Nicole Davies

Hello! My name is Nicole and I am a Marine spouse and mother of three daughters, ages 16, 10, and 7. I have been a stay-at-home mom most of their lives while also pursuing my Master’s degree in Marriage and Family Therapy. In the past I have worked as a social worker for child welfare in the state of Pennsylvania. I have also taught preschool for ages 2.5 - 4. During my master’s program I interned as a therapist at an inpatient psychiatric hospital working with adults, teens, and kids. My ultimate goal is to become an independently licensed therapist. Our family has lived in Onslow County for 10 of the last 15 years, which has given my children a stability that is rare among military families. While NC has been my home for several years now, I am still a Yankee at heart! I will always choose a Philly cheesesteak over a pulled-pork sandwich. In addition to taking care of my family and my educational pursuits, I enjoy traveling to destinations near and far; a novel in which I can get lost; and chatting with friends over a good cup of coffee.


Kill That Chicken Twice

Kass and G-Ma

That’s right, kill it twice. My husband and I laughingly came up with this title for a blog after re-hashing the events of a particular recent afternoon at our house. As you recall, the three teens are all at home, plus my 80 year old Mom is basically living with us, most of the time. The summer has been particularly busy and the activity in and out of the house is maddening on some days, especially now that school is about to begin and the commotion is at an all time high – literally. Kass is about to leave for art school again, so my mom and I have been attentive in trying to meet her needs, spend as much time with her as possible and prepare many of her favorite foods.

One afternoon, Grandma (G-Ma, as we refer to her) thought she would make some home-made chicken salad – for Kass. Bless her heart, she has a multitude of physical ailments, has had alot of recent dental work and has terribly arthritic hands, so it takes her quite a while to pull off something like making home-made chicken salad. I tried to chill and stay out of the way and say little, all the while com-batting the influx and outflow of the masses of kids.

First of all, G-Ma doesn’t really like chicken herself as she vividly still recalls the many early childhood days of “ringing the neck” of barnyard chickens each week to make chicken meals (yes, including chicken salad) and has forever had a declared distaste for anything “chicken”, including eggs. Occasionally, she will eat perhaps some good home-made chicken salad, but ONLY if she has prepared it herself under most sanitary conditions, and most of all – after having “cooked it to death!”, as we laugh to describe how she indeed cooks almost EVERYTHING too long – most definitely chicken!

And, so it was, the chicken I had bought at the store was, I believe, most certainly already quite dead. But my mother would undertake to kill it some more by bringing a large pot on the stove to a rearing, roaring, massive boil for what seemed like an hour, to further kill this nice chicken breasts, in order to properly make the very safe, DEAD chicken salad. I watched, with my jaw tight and eyebrows wrinkled but trying to not to say anything, when as it was, she got distracted with something else and the lid began to boil right off the pot and of course, the grungy chicken over-boil came over onto the stainless stove top! Yuk! And of course, a mean clean up!

Finally, I could take no more and proclaimed, “Mama, that chicken is dead enough!” – turn off the heat! After hours of fretting and “stewing,” and the chicken being thoroughly dead (again), we had some very tasty chicken salad and yes, Kass was delighted! My husband sometimes quips that he believes that I am to eventually be “like my mother”, and he may be right…tonight, on Kass’s last night before departure I am, indulging her by making my mom’s recipe of home-made pimento cheese to take to school with her. We sure do eat well around here!

Any funny family cooking stories to share?

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