Little eggs Big eggs

Two of our middle chicks are laying and their eggs are still small and cute. Here are the first 8 baby eggs… we have gotten a few more since this.

small eggs

To show you the difference from our older girls here is a comparison. The eggs in the back of the carton are the older girls and the ones in the front and in front of the carton are the baby eggs.

small n big eggs

Here is another comparison…

small n big 2 eggs

I am hoping they will get bigger soon ūüėČ In the mean time I will just use these cute little ones ūüôā

Garden Delights

I love to garden and I know many of you do as well. (The worst part is the weeding, but the mulch this year has helped keep that to a minimum.) There are many things I love about gardening. I love to dig in the dirt, plant the seedlings or seeds, watch them grow, and the best part when you get to harvest. I also love watering. It’s a serene and peaceful time where I just chill, hold the water hose, and spray the ground and plants. It’s a time I can zone out and just listen to the sounds around me and watch the animals play. Walking though the plants gives me a sense of accomplishment as well.

Big squash plats

I enjoy helping the plants like the cucumbers find their spot to climb the fence…

big cucumber plats

And its fun trying to find the little cucumbers so you know where to watch for the harvest…

baby cucmber

And see them grow…

cucumber

It gives you purpose to try to keep the tomatoes contained in their cages…

big tomato plants

Along with the tomatillos….

1 tomotillo

And the pretty flowers on the plants, like the tomatillos, are so pretty to watch come up, as you know¬†there will be¬†a pod or veggie there soon…

flower tomotillo

The squash plants¬†this year¬†are taking over my space between the tomatoes and I am anxiously waiting a zucchini from those blooms…

flower squash

The tomatoes will be abundant this year as there are baby green ones all over the place…

baby tomatoes

And some that are already getting big…

Big tomatoes

My peppers are a little further behind, but I see some coming in now so I can’t wait for them to use in a stir-fry or salad…

baby peppers

The babies have seemed to enjoy watching from their pen close by my garden…

baby chicks

And the big girls are anxiously awaiting scraps¬†from the garden to be thrown their way…

big chicks

Oh, what a hopeful time of year for the garden as well as for my waiting pantry and freezer- which are awaiting sliced peppers to freeze for the winter, cans of tomatoes, and combining may of these veggies for salsa (which usually gets canned as well for the winter).

1 baby cucumber

Anyone have any ideas for things to do with cucumbers outside of pickles, tomatoes/cucumber/onion salad, regular salads, or snack item? I am looking to get creative as I have in a few day picked over 10 already and there are triple or more the that are coming in in the vine¬†already. Ideas welcome ūüôā

Happy 4th!

It’s the 4thof¬† July… time for fireworks, picnics, cookouts, and celebrating the USA!Strawberry cupcake

Independence Day, commonly known as the Fourth of July or July Fourth, is a federal holiday in the United States commemorating the adoption of the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776, declaring independence from Great Britain. (en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Independence_Day_(United_States)

us flag

Its quite humid here today so they boys are inside or in the shade.

Bax Chase Gray

Happy 4th USA!

Happy Love Day… otherwise known as Valentines

How has your day been? Been a busy one in our household. Its nice to be older and not needing the thrills and frills that as a younger person you feel you need, especially after a long day. Its Valentines Day today and I am just as happy to be home with hubby and the boys, eating a nice homemade dinner and watching a movie on TV.

cat-n-flowers

I know a lot of people want to go out on holidays like this, but I am the type of person who likes to save the money, avoid the crowds and waits of a restaurant, and just be with the ones I love. Hubby got me some pretty flowers (see above picture) and Grayson decided to take a little credit for them. He’s a funny boy. It was a long weekend this past weekend too so it’s nice to just be relaxing at home.

cookies

On a separate note I baked some conversation heart cookies (see above picture for some of them)¬†this past weekend as well and gave them out at church and then today at work. My cookies are always a big hit and this time people loved that I played off an old childhood candy for the decoration. I have bigger plans for them next year, hopefully I will remember my ideas. Hope you are having a good Valentines with the ones you care about the most or have plans to soon ūüôā Happy Valentines Day!

