Sunday, April 7, 2013

Sunday Dinner and a Recipe....


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I know what you’re thinking…but eating is not all we do. My husband and I do love cooking, though.
 
My wonderful sister gave us some honey and maple syrup. Those just happened to be two things that were on my grocery list, so thanks to her I crossed them off. Thanks Robbi!
 
I have always wanted to make homemade granola bars, but have never been able to find a recipe worthy enough to try. Well! Thanks to Ree Drummond, The Pioneer Woman, I found a fabulous recipe that is just as wonderful as it looks. Be warned, though…It’s hard to stop at just one!
 
When you have extra bananas….MAKE BANANA BREAD! I never get tired of eating banana bread. I love it hot out of the oven, or sliced and fried in a bit of butter. Have you ever tried it that way? It is SOOO yummy! I usually add a dab of homemade jam and totally enjoy myself!
 
Faye, from The Blessed Hearth, has a great brown bread recipe. I used it to make rolls on Easter Sunday and today my husband and I doubled it and made 3 loaves of bread. One for my in-laws, one for my mom, and one for home. I’ve already taste tested it to be sure it was good enough to share. (giggle!)
 
As I’ve said before, my husband and I have always made a big Sunday dinner. Our nest is empty, but the tradition carries on. Today we are making a roasted lemon/rosemary chicken. I can’t wait to try it…it’s still in the oven and smells delicious! Along with the chicken we are having glazed carrots, and whipped potatoes with gravy. Dessert is a German chocolate cake with coconut pecan frosting. I wish you could smell these wonderful smells through my blog, but they don’t have an app for that yet!
 
The recipe for the chicken is simple…
Take one roasting chicken, washed and dried. Place it in a baking dish and set aside. Add 1 sprig of chopped rosemary and the zest of 2 lemons to 1 stick of softened butter. Use your hands to mix it all up good. Now just rub it all over the chicken…inside and out, under the skin and on top of the skin. Then you’re going to halve the lemons, squeezing the juice of one on top of the chicken and then stuffing all the lemons into the chicken cavity. You can squeeze some of the lemon juice inside, too. Grab 3 more sprigs of rosemary and stuff it in the cavity with the lemons. Bake this covered for 45 minutes at 400*, and then uncovered for another 30 minutes until it's nice and golden. DELICIOUS!
 
I have been receiving so many wonderful comments from all kinds of new and existing members of my blog. I LOVE hearing from all of you! It really is the highlight of my day to read what you’ve been up to.
 
Welcome newbies! I hope you have been enjoying your visit to our little red saltbox. I certainly enjoy you!
 
Blessings,
Julie

14 comments:

  1. Hi Julie, You two do make it a day of cooking. Oh..... and it all looks so good!

    I'm confused. When will you be moving into your new house? Are you building it now?

    Hope this week is a warm and sunny one.

    Susannah

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    1. Thanks Susannah. We were hoping to start the new house last year, but things just didn't fall into place. We both really felt that the Lord was telling us the time wasn't right. This year is the year! Things are falling into place and coming together like they should be. We are waiting on the bank and all they have to do and then we will have the green light. We can't wait! I will be posting pictures as we go, so stay tuned!
      Blessings,
      Julie

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    2. Great...my daughter and son-in-law built their house and I loved every minute of it....just watching and learning new things and picking out stuff was so fun!
      You are going to have an exciting time this year.Good luck.

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    3. Thanks Susannah! You know how I love to decorate!

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  2. Hi,
    I've enjoyed visiting your blog this afternoon and my mouth is watering over that scrumptious looking chicken! I love banana bread, too, and will be making some tomorrow morning.

    Kathy

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    1. The chicken was super delicious! I will definitely be making it again. I am using the leftovers to make a chicken soup for something later in the week. I will post that on Friday. The banana bread was yummy, and the brown bread was to die for! I have tea water on for my husband and I, and we will be splitting a piece of cake to enjoy with it. All of this just might be the reason I have been gaining pounds over the winter. LOL! I'm happy, though, so I wouldn't change a thing.
      Thank you so much for stopping by. I love to hear from new friends!
      Blessings,
      Julie

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  3. That chicken sounds delicious. You could really send Joe with leftovers to work tomorrow ;) Really though, I will definitely try it!

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    1. It was delicious! I'm making a soup with the leftovers...SORRY! I love dishes that take no time at all to prepare, and this was definitely one of them.
      Glad you stopped by!
      Blessings,
      Julie

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  4. That's it, Julie.. I am coming for dinner..
    Tell your hubby he can cook for this Canadian woman.. grin..
    Thanks for all of your lovely recipes..
    God bless..

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  5. You and Terry are welcome here anytime! Joe said he would love to cook for you, but he's says he's pretty sure you could outcook him anyday.
    We need to do a recipe swap!
    Blessings,
    Julie

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  6. You are seriously killing me! Posting delicious recipes when both Steven and I are dieting!! I think I am going to hire you guys to cater our next social..... whatever!

    Below I pasted the recipe that Julie - from Searsport Rug hooking- posted on her web site just a bit ago. If I wasn't trying to be good and stick to my diet I would have to try this recipe.... there isn't any flour !!!
    So... maybe you can make them? Or Joe? or a passer by? and let me know if they are yummy?
    And then I can live vicariously :)


    My very favorite peanut butter cookies!


    1 cup of good peanut butter, I love Jiff


    1 egg


    1 cup of sugar ( I use 1/2 brown and 1/2 white)


    1 tsp backing soda


    no flour or anything else!


    preheat oven to 350.

    Mix well and scoop onto a cookie sheet.


    criss cross the top with a fork.

    I bake for 11 minutes for this size for golden brown crisp edges and chewy centers.


    I do xl cookies, over 4 inches when baked!

    For this batch I did add a few chocolate chips.


    I always double this and it makes about 20 of these monsters!

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    1. Oh, thank you so much! I love peanut butter! Joe and I were just talking...we need to go on a diet. I can't imagine why? LOL! We eat WAY to good. I just finished baking off a batch of white chocolate, macadamia nut cookies. I haven't tried one yet, but they smell delicious. My life revolves around my kitchen. I need to change that!
      So glad you stopped by!
      Blessings,
      Julie

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  7. I saw Faye's recipe and am going to try it...glad you did and liked it.
    My husband and I also still have a big Sunday dinner (well, it's around 3 we eat on Sunday)...we always had SIT DOWN MEALS when our children were at home...no eating off your lap or tv trays. We sat at the table and enjoyed the company of each other and we had full meals...meat, potato, vegetable and more times than not a salad. My husband worked long hours outside so he needed a good hearty evening meal and it kept our family close that way.
    Now that lemon chicken...how funny to run across this as we were watching Prairie Woman last week and she stuffed a chicken with lemons and my husband was astonished - he had never heard of that...lol I had but never did it. I just may have to do it now.
    Blessings,
    Karen

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    1. We always did the sit down meals as a family, too. It's so important.
      It's so funny that you should mention the Prarie woman. We watched the same show. That's why we had the chicken. My recipe is almost the exact same thing. I think the only difference is the cooking time, or how we cooked. I cover mine, but I don't think she does. It's not really something you can mess up. I hope you try it sometime.
      Blessings,
      Julie

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