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Roasted Chicken and all the Fixins :)

13 Nov

Yum!

Made a delicious hubby stamp of approval dinner tonight and thought I would share it with you all 🙂

I think we’re officially into ‘fall’ temperatures now… *sigh*. I know I’ll enjoy it before long, but right now the whole 41 degrees at night thing isn’t sitting too well with me …. All I can say is BRRR!! LoL. Seriously, I’m bundled up in my fuzzy slippers and my fuzzy blanket right now and I’m still cold!

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Hubbykins is always working outside, rain, shine, hot or cold it doesn’t matter and when he had to wear thermals to work today I felt so bad :(. I decided to make him a scrumptious, filling dinner tonight and since I always seem to have a whole chicken in the freezer, I decided to pull one out. Now… Into the fridge and pantry I went to find the rest of the meal. After a little investigation and a whole box of cracker packets dumping out on me I was I guess a little inspired: homemade stuffing! Of course you can’t have stuffing without mashed potatoes and veggies.

For the stuffing you’ll need the following:

1 loaf of white bread, cubed.
1 medium sized onion, diced
1 celery stalk, diced
1 apple, peeled and diced
3/4 can of chicken stock
1 stick of butter or margarine (8 tbsp)
1/4 cup of sage (if you’re not a huge fan of sage then use less)
Poultry seasoning
Salt
Pepper

If you have cubed bread that’s already ‘dried’ out then that’s great, but if you’re using a fresh loaf then just cube the bread, lay out the bread onto a cookie sheet – make sure it’s not later upon layer otherwise it will take forever to dry out( I needed 2 for the loaf). Stick into an oven at 200 F for about 40 minutes or until fairly dried out. You can do this while the chicken thaws or ahead of time and store in an airtight container (but make sure to get all the moisture out- think croutons).

Melt your butter in a pot. Dice up the onions into a fairly small dice, same with the celery and the apple. When the butter is melted toss in the onions and celery and cook them so they sweat a bit but still firm. This is where you can get the little ones to help out. Take the bread cubes toss them into a container with a lid or a bag (I like the container better though), toss in the seasoning, crank up the music and let the little ones shake the bag or container until all the pieces are coated evenly. I’m telling you, they will love it!

Once the onion and butter mix is ready pour it onto the bread along with the diced apple, if you used the container, or pour the bag into the pot- whatever works better for you and toss. See why the container is much easier? 😉

The chicken:

1 roasting chicken
2 carrots
1 celery stock or the celery leaves
Poultry seasoning
Sage
Salt
Pepper
6 tbsp of butter cut into chunks
1/2 cup white wine
The remaining chicken stock

Once you clean out the chicken then stuff it full of stuffing and put the rest in a dish and cover with foil.

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With the chicken chop up two carrots, 1 celery stalk or the celery leaves, cut half an onion into quarters, it doesnt have to be perfect because its just to add flavour to the drippings and for the chicken to rest on it. Flip it over so the breast side is down and season with pepper, salt, sage, and poultry seasoning, rest it ontop of the chopped veggies in your roasting pan with the seasoned side down. Now for the breast meat… I usually stuff a few tablespoons of butter under the skin by the breast meat and down by the legs- this will keep the meat moist and oh my goodness good! Season again with the same seasoning and tie up the legs together. I ran out of string today so I had to improvise and twisted up some tin foil and made my own ‘twist tie’ lol.

Here’s how it looked when it was seasoned:

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Place in the oven preheated to 450F, uncovered for 20 minutes to brown it nicely.

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Once browned, add half a cup of white wine, and the remaining 1/4 of the can of chicken stock you used for the stuffing. Cover with foil, stick back in the oven along with the pan of the leftover stuffing and lower the temperature to 400F. My 6 pound chicken took about an hour and a half and in the last half hour I uncovered the stuffing so that the top could crisp up just like hubbykins likes it 🙂

Super crucial part: once the chicken is done, remove from the pan and let the chicken rest! I cover with the foil and a dishcloth to keep it warm. This will let those juices get in every part it can, and you won’t have a dry piece of meat.

See?

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I used the drippings from the pan to make the gravy, I just added a little pepper and some cornstarch to thicken it. It was perfect you could taste the chicken, a hint of wine and a hint of the sage… YUMMY!

