We are experiencing typical March weather. One minute snow the next minute sun.
Very pretty to look at, however it is already almost all gone. I did want to tell you all that yesterday I made chicken noodle soup with homemade noodles. At first, I was very hesitant as I have never made noodles before. These were very easy to make and everyone (to my surprise) loved them. I will definitely be making them again. I got the recipe from a new to me blog-penniesandpancakes.blogspot. I have made several of her recipes this week and have been impressed with all of them. Definitely keepers!
Well, I better get busy. We are trying a new recipe out tonight. It must be my week for new recipes. Do any of you get the magazine Kraft Food & Family? It comes out every 3 months. My spring copy came in the mail yesterday. My darling daughter, Jess, gets herself and me a subscription. Thanks Jess! I really love the magazine. It is full of easy, good recipes. Tonights new recipe comes from this magazine. It is called spaghetti with shrimp and broccoli. I’ll let you all know how it turns out.
Update on how it turned out-DELICIOUS! Another keeper.
2 cups all-purpose flour (plus more for rolling out the dough)
1 tsp salt
2 egg yolks, beaten
1 egg, beaten
1/3 cup water
1 tsp. vegetable oil
In a large bowl stir together the flour and the salt. Make a well in the center of the flour mixture. In a small bowl stir together egg yolks, whole egg, water, and oil. Add egg mixture to flour mixture; mix well.
Sprinkle a kneading surface with flour. Turn dough out onto floured surface. Knead until dough is smooth and elastic (8 to 10 minutes total). Cover and let the dough rest for 10 minutes.
On a lightly floured surface, roll the dough to about 1/16 inch. Let stand, uncovered, for at least 20 minutes.
Lightly dust the dough with flour. Using a pizza cutter, cut the dough into strips. The original recipe recommends 1/4 inch wide and 2-3 inches long. I cut mine larger, because that’s how we like them. How you cut them depends on how you like your noodles. They will expand when cooked.
To serve immediately, cook until tender but still firm, with no doughiness in the middle. Drain.
To store cut noodles, let them dry about 1 hour or until completely dry. I turn them over so that both sides get exposed to the air. Place dry noodles in an airtight container or ziplock bag and refrigerate for up to 3 days. Or place in a freezer bag or freezer container and freeze for up to 8 months.
In a large pot, bring chicken stock, carrots, celery, crushed bay leaf, salt, and pepper to a boil over medium-high heat, then reduce heat to medium-low, cover, and let cook till carrots are softening, but still mostly firm (8-10 minutes).
Add the chicken and noodles, cover, and let cook, uncovered, until the noodles are completely cooked through (15 -20 minutes). Taste, and adjust salt and pepper if desired.
Serve immediately, or store in covered containers in the refrigerator for 2-3 days, or in the freezer 2-3 months.
Sunday our youth performed their Christmas play. They always do such a great job.
It was hard to get a good picture that showed everyone. All the youth participate and even some of the adults. Our pastor said he thought this years play was the best one yet (of course, he says that every year!)
This beautiful kingfisher came by for a visit the other day. Grace did a good job of getting his picture.
She also took this picture of our sky the other day. We have been having beautiful weather here. We are in the low 50’s right now. It is cloudy today though with wind. I think we are supposed to get some rain later on. We are hoping it holds off for a little while as Hubby is working on my car. I don’t know if I mentioned it or not but my car is not working. Hubby thinks it might be the distributor cap. He is replacing that today. We are all praying that fixes it.
We have been doing school this morning, laundry, etc. All the things that seem to build up during busy weekends. I am making some homemade rolls to go with supper and I also am trying a new recipe for homemade yogurt. I’ll let you all know how it turns out. I really like the idea of homemade yogurt but I REALLY prefer the taste of flavored store bought yogurts. I am just not very fond of plain yogurt-kinda tastes like sour cream to me. Anyway, this recipe has jelly in it. We’ll see. I don’t want to say much about it until I have tested it.
Time for lunch for us. We are having homemade chicken noodle soup. Tonight’s supper will be meatloaf sandwiches (on homemade buns), fries (using our home grown potatoes) corn on the cob (frozen from our garden). I love it. Eating fresh made and home grown. I hope you all have a wonderful day and God bless.
No picture-just wanted to let you all know we have finished working up the deer. We got 20 qts canned, 16 roasts in the freezer and 15 bags of tenderloin. YEAH! We are all tired and so I think tonights supper will be left over homemade chicken noodle soup. Enjoy your day and God bless.
We have a slight breeze here in Floyd today. Well, okay maybe more than a slight breeze but not a hard wind. Just perfect for drying clothes on the line. When the wind is blowing like this, the clothes are so soft when they get dry. We had a busy weekend but lots of fun. The girls and I went to Sam’s Club Saturday and picked up a few things. Before that we went to one of our local malls and walked around, just looking. This is something we never do, so that made it special. They have already started putting up their Christmas stuff. It was so much fun. Yesterday was church day. The pastors sermon was very good. He compared being a soldier in the Armed Forces with being a soldier in God’s army. He did a really good job. Last nights menu was soup, pinto beans, cornbread, tator tot casserole, cooked apples and carrot cake. Very good.
Today we are doing Grace’s birthday party. We are going over to our friends the Horns to celebrate. Vicki is making the cake and I am taking some homemade chicken noodle soup. We are all looking forward to a great day. I know I have said it before, but we are very blessed by the Lord to have the Horns in our life. We so appreciate their friendship.
Okay, so it finally got cold enough to build a fire. The temperature inside the house was 61 and I decided we really did need a fire. This stove may look small but it is a real workhorse. It heats our old farmhouse, keeps us toasty warm. We do use the gas logs some when it gets really cold but most of the heat comes from this little stove. It even keeps the upstairs warm. We are very blessed to have it. A few years back, Hubby and I traded some electrical work for this stove. I think we made a good bargain.
We had to make a run down to Jessica’s today. She has been sick over the weekend with strep and thought the boys might be getting it too. Praise the Lord, Daniel just has an ear infection, which is bad but not as bad as strep. Sam seemed to be okay, just congested. We had a good visit anyway and she made some awesome chicken noodle soup for lunch.
Well, I think I will relax and enjoy the coziness of our fire. Enjoy your evening and God bless.