Friday Favorites {game changer caffeine, bullet journaling, good reads, a homeschool idea, and how to make a roast chicken}

Friday Favorites {game changer caffeine, bullet journaling, good reads, a homeschool idea, and how to make a roast chicken}

It’s been a while since I did a Friday Favorites, so this one is all over the place! (Much like my brain these days. Ha!)

Nespresso + Aeroccino//Our hotel in Quebec had a Nespresso machine in every room. We loved it (and every other part of Quebec), so we asked my parents for one (the Nespresso, not Quebec) for Christmas. Ours came from Costco and included the Aeroccino machine which turns milk of any kind into something magical. There might be unicorns that live inside it. I can’t say for certain.

Bullet Journal//I have recently sent this blog from the Lazy Genius Collective to many friends who wanted to know more about how to bullet journal.

Power Sheets from Lara Casey//After seeing a friend recommend these, I did some research. I liked the idea of having ONE page each month that listed my goals. And I like that I can remove it and stick it on my fridge so I see it all day. The Power Sheets plus the Bullet Journal are helping me feel much more sane as well as bring shape to the goals that rattle around in my brain. As a stay-at-home + homeschool mom, it can be easy to get lost in the day to day tasks but not really see the big picture. The Power Sheets are lifting my head so I can see the lasting purpose of the day to day tasks.

Chasing Slow by Erin Loechner//You all know slow is an anthem for our family, especially in this season. I loved this one.

Winter Garden by Kristin Hannah//I love all of Hannah’s books, and this one was no exception. I especially loved learning about Leningrad under Stalin’s rule. Hannah captures both historical nuance and human relationships so beautifully.

Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi//Through various viewpoints and spanning generations, this book tells the story of two half-sisters and the twists their journeys take both on the Gold Coast of Africa and in the southern United States.

Morning Basket: I got this homeschool idea from the Learning Well IG community. The idea is to gather a basket of good reads that the mom reads aloud to the kiddos to start the school day. I was drawn to this idea 1. because I love reading and 2. because starting with workbooks just didn’t seem very inspiring. The routine we’ve been trying out since starting back in January is breakfast>Mom does Bible and coffee while kids play>morning basket>morning chores and get ready for the day.

Right now in our morning basket we have…

Adoption Prayer Cards//I read the verse and prayer prompt, and one of the girls prays for E. (Thank you, Linda, for sending these to us!)

Thoughts to Make Your Heart Sing by Sally Lloyd-Jones//This is a devotional book by the same author as the Jesus Storybook Bible

Then Sings My Soul by Robert J. Morgan//With my word being Altar this year, I bought this book of hymns along with the story behind each hymn. We pick one each day and read the story and sing the hymn.

Where the Sidewalk Ends by Shel Silverstein//I want at least one book of poetry in the basket each month. The girls love the silliness of Shel.

Some Writer! The Story of E.B. White by Melissa Sweet//A children’s biography of our favorite author. We just finished this one today and loved every page.

On the Banks of Plum Creek by Laura Ingalls Wilder//I wanted to be Laura when I was a kid. There are quite a few hilarious stories about this, but I reserve those for really close friends.

Three recipes I’ve made every week of January that all lean on each other. Healthy and delicious!

Easiest Roast Chicken: This recipe comes from Matt’s step-dad. It doesn’t get much easier than this, and don’t let a whole chicken scare you! Take your whole chicken and remove the little package inside it. If it scares you, just throw it away. If it doesn’t you can put what’s inside in your bone broth (see below). Wash the chicken under cold water and then pat dry with paper towels. Place the dried off chicken in a cast iron skillet (cast iron skillet is important!) breast side down. Liberally coat the exposed skin with a good layer of salt. The salt forms a crust that keeps all the juices inside. Cut a lemon or two in half and stuff in the cavity. Then put it in a 350 degree oven for 30 minutes. At the end of the 30 minutes, remove the cast iron and flip the chicken so the breast side is now up. Cover that side with salt and put back in the oven at 350 degrees for another 30 minutes. When that timer goes off, leave the chicken as it is but bump the heat to 400 degrees and cook for a final 30 minutes. (1.5 hours total cooking time.) When your last timer goes off, remove the chicken and let it rest for 20 minutes before slicing.

Homemade Bone Broth: After dinner, remove all the meat you can from your chicken and save any leftovers for Lemon Dill Soup (see below). Then, take the carcass and place it in your Crock-Pot. Throw in an onion quartered, a few carrots cut into big pieces, and some celery cut into big pieces. (No need to chop these small or anything.) Add some garlic, a tablespoon of apple cider vinegar, and fill the remaining space in the crock pot with water. Cook on low overnight, 12-16 hours. The next morning, pour the liquid through a strainer into jars or a large bowl with a lid. You will get roughly 4ish cups of yummy broth.

Lemon Dill Soup: Now, you need a way to use that bone broth. Enter this delicious, easy, and healthy Lemon Dill Soup from Shauna Niequist. It’s really just a basic chicken and rice soup with a bright touch added from the lemon and dill. I use all the leftover bits of chicken from my roast chicken.

Have a great Friday!