Gluten-Free/Yeast Free Cinnamon Rolls

I got a request the other day from one of my followers for the recipe for my Gluten-free cinnamon rolls. They are pretty easy to make, despite the many steps below,¬†they go fast… So here goes:

cinnamon-rolls

Ingredients:

Rolls:

3/4¬†cup gluten free flour mix of your choice (I do not recommend bob’s brand as it is a bit bitter)

1/4 cup almond flour

Big pinch of salt

3/4 tsps. Baking powder

1/4 tsp. Baking Soda

1 tbsp. sugar

5 tbsp. milk (see tips section below for substitution ideas)

3 tbsp.. butter melted (see tips below for substitution ideas)

1 tsp. apple cider vinegar

Filling:

2 tbsp. butter melted (again the kind of your choice)

2-3 tbsps. cinnamon

Approximately 4-5 tbsp. light brown sugar

– Optional- 1/3 cup finally diced pecans or walnuts

Icing:

3 ounces cream cheese- room temperature (where it is soft)

1/3-1/2 cups powdered sugar

1 tbsp. vanilla (as good a quality as you can get)

1-4 tsp. milk (use the same as you did in the rolls)

Other: Spray oil and a round 8 or 9 inch pan or what you want to use

Steps:

  1. Preheat oven to 375*
  2. Find the round pan you want to bake in  or whatever you have close to that. (I used a heart shaped pan once.) Spray liberally with a spray oil of your choice.
  3. Combine the dry ingredients in one bowel: flours, salt, baking powder, baking soda, and sugar. Mix lightly to combine.
  4. In a measuring cup add the milk and apple cider vinegar. Then slowly add in the melted butter stirring while you add it.
  5. Add the wet ingredients to the dry slowly stirring gently until a dough ball forms. Do not over mix.
  6. Turn out the dough ball onto a well floured surface and kneed a couple times until you feel it is not so sticky that you can’t roll out– do not over kneed or it will make the dough tough.
  7. Roll into a rectangle about 1/4-1/3 inch thick. (Roll out thin enough so it can roll easily  into a log shape, but not tear- but not so thick  that there is not a good surface area for the filling- you want a good dough to filling ratio).
  8. Once you have rolled out the dough into an approximate rectangle you are ready for the filling. Pour the filling butter over the dough and spread it out onto every inch of the flattened dough.
  9. Sprinkle over the cinnamon and then the brown sugar, covering the surface of the dough with a thin layer, cover every inch. If you want to use the nuts sprinkle on here.
  10. Being very careful, roll the dough away from you, working your fingers back and forth along the long side of the dough until you get it into a log shape. Then pinch the entire seam shut.
  11. Cut into the desired thinness of the rolls you want as they will to rise a lot. (I usually do about 2 inches.)
  12. Places the rolls into your greased round (or heart shaped ūüėČ ) pan.
  13. Bake about 15 minutes until the tops are starting to brow. I usually start to check on them at 13 minutes.
  14. While you wait make the icing- In a mixer (or using a hand mixer) beat the cream cheese and powdered sugar together. Add your vanilla. If it is still thick add the milk in a teaspoon at a time until the icing is still thick but able to be pored (you want it to stay on top of the rolls but not have to be spread on with a knife- you want to be able to pore it on top.)
  15. Ice the rolls when they come out of the oven and serve. I usually leave a little icing on the side for people to add as they want.

 

Tips:

The rolls warm up nicely. Just store in the fridge and when you want one pop it in the microwave on a plate for 10-20 seconds and add more icing and it is delicious ūüôā

Again, you can use any kind of milk soy, almond, lactose free, or regular.

You can use regular unsalted butter, a soy butter, or dairy free version.

You can substitute maple or almond flavoring in the icing instead of the vanilla.

If you are diabetic or need to watch your sugar then you can use a sugar free substitute- but some work better then others especially in the dough.

If your not gluten-free then you can make these with regular flour substituting for the gluten-free and almond kind.

I hope you enjoy these- let me know how it goes!

Wrangling…

Since we got our Christmas tree I have been trying to get all the boys in front of it at one time to get a picture. Usually the two boys will be laying in front of it…

2-boys

Or the cat… but not usually all three. But if they are all in the vicinity, by the time I get my camera, one of them is moving…

3-n-tree-2

But today I must have been on my game and it may have helped I was giving them their treats for the day and they all sat still just long enough for this picture…

3-n-tree

But as soon as Grayson got his treat he was gone off to play. Its tough wrangling a cat (you know what I mean if you have one). Once they had their treats I made a treat for hubby and I…. some yummy gluten free cinnamon rolls.

cinnamon-rolls

They turned out pretty good for me doing them this way, I know they aren’t that beautiful but they taste a lot better then they look. It didn’t involve any yeast as I didn’t have the time to let them rise, etc. They will make a¬†different yummy breakfast or mid day snack¬†like today.¬†¬†Hope you will treat yourself to something special this week that will make you smile.

 

Chase’s Country Quiche

So I have been working to clean out the old freezer so things don’t get freezer burn and I can actually tell what’s in there. Does that ever happen to you? You just get caught up in specials at the grocery store¬†and life gets away from you and you forget what’s in the old freezer?

