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Stretching a Chicken and Other News

April 14th, 2009 at 10:25 pm

Today I cooked a big, plump 5-pound chicken. I decided it would be fun to challenge myself to see how many meals I can make from ONE chicken. So here is the plan:

Meal 1 ~ Chicken Soup with rice and vegetables, served with whole wheat French bread
Meal 2 ~ Chicken Stir Fry served with brown rice
Meal 3 ~ Chicken Curry over brown rice, served with cucumber salad
Meal 4 ~ http://www.cooks.com/rec/view/0,1739,159184-232198,00.html served with Cesar salad

On another note, by some miracle we are getting a federal tax refund, but after we pay additional state taxes and the $895 fee to the accountant, we are in the red by $54. Not bad, especially since I thought we would owe much more. It helped that we adjusted withholdings to have more taken out of our checks. We will tweak withholdings again once dh retires.

My DD1 spent the weekend and we a wonderful visit. I enjoyed every minute with her until it was time to take her to the airport Sunday evening. The whale-watching trip on Saturday was canceled because the water was too choppy for the small boat, but we did enjoy a nice picnic at the beach at Point Lobos. We were blessed with glorious weather and it did not seem all that windy on shore. Then we had fun watching the sea lions and otters frolicking just off shore. The rock in the photo below is covered with sea lions soaking up the sun.

On Sunday, we had Easter brunch at one of our favorite restaurants. In past years, it's been hard to get reservations and they've had so many people that they've had to set up tables outside. It was very different this year... there were more waitpersons than customers. Granted, we had 9:30 reservations, but still, it was weird. The food was amazing and abundant but by the time we left at ~10:45, it was still pretty empty. The buffet included seafood of all kinds, roast beef and turkey, omelets made-to-order, and more.

4 Responses to “Stretching a Chicken and Other News”

  1. whitestripe Says:

    $895 accountant fee? WOW! my parents pay less than that per year for their business accountant.

  2. nance Says:

    Your accountant must be doing very well, financially! You must have a lot of forms to be filled out, to cost that much! I've never heard of anyone paying that much. I thought ours was bad at $388.00, but feel better about that now. Ours is complicated because income comes from numerous sources due to my husband's consulting.

  3. Apprentice Bliss Hunter Says:

    Beautiful pics !!

  4. lartiga Says:

    whitestripe and nance - Yes, our CPA fee is very high but we have been with her for 16 years. She is an "enrolled agent" so I am not sure if they charge more. Her fees have been creeping up each year and we have actually paid more in past years. I think the fee is calculated by the number of forms. We have lots of forms, including AMT, state taxes to file in two states, rentals, non-cash charitable gifts, etc. However, we think she saves us money. Once dh retires, I may try Turbo Tax.

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