When is it time to move chicks from the Brooder?


Every year I have to make the decison of when it’ s the right time to move my baby chicks from their little pen with a  heat source to the big chick pen.  There are many factors that I consider when making this decision.  How big the chicks are, how warm it is outside, and how many feathers they have.

I use what I call the step-down method.  I start with a small pen using a light for  heat  until they have several feathers, usually a month .  They then go into a larger pen for about 4 more weeks giving them pleanty of time to feather out.  Depending on the temperature outside, I may keep a light on them during this time.


Fried Oreo Cookies

My sister and niece were making these the other night and they were so delicious that I knew I had to make some.  The next day I want to the nearest  town on my lunch break and purchased a Fry Daddy, cooking oil, Bisquick, milk, and Oreos.  Yes, they were so good that I took 40 minutes of my lunch break and all of that money just to make these Fried Oreos Cookies for my Coworkers.  They were very appreciative of my efforts and everyone enjoyed eating them as fast as I could get them cooked.

One of the girls in the office had a package of lemon Oreo cookies so I made of couple of Fried Oreos using the lemon for her.  They were delicious but I liked the chocolate better.  I think I will try the strawberry Oreo cookies the next time I make them.

I had seen recipes for Fried Oreo Cookies in the past but for some reason I associated it with a gooey, greasy messy kitchen.  In reality, it was just opposite.  I had my grease in my Fry Daddy and I had one bowl in which I mixed the ingredients.  The dough covered the Oreo cookies easily  and went into the fryer without a mess.  I was so surprised at how great they puffed up and how quickly they cooked.

I’m listing the recipe below.  I hope you give it a try and see how surprising simple yet delicious they are.

20 Oreo Cookies (or other cookie similar to Oreos)
2 cup Bisquick pancake mix
1 cup milk
2 eggs
Powdered sugar for dusting (optional)
Chocolate syrup for topping (optional)

Toulon, France

Toulon, France

 Toulon, France

 The third stop on our  cruise was in Toulon, France.   This was one of those stops where we had a guide book in hand as we left the ship.  We walked to the bus stop and looked for the bus number the guide book said to take.  There was no such bus number and we couldn’t find anyone that spoke English though we did have a French man try to help.  We finally gave up and  decided  to just explore the town.  I can’t say I didn’t enjoy Toulon because I did but we decided the we would spend the money and take guided tours for the rest of the cruise.  We had spent to much time and money to get there and not see what we wanted to see.

Toulon, France.We had a blast shopping with the street vendors.  We ended up purchasing some scarves and sweaters since it was cool that morning and we hadn’t worn our coats.

Toulon, FranceThis church was beautiful and the doors were open so we were able to look inside.  Like most of the churches we saw in Europe, it was beautiful.

Toulon, FranceOf course when  you are in France, you have to stop by a bakery.

Flower Rice Krispies Treats

Flower Rice Krispies Treats

I had so much fun making these Rice Krispies Flowers.  Next time you make Rice Krispies treats, grab your cookie cutters and have fun.  You can decorate them with sprinkles, color sugar, jelly beans, or frosting. Use your imagination and see what you can come up with.
You can check out the full post at Southern Blue Celebrations


White Chocolate Peeps Rice Krispies Treats

white chocolate rice krispies treats

Every month, Lady Behind the Curtain has a Dessert Challenge where she assigns two ingredients.  This weeks challenge was to create a dessert using white chocolate and marshmallow peeps.

I remembered a recipe where my sister made Peeps rice krispiees eggs for Easter.  I decided to use the same recipe and add white chocolate on top.  Of course I had to throw in some sprinkles !  I just love sprinkles.

Monte Carlo, Monaco

Monaco 1The second stop on our Mediterranean cruise was Monte Carlo, Monaco.  I had read that we would be able to see the city from the ship but I wasn’t prepared for the site that lay before me as arrived on deck for breakfast.  It was beautiful, espeically the very large yacht next to our ship.

Brahma Chickens

chickens 1


New Baby Chicks


 I can always tell it’s spring on the farm, not by the new leaves on the trees, or the first green grass, and not even by the blooming of the daffodils.  No, I can tell by the sound of baby chicks hatching.  Here are some pictures of the new baby chicks and I have more hatching as I type this.  Can’t wait to meet them !

My “Under the Tuscan Sun” Moment


I have seen this movie more times than I care to admit.  It is one of my favorite movies and I live vicariously through Diane Lane every time I watch the movie.  Maybe it’s because I can relate with her movie character.  A woman who divorces her cheating husband, travels to Italy, falls in love with an abandoned villa, and decides to buy it.  Her life undergoes its own restoration as she restores her new home.

How many others have wanted to follow her footsteps?  Find that place where one goes to heal, the place that restores your soul.  A villa in Italy sounds like the perfect place for this life change.

I have been back from Italy for two weeks and the urge to follow in Diane Lane’s character is even stronger.  Would you believe that I’m on a tour bus in Italy and as we pass this villa, I get  the urge to jump up and yell “STOP – I’m supposed to get off the bus here and purchase this place.”  It’s true, it really happened !

under the tuscan sun- my version (640x461)

I’m sitting by my daughter on the bus and she is the one sitting next to the window with the camera in her hand.  I remember spotting this villa and telling her to get a picture of it.  Well, that sounds a little calm doesn’t it?  It was more like “get a picture, get a picture, get a picture, that’s my house !”  Simultaneously, I’m thinking I should tell the driver to “stop”  “this is my Under the Tuscan Sun house.”

Realistically, I know I have to come back home and go to work.  I don’t have the money to buy a villa in Italy so I think I will print this picture, frame it, and hang in on my wall.  I will look at it and think about my travels through Italy.  I will close my eyes and pretend that I did get off that bus.  That I purchased the villa, that I’m renovating it, and that I’m enjoying wonderful Italian food in my dining room with my new friends.  I will dream that my friends from the US come to visit me all of the time, that my daughter and future grandchildren will fill the house with the patter of little feet,  and that the rest of my life is filled with laughter and joy in my new villa in Italy.


Eze Village, France

Eze Village, France

One the second day of our cruise we docked in Monaco.  My daughter had chosen to visit Eze Village, France while we were in port..  I had never heard of Eze Village and had done no research on it before we left.

Let me back up a minute in case this is the first post you have read about my European vacation.  My daughter is a history major and she has wanted to go to Europe since she was a little girl so I let her choose most of the places that we would explore throughout Europe.  I only had two places that I wanted to go which was Cinque Terre and the Amalfi Coast. She worked for weeks researching all of the countries we would visit and planning out what we would be able to do in the time we had in each port.  All I had to do was sit back, relax, and let her lead the way.  As you will be able to see from all of the photos I have been posting, she did a fantastic job.  Her hope is to one day lead college kids through these countries and allow them to immerse themselves in other cultures.  She is also  certified to teach  High School English  and feels it’s important for students  to be able to see the places that they spend so much time studying .

Eze Village Of the 16 days we were in Europe, it only rained in Monaco.  We were very lucky since we were there the first of March.  It started pouring about the time we reached Eze Village.  Even though I had to take pictures while my daughter held an umbrella over the camera, it was my favorite place to visit and is at the top of my list of places I would love to see again.  Everyone time someone ask me what my favorite place was, I always tell them Eze Village.

If you are going to be in Monaco and would like to visit Eze, you can catch a bus and it will carry you directly there.  The buses run regularly so you shouldn’t have a very long wait.  I’ll try to post about bus numbers and costs and soon as I go through all of my notes.

Eze  Village

As you can see by the photo above, it was pouring rain.


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