From the monthly archives:

September 2011

Beer Butt Chicken

by Julie Kohl on September 28, 2011

I love meats that are grilled, roasted, basted or in anyway cooked with beer. I love the flavor it imparts to the meat so when I came across Blue Moon’s Harvest Pumpkin Spice this weekend I knew I needed to cook something with it.  A nice “Beer Butt Chicken” sounded yummy.  Yes, the name isn’t very appealing but the taste is great and the meat is so juicy and flavorful.

To make a “Beer Butt Chicken” you will need:
1 Roasting Chicken
1 Can (I used a soda can cause my beer comes in bottles.)
A Roasting Pan
Spice Rub (Recipe Below)
An Apple or Orange wedge

Spice Rub
(You can use for favorite spice rub for chicken. I made this one to match some of the flavors of the beer. )

2 tsp. garlic powder
2 tsp. seasoned salt
2 tsp. Pepper
2 tsp. paprkia
2 tsp. brown sugar
1 tsp. cloves
1 tsp. allspice

Mix ingredients together. Rub inside the cavity of the chicken and all over the skin of the chicken.  Allow the chicken to sit at room temperature for about 30 minutes.

Beer Butt Chicken

Remove all but the bottom rack and preheat the oven to 350.  Punch 5 or 6 holes around the top of your can.  Fill the can with 6 ounces of beer.  Save the rest of the beer to use in my Hunter’s Carrots recipe.  Line a baking dish with foil and place the can in the center of the dish.  Carefully lower your chicken onto the can. It should fit easily into the cavity of the chicken.  Adjust the legs to balance the chicken.  Place an apple or orange wedge into the neck cavity of the chicken to prevent the steam from escaping.  Roast in the oven for about two hours or until the juices run clear.

When you remove the chicken from the oven, carefully remove the can and discard the beer and the can.  Carve and serve with Hunter’s Carrots! Enjoy!


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Help Delete Hunger in Arkansas

by Julie Kohl on September 18, 2011

Can you imagine being a 10 year old, active child and knowing that when you leave the school cafeteria after you eat lunch at 11:00am that you will likely not get any more food until you get to school the next day?  Unfortunatly, this is the sad reality for many kids here in Arkansas and all over the country.  Approximately 1 in 4 children in Arkansas do not get enough food to eat each day.

I am teaming up with bloggers all over the state of Arkansas in the Delete Hunger Food Drive to help raise money and awareness about hunger in the state of Arkansas.  This special pledge drive runs now through October 15, 2011.  Your donation, even a dollar or two, can make a significant difference in the lives of hungry children all over the state.  The money goes to the Arkansas Rice Depot to directly help hungry families.

The Arkansas Rice Depot began in 1982 when a group of concerned Arkansans realized how many families in our state were going hungy.  They worked to find a food source for these families and found rice, one of the most prolific crops in Arkansas.  They paid for the rice out of their own pocket and gave it to anyone in need.  Today the Arkansas Rice Depot gives out over 8 million pounds of food (not just rice anymore) to hungry families all over the state.  It is believed that the Arkansas Rice Depot feeds approximately 14% of the states population.  You can learn more about the Arkansas Rice Depot by clicking here or reading this article.

Please take a moment to think about how fortunate you are and consider donating to the Arkansas Rice Depot today by clicking the picture below.


Finding Health Answers in Food – A Guest Post

September 18, 2011

Finding Health Answers in Food by Christie Ison, Fancy Pants Foodie When I was a kid, I was perpetually sick and fragile. No, I didn’t have any serious, life-threatening illnesses, but nary a month went by that I didn’t have a fever, sore throat or cold of some sort. I bruised easily and was always […]

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Wordless Wednesday

September 14, 2011
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In Memory…

September 11, 2011

In some ways September 11, 2001 seems so long ago and in other ways it seems hard to believe that 10 years has passed. I look at the changes that have occured in my own life and realize that so much is different than it was back then. Newly married, still in college, I was […]

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Contour Drawing – Drawing 101 – Part 3

September 10, 2011

Welcome to Part 3 of my drawing series – “Contour Drawing”.  A few weeks ago we practiced blind contour drawing which can be scary but is fun because it is all about the process of drawing and nothing to do with the outcome on the paper.  Today as we move into Contour Drawing we start […]

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Baker Seeds and Pioneer Village

September 8, 2011

Baker Creek Heirloom Seed company is based in Mansfield, Missouri and carries over 1,400 varieties of heirloom vegetable, herb and flower seeds, the largest selection in the United States.  I have purchased all of my garden seed from Baker Creek for the last two years. Why is buying heirloom seed important? History and Tradition – […]

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Wordless Wednesday

September 7, 2011
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Finding Laura and Churning Butter

September 5, 2011

I recently read The Wilder Life: My adventures in the Lost World of Little House on the Prairie by Wendy McClure who is on a search for her minds version of “Laura World.”  The funny thing is, I never realized that I have been on my own hunt for some version of “Laura World” for years. Having […]

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Everything Happens for a Reason – A Guest Post

September 4, 2011

Everything Happens for a Reason – By Carrie Hirmer On December 8, 2000, my husband and I welcomed our daughter into the world via emergency c-section. Not exactly how I’d envisioned my first moments with my newborn baby girl -me all strapped down to a table, unable to hold that bundle of sweetness who came […]

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