Friday Favorites 8/14/15

I’m going to try to keep today’s Friday Favorites short and sweet.  Grace started 4th grade on Wednesday, so we tried to squeeze in every last bit of fun we could on Monday and Tuesday.  With Back to School Night and helping out with the kindergarten parent breakfast, it made for a busy week.  I feel like I’m still playing catch up from vacation.

Green BEAN Delivery saved the day yet again!  I had a bin full of fresh produce and some local meat from the Smoking Goose  delivered right to my front door, helping make lunch packing a little easier.  I don’t order from Green BEAN every week.  In fact, I often cancel my bins because my fridge is too stocked up from grocery runs, but it is always there when I need it.  I started with Green BEAN when we were living in Fishers and have been a customer since shortly after they opened.  I love the convenience of shopping from my computer and believe it or not, I think it probably saves me money, not to mention time.  If I were to go to an actual grocery store, I’d be tempted to pick up things that we don’t need and end up with a good $30 more in my cart.  This is especially true if Grace or Doug are shopping with me.  I’m sure you can relate!

I also made up a quick batch of crispy chicken that we devoured two nights this week.  I originally started out making Nom Nom Paleo’s Cracklin’ Chicken.  It’s a fantastic recipe that turns your chicken into something reminiscent of fried chicken.  It’s so good.  But it didn’t earn the term cracklin’ for nothing.  It sizzles and crackles and splatters oil all over my stove, making clean up kind of a pain.  And if you cook in only one pan, you have to cook it in batches.  She also removes the chicken from the bone, which is not an easy task. Instead, I leave the chicken on the bone.  It kind of makes for a nice handle to just pick it up and eat off your plate.  No fork necessary!

To make the cooking process easier, I drizzle oil all over the bone-in thighs, and generously salt and pepper.  I then pop them into the oven, skin side up, at 400 degrees for about 20 minutes or until the internal temperature reaches 165 degrees.  I finish them off under the broiler for about 5 minutes or until the skin is nice and crispy.  Be sure to keep a close eye on them so they don’t burn!  When they are ready the skin will be golden and crisp.  This method is still delicious, but requires far less babysitting and very little clean up.  This is a recipe that we all love and it really does satisfy a good fried chicken craving!

What I’m reading now

I downloaded and started reading The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing by Marie Kondo on my Kindle earlier this week.

the life-changing magic

It’s a short book, but I have to admit that it hasn’t been all that quick of a read for me.  I think it is because I’m finding this method of organization to be so daunting.  It isn’t just a room-by-room solution.  It is a whole house overhaul, that she all but guarantees will forever change your life.  So, I’ve been reading it in snippets here and there because I’m not sure that I’m up for a whole house commitment right now.  I’d really just love to organize my pantry, fridge, freezers, and see to it that my ever-growing donation pile actually makes its way to Goodwill.  I’ll keep you posted on my progress!  I’d love to know if you’ve read this book and implemented the KonMarie method of purging and organizing.  If so, leave me a note in the comments to let me know how it has changed your life!

Thanks for joining me here for Friday Favorites!  I hope you have a great weekend!

 

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