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Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Eggs, Eggs, Eggs...

So we have eggs running out our of ears. Yesterday we got almost 3 dozen eggs. We are selling quite a few but they are still piling up on us. I have decided to start cooking at least one egg dish for supper each week. I am looking for recipes that use a lot of eggs. If I cook breakfast for supper, which I do on occasion, I only use 3 or 4 eggs and that just isn't enough.

Last night I made a Fritata and we really enjoyed it. This was the first time I had ever made one.





Here is the recipe:

4 Tbsp. olive oil
3 medium sized potatoes, shredded (or you could use frozen hash browns)
1/2 pound ham, diced
1/2 package frozen spinach (squeeze out liquid)
12 eggs, raw, scrambled
1 1/4 cup sharp cheddar cheese, shredded

Heat olive oil in oven proof skillet. Saute potatoes for about 5 minutes. Add ham and saute for 2 more minutes. Add spinach and stir well. Add eggs. Do not stir. Cook until eggs start to bubble a little. Top with cheese. Place in a 350° pre-heated oven and bake until eggs are set and toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Remove from oven and let sit for a couple of minutes.



Since I did this from scratch, I really didn't measure so this is loosely what I did.  I think next time I will remove it from the pan since the pan continued to cook and the eggs on the bottom got a little over done by the time we were done eating.

Have a great day!
Mae

Monday, April 27, 2015

Hopefully Back to Normal

It has been a long road getting back to my normal routine. But hopefully, I am back. I will have to have about a year of physical therapy to get total use of my left foot back. But at least I can walk!!

We have replenished the chickens that were killed by the neighbor's dogs and now we have more eggs than we know what to do with. Greg has found one customer who uses about 6 dozen a week and that will help a lot. We are getting more than a dozen eggs a day now.

I have been researching egg recipes on Pinterest. You can follow me at  https://www.pinterest.com/maen/. Eggs are a very economical way to feed your family. When you think about the price of meat these days and compare that to a dozen eggs it's pretty easy to see that eggs, even though they seem expensive, are still a cheap way to feed your family.  You take a dozen eggs add a few leftovers to them and have a meal that will feed your family for around $3.00.  And it's a great way to use up the leftovers. Add a little leftover green vegetable, some leftover meat and some cheese, maybe some chopped onions or other herbs and bake a fritata or crustless quiche and you have a complete meal in just a few minutes. Serve it with toast and it's a great meal.

One of the bee hives didn't make it over the winter so we ordered more bees and established them in the hive yesterday. If the weather permits we will open the hive on Wednesday to see if the queen has been released.


We still haven't planted anything, it's been too wet to get into the garden. We are thinking about turning our garden into a strawberry bed and moving the garden to one of the fenced in areas. It will be a bigger garden than what we have now. And, this year we are going to make a real herb garden. In the past I have just planted all of my herbs in pots or containers. I am really excited about that. I also want to plant some Asparagus, Rhubarb, and grapes this year.

We are also looking into buying goats again. It has been a while since we have had goats but we really want to get some more and start over.

How is your Spring going?

Have a great day!
Mae

Friday, February 13, 2015

I Can't Believe It!

It sure has been a long time since I posted but, there was a lot going on.  The holidays happened then I had foot surgery on December 30. I had a torn PT tendon and Plantar Fasciitis. The tendon was repaired and the Plantar Fascia was snipped. It has been a long journey since then and I am now in a boot and on crutches and/or scooter. I have been going to Physical Therapy 3 times a week and the Podiatrist once a week. I am now back at work for 4 hours a day. On the good side of all this I lost 11 pounds while recuperating.

About 2 weeks ago, Greg was working from home to help me out and it was a good thing he was. The neighbors dogs came into our yard and killed about 14 chickens. I really don't understand why when you live in the country you think your dogs can just run wherever they want. These people actually have a fenced in yard and about 8 acres fenced in that their dogs could stay in but they are always outside of their property.  I just don't understand letting them roam that way. Every time I go to work I have to stop and wait for them to get out of the road.

