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The Ugliest Coop on BYC - My $13.00 coop by Southernbelle UPDATE: Fall 2010 - coop renovations below When we moved to this house we had a few outbuildings and this one was furthest from the house - about 100 yards from the back door. DH initially stored his boat under the overhang, but we weren't using it for anything else. I bought chickens rather impulsively, but knowing we had this building already, I didn't worry about building a coop. The only thing I bought for the coop (besides...
Ingredients: 3/4 c. water 1 3/4 c. milk 2 tbsp Crisco 2/3 c. dry milk powder 1 tsp. salt 2 tbsp bulk yeast 3/4 c. sugar 6 c. flour 2 eggs Cooking Instructions Dissolve the Crisco and salt in warm water, heat in microwave, if needed. Pour in mixing bowl, add yeast. Mix sugar, dry milk, eggs and milk. Add to Crisco mixture, stir. Add 6 cups of flour. Let rise until double. Divide dough in half. Knead. Form into loaves, setting in 2 greased loaf pans. Let rise until doubled. Bake at 350°...
Ingredients: 1 1/2 lbs. stewing beef, cubed 1 tbsp vegetable oil 1/4 c. flour salt and pepper to taste 1 1/2 tbsp Cajun seasoning 1 (15-oz.) can diced tomatoes 1 med. sweet potato, peeled and diced 1 med. green pepper, seeded and chopped 2 c. water 2 beef bouillon cubes 1 med. stalk of celery, chopped 1 onion, chopped Cooking Instructions Heat vegetable oil over medium high heat. Add flour, salt and pepper to a baggie; add stew meat and shake to coat meat. Fry in oil until browned. Add...
Ingredients: Cake 1 pkg. yellow cake mix 1 pkg. instant vanilla pudding (3.4 oz) 2 tsp. cinnamon 1/4 tsp. nutmeg 1/8 tsp. ground cloves 3 eggs 2/3 c. water 1/2 c. vegetable oil 3 c. fresh apples, peeled, cored and grated 1/2 c. walnuts, chopped Cream Cheese Frosting: 1 (8-oz.) pkg. cream cheese, room temperature 1/2 c. butter, room temperature 2 1/2 to 3 c. powdered sugar Cooking Instructions Add dry ingredients to mixer. In a mixing bowl, mix eggs, water, oil and apples. Add wet...
Ingredients: 2 pkgs. yeast (or 2 tbsp. bulk yeast) 3/4 c. warm water 1/2 c. sugar 1 tsp. salt 2 eggs 1/2 c. butter or margarine 4 c. flour Cooking Instructions Dissolve yeast and sugar in warm water. Let proof for about 10 minutes. Add butter, eggs, salt and 2 cups flour. Mix until well blended. Add remaining flour slowly, knead until soft dough forms. Cover and let rise in a warm place until double (1 to 1 1/2 hours.) Punch dough down and divide dough in half. Turn one half onto a floured...
Ingredients: 1 (10-oz.) box frozen chopped spinach 1 (6-oz.) jar marinated artichoke hearts 1/2 tsp. crushed red pepper flakes 1/4 tsp. salt 1/8 tsp. garlic powder dash black pepper 1 (8-oz.) pkg. cream cheese 1/2 c. parmesan cheese 1 c. Monterey Jack cheese Cooking Instructions In a 2 qt microwave-safe bowl, microwave the spinach until it is completely thawed and lightly cooked (about 4 minutes). Drain excess water. Drain artichoke hearts and chop into bite-size pieces. Add artichoke...
Ingredients: 1 refrigerated pie crust (double crust) 1/3 c. butter 1/3 c. chopped onion 1/3 c. flour 1/2 tsp. salt 1/4 tsp. pepper 1 (14-oz.) can chicken broth 1/2 c. milk 2 1/2 c. cooked chicken or turkey (cubed) 2 c. frozen veggies Cooking Instructions Place pie crust in 9" pie pan. Preheat oven to 425°. Melt butter in a saucepan. Add onion and saute for a minute. Add flour, salt and pepper. Gradually add broth and milk, whisking over low heat. Simmer until mixture thickens. Add chicken...
Ingredients: 4 1/2 c. peeled and diced butternut squash 3 c. water 3 chicken bouillon cubes 1 1/2 tbsp butter 1/4 tsp. ground thyme 1/4 tsp. cayenne pepper 8 oz. block of cream cheese salt and pepper to taste Cooking Instructions Add squash, water, butter, bouillon cubes and spices to a pot. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer uncovered for 20 minutes, or until squash is tender. In a blender, puree soup with cream cheese until smooth (may have to do in batches). Note: You can...
Ingredients: 1 gal. apple cider 1 c. brown sugar 1 tsp. vanilla 2 cinnamon sticks 1 orange 8 whole cloves Cooking Instructions Pierce the orange all over (I use a meat thermometer to pierce it) and insert the 8 whole cloves. Add rest of ingredients to slow cooker, mixing until sugar is dissolved. Cover and cook on low 5 hours. Serve hot. So warm and comforting on crisp autumn evenings!
Ingredients: 6 large baking potatoes 1/2 c. milk 1/4 c. butter salt and pepper to taste 2 c. cheddar cheese Cooking Instructions Wash potatoes and pierce with fork. Bake until centers are soft: about 1 hour in 350° oven or 10 minutes in the microwave on high. Cut in half lengthwise and scoop out center part of the potato into mixing bowl, leaving enough around the edge of the potato to support the peel. Beat potato centers with milk, butter, salt and pepper to taste. Add the milk slowly, we...
Ingredients: 6 slices bread butter or margarine 3 eggs 1 tbsp milk salt and pepper to taste 1/4 cup cheddar cheese Cooking Instructions Trim crusts off bread slices and butter both sides of bread. Fit bread into large muffin cups, press down lightly. Bake in 325 ° oven for 15 minutes until lightly toasted. Remove from oven. Mix eggs and milk, add salt and pepper to taste. Pour into toast cups. Sprinkle with cheddar cheese. Bake at 350 deg oven for 12-15 minutes. Loosen with a knife to...
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