Saturday, August 2, 2014

Juicy Roasted Chicken with Gravy

1 whole chicken (3 1/2 – 4 pounds) at room temperature, rinsed and patted dry 
2 TBSP softened butter 
5 garlic cloves, peeled (4 rough chopped, 1 minced) 
1/2 tsp sea salt 
1/2 tsp freshly ground black pepper 
1/2 tsp dried parsley 
1/2 tsp dried thyme 
1 large onion, peeled and cut into quarters 
1 lemon, zested and cut into quartes 
1 celery stalk, cut into 3 pieces 
1 cup water 
Around 1 cup chicken broth 
1/4 cup unbleached all-purpose flour 
Additional salt and pepper to taste
Before starting, preheat your oven to 425o F and position your oven rack on the bottom third of your oven.

Place softened butter, 1 minced garlic clove, salt, pepper, parsley, thyme, and the zest from your lemon in a small bowl. Combine until smooth and creamy. 

Use your finger to loosen the skin from the back of the chicken until you can fit your hand under the skin. Repeat this with the breast side of the chicken, and then rub half of the herbed butter under the skin and the rest over the outside of the chicken. Season with additional salt and pepper if desired.

Stuff the cavity of the chicken with two of the lemon slices, one quarter of the onion, and the celery.

Drizzle the bottom of a stainless steel roasting pan with olive oil. Scatter the remaining lemon slices, onion pieces, and garlic cloves around the bottom of the pan. Place the roasting rack in the pan and put the prepared chicken breast side up on the rack.

Roast the chicken for 30 minutes. The breast should be firm and just starting to brown in spots. 
Use tongs to turn the chicken breast down and roast for 30 more minutes, until the skin on the back is lightly browned. 
Using the tongs again, turn the chicken back to the breast side up. At this point add 1 cup of water to your pan. Roast for about 30 minutes longer, or until an instant read thermometer inserted in the inner thigh reads 170o. 
Remove from oven and tilt the chicken to drain the cavity juices into the bottom of the pan. Remove the chicken to a serving platter. 

Remove the rack from the pan and strain the juices from the bottom of the pan into a medium sized bowl. Add enough chicken broth to equal 2 cups. (This should be about 1 cup of chicken broth) 
Ladle a couple of spoonfuls of the fatty juices from the top of the bowl into a small saucepan over medium heat. Whisk in 1/4 cup unbleached all-purpose flour. Let this cook for about 1 minute.. 
Slowly add the rest of the broth mixture, whisking the whole time to ensure you don’t get any lumps in your gravy. Bring gravy to a slow boil. Cook and stir for 2 minutes or until gravy has thickened. Remove from heat. Season with salt and pepper to taste and transfer to a serving dish.

Serve chicken with plenty of gravy and sides of your choice. These Garlic Carrot Potatoes make an excellent side to this meal along with a small side salad. 
Oh, and when you are done with dinner, don’t forget to throw the chicken bones into your slow cooker to make really easy, delicious, nutritious, and frugal chicken broth! Let it cook all-night long and it will be done in the morning. How easy is that?
A QUICK TIP ABOUT THE GRAVY: If your gravy ends up with lumps in it (because you stopped stirring it to take a picture!), transfer the gravy to a blender and blend for a few seconds until it is smooth. Return the gravy to the pan over medium heat and allow it to boil again until thick. 

Monday, July 2, 2012

Let's Make It - All Natural Toothpaste

I stopped using regular toothpaste a fews years ago. It contains Fluoride, strange fake sugars and other additives that actually promote tooth decay and sensitivity. Your teeth can never heal or remineralize with the substances found in commercial toothpaste; it's never meant to help your teeth.  When you use an all natural toothpaste you have made yourself you know what it contains. You truly KNOW.

Easy to make, Easy to use ... with all natural ingredients found in your cupboard.  

Bentonite Clay Toothpaste, the cure for the common mouth!

Thursday, June 28, 2012

Prophetic Statements

First Presidency letter, June 24, 1988
"Occasionally people speculate about possible disasters, which speculation engenders fear and can cause members to become caught up in emergency preparedness efforts that are not only costly but go beyond the basics consistently taught by the First Presidency. Leaders should refer to Preparing for and responding to Emergencies: Guidelines for Church Leaders. Member preparations require wise planning, diligence, and provident living. If circumstances warrant, the First Presidency and Council of the Twelve will provide additional guidance on such matters through established Priesthood channels.
"We continue to encourage members to store sufficient food, clothing and where possible, fuel for at least one year. We have not laid down an exact formula for what should be stored. However, we suggest that members concentrate on essential foods that sustain life, such as grains, legumes, cooking oil, powdered milk, salt, sugar or honey, and water. Most families can achieve and maintain this basic level of preparedness. The decision to do more than this rests with the individual.
"We encourage you to follow this counsel with the assurance that a people prepared through obedience to the commandments of God need not fear."
(First Presidency letter read in Sacrament Meetings, June 24, 1988, Ezra Taft Benson, Gordon B. Hinckley, Thomas S. Monson)

“There is a terrible time approaching the nations of the earth, and also this nation, worse than has ever entered into the heart of man to conceive of—war, bloodshed, and desolation, mourning and misery, pestilence, famine and earthquakes, and all those calamities spoken of by the prophets will most assuredly be fulfilled.”
(John Taylor, The Gospel Kingdom, p 237)

George Albert Smith (1870–1951)Eighth President of the Church

“How on the face of the earth could a man enjoy his religion when he had been told by the Lord how to prepare for a day of famine, when instead of doing so he had fooled away that which would have sustained him and his family” (Deseret News,Mar. 4, 1868, 26).

