Friday, March 27, 2015

Hatching Coturnix Quail

These are some of my favorite fowl to hatch and raise! I absolutely love these small little birds. We've had a lot of success hatching Coturnix Quail eggs. 
Choose clean eggs (but do not wash them!). Try to handle the eggs as little as possible so that the oils on your skin don't clog the pores on the eggs shells. Wash your hands before and after you touch the eggs to avoid spreading germs and to keep the eggs as clear from oil as possible. 
Make sure your incubator is clean from the last time you used it (if you have used it). Heat to 100 degrees about 24 hours before you plan to use it. Set humidity at as close to 70% as possible and keep it there by following the instructions with your incubator. You can get a humidity gauge from a local pet store to go into reptile cages. 
Turn the eggs 30 degrees a couple times a day until around three days before your hatch day. Stop turning and adjust the humidity to 80%. No matter how tempted you are don't open the incubator until the chicks have dried out. 
Aren't they cute?

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Sweetness In The Fleeting Moments

The sweetness of fleeting moments pass us by so quickly that unless we are intentional and hold tight to them, those moments are lost to us forever.  The sweetness of a moment spent with God, when you feel so close you can almost hear his heart beat.

The tender moments with new life so soft and warm so beautiful.

The moments we spend with family, the laughter ringing in the halls  and the sweet harmony that rests in the house.

Those times in the golden twilight when the rich shades of gold contrast with the ever lengthening shadows.  Then fireflies fill the air and dance with their little lanterns.  The laughter as children and adult alike share in their magic. 

Help us to hold onto these moments Lord, and cherish them for a lifetime. 

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Lights, Camera... Action? - Cinderella Movie Review

Hi guys! Meant to get this up last week but lost track of time. We went to the movies last week to see Cinderella. I have to say I LOVED it! One of the best fairy-tale movies I have seen in a while. Even my dad liked it. Cute, funny and sure to surprise they did a great job spinning this story so that all ages could enjoy it. From small children, to teenagers to adults. We even met a Korean Veteran and his wife there to enjoy the movie.
And I absolutely loved her hair, and her dress, and her glass slippers! Anyway, great movie! We really enjoyed it as a family. Can't wait for it to come out on DVD so I can watch it again! Hope you enjoy it as much as we did. It is about love, kindness, hope and forgiveness.

Have you seen the movie?  Tell us what you thought of it! Have a great week!

Monday, March 23, 2015

Chicken Saltimbocca

6 boneless skinless chicken breasts thawed
6 slices of organic black forest ham or other nitrate free lunch meat
6 slices of organic swiss or your favorite cheese
Pinch of sage
1/3 cup of Panko
2 Tbsp. Parmesan cheese grated
2 Tbsp of parsley fresh and chopped finely (or 1 tbsp dry if that is all you have)
1/4 cup of grass fed organic butter

 Cover your meat with plastic wrap and with a meat cleaver pound out the separate pieces one at a time until you have rectangles about 1/2 inch thick.

 Place the ham slice and the cheese on the chicken breast with salt and pepper and roll up like a jelly roll. Press lightly.

Melt butter in a small pan. 

In a bowl place the Panko crumbs, Parmesan and parsley. 

Dip chicken in butter and roll in Panko.  

Place in a small casserole dish.  

Repeat until all of the breasts are finished.

Bake at 350 degrees F. for 40-45 minutes.

Sunday, March 22, 2015

The Newest Cottager - Patten

Well everyone, meet Patten. The newest member of the Cottage family. 
Mr. Cottage and Brianna were on their way home Saturday from helping a pastor friend and his wife serve a community meal in Parsons Tennessee. They happened to stop at a gas station- can you guess the rest of the story? Free puppies... 
 And of course Mr. Cottage couldn't say no to that face- either of them. LOL! And well you can guess the rest. Brianna comes walking into the house with a little (ahem) bundle of fur. Isn't he cute?
Sorry about the pink harness Patten...

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Nashville's Music City Irish Fest

Hello friends! We are here to tell you about our adventure. Nashville's first ever Irish Festival. Despite the rain and cool temps it drew quite a crowd.
People of Nashville, Kentucky and many other places stood in the almost constant drizzle to hear the music of great bands like the Willis Clan, the Red Hot Chili PipersMolly Ramone, Colm Kirwan, Nosey Flynn and others. The Willis Clan was the delight of my sister Brianna. 
In the true spirit of the Irish the crowd was undaunted when the drizzle changed to rain.
 And then back to a gentle mist.
 They had great people walking around making balloon creations for the children.
Everyone really seemed to be having a great time.
They taught Irish dancing lessons to the people of Nashville, but we seemed to have a hard time with making a circle.  Not sure what that was about but once people got started there was much laughter and merriment.
There were many very talented people performing.
 Great music, food, leather things, jewelry, hats, sweaters and so much more. Can anyone say shepherds pie and corned beef? Yummy!!!
Even the local dogs had a great time. Fun for the whole family!

This leather worker was an amazing artist and the children that did the dancing in the rain were very talented.  My sister wanted to go take lessons right then and there.  She has wanted to learn Irish dance since she was about three and to this day talks with an Irish accent. 

#MusicCityIrishFest #WillisClan #IrishDancing

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Cottage Style Corned Beef & Cabbage

5 lbs Corned Beef Brisket 
6 Red Potatoes
6 Big Carrots
Head Of Cabbage
Put Corned beef in large stock pot, cover water. 
Turn your heat to high and then once it reaches a boil turn to low and simmer for 2 1/2 hours or until inner temperature reaches 160. Chop your vegetables when it gets close to being done.
 Then Remove Corned Beef cover to keep warm. Put vegetables in simmering water and turn to high.  Cook for about 15 minutes on high until your vegetables are tender.  Remove and enjoy.

Serves about 7