Updates from the Chicken Coop….

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It was a pretty day after yesterday’s storm so I decided to get out take some pictures of my chickens.  If you have read some of my past post, you know that a friend gave me 65 baby chicks this summer.  They are now several months old and I can tell if most of them are roosters or hen though I am still trying to identify some of the breeds.

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One of my adorable Millie Fleurs

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Here is one of my Partridge Cochins.


Bacon Ranch Corn Salad

Bacon Ranch Corn Salad


I love corn salad.  It is one of those great recipes that you can’t make wrong.  I start with a can of corn and add whatever I happen to have on hand.  Put a dollop of mayonnaise  with a little powdered ranch dressing and add it to your vegetables, and you have bacon ranch corn salad!

As with most of my recipes, I don’t measure.  I cut up my vegetables and just dump them in a bowl with my corn.  Here is what I put in my corn salad…..add what like and leave out what you don’t.

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  • 2 cans of whole kernel corn, drained
  • 2 cups of grated cheddar cheese (or whatever you prefer)
  • 1 cup of mayo
  • 2 tsp of powdered ranch dressing
  • 1/2 cups green or red onion, chopped
  • 1 cups of bell pepper, chopped
  • 1/4   bacon bits
  • 1 med tomato
  • About 1/8 cup cilantro
  • Chili cheese corn chips

MONTSERRAT ~ Spain & Sagrada Familia

The major work of renowned architect, Gaudi, the Sagrada Familia (Church of the Sacred Family) is a magnificent and unique architectural structure, prompting many critics to pronounce it the only church like it in the world.

You can check out the all of the photos of Montserrat and Sagrada Familia on my travel blog Southern Blue Traveler.


Barcelona, Spain

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On March 5th, we arrived in Barcelona, Spain.  I wanted to go to Spain when I was taking Spanish in high school but I haven’t given much thought about it since then and that was back in the 80’s. 


Barcelona was beautiful and I was surprised at how much I enjoyed exploring Barcelona.  You can check out my entire post on Barcelona on my travel blog Southern Blue Traveler.

Easy Pumpkin Pancakes (Bisquick)

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I always look forward to fall because I starting making recipes using pumpkin.  I make pumpkin biscuits, pumpkin ooey gooey butter cake, pumpkin cookies, pumpkin cupcakes, and pumpkin pancakes.

I don’t know why I wait until fall to enjoy these tasty treats since I could eat pumpkin pancakes all year long.  Maybe I’ll save a couple of cans of pumpkin and make them for the fourth of July!

If you are craving some pumpkin pancakes, here is an easy recipe using Bisquick.

Baby Tripp w/ His Dad’s Law Enforcement Uniform

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Baby Tripp’s  father is a law enforcement officer so I just had to take these photos.

Here he is at 5 days old.

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And of course I had to sneak in one of his little teddy bears.

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Welcome Tripp !

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I would like to introduce my new grandson Tripp.  Of course I couldn’t wait to start taking pictures of him.

I actually began taking pictures of him as he came into the world.  Photographing the birth of my grandson was one of the  most amazing days in my life.  You can check out his birth story HERE.

Here are some of his first pics – Tripp : 4 days old




I’ve never met a tortellini that I didn’t like.  Hot soup or cold salad….if it has tortellini, it’s going to be good.

This Tortellini with Italian Sausage is such an easy recipe and it only takes one pot which means that not only does it taste great,  but there’s only one pot to wash.  Dinner doesn’t get any easier than this.



I live in the country, several miles from the nearest grocery store, so it’s normal to use what you have on hand.

Having chickens, I have a lot of fresh eggs on hand and I’m always looking for ways to use up my surplus supply.  Scrambling eggs and tossing in some meat and vegetables is a great and easy way to use up some of those wonderful eggs that my little hens work so hard to produce.

Some of My Favorite Pumpkin Recipes

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