Water, Water, Everywhere

Today showers of blessings covered Maryland as Tropical Storm Nicole made her way up the East Coast. I thought it was interesting that the name Nicole in Greek means “victory” and “people”.  Many “people” may think that this rainy weather had “victory” over their day, however some funny and helpful Facebook stats from a few of my friends beat the rainy day blues with some pretty great ideas.

One family on Facebook put on their swimsuits and played in the rain, another family gave one another rides in a yellow wagon, and other friends used Facebook and shared with loved ones pictures of road closings, and posted school closings as well. Very thoughtful, and very creative.

Now, if you happen to work in a Home Day Care and have 8 children under one roof and can’t go outside and play, you learn to improvise. So what do you do when your little friends look out of the window like this:

Rainy Day

Answer: A little bit of everything. We broke out some craft foam and golf tees and little plastic hammers and practiced our carpentry skills. It was noisy and supervised of course. We started a painting project, then we watched Between the Lions. After lunchtime we got ready for naptime, and all was quiet for about 2 hours. When the little friends awoke they enjoyed a snack, and finished painting, colored with chalk, and completed a collage of Forest Animals our theme for this week. Here is a peak into our day:

We all made the best of it, and we all had a great day! Hope you had a great day too!

My List

Get Married – 1996

Become a Mommy – 2003, and March 2011

Partner with my husband to start a church – Mother’s Day 2009 http://www.safehavenchurch.info

Visit Italy – 1993

Write a book, and get published – 2013

Organize photos into albums, and get them off of the computer so we can enjoy them (ongoing)

Celebrate Shabbat (ongoing)

Rent a Limo for Seth on one of his birthdays

Learn how to play piano

Read 1 book per week (work in progress)

Take more home movies (ongoing)

Learn how to play an Atara Nevel harp

Learn how to cook very well (working on this)

Take a photography class

Make a designated Family Night and stick to it no matter what (ongoing)

Start a Blog – September 2010

How Funky is Your Chicken?

God Bless every southern cook (every cook for that matter) who can make awesome fried chicken. Tonight I decided to let my inner Paula Dean take over and make this savory treat for my dear loving husband, sweet mother, and darling son.

My cooking history has not always been 100% so when I pulled the first batch out of the frying pan I was disappointed, but not surprised to find this:

But…I was determined.  I looked at all five pieces of blackened chicken and brushed off my apron, and decided I had chosen the wrong vessel. I have a dear affection for my Robin’s Egg Blue Martha Stewart Dutch Oven, it is cast iron covered in enamel, and is my favorite big pot in the kitchen for soups. So naturally I thought I’ll just fill it up with oil, drop the buttermilk herb chicken in the pot and wa la delicious fried buttermilk Paula Dean approved chicken.  FAIL…

My remedy? A new vessel to fry in with new oil at a lower temperature, much lower, and more patience. Thank God I had decided to make 2 batches. The first batch was for our family, and I was going to surprise our neighbors with the second batch. Needless to say, I did not surprise our neighbors, perhaps next time. My next vessel of choice was my faithful Xtrema 10′ Skillet. It takes a little effort to learn how to cook in this type of pan because it is a ceramic nano-glazed pan. It will not leach out toxins into your food and I must say after using it a few times I am hooked and would love to purchase more. As you can see round 2 looks more promising.

http://www.ceramcor.com/Everything about the way this chicken was cooking changed, the oil stayed cleaner, and I could not wait until it was finished frying. I was doing it! I was cooking and it was turning out okay, better than okay even.

Here is what round 2 chicken looked like…Behold…..

Looks much better!

Sooooooooo Happy! After the chicken rested, and to be honest I could’ve used a good rest myself, I plated the delicious southern buttermilk fried chicken for Scott, and you know what? He ate every bite. SUCCESS!!!! When Scott arrived home and took one look at the Round 1 chicken he lovingly said, “What Happened?” So, I of course replied, “Ummm I guess I got the oil too hot.” I was pleased Scott gave me a second chance and I know he was hungry, but sweetheart that he is, he waited for Round 2 chicken. Seth, on the other hand requested Dinosaur Chicken, so by his time I was tired and popped some Dinosaur Chicken in the oven for Seth, and his little friend who was visiting. I made my own plate of Round 2 chicken, and one for my mom and enjoyed every bite. I have decided to make it more often so that I too can be a fried chicken queen like Paula Dean. It’s amazing how just changing “the vessel” and “the temperature” of your cooking can make a difference. God chooses us “the vessels” to do what we are called to do regardless of how “hot or cold” we are for Him, regardless of what we look like, or how well we perform. He lovingly and patiently waits for us to be all he has created us to be, and when we finally “get it” He too is excited and thrilled at how we turn out.

Finally, good looking fried chicken.

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