Bacon Wrapped- BBQ Meatloaf

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Meatloaf is one of those down-home, comfort foods for some while others view it as something they had to eat as a child and never wanted to touch again as an adult.  I don’t eat much meat and rarely crave it I decided over the weekend that I wanted to make meatloaf.

Let’s face it…meatloaf is just a giant meatball and I always have the urge to throw it on some pasta.  I resisted the urge this time and decided to wrap it in bacon and top with BBQ sauce.

I have to say that I enjoyed it more than the meatloaf I grew up with.  I also used thick cut pepper bacon which gave it a rich peppery taste.  The BBQ sauce was so much better than ketchup, but spaghetti sauce is also a great topping.

More Pictures of my New Chicks

Here are a few pics of some of my new babies….

Silkie

Blue Silkie

Cream Brabanter or Tolbunt Polish ???

Cream Brabanter or Tolbunt Polish ???

Desk Makeover ~ Before & After

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My Chickens ~ Easter Eggers

26I haven’t had any hens in several years that laid colored eggs so I was excited when a friend  offered me two hens.  I don’t know if the hens I have had in the past was Ameraucanas, Americanas, or Easter Eggers.  They laid everything from blue to green eggs and I have missed those beautiful colored eggs.

I haven’t had any eggs yet from these young hens but I  can’t wait to see what color they lay.  I understand that they mainly lay blue or green eggs, but they may lay any egg color, including tinted, white, brown or even pinkish eggs.

 

Is it a Rooster or Hen?

Is it a rooster or a hen?  This is a common question you get if you raise chickens.  When I hatched chicks, I have used the wing length method.  Hens’ wing feathers will be two different lengths and a roosters will all be the same length.  This has to been done soon after they hatch.

Other than doing that, I just use the wait and see method.  It’s works perfect every time ! Well, at least most of the time.  I had a “Janet” that turned out to be a rooster.  He was a really, really later bloomer.

 

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A friend passed along a great article from Lisa at Fresh Eggs Daily.  It list several tips, some of which work, and some that don’t. It called Cock-A-Doodle….Roo? 11 Ways to Sex your Chicks so head over and check it out.

 

 

Young Hens have Tiny Eggs !

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I have found these tiny little eggs in the nest the last couple of days.  Someone gave me some young hens and I’m guessing these are their first eggs though I have never seen any this small.  The smallest one is about the size of a dime.

At first I thought a bird had flown in and laid an egg.  There was another tiny egg yesterday but it was a little larger so hopefully soon, they will be normal size.  I can’t imagine how many eggs it would take to make an omelet at that size.

 

My news chicks….

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One of my daughters friends (and one of my “adoptive” daughters),  came to visit me Sunday.   When asked if I would like a few more chickens I told her I would love to have some silkies and if she had any.

Well….she brought me 22 silkies…..along with some d’uccles, cochins, seabrights, brahmas, creasted chickens, plus some others that I can’t remember.  In total, my flock has increased by something close to 70.  Yep…that’s  70 chickens with most of them being only a few days old.

I only had 13 to begin with so that was a huge increase.

Here are my deals from Walmart….

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I have found that I get the best deals using price matching at my local Walmart.  I normally  use the weekly ads from  Albertsons and Super 1 Foods to score the best deals and it’s even better when I have a coupon to use.

Today I decided to run by Walmart and here is what I picked up using only coupons.

Bounty Paper Towel Single Roll $0.97, regular price
Use $0.50/1 – Bounty Basic Paper Towels (coupons.com)
Final Price: .47¢

CHOCOLATE ~ STRAWBERRY PARFAITS

I made these parfaits for my daughters baby shower (You can check out the entire post on the baby shower  HERE) and everyone loved them so I thought I would share the recipe here.

Garden Tour of Moss Mountain Farm – P Allen Smith

P Allen Smith Garden Tour

‘m contintuing  my tour of Moss Mountain Farms with P Allen Smith here with photos of his gardens.

The flower gardens were filled with bright pops of color ; add that to having the Arkansas river as your backdrop and you have a feast for the eyes.

Garden Tour - P Allen Smith

Here are some of the photos of his flower gardens.

P Allen Smith Garden Tour

Garden Tour - P Allen Smith

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