800 Steps


I have not done a profile of anyone in some time. This story really touched a chord in me.

Confucius said, “A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.”

Meet Cavan Arrowsmith.

Image from Cavan Arrowsmith's Blog

Cavan Arrowsmith has cystic fibrosis, a life-threatening disorder that causes severe lung damage and nutritional deficiencies, according to the Mayo Clinic.  According to Wikipedia it is a common recessive genetic disease that results in difficulty breathing and frequent lung infections. It often results in early death. To date there is no cure.

No matter.

Cavan wanted to see the world and forget for a while he had the life-threatening disease. He says he leads a fairly normal life, has a job in IT, and  plays cricket.

In his own words:

My aim was a ten-month trip to the US, Asia and Australia to prove I could do it, and to inspire others.

It took months to organize and there were a few medical dramas along the way, but in the end even they turned out to be part of the adventure.

He wrote a diary-like article for the British on-line newspaper, Mail Online complete with pictures of him and his friends on his journey. It is a testament to the strength of the human spirit and to a joy for life and for living.

His trip took him to America: Vegas, San Francisco and the Grand Canyon, Australia, the Taj Mahal, The Great Wall of China, and Vietnam. He celebrated his 24th birthday while on the trip.

He got sick while on the trip and had to spend a few days in the hospital in Vietnam.

At the Great Wall of China he writes:

There’s a cable car to the top but Gordon and I walk up instead. It’s about 800 steps, which takes 40 minutes. I beat Gordon up there. With regular long walks and cricket, I’m actually pretty fit by any standards.

 WOW!!!!  I don’t know if I would attempt that!!!!!

His article is not very long. I highly recommend it.

You can read the entire article with pictures by clicking the following link: Cavan Arrowsmith Mail online     .

As Cavan writes: 

“I’m home. Job done. The sky really is the limit.”

Indeed it is.

If you want to read more about Cavan and read and see more pictures from his trip you can vist his blog by clicking the following link: Cavan Arrowsmith.

An incredible young man indeed.

Featured Recipe    Oven Barbecued Chicken

I don’t know where I got this recipe. It is in my handwriting so it almost had to be a friend or relative. Or someone I used to work with. But I cannot remember.

This is an easy recipe. And quick too. It is perfect for those nights when you have places to go and things to do, yet you don’t want to eat fast food or even eat out.

You could make it all on one night. Or you can also get it ready the night before and just stick it in the oven when you get home.

You can double the recipe so it serves six. I made enough sauce for 12 wings. I cooked 6 today, and will cook 6 more tomrrow night for friends.

While I used chicken wings you can use any chicken pieces you want. I used wings because they do not take that long to cook in keeping with the theme today of a quick fresh cooked meal on a busy night. If you use other pieces of chicken, especially chicken breast, you will need to adjust the cooking time upwards

This dish is wonderful with Sherry Potatoes, which I will share with you on Friday. Add the potatoes and a salad and you have a very filling and delicious meal.

This is what you will need for 3 people:

12 chicken wings

½ cup ketchup

2 tablespoons vinegar

2 tablespoons brown sugar

2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce

2 garlic cloves pressed

1 teaspoon mustard

Salt & pepper, optional

For those of you who like it HOT add some Tabasco, red pepper flakes, or cayenne pepper.

Here is what you do:

Pre heat oven to 375 degrees if you are cooking the chicken now.

Pat the chicken dry with paper towels. If you are using salt and pepper, sprinkle on the chicken now.

Then simply dump all the rest of the ingredients into a bowl……….

………………and mix well.

NOTE: It is best, if you have one, to put the garlic cloves through a press. When you use a press the  pieces of garlic are so small they just about disappear. Plus you get some juice of the garlic which gives a nice garlic flavor. In the picture you can see the garlic near the top right of the bowl. You can see how small the pieces are. Much smaller than if you chopped them with a knife.

The place the chicken in one layer skin side down in a small baking pan or pans.

Using a cooking brush baste the chicken with the BBQ sauce.

NOTE: I have 1 brush I use ONLY to baste chicken.  After each use I wash it in hot water and then soak in pure vinegar for 24 hours. Then I wash it once more in hot water. I get a new one every year.

2nd NOTE: At this point you can either refrigerate the chicken till you are ready to bake it, or just place in the oven.  IF you are going to bake it later cover it, with foil or other wrap. If you refrigerate, before putting the chicken in the oven to bake, let it sit at room temperature 15-20 minutes before putting it in the oven.

Place plastic wrap over chicken before putting in fridge.

Whenever you cook the chicken bake at 375 degrees for 15 minutes.

Turn the chicken over and baste with more BBQ sauce. Bake for 15-30 minutes more depending on the kinds and sizes of pieces you are fixing. For wings 35-45 minutes is usually sufficient unless your wings are unusually large.

NOTE: To get that just dark brown or black BBQ’ed look like I have, place the oven rack and chicken in the top position in the oven and raise the temperature to 500 degrees or even to broil the last 5-10 minutes, checking every few minutes to make sure the chicken does not burn.

To test doneness, insert a knife into thickest part of chicken. Juices should run clear.

Let chicken sit for 5 or so minutes after removing from oven to allow juices to redistribute.

Serve with potatoes and a salad.

Bon Appetit!!!!


12 chicken wings                               $7.12

½ cup ketchup                                  $0.40                         

2 tablespoons vinegar                        0.06             

2 tablespoons brown sugar                $0.13

2 tsps Worcestershire sauce              $0.03 

2 garlic cloves pressed                      $0.19

1 teaspoon mustard                          $0.02

Salt & pepper, optional

Total cost = $7.95
Cost per person = $2.65

Quote of the Day

Beauty isn’t being flawless, it’s shining even through your flaws.


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