Spring is coming!!!
Well, we still have a couple feet of snow on the ground, but hey, ya gotta start somewhere! The past couple days have lingered around fifty degrees, and the snow is just starting to soften up. Its about time.
So as many of you know, last May we moved to Massachusetts, leaving the three left of our original flock with friends.
Big Mama, Dusty, and…
Mrs. Fuzzy Faced Beast.
Dusty died over the summer. ):
But Mama and Tequila are still doing fine.
Last fall though, we got a new flock.
Both of which ended up being roosters. Nice. I don’t have good names for the either, because we don’t know if they’ll end up being dinner or whatever, so its the rooster with the collar and the rooster without a collar.
Then we had two golden ones, one of which was a rooster, and, to say it in a nicer way, he tasted good. (;
But the golden one we have left is super friendly and adorable.
Awwwwwwwwww, rooster protecting his girl from the iphone camera!!!!!!!
And there’s always the chicken with the beard and lazer eyes.
Who’s fun to take pictures of.
And some of the girls started laying! We are in the process of teaching them to lay in the nesting boxes, so the grosser ones are off the floor, and the perfect clean ones are from the boxes. I’m also trying to figure out who’s been laying, I know Runaway has, she layed that clean green one in the back, and I’m pretty sure the other green one is from Fuzzy Face, but the others I’m still not sure about.
One more thing: notice the feathers missing from around the top of Runaway’s neck? I’m pretty sure someone’s been picking on her, but I’m not sure who, and I cant stand out there and watch them all the time, so I don’t know how to stop it from happening. Anyone know any tricks?
Till next time….
For the health nut in your life. Even if the health nut in your life just happens to be you…….
I guess the title for this post really should be breakfast yesterday, but I have a thing going now and I’m not stopping.
So yesterday’s breakfast was one of those ‘I slept in really late and now I’m starving and need something healthy and filling’ type of breakfast. So, I thought I’d make oatmeal with chia seeds for something different. I also wanted something nutty, so I pulled some almonds and coconut from the back of the pantry and added those in to. Then, I thought it needed something sweet, so when I had it in the bowl, I topped it with blueberries and honey. All good stuff.
First, heat coconut oil in a small sauce pan.
Meanwhile, chop your nuts. I used almonds and coconut, but use whatever you have.
I do a coarse chop, so I still get chunks.
Add to the coconut oil and toast till it’s, well, toasty!
Then add the water, salt, and chia seeds.
Bring it all to a gentle boil. By now it will look something like runny blue goo, but stick with me!
Add the oats and simmer till you like the consistency. The chia seeds will expand a lot, making it look like chia seeds with a little bit of oats.
It’s not very photogenic…
Then throw into a bowl or two and top with whatever toppings you like.
1 big teaspoon coconut oil
Whatever kind of nuts that you’d like
1 cup water
2 Tablespoons chia seeds
A pinch of salt
1/3 cup whole oats
Desired toppings: honey, fruit, maple syrup, peanut butter, more nuts, whatever you’d like
Heat coconut oil in a small sauce pan. Meanwhile, chop whatever nuts you want. Toast nuts in the coconut oil until they’re all toasty. Add water, salt, and chia seeds and bring to a boil. Once boiling, add oats and simmer till as thick as you like. Top with desired toppings and enjoy! Makes two regular servings or one huge serving
That one again? yeah, I really like that one. (;
This morning I was craving some of that Elvis toast. So I started pulling out ingredients but guess what? We are out of cocoa. Sniff sniff. ):
So I spread peanut butter on the toast and topped with sliced bananas but instead of drizzling with chocolate, I topped it with chopped walnuts and shredded coconut. Thus, the invention of the nut lovers.
A slice of your favorite bread
Maple syrup, optional
Toast your bread. While the toast is toasting, chop the walnuts. It should be a coarse chop, so you still have larger chunks of nut. Then, slice the banana. Now spread some peanut butter on the toast, add sliced banana, then sprinkle with walnuts and some shredded coconut. And, if you’d like, drizzle with a touch of maple syrup for extra sweetness. I know, easy, right?
Yup. Another photography post. I guess I’ve been liking snapping photos a lot this week. And ya know what else? I don’t even have a section on my blog just for photos! Time to work on that… coming soon!!!
So, coming up the stairs earlier this morning I saw some beautiful rays of sunshine coming from the window in the hall.
Isn’t it pretty?
I got a couple different angles on it, to!
looks a little antique, right? Well, that’s because our house is pretty much and antique.
And before I close this post, I’d like to remind everybody that now’s the time to enter your favorite book or books for the book of the year. I’m always looking for more reading ideas!!!
This post is for all the sad people in the world who are in a breakfast rut, reminding them that there is still hope. AKA, there are more things to eat for breakfast than a bowl of cheerios (;
So, breakfast today was inspired by a recipe on Oh She Glows, a great healthy food site that fellow foodies out there should really check out. This is her recipe, along with a bunch of other fun toast recipes.
This is the way I make the Elvis. In case you were curious, her version is sliced banana drizzled with sunflower seed butter, and topped with chopped dark chocolate. Anyone else drooling yet?
My version is peanut butter, topped with sliced banana, drizzled with homemade dark chocolate. Mmmmmmm….
