Thursday, September 18, 2014

Almost Paleo Big Skillet Chicken

I have to call this "almost" Paleo because it does have two small variations, but I was basically experimenting in a hurry with this one and I think the end result pretty much justified the variations in this.

I've said it before, one of the things I love about eating Paleo and natural, is that you just look at what you have and figure something out.

I have to confess, I ran across something called "Big Skillet Chicken" that someone had eaten in Branson and I worked off that, modifying as much as possible.

Almost Paleo Big Skillet Chicken

Ingredients(most amounts are approximate)

2 cups precooked diced chicken*
2 medium sweet potatoes, diced
1 small onion, chopped
1 small bell pepper, chopped(mine was orange)
2 cups okra, coated with home ground corn meal and fried
2 cups/1 can corn, whole kernel or rinse the cream off a can of cream style
salt and other preferred seasonings
Oil for frying(I use extra light olive oil)

*I used some white meat chicken that I had previously cooked and frozen. You could use boneless, skinless, chicken breast or turkey breast filet meat in this and I think it would be even better. 

You'll need two iron skillets for this, one needs to be pretty big(it is called "Big Skillet Chicken.")

If you just don't want to use corn meal of any kind, then you might try frying your okra in a mixture of almond flour and coconut flour, however....there aren't many things in life that taste better than fresh okra, coated in nothing more than corn meal and fried. This dish just needed that old fashioned goodness in it, and my corn meal was some local grown and ground that my aunt had given me. Again, I think the end completely justified the variation. My biggest problem was not eating the okra before it went into the big skillet.

For the okra, rinse in a colander, salt and coat with corn meal.. In your smaller skillet, fry the okra, then set aside(and try not to eat it all.)

If you don't have precooked chicken, you'll need to saute your diced chicken or turkey breast in the big skillet and set it aside. In retrospect, I really think you'll get more flavor doing this instead of using the chicken you've cooked in the crock pot or pot and then frozen.

Put a small amount of oil in your big skillet and add your potatoes, onions and bell peppers. Cook on high with a minimum of stirring. You want them to have a bit of crispness and not be smushy.

When the vegetables are tender, but hopefully still a bit crisp, then you'll add your corn. I only had a can of cream style, so I rinsed the cream off of it in a colander. Fresh corn would be best in this, but you would need to add it with the other vegetables. This was canned and already cooked, so I just needed to heat it a bit. Again, you need to stir as little as possible.

Add your seasonings, I used salt and one of my favorite seasonings, Trader Joe's South African Smoke Seasoning.

Next, add your chicken and allow to heat briefly.

Lastly, you add the fried okra and just stir to mix.

A splash of Balsamic Vinegar goes well with this too. I didn't have time for pretty  pictures, it was time to eat! This was really very, very good! It is better eaten right away because the crispness of the fried okra really lends to the old fashioned goodness of this meal.

Blessings from Patti's Place to your place!

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

GOD CROCHETS A RUG ~ A Story of GOD's Design!

Today's blog is a bit personal. It is a story I've been wanting to share for some time. I actually wrote the story years ago, and today I felt it was time to dig it out, edit it a bit and share it with you. Many of you have seen the big crocheted rug on my pictures of my front porch and some have asked about the rugs. I think it's time for this miracle to be published. Some of you likely won't believe it, I had a time believing it myself at first, but remember, with GOD....all things are possible.


I happen to love crocheted rag rugs!

My love affair with hand crocheted rag rugs began years ago at a yard sale. 

I was just out for a drive in the country one day when I sort of happened upon a yard sale at the home of an elderly lady who was moving.   

I found a multicolored round rug, which I thought at the time was a braided rug. I took it to my little grandmother who told me it was not braided but crocheted. 

She then told me how women had saved scraps of fabric, cut them into strips and using a double chain stitch, crocheted them into rugs for their homes. She taught me to do the double chain stitch and I began to make rugs from every strip of fabric I could find. I cut up old dresses, shirts and sheets, anything that would work. I bought fabric and planned the color schemes for some, while some just became a collage of prints and colors. These lovely things I could create with my own hands fascinated me and I had them all over my home.

Monday, August 11, 2014

Essential Oils for Back to School

Love it or hate it.....

it's here once again.....

back to school..... 

back to books.....

back remember the rest? 


Summer is winding down and getting ready to head back to school is in high gear! 

This can be a very stressful time for parents! 

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

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Blessings from Patti's Place to Your Place!

Monday, July 28, 2014

If GOD Seems Far Away, Guess Who Moved?

Who Moved?

When I saw this picture this morning, it reminded me of a little story I heard many years ago.

A man and his wife were in their vehicle, just traveling down the road.

The wife is sitting on her side of the car.

The husband is behind the wheel, driving. (this is important to remember in this little tale.)

After several minutes of quiet, the woman looks at the man and asks him a question.

Monday, July 21, 2014

Cedarwood Essential Oil Benefits and Uses

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Tuesday, July 15, 2014

How to Make an Entertainment Center From a Desk

I’m not a big fan of those large entertainment centers.

I also don’t like to see a lot of electronics everywhere.

I like a simple country look, my home is on the small size and large pieces of furniture seem to overwhelm the living space. I was looking for something that matched, but I couldn't seem to find what I wanted.

I had a tiny little brainstorm one day.

Why not just make your own from something that you already have?

I had to enlist the help of my husband for this project.

 In fact, my grandmother’s favorite saying fits this situation rather well here. “We killed a bear and Pa shot him.” Pa shot this bear all by himself with me watching.