Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Boiled Egg Salad Sandwiches

Boiled Eggs Salad Sandwiches

served on my hubby's Fresh Bread (recipe for the bread later)

5 Boiled Eggs - peeled
1/4 -1/3 C. Miracle Whip or Mayonnaise
Sliced bread (6 slices as this made 3 large sandwiches)
1 tsp. Salt
1 tsp. Paprika
A few drops of Tabasco if desired, this adds such a yummy factor!

Combine all ingredients. I use a strawberry/egg slicer to get the eggs sliced nicely to start off. Add the seasonings and dressing, finish combing until your desired consistency. Spread across sliced bread, sprinkle with a bit more paprika and serve immediately. Yummy, yummy, yummy! 

No this isn't trick photography, my hens lay us wonderful eggs with very bright yellow yolks.

Increase or decrease amounts depending on how many sandwiches you would like to make. 
This is a family favorite

Saturday, April 16, 2016

Coop or Hutch Natural Cleaner

As I love and adore the Fresh Eggs Daily Blog I found this wonderful coop cleaning recipe on her blog.

I only had ONE small problem the other day... I needed to clean out our rabbit hutch from where our new bunnies decided to pee inside their nest - on the wood.
I couldn't wait a full month for the cleaner to be ready.

Hence I made a NOW batch omitting the vanilla and cinnamon and adding in all the goodness of the oranges.
I pulped them, squeezed them and even zested them so that every bit of orangeness was mixed into the vinegar.
I have a second batch made properly setting downstairs so I can clean the coop out in a month, but yesterday was shear desperation of getting the rabbit pee off of everything!

Ingredients for the proper mix
Four oranges (or six limes, four lemons or two grapefruit or a mix)
Two cinnamon sticks
Two vanilla beans 
 Bottle of white vinegar (or cheap vodka)
Two canning jars
Spray bottle

Due to the thick mix of desperation I ended up straining it into a large tin can I couldn't spray the rabbit hutch with it in a spray bottle but used a thick Ikea hand cleaning scrub brush to scrub the walls of the rabbit hutch.
Afterwards it smells amazing! No more nasty, vile pee smell (and with rabbits it gets STRONG smelling).
So really this recipe is great for many small animal areas and is fantastic for cleaning up strong smelling odors!
I can't wait to try to right mix on the chicken coop!

Thursday, March 17, 2016

Broiler Barbecue Rabbit

There are a few things to know about cooking Rabbit. The majority of recipes call for long cook times at a lower heat.
As this was my first time cooking rabbit I turned to the BEST source I could think of.
My Grandma's old Modern Encyclopedia of Cooking circa 1947.
                         Broiler Barbecued Rabbit

1 dressed rabbit, 1 1/2 lbs                       1/8 tsp pepper
2 cups cold water                                     1 tsp sugar
2 tsp salt                                                   1 tbsp lemon juice
1/4 cup butter, melted                             1 tsp Worcestershire sauce
4 tsp grated onion                                   1/4 c water
1 tsp salt

Start broiler oven 10 min before baking. Set to mod hot (350F).
Clean and wash the rabbit thoroughly. Cut into serving pieces place in bowl, cover with cold water and add salt (first units of water and salt).
Soak 1 1/2 hours. Drain, pat dry with paper towels. Melt butter in saucepan, remove from heat, add remaining ingredients and beat thoroughly.
Dip rabbit pieces in sauce and arrange on aluminum foil-lined shallow pan and place in broiler 3 inches from heat source.
Broil 30 min, basting with remaining sauce every 10 min.

After top side is well browned, turn rabbit over increase heat to 375F and broil another 40 min, basting frequently.
Increase heat to 400F and broil 15 minutes so that meat brown richly. Remove to platter, pour remaining sauce over rabbit and serve with rice.

After turning the first time

Now I'm not that great at sticking to recipes. Due to time constraints I used all the methods and very few of the actual ingredients.
I had a 2.3 lbs rabbit, we soaked it for over 2 hours. Then I basted it with a store bought BBQ sauce mixed with melted butter.
After it was cooked, I heated extra BBQ sauce before drizzling it over the cooked meat and the white rice.


I know I've stopped posting recipes for the last little bit and that truly is a shame since my cooking this last year has really taken off but I will try to post more of the unusual things I've been cooking!
For cooking rabbit the very first time this was a WIN!

Sunday, April 5, 2015

Easter Crockpot Ham

This year the hubby wanted a very simple meal with just us. This is opposite of how we normally spend holidays.
In fact last year for Easter I had my dad and stepmother, Shayne, Sara & Sue. After the dinner Lori came by as well.
Alright so I am the person who likes to make everything BIG. I LOVE to cook big, eat big, party large and just surround myself with friends and family.
I also normally have a HUGE meal.
Due to the smallness (just us four) I downsized my menu. 

