DIY- The Best Stuffing for in the Bird

Sage Stuffing

(for in a bird)

(18 servings- or fits in about a 12 lb. bird)

1 (12oz) package of stuffing mix

3 Cups of water

1 Onion (large & diced)

4 Celery Sticks chopped

4 Tbl Sage

If you’d like to make out of the bird this recipe works great too.  Just add your turkey dripping to total your liquids to no more than 5 Cups.

 

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Sweet Potato Pie

Sweet Potato Pie

 

1 pound of yams please…

Boil yams…

While those sweet potatoes are softening up, find your mixer and bowl.

Add White Sugar, Milk , Eggs, Nutmeg, Cinnamon, and Vanilla Extract to your bowl.   Set aside.

In a large bowl mash yams then add 1/2 Cup of butter.

 

Fold mixture into mashed yams and butter.  Spread evenly in a deep dish 9 inch pie pan containing and unbaked flaky pie crust.  Bake for 1 hour on 350 or when knife comes out clean upon testing.  Serve this most delicious sweet potato pie recipe with a dollop of homemade chilled cool whip.

Sweet Potato Pie

1 lb. Sweet Potatoes (freshly boiled, peeled & mashed)

1/2 Cup Butter

1 Cup White Sugar

1/2 Cup Milk

2 Eggs

1/2 tsp. Nutmeg

3/4 tsp. Cinnamon

1 tsp. Vanilla Extract

Bake 1 hour at 350 degrees.

 

Dilly Cucumbers

Dilly Cucumbers

In a large salad bowl dissolve sugar in white vinegar.

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Add cucumbers, onions, and a few sprigs of fresh dill weed.

Variation:  Add 1 Cup of miracle whip for a creamy, delicious dressing.

Eat those veggies!

Dilly Cucumbers Recipe:

3/4 Cup White Vinegar

1 Tbl Sugar

1 1/2 tsp dried dill weed

2 Large onions sliced into rings

6-8 medium to large cucumbers

Variation:  Add 1 Cup of miracle whip for a cream dressing.

 

 

French Silk Pie

Sweet creamy chocolate silk pie is SO delicious, nummy!  This will complete any dessert table.  However, my French Chocolate Silk Pie recipe is made with raw eggs and uncooked eggs, which is not recommended for pregnant women, elderly and children.  We make this in our home and wanted to share a great recipe but if you’re looking for a recipe without the hassle of serving raw eggs check out another wonderful recipe of mine:

French Silk Pie

Get out your mixing bowl…

 

Cream butter and bakers sugar.

Blend in cocoa and vanilla.

Add on egg, then whip for 5 minutes until fluffy, do the same with the remaining 3 eggs.  Slowly adding one at a time and whipping.  Whip until fluffy.

French Chocolate Silk Pie

1 Cup Butter

1 1/2 Cups White Bakers Sugar (finer than regular white sugar)

7 Tbl Unsweetened Cocoa

2 tsp Vanilla extract

1/2 tsp Almond extract

4 eggs

1 baked flaky pie crust

 Enjoy!  Feel free to comment & share your pie pictures!  Nummy!

DIY Mouth Watering Buttermilk Biscuits

Mouth Watering Biscuits

Combine flour, baking powder and salt in a bowl.  Cut in Crisco.  When coarse, then add milk and stir with fork then form a ball

On a lightly floured surface place a ball of dough.  Knead 10X to mix in shortening.  Roll out 1/2 inch thick and cut round biscuits out with cutter or a floured mason jar will do the job as well.

Biscuits

2 Cups of sifted Flour

3 tsp Baking Powder

1 tsp salt

1/3 Cup of Crisco

3/4 Cup Milk

 

Sweet Cocoa Fudge

After taking a nice vacation this past summer, my boys had a knack for making fudge.  We located this little shop and watched a seasoned woman making homemade fudge.  All sorts of flavors, and delicious concoctions for even for the “not- a- fudge- lover” like myself.  Admittedly, she made this amazingly sour fudge, that left a melting sweet & sour smooth fudge melting in your mouth.  Delicious!  We make just about everything homemade, simply because we like it that way and it’s fun to do it together!  Fudge; however, we have made a few times, but the kids wanted to learn how to make their own concoctions.  So we started with this simple recipe.  We’ll share more about our fudge experimenting later.

  This is a rich, sweet chocolate fudge treat.

