Saturday, February 26, 2011

I'm becoming a Great GrandMother again today :o)

Today has and is a busy day for me...I'm in the midst of canning  some potatoes and chicken for chicken salad...and the phone rings announcing that  the Great Grandson is on his way to making his debut (within the next 24 hours)! He will Be Cecil the 4th. Everyone is excited even thought we all knew it was a boy!..Hard to realize that your kids are becoming grandparents...Jeeze! I never thought I'd live this long, but it's a welcome blessing.

I won't bore you with the peeling of all these potatoes :o), thank goodness for the new gadgets that you only have to give a quick scrape. Potatoes french cut waiting to be sprayed and put into the oven, cooled and "Penny" will seal them and I'll put them into

The freezer..the quartered potatoes will go into the canning jars so I can use them  for mashed or just boiled :o)...that will be good for those lazy days or when potatoes cost too much I can snub my nose at them :o)

With so much chicken to clean up I decided to give it a taste and fry up a couple of legs for dinner ..and whatever else leftover is in the fridge , I can't do everything..The chicken had a good taste and I only like to get the fresh chickens when they are on sale..seems the bone explodes if they have been frozen and un thawed! So these will be just fine..These are only two legs with backs and that's more than enough of a meal for us.

I used the fat pulled from the chicken and being taught not to waste! I decided I'd try that little trick my mother used to do when she made liver umm?  anyway You add the fat into a pan and on a low fire the fat melts and becomes a "crackling" (good in cornbread like bacon:o) and the fat is used in that liver dish ( I can't remember just now.) anyway it will be on hand when I'm ready.

it's pathetic to  work a pot as many hours as I did this one to get some pure chicken fat and you can see I only just about got a cup, and the cracklings weren't too bad for the time..oh well/!

The potatoes came out pretty good I think!
I put some vinegar in the water to keep them from turning brown while I waited this morning to rinse them and get them jarred..Not bad if I say so myself.

The chicken gave me a little start , I heard a pop and I thought one of the jars had cracked..and I thought "nothing I can do about it now until they are finished ...well thank goodness it was nothing that I could see..maybe I was just tired..anyway, maybe I could have bought some chicken for salad, but it's not the same and I like dark meat because it's moist , less mayo. 
I think I did a good day's work, I'm tired
now and I think that's it for this old girl today..
That's not the end of my excitement...Our "Daisy" sent me the "Onion Bloomer" today..I read the instruction's real quick but I think I need a degree to work it :o) but I'm going to try it...and soon..I've seen them and they make a lovely presentation.
Thanks Daisy, are you sure you not a Rose  :o) your mighty sweet.


Daisy said...

My gosh, Ginny, you've had a busy day! Congratulations on another new member of the family arriving soon! How wonderful!

I'm glad to hear the onion blossom maker arrived. I wish I could give you advice on how to use it, but I never tried it. Maybe you'll be able to figure it out. :-)

Your chicken and potatoes look great! That will come in handy some time when you don't feel like cooking much.

You've certainly earned your rest for today. Have a nice Sunday. :-)

Daisy said...

Hey, Ginny, I just did a quick search, and I found a video that tells how to use the onion blossom maker. Maybe it will help you. Click here

ladydi said...

Good heavens, I am tired just reading about all this food prep. I have read about cracklings, but never really knew what they were before. Thanks for the info!

ladydi said...

P.S. Congratulations to you and Cecil on Cecil's new namesake. Very nice!

The Gingerbread House7 said...

Daisy, I found a few references and that guy was the best...I have no doubts now how to use it. ..I now I just need to find a nice recipe...Thanks again.

Ladydy, you must not be too tired , seems your still watching to see what I'm making next LOL :o) admit it there is some things you do learn more about.:o)

Mr. H. said...

How exciting to have another grandchild, congratulations. Dinner sounds delicious...did you save me any.:)

Ohiofarmgirl said...

my golly a new Great Grand is much more exciting than goats! Congrats!

My favorite new thing is canned 'taters... they are so easy! Especially with a slice of ham.

And I love that you were taught not to waste! I use my chicken fat for frying and I'm so glad that I know how to render it.

Annie's Granny said...

Congratulations, GREAT-grandparents!

Ginny, you're the busiest woman I know. Do you ever just sit down and put your feet up?

The Gingerbread House7 said...

Ohiosfarmgirl, at least you have your own chickens :o(
I'm just wishing for some :o(...hubby doesn't want to move, I guess I understand since were not spring chickens..but I'm willing to give it a try...he's not!

The Gingerbread House7 said...

Annie's granny, I'll sit down and rest when you do! we'll have a sody together :o

Mr H. it GREAT GRANDMOTHER :o) don't leave out nothing , just don't ask my age...and yes I put a couple of jars away for you and I saved some chicken in the freezer to fry or broil for ya! One day maybe I'll get a chicken from the yard and ring it's neck for you :o) See when I dream I dream big ;o)

Mama-Bug said...

How wonderful on the new great grandbaby Ginny! What a precious blessing from God. I bet Cecil is tickled he's being named after him!

The Gingerbread House7 said...

Mamabug, The new baby is Cecil 4th so I'm sure to give Cecil Sr a smack or two before it's too late.

Beatrice P. Boyd said...

COngrats Ginny to you and Cecil on the new great grandson and namesake. We will have a 2nd grandchild in late summer, so are way ahead os Grenville and I. We have enjoyed the "blommin' onion" at Outback, but never tried it at home.

The Gingerbread House7 said...

Beatrice, We have been here longer than you and Grenville so we should be further ahead :o)..keep living and you all will have time to catch up...:o)