Tuesday, April 29, 2014

The Egg Diaries - April 21st to April 27th

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.

I truly meant to get this up yesterday, but the weather wasn't co-operating.  We had bad thunderstorms, (luckily no tornadoes) and our internet doesn't do well when there is even a hint of rain in a radius of about four counties around us.  

As promised The Egg Diaries will now be a blog hop, where you can share your favorite egg stories, egg recipes, egg in disguise recipes, egg trivia, egg crafts, egg photographs, anything to do with eggs.  This being a new blog hop, it will, I am sure, go through a phase with very few or no posts, but I'll keep inviting you to post and share all things egg with us.

You can link up with the tool at the bottom of this post.

If you are joining in please link to this blog in your post and feel free to use this button.

The Egg Diaries Blog Hop Button At Home With Tori

I always make too many mashed potatoes.  Mashed potatoes are really not wonderful reheated, but they are delicious when you make them into Potato Pancakes.  I love Potato Pancakes.  If you have never tried them, you should.  They are easy to make and yummy served with sour cream, or for a hearty breakfast, serve them topped with a poached egg, like I did this week.  You'll find my recipe for Potato Pancakes at the bottom of the page.

Potato Pancakes Topped with Poached Eggs Photo by Tori Beveridge
Potato Pancakes topped with poached eggs and served with bacon.

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

The Egg Diaries

Monday April 21st

0 Eggs - Breakfast:  Leftover homemade pizza

0 Eggs - Lunch:  Cheese and crackers with apples

0 Eggs - Dinner:  Restaurant style hot chicken sandwiches with gravy homemade french fries and peas, made with leftover rotisserie chicken

0 Eggs Used


Tuesday April 22nd

0 Eggs - Breakfast:  Oatmeal with raisins

0 Eggs - Lunch:  Ham and cheese sandwiches, vegetable sticks with dill dip

0 Eggs - Dinner - Pork Chops, rice, peas

0 Eggs Used


Wed April 23rd

2 Eggs - Brunch (midweek brunch = luxury of working from home):  Homemade Buttermilk Pancakes, Sausage

0 Eggs - Dinner:  Steak Fajitas, Rice

2 Eggs Used


Thurs April 24th

3 Eggs - Breakfast:  Spice Muffins, Fruit Salad

3 Eggs - Hard boiled eggs, vegetable sticks and dill dip

3 Eggs - Dinner:  Meatloaf, mashed potatoes, mushroom and onion gravy, green beans

9 Eggs Used


Fri April 25th

6 Eggs - Breakfast:  Potato Pancakes topped with Poached Eggs, Bacon

0 Eggs - Lunch:  Celery and apples with peanut butter, Spice Muffins

0 Eggs - Dinner:  Leftover meatloaf and gravy, mixed vegetables

2 Eggs - Cooked and fed to the dogs

8 Eggs Used


Sat April 26th

4 Eggs - Breakfast:  Sausage and eggs on biscuits

0 Eggs - Lunch:  Spice Muffins, cheese, cantaloupe

0 Eggs - Dinner:  Cheeseburger Casserole, Green beans

4 Eggs Used


Sun April 27th

8 Eggs - Scrambled eggs for the chickens

4 Eggs - Breakfast:  Toasted Western Sandwiches

0 Eggs - Lunch:  Tuna Salad Sandwiches, carrot and celery sticks

0 Eggs - Dinner:  Leftover Meatloaf sandwiches with barbecue sauce, homemade french fries, salad

12 Eggs Used


Total:  35 eggs Used

Potato Pancakes 1 Photo by Tori Beveridge

Potato Pancakes

2 to 3 cups of mashed potatoes
2 Eggs, beaten
1/4 cup flour
1/4 cup parmesan cheese
2 tablespoons minced onion, green onions, or chives

Heat your frying pan while you prepare the pancakes.  Your burner should be set to medium-high.

Combine all ingredients in a mixing bowl.  The mixture will be quite thick and sticky.  Form patties by scooping out the mixture with a large spoon onto a plate, then flatten and shape, using your hands and the spoon.  Repeat until all your pancake mixture is used and your plate is filled with pancakes.

Add 2 tablespoons of olive oil and 1 tablespoon of butter to your heated frying pan and combine them.

Carefully, lift and transfer the pancakes from the plate to the frying pan and saute for about 3 minutes until golden brown on the bottom, then flip and saute the other side.

Remove from pan to serving plate or individual plates.  Serve with sour cream or top with a poached egg as I did.  Bacon goes really well with them.


Potato Pancakes 2 Photo by Tori Beveridge

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


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


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

5 Eggs Used


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


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


Total:  29 Eggs Used


Popovers with Mulberry Jam Photo by Tori Beveridge


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.


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!

I'm linking up with:  Homestead Barn Hop #156

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.