Monthly Archives: July 2010

First Independence Day

We had a wonderful time chilling last weekend. It was relaxed and calm- just what we needed. I have to admit I wouldn’t mind heading up to DC next year to watch some super awesome fireworks with Irene and Beej. Nate was just a bit too tiny for that this year. Here’s a few pics!

Corn on the cob, Bradley’s sausage, and a chicken- smoked to perfection by Trey. Glad mom and Billy were next door to help us finish this (I believe this food lasted both families for a few meals, ha!)

This was our attempt at a decent family photo. It was about a million degrees at this point, the mosquitos were closing in, and (thanks to photo editing you can’t tell) Nate pooped on me. I don’t want this blog to be a place where I gloss over everything and make our life seem perfect. It’s not. There’s poop for crying out loud! But, I love this picture because even though Trey and I are attempting to mask our discomfort, Nate’s adorable expression is a reminder of why it doesn’t even matter. We have each other, so it’s all ok.

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our little boy

All I can do is thank the good Lord.

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no dinner ideas?

Cook this:

Perfect Baked Chicken!

This scrumptious recipe has been passed down from Monie Raye, to my mom, to me. I have to say, unless someone has told me to keep something a secret, I believe in sharing any good recipe I have. What’s the deal with people wanting to keep recipes secret anyway? It’s not like they’re going to patent it. If someone wants a recipe to make their family dinner just share the darn thing. Whew. Rant over. Back to the deliciousness.

Ingredients:

  • whole young chicken (I like the Publix Greenwise)
  • one apple (I like the Gala, but any apple will do)
  • one yellow onion
  • a stalk of celery
  • one tbsp butter
  • a lemon quarter (if you don’t like lemon- skip this, it will still be really good!)
  • salt and pepper

Directions:

  • Preheat oven to 325.
  • Halve onion and apple and stuff it into the chicken along with the celery.
  • Squeeze lemon over the chicken, then add salt and pepper.
  • Place butter on top of the chicken.
  • Bake for TWO HOURS (no more, no less.)

Mix the au jous with flour to make chicken gravy, and serve with rice and lima beans. A perfect Sunday dinner. Enjoy!

If you don’t have much prep time (but still have the bake time- NEVER rush that) just wash the apple and stuff it in the chicken, add salt, pepper and butter (you could even skip the butter), set the oven to 325 and cook an extra ten minutes to account for the preheat time. It will still be pretty darn good.

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