Weekend Homestead Happenings

This weather is just crazy!  One day it’s cold like winter should be and the next day it’s warm like spring.  Friday it was cold and windy then by Sunday it was sunny and warm.  But the wind was awful, I swear I thought I was going to end up in Kansas walking the babies.

By the way, these are our babies.

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Because it was dry and warm this weekend I finally got the chance to start on my butcher block.  It’s an old butcher block island that needs to be sanded down and refinished.


I got the top sanded down pretty good, but this is not going to be a quick task.  I also have to rely on the weather because I’m doing it outside.  But, I don’t want to rush this, it needs to be done once and done right.

Weekend eats:

Some brunch: sauted chicken with mushrooms, peppers and kale with fried eggs.



Some dinner: Beef short ribs with mushrooms and a side caesar salad.


Some sweet treats:

These look like truffles, but they are actually frozen sweet black cherries, topped with some whipped cream and a sprinkle of good life chocolate chips.  It was quite tasty and not too bad for the waistline.


However, I did make truffles this weekend.  I used a recipe from the Primal Blueprint cookbook.


Photo credit: The Primal Blueprint Cookbook.

I used the idea of the Primal recipe, but I ultimately had to add some peanut butter to help thicken the truffles because I used a bit too much milk.  Still, they are very tasty and they are Z Man approved.

If you aren’t familiar with the Primal Blueprint, it’s by author Mark Sisson who writes about reprogramming your genes and eating a paleo based diet while allowing for an 80 / 20 ratio for those who love (perhaps) chocolate and red wine 😉  Yes, hello that would be me.

What is the Paleo diet?  The paleo diet runs on the same foods our hunter-gather ancestors supposedly ate: fruits, vegetables, meats, seafood, and nuts.  Anything that comes in a box, jar, or bag should be avoided on the paleo diet—as should anything that just wasn’t consumed back then. That means no grains, dairy, added salt, or legumes.

I’ve been following the Primal Blueprint for a while now and I’m working on a post about it that I hope to complete next week.

If you’re interested in the Primal Blueprint, Mark has a great website  www.marksdailyapple.com

I have to admit that I also made some brownies for the Z Man.  I didn’t and wont be eating them because they are not allowed in my diet (right now), but clearly I was craving the sweets this weekend.

And thanks to the warm weather I was able to get some meal prepping done on the grill for meals this week.  Grilled chicken and mushrooms and sliced sweet peppers.  By the way, right now sliced sweet red peppers are my “chips” giving me that crunch I want.


How was your weekend?

Till next time, y’all stay safe out there!


Friday’s Frugal Five

I had to do some traveling for work this week to Dover Delaware for a trade show and I was treated to a nice hotel stay with  some good food.  They even gave us a $25 voucher to do some gambling in the hotel casino.  But honestly to tell the truth, that’s just not my thing anymore.  I would rather be home with the Z Man, the babies, the chickens and even Myrtle, our bird.  I’m just a homebody now and happy to be one.

Frugal Five:

  • Before I left I made the Z Man lots of meals for his breakfast, lunch and dinners while I was traveling.  Chicken soup, pesto chicken pasta, sausage and cheese strata.  He ate good too while I was away.
  • The trade show host provided us with $25 vouchers to do some gambling in the hotel casino.  I gifted $10 of mine to a co worker, but I still ended up winning $52 and walked away from the 1¢ slot machines that I was playing.  I know I’m such a big shot right, playing the 1¢ slot machines. 😉  That’s right 1¢ instead of the $1 machines.
  • I brought back the hotel amenities (shampoo, coffee, teas) that I did not use during my stay.  I did not hoard extras, I just brought home what I did not use.
  • Last week when I made smoothies I ran out of fruit, so I decided to use some blackberries the Z Man picked last summer that I had in the freezer.  Well, remember when I mentioned that I’m big on texture when it comes to my food.  There were so many seeds from those blackberries in my smoothie that I just couldn’t do it.  So instead of tossing the remaining four smoothie set ups I had in the freezer I just thawed them out and removed the blackberries and refroze them with different fruit.  I wasn’t about to waste the other ingredients.  Throwing food away is the worst waste.  In the words of Dennis the Menace….  “You Can’t Waste Food!”
  • I bought groceries last night after work, stuck to my list and bought nothing extra.  I needed to stock up on fruit for my smoothies, which isn’t cheap.  I spent $75 which brings my grocery total to $149 for the month, leaving me a balance of $151.    Here is what I bought….


