Saturday, March 31, 2018

Stuffed Eggs -- SO MANY WAYS!!!!

I couldn't be MORE thrilled that spring is here and we are finally getting an OVER abundance of eggs!  We have been having some of our FAVORITE egg recipes again!  My son absolutely LOVES stuffed eggs.  Typically I just make your typical deviled eggs.  You know, the kind that uses mayonnaise, pickle relish, and maybe a sprinkle of paprika to look pretty.  Well, today I'll be sharing with you some of the not-so-ordinary style of "Stuffed Eggs" that I have served for family and friends! 

For each of the following recipes, you'll want to start with 1 dozen peeled hard boiled eggs.  I have become a big instant pot fan, and find that is the best way to cook my fresh eggs!  There are all kinds of ideas out there on what to do, but I tell you what, the shells peel off perfectly!  It's the only way for me now!  Once you have your eggs cooked and cooled, cut in half and separate the whites from the yolk.  The whites can be placed on a tray and refrigerated.  Take out the yolk and with a fork or food processor, crumble to an even consistency.

How about trying Buffalo Style?  You know, instead of wings, have eggs!  Great for Super Bowl!  To your bowl of crumbled whites you'll add 1/4 c/ each Mayonnaise, Sour Cream, Cayenne pepper sauce to taste, and ranch dip mix.  I make my own dried dip mix!  You can find out about all of my dip mixes on the facebook page!  Blend well!  Stuff your filling back into the egg whites.  Slice 1 stalk of celery very small, and quite then.  Sprinkle on top of eggs.  I also like to add a bit of feta or blue cheese!  This recipe just makes me think football, cold beverages, and good friends.  And we can all say YUM!


So this next recipe is so good that I had to give you 3 different angles.  I mean, I've always said that cheese goes with everything, but had NO clue how in love I'd be with these Pimento Style Cheese stuffed eggs!  They have Southern Love written all over them, even if I am in Kansas! So grab your crumbled egg yolks and in a bowl combine 1/3 block cream cheese, 1/2 c. shredded cheese (cheddar is best) 1/4 c. mayonnaise, 2-3 TBS canned pimentos.  WARNING:  Do NOT eat all the filling, you will need to place some back into the whites, and share with others!

And if the two previous options weren't enough to get your tastebuds going, then Surely this last one will!  I mean ... bacon ... common ... who can resist bacon!  But are your eyes playing tricks?  Are those eggs Green?  Why yes Dr. Seuss they are!  We're going to make Avocado Stuffed Eggs with Bacon Baby!  Again, you'll grab your crumbled eggs and place in a bowl.  Make sure you have a ripe avocado peeled and ready to go.  This takes place of the fat of the mayonnaise, so now you just add seasonings as desired.  A little garlic, onion, and salt is good, but the star of the show is BACON!  Have cooked and crumbled bacon cooled and ready to sprinkle on top.  I chose Turkey bacon.  I'd say this is a diet friendly snack for sure, wouldn't you?  

From here the mind can go crazy!  Take the few recipes I've used, and get creative and try something new in your next Stuffed Egg recipe!  Eggs make for great appetizers, snacks, or a main dish!  Take the flavors you like and create something unheard of!  Maybe horseradish filling with a sliver of leftover steak on top!  How about trying something with capers?  Chicken and Mushrooms?  And on and on.....







Thursday, March 29, 2018

Encouraging Hearts and Home 3/29/18


Welcome to Encouraging Hearts & Home

Wow, another week has passed us by!  Can you believe it?  The farmer has his planter out and nearly ready to start the Planting Season!  I've been busy starting seeds and working with transplants.  Sadly, many have fallen to disease and weather changes.  I'm not giving up though, it's early in the season and I can still get plenty of things going in the greenhouse to put out for a wonderful spring and summer garden!  What are you working on in your home? 


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Join your Encouraging Hearts & Home Co-Hosts each week for encouragement and support for your heart & your home. We hope to provide a space that builds each other up and lends a helping hand along the way. With all the negativity in the world, let's shine a positive light!

