Monday, August 9, 2010

Old Fashioned Apple Dumplings

Old Fashioned Apple Dumplings
6 servings

2 cups flour
1 teaspoon salt
2/3 cup shortening
4 to 5 tablespoons cold water
2 cups chopped peeled tart apples
2 cups packed brown sugar
1 cup water
1/4 cup butter, cubed
vanilla ice cream, optional but highly recommended ;-)

Combine flour and salt; cut in shortening until crumbly. Gradually add water, tossing with a fork until dough forms a ball. On a lightly floured surface, roll out dough into a 12-in. x 18-in. rectangle. Cut into six squares. Place 1/3 cup chopped apples in the center of each square. Brush edges of dough with water; fold up corners to center and pinch to seal. Place in a greased 13-in. x 9-in. baking dish. Bake, uncovered, at 350° for 30 minutes. Combine brown sugar, water and butter; bring to a boil, stirring constantly. Remove from the heat. Pour over dumplings. Bake 25-30 minutes longer or until apples are tender. Serve warm with ice cream if desired and enjoy!

The chicks are 2 weeks old!

They are growing up so fast! :-)
We raised the heat lamp again today.
The chicks are now comfortable at 85 degrees.
And we have the brooder covered with netting in case any of the chicks get too ambitious and try to fly up to the edge!
This is Tammy. She is very loud when we handle her.
From daily observation I had not noticed ear formation beginning, but saw it right away after uploading the 2 week pictures.
Did you know that a hen's ear color will be the same as the color of eggs that they lay?
Loretta Lynn had me concerned she was "pasting up" during her first week. She is doing just fine now.
And Dolly. Her feathers are coming in at such a beautiful color.
Emmy Lou's feathers are getting more red. It is so much easier to quickly tell the three yellow chicks apart now!
And Miss Patsy, the easiet to handle the first week, now our little stinker! She also seems to be the tallest of the five so far.
"Home is the nicest word there is."

~Laura Ingalls Wilder

Menu Plan Monday

Supper Menus
August 9th-14th

baked potatoes and toppings, old fashioned apple dumplings
hamburgers, grilled corn on the cob, homemade french fries, baked beans, coleslaw, smores
pasta with marinara sauce and meatballs

out for supper
out for supper
out of town

Daily Bible Reading 2010

Today's reading -
Amos 7-9
Psalms 36
Proverbs 9
Luke 1