Those Foods You Forget About – Game Hens | Leave a comment

By christinesteendahl | Category: Recipes & Kitchen Tips

Do you ever forget about a food you actually really like?  Every once in awhile I come across a recipe in my recipe box, a food at the grocery store, or a dish at a party and all the sudden remember I really like that food, but I haven’t made it for a LONG time because… well…  I kind of forgot about it! 

So this is what happened to me with Game Hens.  My mom used to make them all the time when I was young, and I have made them a few times, but not for several years.  I was shopping in the grocery store last week and viola – there they were in the freezer case – game hens.  I’m sure they have probably been there for years, (I mean, not those particular ones… but you know what I mean) but I have missed them.  Must be something about shopping with three rambunctious boys the majority of the time – this time I just happened to be alone!  Anyway…  For those of you who may not know…

Game hens can be described as smaller chickens.  In fact, you can make almost any recipe that requires chicken with game hens.  Game hens usually are somewhat smaller weighing in at about 1 to 2 pounds with 1 ¼ pound being the average size.  This size makes each game hen perfect for one serving.  Game hens are quite tasty and while they taste extremely similar to chicken, they add elegance to any dinner.  For best taste, game hens are usually roasted.  If you have never cooked game hens before, you should know that most recipes are simple to prepare and do not require a long prep time.  Here are a couple of yummy recipes to get you started. 

Game Hens with Dried Fruit

4 Cornish hens (approximately 1 to 1 ½ pounds each)
2 cups white or brown rice cooked
4 ounces of mixed, dried fruit
¼ cup of orange marmalade
2 ounces of butter
Paprika, garlic powder and onion powder
Salt and pepper, season to taste

Directions:

First cook rice and place in large mixing bowl.  In the mixing bowl, add all other ingredients including the mixed fruit and orange marmalade.  Prepare hens by first washing them gently and pat dry.  Stuff hens with rice mixture.  Tie legs together with cooking twine.  Gently melt butter and add seasoning such as garlic, paprika, onion, salt and pepper.  Brush each hen with the mixture.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.  Roast the hens for about one hour.  Once almost complete, you can brown the hens by raising the temperature to 500 degrees F. for about 5 minutes.  Serve hot.  This recipe yields four servings.

Easy Cornish Game Hens

4 whole Cornish game hens (approximately 1 to 1 ½ pounds each)
1 medium onion — chopped
1 celery stalks — chopped
6 ounces mushrooms — chopped
1 garlic clove — minced
1 teaspoon Oregano
2 tablespoons parsley
3/4 cup butter – melted
Salt and pepper, seasoned to taste

Directions:
In a small saucepan, melt butter with onion, celery, mushrooms, herbs and garlic.  Wash hens and pat dry.  Season hens inside and out with salt and pepper.  Insert vegetable mixture inside each bird. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Place on baking sheet, brush with remaining butter and spices.  Cover with aluminum foil and let bake for about 1 to 1 ½ hours.  Brown hens for 5 minutes at 500 degrees F.  Serve hot.  This recipe yields four servings.

So let me know if you cook up some Game Hens, or what food you have recently discovered again..  (or perhaps I am the only one who does that?) 

Have a great week!

Christine Steendahl
"The Menu Mom"

Posted Monday, December 17, 2007

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Weekly Giveaway – Breast Soothers by SmartChoices | 74 Comments

By Heather Ledeboer | Category: Mom 4 Life News & Giveaways

Happy Friday!

This wee our winner was #7 as chosen by Random.Org.  Cryssy won the bracelet by Vienna’s Treasures.  For the rest of you head on over to Mom 4 Life to get your bracelet by Vienna’s Treasures for 10% off for the next week only!

Breastsoothersmain This week we are giving away another item for breastfeeding moms called the Breast Soother by SmartChoices.  Designed by an experienced nurse midwife and used by nursing mothers all over the world, the Breast Soother by SmartChoices provides warming therapy for blocked milk ducts, mastitis, or weaning and cooling therapy for engorgement.  Retail price is $15.00 for a pack of 2.  Features include:

  • Provides both cooling and warming therapy
  • Eases discomfort that may be associated with nursing
  • Does not affect milk production
  • Reusable product is simple to use in both the hospital and at home
  • 2 Soothers per package
  • For a chance to win this product for yourself or as a thoughtful gift for a friend, simply leave a comment below letting us know if you chose to breastfeed and if you ever had any bumps along the way and how you handled them.  For myself, I have breastfeed both my children (my son until about 18 months and my daughter is still nursing occasionally at 23 months).  I had Mastitis with my son three times and a Thrush infection once that lasted a few months as we passed it back and forth amidst attempted treatments for it.  That thrush infection was simply AWFUL.  Toward the end I couldn’t take the pain any longer and tried to switch to formula (my son was about 8 months old at this point) but he wanted nothing to do with it.  I tried a few different times but in the end we both stuck it out and made it through amazingly.  I would wish that on no one!!:)  Thankfully it has been much easier with my daughter.  So there is my story, what is yours?  Please post your comments here by December 18 at midnight PST.  The winner will be posted on our blog on the 21st.  Good luck!

