“Our chicken is brown!”

My granddaughter is 5 years old. She loves to talk, and she loves to help me in the kitchen.

She often wants to try and do things that are a little above her age, so I try to find things that her little hands can handle.

She is usually eager to give it a try…at least one time.

It’s the kind of stuff that if she HAD to do it, she probably wouldn’t want to do it. You know, like washing dishes and sweeping the floor.  Once in a while it’s fun, especially at Grandma’s house!

my helper

So, yesterday as I was getting everything ready to fix my “chicken in a pot“, I decided to see if she would want to give me a hand.

I told her I had a big job for her, and asked if she wanted to help!

“Oh yes, I can do it Grandma!”

First step was to get the ingredients ready, so I had her get the carrots and celery out of the refrigerator for me.

I asked her if she had ever peeled a carrot before.  No, but she sure did want to give it a try.

With multiple warnings from me about how careful she would need to be, she took on the task of peeling the carrot. She was very careful, talking me through it the whole entire time. She talked about how much she liked carrots, but doesn’t like celery. How that we are the same because we both like carrots, but different because I like celery and she doesn’t.

Listening carefully to my instruction, she completed the task and really did a great job!  Hmmm, I wonder, would she be willing to do it another time?

Non-stop talk, she was sharing her knowledge of the kitchen with me. One of which was the danger of the garbage disposal!  I was cautioned to be careful and not get my hands too close to it, because there are “sharp knives down there!”

Then I let her wash off the celery and the carrots, and as I chopped it all up, she put them all in the crock pot.

When I got out the chicken and started washing it off, with great dismay in her voice my granddaughter said… “what is that?”

“It’s a chicken!”

Oh.  My daddy makes really good chicken,… but our chicken doesn’t look like that, our chicken is brown!

Ahh….. yes, the rotisserie chicken from the store! Already cooked and ready to eat!

Not quite like Grandma’s chicken, but yes, it still tastes good!

I learned so much from this little girl during our time together! About our likes and dislikes, dangers in the kitchen, and most importantly the difference in our chicken!

I really look forward to making more kitchen memories her.

She certainly makes me smile 🙂

A Chicken in every crock pot

A “chicken in every pot“, was a quote that was used during the presidential race of 1928, and is even used to this day.  The quote is often attributed to Herbert Hoover, but I found out that he wasn’t the one who actually said it.

The phrase was actually used by the Republican National Committee during Hoover’s presidential campaign, and they borrowed it from King Henry IV.

~ “If God keeps me, I will make sure that there is no sharecropper in my kingdom who does not have the means to have a chicken in the pot every Sunday!” ~ King Henry IV

So, I decided to give it a try.  I got out my trusty crock pot, and I put it to use!  I put a chicken in it!  And I found what I think just might be my new favorite way to cook chicken!

crockpot

The recipe is actually called “Chicken In a Pot”!  It’s super easy and it makes delicious chicken and broth.

“Chicken In a Pot”

  • 2 carrots sliced
  • 2 onions sliced
  • 2 celery stalks with leaves, cut in 1-inch pieces
  • 3 pound broiler/fryer chicken
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon coarse black pepper
  • 1/2 cup water, chicken broth or white wine
  • 1/2 teaspoon basil

Put carrots, onion, and celery in bottom of Crock Pot. Add whole chicken. Top with salt, pepper, liquid. Sprinkle basil over top. Cover, cook on Low 8 to 10 hours (High: 3 1/2 to 5 hours, using 1 cup water). Remove chicken and vegetables with spatula.

When it was done, I strained the liquid, and took all of the chicken off of the bones.  I used some of the chicken to make delicious chicken enchiladas the first night, and then I put the rest of the chicken in freezer bags to use at a later time.  I also have a quart of chicken broth/stock to use the next time I make chicken noodle soup!

And…I feel quite accomplished!

Well done King Henry IV.  You had a great idea!

What happened while you were gone

While you were on the other side of the world…

I baked cookies, bread, and muffins too.

I roasted a pumpkin to use for making bread or muffins or a pie. Roasted the seeds too.  Cut up apples and made some delicious applesauce.

Took out my crock pot and made the most amazing ham and bean soup.

I searched my cookbooks and on the internet too, looking for more recipes of good things to make.

I watched all 22 episodes of Revenge on Netflix.

I watched the football game with you via Skype!  I know I watched you, more than I watched the game.

I went shopping, and wandered around and around the store wondering why they were already playing Christmas music when it was only the first week of November!

I spent a wonderful day with our grandkids.  All day, just the 3 of us! We played with play doh, colored, had a tea party, laughed, and talked about life!  We went to the movies, ate pop corn and watched “Wreck-it Ralph“.

I heard your voice this morning tell me that you love me.  The last time I will hear your voice for about 20 hours, as you “wing” your way back to me.

But more than anything else, what I’ve done the most since you’ve been gone….is fall more in love with you!

Counting the hours until I see you again!