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

My favorite time of year!

spring The animals are LOVING the warmer weather.

cat

chickenMy chickens egg yolks went from yellow to dark orange as soon as the new grass popped up and the bugs came out!

Spring!

Guess What

lilacCompost in the gardenUncle Tom came over and dumped the compost pile into the garden.  Hopefully this will help amend our poor soil on the east side of the garden.  Why do we have poor soil only on the east side of the garden?  Well, it has something to do with a retired go-cart track.  Read more about that here.

EcoGlow20Another great thing about spring is CHICKS!  This came in the mail today, so we are off to pick up some chicks tomorrow!!  Today is also the first day of our spring break and I’m looking forward to getting LOTS done in and out of the house this week.

So glad y’all stopped by.  Happy spring everyone!!

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Homemade Onion Soup Mix Packets

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I used to go through LOTS of store bought onion soup mix packets.  I would buy them in bulk and put them in tons of stuff like tater tot casserole, hamburger patties, on pot roast or oven roasted potatoes…..the list goes on.  Then I became more aware of what I feed my family and I started reading labels…… 🙁  Sadly, I stopped buying them and for a long time we just did without.  Then I found this recipe and now I just make up several “packets” at a time!  This way I have them on hand to use anytime my little heart desires……which is often,… VERY often. 😀

Homemade Onion Soup Mix 1This is super easy, but there are lots of spices to get out and measure, so if you’re in a hurry it can be a little frustrating…especially if you’re used to ripping open a little envelope and dumping it in.  That being said I recommend while you have the spices out, make up several batches. 🙂

Homemade Onion Soup Mix Packets

4.7 from 7 reviews
Homemade Onion Soup Mix Packets
 
This will make one "packet" of onion soup mix.
Author:
Ingredients
  • 3 tablespoons dried minced onion
  • 1 teaspoon parsley flakes
  • ½ teaspoon onion powder
  • ½ teaspoon turmeric
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon celery salt
  • ¼ teaspoon sugar
  • ¼ teaspoon ground pepper
  • ⅛ teaspoon garlic powder
Instructions
  1. Place all ingredients into a small resealable container or bag and shake.

That’s it, onion soup mix packets without MSG!

Onion soup mixI get my super fresh organic herbs and spices from Mountain Rose Herbs.  They will make your from scratch cooking taste even better!!  Mountain Rose Herbs is a great company with a cool web site.  Go check it out, you will not be disappointed. 😀

This recipe was adapted from Laura at Heavenly Homemakers

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Chicken Noodle Soup With Homemade Noodles

I’m excited to share this one with you!  I’ve made chicken noodle soup many, many times but this one is by far my favorite.  I think it’s the homemade noodles and homemade chicken stock…..yummmmm!

Chicken Noodle SoupStart out by chopping up a medium sized onion and a cup of carrots.  Add them to a big pot with olive oil, minced garlic, parsley, basil, and thyme.  You can add celery too, somebody in our house doesn’t like celery so I leave it out.

SoupSaute for a few minutes until the onions are cooked.  The carrots will not be done yet, but they will finish cooking in the stock.  It will smell amazing!  Add the chicken stock, shredded chicken, salt, and a bay leaf to the pot.

Chicken StockLet it simmer for a half hour or so, while you make the noodles.  Here is the recipe for homemade egg noodles.  I use about half of that recipe in this soup.

Egg NoodlesAdd the noodles to the simmering pot, the fresh noodles will cook in just a couple minutes.  If you made your noodles ahead of time and added them dry, it will take a bit longer.  When the noodles are done remove the bay leaf, add salt and pepper to taste and your soup is ready to serve!

Chicken Noodle Soup With Homemade Noodles
 
Author:
Recipe type: soup
Serves: 4
Ingredients
  • 1 medium sized onion, chopped
  • 1 cup chopped carrots
  • ½ teaspoon dried thyme
  • 2 teaspoons dried parsley flakes
  • ½ teaspoon dried basil
  • 3 minced garlic cloves
  • 1 - 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 quarts chicken stock
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 2 cups shredded chicken
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • homemade egg noodles
  • salt and pepper to taste
Instructions
  1. In a big pot saute onion, carrots, thyme, parsley, basil, and garlic in the olive oil until the onions are cooked through.
  2. Add the chicken stock, shredded chicken, bay leaf, and salt to the pot and simmer while you make the noodles. (let it simmer for at least a ½ hour)
  3. Add the fresh noodles or dry noodles that you made ahead of time to the simmering pot and let the noodles cook thoroughly.
  4. Remove the bay leaf and add salt and pepper to taste.

