Week 32 – Easy Peasy Chicken Drumsticks and the Great Outdoors

We just spent an entire, glorious week at the beach.

Nothing like ocean waves to wash away any stress that may have followed any of us there.

We stepped onto the beach as a family and basked for six days together in Atlantic sands and saltwater.

Do you know, it’s actually scientifically proven – through various studies I’m too lazy to look up – that spending time in nature truly does improve one’s health?

Our bodies relaxed, we laughed a lot, and our muscles got a workout in the waves.

I’m sure the multiple virgin frosty drinks, consumed by all, helped some too.

The kids discovered the marvels of age-appropriate Mudslides on the last day, and as they sat back on the under-water bench of the warm resort pool sipping their first tastes of the blended cream and chocolate, they looked at each other and said, “Oh man! Why did it take us until the last day to find these?!”

“Next time,” we all said, “It’s Mudslides all week”.

So I’ll just make a mini-suggestion for this week, because it’s summer – and we humans tend to spend more time outside in the summer anyway – that next time life starts to feel a little uptight and crazy a trip into nature is probably necessary.

It doesn’t have to be a big week-long ordeal.  A day of hiking works, or even a quick walk in some fresh air does the trick – a nature recharge of any length can settle your soul.

Just keep it in mind.

And a little food shout-out in line with last week? KISS?

Buy a pack of drumsticks and do a little shakity-bakity with your favorite spice blend. I like to shake on some salt, black pepper, garlic powder, onion powder, chili powder, cumin and cayenne pepper.  If you need an idea, maybe try a little of this little Magic Dust recipe.

My sister shared this technique with me. I’m not sure where she learned it – but whatever the case, it’s a little diamond in the kitchen.

You only need the grill at the end – to crisp up the skin – and if you don’t have a grill, or don’t want to go through the trouble, you can broil them instead.

If you like a spicy buffalo flavor, right when you throw them on the grill would be the time to brush on a little Frank’s Red Hot Cayenne Pepper Sauce.

They’re good, simple, and inexpensive.

Really – what’s not to love?

So head outside my friends. Do a little shakity-baking,and maybe even sip a frosty Mudslide (virgin or otherwise), and take the afternoon to savor the sensation of unfurling muscles.

Easy Peasy Drumsticks

This is a rough recipe. It's really the technique of baking, then grilling or broiling, that makes these a little kitchen gem. Use your favorite spices and your own kitchen knowledge to make it your own brand of perfect.


  • 4 pounds, or a Jumbo pack of drumsticks
  • Favorite spice blend
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • Frank's Red Hot Cayenne Pepper Sauce (optional)


Preheat oven to 450 degrees F.

Rinse drumsticks and pat them dry.

In a zip top bag, shake drumsticks with 2 tablespoons olive oil and desired amount of spices. (You may have to do this in two batches).

Place shaken drumsticks on a cookie sheet and bake for 30 minutes, turning if you want.

Preheat grill.

Remove drumsticks from oven.

Brush with hot sauce if desired.

Grill just long enough to crisp up outer skin.

This can also be achieved indoors, under the oven broiler.


My sister, Jill - CupcakesAreTheNewBlack


6 thoughts on “Week 32 – Easy Peasy Chicken Drumsticks and the Great Outdoors

  1. So, in general, I feel like Danguole and I are like the US and China in the Olympics–rushing to see who can get the most medals (comments). I leave on a quasi vacation, and BAM! I’m in the second place ranking! And on a week you use one of “my” recipes, too! I don’t remember where I got the recipe. It was during one of my low-carb stints and I needed something easy, tasty, cheap, and good as leftovers. I think what I ended up with was a mish-mash of the best parts of about three different recipes. However it happened, it worked!

    Your vacation sounds awesome!

  2. Initially reading this, I became jealous of your week in the waves. Then I realized how ironic that is: I’m sitting here in my bike clothes getting ready to head out the door to ride for a few hours in the National Forest, which is literally 20 minutes by bike from my front door. Without nature, and my ability to pound out my frustrations on the bike pedals or the pavement, I would be one cranky mama pretty often! Funny how sometimes we need to be reminded to take the time to enjoy what we’ve been given.

    Glad you guys had a good time.

    I’m making a Mudslide when I get back…

    • I know, right? I frequently wish I could step out the door and go for a hike in some mountains, but instead we have beach. You’re right – we really do need to remember and be grateful for what we’ve been given!

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