Wow, thanks for all the interest and support on yesterday's post. I had no idea this little dilemma was so relatable! I was thinking that maybe I was needing a slap across the kisser to snap me out of it. Well, once again, thanks for "gettin' me."
What did I make??
I am a lucky girl that I have such an understanding husband. He just laughed and shook his head and told me how funny I was. Yah, I'm a laugh a minute.
Then my sweet boy presented his thing-of-beauty report card and we celebrated by taking him out for dinner. He picked the place, Noodles & Co.
Now, today I put on my big-girl panties and committed to a meal. Here's what cooking . . .
My Roast Chicken
1 7.5 lb roaster chicken
4 large onions
4 slices bacon, cut in half
4 TB butter, cut into pieces
salt & pepper
1 8oz carton baby bella mushrooms, quartered
Preheat oven to 350.
Wash and half or quarter potatoes and onions, put in bottom of 9 x 13 pan. Rinse chicken and place on top of potatoes. Place one more cut up onion inside cavity along with one half slice bacon and one piece butter.
Run hands between skin and meat. Salt and pepper in there and push in several sprigs of the fresh herbs. Arrange bacon on top of breast skin. Sprinkle bits of butter over the chicken and vegetables in pan.
Place chicken in oven, uncovered, for 30 mins for every lb. of chicken. *When there is 15 minutes of cook time left, sprinkle in mushrooms and return to oven for final 15 minutes.
Allow chicken to rest, covered with foil, for 10 minutes before carving.
Spicy Cranberry Chutney**
1/3 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup raisins
1 cup water
3 cups fresh cranberries
1 Granny Smith apple - peeled, cored and chopped
1 teaspoon grated lemon zest
1/4 cup fresh lemon juice
1/4 cup chopped crystallized ginger
1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes
In a saucepan, combine brown sugar, raisins and water; bring to a boil. Reduce heat to simmer and stir while simmering for 5 minutes. Stir in cranberries, apple and lemon zest; simmer for 10 minutes more.
Stir lemon juice, ginger and pepper flakes into the mixture before removing from heat. Serve chilled or at room temperature.
I was going to bake something for dessert, but the oven seems to be giving off a lot of "newness" smell (yes, I washed it out first), so I covered my chicken and have decided to forgo the baking for a while longer until it is broken in.
“Years ago my mother used to say to me, she'd say, ‘In this world, Elwood, you must be...’ - she always called me Elwood - ‘...in this world, Elwood, you must be oh so smart or oh so pleasant.’ Well, for years I was smart. I recommend pleasant. You may quote me.”~Elwood P. Dowd in Harvey
I am a stay-at-home mom who is coming to grips with the fact that my children are growing up, and that is bitter sweet. I have several pets who understand me including a couple dogs, some beautiful pigeons (yes, pigeons), some chickens who boss me around, and a mourning dove who I believe is God's little whisper to me from heaven. I was a lawyer before I got really serious and became a mom. I love to knit, write, cook, and to take good care of my family. We struggle with my daughter's Reactive Attachment Disorder, and hold hands very tightly sometimes while we withstand the high tide of her challenges. Through it all, I am blessed to have a husband who is the corner piece to my puzzle.