This sounded so good to me and I had some fresh lemons.
I assembled everything; I found I have to do at least that to be able to make things go smooth.
And everything did go fairly smooth except that I always end up with a mess of dishes and flour all over the place. The only thing that I had a problem with was squeezing 6 Tbsp of lemon juice from the lemons and also zest a lemon which I had never done before. I just bought a zester!
•Rocky is doing fine. No more re-occurrences of seizure activity thank goodness.
•Monk's allergies haven't improved at all since he's been on his special food and nothing else. He's been on it almost a full month now. I'm hoping there will be a big improvement after the first hard freeze! If not, it's going to get even more expensive!!
•Preacher clipped and threw another shoe! 2nd one in a week!! Another $50+
(If I didn't have animals, I'd be wealthy!!! But oh what a boring life!!)
•Pepsi was missing for a day and a half and I was starting to fear the worse. (cars or coyotes)
But this morning after if started to rain, she came home! She was hungry and very glad to see me. I don't know if she wandered off and it took her awhile to find her way back or what.
She's afraid to come into the house. She's never lived in a house before plus my dogs and other (not so nice) cat is in here! She may try it after she's here awhile. At least I got flea medicine on her now.
I was just about to get ready to go meet Michele at the barn about 1pm and I was letting the dogs out and Rocky had a full blown, grand mal seizure right on the edge of the deck of which he fell off of during the seizure. I got him on his side and it lasted a full minute or more then he slowly came out of it. He was a little confused at first and a little wobbly but by the end of an hour he was fine and running around. He was restless but then came in and sat with me on the couch and went into a deep sleep for a couple hours. He seems fine now. Never stopped eating or drinking. I talked to the vet and she said it could be a change in his metabolism because he is 9 now and this could be just an isolated one. If he has anymore in the next week or if he acts different than normal then she wants to see him. His last bloodwork was the end of January and was all normal. Of course there's lots of things that can cause seizures. So of course I stayed home with him all day. He's been acting normal the rest of the day.
I was reading blogs about farms and gardening last night when I came across this great one. I have to pass it on. I spent quite a lot of time looking all over the site and going to other homesteading sites that you can get from there.
When I walked out this morning to let my chickies out, I looked at my acre of land in a whole new light.
I'm naming it My Square Acre Homestead.
Have fun looking around! She almost makes me want to get goats now!!!
I just got this recipe off of pinterest yesterday. It doesn't give a source site though.
It looked good and is certainly easy and this makes 3 meals for me!!!!
4-6 raw chicken breasts, new potatoes, green beans (fresh
or canned-really any green veggie would work. Broccoli is good, too). Arrange in 9x13 dish. Sprinkle with a packet of Italian dressing mix and then top with a melted stick of butter. Cover with foil and bake at 350 degrees for 1 hour. Enjoy!
Echo has been in training with Stephanie and Sarah this summer. Besides working on his phobia about things on the ground, Stephanie has been working on polishing up his attention to our aides and getting him more collected etc.
(To watch it bigger, click on YouTube)
Here is his jog with Stephanie
And his nice canter departure he is developing. I really like that. He used to just leap into it!
I rode him after she was done. And today was my first lesson since early summer and the heat wave hit us! It was a great lesson and Echo feels so much better.
Today was an interesting day at the barn. The chiropractor was there. She comes about every 3 months to see several horses. I had her look at Preacher and Echo. Echo didn't need too many adjustments but Preacher needed more. They will be at rest for about 24 hours. You could really see a difference in Preachers walk in his hips when she was done. I hope the adjustment lasts for awhile, he's never been treated by a chiropractor as far as I know. They both seemed to like it!
It rained off and on the past couple days so the chickens were only outside for part of each day. As soon as they feel rain drops they run in the coop! They don't like getting wet.
It's hard getting a good photo of them because as soon as I come into the run, they come and practically stand on my feet!
That's Martha in the middle. She keeps uttering a low "Bwaaaak" whenever she sees me.
That's Eggo pecking at my pants leg!
I wish this was a clearer photo. This is Lily. She's an Easter-egger. She has tuffs on her cheeks like a chipmunk and they are always dirty.
Tomorrow I think it is supposed to be sunny so I will clean out their run.
For a treat today they had peas and yogurt. They couldn't eat it fast enough!!
Funny little birdies.