 

chicken soup with homemade noodlesThis makes a hearty meal for four people. I usually double it and enjoy leftovers. 🙂

 

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Sweet Relish Deviled Eggs

With all the egg recipes I’ve posted you would think I’d have shared a deviled egg recipe a long time ago.  The truth is, I never had a recipe before; I just kind of added whatever, and then a little more of whatever until it tasted good.  So I decided I needed to take the time and measure everything so I could share the recipe.  Little Chef wanted to help as usual, so I let her peel the eggs.  While she was doing this I left the kitchen for another chore.  When I returned she already had them peeled, washed, cut in half, the yolks were mashed up, and most of the ingredients were in the bowl.  When I told her I had wanted to measure the ingredients, she looked at me like I was from Mars.  So I explained that I wanted to share the recipe as a blog post.  She rolled her eyes…..that happens A LOT since she turned eleven last month.  It seems the older she gets, the more ridiculous I get.  Anyway, I decided to just look in the bowl and “guess” at how much of what she had put in and go from there.  Her eggs turned out VERY yummy, so I was hoping I had “guessed” correctly.  The next weekend I made the eggs again using the “new recipe” and took pictures along the way. They tasted just like Little Chefs yummy eggs!  Maybe I should have called these “Little Chefs Sweet Relish Deviled Eggs”?  Maybe not,… I don’t need the eye roller getting a big head or anything.

Sweet Relish Deviled EggsStart off by hard boiling a dozen eggs.  Here is my tip on how to boil and EASILY peel farm fresh eggs.  It’s a life saver if you have very fresh eggs and you don’t want them mutilated when you peel them.  After you have peeled the eggs, wash them, cut them in half and place the yolks into a bowl.

Deviled EggsMash the yolks with a fork, add the rest of the ingredients and stir well.  Then taste it….salt?…pepper?…more relish?  It’s all up to you!

Making Deviled EggsThis came out a little lumpy, so I used the immersion blender on it for a few seconds. (Love that thing!)

After it’s all mixed up, spoon the filling into a plastic bag, seal the bag, cut a small hole in the bottom corner, and squeeze the yolk filling through the hole into the empty egg whites.  For years I would carefully spoon the filling into each egg, the plastic bag method is WAY faster, and much more fun!

eggsSprinkle a little paprika on top and you’re done!

All DoneHere’s Little Chefs recipe for delicious “Sweet Relish Deviled Eggs”:

5.0 from 2 reviews
Sweet Relish Deviled Eggs
 
Makes 24 deviled eggs.
Author:
Ingredients
  • 1 dozen hard boiled eggs peeled
  • ½ cup mayo
  • ¼ cup sweet relish
  • 1 tablespoon mustard
  • 2 teaspoons horseradish sauce
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • paprika for sprinkling
Instructions
  1. Cut your peeled hard boiled eggs in half length wise.
  2. Place the egg whites on a tray and the yolks in a mixing bowl.
  3. Smash the eggs yolks with a fork.
  4. Add the first 5 ingredients to the yolks and stir.
  5. If it's to lumpy for your liking you can use an immersion blender to make it a little smoother.
  6. Do a taste test and add salt and pepper if needed.
  7. Spoon the filling into the egg whites or use a plastic bag as described above.
  8. Sprinkle each egg with a little paprika.

 

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

Goodbye February….Hello March!  If you saw January’s photos you know we have had some crazy weather, and February was no exception.  It did finally snow, then melted extremely fast.  It was nice to have that long awaited white stuff around for a couple days, but now I feel that winter is complete and it can go….away….any minute!

Finally SNOW! (480x640)We got about a foot of snow, so school was cancelled that day and it was nice to stay home.

Brave chickenThe chickens were not happy about it and only one brave lady ventured out of the coop that day.

Chicken in the snowThe human girls enjoyed the snow much more than the chicken girls. 🙂

Fun in the snowTemperatures dipped down into the single digits several times.

Frozen eggsJo came back from the coop and said, “look mom, every chicken laid an egg today!….But, 5 of them froze and cracked”.  I was disappointed, the dogs and cats were not. 🙂

I got a shiny new washer and dryer a couple weeks ago.

DSCN1399 (640x480)It was one of those things we have been putting off for a LONG time.  Who wants to spend money on a washer and dryer when there are sooo many other “fun” things to spend money on.  Like a new, bigger chicken coop. 🙂  It got to the point that we couldn’t ignore the horrible sounds coming from our old washer and dryer.  I was really bummed about it at first, then I realized how fortunate we are that God had provided for us financially and we were able to purchase these very necessary items!  Now that I have them home and have used them, I have to confess,…  I REALLY like them.

Just a couple days ago God provided AGAIN.  This time it wasn’t a necessity, but it was something I’ve been wanting and dreaming about for some time now.  Please don’t laugh…..

DSCN1407 (640x480)IT’S MY NEW CHICKEN COOP!!!!!  Yes, it’s a big empty box off the back of a truck…  Digger needed this thing off the truck it came on so he can turn it into a mini log truck.  All it needs is a chicken door, a people door, a window, and a paint job!  I’m so excited!  I’ll keep posting updates on my redneck chicken coop. 😉

Thanks for stopping by the red double wide!

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