Chicken Update!

Back in March we got into chickens, we got six baby chicks.

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Over the last few months they have gotten bigger!

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They had to have a coop and a small run because they outgrew the Rubbermaid.

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We used and old playhouse for the main coop.

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They were getting bigger and bigger and soon they would start laying eggs. We had to add-on the condo!

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The condo was a 8′ long by 4′ wide run with nesting boxes in it.

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The nesting boxes were old milk crates.

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I had decided to buy a Dremel a month ago after my friend took hers to Malaysia.

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This thing is FANTASTIC! I love it!

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This is what it looks like now. We still have to add the door to the back to get the eggs without the chicken trying to peck toes or escape.

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Speaking of eggs, these beautiful girls are almost all laying. I think we have one that is not laying yet but she will.

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Here is our first egg, and it was amazing.

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She was very happy she did this!

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BTW- if you open the door you better have a treat for them.

 

Love, Peace, and Cupcakes

Shannon

 

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Crockpot Oatmeal

I like oatmeal! I love this recipe! If you have a picky eater that won’t try it, they might this one.

I cook every summer for a youth residential summer camp. I cook this every year and every year I have kids how have never tried oatmeal eat this and come back for more.

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I cut the recipe in half as it is for 50 people. I cook it in my large crock-pot and when it is done, I freezer it in Ziploc bags for an easy breakfast later in the month.

  • 1 cup of Oil
  • 1 1/2 cup of Applesauce
  • 3 cups Sugar (can use half brown sugar and half white)
  • 8 Eggs beaten
  • 10 cups Oats
  • 1/2 tsp Baking Powder
  • 4 tsp Salt
  • 4 1/2 cups Milk (I use soy or almond milk)
  • 2-3 tsp Cinnamon (optional)
  • 1 cup Wheat Germ (optional)

Lightly spray crock-pot with cooking spray.

Whisk eggs, sugar, and oil/applesauce together. Stir in milk and dry ingredients.

Cover and refrigerate for 6 hours.

Bake in crock-pot for at least 4-6 hours. Check after 2 hours, stir, adding in extra milk if needed for texture.

Now when I eat it through out the month I can add honey, raisins, fruit, brown sugar, or granola to it before I reheat in the microwave.

I have also  started to add 1/2 tsp of vanilla, microwave it and once it heated for 2-3 minutes I add 4 TBSP of yellow cake mix.

Flourless doesn’t mean tasteless

I made a chocolate flourless cake in school the other day. (I seem to have not taken a picture of it.) I was an easy and quick recipe. Once again this recipe is in ounces and if you need me to convert it I can.

1lb   Dark Chocolate

15oz   butter (use unsalted)

18oz    granulated sugar

10  whole eggs

  1. Melt chocolate and butter over a double broiler
  2. Stir sugar into melted chocolate, stir in eggs one at a time
  3. Place in paper lined cake pans, parchment paper on the bottom
  4. Bake in a waterbath for about an hour and a half
  5. Keep covered with foi for the first 45 minutes
  6. Chill overnight before unmolding
  7. sift powered sugar and garnish with raspberries.
Make 2-8″ cakes.
Bake at 300 degrees ferhnheight