Monday, April 21, 2014

The Egg Diaries - April 16th to April 20th

The Egg Diaries - A weekly journal documenting my egg use, to help myself and others use all the beautiful eggs, our hens lay for us.

Think back to the time before you had chickens.  How many eggs a week did you use?  How long did a dozen eggs sit in your fridge?  I can remember not using a dozen up in two weeks!

The secret to using your eggs is not to start serving your family hard boiled or fried or scrambled eggs everyday.  It's nice for a little while, but it's one way to make you and them get tired of eggs fast.  Think beyond breakfast.  Look for recipes that have eggs as an ingredient rather than a focal point.  Eggs in disguise.

My Eggs in disguise recipe for you this week is my Popover recipe, because I have had so many people requesting it.  You'll find it at the bottom of the page.

Egg Wrap Photo by Tori Beveridge AHWT


And for those of you who have hard boiled eggs, try my Egg Wrap, it's beautiful and a nice change from Egg Salad Sandwiches.  The ingredients are shown on the Wed April 16th entry.  Change the ingredients to suit yourself, your diet preferences, and what you have in your fridge.  Try spinach or sprouts instead of the lettuce and corn tortillas would be pretty and great for those who want something gluten free.

The food items I used eggs in, are in bold type.  They do not link to recipes unless stated.

The Egg Diaries


Wed April 16th

0 Eggs - Breakfast:  Leftover Popovers served with choice of peanut butter, jams, jellies, honey  Cantaloupe

3 Hard Boiled Eggs - Lunch:  Egg Wrap:   Eggs, genoa salami, cream cheese, tomato and lettuce wrapped in a large spinach herb tortilla.  Cut in half, it serves two.

0 Eggs - Dinner:  Spaghetti with home made meat sauce, Salad

3 Eggs Used   3 Hard Boiled Eggs Left

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Thurs April 17th

4 Eggs - Breakfast:  Asiago Cheese Omelette, Sausage, Toast, Grapefruit

0 Eggs - Lunch - Raw Vegetables and home made spinach dip, Apples

1 Egg - Dinner:  Home made Cheeseburgers with tomato and lettuce, oven fries

3 Hard Boiled Eggs - The Hard Boiled Eggs have disappeared... no idea where they went but I think Mr. B. and the dogs have something to do with the mystery

8 Eggs Used  0 Hard Boiled Eggs left

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Fri April 18th

3 Eggs - Home made Breakfast Sandwiches a la Fast Food - (Eggs, cheese, sausage on an English Muffin or a Biscuit)  Cantaloupe

0 Eggs - Lunch - Cheese and Crackers, Apples

2 Eggs - Dinner - Chicken Divan ( chicken and broccoli in a cheese sauce) served over rice  Home made Cherry Cluster Cake for dessert

3 Eggs Used

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Sat April 19th

0 Eggs - Breakfast: Cherry Cluster Cake and Coffee  Yea, we have days like this

0 Eggs - Lunch - Toasted Club sandwiches, with bacon, turkey, cheese, lettuce, tomato

0 Eggs - Dinner - Homemade Pizza ( made with leftover Spaghetti Sauce from April 16th which I had frozen), Salad

0 Eggs Used

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Sun April 20th

8 Eggs - Scrambled and served to the chickens

5 Eggs - Brunch:  Baked Mulberry French Toast, Sausage, Coffee, Cranberry Orange Fizz

0 Eggs - Dinner:  Home made Rotisserie Chicken, Rice, Peas, Carrots and the last of the Cherry Cluster Cake for dessert

13 Eggs Used

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Total:  29 Eggs Used

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Popovers with Mulberry Jam Photo by Tori Beveridge



Popovers

4 eggs at room temperature
1 1/2 cups lukewarm milk
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 cups flour
3 tablespoons melted butter

Preheat oven to 450 degrees
Grease a 12 cup muffin pan, greasing around the cups also

Beat the eggs, milk and salt together until well blended.
Add the flour all at once and beat until well mixed.  Some small lumps are okay.
Stir in the melted butter.

Fill the muffin cups about 3/4 full with batter.

Bake for 20 minutes, then reduce the oven temperature to 350 degrees and bake for an additional 10 to 15 minutes.  DO NOT OPEN THE OVEN DOOR while they are baking.

Remove from the oven and serve.

Delicious with meat and gravy, butter, honey, jams and jellies.

Best served fresh and hot from the oven.

