#solareclipse2017

I took this collection of photos every minute or so. These were taken using selfie mode on my iPhone. I think they’re pretty cool, but I love science. My family seemed less than impressed with the whole experience. I hope y’all enjoy.

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Chicken… again?!?

Last week, I found a large package of chicken breasts on sale for under $10. There’s two meals down. Then, I found a couple whole young chickens for $3.50 each. How could I pass up these great deals?

As a result, we are eating quite a bit of chicken this week. I’m trying to mix it up as best as I can. Monday, we had chicken pot pie. It was satisfying and delicious and completely gone by Wednesday.

On Wednesday, we had chicken again. I roasted the birds, mashed potatoes, stuffing, gravy, green beans, and potato rolls. It was a feast. We had a friend over that night.

Tonight, the chicken has rolled around again. This time, I’m using my slow cooker. I’m trying out a few tips to reduce the amount of retained liquid. Here’s what I did:

I sprayed the slow cooker with nonstick cooking spray. I sliced a couple small onions and dredged the slices in flour. I placed them as the base for my dish. Then, I took my breasts and halved them. I dredged those in flour and placed them on top of the onions. I sprinkled those with a half cup of Parmesan/Romano/Asiago grated cheese. Then, I poured an entire bottle of Olive Garden Italian Dressing on that. I lay a towel across the top of my slow cooker and then placed the lid. I set it to low. I will remove the towel and lid about an hour before serving to encourage more reduction in the liquid.

Fingers crossed that it works. I dread watered down slow cooker sauces.

#chickenagain

Keeping the cats out of the plants

So, the cats are bound and determined to eat all the plants. They killed two more seedlings who'd barely had a chance at life before it was cruelly ripped away from them. I have another seedling growing, now. To keep it safe, I crocheted a quick hanging planter bag for it.

It is currently hanging in my kitchen window beneath a fluorescent light and will hopefully be safe there from those mean kitty cats. I plan to crochet a hanging planter bag for my aloe plants and hang them here in my living room.

As for the rest of the plants, my husband built me a cage for them out of chicken wire. Hopefully it will do the job.

The aloe is hiding behind my cacti. The two pots on the left are currently empty because the cats ate those seedlings. Once I've gotten the aloe plant out of there, I'm going to be adding a mini herb garden my husband bought for me this weekend.

It contains sweet basil, parsley, cilantro/coriander, common chives, & oregano. Basil, parsley, & oregano are probably my most commonly used herbs.

We didn't forget about the kitties, either. I picked up a tray and some cat grass seed for them. I've been doing some research, and supposedly if you trim it regularly then it doesn't die after just a few short weeks. Wish me luck. I'll be starting those seeds tomorrow.

Kittens… oh kittens

We love them. Some days we want to kill them. Like this morning when we woke up to find that they had dug up all of our potted plants except my cacti. 😳

My husband made an emergency run to the store and picked up new potting soil, and I did my best to save our green babies. They are now replanted in fresh nutrient rich soil (except the missing new guy that had barely begun to grow). Only time will tell if it is enough to save them.

After much research, I have treated the area with my orange peel infused vinegar. This is supposed to deter them from the area.

To make the day even more fun, my husband found 2 guilty parties hiding beneath the dishwasher. He had to pull out both the stove and the dishwasher to get them out. The appliances in the house are all now kitty proofed to the best of my husband's abilities.

I had forgotten what it was like to have babies in the house. No matter the species, it's exhausting.