Oh yeah, It’s healthy too (can it get any better than that?). There’s healthy fat from the coconut oil, protein from the peanut butter, potassium from the banana, and a little bit of iron from the cocoa (got to give it something, right?).
And did you know that healthy fat can help you lose weight too? (I always wanted to say that. There must be someone out there who cares!)
Natural peanut butter
First, grab a slice of your favorite bread and pop it in the toaster. Meanwhile, melt a small spoonful of coconut oil in a small bowl or cup in the microwave (if necessary). Add a spoonful of cocoa, and a drop of maple syrup. Stir, then microwave again for AT THE MOST 30 seconds. Check the texture. It should be smooth and not thick or runny. If it’s too runny, add a pinch more cocoa. If it’s too thick, add a drop more maple syrup. Then taste it. I like mine very dark, so I did not use a lot of maple syrup at all, but if you like yours sweeter feel free to add more. Then grab your banana, and peel and slice it on a bias, which really just means on an angle. Now put it all together! Spread as much peanut butter as you want on the toast, top with banana, and drizzle with the chocolate in some pretty swirls or something (;.
I had mine with a glass of almond milk I made yesterday. You can have it with any kind of milk you want, but make sure you have milk with it. It’s one of those things where it’s completely necessary.
Oh, and remember, there’s no law against licking the chocolate off the plate.
And as usual with late posts, I’m going to go on and on about why I haven’t posted for so long. How ’bout we skip that this time. Okay? Okay. Sooooooooooo….. Since I haven’t posted in a while I decided I would do a big multi-post post (yes, I just made up that word). Tired of me saying post? Good, then you are mentally sound.
Oh yeah, by the way, today is EverythingBethy’s birthday! No, not me, the blog! Two years ago today I started up this blog and since then written approximately 35 posts (including this one), gotten 43 followers, and learned a lot. I know that 35 is like only 15 posts a year, but I’m getting there.
So, the next part of this post, the garden!
When I was weeding today I saw some pretty little (no really, really little) details that I thought would make some beautiful photos. So, I broke out the camera (AKA, mom’s Iphone) and seriously tiny pictures.
First,a pic of a tiny flower smaller than a baby’s finger nail. I have my fingers there just to show you how tiny it is.These ones were really hard to get. I literally lay on the ground and looked up to get the angle right.
This one is obviously blurry, but I like how it has the trees and sky in the background.
And now, for what you’ve all been waiting for, Book of the Year!
In case you missed it last year, Book of the Year is basically just anyone who wants to can comment on this post on any favorite book. You can recommend any books you want, but no more than 3, or else I will get seriously overwhelmed. If I haven’t read the book/books yet or recently, I will read them. At the beginning of next year I will reveal my favorite AKA the Book of the Year. If you were part of it last year, feel free to submit the same book again to see if it can cut it this time or cut it again (hi Matt). The rules are simple: you have to read or have read the book to enter it and you can not enter more than three books. That’s about it! Oh yeah, if you’d like to see what happened last year, you can find it here
Guess what… Its SNOWING! In March! And I have proof: Isn’t that just crazy!? And it’s still snowing hard to! Anyways……………………… Photos! Yesterday it was rainy and wet all day. In the morning I went outside when it wasn’t raining to hard and got some pretty pictures. Mostly of water droplets. I love water droplets. And I got some cute chicken pictures. This is a picture of Dusty just looking at me. And I found some little flowers popping up in our front garden… and now their all covered in snow! And I got pictures of water droplets on the flowers to (; And I got some random but cute photos of grass and clover.. with water droplets! And I got a even more random picture of a rock. And I took a photo of a bush. Just because. Buds! And my bare feet on some broken down leaves and twigs. Salty! who are you looking at? notice Dusty poking her head in in the background. Photo bomb! And Tequila. We didn’t forget you, Big Mama! (notice Dusty is also poking her head around the upper one of Mama!)
I know I basically wrote this already, but now I keep thinking of new things to add to my list of cooking tips. So, I decided I might as well share them! (By the way, when I say ‘experience’, I mean mistakes. Remember the egg?)
(1.) Learn from your mistakes
Seriously. You make a mistake, you remember it, you don’t do it again. For example, let’s say you happened to put a hard boiled egg in the microwave. And it explodes. Now file that away in the mistake section of your mental library so you remember and never do it again. (;
(2.) If Worst Comes to Worst, Make Do
So let’s pretend you’ve over spiced the fancy creamy soup you where making. Don’t throw it out the window! Think of something you could do with it or a way you could make it better. Throw in some rice and call it a spicy risotto. Or, plop it on top of some bread and you have a appetizer (not that you could do that with soup(;). Or maybe you just noticed you mixed up two cake recipes (your not the only one). Throw it in the oven anyway! You never know if your mistake will turn out to be a new favorite.(3.) Use Proper Knife Safety
Just a few tips: keep your fingers curled slightly when your holding the food. That just means to make sure your fingers aren’t spread flat out on the food so you don’t chop your fingers to. Make sure your in a distraction free area. Just make sure your not talking at the same time your cutting.Also, take your time! Would you rather take a few seconds longer chopping a potato, or chop your fingers really fast?
(4.) HAVE FUN!!!!
don’t let a bunch of rules hold you down. Have fun! Experiment! Enjoy yourself!