Logos, Goldendoodles & Curry

A totally random post heading your way...you've been warned.

We have a dog. Wilson is his name. We rescued him from a farm (the owner gave him to us --AKC papers and all). He was malnurished, full of matted hair and sores, and in overall sad shape. He has been with us for almost a month now and is doing remarkably well. He has the most calm, sweet and gentle disposition of any dog I have known. He still occasionally has to wear his plastic cone on his head while his sores continue to heal but he is putting on some weight and seems to be acclimating quite well to his new home and family. Whether or not the boys are acclimating to a dog is another story, but they'll come around.

The Homestead will be opening at the end of May. Can you believe it?? A family dream is coming true.

And finally...this was breakfast. My new favorite curry. I have a love/hate relationship with Indian curry. This is definitely a love. I added peas to ours and seared our chicken in the pan before browning the onions. I also omitted the garlic (not a huge fan since the last pregnancy) and the red pepper (none on hand).

Mango Chicken Curry Recipe
From Simply Recipes
3 Tbsp (or more) of vegetable oil
1 large onion, chopped (1 1/2 to 2 cups)
1/2 red bell pepper, chopped
2 garlic cloves, minced
2 Tbsp fresh minced ginger
2 Tbsp yellow curry powder
1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
2 mangos, peeled and diced
2 Tbsp cider vinegar or white vinegar
1 1/4 cup water
1 1/4 pounds skinless boneless chicken thighs or breasts, cut into 1-inch pieces
1/3 cup golden raisins
1/2 cup heavy cream (can substitute all or partially with coconut milk)
Salt and pepper
Cilantro for garnish


1 Heat 2 Tbsp oil in a large sauté pan over medium heat. Add onions and cook, stirring occasionally, until soft, about 5 minutes. Add the red bell pepper and another tablespoon of oil, cook for a couple more minutes. Add the curry powder and cumin, cook for a few more minutes. The spices will absorb some of the oil, so if anything begins to stick too much to the bottom of the pan, add a little more oil to the pan. Add the ginger and garlic, cook for one minute more.

2 Add the vinegar, water, and a 1/2 of the chopped mango to the pan. Increase the heat and bring to a boil, then lower the heat to maintain a low simmer for about 15 minutes, stirring occasionally. Remove pan from heat. Scoop the sauce into a blender. Purée the sauce, pulsing until smooth. Return the sauce to the pan.

3 Add chicken pieces and raisins to the pan. Return to a low simmer. Cover the pan and let cook for 8-10 minutes. Chicken should be just cooked through. Use a knife to cut open the largest piece to check.

4 Add remaining mango pieces to the pan. Stir in the cream. Let cook at a very low temperature for another minute or two, uncovered. Do not let boil! Or the cream may curdle. Adjust seasonings. If a little too sweet, add a little more vinegar. If not sweet enough, you can add a dash of sugar. Add salt and pepper to taste.

Serve over rice. Garnish with cilantro. Serves 4.


  1. I hope the dog continues to heal. It makes me so sad when animals are neglected and I'm sure your boys will grow to love him soon!

  2. I happen to have two mangoes and some chicken in need of a purpose. What better purpose than dinner? Thanks for sharing.

    Eager to see The Homestead when it's open. Do share that, too!

  3. Megan, The Homestead site looks great! Question, where exactly are you located in KY? There isn't an address posted. Also, have you considered opening those classes up to school field trips? As a former teacher, the cooking class and basket weaving look like something a lot of schools would be interested in. It sort of seems ideal for tours and such. Good luck, and remember when life is tough, 'this too shall pass'.

  4. Thanks Julianna for the great school field trip ideas! We have tapped into the homeschooling community a bit already and have some things organized for them but I hadn't really thought much about public/private schools.
    And yes...we NEED to get the address on there. That would definitely help, right? Oh, its always the small things that get overlooked....

  5. That sounds like a very tasty recipe. Good on you for rescuing a lovely dog. A friend of mine has a golden doodle and he is adorable.

  6. The logo looks fantastic. I can't wait to come there one day.
    And I am totally jealous of that adorable looking pooch. Especially considering that we're down to one now.

  7. love the logo.

    can not WAIT to follow the homestead project!!

    congratulations, the both (lot!) of you, for grabbing hold of this dream.


  8. This looks so delicious!