Friday, October 10, 2014

Rita Says

What can I say? She has a place in her heart for llamas.

:) Three-year olds. Gotta love them.

Thursday, October 2, 2014

{phfr} Autumn Misc.

{pretty} Wood Floors


Tyler and my parents sanded, stained and finished our bedroom floors. 1950s pine. Gorgeous. (And we checked for lead before starting- all clear. )

{VERY happy} 

We've had a long long hiatus from gluten and my bread baking has been tucked away for some time. But then we bought a loaf of bread here and there and of course I was whispering "I can do this. And with about 5000 less ingredients than is listed." So much goodness and not to mention the process is fabulously quieting for me. It's like gardening. I zoom! transport to the part of my brain that is silent. And I love it there. So hopefully I don't eat more than my share and we don't consume an entire loaf in a day, because, prudence…or temperance, I think I mean temperance.

I really need to work on seeing the humor in my life…



Jonah shredded a roll of tp in the bathroom this morning…funny…?

No? Ok.


Ah, conversation.

Conversation with a two and three year old is nothing shy of entertaining.

Me: Rita, here is the yeast for the bread.

Rita: (grabs measuring spoon and pours) Beast! Beast!

Better yet, here is a clip from my Twitter feed:

{real} Food Waste

It really irks me when we waste food. We have a cat and chickens so it doesn't get dumped into the garbage but even still, it's supposed to be humans eating this was breakfast this morning. Not terrible.

More Enlightening Conversation:
Stage: Sitting at breakfast all together
Me: Y'all we are so blessed to have food to eat. Some people have nothing to eat. 
Jo: No way. 
Rita: I wish Whiskey* didn't die on the road. 

And this is a great example of why I treasure conversation. 


*Whiskey was the name of my brother's dog (brindle Mountain Curr and Boxer mix = beautiful sweet dog!) who was wonderful but sadly she ran into the road and was hit and killed. For some reason my brain thought it was acceptable to attempt to explain this to Rita…and it always comes up at the best of times.

Monday, September 29, 2014

How to Make Supper and Chicken Broth All at Once

If you have a whole chicken, or a few whole chicken legs, or even drumsticks to cook, here is an idea! Cook them in a slow cooker to make shredded chicken* and chicken broth all in one swoop!

Broth, cooled and ready for the fridge!

Oil your slow cooker (crock pot) and then salt the bottom.

Put the chicken (boneless chicken will render next to no broth, so please use on-the-bone chicken) in a slow cooker and set it on low.

Fill water to the top of the chicken.

Salt the pot of water and chicken.

Cover the slow cooker.

{insert sleep}

Wake up.

Grab some elixir of the gods (coffee).

Use tongs to remove bones and chicken.

Strain remaining liquid.

TA-DA! Shredded chicken and chicken broth all in one!

Refrigerate your broth and use within three days (use good judgement, please), or freeze it for later.

I like to think that Auntie Leila would qualify this as save-a-step cooking. :)

Happy Autumn! Happy cooking!

*The chicken breaks down and falls off of the bone with the low heat and water.

Useful tip: Freeze the broth in ice cube trays for ease of use.