Tag: organic

Roast Chicken & Stuffing

I’m roasting two organic chickens right now, stuffed with white spelt bread stuffing.

The stuffing is my own recipe.

I made a loaf of bread in my Cuisinart bread machine on Friday for this purpose. 3+ cups of White Spelt Flour, 1 1/2 tsp. yeast, 1 cup water, 1 Tbsp. Honey, 1 egg, 1 tsp. salt, 3 Tbsp. butter. I added more flour as needed for the dough. I used the 1. White Bread setting, med. loaf size and med. browning.

The loaf was perfect, so much so I wished I had made it for sandwiches, but so it goes.

I’ll try to make it again and get the same result for other uses later.

I cubed the bread using a bread knife after the loaf cooled down, then put the cubes into a gallon freezer bag. I put that into a deep drawer until I needed it for the stuffing.

Today I diced 1 sweet onion, melted 1 stick (1/2 cup) of butter in a large saucepan, added the onion and let that simmer until softened. I also put in some celery seed (I guess about 2 tsp.) and a lot of dried rubbed Sage (1/4 cup or more!) then the bread cubes and a pint of Chicken Stock. Stirred it around well.

A little more than half of that fit into the chickens. The rest will be baked in a casserole dish later.

I didn’t add any salt to the stuffing since the bread was nice bread and I used commercial Organic Chicken Stock. To the out of the bird stuffing I did just add a little bit of sea salt, and a large handful of raisins and half an apple chopped. That’ll bake until it’s done.

I’ll make chicken gravy using more Organic Chicken Stock, butter & flour, and sea salt to taste. Basmati Rice, and either peas or green beans.

We’ll also have white spelt yeast rolls, thanks to my daughter taking over that duty. She does an excellent job making clover leaf rolls, as I used to do when I was a teenager too. πŸ™‚

My Garden 2009

I have a garden started, not much yet. It’s a raised bed made with retaining wall paver sort of stuff. I’m supposed to have 4 of them eventually, just 1 for now. Tomatoes, green onions, and pole beans are what I have in it thus far. They are all growing and I got some structure up for the beans yesterday and they should start their winding/climbing action fairly soon. I have to thin the onions and just haven’t really grown these before by myself so I have to look up what exactly to do with them. The tomato plants are mostly all flowering and some have set baby tomatoes.

I also have more in my barrel planter now. The old perennial onion chives I planted some years ago is thriving, I have a few other tomato plants in there, as well as oregano, parsley and thyme. My old thyme died back and only a teeny-tiny bit is now starting to come back.

I have ants in my barrel since one big rain in the last week or two. I have to find my de-whatever-earth stuff that I have to deal with those critters. I was trying to find something to get rid of them with that’s safe and organic and totally forgot about de-whatever-earth, which I do have in the garage somewhere.

I want to grow more, but don’t either have the space set up, or don’t have the plants, have seeds but don’t want to grow everything else I want from seed, and want to have Red Peppers mostly, but never have had success in growing (red peppers) to eat any of them.

I can hardly wait to get some fresh beans on the dinner table though. It’s been a long time since I had a real garden, and that is because of needing to amend places for one in our backyard (it’s horrible georgia clay which isn’t good for growing most veggies.) My first garden spot in this yard I abandoned, and the seconded as well. The third I didn’t abandon really, but it just faded away sort of. I was to have a grand garden in 2007 but it never got going though I had things for it. I wanted to also do it last year and never got to do it. So I made it happen this year. πŸ™‚

More Tiny Tush Diapers

We ordered more of the blue diapers that I posted about in December. They arrived on Tuesday, finally, with that “finally” meaning it took a LONG time for them to arrive. Sent “Fed Ex Home” … we ordered them ‘last year’ and they didn’t arrive until the 8th of this NEW year.

A funny way to look at it, of course it wasn’t THAT long, just too many days long. My hubby ordered them via the internet and we thought he chose Priority Mail for shipping, which in fact seems it would have been faster (from the sending to receiving of the package.) Anyhow, one diaper is on backorder, so that is one thing about the order that wasn’t straightforward, so perhaps there is a reason for the shipping difference. Not that it matters, or that I need to know or am asking to know, no. I’m just rambling on about it since I thought they’d arrive during the first week of the new year, not a full week, or plus that.

I now have enough decent diapers for Baby Q – !!! πŸ™‚

Next in line: new covers.

I also need to re-lanolize the two in-service wool covers I have. I don’t have any lanolin though, just the eucelan stuff, which isn’t doing the “trick” I need to be performed.

I have two old Mother-Ease Airflow covers that fit, and a few others in larger sizes for the future as Baby Q grows, which he continues to do, of course.

The wool covers are Stacinators, I really like them, but the ones I have don’t really fit over the Mother-Ease Popolino’s I do have and use along with the Tiny Tush one-size, and also some Mother-Ease Sandy’s (Large). Baby Q isn’t “big enough” for the Large Sandy’s yet, but is. If that makes sense.

Overall I am thoroughly impressed with the Tiny Tush diapers though. The old Mother-Ease diapers get soaked so easily. The Tiny Tush’s hold so much more liquid, and don’t feel “sopping wet” in any situation like the Mother-Ease diapers would be sopping wet. That means, Tiny Tush wins hands down, better for baby, and for “covers”. Happier Mama.

