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1  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / How To Make Fall Off the Bone Tender Chicken on: October 02, 2012 03:38:14 PM

Okay, this is really one half of a chicken. When you raise your own chickens, do all the butchering and processing...you don't just go around eating a whole chicken like it was nothing. They become far more precious. Also, they fit better in the vacuum sealer bags. But the timing is the same for half or whole.

So, this is ridiculously simple. Rinse your chicken (if you are a chicken rinsing kind of cook) and put in the bottom of a pot big enough to hold it and fill the pot with cold water until your chicken is covered.

Add a few vegetables you have on hand. I usually add a carrot or two, cut into three or four pieces, and one quartered onion. I planted a lot of onions in the garden. I mean...a lot and have been looking for ways to use all those onion tops. In place of the whole onion, I tucked the greens in the pot instead and found they added great flavor and I got to use the onion itself for another purpose.

Put the lid on. Heat to a rolling boil, turn off the heat and let sit for 90 minutes. Leave the lid on- seriously. No peeking.

After 90 minutes, you are done! Tender every time, never chewy or tough. I usually save the stock for cooking and soups, removing the chicken to a colander to allow it to cool quickly. I de-bone and shred or chop the chicken to use in recipes for the week.
Enjoy!
xo,
Amy
2  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / Baby Pants for Cloth Diapered Bums on: October 02, 2012 03:35:39 PM


I made these cute as pie big butt baby pants from scrap fabric and a free pattern from Made by Rae. Super duper easy. Once you make one, you can whip up a couple in under and hour.
http://www.made-by-rae.com/2010/10/free-raes-basic-newborn-pant-sewing-pattern/
3  COOKING / Dessert / Fresh Cherry Coconut Cookies on: October 02, 2012 03:32:11 PM
After two batches of cherry jam, I still had more cherries and decided to make cookies! I made a double batch, baking half and freezing the other half in dough balls for another day. Inspired by a recipe found on CakeFYI.
Fresh Cherry Coconut Cookies with Chocolate Chips

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
1/2cup butter
1/2cup brown sugar
1/4cup white sugar
1 egg
1 tsp vanilla extract
3/4cup all purpose flour
1/2cup whole wheat flour
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2tsp salt (i omitted salt as I had salted butter on hand)
1 c oats
3/4 cup shredded coconut
handful of chocolate chips
15 ripe cherries, pitted and chopped


Cream the butter and sugars for 5 minutes. You'll want to move on after two, thinking it surely had been 5 whole minutes. Trust me. It makes a difference. Add the egg and beat for a full minute. Beat in the vanilla.  Add flour, salt, and baking soda and beat until a soft dough forms. Stir in the oats, coconut, and chocolate chips if you choose. Stir in the cherries, gently.

Drop by tablespoons full on to a Silpat lined cookie sheet. I flash froze half the dough in cookie dough balls and sealed them up in Ziploc bags for later fresh baked cookies. And promptly baked up the rest of the batch and enjoyed over the next couple of days.
Bake for 13-15 minutes, until golden brown. Enjoy!
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