The Story of the Tiniest Egg Ever

So. I’m gonna tell ya a story about an egg. A really little one. Egg, not story.


A comparison for you: green egg is what you would consider a typical size for an egg, the size that we will usually get from our full grown hens. This one is from one of our younger chickens, who had recently started laying.
And the little one? That’s just the tiniest chickens’ egg in the history of the world.

Okay, probably not. But it’s still so TINY!
Here’s the story:

Late July. Lucy finds this egg and, of course, we all go crazy over this egg. Every person who passed through our threshold had to look upon this egg.

The problem? Who would eat it?! This egg was so special, no one could agree on who would eat it. I thought I should eat it because I take care of the chickens, cleaning the coop, getting them food and water, letting them out in the morning, and closing them in again at night. Lucy thought she should eat it because she had found it. I thought maybe mom or dad should eat it, because they pay for the food and for the pine shavings for the floor of the coop.
And you can only cut an egg that small into pieces so small.

After several weeks of this, I was heating a pan to make omelets and decided that it was about time somebody cracked the thing open.

Now, eggs, at least natural unprocessed ones, given enough time, will eventually completely dry up on the inside. So that means no nothing inside. You basically just have a hollow shell. This happens in varying amounts of time, depending on the size of the egg. A goose egg for instance will take a lot longer than, say, a chicken egg.
Both my mother and I knew this. In fact, she suspected this might have happened. So it didn’t surprise us too much when I cracked it open and saw this:

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Terrible pic, I know, but you get the idea. No egg!!!

So, the moral of the story: Don’t put things off. Or you’re egg will turn out dry. (;

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Wordless Wednesday: Chicks, Gardens, Sunset, and Doodle














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Mexican Hot Chocolate Snickerdoodles

Look at that beautiful thing.

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Don’t you just want to eat it all up?

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But, then again, you probably want to eat this one more. These, my friends, are Mexican Hot Chocolate Snickerdoodles. In all capitals. I made them just for you. Sort of.

If you’ve ever had Mexican hot chocolate, you know that it’s a little different. Often times it’s made with chili in it,so it’s a little bit spicy, thus the chili powder in the cookies. You don’t need to make them spicy, just omit the chili powder, they are still very good without. These are also very simple to make (no mixer or five bowls necessary), and can be dairy free if ya want, just replace the butter with the same amount of oil (canola of vegetable, though it would probably work with coconut…) and the milk with a non-dairy milk. Alright, no more talk, lets get to the cookies!


For The Topping:
1/3 cup sugar
1 heaping tsp. ground cinnamon

For The Cookies:
1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, melted
1 cup sugar
1/4 cup maple syrup
3 Tbls. milk
1 2/3 cup flour
1/2 cup cocoa powder
1 tsp. baking soda
1/4 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. cinnamon
1/2 tsp. cayenne (optional)

Preheat oven to 350 F.
Line two large baking sheets with parchment paper.
Mix the topping ingredients together on a flat plate or shallow bowl. Set aside
In a medium mixing bowl, use a fork to beat together butter, sugar, syrup, and milk. Sift in remaining ingredients, and stir well. It should look like this:

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Except you’ll have more, of course.
Scoop out tablespoon size balls and roll in the topping mixture.

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Place on the baking sheet about two inches apart.

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Then, once you got them all on there, smoosh them down a little with your fingers, they should look something like this:

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Then, bake for about ten minutes, they should still be really soft., and let them cool a few minute before photographing eating them.

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Oh yum.


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Chicken Update

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.

the snow and the coop, which used to be an outhouse.

the snow and the coop, which used to be an outhouse.

So as many of you know, last May we moved to Massachusetts, leaving the three left of our original flock with friends.

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Big Mama, Dusty, and…

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Mrs. Fuzzy Faced Beast.
AKA Tequila.


Dusty died over the summer. ):
But Mama and Tequila are still doing fine.

Last fall though, we got a new flock.

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We got eight birds, two easter egg layers:
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Two golden laced wyondots (anyone know how that’s spelled?):
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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.

Two rhode island reds,
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Then we had two golden ones, one of which was a rooster, and, to say it in a nicer way, he tasted good. (;

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But the golden one we have left is super friendly and adorable.

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Awwwwwwwwww, rooster protecting his girl from the iphone camera!!!!!!!

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And there’s always the chicken with the beard and lazer eyes.

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Who’s fun to take pictures of.

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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.

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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….

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Breakfast Today: Health Nut Chia Seed Oatmeal

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.

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I do a coarse chop, so I still get chunks.

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Add to the coconut oil and toast till it’s, well, toasty!

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Then add the water, salt, and chia seeds.

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Bring it all to a gentle boil. By now it will look something like runny blue goo, but stick with me!

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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.

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It’s not very photogenic…

Then throw into a bowl or two and top with whatever toppings you like.

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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

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That one again? yeah, I really like that one. (;

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Breakfast Today: Nut Lovers Toast!

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.

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A slice of your favorite bread

Peanut butter

A banana


Shredded coconut

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?


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A Quick Sunbeam Photo Shoot

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.

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Isn’t it pretty?

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I got a couple different angles on it, to!

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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!!!

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Breakfast Today: My Take on the Elvis

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….

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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!)




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1 Banana

Coconut oil


Maple syrup


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 (;.

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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.

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Garden Photography + Book of the Year 2014 + Happy Birthday!!!

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.

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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 2(1)photo 3(3)These ones were really hard to get. I literally lay on the ground and looked up to get the angle right.

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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

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Rainy Day Photography + SNOW?!

Guess what… Its SNOWING! In March! And I have proof: snow day 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. water drops 2 Mostly of water droplets. water drops I love water droplets. And I got some cute chicken pictures. dusty This is a picture of Dusty just looking at me. flower shutes And I found some little flowers popping up in our front garden… and now their all covered in snow! flower shute And I got pictures of water droplets on the flowers to (; clovers clover grassAnd I got some random but cute photos of grass and clover.. with water droplets! its a rock And I got a even more random picture of a rock. wet bush And I took a photo of a bush. Just because. buds Buds! bare foot And my bare feet on some broken down leaves and twigs. salty2 salty Salty! who are you looking at? salty2 notice Dusty poking her head in in the background. Photo bomb! why, hello And Tequila. big mama mama on branch We didn’t forget you, Big Mama! (notice Dusty is also poking her head around the upper one of Mama!)

mama jump I even got a motion shot of Mama jumping into the tree… yes, they still roost there!

mama looking What are you doing down there?

chickens And one last one of the chickens just pecking around. But where’s Dusty?

Dusty on compost Ha ha! Dusty’s hiding on the compost!

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