Friday, January 29, 2010

~Farm Photo Friday~

The view from our front porch this morning.

Beautiful sunrise.




From the rising of the sun unto going down of the same the LORD's name is to praised.



Every sunrise is a present, a gift from God above,
Gift-wrapped with scarlet ribbons and tied with bows of love.
Each is a new beginning, a time to start anew,
While all the stars are sleeping, and the rose is fresh with dew.
Each day's a new creation, too lovely to ignore,
And we may not find a blessing, just outside our door.
We cannot keep the past, like fireflies in a jar,
Nor journey to the future by wishing on a star.
Every sunrise is a blessing, a gift for just today,
Rejoice, my friend, embrace it before it fades away!

~Author Unknown~


Have a wonderful weekend my friends. :)



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Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Strawberry Angel Dessert ~ Light and Yummy!

Today I decided to post a quick dessert that tastes great but does not have a lot of calories! I think you will find this easy to make. You can make an angel food cake from scratch or you can just buy a cake mix and whip that up. I suppose you could even buy an already made cake if you were really in a hurry.





Ingredients
1 envelope unflavored gelatin
3/4 cup cold water
1/2 cup sugar
1 package (10 ounces) frozen sliced strawberries, thawed
1 carton (8 ounces) frozen whipped topping, thawed
5 cups angel food cake cubes
Fresh strawberries, optional


In a saucepan, combine gelatin and cold water; let stand for 5 minutes to soften. Heat and stir over low heat just until gelatin dissolves. Remove from the heat; add sugar. Stir until dissolved. Stir in undrained strawberries. Chill until partially thickened.
Fold in whipped topping. Place cake cubes in a large bowl; pour strawberry mixture over cake and gently stir. Pour into an ungreased 8-in. square dish. Chill until firm.


8 servings
5 points per serving



Strawberry Angel Dessert
that's what's for dessert in
Farmchick's Kitchen.

Thanks for stopping by and
have a great day! :)
You know the drill.....
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Monday, January 25, 2010

Farmhouse Blueberry Muffins

Well, it's been a great weekend....due to the weather the kids didn't have school today so it was a nice and cozy {LONG } weekend at home. The wind has been howling outside and blowing the snow all around. I decided that this would be the perfect day to bake.





FARMHOUSE BLUEBERRY MUFFINS


1/2 cup old fashion oats
1/2 cup orange juice
1 egg
1/2 cup canola oil
1/2 cup sugar
1-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1-1/4 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1 cup fresh or frozen blueberries
TOPPING:
2 tablespoons sugar
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon


In a large bowl, combine oats and orange juice; let stand for 5 minutes. Beat in the egg, oil and sugar until blended. Combine the flour, baking powder, salt and baking soda; stir into oat mixture just until moistened. Fold in blueberries. Fill greased muffin cups two-thirds full. Combine topping ingredients and sprinkle over batter.


Bake at 400 degrees for 20-25 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean. Cool five minutes before removing from pan to a wire rack.

These muffins have a little different taste and texture then regular blueberry muffins.


I hope you like them! :) Remember to leave me a comment...I love hearing from you. I hope you are having a warm and cozy day! :)


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Friday, January 22, 2010

Farm Photo (Foto) Friday




The talk around the farm today is the upcoming blizzard.
They are forcasting another 12 inches of snow!

We will be here...probably snowed in for a few days! :)
We have plenty of food,
plenty of wood for a crackling fire,
and we will all be together.....
sounds pretty good doesn't it?

Please remember to leave me a
comment so I can visit you!
HAPPY WEEKEND!!!!:)

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Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Weight Watcher Wednesday


Due to the fact that I have many comments and emails asking me if I do any Weight Watcher's recipes....I decided to dedicate each Wednesday to a WW recipe. I hope you all will enjoy these recipes and put them to good use! If you are not a point counter for weight watchers you can still make these drumsticks and feel good about eating a healthy meal without all the fat of regular buffalo chicken! :)

Farmchick's Lighter Buffalo Chicken Drumsticks

12 skinless, drumsticks
1/2 cup Franks Hot Sauce plus 2 tablespoons
1/4 cup white vinegar
2 tablespoon oregano
4 teaspoons paprika
1 tablespoon garlic powder
1 tablespoon chili powder
salt and cracked pepper
celery, in strips
blue cheese dressing
Light sour cream
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to make the dressing I use 4 tablespoons blue cheese dressing mixed with
1/2 cup light sour cream. Much lighter but you still get the blue cheese taste!
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Remove skin from drumsticks. Marinate drumsticks in 2 tablespoons hot sauce, vinegar, paprika, garlic powder, chili powder, salt and pepper. Let marinate for at least 30 minutes.

Bake chicken at 350 degrees until juices run clear. Serve with 1 tablespoon dressing.

Now add the remaining hot sauce to chicken, toss to coat and heat in oven for 10 minutes.

One drumstick with one tablespoon sauce = 2 weight watchers points! Yummy!

Oh and don't forget to eat your celery!! :)

Leave me a comment so I know you stopped by....tell me if you are a "weight watcher"


Farmchick's Lighter Buffalo Drumsticks

that's what's cookin' in

Farmchick's Kitchen

tonight!!!!!!

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Monday, January 18, 2010

A perfect weekend....................

It's been so nice and unseasonably warm here.



The kids are home from school on a four day weekend.



Time has been spent outside.



