This past weekend was, by far, the best one in a long time! I woke up earlier than my usual 6:30. I know, I should learn how to sleep in, but how could anyone with such beautiful weather we have been having?!
My morning coffee tasted extra delicious, but I will be checking into this How to Roast Coffee, by the Elliot Homestead, for a much better cup. I love this family’s blog and journey! Back to what I was saying. So, I opened my awesome planner, thank you little sis for this Christmas present, and jotted down what I plan on achieving this weekend.
Here is the “you better get this done” list
- Work in the garden
- Fence off the said garden
- Plant more seedlings for the garden
- Get feed
- Take out meat for dinner- Alex is cooking! YAY!!!
- Fix the fence the dogs are using to escaped into the middle pasture and chase the darn chickens and make me get up from having my coffee, gosh darn it #*&^
- Put out the solar lights I bough a gazillion days ago, because I can never find the darn gate opening thingy when I get home at night!
Yup that is the list and I am sticking to it! Nothing more nothings less.
Oh, look they have chicks in my favorite farm store, Farm and Pet Outlet. Let me tell you, I almost tripped over my dang feet, running to the display. Of course they are cute, yes I should get more. “I will take 10. Five of each of the Black Austrolops and New Hampshire reds!” Who said that? Yup! Me.
Is it on the list? Nope. Is everything which pertains to getting the chicks situated on the list? Nope. Whatever!!!
So I get home and realize, we have not had chicks since last September, and there were 17 off them. Now only 10, they will be cold. Its cold in the house! I should get more! “Shut up, shut up!!!” Who said that??
Anyway, I have one of those plastic 3 drawer thingies in my closet. Out went everything, I removed the top lid covering the top drawer, then I removed the top drawer, placed the chicks in an older bird cage and placed the birdcage into the second drawer of the thingy. I took my sons reptile infrared lamp and placed it on top of the cage.
“Mom, you better not roast them under that thing, I will not eat them!!!”Ok, that was my 11 year old.
I realized that this set up will simply not work!. Our three crazy dogs could easily knock it over. I needed a better set up, fast. But, first I needed to give the chicks water and feed. “What?” That was not on the list. I did not buy the feed for the chicks! How can I forget the chick food???
Back to the farm store, tripped over my feet again, lingered with the chicks like a crazy chicken lady, than ran to look at aquariums, grabbed one and off to the feed isle.”Ooohhh, organic feed is on sale…” Someone get a cow prong and aim it at my butt, PLEASE.
Finally, I got home, it was 11 am and the only things on the list which were checked off, were fixing the fence and getting the feed. I transferred the chicks and out I went to the garden. Haley’s (our sons girlfriend) brother A.J. and our daughter’s best friend Maya came to visit for the weekend, so all the kids where outside, roaming the property, playing lacrosse, hide and seek, climbing every tree… Watching them play was amazing, it made my day!
They helped me in the garden, we planted corn, potatoes, Boston and red lettuce, basil, broccoli, tomatoes, peppers, carrots, wild flowers, cucumbers and squash.
Alex, as promised, made a delicious dinner of buffalo chicken meatloaf with roasted broccoli mac n’ cheese, Haley made a batch of incredible chocolate muffins.
On Sunday we were hoping to get a female rabbit, so Mike was readying the rabbit cages, feeding the animals and working on something in the barn. He always works on something, and then he comes to show me or tell me to come and look. I do, and amazingly, he makes a table, or he cleaned the barn or he is building a saw mill or forge. I don’t get where he gets the energy! Honestly, the man is always on the go, producing something! I luff him. 🙂
After dinner, I walked over and collected eggs from our coop. Aren’t they lovely? Nice and clean, no poop! I treated our girls to a handful (or 5) of organic wheat berries and went back to the house to make coffee.
The days are getting longer and light lingers on for a few minutes each day. I love Spring. It renews my energy, inspires me to do more, plant more and buy more chicks. Hey!
I wonder when the Ameraucanas will be in. I need five, at least!
Somebody, stop. me. please!
Alex’s Buffalo Chicken Meatloaf
We grind our own chicken and for this recipe Alex used 1lb chicken breast and 1lb of boneless, skinless chicken thighs.
- 2lbs ground chicken
- 2 dry bread rolls
- bread crumbs
- 1 tbsp buffalo sauce
- 1/4 cup crumbled blue cheese
- 1 tsp salt
- 1 tsp pepper
- 1tsp oregano
- 1 tsp garlic powder
- 1tsp onion powder
- 1 clove garlic chopped
- 1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley or 1 tbsp dried parsley
- 2 eggs
- 1 cup milk
- 1 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
- 2 tbsp vegetable oil
For the top:
- 1/2 ketchup
- 1 tbsp buffalo sauce
- 3/4 cup bread crumbs
- 1/4 cup shaved or shredded Parmesan cheese, without the wood pulp please! HAHA
Preheat oven to 350.
Mix all wet ingredients and set aside. Place dried rolls in water to soak and set aside. Place the ground chicken in a large bowl and add all seasonings. Next, take the wet rolls, squeeze all the water out and sprinkle on the meat. Add the wet ingredients and mix with your hands until fully combined. Add the blue cheese and breadcrumbs as needed. The meat mixture needs to be soft, but not runny. If too soft, add breadcrumbs. They absorb the moisture and flavor and redistribute it during cooking. Put the meat mixture in a greased loaf pan or form a loaf in a 9×13 pan. Mix the ketchup and buffalo sauce and smother the meatloaf with it. Next, mix the bread crumbs and Parmesan and sprinkle it all over the meat loaf.
Place in oven, bake until the internal temperature is 165 (50-55 minutes). For a crispier top, bake 10 minutes longer.
Enjoy with the side of your choice or make roasted broccoli mac n’ cheese.
Here is to all weekends, being as perfect or close to perfect, as this one.