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Mater Chicken Stock ~ Recipe

chicken stock

Yields: about 12 cups stock


  • 3 lb chicken backs, wings or a whole chicken
  • 4L cold water
  • 2 onions, unpeeled, quartered
  • 2 carrots, cut into chunks
  • 1 stick celery, cut into chunks
  • 1 leek top (or 3 green onions)
  • 2 large sprigs parsley
  • 1/2 tsp black peppercorns


  1. Combine chicken, water, onion, carrot, celery, leek, parsley, and peppercorns in a large pot over high heat.
  2. Bring to a boil, then turn heat to low and simmer gently for 3 hours (or in a large slow cooker on high for 4 hours), until stock is flavourful, Skim any foam that forms. Strain, discarding solids.
  3. Chill, then skim any fat that solidifies on the top. Continue on with any recipe requiring sotck, or freeze in portions to use another day.


If using a whole chicken, remove carcass after 45 min to 1 hour of cooking on the stove (3 hours on low in slow cooker) or when meat has cooked through. Let cool enough to handle. Remove meat you wish to eat and return bones to pot to simmer for another 2 hours and 15 minutes or until stock is flavourful.

Source: Today’s Parent Magazine

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Book Review: Blood Prophecy Two

Blood Prophecy Two: : Queen's EnemyBlood Prophecy Two: : Queen’s Enemy by Barb Jones

My rating: 2 of 5 stars

I received a copy of this book from Goodreads First Reads.

I must admit this is a very difficult read. Not because of the writing but because it jumps around so often. Chapters are broken down into 1 or 2 page segments that jump between many different characters and eras within the same chapter. In some of the sections you get the viewpoint of more than one character which can make it very difficult to follow. Overall, the plot has potential, but to me it seems more of an outline to a book than a book on it’s own. Each of the segments within a book could potentially be their own chapter and each era could be a book in the series if developed correctly. This is not a series I will continue with and I will not be reading the first book in the series either if book 2 is any indication of the writing in the series.

****This book does contain some adult content****

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Book Review: Learn about Animals A to Z

Learn about Animals A to Z (Children's Books Collection)Learn about Animals A to Z by Yael Aharoni

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I enjoyed the facts that accompany each of the animals from A-Z. It’s nice to see that it is not only common animals. I think my daughter will enjoy this book very much.

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Geraldo the Giraffe (The Diaries of Robin’s Toys) by Ken and Angie Lake

Geraldo the Giraffe (The Diaries of Robin's Toys)Geraldo the Giraffe by Ken Lake

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I received a free copy of this book through goodreads first reads.

This is a great book for younger school aged children. It has a great message about bullying, friendship and being healthy. A book I will be getting my daughter to read when she gets a little bit older. Interested to see what the rest of Robin’s Toys have to say.

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