Sunday, November 30, 2008

Industrial Chicken Condo Complete!

We have been working on a chicken coop for quite some time now. We are building it from free and or salvaged materials that my fiance Keith is given from construction jobs. It started off back in the summer with 16 gauge metal framing and some sheets of plywood. We put those together and made the basic frame. Then we purchased a roll of chicken wire to put around the sides. The project has been sitting dormant for most of the summer and into the fall until recently when we had a windfall of industrial tin that his boss just gave him. We also went today and picked up some scrap lumber from one of the job sites that was given to him. So today out in the rain and cold we completed the top for the chicken coop. I do so wish I had a camera so that I could show off the nice new coop! That is what I am asking Santa Clause for Christmas! I have placed an order with Ideal Hatchery and we will receive our first chicks on December 17th. Wish us all luck. This will be my first time raising chicks!

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Its Whats Cooking Tonight!

Tonight I am making homemade tacos and burritos for supper. I have pinto beans cooking for the refried beans at the moment. I also have some red kidney beans cooking to add to the hamburger meat for the tacos. I am feeding 3 growing young men and one grown man with hungry appetites. I thought I might include my recipe for Refried Beans here so that you can make your own if you have a mind to. I think they are great and I use them often for a quick burrito lunch or for these nights when I am making Mexican dishes. Enjoy the recipe:

Pinto Beans
4cups water
1lb dried pinto or black beans (about 2 cups)
1 medium onion, chopped (about 1/2 cup)
1/4 cup vegetable oil
2 cloves of garlic
1 slice of bacon
1 tsp. salt
1 tsp. cumin seed

Mix water, beans and onion in 4 qt. dutch oven. Cover and heat to boiling for 2 minutes. Remove from heat, let stand for 1 hour. Add just enough water to beans to cover. Stir in remaining ingredients. Heat to boiling, reduce heat. Cover and boil gently, stirring occasionally, until beans are very tender, about 2 hours. (Add water during cooking if necessary). Drain, reserve broth for recipes calling for bean broth. Use the beans and the broth within 10 days.

Refried Beans
1/2 cup vegetable oil or lard
2 cups cooked Pinto Beans (recipe above)
2 Tbsp. Chili powder
1 Tbsp. ground cumin (I always use 3 to 4 Tbsp of cumin, we love the taste of it!)
1 tsp. salt
1/8 tsp. pepper

Heat oil or lard in 10 inch skillet over medium heat until hot. Add beans, cook stirring occasionally, 5 minutes. Mash beans, stir in chili powder, cumin, salt & pepper. Add more oil to skillet if necessary. Cook and stir until smooth paste forms, about 5 minutes. Garnish with shredded cheese if desired.

I always take these refried beans and put a few spoonfuls into a tortilla with some shredded cheese on top, heat in oven at 350 for 10 to 15 minutes, instant burritos!

Sunday, November 2, 2008

On November 3rd my first payment of $28.40 will be processed at SendEarnings! I can refer everyone to this site with my assurances that you can be paid by it! If you feel like joining, please click on my link below! I am so happy! Yah!

I have also requested my payout from Opinion Outpost. If you would like a referral from them, please let me know your email and I will send you a link. I am getting $11.00 from them. November is turning out to be a great month!