Thursday, January 22, 2009

Crockpot Rotisserie Chicken

Rotisserie Chicken is easy to do when made in a crockpot. It turns out just as good as the ones that I've bought from Sam's Club. I use the regular ole'whole fryer chickens... just because their cheap. But the roaster chickens work great too, of course, and tend to have a little more meat...but for us, the fryer chickens give us enough meat for a supper.

To start, place a few balls of aluminum foil at the bottom of your crockpot:
(Never mind those speckles. I swear it was a clean crockpot. I had already put the chicken in, but decided to take a picture of the foil.)

Then pull the chicken out of its baggie. I like to rinse it off.
Make sure there are no innards (liver, heart, etc.) in your chicken...some do, some don't. wanna sprinkle on lots of seasoning. I use Lawry's Perfect Blend for Chicken. It's the same as the seasoning that Sam's Club uses on their Rotisserie Chickens.

Place the chicken on top of the foil, breast side up.
The foil keeps the chicken from getting soggy in the juices that will come from the chicken.
You don't need to add anything else to the crockpot. Once the lid is on...
it will keep the chicken moist and delicious.

It will need to cook for about 4-6 hours on high or 8-10 hours on low. If you've used the roaster chicken, it probably came with one of those little pop-up timer thingies. So you can use that as your guide for when it is done. This is what it looks like once its cooked:
(It looks...and smells...much yummier in real life of course)

The meat will fall of the bones...delicious! I just pull some off and put it on a plate for serving. I also like to use some of the juice that is left in the crockpot to drizzle on the meat once its cut to maintain its juiciness.

Simply Delicious...and Easy!

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Simple Beauty

Homeschool Resources

Just a few resources to use in your homeschool:

Beautiful printable nature/animal coloring pages

Donna Young- fantastic printables

Large Printable Maps


Tuesday, January 20, 2009

President Notebook Pages is offering a free copy of Barack Obama Presidential Pages to use in your homeschool.

Enchanted Learning has some printables as well.

Praying for Our President

I have committed to pray for our new president during the first 100 days in office through The Presidential Prayer Team. Now... this is a big deal for me because I did not vote for Obama. I did not want to see Obama as our next president. However, just because I want something doesn't mean I'll get it. Hey... that's a lesson I'm always trying to teach my girls.

Having said that...he is the President of the United States. That, in and of itself, deserves respect! Being the President is a tough job, although I have no personal experience in the matter. I'm sure he would appreciate all the prayers offered on his behalf. After all, God is good and He can do great things!

Won't you commit to pray for President Obama, as well as the staff that he chooses. And don't stop there...continue to pray for our government, they certainly need the help...and last, but not least, pray for our military! I pray that God will continue to bless America!

I urge, then, first of all, that requests, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for everyone— for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness. --I Timothy 2:1-2

Friday, January 16, 2009

My Husband Rocks! Questionnaire

1. Where did you meet? We meet at a billiards bar where he was working at the time. He had an amazing smile and I'd swear his eyes twinkled. I thought he was so attractive!

2. How long did you date before you were married?
1 1/2 years

3. What does he do that surprises you?
He loves me! Even when I'm mean and rotten!

4. What is your favorite quality of his?
I like that he's a people person. He seems to thrive around people. He's also very helpful to others...very giving.

5. What is your favorite feature of his?
I think it is his smile...although there are other features that I certainly enjoy looking at. What? Oh...of course I was talking about his beautiful blue eyes. What else would I be talking about?

6. Does he have a nickname for you?
No...not really.

7. What is his favorite food?
fried pork chops

8. What is his favorite sport?

9. When and where was your first kiss?
on the front porch after our first date...I had a rule about no kissing on the first date, but I figured rules were made to be broken! I was so into him...I knew right away that I wanted to be with him forever. May sound silly, but its the truth.

