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….


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.



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 !



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….


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 (
Final Price: .47¢


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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