Recipe: Roasted Buttermilk Chicken

Today we’re mixing it up with something a little different — a recipe!  Woot!  Yes, I should probably have taken pictures but I forgot and then my kid and husband wolfed down the food so — next time.  For now, suffice it to say that my very picky eater enjoyed the meal.

ROASTED BUTTERMILK CHICKEN

PREP: 5 minutes
SET: 8 hours to overnight
COOK: 2 hours, 15 minutes

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 whole chicken, around 3 pounds
  • 2 cups buttermilk
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 6 cloves of garlic, smashed
  • 1 TBSP thyme if fresh, 3/4 tablespoon if dry.
  • 2 TBSP salt
  • 1 TSP black pepper
  • 5-6 sprigs fresh thyme
  • a few TBSP flour**

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Grate the zest from lemon to measure around 1 teaspoon. Set this lemon aside. Combine buttermilk, olive oil, 4 smashed garlic cloves, chopped thyme, 1 TBSP salt, pepper, and lemon zest in a large plastic freezer bag. Seal bag, and shake it to evenly mix. Add the whole chicken to bag and seal. Place the bag, breast side down, in the refrigerator and chill 8 hours or up to overnight, shaking the bag occasionally to evenly marinate.
  2. Preheat oven to 350°F with rack in middle of oven. Remove chicken from marinade, and pat dry with paper towels. Discard marinade.**
  3. Season chicken with remaining 1 TBSP salt, using some salt in the cavity as well. Stuff the cavity with thyme sprigs, the zested lemon cut in half, and remaining 2 smashed garlic cloves. Tie legs together with kitchen twine, and tuck wing tips under to prevent over crispiness.
  4. Transfer to a large cast-iron skillet. Place a sheet of parchment paper over chicken. Top with 2 large sheets of aluminum foil, and crimp around edges of skillet to seal.
  5. Bake chicken in the oven for one hour and 20 minutes, or until a thermometer inserted into the thickest part of the thigh registers around 150°F degrees (it’s okay if it’s over this temperature).
  6. Remove chicken from oven, and discard parchment paper and foil. Increase oven temperature to broil; let oven preheat 5 minutes
  7. Baste chicken with pan juices. Return chicken to oven, and broil until skin is dark golden brown, about 10 minutes. You may baste it once halfway through if you desire.
  8. Let rest 10 minutes. (Internal temperature will continue to rise to 165°F.) Carve chicken, and drizzle pan drippings over sliced meat. Garnish with thyme leaves if desired.
  9. **Some marinate may be kept and brought to a boil in a saucepan for 5 to 7 minutes. reduce to a slow simmer, add flour, and stir until thickened. Serve as a gravy over the chicken.
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Book Review: Sole Survivor

Sole Survivor: The Inspiring True Story of Coming Face to Face with the Infamous Railroad KillerSole Survivor: The Inspiring True Story of Coming Face to Face with the Infamous Railroad Killer by Holly Dunn

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

We continue our true crime streak today.

I first came across Holly Dunn’s story a few years ago on an episode of 48 Hours. I was floored by her resilience then and when I saw she was writing a book to commemorate the 20th anniversary of her survival, I knew I had to read it.

Dunn is the sole survivor of a terrible serial killer known as the Railroad Killer. Angel Maturino Resendiz is suspected of killed 23 people across the United States and Mexico over a 20 year period. Through luck and quick thinking Dunn was able to live through her terrible encounter with the Railroad Killer and she’s gone on to help countless survivors of rape and violence.

While Dunn’s story is incredible and moving, the book was a bit long and more conversational in tone than well written. Some have complained the book glosses over the aftermath of the attack, which is true. If you wanted a book solely focused on the crime, this is not for you. This book is about Dunn’s recovery, her faith in God, and her life now. There is a heavy religious element to this book and readers need to be aware that there is some witnessing happening.

Overall it was not a bad book. Holly Dunn is an inspiration and a powerful survivor and that is worth more than anything.

Book Review: Sleep, My Child, Forever

Sleep, My Child, Forever: The Riveting True Story of a Mother Who Murdered Her Own ChildrenSleep, My Child, Forever: The Riveting True Story of a Mother Who Murdered Her Own Children by John Coston

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

True crime at its most chilling.

I was intrigued by John Coston’s tale of Ellen Boehm since I grew up in St. Louis, Missouri where the sordid tale is located. I was very young during the series of events so I only vaguely recalled the story of a mother who slaughtered her children in cold blood. Being a true crime fanatic, I grabbed a copy of this book during an Amazon sale.

Ellen Boehm and her husband Paul came from a long line of abuse. When they met and eventually married, they had dreams of the perfect life together — the house, the children. What happened what much, much different. After meeting a new woman, Paul abandoned his wife and three children, leaving them to fend for themselves with little money and no support. Ellen quickly lost her home and took on extra work when she could in an effort to make ends meet. It still wasn’t enough and soon the woman was overwhelmed with her own fantasy world and three children standing in the way of her wonderful life.

