Monday, October 7, 2013

52 Weeks of Happy - 40/52

Joining in with Jen, here are four happy photos from the past week.


I am so proud of myself. I have finally figured out how to roast a chicken perfectly and now I do it one Sunday a month. I had tried many different methods and the chickens always ended up mediocre at best, but I tried a new one and it works great. Just roast at 350 degrees for twenty minutes per pound, after squeezing lemon juice all over, and seasoning inside and out with salt and pepper. I also stick the squeezed lemon rinds inside the chicken's cavity for roasting and I baste the chicken with melted butter about every twenty minutes while it roasts. I found the recipe online, I don't even remember where, but it WORKS. We have lots of leftovers and I make soup later in the week too. Simple food should be simple to make, I think. Finally, it feels that way to me.


I have supplies for Halloween costume-making! I'm so excited. My costume ideas are not fancy but I think the small Bears will like them. There will be some basic sewing involved, but nothing too strenuous. I have the fabrics and thread I need. And puffy paint! I was so excited to realize you could still buy it. For only 97 cents, glittery silver puffy paint can be yours too. Oh, I love Halloween so much.


I treated myself to one of those "special interest publications" on the magazine stand at the store. I don't usually buy these; they're kind of expensive and my subscription to Sunset (and perusal of Pinterest and numerous blogs) is usually plenty for me on the recipes/gardening/home-living front. But this one called out to me because I've been wanting to try some new side dishes and dessert ideas. I always make the exact same holiday meals every year for Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. My menus have been based largely on blander foods the children would enjoy. But they're getting older and more adventurous and it's time to branch out. I've thoroughly enjoyed this magazine, so much so that I've been limiting myself to reading a few pages at a time to stretch it out, savoring it with my afternoon cup of tea.


A new generation has discovered Rubik's Cube. And is doing remarkably well with it! Remarkable to me, especially, since I remember being horribly frustrated by these as a child. But I lacked his patience (and probably his intelligence) and he doesn't seem to be having much trouble. I've enjoyed watching him work it out because he thinks so hard about it. He's able to tune out everything around him to concentrate. I don't think he even realized I was taking his picture.

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Hello and welcome, new readers and followers! I'm so glad you're here and I'm looking forward to checking out your blogs too. Thank you so much for the lovely comments you left about my Clara's Ripple blanket, I am touched by your kindness and compliments. And thanks for the continued thoughts about my ridiculous foot; I'm happy to report that I survived the birthday party, though I was probably on my feet a bit too much this weekend and the bruises actually look worse now. Yikes...this is quite an ordeal. Nothing for it other than rest, though. Now if they'd just let me rest, I'd be all set. The birthday party was a roaring success and a great time was had by all; we had a really innovative theme to the party and I hope to share more soon.

41 comments:

  1. Hi Jennifer, Just having a lovely catch-up on your last few Posts (I've been having somewhat of a blog break but am back now :-). Your ripple is sensational. I love it! The colours are gorgeous. I'm super keen to do a similar Zig Zag one, just as soon as I finish some of the other things I'm halfway through..... Lovely 'happies' here too. Nice to see the return of the rubix cube. I never had the patience for that thing either :-) Mel x

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  2. Ah, puffy paint! Have not thought about that for years and years and years. Puffy is definately a good thing. Hope that you enjoy your magazine and find some fun new things to cook. Sometimes it is nice to have something different to read isn't it!

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  3. A good roast chicken is hard to beat anytime. And I think treating yourself to a frippary every now and then is totally allowed. I peeled the stickers off of my cube and re-peeled them just so. My Mum thought I was a genius for about five minutes!!

    Leanne xx

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  4. I love handmade costumes! Can't wait to see it completed.

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  5. mm yummy costumes.. I really need to get started on our costumes..

