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A Wanna-Be Farmer but Never a Butcher

By HomeRearedChef, published on Aug 14, 2014

We’d raised our beloved chickens from the time they were bright yellow little fuzzy-balls, and we kept them well fed and wholly healthy. And when the time was right we even enjoyed gathering and eating their freshly laid eggs. Rich delectableness! We also planned to enjoy cooking a variety of chicken recipes: fried chicken, chicken and dumplings, chicken on the rotisserie, flesh smothered in butter and sage. Why, the recipes we came up with were mouthwatering and endless. Alas, we quickly found out that we just couldn’t eat our beloved chickens to save our lives!

Could you kill and eat... (more)

Tags: keeping chickens, backyard chickens, raising chickens

Rearranging Furniture; OC or A Happy Cure for the Blues?

By HomeRearedChef, published on Aug 13, 2014

Are you feeling blue? Perhaps you have nothing fun and exciting to do! It is time, then, to take a break from all the cooking and cleaning and gardening and even from reading books. Why not give your tired brain and listless spirit a perky facelift by rearranging your home’s furniture. Even just reshuffling one or two rooms should do the trick. Guarantee you’ll get a little exercise in the process too. Rearranging rooms has been known to cure the blues, because it actually contributes to your mental health and well-being.

But you have to try it, even once, to believe it.

To begin;... (more)

Tags: rearranging furniture, facelifting rooms, motivational therapy

Living the Passion: Danny of Counting Cars

By HomeRearedChef, published on Aug 7, 2014

Danny Koker, known as “The Count”, from the television show, Counting Cars, has a passion and obsession for restoring and customizing cars: classic automobiles to vintage cars—motorcycles included. He and his crew have the talent, patience and love required to restore and modify them. They can transform out-of-date vehicles, often in desperate need of a facelift—because beauty is, after all, simply, in the eye-of-the-beholder. And one thing is for certain, together they have what it takes to get the job done, but always to “The Count’s” immaculate specifications.

Counting Cars is a reality... (more)

Tags: counting cars, danny

Roasted Yam & Spam Salad with Maple Vinaigrette

By HomeRearedChef, published on Aug 6, 2014

Spam and yam, roasted, served over a bed of fresh greens, and drizzled with homemade maple vinaigrette. An odd combination, you may undoubtedly notice. And, well, yes, it is, but very delicious, if you like Spam that is. This salad is very distinctly salt and sweet, but the combination really works wonderfully together.

Recipe makes enough for 2 dinner servings

STEPS 1 (maple vinaigrette):

1/4 cup apple cider vinegar

1/4 cup good quality maple syrup

2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar

1 tablespoon honey mustard

Pinch of salt

Pepper to taste

... (more)

Tags: salad recipe, roasted spam, roasted yams

Dear Brew Dogs, I Am No Longer a

By HomeRearedChef, published on Aug 1, 2014

Well, I’ve done it, and there is no going back to undo what I’ve done. I might as well wear the scarlet letter “A” because I am guilty as charged. I’ve had my first taste of craft beer—well, many, in fact!—therefore, according to James Watt and Martin Dickie of the television show Brew Dogs, I am no longer a “craft beer virgin.” And I am not ashamed to admit this. I am, now and forever, exposed.

From my innocent beginning—of indulgence that left me saturated and sated—I was brought to my knees, dizzy with delight, hooked without a chance for recovery.

Though I have loved my fine... (more)

Tags: brew dogs, home brewing, craft beer virgins

Would You Give Up Your Last Morsel Or Last Swig Of Drink?

By HomeRearedChef, published on Jul 30, 2014

Would you give up your last morsel, that last delicious bite of food or very last drop of drink if someone asked it of you? So many people wouldn’t. But I would. And I have! Ask anyone that knows me, and they will tell you that without a moment’s hesitation I’d give up my last swig, saved just for down-the-hatch with that last delicious bite. And I’ll even give it to you with a smile. But that doesn’t mean I won’t yearn and mourn and drool for it. I do. I have. But I’d do it again and again!

Let’s face it, quite often we are taking our sweet time eating, chewing slow and cherishing every... (more)

Tags: sharing food, last bites, feeding others

Empty Nester Living Large in Small Accommodations

By HomeRearedChef, published on Jul 29, 2014

Living in “small” spaces is the new challenge today. “Tiny” living is life in an itty-bitty, little house, and they can range from 117 square feet to no more than 500 square feet. Now that’sseriously small living! Although some “small” houses might go as big as 874 square feet, and that is pure luxury living.

Downsizing to a small space is trending today in a big way. In view of the present economy, the high mortgage payments—and then, of course, there is the expense of a home’s maintenance to consider—are making it difficult for even a small family of three, with both partners working,... (more)

Tags: tiny living, living small, tiny house nation

From Empty Nest to Love Nest

By HomeRearedChef, published on Jul 26, 2014

So what are my husband and I to do now? Now that our once-full and busy “nest” is found empty and we are therefore suddenly free of all family responsibilities? “Children responsibility”; of worrying and providing for, that is! What should now fill the many empty hours and [long] days ahead that were once in-every-respect spoken for—cooking and cleaning for...chauffeuring for...cultivating good manners, and how-to make life choices that will meet their individual needs for their long-term happiness?

We took our vows seriously, “Through sickness and in health!” Children included.

... (more)

Tags: empty nester, love nest, couples maturing

Empty Nester Down-Sizing Thirty-Two Years of Memories

By HomeRearedChef, published on Jul 23, 2014

Now that my three children have grown and flown the coop—sadly, they no longer fill the hours of my immediate world—I need to accept my new life without them and, even if reluctantly, move forward. As my children will undoubtedly be setting new roots elsewhere and begin collecting memories of their own, I realize that my husband and I need to make some important changes within our home, too.

Though I have always enjoyed living in a big house with lots of spacious rooms, realistically, with them gone, we no longer need a large living space, nor do we need to keep every little thing we’ve... (more)

Tags: empty nester, down sizing, couples purging

Face-to-Face with My Empty Nest Life

By HomeRearedChef, published on Jul 18, 2014

I am at last face-to-face with my empty nest life, even if I am still in denial. Today, my first day with an empty house, I want to remain tucked within my sheets, indulging in a flood of salty tears that have already soaked through and stained my pillow. I have no desire to open my eyes and indulge them to a surrounding wall of obvious sunshine and warmth outside.

My heart is breaking! And this is only my first day.

I don’t want to answer the phone or see people at my door, anyone that would have something to smile about and then expect I, too, should smile and thus chat with... (more)

Tags: life changes, empty nest, maturing women

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