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Horsing around…

I’ve talked about our goal of teaching the horses to pack and drive. I haven’t put a lot of energy into it just as opportunities arise. Yesterday evening while putting horses and sheep back in their separate pastures another opportunity arose.

The lead rope isn’t tied to her just laid on her back. The horses had been on the house yard for the day taking advantage of me not mowing. Ever. The ewe and her lambs were let out too. When we brought the horses back we played a little.

Shennen is getting comfortable with new stuff and situations. The lead rope on her back is weird but things will definitely get weirder as I save for actual packing bags and harness.

August marks one year of being single mom again and living with a single income and savings. Anyone who’s had to make that transition can attest all “fun” stuff gets put on hold.

On a side note if anyone knows of miniature horse gear for cheap or free we’re in the market.

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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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First campfire cooking of the year…

The teenager is back. An hour’s drive up into the mountains and we packed her up and brought her back.

Not before planning a stop at the grocery store for some BBQ worthy meat. Yep hotdogs and smores were on our list.

It’s not too often we eat store bought dogs but in the spirit of sunny weather we have to go old school. Dogs and smores over a campfire.

I managed to eat two dogs without taking a picture. Oops!

The marshmallows this year are smore ready.

Very square.

But I like eating marshmallows one burnt layer at a time and the new square marshmallows don’t come apart in layers. So annoying. But still yummy.

Well it’s almost 9pm and sunrise comes early nowadays so I have to crash.

Hope you had a great Friday and have a fun weekend!

Good night!