Friday, September 14, 2012

Dreams do come true...

Originally posted 9/14/2012

Well it only took about 35 years for this dream to come true.  Meet Sebago the newest addition to The Real Housewives of Wayne Township.

It didn't take long for Sebago to live up to his nickname if Houdini. In less then 30 seconds he had his stall door open.  I guess he really wanted to be with Dynamite & Tylia because there was grain in his bucket.

Thursday, August 2, 2012

What to do with all these eggs??

Mike eats his breakfast on the go. It's usually a Jimmy Dean breakfast sandwich on his way to work. So I thought I would give it a try and make some for him. Am I going to get up early and cook him breakfast everyday before he goes to work? Nope, not a chance, but I will make several at a time and freeze them.

I got some tips off Facebook.  I think the best one was to weave the bacon, it stayed flat. Another tip was too bake the eggs in a muffin pan so they areround and all the same shape and make a nice looking breakfast sandwich.

Here's how I did it

4 Eggs
4 English muffins
4 slices of bacon
2 sausage patties
4 slices of cheese
pan spray

I sprayed ramekins with pan spray. I decided not to use the muffin pans because I thought the egg would be too thick. Cracked the egg and put it in the ramekin. I then broke the yolk and slightly scrambled it. I baked them in the toaster oven @350 for 13 minutes.

(I didn't want to heat up the kitchen with the oven in this heat)

I cut the slices of bacon in half and did a "basket weave" with 4 of the slices (so 2 full slices) and then fried them. They stayed flat and perfect for the sandwiches.  Cooled bacon on a paper towel

Fried the sausage patties then cooled on a paper towel.

Let the eggs cool for a few minutes then removed them from the ramekins to continue cooling.

Toasted the English muffins and let them cool.
When everything was cool enough not to melt butter & cheese I assembled the sandwiches,

Buttered the muffins, added the bacon or sausage, added the egg and topped with cheese. They were individually wrapped in Glad press & seal and then frozen.To reheat, remove the plastic wrap, wrap in paper towel, microwave on 30% or defrost for 2 minutes then cook on 100% for 45 seconds.

I'm not that great or creative with my cooking. I only cook because I have to, but I must say these came out pretty good.


Thursday, July 12, 2012

Cookie's a Dude!

When I was picking out my new chicks this past April my two biggest concerns were ending up with a rooster & scissors beak. Well looks like I got both.  

Scissors beak is when the top & bottom parts if the beak do not line up. Cocoa seems to have a very mild case of scissors beak, in fact I did not notice it until just recently. She seems to be able to eat and drink just fine. I'll just have to keep an eye on it. She is a little smaller then Cookie but guess what...Cookie's a Dude! (I mean rooster) so I am assuming that's why Cocoa is smaller than Cookie

I follow a couple of blogs and asked one of them if they would post Cookie's picture, hay ya never know maybe someone wanted a rooster for something other than eating. Well it turned out good for Cookie, there are a few people that just fell in love with him and it looks like he is going to live on a farm in Wisconsin....for real. He is quite the handsome little roo

Monday, July 2, 2012

Eggciting News

I was in a rush to get home from work today because the power has been out for a little over a day now. So my poor chickas didn't have their fan or mister too help keep them cool. Oh, by the way it's like 100°  and the big tree that shades the yard came down in the storm. So I was worried about them all day at work thinking they'd be half dead from heat exhaustion. I bought some ice and water (we're on well & septic so no water either) to put in their waters.
The first thing I did was open the coop door to let the little ones out and there it was, a tiny little brown egg right in the nesting box.
I just assumed it came from Rose because she's the biggest, but there's a black feather in there. Rose is reddish in color. So my next guess would be Margarita, she's the one with the huge comb & wattles.

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Citrus Cleaner

I found a recipe at the Fresh Eggs Daily Blog for Homemade Orange Peel White Vinegar Coop Cleaner and thought I would give it a try.

I got a little nutty and made a few different varieties.  All varieties have the basic reciepe of orange peels & vinegar.
I made two batches for a chicken coop cleaner with cinnamon sticks to repel mosquitoes & vanilla beans to repel flies.  I made one for my Mom (to clean the parrot cage) with lemon peels & one with lemon peels and cinnamon sticks to use around the house.  After it cures for a month I will strain it and put into spray bottles. I can't wait to try it.
It is supposed to work great on the coops, you can just spray and leave it or let it set and wipe it off.  I think I know what I'll be giving my chicken loving friends for Christmas :-)

Sunday, June 10, 2012

Rock Hunting

Took the tractor out in the fields looking for rocks to build a pond.
We got a ton of rocks...OK, maybe not a ton but 2 tractor buckets  full.  It was in the 90's that day. Way too hot to be digging up rocks. It's just about finished, just need some small rocks to put around the waterfall to hide the black form. I put up a little fence to keep the chickens out so the new plants can grow. The chickens just jump over it.

Friday, May 4, 2012

Just a typical day on the farm.

The horses see a visitor riding up from the forest preserve, Tylia is the only interested one.
My Bodyguard. nuff said.
Tom is the only one eating hay, he lathered himself up in a limestone mud bath to protect himself from the flies.
Brant and Rosie and Cinnamon, I think.
Killer Kitty on mouse patrol.  Kudos to you Frankie, you have done a wonderful job!!
Weed wackers at work.
Tylia found her new love in Dynamite, I keep trying to break the news to her that he's gay but she so loves him.  HMMMM
Okay not cool!! these are ornamental grasses.
More weed wackin
Get a clue Tylia!
Now this one was funny, not sure if Tylia ever wore a fly mask.  She flipped out when she looked at Tom and Dynamite . Had no clue who they were with masks on.
Really guys!!

Hailey the goat wrangler

Hailey the goat wrangler

the "helicopters" from the Maple trees were to enticing so we had to send in "Hailey the Goat Wrangler"

Sunday, April 29, 2012

Saturday, April 28, 2012

Horse'n Around

Joining up with your horse creates a great bond between the two of you.   It gains their trust and respect.

Joining up with Dynamite

Joining up with Boogie

Boogie the goof

Boogie finally gets it, How rewarding

Friday, April 20, 2012

Chickens first night in the new coop.

The chickens made it through the night in their new coop.  Everyone looks happy and healthy and they are loving it that can go outside now.  The new goats are fitting in quite happily Cassidy has quite a set of lungs when its time to eat, I can hear her bleating from the house in the morning.  I've realized food is the only way to tame these two girls.  My goal is to have them pulling a light cart by the 4th of July.

Thursday, April 19, 2012

Working on the coop

We got the chickens moved out of their brooder and into their coop
The guys working hard on the coop
Interesting find while cleaning out the barn....Yuck
Not all Kims are created equal.....No Way was I going to
pick that thing up
They guys did a great job on the coop, now
for some finishing touches

This coop will never look this good again after we let the chickens in.
I think I said that quite a few time today.

Our stones look great.

True Happiness