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Stories and Stovies

This nursery rhyme was another favorite of Stephanie’s and Elisabeth’s out of Marguerite’s big nursery rhyme book, unfortunately now out of print. We’d use this rhyme and the ditty verses to sing with their Daddy as one of our ways of teaching numbers.

Higgledy, piggledy, my black hen

Higgledy, piggledy, my black hen,
She lays eggs for gentlemen;
Gentlemen come every day
To see what my black hen doth lay;
Sometimes nine and sometimes ten,
Higgledy, piggledy, my black hen.

This is another goody from my happy homemaker days - John really liked my chicken this way.

There was no Shake and Bake in Germany, so I made up my own easy bake chicken. I would (notice that I don't seem to do this any more) take about equal amounts of graham cracker crumbs (I was so domesticated I would make my own from the actual crackers) and equal parts (about one cup each) whole wheat and white flour to make the coating. Then I would take the chicken, wash it off, dip it in a beaten egg, coat the chicken and lightly brown in a deep skillet in shallow oil. Then take that browned chicken and put on a cookie sheet to bake in the oven about 45 minutes at 350-400 degrees. A teflon pan is good for cleanup time, but if you don't have that you don't have to grease your pan because the chicken has lots of juices.

That's it. I'd serve it with baked potatoes and beans - all done in the oven so it was a nice and easy and delicious supper. This cooks up as really sweet, juicy chicken. And, as I said, John and the kids really enjoyed it.

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