If you give a mom a bottle…

Abigail is my sweet oldest of my crew, and she is my go-to girl for coffee breaks. I can ask her to make me a cup of coffee and it’s perfect every single time! This afternoon I asked if she might make me a cup, and it came… in a baby bottle.
“Mom, the cups are all dirty- sorry, this is what we have.”
Okay, so what- Im drinking coffee out of an open baby bottle? What’s it to ‘ya?
In comes my 5 yr old daughter, the tender-hearted human she is.

“Um… mom, what’s that?”
“It’s my coffee.” I reply. She leaves and promptly returns… with a bottle nipple.
“Here mom, this goes to that.”
“Thanks. I think.”

Chicks on the Farm

So, this is Buttercup. She is our cornish X who broke a leg as a pullet, healed, but stayed small and speckly. She ended up half the size of the other chickens her age, so I decided to keep her. Unfortunately, she was sat on by an un-named child (why do they do these things?) and she broke a leg again. I’m not sure how well she is going to recuperate from this one or where it happened, if its a femur fracture or what. We have been trying to nurse her back to health- we had her in the brooder again for a week but then we needed it for the new chicks we got.
We ended up moving her to the chicken run and closing it in with food and water during the day. If we left her out- she would be nothing but the local rooster prostitute since she was easy to mount and always laying down. It was sad.
She can stand on the leg but not really get around. I keep praying she does better. I sure to love the critter.

Buttercup

 

We got some new chicks, also! We got a white and black Jersey Giant (one is a pullet and one is a small chick) as well as a Polish, a Silky, a Spitzhauben appenzeller and a couple others. Our white Jersey Giant and our Spitzhauben are… um…. special needs. The Jersey Giant is a complete and total spaz, and it looks like the Spitzhauben has Crook Neck. Ive been giving them vitamins, but Im not really sure if the Spitzhauben will be making it. We will see. They both apparently were not thriving as well straight out of the eggs.

Below is our new Polish, “Betty” Named after my grandmother, who is polish and naturally blond with tender eyes.Polish chick

 

Here, Jacob is holding the Black Jersey Giant chick. She should give us some nice eggs someday!Jacobchick

We decided to name the white frizzle Cochin Bantam rooster ‘Farley’ because he looks so much like Chris Farley. Hes so funny, and the Frizzle hen is his favorite girl on the farm. They are a pair. He has a very nice crow, and a very royal demeanor!

Farley

Never leave the bag out…

Hiding Chicken

This was the sight I happened upon the other day whilst walking through the barn. An old feed sac had not been properly put away, and someone thought they would be sneaky and try catching a snack inside. Unfortunately- it was empty, but it was nice and dark and so she decided to take a nap.
I watched her for a while to make sure she wasnt sufficating, and she wasn’t… she was nice and happy snoozing away until I pulled the bag off her head.
She seem surprised and slightly guilty that I found her in the feed bag.

Low Carb Tuna Stuffed Tomatoes!

Low carb Tuna Stuffed Tomatoes

 

Low-carb Tuna Stuffed Tomatoes

Oh yum, I love this! One thing is for sure, if you are dieting with kids they will want what you are having. Doesn’t matter all the fun stuff they have to eat!
I made this the last two days for breakfast with my fresh tomatoes off my vine and it is so good!I eat tuna sparingly because studies have shown tuna is much higher in mercury than we thought before. But it’s good now and then! I eat one of these for Phase 1 of the South Beach Diet.

Ingredients

1 Small can of chunk light tuna, drained
1 tbs light mayo
2 tbs light cottage cheese
1 tsp splenda
1 tsp dried dill weed
3 small tomatoes

Directions

  • Cut off the top of the tomatoes and then gently, with a knife, cut around the inside of the meat removing the insides. Put aside to save for chili, later.
  • Mix first 5 ingredients and fill inside tomatoes.
  • Makes 3 small filled tomatoes.

