Tuesday, November 21, 2017

The Five Dollar Chicken...

Hey kids - today we are going to talk food...
we have had this conversation before but here we go again...
because, well...it's worth talking about.

Costco sells rotisserie chickens for five bucks.
Big, meaty, flavorful and juicy - what a deal - you just can't beat the price.
Occasionally, the hubs brings one home and on that night, we have...

Chicken, stuffing and homemade whipped potatoes.
The dark lump on the side of my plate, 
that you are not suppose to ask about, that is chicken skin.
I have decided that I would rather eat pizza, bread (and chicken skin) than be a size zero.
This is my favorite dinner, just like this...
I do not want a vegetable taking up any of the vacant room in my belly.

Moving on...
On night two, with some of the leftover chicken, I made a 
Chicken Pot Pie
I found 2 recipes I liked and "Racheal Ray-ed" them together.
I rarely do that, I am a recipe follower, but I have made this before and
I remembered the changes I wanted to make.
No peas are allowed.

Here's the starting line-up...

One stick of butter
1/2 of a sweet onion, diced
1/3 cup of flour
1 carrot - small dice
1 stalk of celery - small dice
2 potatoes - small dice
1/2 of a cooked rotisserie chicken - diced
1 box of white shoe peg corn (as pictured)
1 cup of heavy cream
1 cup - 1 1/2 cups of chicken stock
Ready made pie crusts
Mrs. Dash Seasonings, Onion & Herb

Sauté' onion in one stick of butter, add flower to make a rou'.
Once thickened, add chicken stock and cream, stir frequently until well combined.

One carrot & one stalk of celery, small dice.

Add those..

Add potatoes...

I cooked this mixture for about 10 minutes over low heat.

Season...I tasted mine and it was kinda' bland, so I added about a teaspoon of the 
Mrs. Dash Onion & Herb Seasoning.

Add diced cooked chicken...

and one uncooked bag of white corn.

I added more seasonings at this point, then it was ready for the pie crust.

One crust on the bottom, one on the top and it was ready for the oven.

I have no idea how long I cooked this, longer than either recipe said to.
I set the oven at 350 degrees, even though both recipes said 400.
The hubs wasn't home yet, so I wanted it to cook slow.
Problem was, the crust would not brown.
Once I turned the oven to 400 degrees, it browned pretty quickly.
We had this for dinner and also had enough left for lunch the next day.

I had enough filling to fill a personal remke dish for my mom
and even enough of the trimmed pie crust to cover it.
I also brought her a plate of sliced chicken and mashed potatoes.
I also ate one chicken and stuffing sandwich.

Do you get where I am going with this?

How could you ever get more bang for your buck?
These chickens are amazing, and if you go on Pinterest,
they have an entire board devoted to what to do with leftover Rotisserie Chicken.
I often make Chicken Salad or Chicken Noodle Soup.

I read an article that Costco does not make any money on their chickens.
It is a way to get people in the store...while they are there, they often buy other items. 
That's why they are sold in the back of the store.

The hubs proved that to be true, back on January 23rd, 
when I asked him to pick up a chicken at Costco on his way home.
They were predicting a storm later that week.
He came home with, yes it's true, 
4 flashlights, 660 candy kisses and the largest bag of Doritos I have ever seen.
He did remember the chicken.
Ya' gotta' take pictures or no one would believe it!!

Monday, November 20, 2017

Christmas Wonderland!!

If you love Christmas, and who doesn't love Christmas...
you would really enjoy a walk though this Christmas Wonderland.
A local furniture store moves out all of their inventory to transform their shop into this...

All of the items are displayed so beautifully and everything displayed is for sale.
Even if you don't need anything, an hour or so, in this shop, is
Christmas heaven.

This is only half of the store, 
local crafters sell their handmade items on the other side of the store.
I didn't take pictures on that side.

They had this cute little truck out front...
and you know us...

A red scarf is a must when doing anything Christmasy!

Sunday, November 19, 2017

Cream Of Potato Soup

My mom made this soup for me maybe 20 years ago and I had no idea what was in it.
When I asked her for the recipe, I was so surprised.

This is it - that's cooked bacon on top of the soup.
I am not a big fan of using canned soup in what is suppose to be homemade soup.
I was reluctant to make this soup for that reason...
it is so good and so easy!

Here's the recipe...
I use a sweet onion and heavy cream instead of milk.
The hubs loves this soup,
but he hates mushrooms, won't eat them...
up until now he hadn't a clue what was in this soup.
But he reads my blog every day, so, well,...he knows now!

I fry the bacon right in my soup pot.

The potato dice is about this size...

Top with crumbled bacon and here is the finished soup.
Nothing fancy but let me tell you, 
it is so yummy good!

Saturday, November 18, 2017

Saturday Critters ~ 205 ~

Fill the feeders, fill the bird bath, put out peanuts...
and believe me - they will come.

Male Cardinal


Female House Finch

Robin Red Breast with a berry

Blue Jay
Filled with peanuts - he inhales one more before taking off.

Female Red Bellied Woodpecker
She was checking each nut - pecking away - to be sure and select the best one.
She does come close to the house and does not mind that I am hanging out the window.

This is a Yellow Rumped Warbler in his Winter wear.
I am including this "not so great" image because I have not seen them all summer,
they migrate and have arrived here for Winter.

I love the birds that visit my yard, I know their calls, patterns and habits.
Watching and interacting with them brings me so much joy.
Birding can be a life long hobby...
you don't need anyone or any special tools to enjoy it.
I have been watching the birds since I was a young girl...
when my Aunt Dot helped me to discover my love for birds.

Birdwatching - a lifetime ticket to the theater called nature!
Bring some joy in to your life...
Watch the Birds!

Sharing today with 
Eileen at Viewing Nature With Eileen
Anni at I'd Rather Be Birding

Friday, November 17, 2017

Getting Distracted...

On Wednesday, 
I decided to break out the camera and spend some time by the window photographing my yard birds.
The birds notice me but junior is the one always vying for my attention.
I put peanuts out - for both the birds and for Junior.
Neither share well.

I have a love/hate relationship with him, I always say that, but I find it difficult to hate him.
He seems so happy, bouncing around the yard...
jumping from tree branch to tree branch, no cares in the world.
So often I wish I had his carefree life, his always happy spirit.

In these images, it looks like Autumn has arrived in these parts, 
don't let these pictures fool you. 
My maple tree is still green, with only small hints of yellow.
The leaves are falling while they are still green and turning brown on the ground.
It's cold here and it feels like Winter...I feel like we missed Fall.

November 15, 2017