Monday, February 14, 2011

Happy Valentine’s Day or Happy Monday!

I am wishing all of my friends and family a special day. I know it is a "Card" holiday...but it is one more day I can make sure my friends and family know how much I love them.

I hope you got to spend time with someone you love! Farmer Chris splits his time between me and his Pigs (and the other couple hundred animals) --- and believe me they know how much he loves them.

As I was standing at the bus stop this morning (around 6:20) with my 12 year old daughter she was telling me a story! Kyra's class was discussing who was smarter - dogs or pigs. Most of the kids said pigs and her teacher thought they should test that theory and asked if anyone had a pig. Some kids jokingly raised their hands and Kyra spoke up and said no that she really did have pigs. The teacher said oh ok a Guinea Pig? and Kyra said no we have like 100 big pigs at the farm. Needless to say she was a little shocked. Kyra agreed that pigs are very smart, they know when her dad shows up they are going to be fed, they know if they bump Chris he will rub behind their ears, they know how to get out of the weather, they know not to touch the fence, a mama pig can deliver 15 babies all by themselves!

Don’t worry I am not jealous, I am just happy I married such a loving and caring human being!

Have a Great Valentine’s Day no matter how you celebrate it!

Sunday, February 6, 2011

Crunchy Garlic Chicken...Cyrus' pick!

If you have been following me you know I try to cook a favorite meal for each child once a week...don't worry they are all Farmer Chris's favorite!  This one is Cyrus' favorite...we hope you enjoy it also!

Crunchy Garlic Chicken

1/4 cup butter or margarine, melted

2 tablespoons milk

1 tablespoon chopped fresh chives or parsley

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/2 teaspoon garlic powder

2 cups Cornflakes cereal, crushed (1 cup)

3 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley

1/2 teaspoon paprika

6 boneless skinless chicken breasts (about 1 3/4 lb) -- this time we cut into strips, before we leave the breasts whole!

Heat oven to 425°F. Spray 13x9-inch pan with cooking spray. In shallow dish, mix 2 tablespoons of the butter, the milk, chives, salt and garlic powder.

In another shallow dish, mix crushed cereal, parsley and paprika. Dip chicken into milk mixture, then coat lightly and evenly with cereal mixture. Place in pan. Drizzle with remaining 2 tablespoons butter.

Bake uncovered 20 to 25 minutes or until juice of chicken is clear when center of thickest part is cut (170°F).

And it was so good Jorja May wanted it for breakfast!  She was being my shy girl!
We hope you enjoy this as much as we do!  Have a great Sunday and stay warm!  In this house we route for the commercials!

Thursday, February 3, 2011

Snow days = Beef, potato casserole in this house!

You are probably sick of hearing about it...but we have had lots of snow days.  So on the menu was Beef potato was a hit with 3 out of 6 Hebrons, but really all I care to please is Farmer Chris since he is the one that is outside most of the day!  Every meal I plan I try to make it a favorite of one of the little Hebron's in the house - and this one is Kyra's!

So here is the recipe...I posted it on facebook and several friends have already tried it --- many of the ingredients can be Family Farms Cooperative's -- so that is even better!  One of our customers made this for a Purple Porch Potluck and it won --- she makes the mushroom soup part from scratch - but usually I don't have all of those ingredients in my cubbard!

An easy ground beef casserole with potatoes and cheese.

Cook Time: 1 hour

Total Time: 1 hour


• 2 pounds lean ground beef, browned

• 1/2 cup chopped onion

• salt and pepper

• 3 large potatoes, sliced (I literally covered the top of the dish)
• 2 Carrots, shredded

• 2 can cream of mushroom soup

• 1 cup shredded Cheddar cheese


Brown ground beef in a skillet with chopped onions; cook until onions are tender. Drain off excess fat; transfer ground beef and onion to casserole dish. Add layer of sliced raw potatoes, sprinkle with salt and pepper; shred carrots to cover potatoes. Put soup over carrots. Bake at 350° for 40 to 50 minutes, or until potatoes are tender. Sprinkle shredded cheese over top and bake for about 5 minutes longer, or until cheese is melted.

This easy ground beef and potato casserole serves 4 to 6.

I hope everyone is staying warm!