New roost for the coop

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I had a bunch of scrap wood left over from the fence making and randomly decided to build a new roost for my coop.

My girls didn’t have a proper roost when they were young so they didn’t quite get the concept right away, now two of them tend to sleep on it, though if Starla’s mad she still sleeps on the floor of the coop. Lucy has always slept in the nesting box, Ethel used to sleep in the box with Lucy ( yes, the same box, it was very crowded) but now she finally roosts every night. Not that you really needed to know all that but there you have it!

So here’s what I built, we’ll see if they actually use it!

I took a bit of the scrap and cut all my pieces.

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Built the base frame. 18 x 11.5 …. I may have proportioned it weird….

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I added the risers, 3 in, 4.5in, & 6in.

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Then added 1×2 to the top of the risers.

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We’ll see if they actually use it.

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Lindsey’s Jewelry: Hard Wear by Lindsey (Awesome stuff)

Rustified.com – Lifestyle Inspirations from a Renaissance Man (I love his blog- 365 page book for this year, recipes, & daily inspirations)

Rusty J’s Music Site

Chicken Breast with lots of Sautéed Greens

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Chicken Breast & Sautéed Greens

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Ingredients:
1 lb. Chicken Breast
2 brown Onions
1 lb. Brussels Sprouts
1 bunch Kale
2 huge handfuls Baby Spinach
4 Cloves Garlic
2 TBSP Olive Oil
1 TBSP Worcester Sauce
Seasoning – salt, pepper, dill, seasoning salt, mustard seed powder.

How To:

• Chop 2 Brown Onions

• Put onion in a large sauté pan with 1 – 2 TBSP Olive Oil, salt, and black pepper.

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• Cut up 1 lb. Chicken Breast to desired size.

• Add to a second sauté pan (no oil). Season with dill, mustard seed powder, & seasoning salt.

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• Cook on med heat until cooked through.

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• Rinse, dry, & chop Kale.

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• Chop 4 Cloves Garlic add to onions.

Cook the onions, brussels sprouts, & garlic until the brussels start to soften and the onions have good color.

• Chop ends off Brussels Sprouts then quarter, add to onions once they have cooked down some.

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• Add chopped Kale to onions.

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• Add 1 TBSP Worcester sauce to onion mixture.

• Add spinach to onion mixture.

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• After the kale and spinach have softened up (5 – 10 minutes) then turn off heat, cover, and let rest while the chicken finishes.

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Enjoy!!

Also check out:

Filmmaking & Cookiebaking’s Instagram

Sister site: Craft Making and Drag Racing

Lindsey’s Jewelry: Hard Wear by Lindsey (Awesome stuff)

Rustified.com – Lifestyle Inspirations from a Renaissance Man (I love his blog- 365 page book for this year, recipes, & daily inspirations)

Rusty J’s Music Site

Chicken and wild rice with Spinach

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This week I started tracking calorie intake, which is part of why I created my Skinny Banana Cookies.

So for dinner last night I wanted something I could easily track calorically. So I made:

Chicken and Wild Rice with Spinach

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I added the full carton of Chicken Broth into a medium pan. (20 cal)

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• Season broth to your taste, bring to a boil! Here’s what I used

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• While that’s coming to a boil, chop 1/2 an onion add to a sauté pan.

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• Slowly brown onions, no oil!

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• Cut chicken breast in half then split pieces. (220 cal)

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• Add to pan with onions and season.

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• By now the broth should be boiling, to your broth pan, Add 1 C Wild Rice.(640 cal)

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• Brown chicken until cooked, deglaze pan with a little white wine

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• Chop chicken, and re-add to pan.

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• Shred and add some spinach

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•When your rice is done, you can put your chicken on your rice or mix it into the rice.

Enjoy!

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Next time I will double the spinach, I LOVE sautéed spinach.

Split for 2 = 440 calories per serving.

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Also check out:
Sister site: Craft Making and Drag Racing

Lindsey’s Jewelry: Hard Wear by Lindsey (Awesome stuff)

Rustified.com – Lifestyle Inspirations from a Renaissance Man (I love his blog- 365 page book for this year, recipes, & daily inspirations)

Rusty J’s Music Site

White chicken chili

Yesterday was great, finally the house was completely empty and quiet, and that gave me a chance to clean all the dust bunnies, soap scum, and dishes that have been building up all week.

I took a magic eraser (these are priceless) to my shower, scrubbed the bathroom, and did a huge load of dishes. I love how productive a cleaning day can be.

The chickens got a few hours of yard time and Echo go some play time around the yard too.

