Wednesday, October 31, 2007
As we drove through the smoky part of San Diego County , this is what the sky looked like...
Thankfully, the air at the zoo was clearer and even though it took us twice as long as usual to get there, we had a fun visit.
Some of my favorite animals are the large reptiles (which I might be seeing more of soon...) and they had some spectacular ones.
Here's a slide show of the pictures that need no explanations...
Tuesday, October 23, 2007
Friday, October 19, 2007
Yep, you read right, she's laid an egg. I've been wondering when our chickens would get around to laying. They are weeks behind schedule. The morning it happened (last Tuesday), I was feeling for Rose. I was out back racewalking around our little track and there was obviously something going on. She'd eat a little bit, then make these low clucking sounds while she sat on the ground and tried to get comfortable. She tried all kinds of different parts of the chicken run looking for a spot she liked. She even tried to climb the coop to sit on top of it. I'm glad she didn't get all the up to lay her first egg on the peak of our A-frame chicken coop. Somehow that seems like it would have been a messy disaster.
Finally, I had the presence of mind to bring the nesting box we bought out and put it near the coop. She went right in and tried anew to get comfortable, but finally settled for laying the egg just inside the coop door. I guess there is no place like home.
It really was exciting to see the miracle of our chickens' first egg. I appreciate omelettes more than ever. Here it is, all cleaned up and beautiful.
Late breaking update - Rose has laid two more eggs since Tuesday and likes the nesting box. Hopefully the others will follow her eggs-cellent (Oooo - that was rotten!) example and we will get some green eggs to blog about!
Sunday, October 14, 2007
Okay, flashback to Thursday. I'm at Costco, looking at the spinach, wondering if I should buy some. I pick up a three pound bag of fresh spinach and stare at it for a minute. "No" I think, "we'll never finish this before it goes bad." As I lower it back into the box, I hear a faint ripping sound as the perforated plastic top rips off. I put it in my cart.
So...I've been trying to figure out how to eat this up and muffins came to mind. As I told Stan, "Anything tastes good if you mix enough sugar and oil in with it."
I kept the kids out of the kitchen so that they wouldn't see the blender when it looked like this.
They thought maybe I used the new food coloring I bought at Michael's. I wouldn't tell anyone the truth until after they ate at least half a muffin. Rachel was even more appalled when she found out they were FRESH spinach muffins. She said, horrified, "That is like LETTUCE muffins!"
Stan liked them. I thought they were okay, but a bit bland. Summer was frightened that I would even attempt spinach muffins. Rachel's reaction is noted above. Heather liked them. Gwen didn't. Kelly liked them. Michael liked them. Naomi loved them. I guess they were a semi-success, depending on who you ask, but I think I'll give the spinach a wide berth a Costco from now on!
Sunday, October 07, 2007
If you are a longtime reader of our blog, you may have noticed that we eat a lot of brownies. We love 'em. We could eat them every day and not get tired of them. Here's the recipe -
¾ cup cocoa
½ teaspoon baking soda
⅔ cup vegetable oil, divided
½ cup boiling water (measure accurately)
2 cups sugar
1 ⅓ cups unsifted all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon vanilla
½ teaspoon salt
⅔ cup chocolate chips
Stir cocoa and baking soda in mixing bowl. Blend in ⅓ cup of vegetable oil. Add boiling water; stir until mixture thickens. Stir in sugar, eggs and remaining ⅓ cup vegetable oil; stir until smooth. Add flour, vanilla and salt, blend completely. Add chocolate chips and nuts. Pour into lightly greased 13 x 9'' baking pan and bake at 350 degrees for 35 to 40 minutes or until edges darken and pull away from the pan.