Chicken Stew, Feathers and Marketing

Here’s your daily dose of Ornithology from my side yard…


“Come ON!” (says my Cousin Ron) aren’t they the cutest??



they can make an awful mess, eat a LOT, but they sure do entertain me!  The house finches (red ones) are really coming into their Spring colour and the Doves.. well, they are hilarious bullies, and seem to have personality issues.  This one seems to think he’s a gold finch.  Um.. dude?


I went for a walk early this morning, and came across a decorated window on a side street home..  img_8578

I came home and promptly looked up Psalm 91… here it is in it’s entirety:
(how cool that it talks about feathers & wings?)

Psalm 91 – NIV

Whoever dwells in the shelter of the Most High
will rest in the shadow of the Almighty.[a]
I will say of the Lord, “He is my refuge and my fortress,
my God, in whom I trust.”

Surely he will save you
from the fowler’s snare
and from the deadly pestilence.
He will cover you with his feathers,
and under his wings you will find refuge;
his faithfulness will be your shield and rampart.
You will not fear the terror of night,
nor the arrow that flies by day,
nor the pestilence that stalks in the darkness,
nor the plague that destroys at midday.
A thousand may fall at your side,
ten thousand at your right hand,
but it will not come near you.
You will only observe with your eyes
and see the punishment of the wicked.

If you say, “The Lord is my refuge,”
and you make the Most High your dwelling,
10 no harm will overtake you,
no disaster will come near your tent.
11 For he will command his angels concerning you
to guard you in all your ways;
12 they will lift you up in their hands,
so that you will not strike your foot against a stone.
13 You will tread on the lion and the cobra;
you will trample the great lion and the serpent.

14 “Because he[b] loves me,” says the Lord, “I will rescue him;
I will protect him, for he acknowledges my name.
15 He will call on me, and I will answer him;
I will be with him in trouble,
I will deliver him and honor him.
16 With long life I will satisfy him
and show him my salvation.”

What a great reminder in these crazy times.

 Thanks Neighbours!!!

A few of my sisters and I had coffee via ZOOM with my mom this morning.  It worked out great, and we’re going to try again tonite with our other sister who lives out in Vancouver, working in Healthcare – she’s one of our dedicated and exhausted front line workers.  I am SOO glad for the technology we have that allows family to connect during these times!!

I haven’t actually been cooking much more since I’ve been home, since every recipe I have is good for at least 3 meals.. i’m still only cooking about 3 times a week.  Today I decided to make a chicken stew recipe from Kraft’s What’s Cookin’ magazine.  This was a recipe I cut out years ago and saved in my book.

In crockpot on LOW for 6-8  or HIGH for 3-4 hours. 

(i’m doing “High for 4″, my chicken was not fully thawed when I started)

Cut up 1.5 lbs boneless, skinless chicken thighs in 1” pieces
coat with 1/4 c flour
baby carrots (I cut in half)
mushroom slices (i didn’t have, used celery instead)
1 small onion chopped (used about 1/2 a large red onion)
cubed potatoes (not in the recipe, again, I added)
reduced sodium chicken broth. (they call for one can of condensed.. i had about 1/3 of a tetra pack in the freezer that I pulled out and thawed)
I also added S& P to the potatoes.

In last 30 min, add one container of herb & garlic cream cheese (recipe calls for 1/2 cup, but I didn’t measure any of the meat or veg, and know it was close to doubled), thawed & drained frozen peas (i have green beans in the house, no peas)

Also, Sorry Kraft.. i didn’t use any of your products..

Here’s the original recipe if you’re a purist..


For 2 days we’ve had the most glorious weather here in Southern Ontario… yesterday hit 18 in the shade, and I was in the full sun on the protected South side of the house.  I read, wrote a tonne of cards & letters for the mail, and just soaked up the sun. Please ignore my sock lines.. and YES MOMs (that includes my 4 older sister-moms), I’m wearing sunscreen! 


 Today I spent a little bit of time playing with photos to help my sister do some marketing for her store:   Avant Garde Emporium(caveat, i’m learning as I go, and have very little photo editing software, but just having a wee bit of fun, and hopefully being helpful)

Geri’s had to close her store due to Covid-19, but doing some “contactless curbside” shopping.  ie.. you can buy over the phone or by email, and she’ll have ready outside for pick up on a cart outside her store.  Here’s a sneak peak of some of her Easter specials.. fun things to buy for little ones for Easter..



How cute is that Llama piggy bank!   I want one for myself!!

Well faithful readers, the weekend is upon us.. I’m looking forward to a quiet one at home with Guillermo who has been working tirelessly at work, and at home on his computer doing church business.  Have a good safe weekend.. and ‘dwell in the shelter of the Most High’



Published by billandamyskitchen

Bill (Guillermo 'cause he likes pretending he knows Spanish) and I (Amy) have been married since Sept 2005. We live in Southern Ontario, Canada - Niagara Peninsula in fact, smack dab between 2 of the Great Lakes. We love God, our family, our church family, and making each other laugh. (ergo the profile pic, he decided to make our photographer laugh by throwing a leg up on me just before the shutter clicked, which made ME laugh) When we married, I told Bill: "I don't know how to cook" but he had faith in me. So 15 years later, I'm still learning, and having fun. I've never (in my whole life) cooked a whole bird, chicken, turkey or otherwise. I've never roasted a beef, other than in a crockpot on low for 8 hrs. I like trying to find healthy & easy recipes and then I rarely follow them. I don't enjoy recipes that take hours or intricate steps. I have a special fondness for the Podleski sisters, writers/creators of the Looney Spoons, Crazy Plates and Yum/Yummer cookbooks. In 2018 we suddenly decided to rip our small house apart from stem to stern, moving out for 4.5 months while the house was demolished inside and out, and then rebuilt with an addition. If you go back in the archives to July-Dec 2018 you can follow that story. It's made our house open and so much more conducive to entertaining, small groups and large. It's given us the kitchen I've dreamed of to create and learn in. We feel incredibly blessed to be able to write about our journey, our faith in God and some fun recipes along the way. Thanks for joining us.

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1 Comment

  1. Love the birds and the cute bare feet 😊. Thanks for the beautiful scripture reminder of the safe place in the shelter of God’s wings. Blessings and love, Nan&Pop

    Sent from my iPad


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