3.24.2015

Chi lar dura la vince (He that endureth overcomes)

In my book club group we read  "Unbroken".
 I have to say how much I like this book,
 the style it was written in,
 a great story that is sad, inspiring,
scary to think how people can treat each other,
 forgiveness, and it has some great love stories in
 it....family love, enduring love, 
 and the Savior's love.
 
 
So I hosted the discussion night, we chose to watch the movie.
I didn't like the movie so much...
I decided to do an Italian theme since the main character
 is Italian American (I hope that is PC for everyone).
 
 I searched for Italian food that I could cook,
I'm a okay cook-don't do anything fancy.
This is what I came up with...
 
 
dipping oils...
in about 1/3 cup of olive oil in each bowl  I added:
 lemon zest to one,
minced garlic to one,
Italian herb seasoning with red pepper flakes to one,
and balsamic vinegar to the last bowl.
My favorite was the lemon!
 

 
 
Arancini
2 cups cooked white rice
1/2 cup grated parmesan
3 eggs
8 small cubes of fresh mozzarella
1 cup of Italian seasoned bread crumbs
marinara sauce
oil
 
Place in heavy bottom pan over medium heat and add oil to rise 4" in pot.
Combine rice, parmesan and 1 egg in a medium bowl and
 use your hands to thoroughly combine the mixture.
Form each arancini by taking a small portion of the mixture and
 squeezing it firmly and stuffing one cube of the mozzarella inside each ball.
Wisk together the remaining 2 eggs. 
 Dip the arancini in the eggs and then into the bread crumbs,
 shaking off any excess.
When oil reached 375degrees F.  add two or three of the arancini, fry until golden brown.
Remove with slotted spoon and drain on paper towel lined plate.
 Immediately salt the arancini.
Repeat this process with all the arancini.
Serve with warm Marinara sauce.
  
 
Fired Ravioli
(which I did not write on my slate)
This is a simple recipe...
first cook the ravioli as directed on package (I use cheese ravioli).
Then take cooled ravioli and dip in a bowl that has a beaten egg,
then in a bowl of flour, back to the egg,
then into Italian season bread crumbs.
when they are all coated fry in a heavy bottom pan with oil
(that is 350-375 degrees F.)
drain a on a paper towel lined plate.
Serve with warm Marinara sauce.
 
Antipasto Kabobs
 1 pkg (9 ounces) refrigerated cheese tortellini
40 pimiento-stuffed olives
40 medium or large (I used medium) black olives
3/4 cup Italian salad dressing
40 thin slices pepperoni
20 thins slices hard salami, halved
fresh parsley sprigs, optional
 
cook tortellini according to the package drain, rinse in cold water.
In a large resealable bag combine the tortellini, olives
 and salad dressing.
Seal bag and turn to coat;
refrigerate for 4 hours of overnight.
 
Drain and discard the marinade,  For each appetizer, thread a
 stuffed olive,
folded pepperoni slice,
tortellini,
folded salami piece,
ripe olive,
parsley sprig (optional)
onto a toothpick or a short skewer.
 
Mini Spinach Calzones
(which I spelled wrong on the slate)
Filling:
1 (15 ounce) container of ricotta cheese
2 eggs
2 TB dried Italian seasoning
3 cups shredded mozzarella cheese
1 cup freshly grated parmesan cheese
1 (10 ounce) package frozen chopped spinach,
thawed and squeezed dry
salt and pepper to taste
 
1 (32 ounce) package frozen white bread dough, thawed
(I used pre-made pizza crust dough, two packages)
 
In a large bowl mix together the ricotta cheese, eggs, seasoning,
mozzarella cheese, parmesan cheese and spinach.
Set aside.
divided dough in half and roll out.  Use a biscuit cutter or glass
 to cut out the dough on a floured surface.
Spoon in the spinach/cheese mixture
(I put in what looked good)
fold dough in half and seal the edges place on
 greased cookie sheet.
Bake till done and a nice golden brown.
 
 


 
 
Zeppoles
 2 eggs
1 cup flour
2 1/4 ts. baking powder
dash of salt
1/4 cup sugar
1 cup whole milk ricotta cheese
1 ts. vanilla
powder sugar for dusting
veg. or canola oil for frying
 
Beat eggs until foamy. Add all dry ingredients and beat on low speed.
Add the cheese and vanilla right away beat still on low speed
until it is all combined, but don't over mix.
Batter should be thick like waffle batter not cookie batter
Heat oil 375 degrees F. Use a cookie scoop or melon ball scoop
(first spray with oil).
Scoop batter drop carefully into the oil, fry until brown.
About 3 minutes on each side.
drain on paper towel lined plate.  Sprinkle with the powder sugar.
Serve warm and in brown paper cones
(I used brown paper bags that I rolled the edges down.
 
 
Italian Cream soda were the drinks.
The syrups used were:
white chocolate,
strawberry,
caramel,
hazel nut,
and vanilla.
 
 
It was a great night!
 
 
~*~
 
The Falling Feather Farm

3.20.2015

For the hens

This is my hens' home, sad I know. 
 But Butter and I are working on it...
first putting up the rest of the siding then a coat of paint,
 a nice red with white trim.
A barn quilt will be added on the top part of the door to the coop. 
I haven't decided on the pattern yet.
But when it is done I will share it.
 
 
On the outside I will hang the feeders and
 plant some flowers in them.
But fist I will make sure that the flowers
 are not harmful to chickens.
Because even though the feeders will be up you never know...
better safe than sorry!
 
  
My hens are free ranging.  They think the own the farm!
The dogs look at them and think
 "Why can't I run all over like they do?"
I digress...
Here is what I was thinking...
So, I want to remove the nesting boxes they now have
 (on old bookshelf turned on it side),
and build two boxes that I can get to on the
 storage side of the building.
  It will also be easier for the Grandkids to
 gather the eggs when they visit.
 I also plan to make little curtains for the nesting boxes. 
 Just check out Pinterest and see all the cute ideas!
 
I want to make the roost so that I can move them for easy cleaning  out their coop.
  I was thinks a ladder type roost (?). 
 I want to hang their water so it is off the ground.
And the feeder, I haven't decided what kind I want because again
 Pinterest has so many ideas!
 
The goal is to have this done before summer gets here.
Because there is nothing to good for the Hens..
 
 









 
 
~*~
 
The Falling Feather Farm

"His Love is Unfailing"



~*~
 
The Falling Feather Farm

3.17.2015

 
 
 
May the road rise to meet you.
May the wind be always at your back.
May the sun shine warm upon your face;
The rains fall soft upon your fields
And, until we meet again,
May God hold you in the palm of His hand.

 
A Gaelic Blessing
 
~*~
The Falling Feather Farm