6 Months

Baby Q turned 6 Months Old on the 23rd of December. He’s getting so very big and is so very active as well. He’s almost crawling, he is wanting to be “on the go” and has been inching closer to that possibility since not long after turning 5 Months Old. The last week or so he’s really ramped up in ability and is moving around in circles the broaden out ever so slightly, so if he’s on the floor he does move out of the area that one has put him, but it’s not “crawling” ability movement — yet. It’s coming fast though. Any day now. In fact, when I nurse him, he gets done and squirms from my lap to get on the floor, and it reminds me so much of my firstborn, how he used to do that, when he was older and walking though. He’s growing up so fast!

We ordered more of the Tiny Tush One Size diapers that I wrote about getting in the previous post. They should be here sometime this week, I hope. That will put us into the “have enough diapers that fit and are easy to use” category. Diapers that are simple enough to put on a squirming baby-crawler-flip-over-type, and will stay put once on. πŸ™‚

Tiny Tush diapers arrival

The diapers I ordered on Saturday came in the USPS [mail] today.

Here’s a link to the manufacturer’s site [a photo] of the exact diapers we bought: Tiny Tush Trim One-Size Organic – Blue

They are gorgeous and full of snaps to fit my dear boy until he’s out of diapers, whenever that is. I do want to get more of these, as long as they “seem to work out” as I think they will, knowing what the Mother-Ease diapers we have are like, how they fit my previous babies –the comparison to our new 5 dipes is mind-boggling.

I have the diapers in the washer for their first wash, then it’s to the dryer, then the washer and back and forth a few more times. Then it’s try on time!

Of course I really don’t think I can let them go into the washer for a second-run before I just do a dry try-on run with Baby Q.

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New Diapers – ordered

We ordered some new diapers today. Organic snap cotton, just 5 of them (but pricey … we could have gotten a ton of pre-folds for the price, but want the convenience of snap diapers — they are “Organic Tiny Tush Trim One Size – snap closure” diapers.) adding to our old collection of what were called Popolinos when we got them, now just called One-Size — from Mother-Ease.

Baby Q just doesn’t fit those smaller infant pre-folds, it’s a chore to get them pinned now-a-days, and the 12 Popolinos we have are getting a heavy workout therefore.

It’s been something we’ve known would happen, the diapers for pinning would be too small sooner or later. Sooner is here. Maybe it’s actually later than I initially had thought out, previously, but we’ve stretched and stretched as much as we could and that’s that.

I wanted to get some new snap diapers earlier, but we just couldn’t afford it, now we “can” but moreso are “forced” to do “something” and to pay for them is better than getting more pre-folds that still require more tediousness that usually involves me having to do it mostly all, or even all since I usually, not always, but usually, have had to “re-pin” anything DH has pinned.

DH doesn’t like pinning. I kind of like it, but really wouldn’t mind not having to do it since Baby Q is more active, and I’m more active too. I do like pinning, it’s nicer when the diapers are way wider than the baby, of course, a luxury I haven’t had much of in a couple of months … and when thinking of it on this side of baby’s birth, give me snap diapers!

Now, or in the future, the prefolds we have will work out to be doublers, mostly when Baby Q is bigger. We have large Sandy’s from Mother-Ease in our collection. Not a ton of them, but it’ll add to the amount of snap diapers we have to use when Baby Q is nearer to 20lbs.

What I like about the diapers we’ve just ordered is that they are terry cotton inside, but with cotton flannel on the outsides (meaning: the terry is encased in flannel) … and are very adjustable and have that cute “paperbag” sort of style. The Sandy’s are adjustable, but only from 20lbs. up … and are the “paperbag” style, the Popolino’s are adjustable from about 8lbs. up but are a very slim trim sort of style. Both are from Mother-Ease and are not 100% cotton, some percentage of poly for “keeping the diaper in shape” (they do offer organic 100% cotton nowadays but I haven’t wanted to order any more of those ME One-Size style) and the diapers are all cotton terry, which I find doesn’t wear super well all over. Some diapers have the terry loops missing here and there. I have used the diapers on two previous children, and so this is the 3rd baby we’ve used them on, but they were like this after the two babies before that used them. The diapers still work fine, it’s just not nice to look at the missing terry loops. I’d also just like something different, so it’s the sizing, and the style, and the outer finish, and since these new diapers are available in other colors (rather than just ‘white’ or ‘unbleached’) we got ‘blue’ … they are low-impact dyes, btw.

Here’s a link to the Tiny Tush diapers that we got.

Once they arrive, are washed and on Baby Q, I’ll see about some photos of him in them to post. I’ll also post about how they work to put on and how well they absorb pee and poo, etc.

Edit: 5:10pm … oh, I “searched” this blog for “diapers” after I published this post … and found very few entries about it, except for preparing for this current baby … and was delighted in that very emotional way that is bittersweet to find this post from the past (Feb. 13, 2003, infact!) that was the very first post I used the word “diaper” in on this blog. Hope fullfilled. πŸ˜₯ πŸ™‚

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