Anne at Learning TableLinda at Apron Strings & Other Things

Amy at A Nest in the Rocks





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    "Simple" Eggs in a Bologna Cup!



    So the Chickens are laying well again, and it's time to make one of our family favorite meals!  Eggs in a Bologna cup!  I can't exactly remember when I first had this dish, or where I came across the recipe, but know that my kids love them, and I couldn't believe the excitement my oldest expressed when she saw me putting these together.  It's been a bit longer than I realized since we have eaten them, and they're so easy!  Is this something you've ever had before?  Maybe you have different variations you can share with us?



    This time I went to the deli at our local grocer section and purchased some sliced beef bologna.  (The ends I later ground up and made a sandwich spread with).  



    So grab your regular sized muffin pan and grease it.  Then you fold your bologna and stick it inside each cup.


    Because we live on a farm, it's habit for me to crack my eggs open inside a separate dish.  We gather our eggs daily, so it's rarely an issue, but it is nature, and you sometimes get those "oops" eggs here and there!  This also makes it easier to drop the egg inside your bologna "cup"!  It's a as simple as dropping the whole egg into the bologna!



    Once you get all the eggs placed into the bologna, you can wiggle things around a bit to make sure the eggs are down, and you can try and create special and unique cup deigns if you'd like, but in my experience, they kinda have a mind of their own and fall into place on their own.

    Add some pepper and salt, and into the oven they go!  Bake at 350* for anywhere from 10-30 minutes.  This will depend on if you want a soft or hard boiled egg texture.  If you're a poached egg fan, just drizzle a little milk on each cup before placing into the oven!


    Okay, so once you've gotten the eggs to the desired texture, you can either leave as is or add extra toppings.  We chose to add sides of toasted and buttered english muffin and fried potatoes!  You can read about how we made those here: http://www.theinquisitivefarmwife.com/2018/03/easy-fried-potato-cubes.html          
    But if you want to keep the eggs as the star of the show, you can dress them up with cheese, bacon, and hot sauce!  How about some chives too?  maybe some pepper or onion?  The combination ideas are endless!




    So, how do you like your eggs?  Is this a family recipe that you all enjoy?  Is this something new to try?  Let me know!


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    Thursday, March 22, 2018

    Encouraging Hearts and Home 3-22-18


    Welcome to Encouraging Hearts & Home

    Hello Friends!  I sure hope that you are finding Spring to be a beautiful place in your little part of the world!  It sure is here in Northeast Kansas!  The Farmer and I have been trying to acclimate ourselves back into the routine of outside work.  I'm finding that winter keeps us busy in less physical ways, and getting equipment ready, cleaning out and cleaning up the garden, barn, and yard makes a person stiff and sore!  LOL!  Want to know a little more about what we've had going on, then read more here... 

    http://www.theinquisitivefarmwife.com/2018/03/its-officially-spring.html


    The Encouraging Hearts & Home Bloggers:


    Join your Encouraging Hearts & Home Co-Hosts each week for encouragement and support for your heart & your home. We hope to provide a space that builds each other up and lends a helping hand along the way. With all the negativity in the world, let's shine a positive light!

    Anne at Learning TableLinda at Apron Strings & Other Things

    Amy at A Nest in the Rocks





    The most clicked post from last week's Blog Hop was:



    ***Each week, our co-hosts will each choose 10 of our favorite links, along with the most clicked link, and pin them to our Encouraging Hearts & Home Pinterest board. 



     Join us each Thursday! Link up your family-friendly blog posts and find encouragement for your heart & home!

    How to Link Up:







  • Use the form below to share your posts this week, and maybe you'll discover some new ideas from all the fabulous links!












  • Please share only your family friendly posts with us!












  • Please only link up images that you have the rights to use.












  • By linking up, you agree that if your blog post is selected to be featured on any of our hosts' blogs, we can use an image from your post with a link back to your post.










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  • Visit a few other bloggers and show them your support. We all love getting comments, and who knows what inspiration you may find? Be sure to share the love--that's what a blog hop is all about!