Anyways, I got some things out of the freezer, standbys from the garden and fridge, and bam DINNER…

Tonight the line up from the freezer include beef chunks, green peppers, pre-made savory pie crust with thyme (I made a few months ago and froze it- it’s gluten and dairy free), and whole roma tomatoes… ¬†And from the garden peppers (red and light green), thyme, onions (regular and green). From the chickens eggs of course (6-8 depending on the size of the pie dish or quiche your using). Spices include salt/pepper, onion powder, and ground turmeric. Lastly from the fridge cheese and about¬†4 tbsp.¬†of your milk of choice¬†(not pictured because I forgot to get it out but I used a Colby-jack mix and lactose free milk).

Recipe 1

So first I chopped up all the peppers, onion, and tomatoes. Then I chopped the beef up into little bite size pieces so they distributed easier, cooked quicker, and were easier to eat in the quiche. I then beat the 6 eggs with the milk and salt/pepper.¬†(If your pie dish is bigger add an egg or two if it’s smaller use an egg or two less.)

I added about 3 tbsp. coconut oil to a pan (or any oil of your choice that heats well).

Recipe 2

Place pan on medium heat and add the chunk beef that you seasoned the salt/pepper/onion powder, and turmeric before you place it in the plan. (I like to put the beef in a bowel and toss it with the spices and let it set for a few minutes.)

Recipe meat

When beef is almost done and browning nicely add in the peppers and onions (you can add chopped garlic too) and stir. Season with a little salt and pepper and stir again.

Recipe peppers onions

When the peppers are getting a little soft and the onions translucent stir in the tomatoes.

Recipe tomatoes

Once the tomatoes are warm and the liquid in the pan has gone down by 1/2 or more; add in the chopped thyme, stir, and turn off the heat on the pan.

Recipe thyme

While your veggies cook, roll out the pie crust.

Recipe pie crust

Place the crust into you pan of choice. (I had greased the pie dish with butter previously).

Recipe pie

I always add a pie ring on the pie dish as it helps keep the crust edges from getting too brown.

Recipe pie before

Bake the pie crust in a 375* oven for 8-10 minutes until the crust starts to firm and it¬†doesn’t feel doughy. (It usually starts to get a little brown too).

Remove the crust from the oven it should look similar to this in color.

Recipe pie crust after

Add in the veggie/meat mixture to the pie crust.

Recipe filling

Pour over the egg mixture and distribute things evenly.

Recipe egg

Put quiche in the oven and bake at 375* for 30 minutes until the crust is browning and the quiche is set.

Recipe finsihed 2

Take quiche out of the oven and let it sit for 10 minutes.

Recipe finished

Cut slices and top as you would like.

Recipe sliced

Ideas for toppings: sour cream, cheese, green onions, red onions, bacon (can’t go wrong with bacon) or anything you like

Other idea: Add in cheese to the egg mixture before poring on the veggies/meat mixture.

Use other veggies like zucchini, squash, spinach, or kale which you can add in with the peppers and cook at the same time.

Use other meats like sausage, bacon, or ham.

You can also omit the meat and just do a veggie one if you like.

Hope you enjoy. ūüôā

Full recipe below:

 

Chases Country Quiche

By Seasonsgirl

Ingredients:

Pre-made savory pie crust (I make mine with thyme in it)

Beef chunks (cut into bite size pieces)

6-8 eggs (Depending on the size of the pie pan your using- I used 6 for my standard glass pie dish)

4tbsp. milk (regular, lactose free, soy, or almond)

1 cup grated cheese of your choice ( I used Colby jack, but you can use whatever you like, dairy free kind, or no cheese at all)

2-3 kinds of peppers chopped (I used one medium green pepper, two smaller light green, and one medium red pepper)

1 medium onion chopped (white, Vidalia, or red)

3 roma tomatoes chopped

1 tbsp. Thyme chopped

Salt/Pepper

1 tbsp. onion powder

1tsp. Ground turmeric

2-3 tbsp. Coconut oil (or any oil or oil blend you like)

Butter for pie dish or cooking spray

To Make:

  1. Preheat oven to 375* and butter your pie dish or spray with cooking oil.

  2. Chop up all the peppers, onion, and tomatoes.

  3. Chop the beef up into little bite size pieces so they distributed easier, cooked quicker, and are easier to eat in the quiche. Season meat with salt/pepper/onion powder/ground turmeric.

  4. Beat the eggs with the milk and salt/pepper. (If your pie dish is bigger add an egg or two if it’s smaller use an egg or two less.)

