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postheadericon Eggciting Contest for National Egg Month

May is officially National Egg Month according to the American Egg Board. It’s time to celebrate our “incredible, edible eggs” and our lovely hens who provide them to us.

May is National Egg Month at Red Barn Blue Skies

National Egg Month

If you’re like me, your hens are kicking the egg production into overdrive. You probably have fresh eggs overflowing the counters, fridge, and everywhere else you can put them. While you’re working on putting different storage methods to use, you can also try to win some great prizes with your own recipes!

Enter the Egg Challenge Contest sponsored by the American Egg Board. Celebrate with them on social media and share your favorite ways to use eggs in your everyday diet. You can win some great prizes – even an awesome KitchenAid Mixer similar to this one!

Hurry and go enter your own egg recipe- just like this personal favorite of mine – Chile Relleno Casserole. Yum!

You can enter once a day so go out and share those ideas.

 

postheadericon Scottish or Scotch Eggs Recipe – A Family Favorite

One of our ultimate favorite recipes around here is for Scottish or Scotch Eggs. Although I’ve always loved hard boiled eggs, I never knew about this lovely treat until I met the hubby. He was a big fan and taught me how to make them. I’ve tweaked the original recipe he used, mostly in order to make it a bit healthier, but the taste is still amazing.  We like to make them ahead and take them on picnics or trips as they keep and travel well. Plus they are quite filling. I’m sure they will become a favorite in your household as well.

 

Scottish or Scotch Eggs at Red Barn Blue Skies

 

Scotch Eggs

12 hardboiled eggs

2# ground sausage

1 cup finely chopped onion

1/2 cup flour

4 eggs, beaten

1 1/2 cups breadcrumbs

 

Preheat oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

Peel the hard boiled eggs and set aside.

Mix the sausage and onions together well. Divide into twelve equal portions.

Roll each egg in the flour and then wrap with sausage mixture.

Dip the wrapped eggs into the beaten eggs and then roll in bread crumbs.

Place each egg on the baking sheet and place in oven.

Bake for 20-30 minutes until the breadcrumbs are browned and the sausage is cooked thoroughly.

 

The traditional method of cooking these is to fry them. I decided to bake them in order to cut down on the grease as the sausage provides enough on its own. You can also further spice them up with sage, garlic or other add-ins to make it your own. Enjoy!

 

Scottish or Scotch eggs at Red Barn Blue Skies

postheadericon Extra Eggs Recipes – Chile Relleno Casserole

Today’s offering for my Extra Eggs Recipes feature is a new favorite – Chile Relleno Casserole.
 
As many of you know, I have chickens. LOTS of chickens. One of the bonuses and sometimes headaches, that goes along with this is LOTS and LOTS of eggs!
I have been developing and trying quite the collection of egg-heavy recipes to help use up these lovely little presents I’m gifted with daily. This is one of my (and the hubby’s) favorites. We pretty much eat this once a week when the girls are laying in abundance. Enjoy.
Chile Rellano Casserole at Red Barn Blue Skies
 
Chile Relleno Casserole
 
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
 
In a large skillet cook the sausage & hamburger together. Once browned, add the onion and garlic in with the meat. When onion is soft, drain the fat from the skillet and mix in salt, pepper and cumin.
 
Line a deep 13″x9″ baking dish with chilies split in half, save the remaining chiles for later; top with 2 cups cheese. Layer in the meat and top with remaining chiles,
chopped up; set aside.
 
Beat eggs with flour until smooth. Blend in milk. Pour mixture over meat in the casserole dish.
 
Bake uncovered for about 45 minutes until center is done. Sprinkle remaining 1 cup cheese on top.
 
Let stand 10 minutes before serving. Makes 6-8 servings.
 
A side note about the Chile Relleno Casserole – it freezes very well. I now make two at a time so I have some to use for freezer dinners.

postheadericon Spring is Sprung in the Coop

Spring is sprung, both in the world and inside the chicken coop. We’re gearing up for a wave of little blue, black, and splash chicks hatching in the near future.

Spring is Sprung in the Coop at Red Barn Blue Skies with Andalusian Chicks

 

I initially started raising Giant (Standard) Cochins with the thought they would be broodies for my Blue Andalusian chicks. Andalusians just have no interest in taking care of their own kids. They produce a bajillion of them, then they are just “dead-beat” parents and don’t want to take the time to hatch or raise them! They’d rather strut around and show off.

Spring is Sprung

The spring fever has hit hard this year. They are popping out eggs like crazy in my Andalusian breeding pen. I decided I was in need of some help to get the blue babies hatched.

Spring is Sprung in the Chicken Coop 2 at Red Barn Blue Skies

So Cochins to the rescue…or NOT. I waited and waited for one of my beautiful blue Cochin gals to go broody. You would think out of 9 hens, one would cooperate? Nope. Nada.

Hovabator Incubator for Spring is Sprung at Red Barn Blue Skies

So I took the plunge and ordered an incubator online. And guess what? The pretty little lady pictured below decided she wants to raise some chicks! The very day after I spent a small fortune on an “alternative” way to get those babies hatched.

Spring is Sprung in the Chicken Coop at Red Barn Blue Skies

And to add insult to injury, her broodiness was contagious and three of the other girls decided they want to be mamas too. So now my dilemma is finding enough eggs that I want my girls to hatch! Good thing they’re pretty…

Check out more of our adventures with chickens – life is never boring around here!

So what are your own plans now that spring is sprung for us all?

postheadericon Building a Small Business and Killing Some Trees

As many of you know (and our new readers will soon learn), we’ve recently joined the ranks of “backyard chicken farmers”.  I mentioned my initial desire to have about six chickens in order to provide enough eggs for us and the immediate family.  Well, the hubby and the Dad decided if six was a good amount then NINETEEN would be a GREAT amount of chickens to have.  Men!

Well, all of this has led to a MAJOR over-abundance of eggs and the addition of “farm fresh eggs” to the things that we are starting to sell here at MoonCat Farms.  I am trying to get completely organized and making sure that everything is legal and by-the-book.  One of the first things I started looking into is insurance coverage.

It is amazing how much information is out there and just how uninformed I am!  I had no idea the different types of insurance I could or can’t get for our little operation.  The green things we grow are covered in one area and the birds are a completely different ball game.  I’ve learned things I could never have imagined ~ or wanted to imagine knowing.  So for instance, do you know that along with credit scores there are also insurance scores?  (I found an informative guide to insurance score in case you didn’t and would like to.)  Needless to say, I’m doing more homework than anything else right now.

I’ve been filling out so much paperwork lately that I’m afraid I’m responsible for at least two trees being killed.  I’ve always known that agricultural pursuits are highly regulated, but OMGosh!  I have permantly cramped hands from filling out forms in duplicate and triplicate..blah blah blah… I’m nowhere near done either.  Still have banking to go…

On a good note, we have happy chickens who are happily producing lovely eggs.  LOTS and LOTS of eggs.

Have a great Wednesday my friends.