PERFECT is the only way to describe this! :)





Every puppy needs a boy...................Erma Bombeck

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Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Make your own convenient frozen food! :)


Hi everyone~


Hoping this post finds you all happy and healthy! :) It is a beautiful day here...in the 30's...a much loved temp after the -35 degree temps we had last week.


The other day we went to Sam's Club to do a little shopping. As I walked up and down the isles I noticed many people throwing boxed foods into their cart. I also noticed that the frozen food section seemed to be a very popular place to be. I saw that frozen burritos, enchiladas and lasagna were piled into many carts. This started me thinking.....maybe people just do not realize how easy it is to make your own homemade food and freeze it in single serving packages just like you find in your local grocery store!

Today I decided to show you how to do this. I hope you will try this yourself!



BEEF and BEAN ENCHLADAS
or BEEF and BEAN BURRITOS

2 pounds extra lean ground beef
1 - 16 oz. can fat free refried beans
1 - 10 oz can enchilada sauce
shredded mexi blend cheese (your desired amount)
olives - sliced
1 onion diced
1 small can diced green chilies peppers
salt and pepper to taste
taco seasoning or burrito seasoning
Brown the hamburger and add onion.
Cook until no longer pink and onion is cooked.
Add seasoning and 1/2 cup of water.
Add 1/4 cup enchilada sauce.
Bring to a boil and then add refried beans.
Let cook on low heat for 15 minutes.
Heat tortilla shells.
Put a heaping 1/4 cup of filling
on the shell. Roll up.
If you want BURRITOS then
place the rolled burritos into a
ziplock bag and freeze.

When you are ready to eat-
simply take the frozen burrito
out of the freezer, open the bag
a bit and heat in microwave until
hot and heated through.

For ENCHILADAS
Place the filled tortillas
on a cookie sheet. Pour
enchilada sauce over each
tortilla, sprinkle cheese and
olives on each one. Now
just stick this pan into the
freezer to flash freeze. When
they are frozen package
each one individually in ziplocks.

To heat--open ziplock a bit
and heat in microwave until
hot and heated through.

I just store all of the individually
wrapped burritos or enchiladas
in a ziplock bag. The kids can
now take one out and heat
it for a simple and healthy
meal or snack.

Now wasn't that simple?
I know it does take some time
but I feel it is worth your time
and effort. Your homemade
enchiladas or burritos will
taste sooo much better than
store bought and also they are
soooo much better for you without
all the preservitives. I hope you take
an afternoon and give this a try!

Thanks for stopping by
FARMCHICK'S KITCHEN!
Leave me a comment so I can return the visit.
Oh and one more thing...you will notice
at the top right side of my blog
I have now added a facebook page
for my blog. If you are a followerd
or a reader, or a lurker...I would
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Thanks so much! :)
Hugs

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Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Good morning dear readers,
Here I am trying to be a better blogger!
I really hated sending my kids back
to school on Monday...I just really,
really enjoy having them home with me.

We had a tragedy at our school this week.
A little boy (age 9) in Jr. Farmer's class
passed away during the night a few days ago.
He had a seizure while sleeping. As you
can imagine this has been extremely
difficult for everyone. Please pray for
this family and also for his classmates
and teachers. This type of thing is
hard to understand for an adult so you
can imagine how hard it is on a child.
Thank you all in advance for your prayers.

This is the dish I made for our
Christmas Eve Supper.


Pasta with Shrimp and Grape Tomatoes


1 1/2 lbs shrimp, peeled and deveined
1/2 cup fat free chicken broth
1/2 cup white wine
Salt and fresh pepper
11/2 tsp red pepper flakes (for a little BAM)
8 oz angel hair pasta
Pam or other cooking spray

2 cups grape tomatoes, halved
6 cloves garlic, pressed with your garlic press or minced
4 tsp extra virgin olive oil

Bring a large pot of salted water to boil.

Heat a large skillet on high heat. Season shrimp with salt and pepper. When skillet is hot, spray with oil and add shrimp. Cook shrimp about 2 minutes in each side until almost cooked through and remove from the pan. Set aside.

Reduce skillet heat to medium, add olive oil and garlic and sauté until golden, careful not to burn. Add tomatoes and season with salt and pepper. Simmer about 4 minutes. Add white wine and broth and stir. Cover and simmer for 10 minutes on medium low heat.

While sauce is simmering,cook pasta until al dente. Drain when done.

After sauce simmers 10 minutes, add shrimp to sauce to finish cooking, about 1 minutes (Do not overcook or shrimp will get pretty chewy). Add pasta to the sauce and toss well. Add cheese to each serving before eating!!! YUM-O!!



(I wanted bigger shrimp but they were out!)

We are getting a little more snow to add to our Christmas 2 feet!

Hope things are going well in your neck of the woods.
Leave me a comment...and let me know!
(is it just me....or does anyone else have weird things
happen with their spacing????) I have retyped and
edited the html with the spacing two times)
I give up now. *big sigh*

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Sunday, January 3, 2010

It's a New year!!!!!!

May God’s

richest blessings,

truest joys,

constant love,

tender guidance,

unfailing protection

and calming peace

be yours

this year 2010.

Happy New Year!





I have some many new things to

share with you all. Being a

more "timely" blogger

is one of them.

Be always at war with your vices,

at peace with your neighbors,
and let each new year

find you a better man.


~Benjamin Franklin~




Come back soon....

Leave me a comment

for how will I know you

were here if you don't! ;)


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