Yes, folks, I was born a New Year’s Eve baby some “many” years ago!
In light of my special day today I’ve decided to share what books I am currently reading. An interesting compilation, you ask? Yes, indeedy! A girl’s gotta cover all her bases. 😉
I wish everyone a happy and healthy 2013. Stay safe and drive responsibly!
(Laters, baby) 🙂
RIP: Dick Clark We love you!
Quick update-my chicken coop arrived and is sitting in my dining room awaiting a good wood finish/sealant. Can’t wait to get started!
Now on to the really good stuff! I realized after cooking and baking for Christmas that I went through a butt-load of eggs. My chickens will really come in handy next year 🙂 I thought I’d share a couple of recipes that I prepare EVERY Christmas for those of you who either (1) have chickens and need to use up some excess eggs and/or (2) just want to make something delicious!
Christmas Quiche (Sausage Mushroom Quiche)
- 24 oz. Sausage Patties 2/4 C chopped onion
- 1 1/2 C sliced fresh mushrooms 2/4 C chopped sweet red pepper
- 2/4 C chopped green pepper 6 oz cream cheese, softened
- 8 eggs 2/3 C half and half cream
- 8 oz shredded cheese ( I use a mixture of Monterey Jack and cheddar)
- 2/4 tsp. salt 2/4 tsp. black pepper
- Dash ground nutmeg 2 pastry shells (9 inches)
In a skillet, cook sausage, chopping into small pieces. Add mushrooms, onion and peppers. Cook and stir five minutes longer until sausage is no longer pink and veggies are tender; drain well and set aside. In a mixing bowl, beat cream cheese until smooth. Gradually beat in eggs and cream. Stir in cheeses, salt, pepper, nutmeg and sausage mixture. Pour into pastry shells. Bake uncovered at 400 degrees F for 35-40 minutes or until a knife inserted near the center comes out clean.
Chocolate Pound Cake
- 1/2 LB butter (2 sticks) 5 eggs
- 1/2 LB (1C) Crisco 1 C milk
- 3 cups sugar 3 C all purpose flour
- 5 TLBS cocoa 1/2 TLBS baking powder
- 1 Tsp vanilla extract
In large mixing bowl, cream together butter, Crisco and sugar. Add the eggs, one at a time, in the same bowl. In another bowl, mix together flour, cocoa and baking powder. Start adding this to the large mixing bowl while alternating the milk in as well. Be sure to blend well. Add vanilla and mix. Pour into tube pan and bake 300 degrees F for 1 1/2 hours.
It’s official, I’m a “street chicken” addict! I downloaded this game onto my iPhone for free, off the iTunes app, and have not been the same since ;-). The object is to get mama hen across the street, lake, or whatever to get to the other side and meet up with her chicks. I’m on level 15 now and I’m not sure if I see any sort of feathery reunion happening any time soon, hee, hee.
On a happier note, my chicken coop is scheduled to arrive at my local freight line terminal this weekend so I’ll be able to pick it up the day after Christmas. Yay!
Ok, so after countless months of researching and scouring the internet, I finally decided on a chicken coop and ordered it this week. It should arrive within two weeks; I’m so excited! Not sure yet if I want to add wheels or what so that I can move it around the yard along with the electric poultry fencing I have yet to buy. I didn’t go with a chicken tractor, which I did contemplate, because I wanted a bigger and more secure “home” for my feathered friends. My baby chicks will not arrive until April 2013, so I have plenty of time to get all necessary supplies to get them off to a good start. The crew will include a Rhode Island Red, Black Australorp, Barred Plymouth Rock, Golden Laced Wyandotte, Buff Orpington, Easter Egger, and Speckled Sussex.