They are 12 weeks old.
I think I was meant to have chickens! This is the old weather vane on top of the cupola and one part of my house!
Now, this may not look like a lot. But Echo says, "My feet are on it and I'm still alive!!!"
As you might have read in earlier posts, Echo was frightened by a slight accident with a caveletti about 4 years ago. He tripped over it when jumping and his feet got tangled up and he scuffed up 3 out of 4 legs. (Minor scuffs) But it left a lasting impression. He has been frightened to go over any ground poles or really anything on the ground that his feet may touch.
The trainers at this barn are working with him for the last 2 months and he will now hop over the poles and even can be ridden over them but he wants to do it in a rush. He doesn't just want to leisurely walk over things.
So, YES, him standing on this piece of cardboard, (which took every bit of a half hour) IS a big deal for him.
My new handy man, who I really like, straightened up my garage as much as he could. At least I can get my car in there! Now I have to go through stuff and start ridding out!
My new handy man also cleaned out all my gutters on the house, even on the high part. He cut down a bunch of dead limbs from my trees, cleaned up around the area, trimmed some of my hedges till my battery operated hedge clippers gave out. He's bringing his electric ones next time. He's going to power wash my porches, scrape them and paint them with oil based paint. (I hate using oil based paint when I paint.) Of course that's probably why the porches need painted every other year!! I'll have him back in a week or two. In the meantime, I'm working on my to-do list for him!
Well, that's it for this mish-mash post for today!
If it cools down, I plan on going to the barn the next couple days.
Probably a lot of you have this already but it's new to me.
I always seeing people use them on cooking shows and I ran across one at Marshalls so I got it.
It works like a charm for even little mounds of wonderful cookies!
No more greasy hands. I love it!
I had such a taste for these today. Of course chocolate chip are my most favorite. I just use the toll house recipe on the Nestles chocolate chips but use half butter and half Crisco. I think it makes them the perfect consistency.
I am looking forward to cooler temps! Dare I say even a nice winter!!!!!
It was in the 90's again today and will be tomorrow too. It's too hot to do anything so I don't even go to the barn on these days. I'm so thankful that we are boarding in a place that we don't have to worry about our horses and don't feel we have to be there all the time.
I filled up Monk's pool with fresh cool water, even though he doesn't want to be out long enough to even go in it. I was tempted to do some wading myself today.
I gave the girls their own little pool to stand in too.
They have been doing pretty well in this heat. They are in shade but it is still suffocating outside.
They haven't even been panting. I keep their water cold and give them cold watermelon most hot days.
I found this wooden plaque that I had put away in the garage. Cleaned it all off and hung it on my kitchen door.
This is a photo of my cone flowers about a month ago before all the 90 degree days and no rain!
I'm not showing you my gardens now! Nothing is blooming.
and my grass has all but gone dormant!
There is a slim chance for a storm and rain over the weekend. I'm hoping!!!!
I made an appearance at our county fair a couple days ago but it was too hot to enjoy so I didn't stay very long.
All I can say is thank heavens for air conditioning!!!!
I decided to repost this recipe because I got a big container of blueberries on sale and I have such a taste for these that I couldn't stop thinking about them!!! They're THAT good! I'm going to make them tomorrow.
The Best Blueberry Muffins!!!!
(Recipe is at the end of the post.)
Here are the ingredients that I collected before I started. There should be cinnamon there to but I got it later!
Cut up your streusel topping till it looks like this and set aside. Top the muffins before baking.
Here are the muffins going into the oven. This recipe makes 12 of these medium muffins or 8 large ones.
When done, cool for 10-15 minutes then remove to wire rack. Use paper muffin cups or grease your muffin tin well.
Then enjoy with some butter. These are the best blueberry muffins I've ever had!!!!!!!!!!
I'm a retired RN, living in a century home on 1 sq. acre. My wish was to someday have a horse property so I wouldn't have to board my horses. However, I've found the most wonderful full care boarding barn at Winfield Farm and Forge in Grafton. Hoping never to move! I have 2 grown children and 2 grandchildren. I have 1 rescued English Pointer and 4 rescued barn cats. And chickens!! (7 of them at the moment.) My daughter says I live in my own little bubble. Maybe that's true but I like it in here. I have a few good friends, my family, my animals and all you nice people in the blogosphere!