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Momma’s Roasted Chicken

Today I want to celebrate mothers everywhere. As my son would say, “It’s momma’s day!”

I want to celebrate the mommas that have many children and those who have few. Those who have alive children and those with angel children. And I want to celebrate those women with a strong momma heart but for one reason or another do not have children. Your momma heart deserves celebration.

You are all beautiful and beloved.

You are all captivating.

You are growing the next generation of leaders, teachers, friends and of course the next generation of mommas (and daddies!).

Even if you have no children of your own, you are helping to cultivate the generations with your momma heart. For that we are forever blessed and thankful.

Thank you for your giving and patience, thank you for your sweat and tears, thank you for your deep love and your correction.

Thank you for you.

Today I want to take a moment to honor and celebrate Ashley’s and my momma, Deb. Our mom has a strong but tender momma heart that has taught Ashley and me so many things–about God, about ourselves, about how to love others and ourselves, about how to be strong women in our spheres of influence, and also about how to be mommas. Thank you mom for passing on your momma heart to us.

There’s one more thing I want to celebrate our mom for today and share with you. I want to share with you something that our mother shared with us… a love for nourishing food and skills required to prepare it. Our mom was always just “throwing things” together to form a dish that did not come from a recipe. I so fondly remember saying, “Mom, this soup was delicious. What was in it?” She would often reply, “I don’t know, I just threw things in!” Initially when I began cooking, this spontaneity and lack of structure drove me nuts! I didn’t have the experience or passion to just whip things up myself. I’m getting better at that, but I still love having recipes to fall back on where I know exactly what and how much to put in.

One “recipe” (I say that lightly) that our mom frequently made and that always tasted delicious was roasted chicken. Our mom would prepare a whole chicken in the oven with several tasty vegetables, and before it even got to the table, Ashley and I were digging in with our forks to get the juiciest bites.

Our mom would always prepare the chicken in a covered Pampered Chef stoneware dutch oven that we dubbed “the chicken pot.” One day she was making roasted chicken in the oven and asked me to check on it. I opened the door of the oven and burst into tears…tears of laughter followed by shrieks of laughter. She came running into the kitchen unsure if I was laughing or sobbing. She asked me what’s wrong and between gasps of laughter I gesture for her to open the oven. I can’t quite remember her reaction, but it ended up being similar to mine. We still are unsure how the chicken wing got our of the chicken pot, but we prefer to think the chicken was trying to make a break out of the chicken pot.

In more recent years, I am now making my own roasted chicken and was finally able collaborate with my mom to write out a recipe. Here is a collaborative effort between the two of us for, in our opinion, the best roasted chicken.

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Momma’s Roasted Chicken Recipe

By: Debra Poirier and Caitlyn Hanson


  • 1 whole chicken, 3-5 pounds
  • 3/4 stick of butter (we prefer Kerrygold or fresh from a local farmer)
  • 2 tbsp. all purpose seasoning (we prefer Costco’s Organic No Salt Seasoning blend which has 21 different herb/spices in it, Trader Joe’s has a similar 21 Seasoning), divided
  • 1 tbsp. Celtic Sea Salt, divided
  • 1/2 tsp. turmeric, divided
  • 1/2 cup chopped, fresh parsley
  • 8 sprigs fresh thyme
  • 8 cloves raw garlic, whole
  • 4 medium stocks of celery
  • 4 medium carrots
  • 1 onion, divided in half


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Wash and cut parsley, celery, and carrots. Peel onion, cut in half. Peel garlic (pro tip: lay garlic clove on cutting board. Place your knife horizontal on top of the clove and press down. This will make peeling and chopping much easier). Wash thyme. Set all of these aside.
  3. Melt butter in small sauce pan over medium-low heat.
  4. Remove chicken from packaging and place upside down inside large dutch oven or other covered oven-safe dish. Pat dry whole chicken with paper towel to allow for seasoning and butter to adhere to skin.
  5. Pour half of the butter over underside of the chicken and follow that with half of the all-purpose seasoning, salt, and turmeric. Turn chicken over and pour remaining butter over the top and if possible drizzle butter between the skin and meat of the chicken. Sprinkle remaining all-purpose seasoning, salt, and turmeric over the top of the chicken. Carefully slide 3-4 cloves of garlic under the skin.
  6. Place remaining garlic cloves inside chicken cavity as well as half the onion and 4 springs of thyme.
  7. Place remaining onion, thyme and all the carrots and celery around the chicken.
  8. Cover chicken and cook in oven for 45 min to 1 hour. Then reduce heat to 300 degrees and cook for another 45 min to 1 hour until internal temperature reads 165 degrees.
  9. Remove chicken and enjoy!!


