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Chicken Broth

Chicken Bone Broth – Part Two

In Part One, I told you about the benefits to making your own chicken broth. Here’s a recap:

  • economical
  • healthy
  • healing properties

You’ve roasted the chickens and all (or most, it’s OK to leave some) the meat is off the bones. Now you are ready to make broth! Remember, this is just how I make broth. You don’t have to roast your chicken first. It’s important to remember that there is a difference in health benefits from chicken broth and chicken BONE broth. You want the nutrients and minerals that come from the bones. The broth you buy in the stores not only does NOT have this, they add all kinds of sodium, MSG, and preservatives. Due to my food allergies, I can’t risk buying it from the store. Once you get the hang of how easy this is… you won’t go back! Did you realize not all chicken broth is gluten free? This is!

Chicken Broth

Drop the bones back into the pot you cooked the chickens. There should be a gelatinous substance left in the pot. You can also put everything into a crock pot. Remember the innards you kept? (First step in Roasting Chickens.) Throw those in too. Fill the pot with water, add a Tablespoon or two of Apple Cider Vinegar (any acid will work – it draws the nutrients out of the bones) and cook on medium just until it starts to bubble. Turn it to low and simmer for 12 to 24 hours. For the last few hours add some veggies (completely optional). Some people have veggies in the whole time, but I’ve heard that onions can turn bitter after 8 hours.  Strain the broth and store in the fridge.  After it has cooled in the fridge, the fat rises to the top and hardens. I throw that part away. The broth can last in the fridge for up to ten days.

This is where I’m supposed to have a picture of the broth all done and strained – liquid gold… but we ate it all before I could take a picture.

Here’s a little secret most don’t realize – you can use the same bones to make more broth! Put all the bones BACK into the pot, cover with water and do the whole process again! However, I find that each batch will be a bit more watery, so I just do it twice, if that long. By this time, I’m ready to move on… but some people keep continual batches of stock brewing. I only use the second and third brewings for boiling rice or quinoa. I’ll immediately freeze this broth and label the bag accordingly.

What do you use the broth for? Anytime a recipe calls for it. But that’s just the start. I use broth  in place of water when cooking rice, quiona, or potatoes (as I just mentioned, this is usually the second-batch broth). For a quick lunch, I heat some broth and throw in some veggies, rice, or roasted chicken. It’s a great way to use up leftovers! Some people just drink it plain. I’m not there yet. I have to add something into my broth. What isn’t used after a few days, I store in freezer bags in two cup increments. Anytime I need some, I just thaw a bag enough to open it then heat the block of frozen broth on the stove until it’s liquid again. I haven’t had to buy broth at the store since I made my first stockpile. I probably have ten bags frozen now, with two birds ready to cook tomorrow.

One New Thing – Try Again

This week I’m going to try again. I’ve tried before. And failed. Tried again. And failed. Yeah, keep going… try – fail. try – fail. It’s time to try again.

Have you guessed it yet?

Exercise.

This week I’m going to try it a little differently. Last week I met Mark and Cathy Cornelison. You might remember Mark from Biggest Looser Season 13. He spoke at a women’s conference I attended last week. When I stopped by their table to chat, Cathy gave me a very simple, yet profound tip. The area we live in is covered with gorgeous trails. (She gave a specific number, but I didn’t take notes.) Just go for a walk.

Get Up, Get Out, Get Going! (Which was the theme of the conference!)

I think I can do that. Spend some time outside enjoying the beauty around me with the kids on a trail. Wow. That’s doable. That’s my One New Thing this week. What’s yours?

The Skinny on One New Thing

file000237525306The world has an obsession with SKINNY. It’s a love/hate/deny/embrace kind of obsession. People desire skinny and will destroy their bodies to get there. People look at skinny with a jealousy and hate. People close their eyes to skinny or see it everywhere. Yet what is skinny? Everyone’s perception of skinny is different, as well as beliefs about if it’s a good thing or not.

Am I skinny?

I’ve lost a lot of weight. According to my BMI, I went from overweight to normal. Remember the belt I tightened another 8 notches? I lost six inches!

But I don’t always feel skinny. When I go shopping, I still look at clothes that will hide what used to be there. When I look in the mirror, I smile at the changes. But on bad days, I just see what else needs to change – the flab that remains. One thing is for sure – Instead of getting on the scale to beat myself up, I get on to tell myself what a great job I’ve done.  Yet I still wonder if I’m skinny. The world has such a mixed up view on beauty and skinny that I don’t know what skinny is supposed to look like. So I’m going to stop looking for it. I’m going to stop asking that question.

One New Thing is NOT to promote skinny. As women, it’s easy to get caught up in the world’s mindset of that undefined word.

One New Thing is about striving for healthy living.

And if the pounds drop off (only to reach healthy) then it’s a good thing.