Sweet Cocoa Fudge

3 Cups of Sugar

2/3 Cup Cocoa

1/8 tsp. salt

1 1/2 Cups Milk

1/4 Cup Butter

1 tsp Vanilla Extract

(Optional to add nuts- 1 Cup of chopped nuts- walnuts is our favorite)

Foil a pan, in a heavy saucepan stir sugar, cocoa, milk and salt.  Bring to a boil over medium heat.  When at a full rolling boil DO NOT until 234 degrees F or until syrup like.  (If you do not have a candy thermometer no worries.  Take a drop on a spoon and drop into cold water- a ball should form.)  Then remove from heat add butter and vanilla.  DO NOT STIR!  Cool to 110 degrees F.  Then beat with a wooden spoon to thicken evenly.  As it begins to loose its gloss, prepare pan.**  Pour into pan.  Cool.  Then cut into small squares.  makes app. 36 pieces of fudge or 1 3/4lb.

**Optional- add 1 cup of nuts into prepared pan (walnuts, pecans or almonds work great).

 

Happy Waffle Day!!!

Who does not love waffles?  In honor of waffle day, here is a recipe for waffles!!! 

First: beat 2 eggs with 2 Tablespoons of Sugar.  Mix in 1 & 3/4 Cups Milk or buttermilk.  Stir in 1/2 Cup of Oil.  Mix well.  Then whip in 1 teaspoon of vanilla, dash or salt and add in 4 teaspoons of Baking Powder.  Fold in 2 Cups of flour.  Stir and mix until batter is smooth.  Whip to create a light and fluffy batter for delicious waffles.   Add batter into hot greased waffle iron.  Cook until brown.  Best served hot.

Serve with butter and maple syrup, cool whip and fruit, powder sugar dusting OR with cinnamon and sugar sprinkled on top!  Enjoy for breakfast or anytime of the day!  Add toppings to make great desserts as well!  (Ice Creams, marmalades, drizzles, candy sprinkles, etc.)

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Green Bean Casserole

Green Bean Casserole

Green bean casserole is a hit at any gathering.  We especially enjoy this wonderful dish at virtually any pot luck or get- together!  It is a wonderful filler side dish that goes great with any main course.  Here is this fantastic recipe:

Green Bean Casserole

Mix all ingredients together and place in 3 quart baking dish.  Then stir in 1/2 of the french fried onions.  Save remaining onions for last 5 minutes of baking.

2- 10.75 oz cans of cream of mushroom soup

1 Cup of Half and half

4 Cans of French Style Green beans

(or 8 Cups of fresh cooked beans is best)

*Save remaining onions for last 5 minutes of baking*

XLarge Can of French Fried onions

Bake in 3 Qt. dish for 25 minutes at 350 degrees.  Don’t forget to top with the remaining saved french fried onions.

 

DIY Layer Chicken Feed Recipe for Hens

Depending on where you live, feed can be a vital factor in raising chickens.  Today chicken feed is becoming more available each day.  Within the last year or two we actually have been given choices as to where and what to purchase for our layer feed.  Prior to the last few years, there was only one type of feed available.  A farm could order online OR make a monthly haul and drive over 150 miles to the nearest feed mill/ feed store.  With conveniences and more options we have looked into what we really wanted to feed our feathery friends.  Depending on the purpose and a farmers preference, there are still a lot of combinations for layer feed.  With taking all factors into account we found this great recipe base.
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A general Layer Chicken Feed Recipe:

4 scoops corn

6 scoops

2 scoops lentils

2 scoops wheat bran

2 scoops barley

2 scoops green split peas

2 scoops sesame seed

2 scoops quinoa

4 scoops sunflowers

1 scoop crushed nuts

2 scoops of wheat bran

2 scoops of oat grouts

12 scoops of wheat (half white, half red)

1 scoop of diatomaceous earth

We have also used a mixture of layer feed and grains, here is what our layer feed mix contains:

Layer feed

corn

oats

molasses

During the winter we offer a “scratch” broiler type mix to fatten the hens a bit, along with sprouted oats and sunflower seeds (make a fodder).  This allows 1lb of dry feed to make about 1.5- 1.75 lbs. of fodder feed AND the chickens love the fresh greens.

You can click HERE for my post on fodder that we sprout for our rabbits, chickens, ducks and goats.