For those of you who keep chickens:  chickens love one or two day old leftover popovers.

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How did you use your eggs this week?  Because I'd really love to know and I'm sure others would also,  the next Egg Diaries installment will be next Monday and will be a Blog Hop!

Get ready to share your favorite ways to use your eggs, or anything else, egg related.  See you then!



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Tuesday, April 15, 2014

The Egg Diaries

We have eggs!  Lots and lots of eggs!

After a winter of very few eggs,  (only our Rhode Island Red laid regularly through those cold months...she was amazing) it's wonderful to see our girls laying again.  We have eight hens, which means we are gathering six to eight eggs a day.


I know we're not alone in gathering dozens of eggs a week and I know that there are many of you looking for ways to use up all those eggs, which lead me to my idea of keeping a diary/journal of how we are using our eggs.  

This won't be a daily report, because I have some other new adventures I want to share with you, but, I'll report in once or twice a week with a record of how we used our eggs.  There'll be recipes, menus, egg facts and trivia and, of course, photos of eggs and our girls.

I'm calling the posts, The Egg Diaries.


So if you are struggling to use your eggs, looking to find some recipes and ways to use eggs every single day, I hope you'll follow along with me and The Egg Diaries.

First installment:

The Egg Diaries


Tuesday April 15th, 2014


We have just over six dozen eggs.  Time to give some to the neighbors. (I'll have to see who would like some)

12 Eggs:  The oldest dozen were Hard Boiled to be used through the week in salads, sandwiches, snacks and treats for the dogs.

2 Eggs:  Breakfast:  Home made Buttermilk Pancakes with syrup, bacon and a bowl of cut up cantaloupe

Lunch:  4 of the Hard Boiled Eggs used for egg salad sandwiches, made with whole wheat bread and romaine lettuce.  Served with apples and milk. 

4 Eggs:  Dinner Plan:  Chuck roast with potatoes, onions, carrots and green beans and Popovers

Dogs:  2 of the Hard Boiled Eggs were chopped into their dinner, 1 egg each.

12 Eggs used in total.  * 6 Hard Boiled Eggs left


Edit:  I had underlined what I had used the eggs in and the underlines were being confused with links, so I've removed them.  I will be including recipes at a later date and there will be a Popover recipe, seeing as this is the second time I've mentioned them in a post and not given you a recipe.  Stay tuned. 

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Planning My "Everlasting" Garden

There are no spring flowers here...yet.

I tentatively slipped and slided out to feed the chickens this morning.  Yesterday's thaw froze overnight into a vast ice rink.  It will thaw again today, but snow is forecast for tomorrow.  I can take comfort in knowing that it is March and the snow won't last long and the ice rink will become smaller and smaller each day.

Until the weather warms, the ice melts and the spring flowers bloom, I am enjoying the flowers that I dried last summer.

A rose, baby's breath, and purple statice bouquet has graced one of the bathrooms the past few months.

Dried Flower Bouquet Photo by Tori Beveridge AHWT

A small spray of lavender was twist tied to a kitchen cabinet.

Dried Lavender Spray Photo by Tori Beveridge AHWT

Soon they'll be sent to the compost pile and will be replaced with fresh cut flowers and herbs from the garden.

Today, I plan this year's "Everlasting" Garden.  Everlasting flowers are flowers which dry well.  They hold their colors and shape beautifully when turned into everlasting bouquets, which will last me through the next winter.

Roses, hydrangea, peonies, larkspur, statice in a rainbow of shades, strawflowers, cockscomb celosia, sunflowers, lavender, bergamot, baby's breath, chinese lanterns, globe amaranth, love in a mist and yarrow. 

Enjoy The Little Things Photo by Tori Beveridge AHWT

 All beautiful while in the garden.  All beautiful dried.


I used the following textures:
On the Lavender Spray:  Partings
On the two Dried Flower Bouquet Photos:  0703 from the Times 2 Collection
My apologies for not having any from "above" shots.

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Gathering Hickory Nuts

We had a hard frost this past week and the hickory nuts are falling.   Each nut hits the ground with a loud "ka-thunk".  We joke that we should be wearing hard hats.


Hickory Nuts in Grass Photo by Tori Beveridge


The outer husks bloom like flowers, revealing the nuts hiding inside their shells.


Hickory Nuts in Leaves Photo by Tori Beveridge


It doesn't take long to fill a basket.


Hickory Nuts in Basket Photo by Tori Beveridge



We have plenty.  Hickory Nut Tarts sound good.


