Saturday, October 31, 2009

A Giant Egg~




It is so nice to have fresh eggs daily. I don't know for sure who laid this giant egg but it was so large I could not close the carton. It was huge~it had two yolks and made some yummy chocolate chip cookies today!

It was a beautiful day today in Missouri so I let the girls out to free range all day. They had a great time bathing in the sun and dust bathing. They spent all afternoon looking  for treasures.

I just love my girls~they are so much fun!
 

Friday, October 30, 2009

Make A Christmas Planner~

Note~
*I am getting a jump start here~please remember I am not skipping over Thanksgiving! I think Thanksgiving is one of the most spiritual holidays that we celebrate. My sister is taking care of Thanksgiving for our family because I will be flying out Thanksgiving weekend to be with my daughter are she delivers her first child~our little Boston.* Please pray for the safe arrival for both Ashley and Boston. What a wonderful gift my sister has given me~ I can concentrate on Christmas!

Christmas Planning~
I prefer to have about 12 weeks to plan but this year it has been so busy I am just now getting into the swing of things. I have 4 weeks to get it all done. I am beginning on November 1st!

First Things First~

Make a planner. Here is a fantastic site to print a planner without spending money.  Click here!

Plan the work and work the plan!

Stay tuned for Week #1 !


Thursday, October 29, 2009

Farm Fresh Eggs~For Sale


Good Morning Friends~
It is a rainy Autumn day. Rainy days are my favorite for cleaning. I have been so busy this week I am getting our home back in order and school work done.

If you have been a follower for any time you know ~I love my chickens~they are pets. They are named and well cared for. I am getting farm fresh eggs daily! I am ready to start selling them. The cost is $2.oo a dozen. My chickens are fed an all natural diet with many wonderful vegggie and fruit snacks. They love to eat ground corn, oats and spaghetti noodles are their most favorite treat. They are fed fresh clean water and free range daily. These fat and sassy chicks lay wonderful eggs. They look like Easter eggs in cream, tan, brown and blue in color. If you are local I would be willing to bring them to town! Just e-mail me!

Psalm 118:24

This is the day which the LORD hath made; we will rejoice and be glad in it.


Saturday, October 24, 2009

The Last Rung Of The Ladder~


I have fallen in love with my chickens.  I have posted their baby pictures once again so maybe you would understand while a perfectly normal woman fell in love with chickens. I received my chicks just hours old~ in the mail of all things. They had no Momma Chick~so naturally that job fell to me. They are so much fun yet they eat all my flowers. I had to put baby gates on my deck when I let them out to free range so they do not leave me messes on my porch. I have keep an eye on them so they do not wonder to far from home. They dig up all my mulch and throw it on the side walk.  They have taken over my herb garden for their dust bathing. They are kind of like my real chicks who take much attention, love and care. I have to make sure the coyotes and fox do not make of meal of my girls. Needless to say~I was asking My Brian on our date night last night~ "You knew me and the fact that anything I raise from hours old~why did you let me get chickens?" This is my dilemma!

Lilly~AKA Sami Bird has no neck like the others. She is special because chickens need their neck to run and walk. Its a funny thing. Sami just spreads her wings and flies everywhere. Her feathers go every which way in a funky sort of way. I love Sami Bird~she is special. However the other birds are not friends with Sami Bird because of her being different. Don't get me wrong~I think she is the smartest girl of them all. The others will not let her eat first so she has learned to be patient~she just waits! The other's have an attention disorder~when they get distracted which they do so quickly~she always gets the best treats. I just feel so bad for her~and I keep my eye out.  Sometimes the others peck at her for no reason~but she shows no signs that they are hurting her. This saying we have heard about pecking order is really true! Yet she has become the swiftest of them all!  Just try and catch her when she does not want to be caught! 

What really has me bothered is their roosting habits at night. My Brian made them a ladder in their house for which they all roost on at night. There are 12 girls and 5 rungs. You can tell who rules the roost by who sleeps on the the top rung and down the line it goes. Friends sleep together! Which is really kind-of cool except for Sami. No one will let her sleep with them~so she is always by her self on the bottom rung of the ladder! 

 It has rained for several days here and they say that chickens have sense to come in out of the rain. Someone forgot to tell my girls that. My son thinks I have spoiled them so rotten that they do not know how to behave like chickens! I have lined their coop with straw for the winter. And they fluff their wings out to trap air inside to keep them warm. The only problem is~wet wings don't fluff out. Can someone tell me why they won't come in out of the rain? Silly birds! Wet cold chickens get sick easy and then that is a whole other story!  Anyway~ they have been wet and cold. So all night I worried about poor Sami not getting warm all by herself on the last rung of the ladder.  

Sami~just days old



Sami~on the last rung!
Friends~

My Sami Bird~

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Crock Pot Baked Potatoes~


I had so many e-mails about putting potatoes in the slow cooker. I decided to post the actual recipe.

6 medium potatoes with a fork
Rub each with butter
Place in slow cooker
Cover~cook on high for 3-5 hours. Low~6-10 hours.
These are really good!


Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Easy Style Ribs~




After 24 hours of antibiotics I am feeling better and I am no longer contagious. So~I am going to teach my homeschool classes today! I have mentioned Molly to you before. She is a fictitious character for The Homeschool Magazine.  She has wonderful ideas! This recipe was in my e-mail from her this week. You can visit her here! You will find some great crock pot recipes~5 ingredients or less. I am going to try this today because we will be out of the house most of the day. I am also going to put some potatoes in the crock pot for baked potatoes. If you have never tried baked potatoes in the the crock~they are great. I just wash them and put them into the crock pot. It takes about 7 hours. 
I am going to use prime beef in my freezer from our side of beef instead of pork. I hope they turn out yummy!

My family will be greeted with a warm meal waiting when we all return this evening! Hope you are having a good day and remember that you are loved!

Easy Family Style Pork Ribs~Molly's Recipe
• 4 lbs. Pork ribs, your choice either country style or standard rack
• 1 (15 oz) can chicken stock or broth
• 1 (40 oz) bottle of your favorite barbecue sauce
Preheat your broiler. Place the rack of ribs 6 inches from the heat and broil about 6 minutes or until lightly browned, then turn and broil 6 more minutes or until lightly browned on both sides.
Remove from oven and place in crock pot.
Pour the chicken stock in the crock pot.
Pour the barbecue sauce into the crock pot.
Cook covered on Low for 5 to 6 hours or until the meat falls off the bones when you take a fork to it.


Farming On Faith's Version~

* I went to my pantry and seen that I was out of broth~due to all the soup I have been making while I have been sick. So ~I made my own broth.  I am using prime beef from a side of beef I purchased in the Spring~so I wanted beef broth inside of chicken.

I browned my meat in a skillet~removed the meat and put it in the Crock pot. I then added 2 cups of water to the drippings in the pan, added some McCormick beef seasoning and a couple beef bouillon cubes. It made a wonderful broth.

I then poured my broth over my ribs in the Crock and added some Silver Dollar City sauce. I will cook it about 5 hours on low! Yum!!!

Monday, October 19, 2009

Old Fashioned Ham & Bean Soup~


16 oz. dried navy beans
1 meaty hambone from cooked ham
1 cup cooked ham, chopped
3/4 c. onion, dices
3 stalks celery, chopped
1/2 carrot, peeled and grated
2 bay leaves
1/2 t. garlic powder
1/2 t. seasoned salt
1/4 t. pepper
1/2 t. dried parsley
1/8 t. dried thyme

The night before, cover beans with water in a bowl and let stand overnight.  Add cooked ham bone, beans, and all other ingredients in a big pot and cover with water. Cook for about one hour or until beans are tender. Discard bay leaves


Saturday, October 3, 2009

Happy Harvest Moon~Tonight

Hello Friends~
I am still here ~I think. It has been such a busy week. I enjoyed my time away and on our way home My Brian surprised me with lunch at a Mennonite Restaurant. It will be a must stop now each time we go through Versailles, Missouri. Oh~ such a sweet treat it was. It was like eating at Grandmas. They had the most amazing cinnamon swirl bread with a wonderful icing. I am still dreaming about it. We then found a new branch of Amish and I stocked my pantry at their huge scratch and dint store. It was a wonderful end to a great time away. The Amish meal is my favorite in all the world~oh so good! I have been to many fine restaurants but none compare to Amish cooking!

I managed to get our booth filled at the Rusty Chandelier but have so many candle orders needing to be filled. That will have to wait until Monday for tomorrow is the Lord's day and I am exhausted.

I promised I would post this recipe that I served at my Mom's Night Out~it was so good. Better late than never my friends who are waiting. Sorry I am so late.

Apple Valley Cider Stew~
1 T all-purpose flour
1 t. allspice
1/2 t. pepper
1/4 t. garlic powder
1 lb. stew beef cubed
3 T. oil
1 to 2 c. apple cider
2T. catsup
3 potatoes, peeled and chopped
2-3 carrots, peeled and chopped
2 stalks celery, chopped
2 onions, chopped

Place flour and seasonings in a large bowel. Coat each piece of beef, cook in oil over medium heat until browned. Stir in cider and catsup. Reduce heat to low, cover and simmer for one hour to one and a half hours or until tender. Add vegetables and cook until tender about 30 minutes.

Just a heads up~ A Pumpkin shortage! There is a canned pumpkin shortage this Holiday season. I thought I would out smart the rush. I wasn't so smart after all. I could not find a can of pumpkin in any grocer~so much for stocking up. I am going to buy several pumpkins and store them in my basement for Holiday baking. You can also use butternut squash in most pumpkin recipes. Here is an easy way to cook pumpkin that I found on E-how.com. I can honestly say this will be my first time cooking my pumpkins. Canned pumpkin is just so easy. There is a first time for everything!

    Cooking the Pumpkin Flesh

  1. Step1

    Cut the whole pumpkin into several large pieces.

  2. Step2

    Place the pieces in a large roasting pan skin side up.

  3. Step3

    Fill the roasting pan with one inch of water. Cover the roasting pan.

  4. Step4

    Cook the pumpkin for 30 minutes or until the pumpkin flesh is soft when pierced with a fork.

  5. Step5

    Remove the roasting pan from the oven. Place the cooked pumpkin on a baking sheet or plate to cool.

  6. Step6

    Peel skin off of the cooled pumpkin with a knife. Cut the cooked pumpkin into small chunks and mash with a potato masher to use for baking.


    Hope you are enjoying your view of the harvest moon. I too ~am enjoying the view of the beautiful harvest moon in front a warm glowing fire.

    Good Night my blogging friends~


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