I even got the coffee table back from my roommates tv

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In the evening I finally headed to the gym, I have been wanting to start working out regularly for ages, I miss it! So I finally went and now I remember why I love going, you just feel so great and have so much energy after a good work out 🙂

After the gym I really wanted protein, just come good chicken with very little carbs, enter White Chicken Chili! I love Carrol Shelbys chili seasoning and a while back I noticed there was a new mix for chicken white chili so I grabbed it and its been in my pantry waiting for me to finally try it.

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White Chicken Chili

1 to 2 Lbs Chicken Breast (cut to 1/2 in pieces)

1/2 Onion (diced)
3-4 C Water

Box of seasoning from Carrol Shelby

• Chop up your chicken and add it to a big pan with a little oil.

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• Chop onion and add it to the browning chicken.

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• Season with salt, pepper, & Garlic

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• Add the water, seasoning packet, the jalapeño/pepper packet, & the masa packet

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• Cook 15 minutes covered then 15 minutes uncovered.

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Super tasty!

Also check out:
Sister site: Craft Making and Drag Racing

Lindsey’s Jewelry: Hard Wear by Lindsey (Awesome stuff)

Rustified.com – Lifestyle Inspirations from a Renaissance Man (I love his blog- 365 page book for this year, recipes, & daily inspirations)

Rusty J’s Music Site

Dinner: Sour Cream Chicken and White cheese Mac & Cheese

One night Lindsey and I were making dinner but couldn’t decide what to make, she jumped on Pinterest while I looked to see what supplies we had. She found this:

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So we made it our way!

PARMESAN SOUR CREAM CHICKEN

• Mix 1 C. Sour Cream, 1/2 to 1 C. Grated Parmesan Cheese, Dill, Diced Garlic, salt, & pepper together.

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• Put halved chicken breasts into a shallow baking dish.

• Cover Chicken well with sour cream mixture.

• Sprinkle on 1 C. Breadcrumbs (or a light layer). And a little more Parmesan.

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• Bake @ 350 until it reaches an internal temperature of 165.

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Triple White Cheese, Mac & Cheese

• Boil you favorite macaroni until Al Dente.

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• Grate 1 lb Jack cheese, a small block of Aged White Cheddar, & some more Parmesan.

• Open 1 small
Container Feta
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• Grab a sauce pan, make a roux 1/2 C. Flour and 1stick (1/2 C.) Butter.

• Cook over Med/Low heat for approx 5 minutes. (You want this to stay a light roux)

(Sorry I didn’t really photo this cuz I’m lame!)

• Add 2 C. Milk & all your cheese.

• Stir until melted and gooey.

•Mix with your cooked pasta. Pour into your dish of choice.

• Top with a little more cheese, Parmesan if you have it!

• Bake 20 minutes @350.

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Guarding her egg.

So far Starla has laid 4 eggs this week. Yet I haven’t eaten one yet! This morning I have friends coming over for brunch and we are going to try them today.

Yesterday she laid the egg in the run for the first time and was guarding it when I tried to take it.

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This is the biggest egg by far. I can’t wait until my other two girls finally start laying.

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This one (above) Lucy likes to scream at me, I keep worrying she’s going to upset the neighbors! She waits till I’m home and starts screaming to demand things (at least that’s how it seems) demanding to be let out, demanding at treat (lettuce or yogurt), food, or just to be a jerk I don’t know.

Friends with chickens, do your hens do this? My girls have never been around a rooster so I know they didn’t learn it that way.

Also check out:
Sister site: Craft Making and Drag Racing

Lindsey’s Jewelry: Hard Wear by Lindsey (Awesome stuff)

Rustified.com – Lifestyle Inspirations from a Renaissance Man (I love his blog- 365 page book for this year, recipes, & daily inspirations)

Rusty J’s Music Site

Chickens all grown up…

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I realized after I posted about our first egg that I have not shared any recent photos of my girls. They are full size now and look so different then they did as pullets.

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Yesterday we got the second egg! It’s so great to go look in the coop and see an incredible egg sitting there waiting to be collected.

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What are your chickens favorite treat? I would love to hear your comments!

My girls LOVE yogurt! This is by far their favorite thing. They also love lettuce, spinach, and other greens.

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(Kind of hard to see but they dive in and get yogurt all over their beaks until that cup is complexity empty.

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That’s all for now! Have a beautiful day and check out:

Sister site: Craft Making and Drag Racing

Hard Wear by Lindsey (Awesome stuff)

Rustified.com – Lifestyle Inspirations from a Renaissance Man (I love his blog- 365 page book for this year, recipes, & daily inspirations)

Rusty J’s Music Site

Lindsey’s Cheesy Cheez-Its Chicken & Bottle Cap Wreath Ornaments

Hello, faithful followers! The Infamous Lindsey here for a guest post. I recently, and very happily, made some breaded chicken with a twist (that I came up with myself!) and bottle cap wreath ornaments (that I found on Pinterest)! I kinda forgot to take pictures of the chicken though… heheh, oopsy. Anyways, on to the goodies!

