Tag Archive | food

Tuesday

Aside from being awake half the night with a coughing Peanut, the day was pretty good. I brought K to work for 7:30, when I got back home the boys were still sleeping. I sat down with some coffee and brought up Revolution on Hulu. I think I like the show. I am not really attached to any shows yet this season. I got about half way through before I was joined by the boys.

It was chilly in the house, so  decided to make some cookies. You know, to warm up the house 🙂 I made some Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies from My Baking Addiction. They are pretty delicious. Soft and cake-like. I made 36, there are now 14 left. . . . If you want the recipe, click here .

Yum!

After picking K up from work, I laid down with Peanut to get him down for a nap and ended up napping myself. I needed it. I don’t get much sleep when the boys are sick.

Munchkin has been pretty low key due to this cold. Hubby set him up with some video games and K found him a leapster on Ebay. He has been pretty happy with those. He is on the mend now. I think yesterday was his worst day.

Munchkin, yesterday. Napping on the couch.

The night ended well. I got to give Milkies to a goat magnet, a deer magnet, and then finally a sheep magnet as well as Peanut. So silly.

This evening has ended with the smell of skunk filling the air. I was hoping it wasn’t our dogs. No such luck. Lily didn’t really get it, Sawyer got it pretty good. I have no energy to bathe him right now though. The house is a little stinky. As soon as I get back from bringing K to work in the morning, I will hose him down.

Smelly Dog, Sawyer

Buttermilk Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Muffins

We have a new favorite snack around here.

Buttermilk Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Muffins

They are pretty darn tasty.

We have been doing a lot with oatmeal lately. We have a lot of it, so I have been trying to use some of it up.

I can’t eat oatmeal without soaking it first and stumbled upon a recipe for soaking oats overnight in water and buttermilk. Then I stumbled across a muffin recipe. It was pretty basic and didn’t have a lot of flavor. I tweaked it a bit and everyone loves them. Well except for Munchkin. He ate one the first night and then wouldn’t touch them again. Oh well, his loss. ;p

I baked a double batch two nights ago and there are only five left. 🙂

I thought I would share the recipe.

Yum!

Oatmeal Buttermilk Chocolate Chip Muffins

makes 12 muffins

Ingredients

1 cup oats

1 cup buttermilk

1 egg

1/2 cup all-purpose flour

1/2 cup whole wheat flour

1/2 cup sugar

1 teaspoon baking powder

1/2 teaspoon baking soda

1/2 cup oil (I use coconut oil)

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1/2 – 2/3 cup chocolate chips (depending on your preference for chocolate)

Directions

-preheat oven to 400 and grease muffin tin

-mix oats and buttermilk in large bowl, cover with a kitchen towel, and soak overnight.

-add in egg; mix well with mixer

-add sugar and mix well

-add other ingredients and mix well

-scoop by 1/4 cup into greased muffin tin

-bake in preheated oven for 15 – 20 minutes (my oven works well with 18 minutes)

-let cool about 10 minutes and then pop out of tin. Let cool the rest of the way on cooling racks

Enjoy!

Some other things I am considering are adding cinnamon or cocoa powder. Can’t wait to make the next batch! 🙂

Any tips?

What are your favorite muffin recipes?

A garden update

Between the chickens, squash bugs, and some black fungus that I can’t pronounce the name of, I haven’t been able to enjoy a single yellow squash from my garden yet. . . .

Two whole plants are gone.  They were at one end of the garden. My other two are looking lovely, at the moment, thanks to the rain we are finally getting. I had to pick off a bunch of squash bug eggs and some adults I found wandering around on them. Then I had to cut off a couple of new squashes because they had that black fungus. I had to cut off another one that the chickens had started helping themselves to.

Yellow squash

Yellow squash plant

My big zucchini plant is nearing the end of its production. It’s okay though because I have another one that is just about ready to start producing.

New Zucchini plant

My tomato plants are looking great and I am anxiously awaiting the ripening of the fruit! My new plants that I started from seed are starting to get a little bigger now.