What unfolds next is something of horror stories. Ellen kills her two youngest children within a year and attempts to murder her eldest daughter. By a stroke of luck, her daughter survives unscathed but life will never be the same. Ellen tries to reap the death benefits following the murder of her sons but underestimates the tenacity of the St. Louis Police Department.

Sleep, My Child, Forever is a tale of true monsters. Not the ones that live in closets and under the beds of children, but the ones that we see everyday and never suspect.

How Bill Belichick and the Patriots Toppled the NFL Empire

Here we are on the other side of yet another New England Patriots victory.  Nobody can deny that Tom Brady is exceptional — probably the greatest NFL Quarterback of all time (as much as it pains me to say that).  However, the Brady and Belichick era is marred by controversy and that dims the shine of their accomplishments more than a little.  Not only does it harm the history of the Patriots, but it’s brought about the end of the NFL’s glory days.

It all started with “Spygate” back in 2007 when the Patriots were accused of filming the New York Jets.  While it’s not against league rules to film other teams, the filming can only be done in authorized areas and the Pats were caught offsides (ha).  There were huge fines and docked draft picks and it was a mess but when it was all said and done, we’d entered a new era of football.

“Deflategate” was the next big issue for the Patriots.  Under normal circumstances, I posit that some under-inflated footballs wouldn’t have been a huge issue in the NFL.  However, with that single incident of cheating by the Pats, normal circumstances went out the window.  Suddenly there was mass pandemonium involving physics, a media circus, and an intense investigation.  Again there were docked draft picks and the incredible suspension of Tom Brady.  And the NFL was tainted forever.

The Patriots keep winning.  Some of that is skill but there’s always that inkling of doubt in the back of everyone’s minds.  It leaves a sour taste in the mouth.  It’s left the NFL open to quite a bit of scrutiny, too.  If the games were more intriguing, if we weren’t guaranteed another Patriots win, would people be so interested in the inner workings of the NFL?

Since the Pats have started their indefatigable winning streak, we’ve seen the NFL attacked for other things that had previously gone overlooked.  The concussions.  The domestic abuse.  The black-listing of players fighting for social justice.  Perhaps people do care more about these issues today.  Though I deeply believe if there was more chance within the NFL standings, people would still be willing to look past some of the NFL’s indiscretions.  Thanks to the Patriot’s striking ability to win at any cost, a Pandora’s box has been opened that the NFL can never again close.

First of the Month: BuJo Update!

Alright…this is my FIRST ever bullet journal post!

I came to bullet journaling in December 2017 because I needed a way to keep track of my bazillion tasks at work, my grueling grad school schedule, and whatever tiny amount of free time I could accrue.  Since then, it’s become an outlet for my crafty side while keeping my brain organized and my life on track.

So, on to February 2019!

50946172_484628498732352_5954413234629902336_nTime for some straight-up honesty:  I’m not one to take super fancy pictures of my bujo.  Ain’t nobody (in this house) got time for that.  So you’re stuck with my randomly lit, poorly edited photos.  Sorry.

ANY-way.  After January lasted 1548963651 days, I’m hoping February will be a more reasonable month.  I’m not a hearts and love person so the theme this month is pink and gray birds.  I’m not a huge fan of pink either but the birds were freaking adorable.  I grabbed the sticker pack during a bujo meetup so I don’t know the creator unfortunately.

 

Next up, I always have my monthly 51376300_484628528732349_5088448991968886784_ncalendar.  This one is super simple and pretty self-explanatory.  The washi is from Michael’s Recollections collection and the stickers are from various MAMBI sticker books.  This is a before the pen spread (obviously) but February is shaping up to be a stupid busy month and it hasn’t event started yet.  Eep!

 

 

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This is the first time I’ve done a colorful habit tracker.  Usually I’m a minimalist kinda girl.  I want just the facts because it’s too much effort and takes too much time to color in my spreads.  But I’ve been out of a job so I have to do something in between job searching and networking events so here we are.  Straight up not doing something like that again!  It was a nightmare.  Also, I need to think up some goals for February.  Jeez.

51392113_484628618732340_4828804646829031424_nNext up are my Line A Day and Gratitude Trackers.  Pretty straight-forward.  And we’re back to NEVER AGAIN will I be coloring in those damn lines.  Freaking nightmare and it took me the better part of an hour to do.  It better be worth it when I go to write in my stuff.  Good news?  I won’t have to change pen colors every day.  So that’s nice.

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Finally we have the last of my pre-monthly pages: My Currently Happening Tracker.  I got this awesome printable from My Blue Sky Design on Etsy.  I love tracking what I’m doing each month.  Sometimes my boxes have more than one thing, sometimes they are blank.  Just depends on the month.51155586_484628698732332_930165310722408448_n

Following my weeklies and dailies I have my wins and losses page.  It just helps me stay focused on what’s happened during the month, good and bad.  It keeps me in the moment I suppose.

So there you have it.  My first Bujo post.  It wasn’t great but it wasn’t the worst thing I’ve ever written either.  Stay tuned for more Bujo fun as I attempt to keep this blog alive whether it likes it or not.