in short supply. The last few days I have been taking advantage of the pizza discounts at Papa Johns – but there isn’t nearly enough vegetables to consider it sustainable.
I hit the Kroger store, chatted with some of the other customers and did some serious shopping (even using my discount card and coupons!). I used the midget card to keep myself in check – it ended up over-stacked and I almost didn’t make it out to the car.
But I did get the ingredients to make a serious amount of Chicken Soup!
Chicken Soup (slow cooker)
1 – 4lb package of chicken breasts with rib meat (it was on sale)
1 – prepackaged red onion – diced
1 – prepackaged green pepper mix – diced
1 – prepackaged carrots and celery sticks
4 cups (+/-) chicken stock
3-4 garlic gloves – minced
- cut up the chicken breast into 1-inch pieces and brown in a pan with olive oil, some of the onion and 1/2 the garlic.
- while the chicken is cooking, dice up the carrot and celery sticks and put all the vegetables into the slow cooker with a little olive oil
- turn the slow cooker to high to warm it up.
- Once all the chicken is nice and cooked, the onions are transparent, and little bits of brown are in the pan, pour 1 cup of the chicken stock into the pan and loosen up all the cooked bits.
- transfer everything from the pan to the slow cooker – careful not to spill anything.
- give a good stir to mix everything together and incorporate the chicken and uncooked vegetables
- add enough chicken stock to cover the mix
- add spices to suit your taste – I used: pepper, basil, oregano, thyme. (I stayed away from salt as I found the chicken stock to be salty enough).
- Once the entire soup is thoroughly heated, turn to low and cook for 6 hours.
- Your home will smell wonderful.
Serve: Serve over rice, noodles, or stuffing (I was leery – but it was fantastic)
While my soup was cooking away, I was following up on some leads a friend of mine sent. I had 11 job postings to review – and applied for a good portion. ODJFS sent their daily listing of positions – a few were outdated, but nonetheless, they were leads.
While cleaning up – I realized that my dishwasher wasn’t “washing”. That’s in the top 5 things it should be doing – so obviously there was an issue. I pulled all the racks out, took some screws out of things that looked like I could disassemble it. I Paused and sat on the floor wondering what it could be and drank a beer. I reattached everything I had dismantled and decided to start from scratch and consult someone who would know better than I. I pulled up YouTube and did a search for “dishwasher won’t fill” with the make and model of my dishwasher. After I watched the video, I ignored everything they said to do and threw a bucket of hot water (with vinegar and baking soda) into the dishwasher and turned it on. Instantly, things started moving, spray head were shooting water here and there – there were obvious fizzing noises and things were good. I advanced the dial to rinse and shut the door – the washer drained properly and rinsed itself clean. I don’t know what I did (I’m sure it was just a stuck float or an easy fix that I accidentally repaired) but it is working again. I feel accomplished. I ran the dishwasher – all is good.
Dinner was fantastic – a very calming meal. And I have enough for a few days and/or friends. After dinner, I repeated the morning routine. My job right now is to get a job. Learn from my past mistakes and apply what I know.