Lindsey’s Cheesy Cheez-Its Chicken

Breading:
½ box of Cheez-Its (or your favorite cheesy crackers); smooshed to bits
3 tbsp grated parmesan cheese
1 tsp dill
½ tsp garlic salt
pepper to taste (I used Montreal steak seasoning, but it’s up to you)

Oil:
3 tbsp oil
2 tsp garlic oil (or a clove or two of minced/smooshed garlic)
1 vegetable Knorr® Homestyle Stock™

1) Preheat oven to 350° F. Mix oils/garlic with the stock starter and pour into the baking pan that’s gonna fit your chicken making sure to cover the whole bottom. Add extra oil as necessary.

2) Combine breading ingredients in a dish or container and cover chicken with it. Place chicken in the pan and put some extra crumblies on top to make sure it’s well covered and ready to be crispy. If you want, some shredded parmesan on top is super scrumptious.

3) Bake for 20 minutes, flip chicken (maybe add more parmesan… yum!), and bake for another 20 – 25 minutes or until chicken is done.

That’s all there is to it! Super easy and super tasty. I recommend scraping all the gooey Cheez-Its leftovers off the bottom of the pan and snacking on them before anyone else can! My dad actually said it was awesome. Normally he just grunts and shrugs like a teenage boy… Proof that this is the bestest chicken ever! On to the crafty goodies!

(UPDATE FROM DANIELLE @ Filmmakingandcookiebaking-
Lindsey and I made this last week for a small dinner party and my house.

Here is the yummy, yummy chicken.

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Sharp Chedder Mac & Cheese (with a little of the cheez-it breading on top.)

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Sautéed zucchini squash with garlic, pepper, seasoning salt, & dill)

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Loaded mashed red potatoes.

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Ceme brûlée Cheesecake.

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Bottle Cap Wreath Ornaments

glue gun
7 bottle caps (all the same or mix it up)
¼ inch thick ribbon that matches or contrasts (whatever floats your boat)

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1) Arrange and tack together caps with a dot of glue on the back. Flip over and tack between caps as well for a bit of strength. Try not to make it seen, but if it is the ribbon will cover it later.

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2) Snip approximately ¾ inch long bits of ribbon. You’ll need 7 of them. Glue as shown in the next picture… Not entirely sure how to explain it, but it works I swear. If the ribbon is taut, it keeps the wreath together better than just the glue.

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3) Loop ribbon at wherever the top of your wreath is for a way to hang it all ornament-like and secure it with glue. (This pic is actually from the finished product so you can also kind of see how I wrapped and secured the ribbon… kind of… as well as the nifty gift tag I made)

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4) Wrap ribbon around wreath between the caps to cover any glue dots that may be seen on the front and strategically glue in place on the back as you go. The back doesn’t look entirely too pretty after, but the front is adorable.

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5) Add a bow to the front and you’re done. I cheated and made the bow by tacking the ribbon with glue instead of trying to tie it. I added a clear piece of really thin plastic (card stock or construction paper would work too) to the back for a gift tag, but that’s only necessary if it’s a gift or you want to record the year it was made.

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Well, folks, that’s all I’ve got for ya today. Hopefully I’ll be back soon for another guest post or for more kitchen adventures with Danielle. Until then, happy cooking and crafting to all and to all a good night. ;P

Waiting for election results

I am nervously waiting for polls to close on the huge Election Day!

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Baking cookies, making dinner, praying, and waiting to see what happens with fingers crossed. I sent my ballot in a week or so ago, as I tend to vote by mail.

What are you doing today? Baking, cooking? What was your experience at the polls today ? I would love to hear how you spent election day!

I put some chicken and rice into the crockpot, with organic Italian seasoning, chicken broth, and garlic cloves. Let it cook for the afternoon. Yummy!

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I also made some chocolate chip cookies. They were organic until I added the red and blue M&M’s for Election Day

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Here are the truly organic ones

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The Run … Off my chicken coop

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I realized I had not posted any pictures of the run off the coop! So here is how I have it set up right now …

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I have the roost bar in there just to see if they will use it. Also to see if the like the PVC more than wood, since the coop has a wood roost in it.

Here’s more of my silly (not so little anymore) chicks.

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I don’t have many good photos of Lucy and Ethel since they never seem to hold still but Starla is a ham.

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Here’s Starla and Echo, durning the day they seem to always be face to face …. Echo wants to play with the chickens sooo badly, to bad she would play to rough. I hope to get her trained to the point they can all be free in the yard together with no concern.

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I’ll leave you with a couple more photos.

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I would love to hear about and see how you set up your coop runs!! Please feel free to share.