At least there is a little more color in my grocery purchases this week.

OK, your turn, what frugal fun did you have this week.

Till next time, Y’all stay safe out there!


Chickens and Eggs

I’m so excited Y’all!!!

We were gifted a chicken coop last weekend.  This came at a great time because I’ve been wanting to increase our flock which means we definitely would’ve needed another coop and this kept us from having to build one.  Score!

This is a stationary coop.  We will need to do some work on it to make it safe for the chickens.  And, we will fence it in and put an overhang roof on it too.

I want to free range these chickens during the day and house them at night.  The neighborhood dog threat is gone, so hopefully this will be successful.

The Z Man calls it a chicken coop starter kit.  There is still quite a bit of work to be done to it, but we’ll get it done in time for the spring chicks.

So Excited!!!


You know, I have a confession.  I never really loved eggs in the past.  Certainly not to the point that I thought I wanted to raise my own chickens.

Eggs were just ok.  I ate them, but didn’t actually crave them.  But of course now that we have our own chickens…

We are very spoiled with amazing fresh eggs….


But, it hasn’t been until recently that I’ve decided that I love eggs.  I actually sometimes do crave them.  I believe the reason for this is that I’ve finally figured out how I “like” my eggs cooked.

Now, don’t get me wrong, I love a good fried egg sandwich, where the yolk is still just slightly soft and can make just a little bit of a mess when you eat it.

However, my favorite is a spinach, mushroom scramble with hot sauce (specifically sriracha sauce) and feta cheese.  It’s just amazing.  While the eggs have great flavor, they also get texture from the veggies and I am big on texture.  Texture, to me, can make or break a dish.


Yep, so those are my favorite eggs.  Well I suppose I should say our chicken’s eggs are my favorite eggs, this just happens to be my favorite way of preparing them.

I know, now you’ll sleep better tonight knowing how I like my eggs, wont you. 😉

Till next time, Y’all stay safe out there!


Weekend Happenings

The weather was lovely, not too cold and dry so we were able to get outside a bit.  Unfortunately that was until the Z Man scratched his eye / cornea with a tree branch.  He is doing fine, but I know that pain and it ain’t no fun.

Some breakfast:  sausage and cheese strata….


Some dinner: Grilled chicken, homemade pesto pasta and caesar salad with a homemade caesar dressing.

Caesar Salad Dressing

  • 1 cup mayo
  • 1 Tbsp fish sauce
  • 1 Tbsp worcestershire sauce (yes I had to look at the bottle label to spell it) 😉
  • 3 Tbsp mustard
  • 1 clove garlic minced
  • S&P to taste

Wisk or shake (in a jar of course) all ingredients and you’ll have a very tasty homemade caesar dressing.


Remember all of those avocado I bought that were on sale?  We ate on them all weekend and I still put up three containers of good guacamole in the freezer.


Some more dinner:  Kale and cranberry stuffed pork chops, sweet potato, and caesar salad….


We ate pretty darn good over the weekend.

I’d like to invite you to our What’s Cooking Facebook Page if you would like to share your meal ideas and pictures too, we’d love to see them.  It’s a great way to get fresh ideas and stay out of the meal rotation rut and it’s fun to see what everyone else is eating.

Z Life What’s Cooking:  https://www.facebook.com/groups/691588094351143/

Till next time, stay safe out there Y’all!