I finished off the plate with some green beans, some roasted acorn squash, mashed potato, a scoop of that yummy stuffing and a little gravy 🙂

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I hope you all have a blessed day!

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Cravings and Crafts :)

6 Nov

I’m not really sure why, but today I peeled myself away from my craft table and beelined to the kitchen with a MEGA french fry craving. LOL. I looked at the keys sitting on the counter thinking maybe it would be just easier to go to a “fast food” place … and it would have been faster, but I highly doubt it would have tasted better. LOL. I peeled a big ol’ russet potato, poured some canola oil into a pot and then turned the heat up on high and waited… I always slice a tiny end of the potato off and throw it in to test the heat of the oil… If it’s bubbling around it in fry-happy goodness then it’s time to throw the rest of the potatoes in (I usually do it in batches so that they dont stick together).

I let them cook for about 10 minutes then remove them and toss in the next batch and then throw the first batch back in the oil for about 10 minutes or until they turn a nice golden brown color. I’m not really sure why, but my grandmother always fried them twice- but it always works for crispy fries with a gorgeous inside 🙂 Remove and place on paper towel before lightly seasoning with salt and pepper.

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Et Voila! The final product! Yes, that is sour cream lol… Don’t judge me :p I’m not really sure why but I’ve always LOVED it with fries lol.

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Now it’s back to my crafting! I’m working on some wall art for the dinning room because the plain white walls are driving me nuts. LOL. Hubbykins is off at work so I’m sure he’ll be surprised when he comes home but he’s never disliked any of the projects I’ve done so far so fingers crossed lol.

Remember that cereal box?

I decided to turn that into a big ‘ol star for the dinning room. Right now while the glue dries it’s clamped together with clothespins lol. but it will lay flat when dried. Once it’s dry I can do the paint touchups, some blending and up onto the wall it goes!

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I’ll be sure to post a picture of the finished product! No one will ever be able to tell that it was once a rice krispies box 🙂

Off I go!

I hope you all have a blessed day 🙂

T’is the Season!

4 Nov

Okay…. maybe not quite there yet. BUT Lately I’ve been seeing alot of posts on my Facebook feed about people decorating for Christmas already, I have to admit I was mildly jealous since I had already promised my hubby that my Christmas craziness wouldn’t start to appear throughout the house until AFTER thanksgiving LOL.

Most of my friends decorating and celebrating early are like me- oilfield wifeys. I feel for those families that are alone during the holidays while their hubby’s are out in the cold working and having to be alone as well 😦 so I totally get doing early or late holidays… Thankfully my hubby isn’t always out of town working his tail off, this year we’ve been super lucky with that. That could change tomorrow though, we never know so we enjoy as much time together as we can. I’ve started veering off from where this post was supposed to go lol, surprise, surprise.

All these posts of trees, decorations and endless sparkle hasn’t been helping with my Christmas fever. At. All. Lol. But as promised I’m only going to post a couple things our little family will be hopefully doing:

This being our first Christmas married I wanted to start a tradition for us that would both last for years and remind us of all the time gone by. Ornaments filled with our hopes and wishes for the year ahead, or maybe your favorite memory of the last year. Not only does it give you and your loved ones a chance to reflect what you’re thankful for, your wishes etc. but how fun would it be to look back in 5, 10 or even 50 years and remember those moments?

You don’t need a whole lot of money to do this little project, you can find everything at hobby lobby and in your pantry or craft drawers.

Just buy some clear Christmas ornaments, they’re usually inexpensive especially if you use the in store coupon (you can even pull it up on your smart phone and they’ll type the code in, so don’t panic if you forget the trustee paper coupon at home). Get yourself a nice extra fine tip permanent marker, some paper it could be plain white paper or Christmas themed or whatever you want – have fun with this. Now decorating wise you can do whatever you want but I myself would definitely keep it clear so I could see what was written, maybe a few accents here and there OR you could even make it look like a snowball with a little Modge podge and Epsom salt:

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How cute right? I saw this on Pinterest and thought how awesome would that be with a window for the paper to be visible???? Definitely going to be doing this! And I’ll post pictures when that happens 🙂

Another thing I would love to do came from Pinterest (yes again) lol. This woman’s blog is awesome by the way, a little bit of everything in it 🙂 my husband and I are spiritual people and we both believe in God and the Bible and I think sometimes we get so wrapped up in the holidays that we forget to stop and remind ourselves what the celebration is really about. The blogger Kendra posted 24 scriptures for the month of December to teach her little ones about the true meaning of Christmas. What a great idea!