While I’m not looking for skinny, I am looking for healthy.

Am I healthy? It’s what I’m striving for!

And that’s what One New Thing is all about.

One New Thing – Top Five

When I started One New Thing back in October, I had no idea where it was going or what I would write about. I just did it. This week I’m taking a look at what the bloggy world thought was the most interesting. So here it is, the Top Five One New Thing posts.

5. Family Style

4. The Beginning

3. Paleo Plan

2. The One I FAILED

1. Kombucha!

Yes, the most viewed post was Kombucha! I’ll definitely be posting more about that topic! Be on the lookout for a post this week on the results of all my hard work!

What is YOUR favorite One New Thing? Did it make the list?

One New Thing – Endure the Race

The Houston Marathon was yesterday. It was cold, rainy day. When I woke up, I didn’t want to leave the house. I don’t think any of the runners woke up and thought, It’s cold and rainy, I think I’ll stay home today. After months of hard work and preparation, a little bit of rain wasn’t enough to keep the runners from their long anticipated race.

As the New Year is still new and fresh starts are each morning, be encouraged to run the race before you.

My race is my health.

What is yours?

I’ll admit, this message is for me too. It’s been a discouraging week. I’ll share more about that in a detailed post later this week. There was one bright spot. I put on a belt I haven’t worn in a few months. When I started to tighten it, I couldn’t believe how much tighter I could fasten it! The leather is crinkled, cracked, and worn – it does not lie about where it used to fit. I counted 8 notches tighter! Next week I’ll tell you how many inches that equals and how One New Thing has spurred me on towards my goal! Until then, I leave you with this verse:

Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles, and let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us. Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy set before him endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. Consider him who endured such opposition from sinful men, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart. Hebrews 12: 1-3

One New Thing – Holiday Exhaustion

As I type this I’m falling asleep. I’m exhausted. I know I’m not alone! We’re pulled in so many directions during this season: parties, shopping, decorating, family gatherings, outings with friends, church programs, school programs, baking, and more shopping. How do we maintain such a heavy pace without wearing ourselves out?

Keep it simple.

Know when to say no.

Get enough sleep, food, and water.

Most of all, remember the what this holiday is for – Jesus. Are you too busy celebrating His day that you forget about Him?

One New Thing – One Bite Not One Serving

Traveling for the holidays can be daunting for dieters or those with food allergies. If you think about it, the Holidays are daunting. Food is everywhere. Yesterday, while out-of-town at my sister’s, the downtown shopping district of their small town kicked off Christmas with an open house in the stores and business that lined the downtown shopping area. Really… it was a street. Make that two blocks – of shops. (I said small town, didn’t I?) Well, every store we went into participated in this Christmas kick off with food. Cookies, dips, hot tea and cider, even a mimosa (I may be travelling, but I’m still in the South) tempted me everywhere I looked. So I had a cookie. Along with it came a headache. And I’m still paying for the sip (OK… two sips) of a mixed drink laced with ice cream. *sigh*

This is my first holiday season that I know about my long and strange list of food allergies. Most of my food allergies are low-level and I can tolerate a bite here and there. ***I am NOT advocating going against doctor’s orders! My doctor gave me permission last week to – on occasion – try a food I haven’t had in a while, if I think I can tolerate it.***

In previous years, when people slept off the Thanksgiving Turkey, I slept off allergic reactions. This year I want it to be different. This year my One New Thing is one bite, not one serving and to stay away from the foods I react to – and I’ve even talking calories here – my hips sure react to those! Now, there are somethings that are oh-so-hard to pass up during this time of year. My sister-in-law has some cookies that just proclaim Thanksgiving is HERE! And what is Thanksgiving without sweet potato casserole?  On a few of my all time favorites, I’ll just have one bite – not one serving. There are some things I will have to say goodbye to forever and those items will not even get one bite. See you later, cornbread dressing and (sniff, sniff) egg nog. I will not let you ruin my holiday no matter how tantalizing you are!

For those of you just visiting my page today – thanks for stopping! This post is in a series I do called One New Thing. Check a few of them out and be sure to come back regularly to see what my One New Thing is next!

For those of you with food allergies, this is my first major travelling trip and it’s getting harder and harder to find safe foods the farther I travel from home. I would really appreciate your tips for travelling during the Holidays! When we went shopping, if I had known there would be food at every turn, a bag of snacks sure would’ve helped! So when am I going to learn to keep a bag on hand anyway? Well, I think I just learned that lesson!

For those of my regular readers, I may or may not post again this week. I have no idea if I will have access to internet or not. Enjoy this holiday season and know that I am truly thankful for each of you. Every time I receive a click on a page it feels like a “howdy-do” from a friend and comments are like hugs. I write because I love to, and I put it out there on this blog because I want to help people connect. For whatever reason, a few of you keep coming back week after week. I am so very thankful for you.

Have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

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