The neighbor was understanding and said he would pay for the replacement of the chickens, but it's really hard to figure out how much a chicken is worth. It costs us $123 to replace them but that is with younger birds that aren't laying yet. We still have to feed them for 6 weeks before they are laying. And then to factor in how many eggs they ones we lost would have laid over the next year and a half is impossible.

I just don't understand it. Please be respectful and keep your dogs contained.

That's all for now.

Have a great day!
Mae

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Thanksgiving Dinner

With the sales that are going on right now for holiday food, I am thinking about Thanksgiving dinner. A lot of the things I need for our Thanksgiving dinner will be purchased this week. I will also be stocking up on a few things that will last us beyond the holidays.

I always purchase at least 2 turkeys, sometimes more. There just isn't a lot of meat you can purchase for $.99/pound. I have picked up a couple of turkey breast for $1.79/pound, already. Anytime I can find meat for less than $2 a pound I think I'm doing good. Hams will also be on sale this week and while they are a little over $2 a pound I really like the brand that is going to be on sale, Cumberland Gap Semi-boneless hams will be $2.19/pound.

Canned vegetables, and soups will also be on sale for as low as I have seen them in a while. So I plan to purchase a couple of cases of both.



We have discussed our Thanksgiving dinner and here is what is on the menu so far.

Turkey (of course)
Dressing
Giblet Gravy
Mashed potatoes
Green bean casserole
Broccoli Casserole
Corn Casserole
Rolls
Pumpkin pie
Pecan pie
Sugar cookies for the littles

I think we've got the carbs. covered. 

Here is the recipe I use for the corn casserole

Corn Casserole
1 pkg. corn muffin mix
1 can cream corn
1 can whole kernel corn
1 cup sour cream
2 eggs
1/2 cup butter

Melt the butter in the casserole dish in the microwave. Add corn and sour cream, mix well. Add beaten eggs. Add muffin mix and mix thoroughly. Bake at 375° for 35-40 minutes.

I think I might try this in the  before Thanksgiving to see how it turns out. I have this slow cooker* West Bend Slow Cooker and I think it might make it very well. It seems to cook a little differently than a slow cooker with a crock. It browns meat much better and because of that I think the crust would set better in this than my other slow cooker.

Have a great day!
Mae

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Friday, October 3, 2014

Harvesting & Drying Herbs and My $1 Drying Rack

A few of my herbs are still producing like crazy, so this past weekend I spent some time cutting, washing & preparing them to dry.

I try to cut my herbs early in the morning. I have read that this is the best time to do it because they have rested overnight and their oils and moisture are concentrated in the leaves. During the day they are growing so the oils and moisture are spread throughout the plant.  They are then taken in the house and given a dunk in some nice cool water.

Herb Bath


Then they are laid on a towel to drain for a bit. Once they have drained I fold the towel up over them and pat them dry.

Draining
I have tried several ways to tie them up and have settled on twist ties. They are very flexible and if you add two of them together they are long enough to tie around the herbs and whatever you are going to hang them on. When they begin drying the stems shrink and fall out of strings and rubber bands. Twist ties allow you to tighten them up as the herbs shrink.

Herb Bundle with One Twist Tie

Second Twist Tie Added for Length


Then they are hung on the drying rack. Remember the drying rack I told you I bought for $1.00 at a yard sale? Well here it is not quite loaded but still doing it's job.

$1 Drying Rack



It even has room on top to put extra egg cartons. I am sure this is not what it was intended for but it works really great for this purpose.  The Okra is for decorating purposes, and the Sumac may be used for tea and decorating.  I really like that color for Fall and am thinking it might look pretty cool stuck in the Christmas tree. If I use it for the Christmas tree, I might have to figure out how to dip it in something to keep the little balls from falling off.

I am loving how it looks and smells!

Have a great day!
Mae

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