Joyous Easter Wishes

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Easter Blessings
from the Egg Farm

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The Incredible? Yes. Edible? Yes. Egg.

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The Incredible? Yes. Edible? Yes. Egg.

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What to do, what to do?

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Emu Egg Conundrum…
What to do?

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Poached Egg with Lemon Butter Sauce

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Poached Egg on Toast with Meyer Lemon Butter

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A basket divided

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Collecting eggs can be complicated, especially with five coops. Some eggs are for eating and others are for hatching. Complicating things even more, is that we have green egg layers in three of the five coops. When I want to hatch Isbars I need to make sure they are pure Isbars from Coop #5 notRead More

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I have 61 chickens in my backyard . . .

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and yesterday I had to buy eggs to make a fruitcake.   The turquoise egg is from my flock.

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Lemon Ricotta Pancakes Revisited

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Eighteen months ago I posted a recipe for Lemon Ricotta Pancakes. This morning I decided to revisit that recipe and make sure it still works, or if it needs tweaking. I am happy to report the pancakes were as good today as they were when I originally posted. This time I used store-bought ricotta butRead More

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Pumpkin Bread Pudding with Caramel Sauce

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I am in a pumpkin state of mind these days. When I saw the pumpkin streusel breakfast bread was back at Target I had to buy a loaf. Knowing we wouldn’t be able to finish before it became stale I did what everyone else does. I made bread pudding. This bread works well for bread puddingRead More

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Martha Stewart, the chicken.

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On October 4, 2008 we traveled with our granddaughters to CETA Foundation Ranch in Vacaville, CA to pick out our first chickens. Emily picked a Naked Neck and named her Judge Judy. Michael and I picked chickens, named them Nancy Grace and Paula Deen. Both turned out to be cockerels and had to be re-homed.Read More

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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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Rice Pudding Dessert Arancini

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Said to have originated in 10th century Sicily, arancini are fried rice balls. They are typically made with rice, cheese, and savory spices, coated with bread crumbs and deep-fried. They are often served with marinara sauce on the side. Not this time. Finding myself with more than enough rice for dinner, I opted for aRead More

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Apple Cake with Dr. Pepper Syrup

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I’m a Pepper, he’s a Pepper,She’s a Pepper, we’re a Pepper,Wouldn’t you like to be a Pepper, too?Be a Pepper. Drink Dr Pepper.  “Dr Pepper Time”, according to one promotion, was at 10, 2 and 4 o’clock. During World War II, a syndicated radio program, The 10–2–4 Ranch (later titled 10–2–4 Time), aired in the South and other areas whereRead 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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Banana Chocolate Chip Muffins/Bread

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This recipe is very versatile in the use of over-ripe bananas. It can be made into loaves or muffins and lends itself to additions such as raisins, chocolate chips, etc. Michael prefers pure banana and I love adding chocolate. From one batch, I made two mini loves of banana bread, one extra-large muffin and six smallerRead More

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Update on the Icelandic Juveniles

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The Icelandic chicks are about three months old now. Because Icelandic’s are a landrace fowl, there is no standard color, pattern, or comb. You just never know what you’ll get. I have nine beautiful chicks, unfortunately five are boys. I will have to cut that number down to one or two at the most. IRead More

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Potatoes O’Brien and Eggs

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Michael usually sleeps through breakfast so if I feel like anything besides coffee I am free to do it my way. That meant green peppers and red jalapeños this morning! I need to use up a few fingerling potatoes I bought at the Farmers Market as well as a red jalapeño and green pepper fromRead More

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Shipped Egg Mayhem (Graphic Pics)

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I was excited this morning to be receiving a box of shipped hatching eggs. My postal carrier delivered the box and I anxiously opened it, only to be horrified by what I saw. These were the eggs I received. I’ll start with the obvious problem. Some were broken which can occur when shipping eggs.  Read More

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Mint Chocolate Ice Cream, Oh My.

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Mint is a fragrant addition to any backyard garden. That being said, it is also one of the most invasive weeds herbs you’ll ever plant. Eleven years ago I made the mistake of planting two tiny mint transplants in one bed in this garden.  By the following season, it was the only thing still livingRead More

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The adoption process…as it applies to chicks.

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Some hens make horrible broodies but great Moms, meaning they can’t hatch an egg to save their life, but the can sure love one from the incubator. This girl is a perfect example. She has been broody about three times this summer and has yet to hatch an egg. She sits and sits, and sitsRead More

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Time Lapse Chick Hatching Video!

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Last night we had eggs hatching. I am addicted to the time lapse camera I bought recently, so I put it in the incubator with the chicken eggs.  A complete hatch from pip to out of the shell was captured. If you are unfamiliar with the process of hatching, I’ll explain. 1.) Egg stays inRead More

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