Homegrown Chicken Dinner

You know what I love? Roasted chicken for dinner.

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Roasted chicken with mashed potatoes and frozen garden peas.

 

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I’d rather have the peas fresh, but it’s not even the middle of April yet so I am content with frozen fresh peas from last year. Our homegrown peas taste much better than those bags of frozen peas at the grocery store.

 

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It’s always a treat when we cook one of our homegrown chicken. Although we part quite a few of the birds out (so we can have packages of breasts or thighs) we always leave several to cook as roasters. Before putting it in the oven, we rub the bird with melted butter then sprinkle it with salt and pepper. It’s especially good with a good sized sprig of Rosemary laid across its body so if you have some, use it.

 

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It’s always so delicious, no matter what time of year we take¬†one from the deep freezer.

 

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We make broth from the juices and use it to make a pot of chicken soup. It’s an inexpensive meal and, coupled with some bread and a salad, it makes a healthy dinner. A nice sized meat bird can feed a family of 4 for 4 meals if you use your imagination. There are lots of recipes that use sliced or diced pieces of chicken.

Meat birds are great! We buy day old Cornish Giants and raise them for 8 weeks. We’re thinking of doing a few birds this year, but we haven’t made a final decision on it. You can read about our raising meat birds here if you like.

It’s a Little “Green” in the Living Room

It seems like we are being inundated with seedlings. Well, we are, who am I kidding?

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Here’s our living room on March 25.

 

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Lots and lots of Pepper plants. There’s a couple of Geraniums there as well. I overwinter Geraniums every year, it’s easy to do if you have a great spot to keep them.

 

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Here’s the living room¬†today.

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I’ll post some pictures soon of our Seedling room downstairs. It was kind of crazy down there the last couple of days, as Jaime and I have been busy transplanting seedlings. We’re going to have to set up another table soon upstairs, to make room downstairs for more seeds to be sown. Busy days, but we love playing in the dirt.