I would love it if you would leave a comment below letting me know how this recipe turned out for you! Please also comment what recipes you’d love to see in the future.


You are worth more than mediocre. You are worth exceptional health!

Caitlyn J. Hanson



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Disclaimer: This article is not intended to diagnose or treat any illnesses or disease. Please always check with your doctor before beginning any new nutritional or fitness program or before making any nutritional/fitness changes.

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Eating Healthy on a Budget: Tools for Your Success Part 1

One of the most frequently asked questions we get when people start changing their diet is “how do I eat healthy and not pay a fortune?” In Week 2 of Living Wellness for Growth Groups (LWGG), Ashley discusses the perception that eating healthily is really expensive (p. 100). There is research to suggest that eating whole foods can actually be less expensive in the short-term and the long-term (LWGG, p. 100)!

One area though that you can see an increase in price is if you are wanting to replace your favorite packaged food with another, healthier packaged food. “Healthy” packaged foods can be more expensive because you’re not only paying for higher quality ingredients, but you’re also paying for someone to make, package, and market them. Now, I will be the first to admit that I love a good bag of organic Kettle brand chips, Simple Mills crackers, Tolerant lentil pasta, or Orgain shake; however, I recognize that if I want to eat foods that nourish my body while also staying within budget, I need to monitor my consumption of foods that come in a package or wrapper.

I want to share a few basic strategies for managing grocery costs, and then I’ll let you in on a super-secret-special way I shop online for pantry and household basics….okay it’s not a secret, but many of you may not know about it.

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Can you imagine what it would have been like to be an early follower of Jesus during those three days after his death?

I imagine that day one must have been full of shock–“this Jesus we’ve been following and listening to is gone.” The second day, I imagine that panic and doubt would have started to set in–“I thought He was supposed to be the Savior…Could the Savior truly have been killed?…What do we do now.” All of those moments of amazement after viewing miracle after miracle slowly start fading as the thoughts of doubt start creeping in–“did those miracles really happen? Did Jesus really heal those people. Did Jesus really say…?” Day three, I imagine my thoughts start turning to what others may start thinking about me or saying to me–“didn’t you follow that Jesus? Where is He now? Guess He wasn’t all that He said He was.”  Oh how quickly we forget the truth and how easily we slip into believing the lies.

Today we remember and we celebrate that day three did not end like a normal day. It didn’t end like days one or two. No, day three was the day that changed everything. Jesus did the impossible. Jesus fulfilled Scriptures that were written hundreds and hundreds of years before (such as Deuteronomy 18:18). On day three, Jesus, who was dead, rose from the grave fully alive! Jesus, who was present and active in the creation of the world, died a horrible death to be a ransom for the sins of the world. He died that horrible death and rose again for you.

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Have you ever needed to remove a food from your diet for a season or forever? If you have, I’m guessing you went through a process similar to me: initially you felt overwhelmed & the diet change felt all-consuming, then you started to get your groove with some days that were easy/some were hard. At some point, this change started to become your  new norm, but every now and then (or sometimes every day) you miss the food(s) that you no longer could eat. Sound familiar?

Yesterday marks two years since I needed to remove gluten from my diet as a result of a diagnosis of an auto-immune disease. I remember that meal planning felt all-consuming to me those first few days/weeks/months that I started the gluten-free diet. It was hard to imagine at that time that I would ever figure out this diet change. Fast-forward two years and eating gluten-free is no longer stressful or consuming; instead, I’m celebrating that it feels normal. I’m celebrating that eating gluten-free no longer feels like something has been ripped away from me and left stress in its place.

