Friday, November 11, 2011

My Favorite Turkey Brine | The Pioneer Woman Cooks | Ree Drummond

AHHHH, its that time of year, time to make plans for our Thanksgiving dinner. I love to make things special for my family and love to try new recipes. My family is very traditional though so some old family favorites will always be included ( green bean casserole) I have wanted to try brining a turkey for several years now so this year I am going to give Pioneer Woman's recipe a try.

In years past we have smoked our own turkey, roasted it the traditional way and even deep fried it in a turkey fryer (very tasty and moist), but I have never tried marinating my turkey in a brine. I have heard from friends that have tried it and they all tell me that it is wonderful.

This year I am feeling a bit festive so I'm going to give this a try.
I love Pioneer Woman and her recipes, I have her cookbook and use it often. ( I collect cookbooks) I also go to her website often for inspiration.

My Favorite Turkey Brine The Pioneer Woman Cooks Ree Drummond

Monday, November 7, 2011

The mighty hunter and his kill

THis is my youngest son, Wayne and the huge bull elk that he shot a few weeks ago.
The SFW put this picture on the cover of their magazine and did a short write up about Wayne and where he got his elk and what is scored….I can’t remember right now what it did score but it was something like 340 or 360? It is HUGE!!!  and Wayne is thrilled, that is all I know. Way to go son! I love you and I am so happy for you.

Sunday, November 6, 2011

How to Choose Fertilized Chicken Eggs - Sustainable Farming - MOTHER EARTH NEWS

I came across this article that was posted by McMurray Hatchery on facebook.

Here's the secret: If you want your brood to be mostly female, select and incubate only the most nearly oval eggs. Those with a noticeably pointed end produce cockerels. Many of the chicks-to-be you examine, of course (especially the first time you try this idea), will fall into an indeterminate range, so pick only the most clearly oval shapes if you want to hatch future layers.

We ordered 25 chicks from them last spring and were very pleased with the quality and health of the chicks we received.

However, if some of your selections are not available on the day your order is to ship then they will make a comparable selection for you. This was fine even though I was a little disappointed that I did not get a couple of really pretty hens I ordered for the most part we got exactly what we ordered, and then some.... :o) For some reason they decided to throw in a few extra chicks (3)for good measure and of course they turned out to be roosters.

We also received one chicken that we can not figure out what it is (breed) or (hen/rooster). We call it the dinosaur chicken. We are pretty sure it is a hen but it has a lot of rooster characteristics, it's stance, its size and it's cone look roosterish but we have never seen it crow or be aggressive with the other roosters nor  have we seen any roosters "bother" it???? You know, like they do the other hens :o) ( ok, I will take some pictures of her/him)

Next spring I think I will try letting some of my old hens that want to go broody sit on some eggs then I won't need to order more hens that turn out to be roosters. I think 4 rooster are enough even though we are building a new (very large) chicken house. (pictures soon)

I think I will give this method a try and see if i can hatch only hens.

Saturday, November 5, 2011 As Silver Refined: Answers to Life's Disappointments (9781400073481): Kay Arthur: Books

This is what I am reading right now. Im not far into it but I can tell this is going to be a great book!
What a thought to think that all of the trials we go through in this life God uses to refine us like silver.
Even when some things are painful we can know that the Lord is burning off all the garbage that is in us to purify us and make us more like him. As Silver Refined: Answers to Life's Disappointments (9781400073481): Kay Arthur: Books