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    Tuesday, March 20, 2018

    It's Officially Spring!



    Yup, you heard it right!  Spring IS here!  March 20th is not only my Daddy's birthday, but it's also the mark of a new Season..... SPRING!  That means so many wonderful things!  A different smell in the air, Soft dirt, new life, warmer weather, hopes of rain, and planting season!


     Weather you're a gardener, farmer, or just like to look at flowers ... it's an exciting time of year!  I have all my seeds ordered and many of them already growing either inside my house, or moved out to the "fingers crossed" repaired greenhouse with new updates!  Whoo hoo!

    What all do you plan to plant in your garden?  So far I have my potatoes in the ground!  As far as feelings, I'm quite hopeful for several varieties of tomatoes.  2 varieties of Eggplant.  2 varieties of Strawberries.  Rhubarb.  Several types of peppers.  Some Basil.  And one Lonely Loofah plant.  I have seeds for various squash, and I'm sure we'll be receiving some Corn from our AWESOME seed dealer too!

    I'm very excited to finally get my greenhouse in working order.  It's a great building, but you defiantly have to fight the wind.  Even if you put it in a protected place!   They're just not made for these Kansas winds!  But that doesn't stop me from improving on a good thing!  My darling husband just shakes his head and indulges me.  I better grow and can  him those HOT peppers this year!



     
    Weather here has been wonderful!  I've had a few nice days where I could reclaim my raspberries (well part of them anyway), and begin working the dirt in the garden!  I have so many ideas and plans.  Sure hope I get to them all!  Sitting all winter dreaming about Summer makes for a REALLY busy Spring!  One of the new things I want to add is a raised bed.  Been wanting to do that for years, but I actually went out and purchased new strawberry starts, so I'd better get to planning out that raised bed soon!  Another great idea is to add a washing and prep station outside.  In the past I have taken the produce to the patio, but was inspired by a YouTube channel to build this closer to the garden/animal area!  

     Animal Update:
    Our Boer goat "Spot" had her first birth.  It was un-assisted, and totally caught us off guard.  We didn't even get the chance to see her in labor, and within an hour of our last pregnancy check, twins were here!  They're doing VERY well!  Because they will be sold at fair, we had decided to not name them.  Of course ... within a few days I did!  Bucky (for the Buck) and Doe-Doe (For the Doe). They go on GREAT adventures together!  They've helped us find the weak spots or broken areas of the fence!  Aren't they adorable!





    I am so glad it's the time of year when we start getting Milk and eggs regularly!  It's amazing the difference fresh can make!  And not to mention the pride you get when you've worked so hard to give love and care to these animals.  It's a circle of life that we're so blessed to be a part of!  Farm Life is the best life for us, and we feel so humbled that God has allowed us to enjoy so many of his great creations, and beautiful plan for this earth!



    And since we're talking about milk, Miss Molly Moo-Cow is beginning to show her belly now!  I'm still not sure when she will calve, but we are excited to have our first cow on the farm!  She was vet-checked and confirmed pregnant, but unsure if it will be April or June!  Hard to tell since she's a mid-size mini bred to a mini.  One thing for sure, she likes treats and is quite territorial of her space!  I think those pesky dogs have been trying to roll in her poop!  Ha ha ha!




    Speaking of dogs.... here is my LGD "Bear."  He is such an AMAZING dog.  So gentle with the other animals that have come to live on the farm, and really understands when I introduce new livestock! And he's been a great friend to me too!  Love him dearly...  Look at him patiently waiting on me while I work out in the yard!  He always walks me up and down the hill, letting me lean on him when needed, even though I know he must hurt from all of his previous accidents and surgeries!  This past winter he would literally drag me down the hill on the ice to the chicken coupe!  He needs some extra treats, don't you think?

    We have many more animals and great stories to be shared.  I hope you enjoyed my little look into Spring today!  Many of our stories get shared through the various social media sites.  I'd love for you to come join in our our fun!