Friday, March 20, 2015

Menu Plan

Supper Menus
March 21st - 27th

beef stew

orzo with chicken, asparagus and tomatoes

fried ham, homemade scalloped potatoes, fresh zipper cream peas, cornbread muffins

fried chicken, gravy, fresh purple hull peas, homemade creamed corn, biscuits

homemade pizza

hobo meals, corn on the cob, biscuits, apple pie skillet, s'mores

out for supper

Friday, March 6, 2015

Menu Plan

Supper Menus
March 7th - 13th

out for supper

potato soup, sour dough bread

chicken parmesan, caesar salad, garlic knots

swiss steak, oven smashed potatoes, brocoli

fettuchini alfredo, blackened chicken, lettuce and tomato salad

soft tacos, refried beans, spanish rice


Monday, February 23, 2015

Jalapeño Cheese Corn Bread Muffins

The kids love my jalapeño cheese corn bread.

So tonight I combined the two 
and used my jalapeño cheese corn bread recipe,
but made it into muffins.

Best of both worlds. 
They came out great.  
I baked them at 400 for 20 minutes,
and added a cute little jalapeño on top of each one. :-)

Sunday, February 22, 2015

Buttermilk Biscuits

2 cups flour
1 tablespoon sugar
3 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup butter
3/4 cup buttermilk
extra butter

Preheat oven to 450.
Combine flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt.
Cut in butter.
Add buttermilk and stir just until combined.
Cut out biscuits and place on parchment lined cookie sheet.
Bake 12 minutes or until golden brown.
Spread tops with melted butter.


Friday, February 20, 2015

Menu Plan

Supper Menus
February 21st - 27th

homemade pizza



fehttuchini alfredo with blackened chicken, green salad

out for supper

meatballs, mashed potatoes, green beans, dinner rolls

homemade pizza

Sunday, February 15, 2015

~Red Velvet Cookies~

I was out of town for soccer all day yesterday and didn't get to do any Valentine's Day baking.

So this afternoon, I made some red velvet cookies for the youth devotional we're hosing this evening.

I don't think the kids will care that Valentine's Day is over! ;-)

I used this recipe.

I didn't have any cream cheese, so instead of icing I just did three types of sprinkles.

The cookies are really soft and taste just like red velvet cake. :-)

Happy Valentine's Day - a day late! 

Monday, February 9, 2015

Blackened Chicken

Out of the park, home run hit with this one tonight.
The family loved, loved, loved this.
It is SPI-CY, but oh so delicious.

You will need -

2 tablespoon butter
 4 chicken breasts
2 tablespoons smoked paprika
1 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons onion powder
2 teaspoons garlic powder
1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
1/2 teaspoon thyme
1 teaspoon oregano

Combine spices and coat chicken breasts.
Melt butter in large skillet.
Add chicken to skillet and brown nicely on both sides over high heat.
Lower heat, cover skillet, and continue to cook until chicken is done, about 10 - 15 minutes.


Happy Day!

The first egg was laid today from my youngest flock of chickens.
And, since it was white, I knew that it was from my first leghorn to raise.
It was in the nesting box and I was so excited to find it!

I love having chickens. :-)

Sunshine on my shoulders makes me happy!

Boy, I was humming this old John Denver song pretty much all day Saturday and Sunday!
We had the most beautiful weekend,
and I spent as much time outside as possible.

The animals were also happy to see the sunshine.
It's been cold, rainy and cloudy for weeks on end now
and a warm, sunny weekend was such a treat!

I did some work in the chicken yard.

Johnny Cash, my daughter's stock show pig, is looking good.

The kitties loved laying in the sun all day!

And I spent several hours taking care of this sad mess!
I planted early spring plants last February,
but then after the car accident, I never got to plant anything later in the spring
like I usually do.
For almost a year, my garden beds have been sadly neglected.

That, my friends, is the result of a lot of work!
But, oh the satisfaction. :-)

I weeded four of my six beds before I tuckered out.

I plated one bag of seed potatoes,

three onion sets,

carrots and radises, 

and one whole bed of salad greens. :-)
I'll weed the other two beds soon.
They're reserved for herbs and tomatoes.

I had plenty of company while I worked.

Oh, how I love my Daisy girl. 
Man's best friend indeed. :-)

How has the weather been in your neck of the woods??

