A Little Home Upgrade and Paleo Chicken

I have a confession. When I moved, I left all of my tools with the house.

Because what on earth do you do with a saw and a drill in an apartment?

Hang things and cut stuff. That’s the answer.

Luckily for me – Mr. Southern Gentleman has every tool imaginable… and is handy. Man, I knew I liked this guy. So I traded a homemade meal for his handy help around the apartment. Which began my search for a paleo friendly meal – as he’s a clean eater. At the suggestion of a friend – I checked out PaleOMG. What. An. Amazing. Blog. Be warned – she’s a little vulgar – but the girl can cook! And when I stumbled upon this recipe – I knew I had found a winner – especially because I already had all of the ingredients at home. That has never happened to me… in my entire life! I felt so very June Clever.

Delicous. And completely healthy. #winning

Delicious. And completely healthy. #winning

Paleo Sweet Lemon Pepper Chicken

Ingredients:
•1lb chicken tenders/breasts/thighs (I just used two pieces of chicken, you know, because there were two of us)
•1 yellow onion, thinly sliced (I only had half an onion… and it was fine)
•1 apple, thinly sliced (I chopped)
•2 lemons, halved (ahem, lemon juice works too…)
•2 tablespoons raw honey
•1 teaspoon cinnamon
•1 teaspoon nutmeg
•1 teaspoon salt
•1 teaspoon black pepper
•½ teaspoon white pepper (I just have no idea what this is and will research further – until then, extra black pepper was fine!)
•½ teaspoon garlic powder
•½ teaspoon onion powder
•2-3 tablespoons fat, I used olive oil

Instructions
1.Thinly slice your onions and apples and throw them into a fat greased skillet under medium-high heat.
2.Let the apples and onions cook down for a bit until they begin to become translucent. When they do, add ½ lemon (juice), 1 tbsp honey, ½ tsp cinnamon, nutmeg, salt and pepper, and ¼ tsp white pepper, garlic and onion powder and mix thoroughly to help combine and let caramelize (this really happens, and it’s cool).
3.While the onions and apples cook away, pull out another large skillet (again – who has two skillets?! my one skillet solution: I threw the apple/onion mix into a pan and put it in the oven on warm, cleaned the skillet and then reused it), add some fat and heat up under medium-high heat. While the skillet heats up, salt and pepper your chicken and add them directly to the pan.
4.While the chicken begins to cook, add the rest of your ingredients including the spices, honey, and lemon on top of the chicken.
5.When the sides begin to turn white, flip the chicken over and add any extra honey and/or lemon on top, to taste.
6.Once the chicken has cooked through (the outside might blacken… I choose to call that the honey glaze seal… but um… whoops), layer some caramelized apples and onions on a plate, and top them off with some chicken.

I thought that a little quinoa would be perfect for this meal – so when I threw the apple/onion mix in the pan I also put my quinoa on to boil/cook. And it turned out about perfect! Plus – it tasted delicious! Plus – it was a nice clean meal.

Drilling, stud finding, tool using fun!

Drilling, stud finding, tool using fun!

But the best part? Was after. There was measuring, there was design, there was some laughs and a whole lot of sawdust… but then there was an opening in my cat box! Check that out.

PLUS – we (read he) got my map hanging up in my room. AND he fixed the crooked frame.

But as home projects usually go… now I’ve got the itch to re-spray the side the of the cat box… and all of my bedroom furniture.

Too bad it’s too cold here – so that project will get postponed for a while. Especially since now we know that spraying that inside is just a headache waiting to happen!

But the place is coming together nicely. Just in time for me to move in a few months!

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