January 14, 2013

Spinach And Cheese Quiche

Spinach And Cheese Quiche

We've have had eggs fried, scrambled, omelets, etc., but this is our first quiche made from FRESH EGGS...ours.  Or rather the ones laid by our chickens.  I'm including the recipe but let me throw in this disclaimer on the front end: My cooking is half decent but I'm not real good at following a recipe. I usually do a loose interpretation of what is written and most of the time it comes out great. This recipe was a combination of some things I have tried in the past. But it was easy to do and tasted fabulous! So, no promises, but I don't think you'll have any problems with this.

 One medium onion, diced. Saute in olive oil.

Add fresh baby spinach
This was 11 oz. About five overflowing cups....

Cook spinach, tossing gently. 
More olive oil can be added if needed.

When spinach is cooked down remove from heat. 
Add 1/4 cup of butter.
This can sit and melt while you move onto next step.

 One cup each of shredded cheddar and farmers' cheese
Other cheeses can be substituted in same amounts.

  Seven medium size eggs. Whisk the eggs thoroughly.
I think they come out lighter
 if you don't use and electric mixer.

Fold ALL ingredients together in large bowl 
and add 3/4 cup milk - it can be any percentage.  
 (sorry no photo for the milk).

Add salt and pepper to taste. Stir gently until ALL ingredients are equally mixed.

Pour into a 12 inch diameter deep-dish pie crust.
Pre-made store bought pie crust is fine too.

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Cook for about 35 to 45 minutes.
Quiche will be done when a knife inserted in the middle comes out clean.

 And it was wonderful!


January 8, 2013

For Those Empty Nesters - The Human Kind

I've been saving this post for a while because it's a bit corny and didn't exactly fit in with the holidays. Yesterday, though,  I saw this exact comment somewhere (wish I could remember) and knew I had to go with it and not worry about the 'corny' part.
So here goes:

After your own human children fly the coop why not look into relining those nests with chicken feathers!

Looking or thing about what to do...


  • You don't have to tell the chickens when it's bedtime or even to GO to bed. They're on their roosts before your HAPPY HOUR even starts!
Ready for bed time!

Up and ready to go in the morning

  • Same thing with getting up in morning, they're up and ready to go before you
  • They will LOVE, LOVE, LOVE  your lukewarm, lumpy oatmeal!

More oatmeal, more oatmeal!

  • They will lovingly HELP you with the tilling, weeding and bug removal in your garden - they are great little gardeners.

  • Your compost pile will be turned regularly with such perfection and care.
  • They could care less what YOU look like at 5:30 in the morning.

  • They actually WANT to eat healthy -  fresh fruits and vegetables.


  • You never have to drive them to soccer practice, movie  or the mall.
  •  They won't be insulted if you offer them those slightly dried out, left-over taco shells!
  • If there IS a job you think they're not quite up to they won't be offended if you only let them follow you around and supervise
  •  AND BEST OF ALL...they'll give you eggs for breakfast instead of asking WHAT'S for breakfast.

Lovely fresh eggs.

There are many more reasons why you should raise chickens. Most of them have to do with knowing where your food (eggs) come from and what is in them, the inhumane care by some of the commercial poultry farms - but these reasons I hope you already know.


January 6, 2013

Holiday Photos

Liz and I thought we would just recap the recent holidays with a few pictures. Lots of Family in and out with the girls giving us plenty of eggs for Christmas. This past week  we have been recovering from bad colds but hope to be posting new stories and adventures soon.
This pumpkin can be messy

We gave the girls a Christmas salad a few days before Christmas. Trying to keep a little green in their diet. We were able to use the last of our white pumpkins leftover from Halloween!

We are attempting to grow a few flats of grass however the result has not been great.

Stockings hung, Christmas came!
Under the tree, Santa left a new feeder for the girls. And no… they did not come in to hang out under the tree.

New Feeder
The day after Christmas we woke up to a little snow (their first). Everyone stayed cooped up that day.

Out at last...
However the day after, the sun came out as well as the ladies.
Poor wind-blown Carmen.

At first they ran to the driveway and stayed out of the snow. However they ventured out into it, finally, for their foraging in this strange stuff!

Julie running fast to keep her feet warm

Big Fluffy butts keeping the barred rocks warm.

So tell me, what is all this white stuff?

Some issues with the snow but Julie will not be kept from her compost pile.


January 1, 2013


Have a happy and blessed New Year 
from our flock to yours !