Summer fun!!

Here’s me having fun on the trampoline.  Love it!!

(except that I usually no longer have the time to have a proper, fifteen minute jump. 🙁

How have you been enjoying the summer?

 

Organ Meats.. Poultry.

Before I begin, I must apologize for the lack of posting on this website: I have been very… busy. Hopefully things would come back on schedule soon—time will tell. The next few weeks are going to be some of our family’s most hectic ones of all the summer…details on that later. (If possible)

From the title, you can guess that this would be about chicken livers, hearts, and what not… and you’ll be correct. We butchered our own hens more than two months ago, and I have salvaged roughly ten livers and twelve hears, not to mention bits of stomach muscle that I just had to try. (They’re not that bad, to tell you the truth!!) Disgusting, eh? Well, not that much. We have tried to masticate lamb liver before, without too much success on the enjoying part, but now that I did some research, liver is very good for us!! It has a lot of nutrients, minerals, and things like that. I’m no doctor, so I cannot give you the exact information, but here’s a linkthat I have found helpful:

http://www.livestrong.com/article/323726-nutrition-of-chicken-liver/

I found this list on the Internet as well, for those who are interested…

Nutrition Facts
For a Serving Size of 100 grams (100g)
Calories 172 Calories from Fat 57.9 (33.6%)
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 6.4g
Saturated fat 2g
Monounsaturated fat 1.4g
Polyunsaturated fat 1.3g
Trans fat 0.1g
Cholesterol 564mg
Sodium 92mg 4%
Potassium 315mg
Carbohydrates 1.1g
Net carbs 1.1g
Sugar 0g
Fiber 0g 0%
Protein 25.8g
Vitamins and minerals
Vitamin A 4296μg 478%
Vitamin A IU 14378IU
Vitamin B6 0.8mg 65%
Vitamin B12 21.1μg 881%
Vitamin C 2.7mg 5%
Vitamin E 0.8mg 6%
Vitamin K 0μg 0%
Caffeine 0mg
Calcium 10mg 1%
Iron 12.9mg 161%
Magnesium 27mg 8%
Phosphorus 442mg 45%
Zinc 4mg 27%
Copper 0.5mg 27%
Manganese 0.4mg 19%
Selenium 88.2μg 126%
Retinol 4293μg
Lycopene 25μg
Thiamine 0.3mg 20%
Riboflavin 2.3mg 137%
Niacin 13.9mg 70%
Folate 560μg 140%
Choline 326.8mg 60%
Betaine 21mg
Water 65.2g
Fatty acids
Alpha Lipoic Acid (ALA) 0g
Total Omega 3 0g
Total Omega 6 0.7g
Amino acids
Tryptophan 0.3g
Threonine 1.1g
Isoleucine 1.2g
Leucine 2.2g
Lysine 2g
Methionine 0.6g
Cystine 0.4g
Phenylalanine 1.2g
Tyrosine 1g
Valine 1.5g
Arginine 1.6g
Histidine 0.8g
Alanine 1.5g
Aspartic acid 2.4g
Glutamic acid 3.1g
Glycine 1.3g
Proline 1.1g
Serine 1.1g
Hydroxyproline 0g
* The Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet, so your values may change depending on your calorie needs.

After I cleaned the organs, they were immediately placed into the freezer, and only now did I find the time (and courage?) to open the Ziploc bag and cook them. Oh, I forgot to mention… I saved eleven chicken necks too. They’re bony and almost meatless, but what’s on them is one of my favourite part of chicken meat. The aging hens’ meat tends to be harder to chew than the meat breed of chickens, and their entire body is a lot skinnier… but I saved them any ways. I haven’t begun to taste them yet—we’ll see how that goes.

So this is what I did with my mixture of poultry organs and meat.

The hen necks

*disclaimer: the following is simply a documentation of my first try at processing, cooking, and eating liver and heart meat. I am not saying I did everything right. I totally forgot to soak the meat in water and vinegar at the beginning: I think doing so would lessen the bitter blood taste in the organ meats. I’m not sure…I forgot. JI withheld a few pictures of the process in case some of my readers have queasy stomachs that might not tolerate specific photos safely. Just a word of caution. 🙂 *

I simply boiled the ‘stuff’ in a pot with water until everything was cooked, (drains brown rather than dark pink) then the necks were separated from the organ meats. I then placed about half an onion, some salt, two cloves of garlic, and the hearts, pieces of stomach muscle, and livers into a blender, and pureed them altogether.(the combined meat was only about a cup in total.. not that much.) Afterwards, I added some dried herbs and chicken fat/oil that I previously saved.

Blended meats and herbs

It tasted better than I thought!! Although there is still that distinctive taste and texture that only livers and organ meats have… you’ll have to have had liver before in order to understand what I am talking about.:) I think I will have to soak them next time… and ‘next time’ would be lamb livers…I’ll need to find the best recepies to cook our own home-raised,grass fed, organic lamb livers!! If any of you, my readers, have eaten liver or any organ meats before, be sure to share with me in the comment section!! I’m very interested in what you think about this subject, and how you like your organ meats processed and cooked! (Or baked, or steamed, or broiled, or… raw?!!)

