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50°, Charcoal & Repeats

My tween and I are sitting in front of the oven watching Dutch Baby Bites grow. 5 minutes to go.

It was 50° this morning at 5:45. Yeah I’m going to start going out earlier. I’ve neglected to push my alarm back. It’s at 5:09 now but I’m pretty sure the sun rises before 5:45 nowadays. Or pretty close. This morning I didn’t even worry about a shirt. Tank top season is here!

Besides I had to haul a bag of grain to the garage/upper barn and a bale of hay down to the ewe and her lambs. Who needs clothes to stay warm when you have work?

No I’m not working in shorts yet. I have a couple of roosters I need to put in the freezer first. They’re mean to bare legs.

This is me making charcoal because buying it is just silly. lol I’m kidding. Kinda. When you’re short every month buying something like charcoal feels luxurious.

My solution free wood, make sure it’s green wood. Not treated. Start a roaring fire with big chunks in a pit, barrel or whatever has a lid you can close. The close the lid and weight. The fire slowly dies as it consumes the oxygen and the leftover is awesome charcoal that burns slowly.

Why charcoal? Because the majority of my summer cooking is done outside. And today I have to make some more bacon. Yep.

For breakfast I made Dutch Baby Bites again. I said that already. But this time look! They’re extra fluffy.

Note to self and whoever’s reading. Let the oven get to temp before putting pan in. The way something bakes has a lot of influence on how it comes out.

This is actually the second time I’ve had this conversation.

Ok time for breakfast!

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Short Sleeves & Burrito Bites

No pun intended but it does have a catchy ring to it! 😉

This morning it was already 45° at 5:45am. Second morning working in short sleeves. My sun touched shoulders actually help a little but I’ve learned once I get chores started I don’t need much help to stay warm.

And now on to breakfast. Don’t be overly impressed, the meat and peppers were leftovers from a couple of nights ago when I made taco salad.

I cut tortillas into 2-3″ strips and put them rolled up into the tins before adding the leftover beef and peppers. Of course a burrito just isn’t done until you add cheese so these have a little square of pepper jack cheese on each.

Baked at 400° for about 12 minutes and they were perfect.

I don’t have a nutrition label today because I can’t remember everything I put in the beef and peppers but I can’t imagine the calories would be very high.

You could call it a refurbished leftover burrito bite but that’s quite a mouthful. 😀

7:45am it’s going to be another hot day so the tween and I are headed outside to get a couple things done before it gets too warm.

Have a great day!

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Omelette Bites!

Last night while concocting this mornings mini muffin experiment idea I decided I needed to get back to using more eggs as they’re starting to pile up.

I scramble a couple every day to supplement the quails protein as they’re not free-range like the chickens and buying high protein feed is expensive and just silly when I get free protein from the hens everyday.

I still have a lot of homegrown ham from Christmas in the freezer which I like to get into occasionally. It was a 36lb ham that I raised for about 18 months and then cured country style for 12 months before smoking it for 48hrs. I’m very proud of my ham, his name was Frank.

Ok back to breakfast.

This recipe is just enough to fill my 48 mini muffin tin.

  • 12 eggs
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 cup whole milk
  • 1 cup diced ham
  • 1 cup diced pepper jack cheese
  • 10-12 spinach leaves chopped

Mix the egg, flour and milk and pour into tins. Add spinach, a couple cubes of ham and cheese to each tin.

400° oven for 10 minutes

When they are done they almost pop out of their tins. I’ve never seen such a thing.

The flour makes these a muffin-ish quality which the girls and I loved. No need to add salt as the ham and cheese take care of the saltiness and flavor.


On another note the horses are starting to show resentment about me rushing back inside to make breakfast after chores instead of playing with them. I’ll get back to it on the weekend.

Enjoy your day!

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More Mini Muffin Mayhem!

Last night I came up with a brilliant plan for breakfast muffins this morning. I concocted the plan in my mind and this morning after farm chores I rushed in to execute it.

PB&J Mini Muffins!

I was going to make some cashew butter with my juicer (yes my juicer makes nut butters and pasta too) but decided to cheat just a little because time was getting on and I didn’t have a good oil for the nut butter. Vegetable oil just isn’t suitable for nut butters, you really should use a coconut or peanut oil. Grape seed oil is good too.

I cheated on the Jelly too. However this isn’t so bad, only 10g of sugar per 1/3 cup. It took about 2/3 of the can to stuff 36 mini muffins.

Since the muffins are tiny I only used a dab of peanut butter, less than a tsp each. The strawberries had partial chunks so I dab one in each muffin.

Overall I think I used about 1/4-1/3 cup of peanut butter.

After making extra crispy muffins yesterday I watched these like a hawk. The mini muffins were done perfectly in 15 minutes in a 350° oven.

The muffin base is a basic yellow cake but because some of my farm eggs are from pullets (a young hen whose just started laying eggs will lay smaller eggs) and I have mass amounts of eggs coming in every day I put 5 eggs in the batter instead of the 2 it calls for. The 5 eggs probably were the equivalent of 3 1/2 large store bought eggs.

The below nutrition label is an approx of the muffins with peanut butter and strawberry filling. One batch of the yellow cake filled 36 muffins.

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Playing with Mini Muffins

Last week I got the bright idea to make mini biscuits to go with gravy, I deemed them biscuit bites. They were a hit.

Yesterday was the first day back to a normal school week for us so instead of playing with the horses I came in to make breakfast.

I started with the thought of more biscuit bites but couldn’t commit. An extra egg, milk and a little oil later I had muffins instead of biscuits.

I used my juicer to make a yummy sauce of apples, lime, ginger, carrots and a tiny bit of jalapeno for extra excitement. The juice was heated and a little cornstarch added to thicken it to syrup consistency and that was breakfast. Of course it was polished off before I remembered I needed a picture. Oops!

