Farm Focus Friday

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Farm Focus Friday
Fun with Animals

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Bacon French Toast Breakfast Stacks

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This delicious breakfast dish was inspired by my donkeys Jack and Diane. As they were chomping on leftover pancakes this morning, I wondered if there could be a better use of leftover pancakes. Probably not. What about French toast? Is it living up to its potential? Can it be more than it is? Why doRead More

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Monster N-Tune Headphones & Chance to Win!

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This post is brought to you by Monster Headphones and BlogHer. Imagine my excitement when I opened a box from Monster to find a set of N-TUNE candy tangerine orange headphones. I was excited to be a part of the Monster headphone campaign as I really need a good set of headphones. Living on a hobby ranch withRead More

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Being There

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Forces in the universe conspired to rob me of a full night’s sleep. The roosters decided to crow all night. Michael fell asleep to country music blaring in the next room until I went in at 4:30, screaming like a banshee for him to turn it down. Tucker slept in my bed, and like aRead More

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Pesto Pasta Salad

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On this, the last day of summer, my garden has seen better days. The basil, heady with flowers, toppled onto the ground this afternoon. Heavy rains yesterday contributed to its demise. I tossed large stems of fragrant basil into the chicken coops, resulting in a feeding frenzy. The adults quickly tired of fresh basil but theRead More

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Clam Chowder

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Michael and I have tried to get in a trip away to the coast for a couple of months now. I need some clam chowder from The Tides at Bodega Bay. Standing between me and that chowder are forty chickens, four emus, two donkeys,  two goats and an incubator full of eggs hatching over theRead More

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Trojan Carrots, with a surprise ending.

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This is neither a recipe nor a condom post. It is actually a post about drug smuggling. Yes, we are drug smugglers now. Jack, our mammoth donkey has a foot abscess and has been prescribed an anti-inflammatory medication. It is an apple and molasses flavored white powder. It can be sprinkled on his oats andRead More

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Donkeys on the Run

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Jack and Diane were full of piss and vinegar yesterday. They have been lazy all summer but the weather was cool, there was a nice breeze and they were feeling their oats.

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Chicken and Waffles

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One little jalapeno plant in my garden has me scrambling for ways to use its bountiful harvest. The plant has been loaded with lovely little peppers for weeks. I start most days with an egg dish with jalapeño peppers. I have made egg tacos with peppers, cheddar cheese omelets with peppers, and scrambled eggs withRead More

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Pasture Morning

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The farm animals are at their best in the morning. The chickens are noisy, the donkeys are goofy, the emus silly, and the goats clumsy. I love my mornings in the pastures feeding the animals. I offered to trade shifts with Michael the other day, but truth be told, I’m not trading. He has theRead More

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Quest for perfect scones…to be continued.

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After all the trouble involved in getting a cup of blackberries, I wanted to bake the best scones ever. I was anxious to try a very popular scone recipe which has appeared on many popular food blogs. It sounded like it would be perfect. I don’t want to call anyone out, but the recipe isRead More

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Blackberries, Donkeys and Deer

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There is a large blackberry patch on the front of our property. I have been patiently waiting for the berries to ripen so I could pick them all. I had visions of jams, jellies, cobblers, pies, and scones. Today was the day. The hot weather has allowed the berries to grow plump, juicy and ripe.Read More

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The night shift.

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The routine animal chores take place twice daily at the Buck ‘n Run Ranch. Scratch is tossed out for the chickens, the emus and goats are fed, and the donkeys get a carrot and their fly masks put on or taken off.  I am a morning person so I take the early shift. Michael sleepsRead More

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Jack and Diane

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iPad in the pasture

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I took my iPad out with me this morning when I went to feed the animals. They were all very cooperative with my picture taking, with the exception of mini donkey Diana. Imagine that.  I am pretty sure I heard her say “Get that thing outta’ my face. I’m eating.” The chickens were very curious.Read More

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Nature walk, with donkeys.

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This morning I took advantage of a little break in the heat wave to take a nature walk around the property with my camera. I had to make one stop before my walk, to put fly masks on the donkeys. I had hoped to put the masks on, give them a carrot and be onRead More

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Getting Ready

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The project and olive egger chicks are growing fast. I am ready to get them out of the brooders and into a coop. Last week I re-homed several young cockerels and emptied one of the small coops. It was a mess of course. Chickens are messy. Period. Michael helped me get it cleaned out andRead More

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Little green apples and other stuff

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We had a glorious morning here at the Buck ‘n Run. Michael mowed the grass yesterday, the sun was shining, it was 65 degrees. It was a perfect morning. I took my camera with me hoping to get some pictures of the baby chicks that hatched under my broody overnight. The result was blog fodderRead More

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Yep, turkeys are dumb.

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Yesterday morning when I was feeding the animals, I noticed three wild tom turkeys fighting in our donkey pasture. One of them had the good sense to leave, but the other two kept on fighting. I thought about running in for my camera but I figured they would be gone by the time I gotRead More

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The Feed Shack

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Bigger isn’t always better. I say that because we had a big barn at the last house and we fretted over losing it when we moved here. Even though the barn was big, it seemed to always be a disorganized mess. I was concerned about where we would store the animal feed here at theRead More

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