We Are Deep In the Heart of Texas

Nomadic seasons of farming adventures with nature thrown in to include; a pinch of family, snippets of friends, counting our blessings, paying IT forward, home school, and the spicy things I decide to rant about.

Friday, November 19, 2010

Have Ya'll Been Feeling Ick?

I don't know maybe it is just this weather: 80s one day and the next chilly, windy, down to the 40s.  Today, I am sipping lots of peppermint tea for my sore throat and achy head. 
Our hens have fun hiding their eggs from us and look for places that are hard to reach and out of sight of predatory birds. 
Saenz gets a kick out our one of our production reds. She bascially buries herself completely before laying and hollars at any hen or boy who dares to interrupt her at work. Each evening, we go on an egg hunt while putting the ladies in their coops.  It is a nice way to end our work day outside.
This happy young man is really enjoying the computer Grumpy Gramps sent to our family.  Later in the year, when hubby has time perhaps he will build Cubby Bear a desk that is his size. Then Cubby will have a work station all his own.  Last night he was so thrilled with learning how to set up his software and played counting games -- he just was beaming as ya'll can see.
Thanks Grumpy Gramps!
This is my first jar of refrigerator pickled serrano peppers. Cubby Bear and I picked the bush clean since, a large cold front is moving down into our area next week.  We had fun making the brine, cleaning the peppers, adding the spices and other items to fill the jar for cold storage.  We are anxious to see if hubby will like them later this year.  Thanks Lady Bloggers, whom I follow for the idea on this learning event.
With hubby working on second shift, the kids and I usually have meatless dinners.  I don't know what it is about Texan men folk, they basically insist on flesh at every meal; at least in my experience.  So until hubby is back on days.  We go meatless, this is a really quick rice pudding (without raisins) recipe I found on a Ricelands box. I modified it for the boy's taste. It's a simple dish we all like and it uses up some of the eggs we find.

Southern Rice Pudding:
1 c rice                               
4 c milk, *divided
2 tbsp butter
1 c sugar (I add 1/4c more)
1 tbsp vanilla extract
4 eggs
1/4 tsp cinnamon, and dash of nutmeg

Soak rice in 2c milk and vanilla for 2 hours at room temp.  Add remaining milk to rice and cook over low heat for 30 mins until rice is tender.  Set aside to cool

Preheat oven to 350F

Combine softened butter with sugar.  Beat eggs until forthy, add sugar mixture , spice, rice and mix well.  Pour into a greased baking pan.   I used 13" x  9" or rounds.  Bake for 45 mins.

Tonight, I am going to make a egg dish called Goldenrod Egg, mom used to make. She learned the recipe in high school home economics back in the 1960s.  You know it's good if Southern cooks taught it in schools. It's basically a white sauce gravy with chopped boiled egg served over toast.  YUMMY!

Here is a link to a recipe but, I usually just do my own version.

Anyway peeps, stay warm and dry.  Off to take a nap (wishful thinking) or book diving.


polly's path said...

I love me some rice pudding! I have a rum raisin recipe that we love, but yours is much easier, I might try it on Sunday afternoon.

Anonymous said...

Hey girl, Hope your feeling better real soon. Love the red hen hiding. I have one that hides under the hay. First time she did it I almost stepped on her. I thought to myself, 'Why is that hay lumped up and reached down to find out and she chirped to let me know she was under the hay. I find it funny.
I also enjoy meatless dinners.

Sharon said...

I seldom eat meat when DH is gone - except for when I crave a steak :O

Love the hen upt to her head in the box, hen behavior has always been a puzzle to me.

Janet said...

I wondered what the little spot of red was among the saw dust- !
Sometimes its nice pleasing yourself at mealtimes if you don`t have to cook for other people-I love pasta dishes [hubbie doesn`t ]so thats always my treat spaghetti carbonara

Judy's Corner said...

Looks like you are having fun, and continuing to build great memories together. It doesn't get much better than that!

John Gray jgsheffield@hotmail.com said...

love the buried hen story......
I have never seen that before!
very funny
have a good weekend ok?

mixednut555 said...


Nekkid Chicken said...

Hey Polly, It's a really simple recipe. I prefer quick and easy when hubby is not sitting down to a meal. Loved reading your posts today. :O)

Barbara, Isn't she a hoot? It is fun to watch her bury herself; maybe she was a mole in her first life.

SHARON!!!!!! Nice to 'see' ya back on line posting. Hope your next surgery goes as well.

Janet, We do lots of pasta and rice dishes in one pot when hubby is working. Our fav is plain white rice with heated cream of mushroom or chicken soup poured over it.

Thanks Ms. Judy, I appreciate you kind words and encouragement.

John, Next time I will try to capture her antics on camera for you. It is fun to watch her.

BAWK BAWK back my sister. :O)

Jennifer said...

I hope you are feeling better soon! The "buried" chicken and the way you described her just cracked me up. She sounds like quite the funny character!

Nekkid Chicken said...

Thanks Ladies and John, I am up and about feeling quite hyper this week.