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Being Content With What I Have

Published May 31, 2015 by lynn k scott

My life has not been a smooth journey.  I believe it’s true, as you get older, you start reflecting on your life.  You look back and see decisions you have made, where those decisions have taken you and what you have done, up to this moment in time.

Tomorrow is June 1st.  I tend to reflect more in June than any other month.  I have vowed to myself, to work with being content with what I have and not what I want.  It’s not always an easy goal to attain.

As I type from my kitchen table, I look up and see my onion/potato bin.  (I’ll have to add the picture later; my daughter has hijacked my phone – again.)  the onion/potato bin was given to me by a friend about a year or so ago.  She was originally trying to sell it, as she repurposes furniture, but gave it to me instead.

I fell in love with it as soon I saw it for sale.  Sadly, $80 wasn’t in the budget, but I admired it through her pictures. Something about it reminded me of my childhood.  I honestly am not sure why, as we didn’t have one growing up, but it still captured a warm feeling every time I look upon it.

The bin sits in the corner of the dining room.  The top holding the onions and the bottom holding the potatoes.  The wire mesh on the front of the bin, gives a sneak peak as to the contents.  I suppose the bin resonates “simplicity”.  It’s a piece of wood, a couple latches and knobs and keeps the onions and potatoes off the ground and separated from one another.

Why am I carrying on about a onion/potato bin?  Not quite sure, really.  With being content with what I have, that simple bin tells me I have friends who care.  I take food from the bin to prepare for my family.  It’s not high-tech, it’s not fancy, but it’s enough.

I work hard to apply this concept to other areas of my life.  It’s difficult.  I stumble often in this pursuit.  My house is smaller than I like, but it’s mine.  My kitchen could be bigger, but it has what I need to feed us.  The bedrooms could be larger and there could be more of them, but we have a comfortable place to sleep.  For this, I appreciate my home.

I hope the trials that I will soon be facing, will allow me to continue to be content with what I have.  I am grateful for what I have and will take life as it comes and with what it brings.

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Cucumber Salad

Published May 5, 2015 by lynn k scott

It’s that time of year, when salads will be more prevalent over heavy protein dishes.  No heating up the house while slaving over a hot stove or oven.  Instead utilize fresh, in-season produce to create a variety of quick, cool, culinary delights.

One of my all-time favorite salads is cucumber salad.  I cannot remember or find (via internet search) where I obtained my recipe.  Should someone actually know who’s recipe this is, please feel free to comment so I can edit this and add a link.

I was first introduced to cucumber salad through an church youth group when I was around 10 years old.  Fast forward 30-something years and this salad has survived my ever-changing taste buds. I originally made this using only cucumbers.  As I matured, I found the subtle flavor of red onions (or even shallots) provide a nice flavor to this simple salad.

Cucumber  & Red Onion Salad

2-3 Medium cucumbers (peeling optional) – sliced thin
1 small red onion – sliced thin
1/2 cup white vinegar
2 tsp. salt
1/4 cup white sugar
2 Tbsp. fresh dill

This is how I make this recipe:

In a food processor with a slicing blade, feed the cucumbers (whole or halved) through the top of the food processor. Next, do the same with the onion.  There the bulk of your work is done.

Now, if you are a budding chef and want to work on your knife skills, by all means, practice cutting the cucumbers paper-thin.

In a large measuring cup or small bowl, combine the rest of the ingredients and mix well.

Pour mixture over the cucumbers and onions.  Seal with a lid and shake the bowl.  Refrigerate at least three hours to blend the flavors.

I typically will make this up right before bed and refrigerate overnight.  It really helps cut down on “sampling” while the cucumbers marinate.

Some options you can experiment with:

  • add cherry tomatoes
  • add some feta cheese
  • add some Kalamata olives
  • change up the vinegars (apple cider, champagne, red wine, rice)
  • add a pinch of another spice (paprika, chili powder, cumin…)

Lastly, this is a great little educational opportunity.  You can purchase these items at a local farmer’s market (supporting your community), then show your child(ren) how they can be used in a recipe.  Allow your child to taste these items as you prepare them.  They can help push the on/off button on the food processor too.  Have them try a bit of the fresh dill.  Let their mouths experience individual ingredients before they combine into something new.

My daughter tried fresh dill for the first time last night.  She has this habit of smelling first, tasting second. I actually understand that.  I want her to approach food in such a manner.  I want her to use as many of her senses as possible when it comes to food utilization.  She was pleasantly surprised by the how mild the dill was.  She became excited as to what the salad would come to taste like.

Nothing makes me prouder than to stimulate my daughter’s mind with knowledge.  Teaching her how fresh ingredients can be transformed into wonderful dishes.

So there you have it.  Cucumber and red onion salad.  A summer staple in our home.

*Picture to come (posting from work)

Crock pot: Whole Chicken

Published March 19, 2015 by lynn k scott

This morning I put a whole chicken in the crock pot.  I’m so proud of myself for using the crock pot three nights this week.  It truly is a time saver.

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It’s a simple recipe.  Again, it’s easily adaptable.  As you can see, I’m using a whole chicken, some olive oil, an orange, an onion and a seasoning mix.

I found the seasoning shaker at a yard sale for 25 cents.  It was the best quarter investment ever!  I am able to premix my seasonings with ingredients I have on hand.  No pre-made seasoning mixes for me.  Best part is I get even distribution of the seasoning.  This particular blend  consists of salt, pepper, onion powder, garlic powder and paprika.

The orange and the onions are quartered and will be in the cavity of the chicken.  I cut and set them aside prior to preparing the chicken.  I also use another container to hold a small amount of olive oil.  This way, there is no cross-contamination risk with touching the chicken then the oil bottle.

20150319_055306 I  rinse and pat the bird dry with some papertowels.  I sprinkle a little seasoning in the cavity, add the produce and tie up the legs.  Then I flip it over, breast side down.  Drizzle a bit of oil.  In the crock pot, it’s not really necessary, but it helps the seasoning adhere better.  Lightly sprinkle with the seasoning mixture and then flip it over.

If you lift the skin over the breast, your hand can go under the skin and loosening the skin will allow you to season the breast. After you loosen the skin, shake some seasoning in your hand and then wipe on the chicken breast.  Which, while I am typing this, I remember that I loosened the skin from the breast and didn’t add the seasoning.  Oh well….next time.

Now, drizzle a bit more oil.  Shake seasoning over the entire bird.  That’s it.  Simple, right?

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Place chicken in the crock pot.  I add about a half of a cup of water.  You don’t need much.  Cover and cook.  I set mine on High for 5 hours and the crock will revert to “warm” until I get home.   You get to pick which side dish(es) you’d like to add.

ENJOY!

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