Homemade Egg Noodles

Homemade Egg NoodlesI had never thought of making my own noodles until we got chickens.  Once all seventeen  ladies started laying, anything with the word “egg” in it caught my attention, so I decided to give egg noodles a try.  I’m so glad I did because they are DELICIOUS and fun to make.  My girls love to help make them, and noodles are surprisingly forgiving.  You really can’t mess them up.  🙂

If you have fancy equipment like a food processor and or a pasta maker, please feel free to utilize them and make your noodle making experience a little easier.  I don’t have either one of those things….. and that’s where kids come in handy.

Put a cup of all purpose flour in a mixing bowl and add 2 eggs with 1/4 teaspoon of salt.

flour and eggsStir until you have a sticky clump of dough, then turn it out on a well floured surface.  Knead the dough until its smooth and no longer sticky or clumpy.  You will need to add flour as you knead to keep it from sticking to the table and your hands.  (Okay, I know that’s bad, but I couldn’t resist!)  The amount of flour you add will depend on how big your eggs were.  If you get too much flour and it gets too dry just add a little water.  Like I said, it’s forgiving….just keep kneading and adding until you have a nice smooth dough.  When you have achieved a nice smooth unstickyness, put the dough into a plastic bag and let it rest for about 15 minutes.

After it has had a rest, sprinkle flour on the table, the dough, and the rolling pin.  You don’t want it sticking to anything.

Egg Noodle Dough Roll the dough out very thin.  The noodles will puff up when you cook them, so the thinner the better.  Cut the dough into strips with a knife or a pizza cutter.  You can make long skinny noodles, short fat noodles, or any size in between.  What kind you make will depend on what you are going to use them for.  If the kids are “helping”, you will end up with an interesting variety of shapes and sizes!  It’s all good, cuz it all eats good! 😀

egg noodlesYou can cook them right away in boiling salt water, or by adding them to a simmering pot of soup.  They will only take a couple minutes to cook, so keep your eye on them.  You can also put them on a cooling rack to dry.  It will take two to several hours to dry depending on how thick they are.  When they are COMPLETELY dried, store them in a bag or a jar for up to a month.

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Homemade Egg Noodles
 
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Ingredients
  • 1 cup of flour
  • 2 eggs
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
Instructions
  1. Put all the ingredients into a bowl and stir until it all comes together, it will be sticky and lumpy.
  2. Turn the dough out on a well floured surface, knead and add flour until you have a nice smooth dough that is not sticky. If you get to much flour just add a little water until you get it right.
  3. When you have the right consistency put the dough in a plastic bag and let it rest for about 15 minutes.
  4. Place the dough on a well floured surface and sprinkle flour on the dough and rolling pin.
  5. Roll dough out very thin and cut into noodles with a knife or pizza cutter.
  6. You can cook them right away in boiling salt water or dry them completely and store for up to a month.

 

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How To Freeze Waffles, Pancakes, And French Toast For Easy Weekday Breakfasts

This is the easiest thing EVER.  Why have I not been doing this for years!?!?  I love easy, yet healthy breakfast foods.  The kind that I don’t have to worry about on weekday mornings.  Lately when I have the time, I make a HUGE batch of fluffy whole wheat pancakes, or waffles and then freeze whatever is left.  When I have bread that’s getting a little old I make french toast and put it in the freezer.  (sorry chickens no more stale bread for you)

How to freezeThis is how I do it:  Take your cooled off leftover pancakes, waffles, or french toast and layer them on a cookie sheet with parchment paper. (I have gone up to 4 layers)  Try to make sure they are not touching so you don’t have to hack them apart.

Freezing BreakfastPlace them in the freezer until they are frozen through.  The more layers the longer it will take.  I just leave mine in over night.  When they are frozen through, place them in a dated, resealable, freezer bag and put them back in the freezer.

Freezer WafflesIt’s that easy, and now you have a homemade, fast, healthy breakfast on hand.

To reheat them on those crazy weekday mornings, just pop them in the toaster.  You may have to adjust the timing or temperature on your toaster so they have time to thaw out and toast.  My girls use the toaster for the waffles, pancakes, and french toast, but if you aren’t into crispy pancakes and french toast you can always microwave them for 1 to 2 minutes or preheat the oven or toaster oven to 350 degrees and bake them for 10 to 15 minutes.

It’s sooooo nice to have yummy, healthy options in the morning that don’t come from a box.  🙂

 

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January 2014 – A Month Of Photos From The Red Double Wide

The beginning of 2014 got off to a rough start.  The flu made it’s way through our house and my class room, then once we got rid of that, a nasty cold made it’s rounds too.  I THINK we are all on the mend now and maybe I can get a little caught up on EVERYTHING.

Along with our health, the weather was a bit off too.  We started January with very mild temperatures.  Mild enough that we were even able to hire Uncle Tom to come and finish building our fence around the barnyard.  Building fence in January is a very rare thing around here.  Well, for everyone but Uncle Tom…

New FenceThe fence is now complete and it looks GREAT!

Kitty in the windowThe weather was so unusually mild I was even finding myself wishing for snow and wondering what happened to winter. (I never wish for snow)

Dust BathThe chickens loved the mild weather; here they are enjoying a nice dust bath.

Eggs of plentyWith the addition of a few hours of artificial light in their coop we are still getting PLENTY of eggs this winter.

Winter did finally come, but not in the way we were hoping for.  Instead of some nice fluffy snow, we got a layer of ice in the form of freezing rain then the freezing fog settled in and stayed awhile.  Freezing fog is not a stranger around here, but this stuff was NASTY and it seemed it would never go away.

FrostHere is a couple of willow trees laying on our brand new fence.  Sure glad Tom finished clipping the wire before all this showed up!

Heavy FrostAfter a few days the trees started snapping, and our drive way turned into an ice skating rink.

DSCN1045 (480x640)DSCN1048 (480x640)After about 2 weeks of this frozen wonderland the fog lifted a bit and we thought the sun was coming……but, not before it dumped another 1/2 inch of freezing rain on us over night.  This caused near by power poles to snap and of course many more trees.  We lost power and all the local schools were cancelled for the day.  I was still recovering from a cold so I took the opportunity to grab a book and curl up under a blanket.  After 12 hours of no power, I was reminded of how thankful I am for the little things in life…..like flushing toilets and warm water.  The sun did FINALLY come out, and the frost disappeared VERY quickly.

The SUNOur poor trees…. 🙁  The image below is of one of the seven tops from our big white fir tree that broke out.  Seven tops gives a clue that such heavy hoar frosts have happened before, but we’ve seen nothing like this in the near fifteen years living here.  This top drove itself into the somewhat frozen ground well over a foot, and sticks nearly ten feet in the air.

BranchI see a huge bonfire in our near future…..hotdogs anyone?

DSCN1075 (640x480)On a happier note, Digger did some bartering with a good friend of ours and we ended up with a freezer full of grass fed beef!  Oh, how we have been enjoying beef, lots of beef!  We ended the month by celebrating Little Chefs 11th birthday.  What a blessing she is. 🙂

Thanks for stopping by the Red Double Wide!

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