Chicken Update!

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


Over the last few months they have gotten bigger!


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




We used and old playhouse for the main coop.





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


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


The nesting boxes were old milk crates.


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


This thing is FANTASTIC! I love it!


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.




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


Here is our first egg, and it was amazing.


She was very happy she did this!


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


Love, Peace, and Cupcakes




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.


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