Weekend

Oliver and Emerson
breakfast burritos

gifts from the Coop Girls

Slow-Cooker Whole Chicken
Hey - it's snowing again!  Shocking, isn't it????  It wasn't supposed to begin snowing until 10p.m.  Well, that wasn't correct because we've had flakes since about noon.  The original forecast was 3-6 inches, so I'm not sure if they've bumped up the accumulation since it started earlier than expected.  The good thing is that at least the temps are in the positive numbers and even double digits today!!

We started our chilly morning with breakfast burritos and a hot cup of coffee.  For me, Vanilla Caramel, lightly sweetened, and for J, Hazelnut, light and sweet.  Sunday's are not for slow beginnings around here.  We have dogs to take out, Coop Girls to get up, as well as products to get ready and packed up for the Farmer's Market.  I must say, the chores are a bit easier on warmer mornings.

I really don't mind winter and the snow is beautiful.  It's just been awfully cold the entire month of February with not much for a break.  It's stretches like this that makes me question why in the world we moved from Hawaii 16 years ago.......

Yesterday afternoon/evening I worked on getting tons of body butter made to continue building my back stock.  Because I was busy with that, I decided to throw a whole chicken in the slow-cooker for dinner.  I've only tried that once before and wasn't as pleased as I'd hoped to be.  The recipe came from a popular Crock-pot cooking website and, well, I was less than impressed.  A couple of weeks ago I ran across another recipe for a whole chicken and it swore it was a super-moist and delicious bird.  It had one major difference from the first recipe I had tried.  The first had you cook the chicken on high for 4 hours and this recipe had you cook it on low for 3-4 hours.  Success!!!  It was delicious!  I can now highly recommend it.  Throw some seasoning on it {I put a chicken seasoning under the skin and in the cavity along with some lemon slices}, plop it in the slow-cooker and turn it on.  That's it.  Easy peasy.

And for dessert was Blueberry Cobbler made from our shrinking supply of berries we put up in the freezer from last summer's bounty.

Speaking of delicious garden bounty, we did a pretty good job estimating how much of our veggies and fruit we would need to get us through winter and spring.  So, although the jars and bags are quickly disappearing, it appears most goods will last us until the beginning of summer.  Hooray for that!  And, as usual, I made too much jam.  Oh well.  I have no doubt I will do that again this year too.

It was a busy weekend for us.  J had a Home Show in town to work at both Saturday and Sunday.  I popped over Saturday morning to visit and look around.  The company we will be getting our bathroom & laundry countertops from was there.  They had actually brought the countertop we will be purchasing as one of their samples.  I fell in love with it all over again.  And then I saw the price.  Holy cow.  Reality stinks sometimes, doesn't it?  We've also begun planning the new kitchen.  Actually, it's completely planned.  It won't be renovated until next year though.

I am working on a FAQ post with answers to the questions emailed to us about both our life and lifestyle.  If you have any questions for me to answer, please leave us a comment or send us an email.

On the menu this week:  Slow-Cooker Pub-Inspired Short Ribs with Rice and Squash; Baked Tilapia with Crab Cakes, Orzo and Baked Broccoli; Chicken Pot Pie {with leftover Slow-Cooker Chicken}; Pork Chops with Jalapeno-Peach Jelly Glaze with Smashed Baby Red Potatoes and Squash; Parmesan Chicken with Rice and Broccoli with Cheese Sauce; and Spicy Poblano Bolognese with Pasta and Butter-Glazed Carrots.

Hoping you've had a wonderful weekend!!





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5 comments:

daisy g said...

Glad it's finally warming up there a bit. You certainly pack a lot into your days.
Looking forward to your FAQ post.

The boys look so cozy together.
Enjoy your week!

Amber said...

Staci - I received my little soap package on Saturday. Oh. my. goodness. What a blessing! They smell so wonderful. I kept smelling the packing box, as even it smelled wonderful! And everything was packaged so cute! Thank you so much!

Staci at Life At Cobble Hill Farm said...

Thanks so much Daisy!! Yes, they stay quite cozy in their bed by the pellet stove. ;)

Hooray Amber!! I'm happy you received them and like them. Enjoy!

Erin said...

Staci...I really enjoyed this post. It was nice to hear what your life is like. And a bit of your history. Really loved it.

Staci at Life At Cobble Hill Farm said...

Thanks so much Erin!!