Friday, August 20, 2010

My first try at chicken quesadillas

I have been wanting to try something different for suppers, and I was thinking the other night that Chicken Quesadillas would be good to make at home!

Tonight was the night, and I have to say that they turned out very good.

4 lb whole chicken (mine was fresh)
chicken bullion cube
fajita seasoning packet
green bell peppers from the garden (frozen)

I put this all in the pressure cooker, and it took around 20 mintutes or so.

I let it cool a bit, shredded the chicken..added more seasoning, some of the cooking juice, and the bell peppers.

I cut up a tomato and added it onto the tortilla, so it was cheese, meat, tomato, cheese.

I heated up a skillet on medium and cooked them each side about 2 minutes. As they got done, i stacked them inbetwen 2 plates and watched them....waiting till they where all done.

Yummy! This will be made again.

Friday, August 13, 2010

August 3rd Thursday

Come see some of my photography at Downtown Hutchinson's Third Thursday!


I will be at the Apron Strings, at the corner of B and Main. Enjoy the sights and music during the evening!

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Another new friend

Another black swallowtail butterfly was born, on 8-9-2010. My daughter chcecked when she woke up and saw no activity. I never thought to check that morning, and while doing house work later in the day, i went into the laundry room (where the tank was located) and got a big surprise!

Our butterflly was out and was ready to fly away! We only got to spend about 3 mintues with him before he flew off into the trees. He was amazing to look at!

This one was a male, see the very small amount of blue on his back?

Sunday, August 8, 2010

Meet the butterfly!

One of our black swallowtail butterflies emerged this morning. This is the one that was in the green chrysalis. I noticed on saturday evening 8-7-2010 that her chrysalis was becoming transparent and I could see her spots!

I missed when she first crawled out, but still got many good pictures afterwards!

Saturday evening. 5:49 p.m. 8-7-2010
You can see the spots towards the bottom

Here she is drying her wings 9:37 a.m Sunday morning. 8-8-2010

We had to be leaving so we had to take her outside to let her wings dry more

10:28 a.m.

You can tell thats its a female by the amount of blue on her back

Genesis 1:24-25 And God said, Let the earth bring forth the living creature after his kind, cattle, and creeping thing, and beast of the earth after his kind: and it was so. And God made the beast of the earth after his kind, and cattle after their kind, and every thing that creepeth upon the earth after his kind: and God saw that it was good.

Friday, August 6, 2010

Squash Surprise!

A friend of mine has extra squash and tomatoes, so I wanted to post my favorite reciepe to make with those extras!

What you need: 

~ carton of Del Fuerte tomato sauce (I find it in the mexican section at Walmart, real cheap)~
~ zucchini and yellow squash diced up~
~diced up tomato~
~fresh garlic~
~bag of frozen corn~
~chicken bullion cube (if you want for extra flavor)~

 I first dice up the squash and tomato and put it into a pot, get the sauce poured in. (the veggies will make more liquid as they cook) and add it in along with the bag of frozen corn. Turn it on to a low boil and then turn it down to simmer. As this is cooking I saute the diced up onions and fresh garlic together, when its nice and browed I then add it to the mix. along with the bullion cube, chopped up.

The best thing about this is you can add whatever you want. I once added some diced cabbage I had as well. very simple and very quick.

Monday, August 2, 2010

Raising SwallowTail Butterflys

For the past few weeks I have been raising some Black Sallowtail butterflys in my home.

 I had heard that fennel attracted butterflys and I was planting a butterfly gardren, so I decided to get some!

Little did I know how much it would attract the Black Swallowtail butterfly!

First you get a egg (or in my case, tons of eggs)
They are usually yellow in color and are very tiny

Here they are pretty soon after hatching, maybe right before the 2nd instar. they are only about 1 cm long. Before this they are so small its hard to get a picture without a  macro

The caterpillars have 5 different instars (or stages)
This is at a 2rd or 3rd instar, still not the green/orange color but not as tiny anymore.

Here you can see that the color has changed! This can really happen over night! So far all these pictures happened outside. This was the stage when Mr. Cardinal in my backyard would start stealing my caterpillars! I added a ceramic cardinal out to the garden and that helped a bit.
4th Instar (still has spikes on  head)

In this photo you can see the shedded skin, he has entered the 5th instar and will keep eating until he is ready to from a chrysalis. This was taken in the house.

Green Chrysalis (in the home)
Can you see the small piece of silk he used to attach (this one is attached to a piece of fennel, hence his color)

Brown Chrysalis (in the home)

Please check back soon to see our beautiful butterfly!

Saturday, July 31, 2010

The Cucumber wall

For our cucumbers, we use section of seven foot tall cattle fencing. I plant 3 pickling cucumbers, usually grown inside from seed. I grow  pickling ones just to slice and eat because I just enjoy them more like that~

They love to up upright and I even have to clip some of the ends off because they grow up and past the fence. They then flop over and try to attach to a new spot, getting all tangled up!

Here are some photos! I love to bring them in fresh off, slice them, and eat with ranch!