Friday, June 10, 2016

The Kids Birthday + Gifts + Birds

It has been some time since I’ve given an update so I thought I would fast forward to the most current time.  As usual we’re so busy hustling and bustling that the stories and pictures would be a bit much.  I’ll skip to three awesome current events.

1 >>> Key West Trip

The twins turned 6 in May so in honor of their birthday I took our family on a cross country trip from the mid-west all the way to Key West.  It was so much fun.  We stayed at Horse Cave in Kentucky then hit a restaurant I hadn’t been to in 16 years, The Crab Shack on Tybee Island.  I discovered it with my dad when we went to Disney Land fresh out of High School.  With him gone it was so fantastic to relive the memory.  It meant more to me than I expected.  We hung out for hours looking at the birds and the Cat Shack.

Then we stayed about 5 days in Key West and on the way back stayed at Okefenokee Swamp, then Graceland and did a drive by of Elvis’s place.  On the way back home we found this crazy little town that was so lovely.  It was on the Arkansas and Missouri boarder so we stopped at this little restaurant that had the best chicken livers ever.  I know, gross.  I love them, I can’t help it.


2 >>> Kids Birthday Party

For the kid’s birthday we had a simple little party with a French style cake that I had delivered from Neiman Marcus.  We cooked, hung out by the fire pit, did gifts and cake.  The usual.  It was a really nice time.  And yes, Parker did actually bite that cake and didn’t even care about it.  It was really funny and totally unexpected.  I guess he was really excited about the sugar that day.

 

3 >>> The Silkies

Our baby birds are doing great.  I think they are about 8 weeks old now so we have moved them into safety temp housing in our barn.  Basically what I’ve done is take our top open 3 feet x 2 feet extension cage and I put them in there so they can chill with the other birds in a controlled environment.  They can’t be picked on, the big birds won’t eat all their food and I don’t have to worry about them not being able to get back in the barn or something like that.

They are happy, have tons of room to play and are experiencing there intended final environment.  When I think they are big enough to get around, I’ll release them into my herd.  And our ducks will be coming in about 2 weeks.  Once the ducks are ready for the controlled outdoor pen I will release the silkies and finish off the same process with our ducks.
 

Monday, May 16, 2016

Meet the Girls

We had 3 new Silkies join our flock of hens this past weekend.  Now we’re just waiting on our pure breed Blue Ameraucana’s to come in mid-July.  I had a really difficult time trying to find this breed and was really lucky that Heartland Hatchery is not only an hour from our home, but travels to Kearney, MO often.  So last Friday the 13th I traveled over to the feed and seed and picked up 3 little babies.
 
Meet Nosey, Lightning Bolt and Shaggy (in that order from top to bottom)…



Sunday, March 27, 2016

3 Insanely Awesome Recipes + Family Update


So Happy Easter everyone!  I don’t really celebrate but my mother in law is totally into it so we hang out with them and do all the traditional stuff.  That actually reminds me that I need to see if she wants me to bring boiled eggs and a coloring kit.  We have (obviously because of our hens) tons of eggs ready to go for d├ęcor.
 

First I wanted to share 3 recipes.  One that is self-made and two that I found and adapted one as my own less expensive and less calorie filled version and one I follow exactly…

What I’ve been doing to rip down (by that I mean shred off fat and build long, lean muscle so I look strong) is eating 3 or 4-100 calorie snacks a day, a heaping serving of low-cal, low-fat soup for lunch and dinner and eating a gourmet low-cal, low-fat breakfast.  It puts me at about 1200 calories a day and then I have 2K to play with on the weekends to still shred 2-3 pounds of pure fat off my body a week.

1 >>> My She Crab Soup Recipe
 

You can have a whopping 2 cup serving of this and it will only run you 250 calories.  No one will ever know and if you are dieting you won’t believe it yourself.  It tastes like any luxury fattening calorie filled restaurant version.  I made it up a few days ago and blew my own mind.

Ingredients

·        2 cans 98% fat free cream of mushroom soup
·        4 cans 98% fat free cream of celery soup
·        5 cans (use the soup cans) skim milk
·        1 tablespoon reduced sodium old bay seasoning
·        1 tablespoon oyster sauce (find it anywhere in the Asian department, including at Wal-Mart)
·        ½ teaspoon cayenne pepper
·        1 cup of finely diced portabella mushroom
·        1 cup finely diced celery
·        1 pound of crab meat (can be the large gourmet canned kind and the claws are way less expensive than the lump… which makes no sense because the claws are the best part!?)

Directions

Mix all of the ingredients together and whisk EXCEPT for the crab meat.  Bring to a simmer and while you’re waiting just break your crab meat up so it’s ready to throw in.  After the soup comes to a simmer, gently stir in your crab meat, bring back just to a simmer and serve.  That’s it.  If you’re souping like I am this will last you 4 days of 2-2 cup servings per day.  You get carbs cut and tons of snuck in vegetables and your family will never, ever, ever know it’s healthy.

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Now let me break this up with a little family update.  Our custom made chicken coop came in that I designed a few weeks ago. 


The birds are SO happy because they have the space and safety to free range completely.  We have 11 that are coming in to join our flock and are so excited to meet them.
 

Pretty soon our full egg assortment will range from small to large and they will be anywhere from dark brown large to light cream, blue and green.  I love the variety and colors so much that it’s hard to imagine breaking them.


It’s been a great bonding experience for our family and it’s attracted a more wholesome friend group at work.  People don’t see me as the city girl anymore. 


They know I have some wholesome roots and that doesn’t always show past my exterior.  Giving eggs to friends and family has even brought us closer together.
 

Jaime built a fire pit, which we have wanted forever. 


We are also converting our old hen coop to an awesome garden.  We’ve already started growing our kale, tomatoes, variety of lettuce, sprouting our celery, blueberry and blackberry bushes and are waiting for this frost and freezing at night to stop so we can plant.

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2 >>> A Less Expensive Play on Savory Smoked Salmon Breakfast Toast
 

This will bring you in at a tiny 135 calories per toast! (link to original recipe)

Ingredients

·        1 ounce smoked salmon
·        1 tablespoon low fat cream cheese
·        Dash of dried dill
·        Few slices of onion
·        Cracked black pepper
·        Raw green of your choice… I usually use baby spinach

Directions

Make toast and top with cream cheese and a dash of crack black pepper.  Add a few slices of onion, top with spinach, salmon and your dill.  And that’s it!  Enjoy…

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3 >>> Avocado Quinoa Breakfast Bowl
 

This will bring you in right around 250-300 calories depending on what type of avocado you use… (link to original recipe)

Ingredients

·        ¼ sliced avocado
·        ½ cup cooked quinoa
·        1 tablespoon honey
·        1 tablespoon sliced raw almond
·        ½ cup almond milk

Directions

Mix your warmed cooked quinoa with the almond milk and top with sliced avocado, almond slices and drizzle with honey.  That’s it.  Quick, healthy and easy.