Psalms from the Hive

by Jeannie Saum

Eggs, eggs and more eggs!

Laying here and there.

For sale sign went up today

And a potful boiling on the stove.

Clover, Bee, and Revery

Reverie (revery) –(n.) state of dreamy meditation or fanciful musing; a fantastic, visionary, or impractical idea


Fresh from the hen house!

Fresh from the hen house!

I am here to testify, that my Hive and Honey partner, Laurie Dotson, has discovered a successful way to prepare and peel fresh hard boiled eggs!  All over the Internet, there are suggestions for how to do.  But all the responses say, “Unsuccessful!”  “Can’t be done!”

Well, I can’t take credit for this method, but I will verify that it really works!  Did it yesterday with a dozen fresh eggs right out of our backyard coop!  Got all the shells off and the eggs left in one piece – pretty enough to make deviled eggs out of, though that was not my intent.  Just wanted some yummy egg salad for a sandwich for lunch!

Here’s Laurie’s fool-proof method of preparing fresh hard boiled eggs so they will peel.

  1. Double boiler to steam eggs

    Double boiler to steam eggs

    Put a half pot of hot water on the stove to boil.

  2. Put your eggs in a steaming basket or add-on double boiler, ABOVE the water.
  3. Bring water to boil, and STEAM the eggs for 20 minutes.
  4. Take eggs off the stove, pour out boiling water and run pan under cold water to cool off.
  5. Fill cooled pot about 1/4 full of water, add lots of ice, and put the eggs in the ICE WATER to cool.
  6. When cool, crack the eggs, and start peeling, being sure to get under the membrane as you peel.  The shells should come right off, leaving the whites in one piece!
Ice bath to cool

Ice bath to cool

Try it for yourself and see.  I’m a believer!  And it’s a good thing it works, because with 21 chickens, we have more eggs than we know what to do with!  Quiche two nights ago, egg salad yesterday, and I sense some deviled eggs coming on tonight!

John 3

12 I have spoken to you of earthly things and you do not believe; how then will you believe if I speak of heavenly things?

13 No one has ever gone into heaven except the one who came from heaven—the Son of Man.

14 Just as Moses lifted up the snake in the wilderness, so the Son of Man must be lifted up

15 that everyone who believes may have eternal life in him.”

16 For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.

17 For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him.

18 Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe stands condemned already because they have not believed in the name of God’s one and only Son.