Tomatoes still wet from the rain

My pepper plants are looking quite well. I am hoping to see some peppers growing soon.

Pepper plant. Munchkin was helping.

I think I am going to plant some more cucumber plants over the next few days now that the weather is more favorable.

Oh, and my watermelon plants are looking very luscious and green, with lots of new flowers. Hoping to get some little watermelons growing. Hoping the chickens will leave them alone.

Watermelon plant

My calendula are blooming like crazy. I harvested one dead flower head so that I will have seeds for next year. Calendula seeds look bugs.

Calendula flower

One of my sunflowers opened up too! Looks lovely. 🙂

Sunflower

 

The Garden vs The Chickens

As most of you know, this is my first year for gardening. I’ve done some reading, asked some questions, but mostly I am learning as I go along.

My garden isn’t very big. I have a couple of tomato plants, one big zucchini plant, a couple of yellow squash plants, a couple of cucumber plants, a couple of watermelon plants, a few pepper plants, some basil, some mint, some oregano, some marigolds and some Calendula. All of my plants, aside from one tomato plant and the zucchini plant, have stayed fairly small. I am not sure if it is due to the soil or the really hot weather and/or lack of rain.

My Garden

The plants are all very happy looking though. I laid a down a decent layer of hay in the garden to help preserve moisture and it really seems to have made a difference. We also just tilled another patch of earth. I covered it up with a nice layer of hay, grass clippings, and goat manure. I have high expectations for when I can finally plant in that spot. It is too hot right now though.

My tomato plants are finally starting to produce fruit. The buds kept getting chopped off. Then the chickens discovered the garden. For the tomato plants, this has been great. For the rest of the garden, not so much. The chickens keep helping themselves to the squash. I haven’t been able to enjoy any from my own garden. They have been plucking off the tiny watermelons when they pop up. If I am not fast enough, they start in on my zucchini. They even pecked at my green peppers enough to make holes in them and then walked away. . . .

We are working on getting the fence up around the garden, but it has been slow going. Hopefully we will get it finished soon. Until then we try to keep a close eye on things and shoo them away when we catch them in there.

I also have a little flower bed at the corner of the house across from the garden. Nothing is actually blooming yet. I have sunflowers, more Calendula, more marigolds, and some other stuff that I don’t remember. It is supposed to be a bird and pollinator mix. I had replanted some sunflowers that I started in pots, but the chickens took the freshly dug dirt as an invitation to dig around and ended up digging them up. . . .

I know we will find the balance with gardening and free-range chickens. Until then, we will have to deal with a few frustrations.

Happy chickens

Zucchini!

We have Zucchini and Yellow Squash coming out our ears right now between my garden and my mother in-law’s garden. So I have been sautéing it or making bread with it. I think I need some other recipe ideas. Anyone?

Anywho, I have been tweaking a zucchini bread recipe. I still don’t have it perfect, but it is pretty darn good.

Zucchini Bread – makes 2 loaves

3 cups flour

1 teaspoon baking powder

1 teaspoon baking soda

2 teaspoons cinnamon

1/4 teaspoon nutmeg

1/2 teaspoon salt

3 eggs

1/2 cup oil (I do a mix of butter and coconut oil)

2 teaspoons grated lemon rind

1 tablespoon vanilla extract

1 cup sugar

1/2 cup honey

3 cups shredded zucchini

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees

Grease 2 loaf pans

Combine flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, nutmeg, and salt in a large bowl

Combine eggs, oil, lemon rind, and vanilla in a large bowl

Add sugar and honey to egg mixture, stirring until combined

Add zucchini to egg and sugar mixture, stir until well combined

Add in the flour mixture, stir until just combined

Divide batter evenly between the 2 greased loaf pans

Bake at 350 for 45 – 60 minutes ( you want to have an inserted toothpick come out clean)

Cool 10 minutes in pan and then remove and place on cooling rack.

Allow to cool completely before slicing

Enjoy!

Zucchini Bread!