“Ways to Clean the Oven” = Stress Reliever – Roasted Chicken Story

I made Roast Chicken last Friday. It was a 4 -7/8 pound bird. I cooked it 20 minutes for each pound as per every site I checked on how long to cook a roast chicken. The inspiration came from binge watching Chef Curtis Stone. Chef Stone has a series on Youtube that shows how to do all the basics. It took me a while to figure out that his kitchen oven was this super duper oven. Chef Stone said to cook it for 50 minutes at 180 degrees. I had some doubts and began checking online… and there are lots of opinions about the temperature.

At the end of my temperature and time research I calculated for 5 pounds times twenty minutes, which equaled – roast the chicken for 110 minutes at 350F and set the timer. Also kept checking at regular intervals. There are so many opinions on how to roast a chicken…but this method worked to achieve a crisp golden skin and a moist chicken.

Prepping the chicken is easy. Roasting a chicken is a practice in patience. (That’s okay. I can use some practice in patience.)

Thanks to Chef Stone, I achieved three goals. Roasted a chicken, made bone broth and learned how to carve a chicken properly. What appeals to me about Stone’s cooking is that his recipes are designed for a home cook like me.

The chicken was delicious and I used the bones to make broth; then I made soup and various meals with potato and veggies. Froze some stock for later and some left over chicken.

Roasted Chicken Basic Ingredients:

1-4lb chicken – found a chicken with “no hormones and no antibiotics ever”

olive oil

salt and pepper

roasting pan and a rack to set the chicken on


Check the link for Chef Curtis Stone’s method with Roast Chicken.  Curtis Stone

Towards the end of the roasting, while checking the chicken, I pulled the tray and rack out together and when I pushed the tray back in, I missed the rack. Ehem, the tray tipped in the back and grease started to flow. Quickly I righted the tray and pushed the rack back.  sooooo. @#$%^ & so forth. No damage – but a cleaning job had to scheduled.

✍︎ How to Clean a Vintage Stove 

For the cleaning I used a non-toxic way to clean the vintage oven. Lemon and vinegar and baking soda are useful for non self-cleaning ovens. (What would I do without the www?)

At Momtastic Web Ecoist I found a formula that actually works. Thanks for the green cleaning tip.

Quote from this handy site:

“Crusted-on foods inside oven: Mix two parts white vinegar to one part lemon juice and spray or sprinkle it onto the bottom of the oven. Let it sit for about five minutes, then sprinkle on a liberal amount of baking soda and leave for another ten minutes. Most of the mess will wipe right out without scrubbing.”


Notes: The process is easy. I did repeat the process and rinse the whole thing several times, okay more than several times, that works well. In addition, I used Dawn liquid on a soft sponge to finish off – to do a de-grease and remove any remnant baking soda inside the stove. I discovered that Dawn liquid detergent works great on cleaning the stove top some months ago.
Okay then. Cleaning is my way to de-stress. Life throws curve balls and I just keep on swinging or cleaning. How do you de-stress?
Now, let me see if I can get the stove bottom back in the stove? Success!
The stove is now ready for making granola. No more baked chicken smell. (Whew!)
Thanks for stopping by my kitchen.
Have a happy day wherever you are in your life.



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Jim’s Apple Orchard Part 2 = Minnesota’s Largest Candy Store Visit

Here’s the rest of the photos about Minnesota’s Largest Candy Store in Jordan Minnesota. And this isn’t the half of what is there. Hey! It’s all fun. Enjoy.

It’s closed for the season now. But there’s next season to visit! Oh and they have lots of puzzles for sale. Candy? Cookies? Snacks and Puzzles? What more can a person ask for to while away a winter’s evening?

Here’s a further sampling of the candies, cookies, popcorn and fresh baked pies! Oh my!


Gummy Snake Candy

Pearson’s is a local Minnesota Candy Company


From all over the world

Licorice or Cookies to eat while you make puzzles?

A photo Op in the Booth with a Doctor Who Call Box?

These Sultana Cookies are yummy.

There is Art and Kitsch Galore to see.


Did I mention rows of Pop Corn and Chip Snacks?

Luscious Pies made on the Spot and Apple Strudel


And your Fortune told by a machine!

Jim’s Apple Orchard and Minnesota’s largest candy store is an amazing experience for any age.

Enjoy your holidays!

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Have a happy day wherever you may be.



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Siamese Cat = What a cat thinks about…


The Siamese cat plays at being


Aloof and noble.

This temple cat

He’s smarter than you.

A wild one!

Play along will ya?

Lady get a clue!


For all the cat lovers… a little fun with photos. Siamese cats were known for living in and guarding the temples in the country of Thailand. I have read stories in the news of Siamese cats that have thwarted burglars by attacking them. Siamese can be very aloof. They have a habit of talking. I have known a few Siamese cats in my life. Each one distinctly unique in personality. (Of course.)

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Have a playful day wherever you may be.

© CKatt 2018

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Fun Visit To Jim’s Apple Orchard + The largest Candy Store in Minnesota

Two weekends ago a friend asked me to go to “The Largest Candy Store in Minnesota”. The name that “Jim’s Apple Orchard” is know by is the former.  We bought Honey Crisp apples to split at the end of our tour. They were the BESTEST honey Crisp that I have ever eaten.

It is open until right before Thanksgiving. I heard people wondering out loud what they do with all the unsold candies and everything else they sell?

More pictures and less words. (I took so many.) The walk into the store reveals a bright yellow series of connected buildings, AKA as the Big Yellow Barn.


Jim’s Apple Orchard & The Largest Candy Store In Minnesota

There is a section devoted to Root Beer. I sent a picture to my dear niece Sabina, who visited me some years ago and had her first Root Beer. It’s not a commonly beverage known in Holland. She loves it.


Then there is Hot Sauce section like you wouldn’t believe.


Candy and novelty candy – there are too many to name.



Specialty Soups


More Candy


This is it for now. There are more photos to come, but candy overload is possible and all that glitters is Too Sweet in one go.

They have a Dutch cookie section. Please note the photo of the stroopwafel, which is a typical Dutch wafer cookie with caramel in between two light wafers. The Stroopwafel is pictured sitting on top of a cup of tea to warm it up. At this time of year, Stroopwafels can be found at Aldi stores or at Trader Joe’s in the USA. [Stroop sounds like rope in English with ST in front of it.]

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Have a sweet day wherever you may be.


Jim’s Apple Orchard and Largest Candy Store in Jordan, Minnesota

Address: 20430 Johnson Memorial Dr, Jordan, MN 55352


Wednesday 8AM–7PM
Thursday 8AM–7PM
Friday 8AM–7PM
Saturday 8AM–8PM
Sunday 8AM–8PM
Monday 8AM–7PM
Tuesday 8AM–7PM
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Cee’s Flower of the Day Challenge = Dave’s Dahlias Minneapolis MN

The dahlia’s in Dave’s garden were spectacular this year. Here’s a sample of the Dahlias for Cee’s Flower of the Day Challenge. Flowers grown by Dave in Minneapolis Minnesota.


Winter Sleep

Early snow on the ground

Dahlias have been put to bed

Each year they flower anew

Hope born from beauty

Once again

Beauty inspires faith


Earth’s Winter Sleep


© CKatt 2018

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