First Presidency letter

"Priesthood and Relief Society leaders should teach the importance o home storage and securing a financial reserve. These principles may be taught in ward councils or on a fifth Sunday in priesthood and Relief Society meetings.
"Church members can begin their home storage by storing the basic foods that would be required to keep them alive if they did not have anything else to eat. Depending on where members live, those basics might include water, wheat or other grains, legumes, salt, honey or sugar, powdered milk, and cooking oil. When members have stored enough of these essentials to meet the needs of their family for one year, they may decide to add other items that they are accustomed to using day to day.
"Some members do not have the money or space for such storage, and some are prohibited by law from storing a year's supply of food. These members should store as much as their circumstances allow. Families who do not have the resources to acquire a year's supply can begin their storage by obtaining supplies to last for a few months. members should be prudent ad not panic or go to extremes in this effort. Through careful planning, most Church members can, over time, establish both a financial reserve and a year's supply of essentials."
(First Presidency letter read in Sacrament Meetings, January 20, 2002, Gordon B. Hinckley, Thomas S. Monson, James E. Faust)

Brigham Young

“All we have yet heard and we have experienced is scarcely a preface to the sermon that is going to be preached. When the testimony of the Elders ceases to be given, and the Lord says to them, ‘Come home; I will now preach my own sermons to the nations of the earth,’ all you now know can scarcely be called a preface to the sermon that will be preached with fire and sword, tempests, earthquakes, hail, rain, thunders and lightnings, and fearful destruction. What matters the destruction of a few railway cars? You will hear of magnificent cities, no idolized by the people, sinking in the earth, entombing the inhabitants. The sea will heave itself beyond its bounds, engulfing mighty cities. Famine will spread over the nations and nation will rise up against nation, kingdom against kingdom, states against states, in our own country and in foreign lands; and they will destroy each other, caring not for the blood and lives of their neighbors, of their families, or for their own lives.”
(Discourses of Brigham Young, Vol 8, p 111-112)

Marion G. Romney

"...if we are to be saved in an ark, as Noah and his family were, it will be because we build it... My faith does not lead me to think the Lord will provide us with roast pigs, bread already buttered, etc. He will give us the ability to raise the grain, to obtain the fruits of the earth, to make habitations, to procure a few boards to make a box, and when harvest comes, giving us the grain, it is for us to preserve it--to save the wheat until we have one, two, five or seven years' provisions on hand, until there is enough of the staff of life saved by the people to bread themselves and those who will come here seeking for safety... (the fulfillment of that prophecy is yet in the future)."
(quoting Brigham Young, April Conference, 1976)

Spencer W. Kimball

“As I listened to this address [regarding food storage and preparedness], I kept thinking over and over of something the Savior said, ‘Why call ye me Lord, Lord, and do not the things which I say?’ It rolled over and over and over in my mind: ‘Why call ye me, Lord, Lord, and do not the things which I say?’ (Luke 6:46). There are many people in the Church today who have failed to do, and continue to argue against doing, the things that are requested and suggested by this great organization. The Lord said also, ‘Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven.’ (Matt 7:21) And I was thinking that there are as many wards and branches in the Church as there are people in this room (the tabernacle) one for one….what great accomplishment there would be if every bishop and every branch president in all the world, wherever it’s possible, had a storage such as has been suggested here this morning—and took to their three or four or five hundred members the same message, quoting scripture and insisting that the people of their wards and branches do the things the Lord has requested, for we know that there are many who are failing. And then I hear them argue, ‘Well, suppose we do put away a lot and then someone comes and takes it from us, our neighbors who do not believe.’ That’s been answered this morning…We talk about it, we listen to it, but sometimes we do not do the things which the Lord says. Brethren and sister, we’ve gathered here this morning to consider the important program which we must never forget nor put in the background…we would do well to listen to what we have been told and to follow explicitly…We reaffirm the previous counsel the Church has always given, to acquire and maintain a year’s supply—a year’s supply of the basic commodities for us.”
(Family Preparedness, General Conference, Apr 1976)