 

Healthy Eating

Hey everyone! This summer has been so busy, I haven’t had time to blog- not to mention my camera battery charger mysteriously disappeared. Pictures are lacking… but I vow to find the charger! I have so much to catch up on!
But I digress- today we’re going to discuss…. diets. Diets and eating healthy and families and what can I make that will taste good for me, too?
My daughter and I decided to go on a diet. I was procrastinating on losing the 25lbs I needed to drop, and my daughter only needed to lose a few she has been gaining with my yummy meals consisting of sausage, cream, and sugar.

I’ve done the South Beach Diet a few times already… actually, it’s the only diet I’ve ever chosen to do. It works, it’s healthy, I love it. We’re entering the end of our first week in Phase I of the South Beach Diet with another week to go but I have already lost 10 lbs.
So, with tonight’s meal so deliciously waiting for me on the stove- I must share! My daughter does not like zucchini. The only way she will eat it is if it’s in bread… which we cannot have. I really was craving a lasagna, but most of the low carb, low fat recipes that do not involve starches have zucchini for the noodles. I saw a recipe where they used spaghetti squash, but we didn’t have that and I wasn’t sure she would like that either since it’s squash.

I looked and looked and looked for a recipe with mock noodles that didnt have any grains or starches which is a no-no on phase I, but I was at a loss. I decided to make my own mock noodles with eggs and kale. I do have to forewarn you- I dont measure things. I dont even know the last time I touched a measuring spoon. I kind of wing it, so I have to make this again and figure out the exact measurements.

Here is my recipe:

Low Carb, Low Fat Mock Noodle Lasagna

Healthy lasagna

Low Carb, Low Fat Mock Noodle Lasagna

Ingredients:

MOCK NOODLES:
Eggs
Chopped Kale
1 tbsp Olive Oil

SAUCE:
Cooked low fat Ground Turkey
Oregano
Basil
Onion Powder
Chopped Canned Tomatoes (no sugar added)
Fennel Seed
Tomato paste (no sugar added)
Garlic Salt
Splenda

FILLING

Eggs
Lowfat ricotta
Lowfat cottage cheese
Low fat cheddar cheese
nutmeg

INSTRUCTIONS:

First I make the ‘noodles’. Preheat the oven on broil (this is how I get my oven really hot to start baking). Then, I take a baking sheet and cover it with tinfoil, and pour a little olive oil in it  coating the bottom completely. I take about 6 eggs, beat them, and poured the beaten eggs into the pan completely covering the bottom. Take the chopped kale and sprinkle it, in a line, about how wide and long a noodle would be. You will be cutting this into strips after it cooks.

Mock Egg Noodles

Turn the oven down to 425 and cook for about 5 minutes or until it looks done, checking now and then.
In the meantime, start sauteing some ground turkey in a pan adding the spices to it as it cooks. Then add the chopped tomatoes from the can and the tomato paste until it comes to a rolling boil. Add about 1-2 tbsp of splenda to give it a sweeter kick.

Take the pan out of the oven and pull the tinfoil off setting the whole lot to the side, then replacing a new tinfoil sheet on the pan.  Cut the egg into long strips. Then, gently, slide a knife underneath as to loosen them from the foil and place each strip, upside down, back on the cookie sheet. You are going to rebake this for another few minutes to firm it up.

Mock lasagna strips

Dont you love blurry pictures? Me too. This is what happens when you have children running around you and you are starving.

Grab a bowl and combine the cheeses and 1 egg along with the nutmeg and mix it until well combined.
Ricotta cheese mixture
I take a smallish glass casserole dish to make this in, because this was just for 2 people and there will be leftovers. I then put tinfoil on that (we hate dishes) and lay down a thin layer of the sauce.
Now lay the mock noodles down, and then a layer of the cheese mixture. I didnt make my eggs thick enough so the edge tore on one of my noodles. oh well it all goes to the same place!

LAsagna Assembling

Put more cheese mixture and then another layer of noodles and sauce and then sprinkle a little fat free cheese on top.
I then take the tinfoil I used to rebake the strips and cover the whole thing. Bake at 425 degrees for about 20 minutes or until boiling.
Take out and enjoy!

Lagasna