So delicious. When I make this salad, I wash my romaine lettuce, remove the core, and then spread the leaves out onto clean cotton dishtowels. A nice flour sak tea towel works best. Then roll it up to absorb the water and put the entire roll into the fridge to crisp up for a bit. This is my Mom's trick, and it makes the salad so nice and crisp.
This morning before heading outside to do our yard work, I made Toad In The Hole. Usually I make this with thick slices of sourdough, or some other type rustic bread. But it was getting to be slim pickins' in the grocery department and I didn't have any sourdough, but I had some Everything Bagels. I thought....hmmmmmmmm, I bet that would make fantastic Toad In The Hole!!! I cut the center of the bagel out a little bit more to hold the egg. Butter the insides of the bagels, and place buttered side down into a medium hot pan. Crack eggs into the holes of the bagel and let cook to desired doneness. We like a runny yolk, so I don't leave it long. The first egg ran out over the hole, but no matter. It all cooks up just fine. Of course it is prettier if it doesn't run over, but it still tastes yummy.
After breakfast, Geeps headed on out in his overalls to work. I got dinner going before I joined him. I made a pot of white bean soup, and a loaf of English Muffin Bread in the bread machine.
I do a quick start on my beans, by first rinsing, then covering with water in heavy pot and bringing to boil. Then let sit in hot water for a few minutes and drain. Refill pot with fresh water, and get it on to boil again. Meanwhile I start to chop. First a whole onion. And I tried to demonstrate an easy way to dice an onion, for those who may not know this. Cut your onion in half. Remove papery outer skins, and leave the root of the onion in tact. So when slicing into half, cut through the root, right down the center.
When done, I take my immersion blender and blend just enough to make it creamy. You don't want your ham all ground up, or every bean mashed. Just blend it a little bit. Photo below is before I blended.
I let the ladies out of the coop, and got busy mucking out their house. I laid fresh hay, and added some wall art.
They are all five so big and hearty. They graze and free range every day as soon as all of the eggs have been collected. That is Ham with the feathered feet.
I love birds. I am a Bird Nerd, for sure! I have many houses set up here on our property, and I have feeding stations all over. Last year, the song birds were not nearly as prevalent, and for the first time in several years, my Bluebirds didn't nest. We later found out why. A Mama hawk decided to build her gigantic nest in the large Sycamore across the street and those hawks terrorized my birds until they all went elsewhere to raise their families. My neighbors trimmed their trees and removed the nest after the hawks had left. But now we have them nesting next door. There are already hatched young in the nest. We hear them all day...screeching all throughout the yards, letting us know that they have taken up residence! Although it is very interesting to watch them so closely, I would much rather have my songbirds. My Oriole's being my favorite!!!! Here is the nest next door. Can you see it up there? That cone shaped thing high in the tree?