Ezra Taft Benson

“Too often we bask in our comfortable complacency and rationalize that the ravages of war, economic disaster, famine and earthquake cannot happen here. Those who believe this are either not acquainted with the revelations of the Lord, or they do not believe them. Those who smugly think these calamities will not happen, that they somehow will be set aside because of the righteousness of the Saints, are deceived and will rue the day they harbored such a delusion. The Lord has warned and forewarned us against a day of great tribulation and given us counsel, through His Servants, on how we can be prepared for these difficult times. Have we heeded His counsel?...”
(Ensign, Nov 1980)

L. Tom Perry said

“I believe it is time, and perhaps with some urgency, to review the counsel we have received in dealing with our personal and family preparedness…We have been instructed to follow at least four requirements in preparing for that which is to come. Gain an adequate education, Live within your income, Avoid unnecessary debt, Store a reserve of food supplies…As long as I can remember, we have been taught to prepare for the future and to obtain a year supply of necessities. I would guess that the years of plenty have almost universally caused us to set aside this counsel. I believe the time to disregard this counsel is over. With events in the world today, it must be considered with all seriousness.”
( General Conference, Oct 1995)

Ezra Taft Benson

"For over 100 years we have been admonished to store up grain. 'Remember the counsel that is given,' said Elder Orson Hyde, 'Store up all your grain, and take care of it!... And I tell you it is almost as necessary to have bread to sustain the body as it is to have food for the spirit.' (Journal of Discourses, Vol 5, p 17). And he also said, 'There is more salvation and security in wheat, than in all the political schemes of the world...' (JD 2:207).
"From the standpoint of food production, storage, handling, and the Lord's counsel, wheat should have high priority. Water, of course, is essential. Other basics could include honey or sugar, legumes, milk products or substitutes, and salt or its equivalent. The revelation to store food may be as essential to our temporal salvation today as boarding the ark was to the people in the days of Noah."
(October Conference, 1973)

Heber C. Kimball said

....“Will this land be a land of milk and honey? Yes. Missouri is cracked up to be the greatest honey country that there is on the earth; but it will not be many years before they cannot raise a spoonful in that land, nor in Illinois, nor in any other land where they fight against God. Mildew shall come upon their honey, their bees, and their crops; and famine and desolation shall come upon the nation like a whirlwind.”(Journal of Discourses, Vol.5, p.94, Heber C. Kimball, July 26, 1857)

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Baking Powder ... Is yours a Dud?

Baking Powder looses it pop, bang, and pow too quickly. You just can't seem to use the can before it looses it's ability to give the rise it's supposed too. Also most all of the ready made baking powder contains

Sunday, February 26, 2012

Render Lard and Tallow - It's too easy!

Rendering lard or tallow at home may seem strange, old fashioned, or even unhealthy. It's isn't any of these, it's so easy. In today's world, it's a lost art. Once you try it you'll never go back to buying a container of shortening again.  Also, If you promise not to  tell,  I'll give away my secret.  Wait, is anybody listening, or looking over your shoulder. Ok, if it's all clear I'll give the best kept secret.

Sunday, February 5, 2012

Fun Activities To Make With Your Children

Oozy, Goozy Recipes to Entertain Children that are made from basic kitchen ingredients that most every household has. I made these with my daughters Girl Scout troop, then of course with my son. He was the perfect age at the time. Now you know how long I've been holding onto these instructions. Have a fun filled afternoon or two with your children or grandchildren.

Natural Cleaning or Harsh Chemicals - The choice is yours!

Why must so many people fill their bodies and their families with unhealthful chemicals, when basic tried and time tested methods are available? Cleaners without all of the cancer causing, gender bending, and death inducing ingredients are readily available in your local grocery store. 

Many people are experiencing a downturn in their income and could be aided by advice that

Monday, December 5, 2011

Home Canned Food is Chemical Free, Safe, and helps you to maintain a sound budget - Instructions for Turkey Soup

A recent study, published online in the Journal of the American Medical Association, has shown that people who eat canned (tinned) foods are actually ingesting more of a hormone-disrupting chemical than was previously thought. It's bad enough that Big Ag is chemically manipulating the genetic structure of our foodstuffs and that they're then growing our food in chemical-laden soils devoid of nutrients. We can't stop them from overloading feed animals with hormones, antibiotics, and other substances that contribute nothing to our nutritional health. They seem content to bathe us in a killer cocktail of elements that have nowhere been studied for their cumulative effect.

Monday, November 28, 2011

Hypothermia – Signs and Symptoms and Treatment

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With winter fast approaching, with all of it's thrills, chills, and spills, now is a good time to include an article found at by Phil801. People will be out and about in the snow and ice, with winter camping, snowshoeing, skiing, and more.  Phil 801 has written a great article about Hypothermia.

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Survival Sanitation in a Emergency Sanitation Situation

When you are in a emergency situation, proper sanitation is of utmost importance if you want to keep your family from getting seriously sick. When you add to that a lack of medical facilities due to grid-down issues, staying healthy becomes even more crucial.
When the grid goes down it doesn't take long for serious sanitation problems to erupt. Take Auckland New Zealand for example: