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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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Just a Mom?

For about 18 years I’ve been a mom, homemaker and potentially significant to an other. Naturally, with kids I’ve gravitated towards cooking or at least learning something about it, about 14 years ago after acquiring my little piece of paradise I’ve become intrigued by the process of growing the food that I cook. This is the basis of the blog I’m attempting to set up. I would like to think that I appeal to the average housewife/husband. I watch a little too much TV, my house could use a little more attention, I could stand to lose a few pounds or at least exchange some of this fat for muscle, somewhere in the back of my mind I figure if I have a Bachelors degree I will somehow be able to achieve a higher status so I’m back in school. I have bad habits and guilty pleasures. Mostly I live vicariously through my kids and whatever is streaming through my Ruko stick. I am single which adds a bizarre twist to the whole thing. Mostly though, hopefully, I’ll share my love of growing and making food.

In the past 14 years I’ve gotten familiar with growing, processing and cooking some livestock and garden produce. I’ve yet to write about it, maybe because I was so new it was a lot of trial and error or maybe the lack of sit down time. This year I will be experimenting, practicing and perfecting a lot of rabbit, lamb, chicken and quail dishes as these are the primary livestock on my little piece of property along with garden produce. I want to add on a couple of pigs and turkey after I hang up the lambs which will give me a little more room. If ambition plays a role in all of this I hope to train my two miniature horses to pull and help out on the farm. I like the idea of avoiding buying another tractor though it would definitely make some of the heavy lifting easier.

I’m in the process of making a meat locker so I can butcher animals year round without worrying about meat spoiling. I’m moving my garden this year with the goal to build up a partially washed out pasture and improve upon it. Three small livestock barns with a winter’s worth of compost should help with that project along with digging out a fish pond that’s been on my to-do list since I moved here and an abundant garden should have that pasture looking pretty good by the end of this year. I’m also going to be selling garden “kits”, salsa garden with tomatoes, peppers and such, salad garden with a variety of lettuce, carrots and peas, so on and so forth with the hope to help fund my growing and cooking adventures and get my kitchen remodel finally finished.

With all that information coming at you I hope you will follow along my little venture, maybe I’ll teach you a few things about the kitchen and garden that you don’t know and maybe you all will teach me a thing or two. This is my last full summer before my teenager heads off to college so I guess maybe I’m hoping to teach her a few more things in the kitchen to help her avoid the college diet of ramen and mac n cheese.

Oh and I almost forgot to mention we have honey bees coming in mid-April. So much fun I’ll be sharing with you this year.