Pondering Life Not on the Tundra

IMG_1663Standing in my kitchen and looking outside I wouldn’t know spring has officially arrived in Stillwater, Minnesota and I want spring. In fact, I crave spring with windows open and birdsong in the air but we still have many inches of snow on the ground and temperatures below freezing.

The other day I was beside myself with happiness when a robin landed in the crab tree that looms large near my kitchen window.  A robin? Really? That’s not big news in March, at least not big news anywhere but here in Minnesota. We should be seeing birds building nests and rearing their young. I am actually concerned that the hummingbirds and orioles are due back in two weeks as I don’t want them to freeze and/or starve to death. WE NEED SPRING!

Can you divorce your state?

I know we are not alone with our tiresome winter but this one with its endless ice and relentless cold has caused a rift in my relationship with Minnesota. I am, in fact, so distressed about this winter that lasts for 6 months I am ready for a divorce. Not from my spouse but from this state.

This desire for separation flies in the face of reason. I know better than some that when one divorces it rips apart relationships, causes undue stress and costs a boatload of money.  Worse than that I have deep roots (called adored grandchildren) here in this god forsaken tundra and ripping them up will be painful.

The question is why?

So you, my dear and cherished readers might be asking why would I do it? Here’s the thing that motivates me to seek greener pastures. I have never liked complainers and action must be taken when you become one, so we are looking to leave our state of two seasons, winter and road construction, and plant new roots.

I’m not saying I will never return to Minnesota, I know better than that. In the 34 years we have been married we have left Minnesota three times and every time we have returned (even times we really wanted to be somewhere else). I have called myself a Minnesotan for 40 years and its hard to contemplate being something else but I am up for the change and I am tired of complaining.

Future of Krisinsight

My possible future move revealed I am now contemplating the future of my blog. Here is the truth of the matter, I am not as “sick” as I was when I started my blog. I have been able to heal to a point of comfort and satisfaction.  Maintenance is always and will always be a challenge. Especially as you age it becomes not one challenge like thyroid disease but many challenges and I am up for sharing with my readers all I learn but I think it might be nice to add some other dimension.

I start my Reiki training next week (Hurrah!) and I am truly excited to embark on this healing adventure. I hope to continue to share the wonders of energy healing as I have already with homeopathy and my own Reiki healing.

I want to get back to sharing healthy cooking ideas and expanding on grain free recipes as that has become a big part of my life. It isn’t for everybody and I understand that but for those of us who have issues with grains learning to live with it is a challenge in so many ways including gaining acceptance from those around us.

In talking about the future of Krisinsight with my research buddy Chloe she mentioned my avid interest in birds and how adding some birding dimension might be, not only interesting, but healthy, as birds can bring great joy to ones’ life. I ask you, what could be more healing than happiness and joy? Thus, I am contemplating this idea and trying to figure out how it might fit in to my blog and possibly expand my posts. The winds they are a changing.

How about a recipe?

Last but not least I have discovered some taste sensations recently and since I haven’t shared any for some time I thought the time was right. The following recipe is taken from Elana Amsterdam’s “Paleo Cooking from Elana’s Pantry” and she actually adapted it from The Silver Palate cookbook. “The Silver Palate” cookbook used to be my go-to cookbook and to find this simplified version of Chicken Marbella was like a blast from the past and it is tasty besides. If you want her original version check out www.elanaspantry.com this is my adaptation of her adaptation.

Chicken Marbella


  • 2 pounds boneless chicken thighs
  • 1 cup prunes, pitted and halved
  • 2 cups green olives, pitted (I halved the olives)
  • 1 Tablespoon raw honey
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons minced garlic
  • 2 tablespoons oregano
  • 1 teaspoon Celtic sea salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground pepper

Heat oven to 350°. Cut the chicken thigh meat in to bite size portions and place in baking dish (I used a 9×13 glass pan). Mix together the remaining ingredients and add to the chicken pieces in the pan. Toss the chicken until completely coated and arrange in a single layer in the pan. At this point you can cover and refrigerate for a couple of hours or overnight if desired.

When you are ready, bake the chicken for 40-50 minutes, stir to distribute the prunes and olives and serve. The prunes melt away to a nice sweetness and the salty olives provide a tasty contrast.

If you seek another alternative, I had a friend in Rome who used to make Chicken Marbella when she had guests coming for lunch. She used the Silver Palate recipe but would make a paste of the olives and prunes, oil, herbs, salt, garlic, pepper, etc..

Using skinless, boneless chicken thighs she would coat the tops of the whole thighs with the paste and let them sit overnight in the refrigerator. When she was ready to bake the chicken she would put the pan in the oven and bake for 50 minutes and serve with rice and a salad.

It would be worth your while to look up the original recipe in the Silver Palate cookbook but Elana Amsterdam’s recipe is simple and tasty. My adaptation is even easier and was spouse approved.




One response to this post.

  1. Posted by Pearl on 19:06 at Monday, April 21, 2014

    I don’t know what year you made this post since the year isn’t shown, but I hope you continue your blog. I really like your writing style, and it’s so hopeful for people who have health problems to know that people do get better. I’m going to read through it to see what all you’ve tried on your journey since I’ve got some weird things going on. I got here through your salicylate post. My known sensitivities so far are carageenan and MSG, and I avoid wheat like the plague. But I know there’s something else. I know that I WILL find the answer some day. Thanks again, and I know how you feel about the weather… Lived in San Diego for over 20 years, and it was wonderful. Now in Wyoming, and I just pray for spring every year! 🙂


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