Perspective is a powerful thing. I’ve said it so many times before. It’s often incredibly easy for us to stand on the dead, dry grass on our own side of the fence and admire the lush green field on the other side. We become keenly aware of our current situation and focus on all the negative things that affect us, all the while dreaming of the perfectness of that green field just over the way. What we don’t realize is that things aren’t often what they seem. Yes, that grass is beautiful, but maybe it’s beautiful because it’s fertilized with manure. Or maybe it’s green because it’s artificial turf. Or maybe it’s beautiful and green because it has been spray painted. That field fertilized with manure stinks, one good rain and the painted one will be brown again, and that fake grass, though pretty, isn’t very practical.
I say all this because it’s easy to compare ourselves and our lives to others. Social media makes that even easier. We see all the expensive vacations, extravagant purchases, and fancy dinners of others, not realizing that we have those moments too. But we don’t get to see the bad stuff that happens on the other side of the fence. We know it happens, but we get so caught up in the comparison that we lose sight of the negative over there. It’s human nature to focus on the bad in our own lives, not seeing what good we do have.
So many times the truth behind the “other side” is that it’s just not nearly as appealing once your over there. Sometimes rather than focusing on the “other side” we need to focus on our side. Sure the grass is brown over here, but a little water and some sunshine and it will perk right up. Sometimes rather than daydreaming about that perfect-looking field over there, we need to be working on maintaining our own. Think about this… Whatever it is that you have, someone else out there would die to have it. It might be steady job, a loving family, or a warm, comforting home. Remember, “Comparison is the thief of joy.” Sometimes we just need to stop comparing and have our own joy.
Y’all this Honey Mustard BBQ Sticky Chicken is so delicious! My family just absolutely loved it. It’s as easy as mixing up the sauce and marinating it, then simply dumping it all in a dutch oven and cooking it. The longer you can allow it to marinate the more flavor it will have, but if you don’t have time for it to marinate, it’s perfectly delicious without it, too. Different barbecue sauces will give it different flavor, so experiment until you find one you just love. Y’all enjoy!
Honey Mustard BBQ Sticky Chicken
- 3 pounds chicken legs and thighs skin-on
- 1 (18-ounce) bottle barbecue sauce (I used Kraft Original)
- 3 tablespoons honey
- 4 tablespoons Dijon mustard
- 3 tablespoons vinegar
- 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
- Add the chicken pieces to a gallon size zip-top bag.
- In a small bowl, mix together the barbecue sauce, honey, mustard, vinegar, and garlic powder. Pour the sauce over the chicken and seal the bag. Shake gently to coat the chicken and allow it to marinate in the refrigerator - the longer, the better. I usually allow mine to marinate for about 3 hours, but the marinating time isn't necessary, it just gives the chicken more flavor.
- Preheat the oven to 350°F. Lightly spray the inside of a large dutch oven with nonstick cooking spray. Pour the chicken and sauce into the pot and bake uncovered for about 1 hour or until the chicken is cooked through.
* If nutritional values are provided, they are an estimate and will vary depending on the brands used. The values do not include optional ingredients or when ingredients are added to taste. If calorie count and other nutritional values are important to you, I recommend grabbing your favorite brands and plugging those ingredients into an online nutritional calculator.