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Eat. Live. Be. Week 2 Update (Recipe: Crispy Oven Roast Chicken)

Snow Day

One of my very first posts many moons ago on Dine & Dish was about how I don’t “do” snow. I’m not a fan. I think it’s pretty and all, but I’d rather sit in by the fire, snuggled up with a good book, looking out on it falling gently on the trees rather than being outside with the snow falling on me.

That attitude was the old me. After a phone conversation last night with my friend DeAnn as we were discussing our personal Happiness Projects, it kind of hit me that I have one chance at this life I’ve been given. As much as I hope I can be reincarnated someday as a Glee cast member, I have to be mindful that as far as I know, today is my one and only chance to live today. I have one chance to be the best mom I can be to my kids… to make the most of the memories and days we have together.

So today, outside of my normal snow hating character, I got bundled up with the kids and we headed outside into the most beautiful Kansas snowfall I have seen in a very long time. And not just once… twice I did this! For hours at a time! We had a fantastic time, I shoveled our driveway and sidewalk with the help of a good friend, and then we all came inside to warm up with hot chocolate. Picture perfect, memory making kind of day… and had I not stepped out of my old self and into my new self, I would have totally missed out on being present with my kids during such a fun time.

Weight 1-10

Part of my Happiness Project is to focus on being present, and with that comes me actively being a part of my family’s life. Not just sitting on the sidelines, but jumping in, getting off my butt, and being among their chaos.

This is also part of my Eat. Live. Be. initiative. You all were so fantastic last week with my nakedness and I hated to think of letting you down. Each time I almost flubbed on my Weight Watchers points, your positive comments came into my head and I got myself in control… most of the time. I had some slip ups but I also did a pretty darn good job of keeping on track. I exercised every day, which for me is unheard of. I drank a ton of water, which again… I’m the Diet Dr Pepper queen, so this is a huge improvement. Most importantly, I was present and mindful of what I was putting into my body and attempted to stay clear of mindless eating. Thank YOU for supporting me, watching me and helping me along this journey!  (I’m down 2.8 pounds this week from 180.9 to 178.1!)

Finally, I made the most delicious roast chicken, adapted from a recipe in the January 2011 issue of Martha Stewart Living Magazine. Served over a salad of mixed greens and Honey Mustard Vinaigrette Salad Dressing (still a fave of ours), this chicken made me feel like I was “cheating”, it was truly that delicious. An added bonus it that this one chicken was able to be stretched into multiple meals. Gotta love that! (Oh – and ignore the extra black roasted crispies and potatoes on the cookie sheet…. we kind of like our roasted potatoes well done around here!)

Hope you all had a great week! Can’t wait to read your updates.

Martha Stewart Crisp-Skinned Roast Chicken

Recipe: Crisp-Skinned Chicken with Roasted Potatoes (Adapted from Martha Stewart Living Magazine, Jan 2011)

  • 6 redpotatoes, quartered
  • Coarse salt
  • Extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon cornstarch
  • 1 whole chicken (about 4 1/2 pounds)
  • 2 tablespoon butter, softened
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced

  1. Preheat oven to 450 degrees. Cook potatoes in salted boiling water until tender, 11 to 13 minutes. Drain. Return potatoes to pot, and shake over low heat to dry and fluff. Coat with oil, and season with salt.
  2. Mix together 1 1/2 teaspoons salt and the cornstarch (this was new to me, and really made a huge difference in the flavor and crispness of the chicken!). Pat chicken dry with paper towels. Combine minced garlic and softened butter. Rub skin with butter, and season with salt mixture. Rub the inside of the cavity as well.
  3. Place chicken, breast side up on sprayed baking sheet and tuck wings under. Tie legs together with kitchen twine. Scatter potatoes around chicken. Roast for 30 minutes. Remove from oven, and flip potatoes. Return to oven, rotating sheet. Roast until chicken juices run clear and an instant-read thermometer inserted into the thickest part of a thigh reaches 165 degrees, about 30 minutes more. Let chicken rest for 10 minutes before serving.

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  1. What a great reminder to be present and spend time with our kids! The chicken looks amazing. I think I could eat roast chicken every night and be perfectly happy. :)

  2. I’m guilty of too often just purchasing a rotisserie chicken from the store. This just might inspire me to roast one soon!

  3. My new year’s action plan is to be in the present too. No longer living in the past and wondering about the future – be just in today in this moment.

  4. That’s so incredible! Yay! What a great reminder. Sledding with the kids the other day was so much FUN {even though I too am not a snow bunny} Happy I went out of my box too! xoxo

  5. Love that you are jumping in with both feet, living & feeling everything. Mindfulness in everything we do is essential & deeply gratifying. It is wonderful hearing about your progress. This chicken looks wonderful!

  6. I love that top photo. So cute! I need to remember to slow down and take it all in. Thank you for the reminder, and I’m glad you were able to enjoy the snow.

  7. what a great memory this will be for you and your kids. Love that pic of your daughter with her nose all puckered up. :)

  8. You go girl! Keep up the GREAT work! Also remember, being outside, playing with the kids, shoveling etc. you are bURNING a TON of calories!!!!!!!! XO, Pinky

  9. That’s fabulous! You are off to such a great start! It’s funny, but having the accountability and posting each week is a great motivator!

  10. Great job!! I love “being present with your family”! Such a wonderful quote to rest on and remember :-) I’m definitely going to be working on that one too!! And great job on a well done, hard job! You can totally do this!!!

  11. I love that you spent quality time with your kids in the snow. I always say that the most precious gift you can give is of your time. Bravo to you!

    Although I’m not a mother – my 8 year old niece comes to spend the summers with me (she’s been doing it since she was 4) and I love, love, love giving of my time to spend those very precious moments with her – that I’ll never get back.

    BTW – I think it’s so brave of you to want to be accountable. It’s not easy posting your weight for the world to see. Keep up the great work – we’ll be routing for you!

  12. This looks fabulous and I am going to make it tonight. I love the crispy look of it too. Did you eat this on your diet?

  13. The chicken looks great Kristen :) Glad you got out and enjoyed the snow with the kids!

  14. Thank you for the inspiration – I need to jump in more myself! I am glad that you had so much fun in the snow!

    Your chicken looks fantastic. Congratulations on the weight loss!

  15. The chicken looks amazing and congratulations on the loss this week!!!!!!!! (I think I found it all after all the eating we did at my sister-in-law’s wedding last weekend. At least I can say I did my best though).

  16. Hi Kristen!
    TidyMom sent me over and I’m so delighted that she did!
    Today I posted about joining WWatchers!
    Pop over!
    Looking forward to following your journey!
    ENJOY the snow….and EVERYDAY along the way!
    Delighted to meet you!

  17. I found your blog from a recipe link at http://www.400caloriedinners.com. I’m so glad I found it because I think it’s great! I subscribed via email, and look forward to reading more!


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