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Morning Stretching Devotional–How Deep, How Wide is Your Love For Me

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Lately, as I continue my study of wellness, fitness, and weight management, I feel like I am inhaling books as fast as I can digest them. I have been reading books by MD’s, PhD’s, ScD’s, biochemists, nutritionists, personal trainers, and others on topics of the metabolism, the food industry, the human body, food politics, and pharmaceuticals. As more information presents itself, two common themes pop up again and again. By sharing these themes with you, I hope you will be able make better informed decisions regarding your health and wellness.

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The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases; his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness” (Lamentations 3:22-23 ESV, emphasis added).

These verse from the book of Lamentations are some of my favorites to dwell on for several reasons, but one reason I’ll share with you now is that God’s mercies are new every morning. Let’s break that down a little bit.

First, God gives us new mercies–not day old, not half spent ones (I admit this is how I often feel)–new mercies. Second, these new mercies are not new when I’m faithfully praying, when I’m at church each week, when I’ve met my nutrition and exercise goals for the day. No, these mercies are new EVERY morning regardless of what I’ve done. What a relief! No matter how badly yesterday went or how much you have to tackle today, our Lord blesses us with mercy every morning.

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Spelling Fear with 6 Letters that Starts with ‘B’

There is a 6 letter B-word that strikes fear into the heart of many adults. Bagels–no. Bounce–no. Bakery–no. Booger–well maybe, but no. Budget–that’s it. If you are starting to perspire already, wait! Don’t close your internet browser just yet, there is hope! I’m excited to share with you a resource I’ve started to use that has completely transformed budgeting for me.

Before I get into what tool I use for budgeting, you may be wondering why you’re reading this on the Living Wellness Blog. Great question! Our hope in writing these blog posts is to bring you relevant and encouraging information that will nourish your body, mind, soul as well as your family and home. In Living Wellness for Growth Groups, Ashley gives a great list of resources that have helped to mentor her on her journey of Living Wellness, including a resource for finances (check out page 243).

Budgeting can be a huge source of stress (I know it was for me!). Stress negatively effects how your body is functioning, predisposes you to illness, puts tension in relationships, and can encourage unhealthy coping strategies such as binge eating/drinking…none of these sound like fruits of the abundant life that Jesus wants us to be living in. Ashley talks about stress is one of the leading causes of chronic inflammation (Living Wellness for Growth Groups, p. 92).

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Nature’s Secret Weapon: Roasted Garlic Recipe

I don’t know about you but lately every time I hear a sneeze or cough, I’m tempted to run and hide until cold and flu season is over! It seems like everyone is getting sick this time of year.

(Cue Mission Impossible theme song)

Today I want to share with you what I believe to be Nature’s Secret Weapon…My tried and true Roasted Garlic Recipe (initially created by my dear mother). Anyone that has been to my kitchen knows you will likely smell garlic when you walk in. I love garlic, but I especially love garlic to keep me from getting sick and to shorten the duration of an illness.

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Mindful Eating: Excerpts from Living Wellness for Growth Groups

What a fantastic weekend at the Home and Garden Show in Minneapolis and the Bridging the Gap Sisterhood Leadership Retreat in Alexandria! It was so exciting to share the message of Living Wellness with people who were on such different parts of their wellness journey–from those just getting started to the veterans who have been making healthy living choices for years. Although the Bridging the Gap Retreat is done, you can still catch us today (Sunday 2/26) and next weekend (3/3-3/5) at the Home and Garden Show. See you there!

My speaking topic at the Bridging the Gap Sisterhood Leadership Retreat was on how to avoid burnout by incorporating freedom, balance, and abundance into our health. One strategy I mentioned for avoiding burnout is to nourish your body through the practice of mindful eating. As I promised in my talk, here’s your step-by-step guide for how to practice Mindful Eating.

This post is an excerpt from my new book Living Wellness for Growth Groups which is available our website, Amazon, and Itasca Books.

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