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Wrapping Up the Week

4 Oct

I just have a few pictures for you.  It’s been a long week with parent-teacher conferences, rainy weather, and everything on the farm, while I’m still nursing the toe injury.  I’m hoping to give up the special shoe this weekend.

Astra

Sky

harvest spider

Betty

Mama Phoenix

Sunset over the barnyard

I hope you have a good weekend!

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Another Real Chicken Dish

14 Sep

When I made the chicken bacon ranch casserole for my nephew and his wife, I figured out rather quickly that the package of chicken breasts was too much for that one dish, so I also made them pan seared chicken breasts with roasted mushroom and carrots all with a rosemary thyme brown butter glaze (that’s too long for the title of a blog post).  This has also been sitting here ready to go for over four months, so I thought I’d share it while I’m so busy with work, goats, and garden.

I started by placing my mushrooms and carrots into a pan with a bit of olive oil and roasted them at 400ºF for about fifteen minutes.  For a meal for two, I used half the bag of baby carrots and about 1/2 the 1 pound container of baby bella mushrooms.  I threw in about 1/4 cup of diced onion and 2 cloves of minced garlic, and a bit of salt and pepper.

While that was roasting, I seared the chicken breasts on both sides using a bit of olive oil in a cast iron skillet until they were browned.

I removed them from the pan and set them aside and put my butter into the skillet.  I used a whole stick and 1/2 tsp. of ground thyme and 1/2 tsp. ground rosemary.  That did end up being about twice as much as I needed.

Once it was rich and brown and nutty delicious, I added my carrot and mushroom mixture.

I let that finish cooking the carrots till they were almost done, then I added the chicken breasts and 1/4 cup of vegetable stock (I didn’t have chicken, or I would have used that).

Then it simmered until the breasts were thoroughly cooked.

Again, this was given to my nephew and his wife, so there’s no pretty plated picture.  They did say it was a blog-worthy recipe though.

This and That Around the Farm

30 Aug

Things are busy as usual.  In the soap room, I’m making feta and Mozzarella.

I looked like a heart when I cut it. I couldn’t resist having fun.

The feta is something that I have to do on weekends because it’s not hard, but it does take all day to get a batch done.

I’m still getting a few strawberries.

strawberry blossoms

Yes, I’m still feeding them to Mama Phoenix.

I’m trying to figure out what I’m going to do with her once the weather turns cold.  There’s no way I can leave her out in the barn, but I’m not sure how I can bring her in the house (cats and dog).

The silly free-range chicken is still doing whatever she wants.  I’m fine with it as long as she stays away from the dog and goes back so I can shut her in to stay safe at night.

right side hen, free-range hen

I still have a counter full of tomatoes ripening.

I’m keep working on canning them.

roasted tomato sauce

Sometimes, I feel really guilty because I don’t spend enough time tending to my yard, but sometimes I see that I have a flower going to bloom that is really just a weed.  I’m going to call it a flower though and enjoy the benefits of neglecting the yard.

Snickers is hanging in there. I’m cooking him an egg twice a day.  He enjoys lounging on the deck in the evening.

Snickers

Fionn is still in the Love Shack.  I think he’s feeling better because he’s back to his old hobby of trying to beat the walls down.  Seriously?

Fionn–by the way, the sway back is also a sign of the copper deficiency.

Sky misses me with the school year starting. He lays by the gate and gives me those sad puppy dog eyes every time I have to go out to the barnyard.

Sky

I’m looking forward to a three day weekend to try and get caught up a little bit.