Friday, July 23, 2010

High Country Housewife Tips

Can’t take credit for this one. My sister Kate who is also crafty in the kitchen showed me this the other day when she was making chicken pot pies. Can’t Kate's Wedding 015_800 believe I never thought of it before.
--Save all of your veggie cast offs that you would normally throw away or compost (onion and carrot and celery stubs, herb stems, rinds of lemons/oranges, the ends of peppers etc.). Put them in a zip lock bag in the fridge and then whenever you stew a chicken throw all of it in the pot of water with it.
When you’re done cooking the chicken, take it out, put it to the side and strain everything left in the pot (in a normal colander) and you’ve got great already seasoned broth to either make soup with or add into a rue sauce for casseroles, pies etc. (I would try to cycle weekly with this though, you don’t want it to get too burly). Also if you want the broth to be lower in fat you can pop it in the fridge for a while and skim the fat off of the top with a spoon.
I know I usually stew a chicken or some split breasts at least once a week September Oakland 038_600 and then make an assortment of things with it. It’s one of the smartest and easiest things that you can do on a budget and with all of the great local produce that you can find in the Boone and Blowing Rock areas, you might as well have fun with the variety of vegetables knowing you’ll get double usage out of them.
Maybe my next post will be about easy and cheap ways to use stewed chicken.
As always, thanks for reading and please feel free to contact me directly if you have things you’d like to read about!

Thursday, July 15, 2010

Blowing Rock…A great place to raise a family

Even the Geese think so as they cross the road unharmed for their morning commute.
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This made me smile as I was driving my own morning commute through Blowing Rock. The people behind me weren’t so amused as referenced by their beeping car horns but I was glad I stopped to capture the moment. The little one on the end cracks me up. I can almost hear him saying “hey, wait for me!!!”. Just one more reason to live in Blowing Rock.

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

I guess this is as good a place to start as any…

Well, I keep trying to think of a groundbreaking topic to start this blog off right but, if I keep going at this rate, I’ll never write anything. It’s kind of like waiting till the “perfect time” to have a baby.

Anyway, I’m all over the place with my focus for this blog and where to go with it but I think if I just let loose it will take on a life of its own. I host a few others but they’re a lot easier because they are work related and have specific purposes. I created blogs for The Whole Shebang! (wedding planning) as well as lKate's Wedding 016_800ocal real estate blogs for Boone and Blowing Rock and one focusing on Green Building in the area.

This blog on the other hand is more personal and will have more of a point of view on the area, things to do and general “housewifeness”. Now, clearly I’m using the term “housewife” in a tongue and cheek sense which will hopefully not offend anyone but as they say “you can’t please everyone all the time but you can sure say one thing and upset everyone at once”. I’m extremely careful in all of my other blogs to be very neutral in my opinions so this is a chance for me to put myself out there and see what comes out of it.

Ok well there it is, an extremely mediocre start to what I hope will be a great blog!