Saturday, April 2, 2011

Minor Accomplishments

Just a few things that I managed to accomplish this week (some weeks are more...or less productive than others). I made six meals out of one package of fryer chicken and one beef roast.
  • Saturday - Baked Chicken. I baked the chicken seasoned with Wildtree Lemon Rosemary Blend. Served with baked potatoes and salad.
  • Sunday - Chicken and Rice. I cut up some of the leftover chicken and added it to rice and vegetables.
  • Monday - Roast. During the day I threw the rest of the chicken and bones in a crock pot filled with water. In another crock pot I cooked the roast, seasoned with Wildtree's Rancher Steak Rub, and added potatoes and carrots.
  • Tuesday - Beef Stew. I made a roux (melted butter and whole wheat flour) added a little left over broth from Monday nights stew and a little milk. Cut up leftover meat, potatoes and carrots (from Mondays dinner).  Served with homemade whole wheat buns (see earlier post).
  • Wednesday - Chicken and Dumpling Soup. Picked meat off the chicken bones, diced up carrots and celery.
  • Thursday - Chicken Fried Rice. Scrambled a couple of eggs in the wok (I love my wok), threw in the leftover chicken/rice and the left over chicken soup (dumplings are my kids favorite part so there were none remaining (thankfully) for my final "leftover" dinner).  Added a handful of frozen peas and carrots, little soy sauce, a couple shakes of ginger, and roasted almonds (I love the added flavor and crunch of almonds).
I think the final meal was my favorite.

I have a "reject" container filled with lavender. The container was meant to be a soap dispenser, which I had purchased at an Athome America party, however the soap dispenser broke. As always, I had a difficult time throwing the jar thinking that I could use it for something. The "lid", which I also couldn't bear to throw, has an permanent opening for the dispenser. I decided that I'd house my lavender in this container and because it doesn't completely "seal" it would double as a room freshener...until the other day when I decided to sprinkle my carpets with baking soda. Just as I was about to sprinkle the baking soda, the lavender caught my eye! Now my room deodorizer is also my carpet deodorizer. The recipe is 1/2 c. lavender flowers and 1 c. baking soda. Sprinkle on carpets, let sit for 15-30 minutes. Vacuum.....and/or put in a pretty vase or open container to softly scent a room. :)

This morning, after scrubbing my bathtub tiles, I realized that I needed to make some everyday shower spray. I haven't made this is a long time. The last time I ran out I kept putting off making more and eventually forgot all about it. It's so easy to make and not as stinky as the store bought stuff.
1/4 c. rubbing alcohol
1/4 c. peroxide
3 drops of dish soap
(I also added 2 drops of lavender essential oil - can you tell that I like lavender?)
12 oz H2O


  1. Nice blog, Laurie! I think it'll be a regular internet stop for me. :)

  2. Good job!! And a recipe! Rock on. :)