Chocolate Chip Meets Blueberry

 

When I woke up this morning, I had a hankering for some muffins. Typically, I really like making chocolate chip muffins. But being as how a certain individual in our household has fallen off the deep end of healthy and low sugar and all that kind of stuff, I try to make them a little healthier.

Blueberries are very good for you and have lots of health benefits for your heart and your brain and they go really good with chocolate chips. So this morning I made blueberry muffins and chocolate chips muffins. Together.

 

muffs

 

 

They were very yummy.

So here’s the recipe in case you’re interested:

 

Blueberry Chocolate Chip Muffins

  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 c milk
  • 1/2 c oil {coconut oil and olive oil}
  • 1 1/2 c all purpose flour {1/2 whole wheat and 1/2 white}
  • 1/2 c sugar { 1/2 succanat and 1/2 honey}
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 t salt
  • 1/2 c blueberries
  • 1/2 c chocolate chips

Heat oven to 400°. Beat eggs then stir in the milk and oil. Add remaining ingredients and stir to combine. The batter should be somewhat lumpy so don’t overmix.

Grease muffin tins or use muffin papers and fill muffin cups 2/3 full. Bake 20 to 30 minutes until muffins are golden brown on top.

 

This is a very versatile recipe that can be adapted to just about any kind of muffin you can imagine. You could use brown sugar, and add some cinnamon and maybe a little nutmeg. You could add some bananas and chopped nuts to make banana nut muffins. Have a little fun experimenting with different tastes!

These also freeze well. I usually make a double batch and freeze the extra. Then in the mornings, I can simply take them out of the freezer, pop them in the little oven for a few minutes and it’s like making fresh muffins every morning! Just be careful and don’t reheat them for too long or they will dry out.

 

Have a happy weekend!

Rachel

 

 

 

 

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Buckaroos

 

Howdy, Ya’ll!

Today I bring to you these two adorable little buckaroos, completely decked out in their western finery.

It looks like all they need now is a couple of horses!

 
cowpokes

 

This photo reminds me of the words to a Chris Ledoux song that says “And they raised two broomstick cowboys and one little cowboygirl to know God makes the sunsets of the world”.

 

Enjoy the Ride,

Rachel

 

 

 

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Wheat Free White Chocolate Cherry Pecan Scones

 

I’ve really been enjoying experimenting with different flour combinations lately. This is something that I came up with. We had them for breakfast and they were a big hit.

 

scones

 

I really didn’t know how well this was going to go over but suprisingly everyone liked them. In fact I had to fight the boys off to keep them from eating them all at once.  I guess it’s hard to go wrong with white chocolate. So here is the recipe for you.

White Chocolate Cherry  Pecan Scones

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees

1 1/2 cup almond flour

1/2 cup coconut flour

1/4 tsp salt

1/4 tsp baking powder {please use aluminum free}

1/4 tsp baking soda

1/2 cup chopped pecans

1/2  cup white chocolate chips

Mix all of your dry ingredients together and set aside.

1 large egg

1/3 cup plus 2 T Milk {or your choice of a non dairy milk}

2T  maple syrup

1 T  butter, melted { I’m sure coconut oil would work}

3/4 cup chopped fresh or frozen cherries { be sure to pit them first}

I used frozen cherries out of my freezer, I can’t wait to try this with fresh cherries when they come in season. I think these would be good with blueberries too. I might have to try that next week.

Mix all of your wet ingredients together.

Next, gently mix your wet ingredients into your dry ingredients. Give it a minute for the coconut flour to absorb the moisture, then if you need more milk add 1 or 2 more spoon fulls, but you don’t want it too wet.

Form into biscuit shapes with your hands. I used a 1/4 cup measuring cup for each to keep the size consistent. Place on your baking sheet and flatten to about 1/2 inch thick. Bake at 350 degrees, it took mine 15 minutes, but your oven might be different. The tops should be golden brown.

Give them a try and tell me what you think.

 

Enjoy,

Missy

 

 

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Making Butter at Home – Part One

 

Over here we tend to watch a lot of old Andy Griffith shows. The boys love them. I happen to love the vintageness of them. Is that a word? Sometimes I find myself so amazed at how realistic all of the vintageness seems… and then I realize it was real.

I know you are wondering what Andy Griffith has to do with making butter, but I’m getting to that.

I just love it when the egg and butter man comes by to chat with Aunt Bee and drop off her eggs and butter for the week. How much better does it get than having the egg and butter man pay a weekly visit?

Well, at our house the milk man brings a gallon of fresh, full fat, glorious milk to our door every morning. My job happens to be to take some of that luscious cream and turn it into butter. See, I told you we’d get to butter making.

Making Butter :

Step 1

The very important first step in butter making is separating the cream from the milk. I let the milk settle for at least 24 hours then I use a handy ladle and scoop that cream right off of the top of the milk. Since I collect cream for 3 0r 4 days before making butter I put the cream in another container to stash in the fridge.

 

cream

 

Can you see that all of that yummy cream on top?

 

skimming

 

Step 2

I get about 1 quart of cream from every gallon of milk, so after I collect cream for 4 days I have around 1 gallon of cream to make butter .

The morning I am ready to make butter I hunt through the fridge, round up all of the cream  and set it on the counter to warm up a bit. You can make butter with cold cream but it takes much longer and is more difficult to do.