Last night while working on dinner I was already contemplating what I would make in the mini muffin pan next and what kind of sauce would complement it.

Corndog bites and spicy tomato sauce.

I used my juicer again for the sauce, 4 tomatoes for the base, 2 celery stalks to add a little saltiness, a carrot for a bit of natural sweetness, 2 garlic cloves because it’s awesome and half of a jalapeno for a bit of excitement. Heated in a pan with a little cornstarch and we had homemade ketchup for our corndog bites.

I failed to remember that smaller muffins require a shorter bake time but they were pretty good with an extra crispy crust.

These are not homemade hotdogs, they are jalapeno cheddar dogs from Walmart. I put the dogs in the oven as it was preheating so they were warm when I put them in the batter.

Cut into 4 pieces left them just big enough to still see. I imagine 5 pieces might leave them a surprise. I might try that next time.

We have made dogs in the past and will again. I’m always a little surprised to find out what the kids consider fun.

The following pic is from a few years ago but they’re as eager to help now as they were then. Makes a momma proud.

A single batch of cornbread and five dogs create 20 mini muffins. A note on the nutrition facts. I use whole milk for cooking and ad an extra egg to almost everything baked.

The sauce.

Now to contemplate tomorrow’s mini muffin experiment.

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Smokin’ Good times…

Smoked beef burgers for dinner last night.

Yesterday was our first smoke of the year. I ended last year spending a week out on the smoker with two homegrown hams, bacon and summer sausage for Christmas dinner.

It’s felt like summer all week with no one being rushed out the door for school so we’re wishing tomorrow would stay tomorrow until September at least.

We spent yesterday walking around the local Ag Fest tempting ourselves not to bring home anything living.

Good thing I only have a small car at the moment or we would’ve had another dairy goat, pig and a couple more rabbits. We even saw a miniature horse we all fell in love with.

However hard we tried we couldn’t get back to the car without bringing home something breathing.

Some new trees for our small forest. Hey they were free!

Yesterday morning working with the horses I finally got them both comfortable following me up the wooden ramp to the front porch. Without grain, halter or lead rope.

I got the older of the two to follow me up the stairs as well with grain as a treat at the top.

This morning they both followed me up with only a little hesitation.

When they get confident with these simple tasks I’ll start working on it getting them used to a harness and light pack.

The end goal is to be able to drive them and pack with them.

Why am I asking them to go up the stairs and on the ramp? When we’re out hiking I want them to be confident in new/weird situations so they won’t panic and get hurt.

Why am I not using a halter/lead? I want them to gain the confidence at their own pace and trust themselves to follow me through anything calmly.

I’m running behind this weekend. I haven’t needed an alarm all week, waking up 15-30 minutes before it would go off. This weekend, I’m not sure if all the extra exercise is getting to me or if my body is rebelling but I slept 15 minutes past the usual time I would get up.

I have my alarm set for 45 minutes before sunrise. Why get up early when you don’t have to? I was asked recently. I can’t waste a beautiful peaceful morning sleeping!

Hope you have been enjoying your weekend!

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Off the Farm Fun

Yesterday after taking my aunt breakfast we all loaded up in my car for a scenic country drive to a Tulip Festival. We spent the better part of the morning walking around huge fields of tulips before stopping for lunch and letting the tween have some special fun too.


The only disappointment was being teased by a brewery truck parked in the lot when we showed up, turned out it wasn’t there to deliver brew.

I love trying new brews as much as I love trying new food.

This morning I got more exercise than usual doing chores. I decided it was a good day to start training the miniature horses.

I want to get them comfortable in any situation so with a bucket of grain (no halter or rope) I teased them up the wooden ramp to the front porch. We’ll work on that until they’ll follow without coaxing then I’ll do the same with the stairs.

The end goal is to get them driving and backpacking. The girls and I love the outdoors and playing with the horses. What could be more fun than taking the horses camping?

My first round of college (20 years ago) I did some backpacking with mules on horseback but honestly think this would be a lot of fun.

This pic is from last summer when we were practicing campfire cooking on our farm. Even the animals couldn’t resist the curiosity of seeing what we were up to.

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Back in the saddle again…

I started this blog with the intention of treating it like a farm diary. Since then my 17yo begged for a way to make extra money so I let her take up the feeding/watering chores. It literally takes only about 30 minutes if you do the chores with a purpose.

The teen is away this week she’s volunteering as a camp counselor for the 6th graders Outdoor School. Sunday the tween and I drove her an hour into the mountains for camp.

Monday morning I let my insomnia do it’s thing. I rarely sleep past 3:30 or for more than 5hrs. Not by choice.

Last night I actually got 7hrs of sleep but I was ready to do chores 15 minutes before sunrise.

I’ve always been one to get chores done at daybreak. It’s such a peaceful time of the morning being awake before the chickens are off their rafters.

Oh and the tween is an awesome teammate. She mostly just walks along but she does it enthusiastically without complaint. Pretty cool for an 11yo.

Now we’re talking about keeping the farm chores and find a new way for the teen to make money. 😁

On the downside the newly installed bees disappeared. That was sad and $160 tossed into the wind but maybe it was a mistake getting bees that weren’t in an established 5 frame nuc. I thought I would save money just getting 3lbs of bees. I knew better. It’s never worked for me in the past.

I made the tween biscuits and gravy for breakfast. Of course I forgot to take a picture. I’ll probably make her more tomorrow so I’ll give you a recipe and picture then. Promise! I had some V8. I’ve never been much of a breakfast person.

It’s almost 7:30. I better get back to it. I need to build a couple of rabbit yards. The 5 baby buns are almost as big as the adults.

I need to work on the meat shed too. My garden is depending on it.

Have a great day!