My heart and soul horse

This is Bailey (registered name Mason D. Brown).  He was the first horse I bought after my horse of 19 years had to be put down at the very old age of 36.   I swore I would never get another horse after Sugar because it was so hard to let him go.   But as fate would have it, Bailey stole my heart and I had to have him.

It’s been 13 wonderful years!!  I have added 2 more to the herd over the years but I am forever thankful to Bailey for bringing me back into the horse world.

Heading out to feed them all now :-)

Roasted Chicken

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I know I have said it before but when your local store has a sale on whole chickens you should always buy a few.  This was a six pound chicken that I paid under $6.00 for.   I bought 3 more to store in the freezer.

I slow roasted this chicken today and this will be 3 meals for our family.  The first was roasted chicken with all the “fixins”.  I shredded the dark meat to make chicken pot pie later and diced the rest of the meat left over to make chicken soup with.

Here is how I like to roast our chicken.  It always comes out juicy and full of flavor!

1 Whole chicken

Carrots (3 whole chopped or organic baby carrots)

1 onion

3 chicken bouillon cubes

1/2 tsp. garlic powder

1 cup water

For Gravy

1 heaping Tablespoon cornstarch

3 Tablespoons water

Juice from pan

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Wash the chicken first

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Lay the carrots and onion on the bottom of the pan with all the seasonings and cubes

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Place the chicken on top and add the water.  You can sprinkle salt and pepper on the chicken.  Cover and if slow cooking cook at 200 degrees for 7 hours.  Remove the cover and turn heat up to 350 and bake until the skin browns (about 25-35 minutes).  If you are not slow cooking, bake this at 350 degrees for an hour and remove cover and bake until skin is browned and juices run clear (about 35 – 45 minutes more)

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It should look like the above picture and this is what will be in the pan when you remove it.

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Drain the juice into a pot.  You can use a fine strainer but I don’t care about little bits in the gravy so I use a spoon to hold the veggies and bits in and pour the juice right into the pot.

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Using a small glass or cup mix 1 heaping Tablespoon cornstarch in 3 Tablespoons water

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Bring the juice to a boil and add the cornstarch mixture stirring slowly until thickened.  Your wonderful gravy is done

Cook the sides you are serving and open a jar or can if you don’t make your own of cranberry sauce.

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Dinner number 1 is served and boy was it good!!

 

 

 

 

 

Rice A Roni Meatballs

My friend shared this recipe with me.  This is a quick, delicious and very easy meal for busy weeknights.  I added a few more ingredients than she did and this is a recipe you can adjust and add things you like to it.

You can find more pictures and the recipe on my Facebook page here:  Rice A Roni Meatballs

Another beautiful Fall walk

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It was just starting to get dark when I took the dogs for their walk tonight.  The trees are beautiful welcoming you into our woods.

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On the other side the horses are enjoying their last bit of pasture grass as it’s now starting to slow down on growth.

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This beautiful orange yellow tree greets you as you  enter the woods

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About 1/4 mile back you will cross the creek which is beginning to fill up now after being mainly dry for the past few months.  The bridge is covered in fallen leaves and makes a beautiful crunch sound while crossing

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And the opening to the hard woods is where you end up next about 1/2 mile further.  The smell in this area draws me in and the beauty of the leaves is stunning even at dusk.  You can see a newly fallen dead tree has now changed the look of the entrance since I walked last

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On another trail home this stark collection of birch trees watches you pass.  Their leaves are almost gone but even in the bareness, the white of their bark is something to behold

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And you have come full circle after 45 minutes where the horses didn’t notice you were gone

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But they will come to see you when you get close for a quick pat to their neck

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And a good scratch on the tree

This is how I find my inner peace :-)

 

Sunday happenings

It’s been a few weeks (actually almost 2 months) since we have had a Sunday at home.  Cheer games were on Sundays and the past few weeks there have been hockey tournaments out of town.  Today was a great day to be home and get some things done with only a hockey practice to attend.

The morning started with animal and barn chores.  The rabbit cage was prepped and set up for winter, the last few garden decorations were stored away for the winter, the vegetable garden items were removed from the gardens and stored also.

Then it was time to make some Split Pea Soup for dinner.

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The tween and her friend decided to help make an apple pie

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and the woodburner was fired up with the first fire of the fall to season it for the coming months.

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It felt so great to be home!!!!

You can find my Split Pea Soup Recipe here:  Split Pea Soup

And our Apple Pie Recipe here:  Apple Pie