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  6. I'm intrigued have never heard of Puffy Paint, I look forward to seeing the costumes. Hope your foot improves soon, rest well.
    Clare x

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  7. I used to buy lots of magazines but can't afford to anymore, I have my two favourite ones which I subscribe too, blogs are enough to read I think, enjoy the recipes! :) x

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  8. I loved my rubik cube. Your clara ripple is so gorgeous

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  9. It sounds like a great week, glad you foot is getting better and that the party was a success. REST!
    Hugs,
    Meredith

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  10. I love Halloween too. I love getting my pumpkin and digging it out. Making treats for the kids that'll knock, yes getting very excited. Looking forward to seeing your costumes made.
    Hope your foot is feeling better.
    Sally xxx

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  11. Yum yum, I love roast chicken. It was a toss up between that and roast pork tonight and the roast pork won, only because we had chicken last week. I discovered that there's leftovers now that Daniel's at uni, so I made chicken and leek pies for the day after, they were delicious too. I remember my Rubik's Cube, I solved it once, by pure fluke I hasten to add. I can see that your son has got the hang of it, he's lining the colours up beautifully.

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  12. Hi Jennifer, Rubiks cube brings back lots of memories. I could never do it but my brother could from a young age. He insisted there was a method to it but I couldnt get the hang of it.
    Your roast chicken looks delicious. Most of the time we dont have a full chicken we just buy and cook portions because there are usually only the two of us for sunday lunch. There is a knack to cooking it though, sometimes it is just so tough.

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  13. Hi there Jennifer! The chicken looks perfect! AND... I can't wait to see the costumes, I have to make a pumpkin... Oh boy!
    and I can barely do one side on that rubiks!!!
    Much love to you,
    Tammy

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  14. What lovely happies Jen. That chicken looks delicious - we do a similar one but stuff it with garlic too and then mop up the juices with crusty bread - soooo unhealthy but sooooo good! Glad your foot's on the mend x Jane

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  15. What a gorgeous roast chicken, bravo! We have the same things every single Thanksgiving - and no one wants any changes.. lol! I hope your foot gets all better super quick! ((hugs)), Teresa :-)

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  16. That chicken looks lovely, what a treat for you all.Glad your on the mend now x

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  17. Thanks for popping by :)
    That chicken looks wonderful - when I remember, I boil the potatoes with a lemon and then pierce it when I put them in the oil to roast - but had never thought to do the same to the chicken. I know what we will be eating on Sunday!

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  18. Glad you had a good time at the party. I hope your foot keeps improving. The magazine looks great - it's so nice to have a treat sometimes. Have a good week.

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  19. Another happy post! The chicken looks so good - it could be a magazine cover. :)
    Glad the party went well. Keep resting and healing.

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  20. Oh I love a roast chicken and also do this with lemon, yum! May have to cook one this week...
    Marianne xx

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  21. Oh my! that chicken looks delectable Jennifer - I'll have to give my next one a similar treatment, thank you! Rubics cube sure does bring back memories of my son doing just as yours is doing in the pic - what a challenge! We always think it's a good sign when the bruising 'comes out' from an injury, so sounds like you're on the right track with that poor little toe aaaaah! Do take care with it! That magazine looks most interesting and it can be nice to venture into new foods, especially for special times - I hope your bears enjoy the change of tastes. Happy Hallowe'en sewing and I'm looking forward to seeing the outfits.
    Warm hugs, Joy xo

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  22. I did a chicken in the slow cooker a few weeks back...
    It turned out delish!!!
    Your pictures are great...
    Are you sure it is your toe that is broken...and not torn ligaments???
    I did that TWICE...the bruise will run along the side of your foot...
    The surgeon also told me that the continued bruising, is from blood accumulation...
    Hope you are better real soon!!!
    My pillows came out great!!! no tennis balls included...just took them out every 20 minutes or so, to fluff...now.....onto my bed pillows!!!!

    Enjoy your week Jennifer...
    Cheers!
    Linda :o)

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  23. Oh my that chicken looks delicious Jennifer. We love roasted chicken! :) I wish you a speedy recovery with your toe. You always take such lovely photos.

