November 18, 2017

New Movement and words!

It was a big day in our house!

After just getting up on his knees for the first time a few days ago, Z made his first official crawling motions today!  And this from the boy who we thought would skip crawling…

In addition, while putting his shoes on tonight, and again while taking them off, we got him to repeatedly say “SHOE” after we said it!  What a strange second word (after “up”). especially with the “sh” sound!

Garlic Chicken and Potatoes

I originally stumbled upon this recipe when I was in the mood for chicken thighs, and needed a new way to bake them.  It has quickly become one of our favorite recipes, and not only is it easy to double (or triple!) for large groups, it is VERY easy to make as organic and natural as you want:  only four ingredients, and they can all be found easily in organic forms:  butter, garlic, Yukon Gold potatoes, and and free-range chicken!

 

Garlic Chicken and Potatoes
Serves 6?
(Modified from this recipe)

  • 1 stick butter
  • 1-2 pounds Yukon Gold potatoes, cut into inch cubes  (if they are small potatoes, simply quarter them)
  • 2 heads of garlic, separated into individual cloves, some cloves peeled, some not
  • Approx. 12 boneless, skinless chicken thighs (this equates to two packages at our local stores)

Preheat oven to 400.  Put stick of butter in glass 9 x 13 baking dish and place in oven to melt while oven preheats.  (But be careful, as the butter can burn quickly, it doesn’t take the full preheating time!)
Once the butter is melted, begin placing potatoes and chicken in the dish, stirring/flipping to coat as much as possible in butter.  As you load the dish, sprinkle in garlic cloves throughout, making sure some get in the butter to help infuse it.
Bake for 60 minutes, or until chicken is done, basting three times.  (As the dish can get too full at the beginning to really coat everything, especially the potatoes, I find it helpful to do the first basting after about 10 minutes, to get some butter on the potatoes and keep them from getting too dry.)

Helpful Notes:
This can easily be doubled, using a roasting pan.  (Not a roaster, which was what I got when I asked to borrow my mom’s roaster one day, ha. My dad showed up with this HUGE electric roaster.  Whoops!)
Even though this only has four ingredients, allow plenty of prep time!  I always forget how long it takes to peel the garlic and peel and cut up potatoes, especially when doubling or tripling this.
Make sure to allow more than an hour between when you stick it in the oven and when you need to serve dinner, as the three bastings add up.
This is not a great dish to make with a fussy newborn who may need you at any moment, or with said newborn in a wrap on you, what with periodically having to lift a rather heavy HOT dish.  Just sayin’.

Gadgets that make this recipe easier:

  • Glass baster!  It hit me that I was not at all comfortable using a plastic baster for boiling liquid, so I searched for a glass one, and this was what I found. It’s great!
  • Pampered Chef Garlic Peeler.  Can be really helpful, but can also crush some cloves, which was not what you are going for in this particular recipe.

What recipes are you looking for?

As I’ve moved towards cooking more naturally and from scratch, it’s been surprisingly challenging finding substitutes for some things.  Like cream of chicken soup in the little red and white can.

In that case, I won that battle.  And I’ll share that one ASAP.  In the meantime, as I plan this blog…

But what recipes are you looking for?  What have you had trouble finding in just the right form?

I now have a breastfeeding bucket list…

So how funny and cool is this?  Someday, I’d love to see this!  🙂

Seriously, how cool and funny is this?!

The Fountain of Neptune – Bologna, Italy – # 4 | Flickr – Photo Sharing!.

Welcome!

Hi there!

My name is Carey, which you might have already gathered, ha! While I’m not new to blogging, and have had some great experiences doing so through the years, it’s been quite some time since I’ve done so on a regular basis.

I am married to a great guy, and we have a son, who I’ll likely refer to as Z, who just turned one on March 2, 2012. He was born two months early, but is doing wonderfully! I had a slew of health issues after he was born, but have recovered well. I may share bits and pieces of our journey.

I’ve been pretty passionate about the environment for a while, and as I learned more, it led into me being more concerned about the types of food we eat and the chemicals we put into our bodies, which has led me to cook more, and cook more from scratch. Along the way, some great bloggers passionate about the same things turned me onto serious issues with the Nestle empire and how they market infant formula. This turned into a passion for fighting Nestle, and for being an advocate for breastfeeding. That last passion has only gotten stronger as I got pregnant and had my son. Rounding out my interests are my faith, that anchors my life, my educational and career background (higher education, program evaluation, and marketing/communications), and my hobby, photography!

And that, dear reader, is the very short version of how I meandered and journeyed upon such a seemingly diverse range of interests and passions. 🙂
I’m excited to make time to write again, to share ideas and resources, especially those that I had such a hard time finding in the first place, and to be a space for dialogue with friends, both new and old.

-Carey 🙂