This morning we had our bedroom carpet cleaned. Sassy, our 7 year old lab, has recently been diagnosed with whip worms and the medicine made her violently sick. Of course we were the 1 out of 240 of dogs who vomited and she was very sick with this treatment for the three days she was on the Panacur C. Sigh.
And of course she vomited on our cream-colored bedroom carpet. Sigh. Double Sigh. This meant extra work to empty out the room of furniture and the closet, putting down blankets to protect the runners and linoleum flooring at the doors and then the after-drying out with various fans and our dehumidifier.
We use the Carpet One cleaning service that uses an all organic, plant-based product, combined with peroxide oxygen and water. Dogs!!
Then I set an appointment for tomorrow for a roofing contractor for a commercial-grade welded, membrane roof for our leaking three season’s porch roof. We thought we had the problem solved and a roofer was set to come and start the work. Then we found out that standard shingles just won’t work on a metal roof with this 1/12 pitch. So we had to start the whole evaluation, estimate and Q & A process again…..Some months it seems that all I do is deal with home maintenance issues. Calgon take me away!
Buckets catching leaks inside the porch….not a happy camper.
This is a long story of a way too long leaking roof (8 years) that I don’t even want to go there or I’ll be angry all over again. Anyway, we are getting quotes and will go from there. You need special equipment and special training to put on this kind of roof. More research to come.
Then we headed outdoor to cut back the butterfly bushes, Japanese iris and some of the ornamental grasses. We typically cut back some of them in the fall but leave the ornamental grasses uncut around the hot tub for a bit of privacy. Everything went into our compost bins of course for transforming into a nice black soil.
The Japanese Iris in the summer sun.
In between the rug cleaning and outdoor work, I cooked us a real nice lunch. I find that if I am asking Gene to do some heavy lifting I had better feel him real well that day or he gets a bit cranky! Only fair, right?
So I made organic Amish chicken thighs with garlicy mushrooms and onion in our cast iron double boiler. S+ I also prepared sides of a wild rice/brown rice dish with fresh steamed, green beans. We bought our double boiler a few years back to use for camping over an open fire but I have been using it in the kitchen ever since. I really love cooking with it!
Garlicy Chicken Thighs with Mushrooms and Onions
Coconut oil (or olive oil)
Boneless chicken thighs
½ pound of organic Portobello mushroom buttons
1 medium onion
4 medium organic carrots
2 sticks of organic celery
Organic chicken broth to use as base for gravy.
Whole wheat flour for light gravy
Garlic to taste
Ground black pepper to taste
Parsley to taste
Fennel seeds to taste
Fresh grated parmesan cheese
Heat your oil in your cast iron skillet over medium high heat. When the oil is hot sear your chicken on both sides until it is a nice brown color. Heat oven to 375. Add sliced mushrooms, onions, carrots and celery. Add garlic, peppers. Just toss them in around the chicken thighs. Cook about 20 minutes or until your chicken is cooked through.
Added grated parmesan
Bake for about 30 minutes more and serve with your sides of choice. Delich!
Small House Homesteaders, chief cook and bottle washer Donna