 

Step 3

Get out to big butter churn, sit it on a dish towel, pour the cream into the jar, screw the lid with the motor on tightly, plug it in, sit back and get comfy.

 

churning

 

Go ahead and have a cup of tea while you wait.

Or coffee… Or coke…Or ice cream.

You know, whatever suits your fancy.

Over the years I have made butter several different ways and I have to say this butter churn is by far the easiest method. I love this big butter churn.

 

butter3

 

Viola! There you have it –  beautiful, unadulterated, homemade butter. Yum!

 

butter

 

Check back to see where we go from here.

The butter lady,

Missy

 

 

 

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Hold Up

 

I would really love to know the story behind this photo.

Judging from the rather unconcerned postures of the two ladies on the end, I would say this was a staged photo, but the big man on the other end sure looks like he’s ready to clobber somebody.

holdup

 

 

Sadly, there was no inscription on this photo and no clue as to it’s subjects.

 

Toodle-oo,

Rachel

 

 

 

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Horse Maintenance Day

 

Just a word of warning…this is going to be a looooonnnnnnngggg post.

So grab a cup of something yummy and hunker down.

When you have horses, or any animals for that matter, in order to keep them healthy you have to periodically do a little maintenance. The most frequent maintenance for horses is de-worming.

So, on the coldest day of our brief winter, the head wrangler decided it was the day to worm the whole herd of horses.

Of course, it would have to be freezing. Things like this are always much more fun when it’s freezing.

I can guarantee you one thing, I had on my new thermal underwear for Wyoming and they worked good!

The menfolk rode to the back forty to bring up the big herd, while I slithered down on the side of the road so I could get a good shot of them thundering up the hill.

 

 

cu

 

As you can see, there wasn’t much thundering going on. They came up the hill like they were just going for their Sunday afternoon picnic.

Oh, well. At least I tried.

 

catch

 

 

We got them all corralled into the pen and I started catching. Most of them are pretty good, but some of ’em can be downright ornery when it comes to being caught.

 

I have to admit though, the most fun came from the orneriest one. There was a especially hard to catch and rather wild-eyed mare in the bunch that came to us wearing a halter and it was rubbing sores on her head.

Do you want to guess why she had been wearing that halter for so long? My guess would be once her former owners got it on there they couldn’t figure out how to get close enough to her to get it off.

So, with not many other options, we pulled out the only rope we had on hand and did a little ole’ fashioned cowboyin’.

 

rope

 

It certainly didn’t help matters any that the only rope we had handy was a kids rope that is much too short for practical purposes.

But did that stop us? No way! What fun is it if there aren’t a few flying-by-the-seat-of-your-wranglers moments to keep things interesting?

 

roping

 

 

almost

 

 

caught

 

 

gotcha

 

 

Gotcha!

 

She was none too happy about it, but we did get the halter off of her.

Everyone turned out for the excitement. We had the pharmacist whose job was to dole out the wormers.

 

pharmacist

 

 

And the secretary who kept up with which horses had already been wormed.

 

secretary

 

 

list

 

 

There was a momentary cause for concern when it appeared a self misdiagnosis had been made.

 

selftreating2

 

 

I guess he saw that it was green apple flavored.

 

Some of these horses could really benefit from spending a little quality time with a toothbrush.

 

teeth

 

Unfortunately, when some horses get old, their teeth wear down badly or they just lose them outright. I think Fancy would be a good dentures candidate…what do you think?

 

gaps

 

 

After perusing all the photos of the day, we concluded that sticking out tongues could be a genetic family trait.

 

 

silly

 

 

silly2

 

 

Needless to say, the horses were much more enthusiastic about leaving the pen than they were about coming.

 

out

 

 

About half the herd had run past when they decided…whoa, I think that thing is gonna jump up and EAT us!!!

 

gate

 

 

All in all, we got all the horses de-wormed and nobody got killed in the process. That’s always a plus.

 

Adios,

Rachel

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Quilt Love

 

At our house we love quilts.

The big people at our house love quilts and the little people at our house love quilts.

We love old quilts, new quilts, big quilts, little quilts. We have quilts that live in our bedrooms and quilts that live in our family room.

Do the people at your house love quilts?

There’s just something special about a quilt. Now I’m talking about a real quilt, not the kind that comes with a tag that says “made in china”, if you know what I mean.

Just about anytime of the year you might walk into our house and find someone snuggled up under a quilt.

There is something special about finding a great old quilt at a flea market that was hand made by someone  long ago. We have a few of those. But there is something more special about having the person who made the quilt present it to you as a gift.

Recently that very thing happened to us. Our dear friend, Cindy, gave us both beautiful,  matching quilts that she made. How special is that?

We both love all things vintage including fabric. The cool thing about that is that they are making new fabrics that look exactly like vintage fabrics and these beautiful quilts are made from 1930’s reproduction prints.

Handmade quilt from a friend + 1930’s reproduction  fabric = Quilt Love

So I thought I’d share a little of our quilt love with you, here they are.

 

twins

 

 

1930's

 

 

 

 

two

 

 

Aren’t they beautiful?

Come on over for a visit and  snuggle up.

Thank you, Cindy, we love our quilts!

 

 

Warm and Cozy,

Missy

 

 

 

 

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