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Eggs! From Free Range Chickens! Friday Foods

Hi Friends!
We've got EGGS!! That's right! Our chickens are now laying eggs and what a colorful bunch they are! 

We have 3 chickens that lay white eggs, 3 chickens who lay brown eggs and 2 chickens who lay olive & blue colored "Easter Eggs"! 

How cool is that! 

We were surprised to find that they started laying last week and the first of the eggs was a white one by one of the Bantams! We don't know who actual laid it out of the 3.

 We'd really expected the Partridge Rock Hen to lay the first egg and to our surprise, one of the Bantams won out! And it was a double yolk!!
So today we will be chatting about eggs and I've even included some of our favorite egg recipes for you to try! I'll also include back links to some past posts of the 8-Sisters!

I posted a cute blurb on My Fitness Pal about where these 8-Sisters lay their eggs and thought I'd share it with you, dear reader. It brought a smile to some of my friends faces and they commented that they d…

DIY Bird Bath Gets New Life

Hi Friends,
The Summer has finally slowed enough for me to do some of my much needed and neglected projects. Today we are sand painting a bird bath!
 Now this project cost me a total of:
Bird Bath - Yard Sale Find: $5
Drop Cloth - Dollar Tree: $1
Primer Paint - WalMart: $4
Finish Paint - WalMart: $6
Clear Plastic Glove - FREE!
Project Total: $16 Verses a New Stone Bird Bath $135!
Total Savings: $119.00!!!!!!

Here's how I did it.
Have your items laid out close by your work area.  Spread out your shower curtain liner; over the plants or flowers, too, if you are working in a tight space.  Put the glove on the hand you will be holding onto the spray can with.

Using the  Primer first (Rust-oleum in Camouflage), spray in an up and down pattern all around the base of the Bird Bath. Then go around the bottom base. See photo

Using the Primer first, Camouflage, spray the edges of the Bird Bath. Then spray just the raised round center. I did not want the spray paint in the actual bird bath.

Do just one co…

Apricot Cherry Jam Recipe

Hi Friends! Today we are making homemade Apricot Jam. Jelly is delicious, but Jam is DELICIOUS!!!The recipe for this batch of Apricot Jam is adapted from Sweet And Savory by Shinee I added pitted Bing Cherries to the recipe for a Sweet & Sour taste!This recipe makes about 14  half pints.(I had a bit left over and just make some yummy fruit leather with it!!)LINKHere is the recipe for Apricot Cherry Jam.Ingredients:Regular Apricot Jam:5 cups apricot puree 5 cups cherry puree6 cups (600gr) sugar9-10 tablespoons fresh lemon or lime juice (about 3) Directions: for Apricot Jam HEREfor Adapted Apricot Cherry Jam:Simmer the jars in a large canning pot. Do the same thing with lids and rings in separate pot.In a large pot, combine all the ingredients and simmer over medium heat until the sugar (or honey) is dissolved, about 5 minutes, stirring occasionally. Increase the heat to medium high and bring the mixture to a rolling boil. Stirring constantly, cook the jam for 30-40 minutes, or …

Onion Rings - Friday Foods

Onion Rings to make and freeze for later use. I love onion rings! I enjoy them so much that I order them as a treat rather than Ice Cream or Sweet Treats! Truly! I've had onion rings in just about all the fast food chains that serve them and when we try new restaurants or diners, I usually order onion rings. I got hooked on onion rings when I was a young girl living out East.

Of all the onion ring recipes I have tried, these have to be my favorites. I like to freeze them so the batter is firmer when cooking. There is nothing more disappointing that having the batter slide off the ring while cooking. Freezing resolves this issue.

First, I use a bag of onions. I like the sweet onions for this recipe. Some of the sweet onions I recommend are Vidalia, Sweet Georgia, Super Sweet and Texas Sweet.

Today, I am using the onions from the garden, Sweet Georgia. I peel the onions and  slice them into about quarter inch slices. The large outside rings are the rings I use for this type onion rin…

Canning Squash and Zucchini

HI Friends,
Today we are Canning Squash and Zucchini. 

Here’s a super easy way to can summer squash and zucchini. Raw pack method…

Clean and sterilize your jars. I either wash them in the dishwasher; or wash in hot, soapy water, rinse and boil in large pot to sterilize.In a small pot, get some water almost to a boil (NOT boiling) and place your lids in there to sterilize, turn down heat to simmer.Fill a large pot with water and bring to a boil.
Wash your squash well; scrubbing with a vegetable brush helps get it good and clean. Cut ends off and slice into 1/2″ thick rounds. No need to peel.Pack the slices into hot jars, leaving 1 in. headspace. Add salt if desired; 1/2 tsp pints, 1 tsp quarts.Pour boiling water over the squash, leaving 1 in. headspace. Tap the jar gently on the counter, or use theend of a wooden spoon or something to remove air bubbles.Wipe the rim of the jars with a wet rag, and adjust the two-piece lids.Process pints for 25 min., quarts for 30 min. at 10 pounds pr…