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  24. The roasted chicken looks delicious! We haven't made one of those in the longest time. They really are rather simple to make, and it's nice to have the leftovers. Your new magazine looks wonderful! One of my favorite things to do is to sit down with magazine and cup of tea or coffee, and just relax. So happy to hear the birthday party was a success. And now I hope you get to relax, and take care of that foot.

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  25. Hi Jennifer,

    Your roast chicken looks delicious - I often cook a roast chicken for Sunday night meal.
    I was watching a cooking lesson with Gordon Ramsay and he put on a sprinkling of paprika after the olive oil and pepper and salt and that was delicious -
    Much luck with the Halloween costumes and the rubiks cube - ( could never work them out)
    Happy week
    hugs
    Carolyn

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  26. Hi Jennifer! There's nothing like a good magazine to get lost in. I'm going to keep an eye out for this one...as if I don't already have a ton of them! I'll try your chicken recipe next time I pop one in the oven. Thank you. :) Have fun stitching up those costumes! :D

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  27. So many great moments from your week, love the love of your chicken and I can't wait to see what you make from your new magazine.

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  28. Your roast chicken looks absolutely delicious! Beautiful, golden crispy skin just like it should have. Lemon and butter on the chicken sound perfect to me - like you said, simple as it should be. My younger son (who is now 22) was a master at the Rubik's Cube when he was little. He became obsessed with it and would constantly be challenging his friends to see who could do it the fastest - and he always won. Like you, I could never figure that thing out, lol.

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  29. Ok...when you find that recipe throw it my way!!! That chicken looks amazing! And I just love those special edition magazines! Why are they so expensive!!!! Loving the Rubik's Cube come back!!! Happy week friend!!!

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  30. Here it is, my first visit to your blog and I'm drooling like crazy over that delicious looking chicken. Yum!
    Blessings,
    Betsy

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  31. Your chicken looks perfect! I can't wait to see what the Halloween costumes look like.

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  32. Your chicken looks perfect! I can't wait to see what the Halloween costumes look like.

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  33. Hmmm you've piqued my curiosity about the Bear Abode Birthday party and possible Bear disguises :) The chicken looks soooooo good. I want to try making it with just the lemon, salt and pepper since I am avoiding butter. I know it will be different from yours, but hope it will still be good. Thanks for posting, Jennifer!
    Gracie xx

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  34. I'm so behind with my blog reading this week, but it's lovely to catch up with you in time for some good roast chicken and thoughts about the season to come ... autumn/fall is my favourite time of the year too :)

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  35. Hi Jennifer,

    Yes! Roast chicken is simple and scrumptious cooked like this! I also like to rub the skin with orgeano and a little garlic powder for a touch of (Greek) zing! Between roasting, the new Rubik's Cube craze and researching new recipes, you're one busy bee of a mom! Kudos!

    Poppy

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  36. Don't you just LOVE how GOOD the house smells when you are roasting a chicken. Yours looks DELICIOUS!

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  37. There are some smells that waft out of the kitchen, that really make one feel happy they're alive (or so I feel), and a great roast chicken like this beaut has always been one of them for me. It's comforting, delicious, and evocative of so many lovely childhood Sunday dinner memories.

    ♥ Jessica

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  38. Nothing beats a good roast chicken. I haven't cooked one for ages and I feel like I must buy one right now after reading this! I don't usually buy that many magazines but I'm a sucker for all the Christmas editions, I lap them up. x

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  39. Jennifer that chicken does look perfect ... and mouth waveringly delicious I bet !

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  40. Roast chicken is a classic, favourite food and your photo make it even more gorgeous! Have fun with Haloween and costumes, we don't celebtate it here but I love very much this atmosphere.I can imagine the excitement of your kids...My daughter also plays with these cubes ...Thank you for all your sweet words.
    Sending you lovely thoughts...
    Olympia

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  41. I make a lot of roasted chicken too :) I normally add an onion along with the lemon and a bit of fresh thyme. I also rub butter underneath the skin, which keeps the meat moist. Your chicken looks delicious, I bet it was yummy!!

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