I have never won the lottery. I've never been hit by lightning either. Luck is relative, I suppose.
My daughter-in-law Heather however, is another story entirely as it relates to luck (the good kind.) I've lost track of how many things she's won and I've taken to putting her name on any raffle ticket I buy just to see if I can fake out the gods of luck. Hasn't worked so far.
A month or so ago, Heather invited hubby and me to attend her company's annual summer family gathering. Each department has a booth at this theme related event and they go all out in the decorating of their booths and have the food and their costumes tie into whatever they've chosen as their theme. Heather's department chose Animal House and they all showed up to work in their togas. Guests happily stepped over empty beer cases and cans to get a taste of the fried macaroni and cheese they were serving. Next door to them was the "As Seen On TV" booth where a Vince (the ShamWow guy) look-alike was hawking the Slap Chop in a YOU'RE GONNA LOVE MY NUTS t-shirt. And across the alley was the booth where Heather was about to get lucky... yet again. She dropped her door prize ticket in the bucket and told us that we couldn't leave until the drawing because you needed to be present to win. Here's where it gets freaky. After she won the iPod that afternoon, she informed us that she knew she would win, BUT she also knew that her name would not be the first name drawn. Indeed, the first ticket drawn belonged to someone who'd left the picnic early and therefore left it all open for our Heather to take home the grand prize. Isn't that crazy?
So what does all of that have to do with chicken kabobs? I actually won the sauce that I used to marinate them!!
Steph over at Steph Chows was kind enough to have a Saucy Mama giveaway earlier this month and I won a bottle of Lime Chipotle Marinade. I knew I was going to use it on chicken and when I looked at all the garden produce in my fridge, the kabob idea was born. I marinated chicken breast chunks in the marinade for a few hours then skewered them along with cherry tomatoes, yellow squash and green peppers that I'd doused with a little olive oil and seasoned with salt, pepper and Italian seasoning. On the grill for 8-10 minutes and you're good to go. This marinade was awesome. A little spicy heat, but not overly much. Just great, great flavor.