  5. Add about 3 tbsp. coconut oil to a pan and placed it over medium heat. Add in your meat and stir only every 4 or 5 minutes so each side browns
  6. Once the meat is almost cooked add in your peppers and onions. Season with salt and pepper and stir as needed.

  7. Once your peppers start to soften and onions become translucent, add in the tomatoes. Stir.

  8. Once the tomatoes are warm and the liquid in the pan has gone down by 1/2 or more; add in the chopped thyme, stir, and turn off the heat on the pan.

  9. Roll out the pie crust and place in your pie dish of choice.

  10. Bake the pie crust in a 375* oven for 8-10 minutes until the crust starts to firm and it doesn’t feel doughy. (It usually starts to get a little brown too).

  11. Remove the pie crust from the oven and fill with veggie/meat mixture.

  12. Pour over egg mixture and distribute all parts in the crust evenly.

  13. Put quiche in the oven and bake at 375* for 30 minutes until the crust is browning and the quiche is set.

  14. Take quiche out of the oven and let it sit for 10 minutes. Then cut slices and serve with toppings of your choice.

Who wants some cake?

Happy Sunday Everyone ūüôā

Hope your week has started out well and¬†you are refreshed and ready for the week. I don’t know if I have blogged about this yet, but I have started to make cakes for my friends kids and the kids at church. I am trying to perfect my skills and learn new techniques. I have done many cakes including flower cakes….

Dafodill Cake

Basketweave cake

A golf cake…

Golf Cake

A swimming cake…

Swim cake

A clown cake…

Clown cake

A cupcake cake…

Cupcake cake

A bird cake for my mom’s birthday…

Bird cake

And today I¬†did a baseball cake for one of the boys at our church…

Baseball cake

It’s been fun to figure out the kids likes and use their interests in a cake. They have all been a success so far and I have done many others. Each time I do a cake I figure out how to do it better the next time.¬†I am working each time to perfect my skills. I hope I can keep getting better and keep making kids smile when they see their cakes. It is a joy ūüôā

Dinner and a Lot of Work

Between thunder and lightening storms with lots of wind and torrential rain I tried to get a lot done inside. I got a lot more of the house organized, cleaned, etc. and then made a FREE dinner (well almost). I had a bunch of stuff from my garden and my mom and step-father’s garden. I was trying to figure out what to do with them for dinner and it came to me… a frittata ūüôā

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This one I made by saut√©ing onions from my garden with peppers from mom’s garden in a large cast iron skillet. Then I added in some garlic (free still because my mom shared some she had excess of). Then I added in squash and zucchini from mom’s garden and kale from my garden. Saut√©ed this till it was all tender. Then I added 18 scrambled¬†eggs from our chickens and seasoned it with salt and pepper. Then I put goat cheese I had left over from another meal on top and it went into a 375* oven for 20 minutes until the eggs were set. I served it with a few spring onions and tomatoes from the garden on top. Delicious ūüôā

This is before I added the spring onions or tomatoes I kind of forgot to get a picture of that... silly me ;)

This is before I added the spring onions or tomatoes I kind of forgot to get a picture of that… silly me ūüėČ

In the mean time I put some peanut oil in a deep cast iron skillet and cut up two green tomatoes I had fairly thin. Then I¬†coated them in a rice¬†flour/ corn meal mixture I seasoned with salt, pepper, onion powder, and garlic powder (these things I always have on hand, but yes the only other things I had that were store “bought”)¬†I let them sit while the oil got hot (about 350*) and then fried them till they started to brown about 2-3 at a time so the oil will stay hot enough. I turned them a couple times so they would brown evenly.¬†Once fried I put them on a plate lined with a paper towel and then sprinkled them with a little extra sea salt.

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This meal came out great and hubby was surprised he enjoyed it so very much. He is usually a meat and potatoes guy ūüėČ You can make the frittata with any garden vegetables you have on hand and can add meat like ham or bacon (those would be delicious). You can also use a variety of cheeses. I hope you can make your own summer frittata and enjoy a little taste of summer in your home ūüôā

 

 

It’s Snowing… Again…

I have officially lost count of how many times it has snowed this winter. I’m not complaining, I am grateful for the pretty snow and the peace it can bring to a day ūüôā Shed snow

The dogs have enjoyed watching the snow from the front porch…

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I wanted to show you the yummy gluten-free pizza I made the other night. I made the crust from scratch and added some herbs and garlic to the crust and it smelled so good. Then I made pizza sauce to use on top, then added some goat cheese, sautéed kale, artichokes, and black olives.Pizza

It was a yummy pizza ūüôā Even hubby had to admit it was a home run ūüėČ Hope you are staying warm where you are ūüôā

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