We have all been there – One day happy as a clam staring googly eyed at your significant other, and the next day – SPLITSVILLE.
And now you are single.
So Ladies – What do we do upon arrival at Splitsville... We call our girl friends to bask in the reassuring words that we are soooooooo much better off without him. Although initially a painful process, after some time, reflection, and a few good cry fests, the clouds begin to lift, and a new feeling sets in – “Man, feels good to be free.”
Enter “BREAKIN' UP” by Rilo Kiley off its 2007 4th studio album, “Under the Blacklight”, released by Warner Bros. Records. Ever since “Troop Beverly Hills” in 1989, I have loved Jenny Lewis. In 2002, Ian re-introduced me to Jenny, this time not as a cute red-headed Wilderness Girl, but rather as the the grown-up front-woman of alternative indie rock outfit, Rilo Kiley. And it has been a love affair ever since for me (and I know we won't break-up).
Check out the below fan video of “Breakin’ Up”. It's funny and casts the dude as “feeling good to be free” and the chick giving the big "F-U" (she is now a Cee-Lo Green fan).
Now Fellas – At Splitsville – my experience is that you all do one of the following: (1) go into complete despair and break plates (I have seen “500 Days of Summer”), (2) start becoming Sir Humpalots, or (3) get angry and just yell F-U!!!
Enter Cee-Lo Green’s “F*CK YOU”, the first single off his upcoming album, "Lady Killer", co-produced by Bruno Mars. Cee-Lo (rapper, writer, producer, and 1/2 of Gnarls Barkley) has captured the sentiment perfectly of seeing your former love out with someone else. The video (below) landed on YouTube last Friday, August 20, and has already become a viral smash hit. It’s infectious – You will forget your ex's phone number faster than you will forget these words.
Enjoy below... because sometimes the only appropriate words are - F*CK YOU. Warning - the below contains unabashed bad words... (in case young kids or your boss are walking around).
For the moment, let's forget about romantic candle-lit dinners for 2 - Food can be a singularly wonderful experience! Being single, and perhaps broken-hearted, doesn’t mean that we must resort to Hungry Man dinners or sodium-packed Lean Cuisines… no, my friends - we will cook on. Cooking alone is very therapeutic, and with a little help from Jenny and Cee-Lo, making oneself an easy and comforting meal can be the ticket to feed the soul and mend the heart.
So here we go – Easy & Quick Chicken Pot Pie for One*:
-1/2 cups chopped cooked chicken breast (purchase this cooked and chopped, if you like)
- 1 hard-boiled egg, sliced (optional)
- 1/2 cup of whatever vegetables on hand - traditional pot pies use sliced carrots and peas. If using frozen or fresh veggies, be sure to cook them first. For fresh, pan saute them for a few minutes, and for frozen, boil them. Canned veggies are easy also because they come in 1/2 cup sized cans - simply open and drain.
-1/4 of a (10 3/4-ounce) can of cream of chicken soup (or cream of mushroom soup). 98% Fat Free Campbells varieties exist for both.
-1/4 cup chicken broth
-Salt and pepper (optional) - If using canned salted veggies, no need for extra salt.
-1/2 cup instant biscuit mix (Bisquick)
-1/3 cup milk
- 1 tablespoon of melted butter
Here is what you do:
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
In a greased small casserole dish (or an oven-safe big mug or soup bowl), layer the chicken, sliced eggs, and veggies. Season with salt and pepper, if desired. Mix the soup and chicken broth, and pour over the layers. Stir together the biscuit mix and milk, and pour this over the casserole. The milk/biscuit mixture should be thin enough to pour easily. Drizzle melted butter over the top. Bake until the biscquit topping is golden brown, 35 to 45 minutes.
Then, soothe your soul with a home-made pot pie accompanied with an empowered freedom song and 2 choice words.
*Recipe Adapted from Paula Deen
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