The chickens served double purpose on the farm, keeping the bugs and snakes at bay and providing delicious eggs and fried chicken. Yes, Grandma tenderly cared for that flock of chickens, but make no mistake they were there for food. During the Depression my Grandparents would sell eggs and dressed hens to the local market for income. My Mother can remember in the early spring Grandma would order “peeps,” newly hatched chicks and when they would arrive they would be kept in the kitchen to keep warm until the weather turned nice. It would have been easy to think of them as pets, cute little yellow sun drops!
Farmers Co-op will order chicks for you each spring and when I was there last week they had the catalog out on the counter. Oh my, how I would love to have a nice little coop of hens to tend. I know that’s not possible, my neighbors wouldn’t share my love of chickens. Just think... they could eat my nasty little bugs and scratch around the yard. They could supply me with chicken poo. They could soothe my ears with their soft cluck-cluck-clucking!
A nice chicken coop would fit into any setting, even a backyard. This one is pretty nice, don't you think?
I like this one too, the "girls" would love laying their eggs in this cute little cottage!
What about this one? I have just the place for it at the edge of our woods!
Today's recipe comes in the mail from Aunt B. She shares a friends' Never Fail Dumplings. Aunt B. says, "My friend Ellen Sides is an excellent cook, her peanut butter pie is to die for!" I'm asking for that one TOO!
Never Fail Dumplings
1 1/2 cups flour
4 tablespoons shortening
1 egg, beaten
5 tablespoons water
1/2 teaspoon salt
Mix flour, salt and shortening. Beat egg and water together then add to the flour mixture, making soft dough. Roll out into thin sheets. Dry 15 minutes or more. Cut into strips and drop into boiling broth. Don't cover. *Ms. Ellen doesn't tell us how long to cook, like most good cooks she just "knows" when they are done. For the rest of us, about 15-20 minutes on the timer should cook these tender dumplings through. Take one out and give a taste-test, maybe taste more than one...