Hickory Nuts Photo by Tori Beveridge
This photo is available as a print, because I loved it so much and want it to hang on my kitchen wall.  You can find it HERE


  
I used the following textures:
Grunge Framed from the Minimay Set
and 
Rue Marion from the French Connection Set










Sunday, August 25, 2013

Good Morning Sunshine

Good Morning Sunshine - Photo by Tori Beveridge

"Welcome every morning with a smile. Look on the new day as another special gift from your Creator, another golden opportunity to complete what you were unable to finish yesterday. Be a self-starter. Let your first hour set the theme of success and positive action that is certain to echo through your entire day. Today will never happen again. Don't waste it with a false start or no start at all. You were not born to fail."  - Og Mandino


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Friday, June 21, 2013

Mulberry Madness

Mulberries, Photo by Tori Beveridge

Last week, while picking radishes and lettuce from the garden, I noticed our mulberries were starting to ripen.

Radishes and mulberries Photo by Tori Beveridge AHWT

A few found their way into my basket, but it was obvious I was going to need to come out with baskets and bowls just for the berries.

Last year, because it was so hot and dry, there were barely enough mulberries for the birds and wild animals.   This year the trees are laden.  We've been picking every day, twice a day and have picked and frozen pounds and pounds of these delicious berries.

We always keep some fresh to snack on and to cook with.

The very first quart we picked, went straight (after rinsing)  into my 8 x 8 pan, ready to be made into cobbler.

Mulberries in the pan, Photo by Tori Beveridge

Yes, you can leave the little green stems on, thank goodness!

This is my favorite Mulberry Cobbler recipe.  It has a delicious shortcake like crust and the mulberries cook up sweet and juicy underneath it.  I originally got the recipe from Circle B Kitchen, HERE, and made a few slight changes to it.

Mulberry Cobbler


1 qt mulberries 
2 tablespoons lemon juice (one small lemon)
3 tablespoons sugar
1 tablespoon cornstarch
2 tablespoons water (if  using frozen berries, eliminate the water)
1/4 tsp salt
1 tablespoon butter

Topping:
1 1/3 cups flour
2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 cup sugar
1/2 cup lard or butter
1/2 cup milk

Preheat the oven to 425 degrees.

Place mulberries in an 8 x 8 pan.

In a small bowl combine the lemon juice, water, cornstarch, salt and sugar.  Stir until the cornstarch is dissolved.  Microwave for 30 seconds.

Pour the cornstarch mixture over the berries in the pan.  Mix gently.  Cut the butter into small pieces and dot the top of the berries with them.  Set aside.

In a medium bowl combine the flour, baking powder, salt and sugar.  Cut in the lard or butter with a knife or pastry blender, until the pieces are the size of small peas.  Slowly add the milk, stirring until a soft dough is formed.  Form into a ball and knead on a floured board for 20 to 30 seconds. Roll the dough out to the size of your baking pan.  Dough will be 1/2 to 3/4 inch thick. 

Place the dough on top of the berries.  Cut 2 or 3 slashes on the top for steam to escape and sprinkle the top with a little more sugar.

Bake for 20 minutes.  Let cool at least 30 minutes before serving.  We like it completely cooled.

Delicious plain or serve with a scoop of vanilla ice cream or a dollop of whipped cream.

Mulberry Cobbler, Photo by Tori Beveridge

I've made three cobblers since we started our harvest.  They don't last long around here.

I also made Mulberry liqueurs, one batch with vodka, one batch with brandy.

Mulberry Liqueurs, Photo by Tori Beveridge

They won't be ready until September.

And, yes, of course I've made Mulberry Jam.

Mulberry Jam, Photo by Tori Beveridge


Mulberries do not have a lot of natural pectin, so the jam tends to be more saucy than other jams.  This makes it perfect for topping pancakes, soaking into biscuits and topping ice cream.  Some people strain their jam of the fruit and seeds to make jelly, but I like to keep them in.  The seeds which rise to the top when you make the jam, stir easily through the jam once opened and don't rise back up.

So, what do I do when I have plenty of eggs and Mulberry Jam?

Eggs and mulberries, Photo by Tori Beveridge

I make fresh popovers and jam!  Perfect for brunch or tea.

Popovers and Mulberry Jam, Photo by Tori Beveridge

My husband has requested a Mulberry Pie for dinner tonight, so I must be off.  I hope you're enjoying mulberry season too.

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