    Heather Ledeboer

    I am a Christian, wife, mom and the original founder of Mom 4 Life. Now that Ashley owns Mom 4 Life, I am focusing my energies in homeschooling and asking God to use me in other areas.

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    Posted Friday, December 14, 2007

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    Playing with your Food by Heather Ledeboer | 6 Comments

    By Heather Ledeboer | Category: It Worked 4 Me

    Dsc_3337_2  A little while back I posted that we were having fun playing with Hunter’s lunch food.  I wanted to post a few more photos that we did recently.  The first one is of a sun (made of a pocket sandwich, apple and cheese) and flowers (made of oranges, apples and grapes) and some inchworms (made of Cheerios and grapes) and soil (made of raisins). 

    Hunter finished off the first meal and the next day requested that I get a little more creative.  He brought me one of his picture books and asked me to do the dragon on the page!!  "Oh my, this might be getting out of hand", I thought.  You can see my attempt with a sandwich of bread, mayo, roast beef, cheese, grapes and bananas):).  I hope you are having fun playing with your own food!

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    Heather Ledeboer

    I am a Christian, wife, mom and the original founder of Mom 4 Life. Now that Ashley owns Mom 4 Life, I am focusing my energies in homeschooling and asking God to use me in other areas.

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    Posted Thursday, December 13, 2007

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    How the Birth Experience Effects Breastfeeding | 8 Comments

    By Julie Johnson | Category: The Journey of Motherhood

    Picture_457 Many people have no idea that there is a correlation between what happened during birth and the breastfeeding outcome.  A few days ago, I brought dinner to a mom in my play group who had recently given birth. She said, "Julie, I am so glad you are here! I was told to supplement and I don’t want to supplement." First question I always ask is, "Tell me about your birth experience?" She answered that she had had a cesarean and the baby lost a lot of weight and had not regained the birth weight at the two week check up. I then asked how long she had her IV in, and she answered that she had it for 24 hours. I told her that the IV received in labor or for surgery not only swells other parts of the extremities but that her breasts also got a fluid over-load. Therefore, if her breasts were already full of "fluid" not to be mistaken for milk, then there tends to be a delay in milk production, and wowla the reason her baby hadn’t regained his birth weight by 2 weeks.

    My friend thanked me, and was angry that no one had explained this reasoning. She was  feeling like a failure not being able to provide enough milk for her baby. Since the swelling had gone away three days before I arrived, she had noticed the baby swallowing more and her breasts softer after a feeding and now she knew what was happening.

    Does anybody else see any correlation between what happened during their birth and afterwards with breastfeeding? I am going to continue this topic next week as this is such an important link to successful breastfeeding.   

    Julie Johnson

    CAPPA’s Certified Lactation Educator and Trainer
    International Board Certified Lactation Consultant
    Lamaze childbirth educator
    doula
    mom
    owner of Birth and Breastfeeding Solutions

    Posted Wednesday, December 12, 2007

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    Cleaning up my Christmas Cards by Heather Ledeboer | 8 Comments

    By Heather Ledeboer | Category: It Worked 4 Me

    Dsc_3339_2 It is finished!  As of Monday, my cards are in the mail–phew, what a job it is to send out Christmas cards!  I decided next week to offer people the option to be added to my email list and get our letter and photo via email if they choose.  That would be nice to have less to send in the mail!

    I wanted to share with you how I seal my envelopes.  It isn’t fancy and perhaps you already do this but it works so great I wanted to put the idea out there for anyone who may need it.  I use a baby wipe to wet the envelopes for sealing.  I have also used a wet washcloth in the past and they both work well.

    Want to be added to our e-Christmas list? :)   Just give me your email address and I will put you on and even send you this years!

    Heather Ledeboer

    I am a Christian, wife, mom and the original founder of Mom 4 Life. Now that Ashley owns Mom 4 Life, I am focusing my energies in homeschooling and asking God to use me in other areas.

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    Posted Tuesday, December 11, 2007

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