chicken, beer can chciken

Sometimes a recipe is just too good and too much fun not to share a second time. Plus I have a chicken in our freezer that I want to cook so I can sell the freezer! When the weather is nice outside I love to use our grill. Rather than turn the oven on and heat up the house it is much more fun to roast the chicken on the grill. We decided to make another Beer Can Chicken!  You can Google “beer can chicken” and find all sorts of recipes. I found one on SimplyRecipes.com that sounded easy and delicious. I made a few adaptations as I had a wonderful jar of grilling spices from Mountain Rose Herbs. First the grill was prepared for indirect heat. Once the coals were going we pushed them to either side and put in an aluminum pan to act as a drip pan. I rubbed the chicken all over with olive oil and seasoned the chicken inside and out with the grilling spices. I took a can of beer, opened it and poured out half of the beer. I then lowered the chicken on the open can, so that the chicken was sitting upright with the Read More […]

Gete-okosomin flower

Our Simple Homestead Blog Hop #61   It’s continues to be busy here On The Home Front. Lots of company visiting last week. Garlic is harvested and my Gete-okosomin is flowering and the flowers are covered with bees! Hopefully this means I will have a good squash harvest! Please join us this week for Our Simple Homestead Blog Hop! Thank you for sharing your homesteading, homemaking, and homeschooling posts with us each week! It’s so much fun to read your hints, tips, and happenings! Have fun exploring all the great ideas everyone has shared with us! Here are the co-hosts of Our Simple Homestead Blog Hop. Tracy at Our Simple Homestead Facebook Twitter Pinterest Google+ LinkedIn Sandra at Clearwater Farm Facebook Pinterest Instagram Google+ Nancy at On The Home Front Facebook Twitter Pinterest Instagram Google+ Kathi at Oak Hill Homestead Facebook Pinterest BlogLovin   LeeAnn & Alex at One Ash Homestead Facebook Twitter Pinterest Instagram (Remember – If you would like to be featured, be sure to link back to the hop otherwise you will not be featured!) Most Clicked On Post From Last Week: Financial Matters   My Most Favorite Post From Last Week: Grandma’s Cooking – A Lost Art Please stop by to congratulate the Read More […]

mom and I

I’ve had people ask me this question before. Gardening has been such a part of my life that it’s hard to even imagine not gardening! Even as a kid I enjoyed playing in the dirt! However I have to say that it was my mom that was the major influence in my life, not only with gardening but in many other areas as well. For as long as I can remember my mother gardened. She always had a vegetable garden and numerous flower gardens. When our property became too shaded and she needed a larger garden she helped to create the Community Gardens in our hometown. During the summer months there was always fresh garden produce on the counter and the excess was being canned into tomato sauce or packed away into the freezer to enjoy during the cold winter months. I thought it was normal to have your own frozen vegetables in the freezer, no Birds Eye or Green Giant vegetables in our freezer! After I was married and my husband and I were living in an apartment I decided I needed to figure out a way to have a garden. There was no space for a garden next Read More […]

corn broom

The essentials for keeping a clean house are really quite simple. We don’t need to purchase expensive overachieving cleaning equipment such as super filtering vacuum cleaners, sanitizing dishwashers, mite-proof mattress covers and ionic air cleaners. Of course if you are an allergy sufferer or have other sensitive allergies you may need these things, but for many of us most of our cleaning tasks can be performed with man-powered tools that work as an extension of our hands. Here are the top three cleaning tools The miraculous microfiber mop. It can dust, wash, and polish your floors more thoroughly and anti-bacterially than any mop ever made, using nothing but water! How does it do this? It’s all bout the fiber. A microfiber is a very thin synthetic fiber that’s thinner than a human hair. It absorbs about seven times its weight in water and dries out two or three times faster than cotton, and refuses to grow mold and mildew! It sheds no lint or other allergens, holds it’s shape and can be machine-washed hundreds of times! How do you use a microfiber mop? Lightly dampen the mop pad with water, slap it on the floor and press the Velcro-ed mop Read More […]

Young traveler wearing a hat with backpack and tripod - at Angkor Wat, Siem Reap, Cambodia

The best trips are spiced with unexpected adventures and surprises: the local stranger that you struck up a conversation with, a detour that caused you to stumble on the most beautiful gardens, or the spectacular ceviche that you tried on a dare. However, there are certain problems that really can put the kabosh on your entire vacation. Even if you’re a free-spirited nomad, it’s hard to find the bright side to spending an entire tropical honeymoon in the hospital. Here are a few ways to prevent and plan for unexpected disasters while you travel abroad: Health & Safety Obey signs and rules, as well as local road laws and instructions from people around you. Those rules are there for a reason. Don’t think that you know better than others. Know your food allergies, and how to ask about the ingredients in the language of whatever country you’re going to. Bring emergency medication with you just in case. If you have other health issues, check in with your physician before you leave and let them know about your travels. A checkup before you leave can prevent emergencies. Got to the dentist to make sure all dental work is secure. You don’t Read More […]

Brie Leek Tartlets

I love making appetizers using the frozen miniature phyllo tart shells. They come together in no time at all and make such a nice presentation. These little appetizers are always a hit every time I serve them! Brie Leek Tartlets 1 medium leek, white part only finely chopped 1 garlic clove, minced 3 Tbsp butter ½ cup heavy whipping cream Salt and pepper to taste Dash of ground nutmeg 1 package (1.9 oz) frozen miniature phyllo tart shells 2 oz Brie cheese, rind removed In a small skillet sauté the leek and garlic in the butter until tender. Add the cream, salt, pepper and nutmeg and cook and stir for another 1-2 minutes or until thickened. Place the tart shells on a baking sheet. Slice the cheese into 15 pieces; place one piece in each tart shell. Top each with 1 ½ tsp of the leek mixture. Bake at 350 for 6-8 minutes or until the tartlets are heated through. Serve immediately. Leftovers can be refrigerated. Makes 15 appetizers.

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