Mar 6, 2017

Cheer You Up Chicken

I have been meaning to share this delicious roast chicken with y'all for ages.  The night I made it was when Buddy ripped open his leg- in fact, I noticed he was MIA when I was putting away the chicken.  I was trying to save him from eating a bunch of chicken bones, and necessitating a trip to the Animal ER.  Didn't quite work out that way, but it wasn't the chicken's fault at least.

This recipe is from the always wonderful Melissa Clark.  It's a roasted chicken baked on slightly stale ciabatta bread slices.  Morgan and I stood over the pan like vultures eating the crispy slices of bread, laden with chicken pan drippings.  Nothing like some carbohydrates and a roast chicken to relive stress!

Garlic and Thyme-Roasted Chicken with Crispy Dripping Croutons.

country bread or ciabatta, preferably stales, sliced 1/2 inch thick
1 T. extra virgin olive oil, more if needed
2 t. kosher salt, more if needed
1/2 t. freshly ground black pepper, more if needed
1 (4-5 lb) chicken, patted dry
1 garlic head, sliced in half through the cloves
1 bay leaf
1/2 lemon
1/2 bunch thyme sprigs

1.  Preheat oven to 425.  Lay the bread slices in the bottom of a heavy duty roasting pan in one layer.  Drizzle liberally with olive oil and salt

2. Rub 1 t. salt and 1/4 t. pepper inside the cavity of the chicken.  Stuff the cavity with garlic, bay leaf, lemon, and thyme.  Rub outside with a tablespoon of olive oil and sprinkle all over with salt and pepper.  Place it, breast side up, on the bread.  Tuck the bread in and around the chicken as much as you  can to keep the bread from burning.

3.  Roast the chicken until its deeply browned and the thigh juices run clear with pricked with a knife, about 1 hour and 15 minutes.  Let it rest for 10 minutes before carving.

Serve the chicken with pieces of bread from the pan (or just eat them straight out of the pan!).

I roasted a pan of asparagus in the same oven for the last 25 minutes of the chicken's cook time to go alongside.

Perfect dinner that baked while I bathed the children.  Between this and Nathalie Dupree's Slow Slow Chicken, we might have a roasted chicken every day-wholesome comfort food at its best!

Feb 23, 2017

Thoughts For Thursday

Happiness is back.

How could it not be- look at this baby!  And his toes!!

 And a little swimmer sporting some goggles.

 Little girls who have excellent presidential aspirations.

Lenten Roses in Bloom

 Babies in cardigans.

Climbing trees on a sunny day.

Getting together with old friends, and getting all of your kids together.

But then getting to have adult lady time, as well.

 Taking your kids to a Wednesday afternoon movie (Lego Batman), and drinking a large Diet Coke and having popcorn, after the baby had a terrible night.

 Also, little kids in 3D glasses.
 Also, when we got back in the car, we got so tickled.  I went to put on my sunglasses, and all I had was my 3D glasses.  I recycled my sunglasses instead of the disposable 3D glasses!  Just when I think I have it all together, taking all three children to a movie solo.  That's why I only wear cheap sunglasses.  Know thyself!

Finally, Buddy is out of his cone!  I'm so glad we no longer have to snuggle like this!  And my poor legs are covered in bruises from being rammed with the cone.

Feb 14, 2017

The Mean Reds

I was feeling like this before Buddy's accident- a case of the Feburaries.  Then my puppy's injury added a whole new layer of stress and upset.

It's just the dumps. The doldrums.  Nothing major but, I feel like a hamster on my wheel- working and working but never getting done.  Before I can check something off my list, my phone rings, or my e-mail dings and something is added to the list.

Then my childcare for next year became all messed up.  Normally I love straddling the line between staying at home and working.  I make my life more difficult sometimes to accommodate both types of motherhood.  Most the time it works wonderfully, and I am so thankful.  When it doesn't?  We all know who gets the short-shrift.

Okay, the whining portion of this program is over (PRAISE THE LORD! I know!).  I washed my favorite set of sheets last night, and ironed my pillowcase.  I made my bed perfectly (at ten o'clock at night, mind you).  I cozied up to my book, cup of tea, and resolved to shake off this fugue.

And it helped!  I'm not back to normal levels of cheer, but I am roaring through my to-do list, answering e-mails, and getting it done.  One thing and one day at a time, right ladies?

So I'm turning the mean reds into lovey reds.

How can I not- just check out Deedsy Crockett, king of the wild driveway!

 Tommy wore church clothes to church for the first time.

 This book- it might be making me sad, actually.  I still can't believe he's gone.

We went to a fancy black-tie party Friday night.  Deeds said "Oh mama!  You soo sparkly!" And buried his face into my sequined dress.

I forgot to take any pictures at the actual dance, but at least these were taken at dinner beforehand.

 Dell Harper had her first dance Sunday night.  Look at this father daughter combo!  My heart is a big ole puddle right now.

 Also reducing me to a drippy mess?  This one!  I could just cuddle him all day long.  Probably why I can't get anything done!

So on this Valentine's Day, I will turn off the political news that makes my heart so unsettled.  I will work determinedly and persistently  through my tasks.  I will do my housework with a happy heart! Or at least a semi-happy heart.

Most of all I will be grateful for boys in coonskin caps.  For daughters thrilled to go to a dance with her daddy.  For baby smiles.

Even ones in the middle of the night ;)