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I Heart Macarons

Tea and Macarons

Tea and Macarons

Red heart macarons

Macarons and coffee

Tray of Macarons

Tray of Macarons


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Peach Upside Down Cake


It’s an hour before time to break fast, and I figured I’d try out an application I just installed onto my phone. The app is Catch Notes and rather than type out nonsense as I am typically wont to do when trying out writing-oriented apps, I decided to do something useful instead: write out a recipe I made for tonight’s dessert.

We have too many peaches sitting on our kitchen counter, so instead of letting them go to waste, I altered my Pineapple Upside Down Cake to use the peaches instead.

I have no idea how the cake turned out, but I sure enjoyed writing out the recipe! I’ll trust that the cake is as good as it usually is.

Recipe on the flip side.

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Day Fifty Four

A Foot of Snow

Yesterday’s snow came with a lot of wind, resulting in four lanes of highway being usable for the amount of snow piling up, a 35 minute drive taking 2.5 hours, and ending up with a foot of snow to gaze upon this morning. It came just as the Christmas snow was disappearing…Birds in the Bush

…and the birds are finding something to sing about!

Cake Donuts for Breakfast
Last night’s dessert, cake donuts, were today’s breakfast.

Melted Snowflakes

And there was not enough time today (or wherewithal to tolerate the cold outside) to catch snowflakes, so they melted.

Today, we discovered the male hair sheep getting increasingly aggressive with one of the Boer goats (who aren’t exactly all sweet and pretty with the Nubian goat), ramming her into the wall of their barn. This explains why she just runs when he merely wanders her way, and why she backs away from the feeding trough when he comes in, and so it was time to separate all the bullies into their own little living spaces. So, the sheep is with the Nubians, and the Boers are now by themselves.  Ah, life in Animal Kingdom.

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Day Fifty Two

Popovers with Three Berries

Woke up with a burning need to try popovers this morning. So I blended the ingredients together (egg, flour, milk, and salt), tossed in some chopped berries, pushed them into a 425 F oven, and hoped for the best. They rose, and were all nice and hollow inside, perfect for filling with any kind of favorite sauce.

But there was one glitch. The recipe said to grease the muffin pan really well, and I am always hesitant to put batter directly into muffin pans–cleaning up after isn’t my favorite activity if things happen to stick to the pan. So, I used cupcake cases in the pan…and the popovers stuck to them really well!

So, next time I’ll grease the muffin pan and hope for the best, because these were totally worth it. Except for the paper stuck to them! Peeling off paper while eating is a bad idea, so I gave these to the chickens, and all was well in their little world.

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Day Fifty One

So long as you pay attention to me, I'm all right with being stuck in the fence!

So long as you pay attention to me, I’m all right with being stuck in the fence!

This stubborn little girl got herself trapped in the corner of fence on the front porch, where she and her friends come for their morning hang-out. The others saw her like this and wandered off, so she started bleating for our attention. We came out, laughed with horror, took a short video and a few pictures, and then tried to sort out the situation. We figured if she’d just slide her head down a bit, and maybe take a seat, she’d be able to wiggle her head out neatly enough.

But she had other ideas! She was either going to pull her head straight out (impossible) or stand there forever…so long as she had somebody to keep her company. Every time we’d leave for a bit, she’d bleat until we came back out and then calm down. Eventually, she let me push that pretty head of hers down enough for her head to wiggle out the larger bottom portion of the fence.