10. What do you like to do together?
anything and everything...just love each others company.

11. Do you have any children?
yes...three girls

12. Does he have a hidden talent?
Yep...he can make his tongue flip upside down. Weirdest thing I ever saw. Now my oldest daughter can do it too. Think that would qualify him for America's Got Talent?

13. Who said "I love you" first?
He did!

14. What is his favorite type of music?

15. What do you admire most about him?
I love that he is a provider...he takes care of us. He has a job that he doesn't love and yet, each and every day, through extreme hot or cold weather, he gets up and goes to work to provide for his family.

16. Do you think he will read this?
probably not

My Husband Rocks!

I found this idea on HeathahLee's blog about honoring our husbands. I think its a fantastic idea!

So I will start by saying that my husband rocks because he loves me and I know that he loves me. Through all the years together...along with all the extra baggage I've accumulated...he makes me feel like one hot mama! (country music anyone?)

On Katy Lin's blog she ask us to 1) list at least one thing your husband did or said in the past week that reminded you why you love him. He's been on vacation this week...which means he's been home all week. He's kept the fire going in our woodstove...which is a big deal because its been very cold this week and I hate messing with the woodstove. I love that he takes care of us!

2)Share a "Generous Wife Tip."
Recently, I ask Brad to list three things that would make him feel loved. His list was 1. keep the living room clean, 2. having clean laundry, and 3. "alone time" with each other at least once a week.
This list is simple enough for me to do and I know that it makes him happy, which also makes me happy.

My beloved is mine, and I am his: he feeds among the lilies.
Song of Solomon 2:16

Thursday, January 15, 2009

Dressing Modestly

I was reading Sarah Mae's post about dressing modestly today. Which is something I've worked on in my own life. Its something that I want to pass on to my three daughters.

Luckily, my oldest daughter has never given me a bit of problem with her dress. She just isn't comfortable with showing off her body...even though she is beautiful. When it came to buying a swimsuit, she chose one with a skirt on it. Now...don't get me is in no way a frumpy suit. It looks very good on her and it makes her more comfortable. I'm hoping the other two will follow her lead when it comes to dressing without too much revealing of ones self.

I came across this printable poster at Pure I printed three for each of the girls to keep taped on their closet doors. It's a modesty test for your daughter's wardrobe. It also makes a great questionnaire for us moms to use with our wardrobe as well. Check out the site if you've never visited before. They have a lot of articles on raising christian young ladies.

Charm is deceitful and beauty is passing,
But a woman who fears the LORD, she shall be praised.
Proverbs 31:30

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Full Moon

Great Homeschool Resource

If you are not familiar with Curr's a great resource! They offer lapbook products, ebooks, and unit study material that can be downloaded on your computer. Which is great when you don't have time to wait for something in the mail. Also good for that instant gratification that we sometimes want...need!

Each week they offer one of their products for free! If you sign up to their email list, they will send you the free link each week. I've been receiving their emails for about a year and I've gotten some great stuff!

Today in my email, I got this link to Teacher Book Bag's American Presidential Inauguration 2009

Teaching about Government

With all the news talk about the president's inauguration on the 2oth and talks about different job appointments in the government, now is a great time to be discussing this with your kids. I have found some great resources on the internet for teaching about our government that kids might actually enjoy. I know whenever my kids get to do school using the computer, they love it....well, usually.

Ben's Guide to the U.S. Government

Kids in the House

Veritas Press Activities

Have fun!

Monday, January 5, 2009

First Day Back To School

We started back on our school work today. I'd love to say that everything went smoothly...but then...that would be a fib. However, we did survive the day ...which is always a good thing.

And on a positive note, I am glad that we are getting back into our routines.

And again, I will put my trust in Him. And again, Behold I and the children which God has given me.

Hebrews 2:13

Saturday, January 3, 2009

Happy New Year

Be always at war with your vices, at peace with your neighbors, and let each new year find you a better man. ~Benjamin Franklin

Bah Humbug!

yep...this sums up Elizabeth at Christmas!