Glorious Saturday

I am stuck home today. The 2009 Kia Rondo had a breakdown. I had to leave it at the mechanic until next week.
The air conditioning compressor went out. On this car, it can not be by passed. I am not sure I would want to – the heat is on here in the central valley, California. 100+ days until October.

My husband had mandatory over time (and we can use the cash for the car repairs) and took the other car.

I spent time outside early this morning cleaning up two flower beds Henrietta clawed and pecked through.
Henrietta looking at me

Here she is looking at me like I am the cause of the problem.

We went to the California State Fair last week. I found out Henrietta is a Blue Gold Duckwing Phoenix.

The fair was fun as always!

Grilled Food State Fair California

Horse Arena Workout California State Fair 2016

Alex and Richard on the Sky Chair ride State Fair 2016

Mural at California State Fair 2016

We celebrated 2 more birthdays this week. Lots of cake and cheesecake too!
Lemon Cake

Chocolate Cake

Chocolate Cheesecake

Henrietta

New Chicken

That is what we named the above chicken.

She arrived early one morning, just flew over the fence and there she was.

I checked with the neighbor who has pet chickens thinking she had ran away.

The neighbor came over to get her, stopped and said “My chickens are white”.

We waited 2 days to see if she would stay. I gave her a bowl of water right away and she ate all the snail and slugs and other bugs she seemed to like.

We went to the Tractor Supply store and bought her laying feed. We looked at coops and enclosures. I just don’t have the heart to fence her in. My flower beds are suffering for it. Right now she is sleeping in the apple tree at night. We will probably get a coop before the rain and winter get in full swing.

Henrietta lays eggs. They are a white/light cream color and small.

She has gotten used to us. We are in our yard a lot and she no longer runs away and even gets fairly close to us if we stand still.

I have always wanted chickens. 13 years now I have had thought of chickens but would push it out of my mind.

Everyone loves her. My husband has made it his job to collect the eggs on the weekend.

I hope she stays. We have no idea where she came from.

 

 

 

 

Pumpkin Cupcakes

Pumpkin Cupcakes

½ C Butter
2 C Sugar
2 tsp Vanilla
4 Eggs
1 15 oz. can Pumpkin Puree
3 C Flour
3 tsp Pumpkin Pie Spice
1 1/2 tsp Baking Soda
1/2 tsp Baking Powder
1/2 tsp Cream of Tartar

Heat oven to 375 F. Prepare muffin/ and or cupcake liners.
Cream together butter and sugar very well. Add Vanilla. Beat in eggs. Mix in puree. Mix in dry ingredients. It will be a thick batter. Pour into prepared liners, filling about 2/3 full. Bake at 375 F for 13-15 min or until done. Frost when cool. I like Cream Cheese frosting. Makes about 28 cupcakes.

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*Sausage Pasta

*Spicy Sausage Pasta – This is the real name of the recipe.This was not spicy and I did not add green onions. You can find the recipe at Amanda and Kevin’s.

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I can not make the link work. So here is the url http://www.kevinandamanda.com/recipes/dinner/spicy-sausage-pasta.html

 

Italian Crescent Casserole

I have made Taco Ring for years. My husband found this dish on Pinterest and we tried it tonight. It was yummy!

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1 lb. lean ground beef
2 T. minced garlic (from the jar)
1 cup spaghetti garlic sauce
6 oz. (1 1/2 cups) shredded mozzarella or Monterey Jack cheese
1 (8-oz.) can Crescent Dinner Rolls
1 small can of sliced olives

Instructions:
Heat oven to 375°F. In large skillet, cook ground beef and garlic over medium heat for 8 to 10 minutes or until beef is thoroughly cooked, stirring frequently. Drain. Stir in pasta sauce; cook until thoroughly heated. Unroll dough and spoon meat mixture into each triangle. (You can google images to see how to place the dough if you get stuck. I did not take a photo. Sorry) Add olives if desired. Fold triangles into the pan and bake at 375°F. for 18 to 25 minutes or until deep golden brown.  Remove from oven and add cheese. Place back in the oven until cheese is melted. Serve

 

Taco Spaghetti

My husband found this on Pinterest. I love it when he finds new things he is willing to try out!

Taco Spaghetti

5 oz. dried spaghetti, broken
1 lb. ground beef
1 large onion, chopped
3/4 cup water
2 tbsp. taco seasoning mix
1 Jar of Southwest Salsa
1 cup sliced pitted black olives
1 cup colby jack or cheddar, shredded
4 oz. can diced green chili peppers, drained
Directions:
1. Cook pasta according to package directions. Drain. Preheat oven to 350F.

2. In a 12-inch skillet, cook beef and onion until meat is brown. Drain fat. Stir in water and taco seasoning. Bring to a boil; reduce heat. Simmer uncovered for 2 minutes, stirring occasionally. Stir in cooked pasta, olives, half of the cheese, salsa, and green chili peppers.

3. Transfer mixture to lightly greased 2-quart round casserole. Cover with aluminum foil and bake for 15 to 20 minutes until heated through. Sprinkle with remaining cheese and bake until melted.

4. Serve with shredded lettuce, tortilla chips, tomatoes, and sour cream, if desired.

Taco Spag

Chocolate Chip Muffins

Chocolate Chip Muffins

2 C Jiffy Baking Mix
1/2 C Sugar
3/4 C Milk
1 egg (slightly beaten)
2 tbsp cooking oil
1/2 bag Semi Sweet Chocolate Chips
cupcake liners

Heat oven to 400 degrees Mix ingredients by hand or in a stand-up mixer. Fill cupcake liners 1/2 to 3/4 full. Bake for 15 -20 min. or until skewer come out clean. Makes about 14

Chocolate Chip Muffins

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