Thursday, March 21, 2013

Gettin' My Garden On

I've been reading a lot of articles on the web about gardening:
The 10 best & easiest to grow herbs
how-to-root-a-sweet-potato   {I've already started mine.}
Growing Potatoes In Straw
handling bare root trees 

I guess I'm just trying to come up with a "recipe" for a great garden!
We started saving egg shells to crush up and plant with tomatoes to give them a calcium boost.

I have Spring fever and I'm ready to be planting, except yesterday we had sunshine and  now today it's raining snowing... it's still to early for Northern Utah.

It's great fun growing a garden, but my favorite part is eating it.
Thinking of fresh herbs and planning for canning (and freezing).
There will be everything for my salsa recipe, so I can have fresh ingredients!  If you check out the index there are a few other canning recipes as well.

I've made a graph of how I'm going to plant everything.  I want to make sure I have room and don't forget anything.  I used a few different charts on "companion plants"- hoping it might help.

I might have to have one big garden, and then a few smaller raised beds/pots.

What do you do to prep for your garden?  What tips and tricks have you learned?

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Monday, March 11, 2013

mud bugs

We tried something new and "crazy" this weekend.  My husband found a package of frozen craw fish at Wal-Mart and decided that we needed to try them out... for the blog sake.
They were only $6 and came with the seasonings and instructions so I said, "Why not."

We've been watching too much TV.  Swamp people in particular, or whatever that show is called?

Rinsing off the craw fish...
 Basically we put them in a pot of boiling water {with seasonings} and then let the "soak" for 30 minutes.
Craw fish with cabbage and corn.

 Here's my big red neck husband... he literally got sun burned, so I can say that.  Isn't he cute?

 My husband and his brother had been out trimming our trees 
and decided to light a camp fire in the back yard.
Which worked out well, because they could just throw the shells in the fire when they were done.
I made them be the guinea pigs and try them out first.

Living in Northern Utah we are not big sea food eaters.  Not because we don't like it, but because it's not really available.   At least not fresh.  We decided it was ok, and fun to try... but it wasn't something we would crave.  Maybe if they were fresh and we actually knew how to cook them the right way.

So if you have any tips for us on how to eat craw fish the right way, let us know.  Until then, we will probably stick with what we know... beef.

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Sunday, March 3, 2013

Another Week, Another Meal Plan

This weeks dinner awaits you:

Sunday   "Classic"
Fried Chicken and Dutch Oven Potatoes{revisited}
Cut your chicken up: see HERE
Lightly 'brown' your chicken pieces and let cool slightly
Meanwhile whisk 3 eggs in a bowl and set aside.
Then mix flour, salt & pepper and paprika in a bowl or large zip lock baggie.
Dip your chicken in the egg and then coat your pieces in the flour mixture.
Return chicken to frying pan (which may need a little oil added to it) and continue to "fry" until chicken is cooked through.

Monday   "New"
From: What's for Dinner? By: Jana Schofield

Sweet and Sour Chicken
6 boneless chicken breasts- browned in oil

1 chicken bullion cube
1/2 cup water
1 1/2 cups pineapple juice
1 tablespoon soy sauce
3/4 cup vinegar
1/4 cornstarch
1 cup sugar

Combine in sauce pan and whisk together well.  Bring to low boil, stirring frequently until thickened.
Place browned chicken breasts in dish and spoon sauce over top.  Bake at 325* covered for about an hour.  Serve with rice, spooning more sauce over rice.

Tuesday   "Tried & True"
This is an old recipe of mine that the hubby has been wanting the last few days.

Chicken Enchiladas 
 2+ cups cooked and cubed or shredded chicken breast
 (add a little cumin, ginger, garlic, onion or whatever spices you like)
sour cream
cream of chicken soup
shredded cheddar cheese
enchilada sauce
Tortilla's 10" works best
olives, sour cream and lettuce for garnish

Mix together your chicken and seasonings with sour cream, chicken soup and cheese.
Spoon mixture onto tortillas and roll up.
Place the enchiladas in a lightly greased 9*13 pan and top with the enchilada sauce.
Bake at 375 for about 25 minutes- sprinkling with cheese the last few minutes.
Let cool for 5-10 minutes and garnish with sour cream, sliced olives and shredded lettuce.

Goes great with some hot homemade cornbread!

Wednesday   "Feature"
While searching for Superbowl snacks I came across this GREAT idea HERE.
 They were a hit too!

"Moink Balls"  moo + oink  with rice and veggies

Thursday   "Hubby/Kid Pick"
Start flippin' flap jacks and fried eggs... don't forget the sausage.

Friday   "Quick & Easy"
This is my grandmas old recipe that we always loved as kids.  I love it as a mom too because it's quick, easy and cheap!

Tuna Casserole with peas
1/2 pkg Egg Noodles
1 can Cream of Chicken Soup
2 Cans Tuna

Bring a pot of water to boil and cook egg noodles according to package directions, drain.
Stir in a can of Cream of Chicken Soup and two cans of drained tuna.
Place in a casserole dish (topped with bread crumbs if you like) and bake at 350* for  25 minutes.

Serve with (frozen) peas on the side.

Left overs or go out!  :)

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