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!!

 

 

 

 

 

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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

1955 Prestige Silverware Set

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Today we had lunch with the man of the houses parents.  We then stopped at their house to pick up a silverware set his mother purchased before her graduation day from High School in 1955!!!

Every year “grandma Ruth” (the man’s mother) always asks us for Christmas gift ideas.  It was hard for her at first to understand my requests at Christmas.  I am a very practical person.  Sure, I love the finer things, but when someone is willing to spend money on me, I will choose something practical that I want and that I would love to save the money on buying for myself.  Some things I have requested are:  muck boots, black dress socks, leather driving gloves, a toaster and last year I asked for a toolbox with a few tools and different size nails I could use in my barn.  The first few years she would beg me to pick something different and now 16 years later, I think she knows me well enough to realize these are “gifts” to me.  Awesome gifts!!

So when she asked me the other day what I would like I was quick to tell her “silverware”.  Our set is now missing many things (I am sure the kids removed them at some point to dig outside or to take fishing in the creek).  I would like to have service for 8 again on all pieces.  Ruth then said to me, “you know I have a set I purchased before graduation from high school sitting in the basement” and before she could finish I said YES!!

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You see these are not just silverware pieces.  These are special pieces she purchased as a young girl to take into her future with whoever her husband to be was and for the family she was certain to have.  These pieces were hope of a wonderful life and future.  These pieces were part of the mans childhood.  Through the years she has kept this set perfect.  This set means more to me than she will probably ever know.

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The box has been carefully stored through the many years only making an appearance at a few very special family gatherings.  In my 16 years, I had never seen them.  Yet today opening the beautiful box they were delivered in so many years ago, these pieces are in perfect condition.

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The certificate of registration of this hand picked set is in the box.  All the original paperwork and receipts are gently folded inside.

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The silver etiquette book with complete instructions and pictures for the use and care of the silver is included laying gently on top.

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There are many different serving pieces included.

I can hardly wait to use these at Thanksgiving when Ruth will be here to enjoy the future she chose and purchased so many years ago.  I will cherish this set and we will use it often with the same hope Ruth had for it so long ago.  I will save the paperwork and pass this set onto my children who I can only hope will cherish it as much as I do.

 

 

Crock Pot Beef Stew

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Beef stew is one of the easiest meals to make in your crock pot.  It is also a great way to cook chuck roast to use in soups (beef barley, vegetable beef soup etc).

Yesterday we had a silver tournament hockey game in the morning followed by the last football game of the season for cheerleading.  I grabbed a chuck roast out of the freezer and put it in the crock pot with some onion, potatoes, more onion (the tween loves the cooked onions and gravy), 3 bouillon cubes, 2 heaping tablespoons cornstarch, salt/pepper, 1 1/2 cups of water.  Normally I would add carrots but I did not have any in the house and didn’t have time to go out and pull some up.

As you can see it came out wonderful and was perfect coming home after a LONG football game and having dinner.  I served this with a side of homemade applesauce and there was plenty left over for tonight’s dinner 🙂

Crock Pot Beef Stew

1 chuck roast (any size)

4 large potatoes peeled and quartered

1 large sweet onion

3 beef bouillon cubes

2 heaping tablespoons cornstarch

sprinkle salt/pepper

1 1/2 cups of water (doesn’t have to be precise you can use more for more gravy then adjust to 4 bouillon cubes and 3 Tablespoons cornstarch)

drizzle of garlic flavored oil

(you can add any other vegetables you like.  Carrots and parsnips are a favorite of ours but I have used corn and peas also)

Place all in the crockpot and cook on low for 6 – 8 hours.  YUM!

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