Menu Plan

Supper Menus
February 7th - 14th


out for supper 

blackened chicken, jasmine rice, sautéed vegetables

supper at the ranch

cheese enchiladas, spanish rice, pinto beans

toscana soup, garlic breadsticks, olive garden salad

couples Valentine's dinner with church family

Valentine's Cake Mix Cookies

You know how we love our cake mix cookies around here.

And these yummies were no exception!

I think I'll make them again,
but with milk chocolate chips instead of semisweet. 

Either way, they're a treat! :-)

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

The chickens are 6 months old!

My second flock of chickens are six months old today. 
Here I am with my Rhode Island Red - Dottie West. 

This is Crystal Gayle.  She's a Golden Laced Wyandotte.

And this is Jessi Coulter, a Silver Laced Wyandotte.
You might remember my last Wyandotte - "she" turned out to be a rooster!

Anne Murray is my first White Leghorn to raise.  
She will lay white eggs.  
I've only had brown and blue/green egg layers in the past. 

I think my favorite new breed is my Welsummer, Charly McClain.
The rooster version of the Welsummer is the very recognizable chicken 
on the Kellogg's Corn Flakes box. ;-)

Now, I'm ready for eggs to be in plentiful supply around here again. :-)

Saturday, January 31, 2015

Menu Plan

Supper Menus
January 31st - February 6th

grilled steak and potatoes, salad, french bread

slow cooker hot wings, little smokies and bbq sauce, chips and dips 

spicy romano chicken, caesar salad, rosemary bread

potato soup, cheese quick bread

spicy thai noodles

soft tacos, spanish rice, refried beans, chips, salsa, and guacamole 

left overs or out for supper

Saturday, January 24, 2015

Hey Baby Let's Go to Vegas!

I got to tag along with Mr. H. for a very quick trip to Las Vegas this week!
We had the most wonderful time.  
We went for Mr. H. to attend SHOT show at the Sands Expo Center.

We flew out Wednesday evening at 6:30 pm 
and arrived back home at 10:30 pm Friday!
A "52 hour date"!  Haha!

We stayed at the Paris Las Vegas and it was very nice!
Mr. H. picked it out for me.  He did good. :-)

We even had a beautiful view!

Bright and early Thursday morning we headed over to the convention center,
picked up our badges, and walked in just as they were opening the doors.

I met Jim Shockey!

Eight hours, 17,860 steps, and 7.87 miles later...
(we had our pedometers set on our phones to see just how much we walked!)
we were done with Day 1!

As the sun was setting, we headed back to the hotel to get ready for dinner.
There was a PF Changs next door to the hotel at the Miracle Mile Shopping center.
It's definitely our favorite and we don't have one at home, 
so dinner was an easy decision!

After dinner we stopped to see the Bellagio fountains go off,
and then went back to the hotel.
There we were at the Las Vegas Strip and we were asleep before 9:00 pm! Ha!

Day 2 started again at Cafe Belle Madeleine.
Oj and bran muffin for the healthy girl.
Cappuccino and a croisant for Mr. H. ;-)

And again we got to the show just as the doors opened.
After about 3 hours Mr. H. had seen all he planned to see this trip
and the last two hours before we left for the airport were reserved
for lunch and a little sightseeing. 

I told Mr. H. I didn't care where we ate lunch,
I just wanted to eat outside!  
The weather was just beautiful - sunny and about 60 degrees.
A little cool in the shade, but perfect in the sunshine.

We chose Mon Ami Gabi right next to the hotel.

It was wonderful!

While we ate we enjoyed the fountains across the street 
and street musicians playing guitars right in front of the restaurant. 

Giada's restaurant was near by as well,
but it was a ~little~ out of our price range. ;-) 

We walked around a bit after a lunch.

I made some new friends. :-)

And, then it was time to say goodbye and head home!

I had wanted to get a picture at the famous Las Vegas sign while were there,
but it wasn't near our hotel and I couldn't justify paying for a taxi ride just for a picture, 
so it didn't happen this trip.
When we saw this gift shop at the airport Mr. H. and I laughed 
that this would have to do!

We had such a good time, 
but I was definitely starting to miss my babies, my chickens, 
my green grass and my fresh country air!

It was a wonderful quick trip,
and the absolute best part 
was spending 52 uninterrupted hours with Mr. H. - my best friend!