Simple Baked Chicken Drumsticks: With Garlic Roasted Potatoes

Happy Friday Carmalistas!

Today, I'm sharing a quick and simple baked chicken drumstick recipe! I shared my excitement with the Food.com app in this post, and I was inspired again to create another delicious recipe from the app.

Simple Baked Chicken Drumsticks

I had no particular recipe in mind when searching for a new dinner idea last Sunday (that's the day we do our grocery shopping). I did however, know that I wanted something simple and quick to make, with few ingredients. That's when I stumbled upon this amazing simple baked chicken drumstick oven recipe! The garlic roasted potatoes were my idea, as I wanted to have a starch with our meal. It was a one dish meal, and that was a plus for me, with our busy work schedules. Since it's just the two of us, we had two days worth of dinner...score! Give this recipe a try, and tell me what you think! You could easily substitute with white meat, if dark meat is not your cup of tea. ;)

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Simple Baked Chicken Drumsticks
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Ingredients
  1. For the Chicken
  2. 6-8 chicken drumsticks (more or less)
  3. 1 to taste Garlic Salt
  4. 1 to taste Black Pepper
  5. 2 tbsp. Olive Oil
  6. 2 tbsp. Freshly minced garlic
  7. 2 tbsp. Dried Thyme
For the Potatoes
  1. 6-8 small red potatoes
  2. 1 to taste Garlic Salt
  3. 1 to taste Black Pepper
  4. 2 tbsp. Freshly minced garlic
  5. 2 tbsp. Olive Oil
For the Chicken
  1. Season the chicken with the garlic salt, black pepper, thyme and garlic.
  2. Coat with your olive oil, then add the mixture to a glass 9x13 pan.
  3. Be sure to assort the chicken...leaving enough space between each drumstick for even cooking and room for the potatoes.
For the Potatoes
  1. Dice each potato into medium cubes
  2. Coat with your garlic salt, black pepper, garlic, and olive oil.
  3. Add the potato mixture into the pan with the chicken
  4. Bake for one hour at 375 degrees until cooked through
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Mid Life Crisis or Exploration for Identity?

According to an article found on Webmd, “A midlife crisis occurs between the ages of 37-50.” We know the age-old stereotypes used to describe people suffering from a midlife crisis such as, hastily quitting jobs with no warning, moving out of their home to have an “Eat Pray Love” experience, starting a new family, you know the ones.

However, an article in Psychology Today depicts the midlife crisis in women a bit differently. To summarize the article, the author, Marcia Reynolds, talks about what happens to women who enter the workforce with high expectations of achievement in their 20’s, only to realize that they will have to endure the trenches before making their mark. Then, in their 30’s, after feeling more inequality in the workplace, and experiencing more challenges in moving up the corporate ladder, and not seeing their dreams come to pass, they began to feel that their personal and corporate values are being unmet, thus the two become irreconcilable.

By the time these women enter their 40’s many stop yearning to prove themselves to others, some take other actions to remain challenged in their own accord by making things happen for herself (starting a business, life coach, etc.). The others just drop off of the map for self-discovery. These women have been deemed to be experiencing a mid-life quest for identity versus going through a mid-life crisis.

Mid-life Crisis

Why all the mid-life crisis talk? Well, I can’t exactly say that I am in the middle of a mid-life crisis; but turning 30 this past year has brought forth a lot of reflection, frustration, fear, and anxiety, and yes, even the D word (depression) over the direction of my life. I have been in complete disarray these past few months over my job, this blog, and literally every unmet area of my life. I was honestly on the verge of an all-out melt down! It got to the point that nothing was giving me life anymore. I couldn't find “my happy place.” Now, I talk a lot about faith and trusting God on here, so blogging about my fears and frustrations was not an easy decision. But, I do know that being honest and open with God about our pains and frustrations deepens our friendship and trust in Him. I also believe in sharing our struggles, and encouraging one another by being transparent…which is one of the reasons I started this blog (YAY!).

What I've found (recently) and after dozens of conversations with my husband and with my heavenly Father is that in my waiting for things to come together professionally and with my personal goals, is to find peace, and be grateful for the many blessings I do have. Additionally, I'm learning to TRUST God's timing and not forcing my own. The cause of any stress is due to being in conflict with God. So, instead of being frustrated with why things aren't happening quickly, because I want them to, I'm trusting the journey and timing He has ordained for me. I also have been convicted to look at how far I've come, and that His promises will not go unmet.
Which is why I find comfort in Psalm 139:14.

I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made;
your works are wonderful,
I know that full well.

And in Isaiah 40:31

But those who wait on the Lord
Shall renew their strength;
They shall mount up with wings like eagles
They shall run and not be weary
They shall walk and not be faint.

This song speaks to me so much right now. Plumb: "Lord I'm Ready Now"

Sources:
Doheny, Kathleen. "Midlife Crisis: Transition or Depression?" WebMD. N.p., n.d. Web. 8 May 2015.
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Reynolds, Marcia. "What a Female Mid-Life Crisis Looks Like." Psychology Today. N.p., 14 May 2011.
Web. 8 May 2015. what-female-mid-life-crisis-looks>.


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