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Monday, February 20, 2012

The Green Monster

I am thrilled to have found this recipe. It is basically a frozen banana, a cup of almond milk (I buy unsweetened and add a little truvia), a tablespoon natural peanut butter, a scoop of vanilla protein powder or 1/2 cup Greek yogurt, and then I fill my smoothie cup up with baby spinach and 3 cubes of ice (mine are the little half moon shaped ones). Thanks to Iowa Girl Eats for the recipe.

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Be sure to peel your banana BEFORE you freeze them.  I have an Osterizer Beehive blender with a travel cup I use. I just put the banana, milk, peanut butter, ice, and protein powder (or yogurt) in the cup, then fill it to the top with spinach. Give it a whirl...

I usually use a cup of milk (almond or skim cow's milk), a frozen banana (just a half if it's huge), a cup of any type of frozen fruit (blueberries, cherries, or mango blend), Greek vanilla yogurt or a scoop of vanilla whey protein, and 3 cubes of ice. I blend it until it's smooth!

Saturday, February 18, 2012

Cool egg

This is not a regular occurrence with our hens. The brown area is rough. As you can see on the end of another egg, I use a pencil to date them so we always have fresh eggs :)

Sunday, February 12, 2012

Jaguarundi - at least that's what I'm told

Another reason to worry about my free-range flock.

In South Alabama, we see bobcats quite frequently, but there's another cat out there that dodges the wildlife cameras quite frequently.  The biologists tell us it isn't a panther, but a jaguarundi.  Whatever it is, I don't want it anywhere near my chickens. 

Amish Friendship Cake

Look at those beautiful eggs! This is the 2nd out of 3 Amish Friendship Cakes I am baking. 

You make it with fermented fruit. YUM!

Here's what you do to make the starter. It takes 30 days to make just the starter, then an additional 30 days to make the cake. Once you get a starter, you can make 3 cakes at once every 30 days. They freeze well.

To initially make your starter, you will mix 1 cup pineapple chunks (drained) with 1 cup sugar and 2 tablespoons brandy. Pour into glass gallon jar. Cover loosely with aluminum foil. Cut a small hole in the foil and insert a wooden spoon through the hole. Stir daily, leaving the wooden spoon in the jar. DO NOT REMOVE FOIL OR SPOON. On day 15 Add: 8 oz Maraschino cherries with juice, 1 cup sugar and 2 tablespoons brandy. Let stand for 2 weeks, stirring daily. Day 30: Strain fruit from the juice using plastic strainer.  The resulting "juice" is the starter for your Amish Friendship Cake.

After you get your starter, this is what you do...
Remember: Do not refrigerate. Do not put lid on tightly. Only use gallon glass jar. Only use wooden spoon for stirring. Stir daily and add these ingredients on the corresponding days. It will all be worth it. :)

Day 1 mix
1 1/2 cups starter
2 1/2 cups sugar
1 29 ounce can sliced peaches with juice

Days 2-9 stir daily with wooden spoon

Day 10 Add
2 10 ounce jars of Maraschino cherries with juice
Optional: add only 1 jar of cherries and add 1 large can of fruit cocktail with juice

Days 21-29 stir daily with wooden spoon

Day 30
Drain juice from fruit. Divide fruit into 3 portions to make 3 cakes.
Divide juice into 5 portions of 1 1/2 cups each. Place juice in glass jars. Use within 5 days. This will be used to make a new starter. You can give these away to your friends. Don't forget to copy the recipe. :)

Cake Recipe:
1 box Duncan Hines Butter Flavor Cake Mix
2/3 Cup vegetable oil
4 eggs
1 small package instant vanilla pudding mix
1/3 of fruit mixture
1 cup chopped pecans
1 cup shredded coconut
Optional: 1 cup Craisins or other yummy ingredients you want to experiment with.

Mix all ingredients with wooden spoon until moistened. Do not use mixer. Bake in a greased and sugared Bundt or stoneware fluted pan at 325 degrees for 1 hour 15 minutes, or until top is brown and cake tester comes out clean. I just have to watch my cakes. The more juice stuck to the fruit, the longer the bake time. Just keep an eye on it.  It will need to be pretty brown.

Cool cakes on wire racks. Serve with powdered sugar sprinkled on top.

Of course all the links are suggestions on the items to use and my preferences. Just wanted to clarify. :)
Happy Baking!