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Hi All!  Just thought I’d post a quick and easy yet impressive dinner that I pulled together the other night.  It’s a lovely roast chicken that you could serve on a Sunday to company but also makes a week night meal really special.  The tomato side dish was almost too easy to consider a recipe but what the heck… It was in Ina Garten’s cookbook so it has to be good!

 

The organic, locally raised, antibiotic free chicken came to us courtesy of Bluebird Meadows Farm which just happens to be the home sweet home of Mark, Trish, Nolan, and Wesley Vermeer!  Also known as my bro and sis in law and nephews!  Trish is a fabulous lady and you can check out her blog at www.wagonwheelsandhighheels.blogspot.com   For this meal you will need:

 

One 5-6lb whole chicken
4 large cloves of garlic minced
One stick softened butter
Olive Oil (1 or 2 tbsp.)
3 tbsp. fresh minced parsley
2 tbsp. fresh minced basil
App. 30 sprigs of fresh thyme
half a lemon
2 large onions quartered
10 carrots peeled and cut into app. 2 inch pieces
Kitchen twine
Salt and pepper

Preheat your oven to 425. In a 9×13 baking dish place onions (except for 1 or 2 quarters), carrots, and half the sprigs of thyme. Drizzle with olive oil and a little salt and pepper. Set aside. In a bowl, combine the butter, garlic and herbs with small spatula until well mixed. Generously salt and pepper the inside cavity and outside of the chicken. Fill the cavity with the lemon, onion, and remaining thyme sprigs.

Tie the legs together with kitchen twine. With your fingers, gently separate the chicken skin from the meat creating pockets. Do this at the breasts and also along the back or “top” of the bird. Using your spatula, scoop out some of the butter mixture and stuff it into the pockets so it’s directly against the meat. Massage it in. Place the chicken on top of the carrots and onions. Spread the rest of the butter all over the chicken.

Roast for 1 1/2 hours or so until the chicken is golden brown and cooked through.

Serve on a platter surrounded by the roasted vegetables.

For the Tomato Salad:

5-7 Heirloom Tomatoes of different colors
7-10 Cherry or grape tomatoes
Blue cheese Crumbles
Salt and Pepper
Blue Cheese dressing
Fresh basil cut into a chiffonade (app. 12 leaves)

Cut the tomatoes into thick slices and arrange them nicely on your plate. Strew the blue cheese crumbles all over the tomatoes. Top with blue cheese dressing but not too much. Add salt and pepper to taste. Stack the basil leaves and then roll them up into a little cigar shape. Slice the cigar thinly so the basil is in little strips. Sprinkle over the top.

I also made some yellow rice to accompany the chicken and I think it was perfect. A side of buttered noodles would have been nice as well. Enjoy this meal soon!

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Love,

Meagan

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Michigan has some sweet little towns… I’ve been meaning to blog about Fenton for a while now. I’ve been saving all these pictures and I decided you need to know about them now!

So here is downtown Fenton. I love cute little store fronts and brick buildings… It makes me feel like I’m in another time. Maybe even the time I would have lived in if I could pick.

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We walked around and stopped at 2 gorgeous antique stores and vintage store with beautiful chandeliers and funky clothes. Take a look!

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Next we headed to the Heavenly Scent Herb Farm. It is SO GORGEOUS here. We met the owner and his wife who started the whole thing as a place to have their sons wedding. It morphed into acres of trees and flowers, fairy gardens, green houses, and even a beautiful store full of magical home décor, candles, and specialty jams. Here is a little bit of the splendor… I’ll never quite do it justice!

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If you ever have the chance, please visit this gem! They also have classes and events you can check out as well. Visit their website at http://www.heavenlyscentherbfarm.com

We loved our Fenton Fun Day! Can’t wait to visit again soon. Wanna go?

Love,

Meagan

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Amy’s 21st Birthday

So my little sister Amy is now 21… It’s fine. I’m just very very old now. Rather than weep bitter tears into my keyboard, I will just tell you about the day and take my mind off things.

Her birthday was Sunday so we started it off by attending Northridge Church. I didn’t take any pictures of that because we were late and it would have been weird. After church, Amy, myself, our mom and friend Kenzie headed to Ann Arbor to do brunch.

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Zola’s is an adorbs café that serves crazy good and unique cuisine and a large array of specialty teas. We ordered Russian Tea while perusing the menu.

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The Russian Tea was a traditional English Breakfast Tea but instead of cream and sugar, you stir in cherry preserves and some lemon. I still added sugar…. shh! My mom and I both ordered Turkish Eggs, Amy ordered Heideye’s Breakfast, and Kenzie got the Smoked Salmon Platter. Um. Yum!

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After brunch, we walked around town a bit. We made a stop at The Literati Bookstore. So cute. I loved the chalkboard art that defined each section. Check out the Nancy Drew collection…. My childhood was calling! Amy is an English major so she loves all them book thingys… ;)

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We also happened upon this little Antique Shop. It was super pricey but cute. I’m a sucker for any kind of vintage cat. I just can’t apologize for it.

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We also scoped out a record store where I almost bought a Ray LaMontagne album but decided I should get a record player first. Amy and Kenzie went to Urban Outfitters where I saw nothing I liked lol… but when we stopped by a cute vintage clothing store, I found a shirt for my fireman. :) Yay!

Later that night the whole family went to The Sardine Room for dinner followed by cake and gifts for the birthday gal! Happy Birthday, Amy! You are loved. xo

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“She knows just where I dream to go, remembers where I’ve been.
Accepts me just the way I am and treats me like a friend.
She’s someone who is there for me, no matter what or when.
And every time I’m with her, it’s like coming home again.” -Author Unknown

Love,

Meagan

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Our trip started with a sleepy baby bear in the backseat…. He’s sorta adorable.

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Here are his parents! It was about a 3.5 hour drive from our house. Not too bad when you have a bag of snacks and candy and the baby has a dvd player :) Ah technology… you are a life saver!

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When we arrived, we set up Gertrude (our camper) and our campsite had to get gussied up too. I’m still workin on it, but for now I just have flamingos, a rug, flower pots, and lights. I feel like it leaves a lot to be desired but it’s cute in a minimalist sort of way…

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And here are a few pictures of the inside. Excuse the mess. It happens when you’re living out of a tin can in the middle of a grassy field….

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We met up with my husband’s side of the family(Grandma Penny, Uncle James, Auntie Nette and Uncle Matt, Auntie Trish and Uncle Mark, Nolan and Wesley) which was nice because we don’t see them as much as we’d like to. Bentley had a great time playing with his cousins Nolan and Wesley. They are a lot older than him (10 and 7) but they paid attention to him and carted him around the campground and Bentley loved it.

Instead of joining the gang for hiking, we took the opportunity to explore the neighboring town of Gaylord, MI. It’s so cute and fun.

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We visited a yard sale, 2 resale shops, and a salvation army before heading to “The Bearded Dog” for lunch. It was gorgeous and the food (and the martini… whoops…. it’s vacation…) were awesome!

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This was a sweet little antique shop…

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That evening, we all reunited for a group dinner and smores around the campfire! I would say it was a glamping success. Hartwick Pines, we loved visiting you… glamp again soon! Bye!

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Love,

Meagan

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