Crockpot Honey Garlic Hens {+Life Post Residency}

I finished my pediatric dental residency three months ago and life is feeling rather surreal. This is the first time in my life that I haven’t been a student and boy does it feel strange. By strange, I really mean freaking amazing!! How the hell did I make it through dental school and residency?   I still  remember applying to dental school and truly convincing myself that I would never get it in.  Sometimes I worry I’ll wake up and it’ll all be dream…

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Coresident Love 

I started life in the real world, aka my first big girl job,  a few days after my last day of residency.  Talk about jumping right in.  As a result, my summer flew by! Time flies when you’re having fun. Hah! Thankfully husband and I were able to take a mini vacation at the end of August.  We did a three day cruise to the Bahamas and back.  Although it was quick, it was much needed and I am thankful we got the opportunity to go.  Not so sure I would do a cruise again, but it was so nice being able to escape life for a few days.  I tried to convince husband that we should move to the Bahamas and I could open a practice there.   I obvi did not win this argument since I’m currently sitting on my ouch in Ohio.

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In the midst of a crazy summer work schedule, I made these Honey Garlic Cornish Hens in the crockpot and they turned out delicious.  This is a recipe that I will be making again.   You can substitute the Cornish hens for chicken drumsticks, thighs, or breasts.  I served these next to some roasted yellow squash and a salad.   Try this when you’re looking for a quick, flavorful crockpot recipe!

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Ingredients: 

 

  • 2 Cornish game hens
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/3 cup honey
  • 3/4 cup ketchup
  • 3/4 cup low sodium soy sauce
  • 1/2 cup chicken broth
  • ½ teaspoon dried oregano
  • 2 tablespoons fresh parsley
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes (optional for spice)

Instructions:

1.Place cornish game hens in crockpot.

2.Mix all other ingredients together in a bowl.  Pour over hens in crockpot.

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3. Cook on low for 8 hours or high for 4 hours.

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Logans Roadhouse

Yesterday Mina and I drove to Dayton to see visit some friends: Mike, Sarah, and their daughter Sophia.  It was a last minute, unplanned trip (the best kind of trips) and we loved every second of it. They’re practically family.  We always have such a great time even though we basically do a lot of nothing.

 

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For dinner we went to Logans Roadhouse, and well I need to discuss the situation at Logan’s.  Have you ever been?  People just throw their peanut shells ON THE FLOOR. Please look at exhibit A:

I think I was having an anxiety attack.  Every time I saw someone throw their peanut shells on the floor I wanted to go pick them up.  Ask anyone who knows me…I’m a clean freak.  In fact  I might be clinically diagnosed as slightly, borderline OCD.  Mina was having a great time. He had a huge grin on his face every time he threw shells on the floor.  Every time he dropped the shells, it brought him great joy and me great stress.  If they had handed me a broom, I would’ve swept the floors for them…

Has anyone else ever shared this same experience?  Stress.ful.