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You can check out the blog here, it even has a printout of the scriptures for you.

How cute would that be to turn into a crafty project, a book or something fun for the little ones, for everyone really.

Whatever your faith is, whatever your belief I hope that during the holidays we all take the time to remind ourselves of what and why we are celebrating and to enjoy every single moment with family and friends.

*Sigh* I better stop pinning and get to bed before I sneak into the Christmas boxes in the closet. Good night all! I hope you’ve all had a blessed day 🙂

Oh what a day!

1 Nov

Today was a mega cleaning day, I bleached the floors, vacuumed, folded laundry, cleaned the kitchen, tidied up the fridge and cleaned up my stepdaughters room. Nothing better than the smell of a clean house! After all that hard work, I decided to get started on my latest project. I hope to have it done by the weekend *fingers crossed*. My inspiration came from an unusual place:

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Stay tuned for a post about that project here soon!

The other mega thing that has been going on in our house: My poor hubbykins has been in so much pain lately with a HORRIBLE toothache 😦 He’s definitely not the kind of man that pain bothers him much. He’s a strong manly man oilfield worker and most of the time if he gets cut or hurt he just shakes it off, so for him to say its painful I can only imagine HOW painful it really is. He even went to bed last night at 630 because it was so bad. We finally got him an appointment for the dentist tomorrow morning :). I’m sure he’s counting down the minutes like I am.

Until then I’m hoping to make him a meal tonight that will be easy for him to swallow- literally. Since it’s also starting to cool off in the evenings I wanted to whip up some potato soup and some soft biscuits. Hubby loves it and it will hopefully not cause more pain.

My potato soup is simple and quick to throw together. My hubby loves it because its different- it’s not like the creamy soup you usually find. All you need are some russet potatoes, carrots, onions, celery, chicken stock, butter and salt and pepper- all things you usually have in your fridge and pantry and I promise you you’ll be surprised with the flavor you get from this soup. 🙂

Start by melting 2 tablespoons of butter in a pot, I suppose you could use margarine or canola oil but I like the flavor of butter – everything tastes better with butter! 😉 Toss in the onions, garlic, carrots, celery and salt and pepper cook until the onions start to go a little translucent. Toss in the diced potatoes mixing up the veggies and let cook for about 2 minutes. Add the chicken stock, if the soup needs more seasoning then have at it 🙂 bring to a boil and lower the heat to medium and let cook until the potatoes are soft, tender and almost fall apart. If you like a chunkier soup then just use a potato masher and mash a few times until it thicken to how you like it. I myself like it smoother, so I just toss it in the blender and purée it (be VERY careful, hot soup in the blender like to expand, I recommend only filling it up halfway). You can put it in your favorite serving dish or return it to the pot and keep it warm on the stove. The house will smell so yummy!

If you want to add some toppings, so great ones are bacon, shredded cheese, green onions or MY favorite: a dollop of sour cream Yum, Yum, YUM!

My hubby being a true Texan I think it’s safe to say that he knows biscuits and I’ve always been sort of intimidated by the thought of even trying to make them. So I did what anyone else would do: I called my grandmother lol. I love her recipes, simple, no fuss and deliscious- these biscuits are no exception. All you need is 3 ingredients. Yes, seriously, 3. Lol

2 1/4 cups of self rising flour
1/2 cup canola oil
1 cup of buttermilk (don’t panic if you don’t have any handy, simply take whole milk or even 2 % (but whole is better) and mix in a tbsp of vinegar and let sit for 5-10 minutes. Yes it will get thicker and lumpy but don’t be afraid.

Toss it all in a bowl and gently mix until just combined. Drop heaping spoonfuls onto a greased baking sheet for 12-15 minutes or until golden brown or till they just barely start to brown on the tips of the dough. Voila! Fluffy, soft and deliscious!!!

Hopefully hubbykins will feel better, tomorrow morning isn’t soon enough for him to feel some pain relief.

A picture of the soup and drop biscuits :

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I hope you all have a blessed day 🙂