I also get the irony of serving ham on Easter. We celebrate the life and resurrection of a Jew (Jesus) with ham... but since I can't afford a full Passover meal or Lamb at all... we did ham.
I found this trick on Pinterest a few years ago and will NEVER EVER make Ham any other way!
This makes it so tender and juicy, it literally falls off the bone. Hubby didn't have use the knife once!

Crockpot Rootbeer Ham

1 C. Rootbeer

Add items to crock pot, cook on low for a few hours (4-6 hours). Cover with tinfoil if your crock pot lid doesn't fit. Every hour pour the juice/soda over the top of the ham to keep the top moist. If your ham came with a glaze packet, instead of adding water to it, use the extra juice from the ham.

I served the ham with a glaze as well as scalloped potatoes and broccoli. While it was a small meal for a holiday it was delicious!

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Spicy Thai Chicken & Noodles

My original post ~ Oh Sesame! was just the noodles with grilled chicken on the side. Good, but missing something.
The next time I made the noodles (which I LOVE!) I thought it would taste even better with fresh cut lettuce.
So I went to make it and starting thinking that I also wanted chicken...
Voila the best dish EVER was created!

Spicy Thai Chicken & Noodles 

1 box Angel hair pasta
1-2 tbsp. crushed red pepper    (1 for yum, 2 for HOT)
1/4 C. Veg. Oil
1/2 C. Sesame Oil
6 tbsp. Honey
6 tbsp. Soy Sauce
(one cube of cilantro if you don't have fresh) 
4-6 Chicken Tenders - grilled
1 Head of Romaine Lettuce

To taste and to add right before serving green onions, cilantro, peanuts & toasted sesame seeds. 

Boil, cook & drain pasta.
Heat both oils & crushed red pepper. If using the cilantro mini cube add to oils and heat over med heat in a small pan.
Strain, reserve oil.
Add honey & soy sauce to oil reserve and whisk.
Toss noodles to coat - refrigerate several hours until chilled.
Top each serving with chopped green onions, cilantro peanuts & sesame seeds.

Cut lettuce and bed it on the bottom of however many plates (serves 2-4)
Top with noodles and toppings including cut up grilled chicken.

Honestly its heaven!

Monday, March 11, 2013

Saucy Apricot Chicken ~ Slow Cooker

Saucy Apricot Chicken

4-6 boneless skinless Chicken breast
1 (12oz-15oz) jar Apricot preserves
1 pkg or 1/4 C dry onion soup mix

Place all items in Crock pot (slow cooker)
cook on low 4 1/2 - 5 hours.

Serve with rice or on rolls.
I added 1 cup of small veggies to the rice and then topped it with some of the remaining sauce in the cooker, was amazing!

Sunday, March 10, 2013

Improved H.E Laundry Soap

Powdered Laundry Soap

3 bars Fels Naptha - grate fine - scroll down for some great tips!
1 box (76 oz) Borax
1 box (55 oz) Washing Soda
2 C. Baking Soda
2 containers OxyClean (I of course use dye free ALL now also makes a Oxy soap which I adore!)
1-2 containers of Purex Fabric Softener Crystal (1 for large, 2 for small)

1 large container. I bought a 10 lb pet tub. This way it opens easily but has a better seal than most.

Mix all ingredients together and store in a cool dry place.

To use 2 Tbsp. per load. 1 Tbps for a small load.

To grate the Fels Naptha the easy way, cut the bar with a knife into smaller chunks and add to a food processor. Add a cup of washing soda, or borax or oxyclean and pulse until grated.
I only have a tiny processor so it took a bit to do all three bars.

Note: this makes almost 10 lbs of soap that is safe for any High Energy washer. (will work in regular as well)
The place I found this claimed that it lasts a family of four a full year and costs roughly 30.00.
I don't think it will last us a year. Instead I am banking on 6 months. However 6 months of laundry soap for 30.00 is still amazing!


I was down to my last 1 inch of soap so I went and made another full batch. Not only did it last 13 months in a house of 4 people (2 very dirty children) we still weren't all the way done!
I LOVED this soap!

Also I did the Fels Naptha differently this time and would highly recommend it. Using my processor I shredded all three blocks, then I poured it out into another bowl, added the large spinning blade, re-added the shredded and then chopped it up for a few minutes splitting the batch in half and using 1 cup of baking soda with each half. MUCH finer!

The price this time was closer to 35.00 dollars but for a great laundry soap that will last more than a year that is pennies per load! (we average 4-5 loads a week)