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Mexican Chicken – My mom’s favorite!

One of my mother’s favorite dishes is a simple variation on the King Ranch Chicken recipe. I don’t know why, but Mama (I admit it, I still call her Mama) who doesn’t like cheese or hot peppers and will not eat dishes containing either, loves Mexican Chicken. She’d probably eat it two or three times a week if she could get me to cook it.

I’ll admit I haven’t cooked it in a couple of months. So, one night last week, Mama had had it, and she put her foot down and demanded I fix her favorite dish for supper. Allright. . . allright, I’m exaggerating. She didn’t quite do all of that, but she did go grocery shopping and have all of the ingredients waiting for me that afternoon. I took it as a subtle nudge that that was what was for supper.

Here we go. . .

 The Ingredients:
5-6 chicken breasts, cooked, shredded or diced into bite-sized pieces
1 (10.5 oz ) can of cream of chicken
1 (10.5 oz) can of cream of mushroom
1 (10 oz) can of Ro-Tel Mild diced tomatoes & green chiles
1/2 (12 oz) can evaporated milk
1 (8 oz) bag of Velveeta Shreds cheese
1 (11.5) bag of Doritos nacho cheese tortilla chips, crushed

One of the main ingredients, chicken.

1) I usually boil the chicken, seasoned with salt and pepper, of course, but you can also roast it if you want. Then pull it off the bone and either, shred it or dice it into bite-sized pieces.

Crushed tortilla chips.

2) Crush the tortilla chips, then spread evenly into a casserole dish. Make sure to reserve some chips for the top of the dish.

3) Spread the cooked chicken evenly on top of the chips.
4) Combine the cream of chicken, cream of mushroom, evaporated milk, & the Ro-Tel tomatoes & green chiles. Then, spread the mixture evenly on top of the chicken.

5) Sprinkle the shredded cheese on top.

Just before going in the oven.

6) Top with the remaining chips. Bake in a 350F preheated oven for about 30 minutes (give or take) or until the chips just begin to brown & the cheese is melted.

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Pippin and Tapper.

Towards the end of May, I had put three duck eggs in our incubator from our newest ducks. I lost one early on due to another egg that exploded (that has got to be the worst smell on this earth). So, I was left with only two little eggs that had become very special to me (especially since they survived the exploding egg).

This past Sunday, I had opened the incubator to turn the eggs inside & for some reason I decided to candle them just to check on their development. They were still almost a week away from hatching, yet, when I shined that light into them I could see movement in the air cell in one of them! So, just to double check, I held them both one at a time to my ear, and guess what. . . there was the tell-tale “tap, tap, tapping” sound of a duckling pecking away at the eggshell. Needless to say, they went on early lockdown.

By the next day, one had externally pipped, but it was on the wrong end. Less than an hour later, I noticed that that same duckling must have nicked a blood vessel because there was quite a bit of blood. Thankfully, though, after a rest the duckling made it to zip and then to hatch. A few hours after hatching, the other duckling joined it. Shortly after that, we named them Pippin and Tapper; Pippin being the first to hatch and Tapper the second.

It was then that we noticed how weak Pippin was and that she was unable to walk or sit up. So, as soon as they were dry, out of the incubator they came and into a warm brooder. After giving Pippin some electrolytes and a lot of TLC, she was much better and was acting like she had been walking all the time.

Pippin (front) & Tapper (back).
Pippin was not too thrilled about being in the basket to have her picture taken.

Our dogs love watching “incubator TV”.
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First post and a tiny egg.

This is my first blog, and I honestly don’t know how I’m going to be able to come up with enough things to write about. I guess it’s a good thing that we have the chickens and goats because they certainly keep life interesting, and they’ll be the main focus of this blog.

I used to write a lot as a teenager and into my early twenties, and it was something that I loved doing. I don’t know, but there’s just something about sitting down and expressing yourself and getting lost in a story that you’ve written. I’ve gotten away from that, but I’m hoping that this blog will bring a love of writing back to me. Anyways, on to the second part of this first post. . . the tiny egg.

We occassionally get small eggs from our young hens that are just starting up their egg laying career, but never one as small as the egg today. I’m assuming it’s from one of our younger Silkie girls. Eggs like it are typically called, “fart egg”. You can think of it as a hiccup in the egg laying machine that is a hen.

Sitting on a nickel.
Eggs Left to Right: Pekin, Indian Runner, Easter Egger, Black Giant,
Buff Orpington, Silkie, Serama, & Silkie “fart egg”.
In the center is a small egg we got the other day from a young Indian Runner duck.