The Real Secret to Being Happy


It Is Time To Give Up…….



  • Give up thinking other people are luckier, happier, prettier, or richer than you are.
  • Give up trying to be perfect.
  • Give up trying to avoid making mistakes.
  • Give up the fear of failure.
  • Give up thinking you must buy and use every beauty produce in the world to be beautiful.
  • Give up trying to please others.
  • Give up the need to always be right. [I have to work on this one every single day.]
  • Give up complaining, especially about things you cannot change……like the weather.
  • Give up all excuses.
  • Give up believing someone else is the cause of your troubles.
  • Give up trying to do everything all by yourself.
  • Give up saying, “I can’t.”
  • Give up idle gossip.
  • Give up reading lists like these and just start living and enjoying every breath you take.
  • Take a chance on life like this:

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“Dance. Smile. Giggle. Marvel. TRUST. HOPE. LOVE. WISH. BELIEVE. Most of all, enjoy every moment of the journey, and appreciate where you are at this moment instead of always focusing on how far you have to go.”

Mandy Hale, The Single Woman: Life, Love, and a Dash of Sass

Featured Recipe        Quick & Easy Amaretto Orange Chicken



I mostly like this recipe because it is so quick and easy to make. Yet it is also delicious and good enough for company; a winning combination if you ask me.

Since it is also low cost and so it is also a great way to stretch a little chicken into a meal for 3 people. The recipe can be doubled.

Today I am doing what I preach: I am using up the rest of the orange marmalade I had left after making the Orange Marmalade Pork Chops I recently made. You know what they say, “Waste Not Want Not.” With the cost of meat rising by the nano-second these days we have to be careful not to waste one cent!

If you like it hot add a couple squirts of Sriracha sauce to the orange sauce.

You can substitute orange juice for the Amaretto.

This is what you will need 3 people:

Rice – white or brown for three

For the chicken:

½ to ¾ pound chicken tenders

About ½ cup cornstarch

3-6 tablespoons vegetable oil for frying

Salt and pepper to taste

For the sauce:

1 tablespoon vegetable oil

2 cloves pressed garlic

½ cup orange marmalade

¾ cup chicken broth

1 teaspoon soy sauce

2 teaspoons amaretto

2 teaspoons cornstarch

Optional Garnish: 2 green onions

wwwwwwww        1 teaspoon sesame seeds



Here is what you do:

Cook enough rice for three according to package directions. This will take about 20 minutes (unless you are using minute rice) so there is plenty of time to make the rest of this dish. But do keep an eye on it so that it does not burn. Experience is such a wonderful thing!!!


For the chicken:

While the rice is cooking salt and pepper and cut the chicken tenders into bite size pieces.


Also wash and slice the green onions. Set aside. Press the garlic while you are at it.


Dust the chicken tender pieces with cornstarch.


Fry the chicken pieces over medium high heat in batches in the oil in a large skillet until golden brown. Remove the chicken pieces from the oil and place in a bowl. Set aside.



For the sauce:

Lightly sauté the garlic in the oil in a pan.


Add the marmalade, ½ cup of the broth, the soy sauce, and Amaretto. Simmer until slightly thickened.


Mix together the cornstarch and the remaining chicken broth.


Slowly add this to the sauce mix and stir and continue cooking for a few more minutes or until sauce is thick stirring periodically. The sauce gets thicker the longer you cook it. Stop cooking when sauce is at the consistency you like.


Putting It All Together:

Place some rice on each plate.


Place the chicken over the rice.

NOTE: if the chicken has gotten cold put it in the microwave on ‘warm’ or ‘defrost’ to warm up.


Cover with some sauce.


Eat and say “Ahhhhhhhhhhh.”


Bon appétit!!!

Rice – white or brown                      0.30

For the chicken:

½ to ¾ pound chicken tenders         $3.22

About ½ cup cornstarch                   $0.40

3-6 tablespoons vegetable oil            $0.42

Salt and pepper to taste

For the sauce:

1 tablespoon vegetable oil                $0.07

2 cloves pressed garlic                     $0.24

½ cup orange marmalade                $1.28

¾ cup chicken broth                        $0.54

1 teaspoon soy sauce                       $0.03

2 teaspoons amaretto                       $0.88

2 teaspoons cornstarch                     $0.05

Total cost = $7.43
Cost per person = $2.48

Quote of the Day

Laugh when you can, apologize when you should, and let go of what you can’t change. Kiss slowly, play hard, love deeply, forgive quickly, take chances, give everything, and have no regrets. Life is too short to be anything but happy.



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