The final product

God bless you all!!

 

P.S. This is an experiment at the most… messing around with ideas from non-gaps friendly cookbooks and what produce our family had on hand. Hope you enjoyed the post and the pictures!!

Canada

Canada’ 150’s birthday

I know that I’m a little late at posting on Canada’s one hundred and fiftieth birthday, but since that is all over the internet , I wanted to do something different.

I WANT YOU TO PRAY FOR CANADA RIGHT NOW.  KNEEL IN FRONT OF YOUR CHAIR, AND HUMBLE YOURSELF BEFORE GOD, CRYING OUT TO HIM AND BESEECHING HIM TO HAVE MERCY ON OUR WAYWARD COUNTRY.

Canada needs your prayers. The True North has strayed away from the one and only true God, and sliding further and further away from Him every single day.

Here’s a link that lets you get a glimpse of how far we have strayed from God in the past 150 years.

Please join me in prayer for our country.. before it turns into a replay of Sodom and Gomorrah.

Please. Canada is needy, destitute of righteousness and holiness. Pray, and pray hard.

Here I would like to close with the full version of ‘O Canada’.

O Canada

 

O Canada! Our home and native land!
True patriot love in all thy sons command.
With glowing hearts we see thee rise,
The True North strong and free!
From far and wide, O Canada,
We stand on guard for thee.
Refrain

Refrain
God keep our land glorious and free!

O Canada! We stand on guard for thee.
O Canada! We stand on guard for thee.

 

O Canada! Where pines and maples grow.
Great prairies spread and lordly rivers flow.
How dear to us thy broad domain,
From East to Western Sea,
Thou land of hope for all who toil!
Thou True North, strong and free!

Refrain

O Canada! Beneath thy shining skies
May stalwart sons and gentle maidens rise,
To keep thee steadfast through the years
From East to Western Sea,
Our own beloved native land!
Our True North, strong and free!

Refrain

Ruler supreme, who hearest humble prayer,
Hold our dominion within thy loving care;
Help us to find, O God, in thee
A lasting, rich reward,
As waiting for the Better Day,
We ever stand on guard.

Refrain

Author No. 3… John J. Horn!!

Our third and youngest (so far, at least:) ) author is,

                                                   John J. Horn!!

The youngest of three children, John J. Horn grew up in New Jersey and Texas and now lives in North Texas, where he is an executive at an advertising agency. His childhood years were filled with great books by authors, most of them dead, who inspired him to pull out his keyboard and add to the millions of books published since Gutenberg introduced his press. He enjoys visiting new countries and so far has explored Italy, France, England, Scotland, Wales, and Australia.

Here are his books.  I’ve only read two of them, and can’t wait to read the third!! they are a must-read series, especially for boys(and men)!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

And here is the interview…

Tell us about yourself in one sentence. 

I’m a Christian author who works in advertising by day and spins story-webs at night.

How and when did you start to write? What (or who) influenced you to go down this road? 

I began writing as a child, and I’ve always been fascinated by the written word. Voracious reading led naturally to me wanting to create my own stories. I wrote my first book, “The Boy Colonel,” when I was 15, and that and my next book were both published when I was 16. The impetus to actually attempt book-length projects probably came by watching the example of an older friend, who would share with me bits of the mystery series he was writing.

What held you on the track (of being a writer) through all the obstacles and trials toward being a published writer/author—before and after you first got published?

I was blessed in that I had connections with the publisher who first published my books, so while I still had to write good material, I didn’t go through the same challenges in finding a publisher that many aspiring authors face. I’m excited to share my stories with the world, because I think they’re fun and a unique combination of 19th-century adventure stories combined with modern pacing and structure, and that excitement helps keep me going. Granted, there are many times when I don’t feel like writing, and the best way to combat that is to create and stick with a routine.

What is most important to you when writing a book?

The most important thing to me in writing is glorifying God. To do that, I need to write the best possible book I can, with the wittiest dialog, most exciting action, grandest adventure, etc.

How did the novel “Brothers at arms” came to be in existence? What inspired it?

The characters came first. I loved the idea of contrasting two very dissimilar brothers and throwing them into constant conflict. The plot grew out of that, and I chose the 1830s because I had already written about that time period in my previous book.

What advice do you have for budding authors—like myself—out there? Any sagely words of wisdom?

I’m no sage, so I have no sagely words of wisdom. 🙂 I have two pieces of advice. 1. Think of writing as a craft, and study it. Read books about writing (dozens of books), attend writing classes, look for mentors and people with constructive criticism. 2. As Nike would say, just do it. Establish a routine where you write five or six days a week, and set a goal, whether that’s hours or word count (I use word count when I’m working towards a deadline), and don’t give yourself excuses for not writing.

Do you have any favorite quotes about writing?

“I count myself one of the number of those who write as they learn and learn as they write.” ~ Augustine

Thanks so much for coming on with me, John!!

And if any of you would like to visit his website, it’s over here.

I hope y’all enjoyed this.

God bless!!!