September 2010 Chickens in the Road Newsletter

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September 2010 Chickens in the Road Newsletter


*Feature: When Pie Goes Horribly Wrong

*Kitchen Extra: Cinnamon-Vanilla Coffee

*My Favorite Thing Right Now: Farm Babies!

*Recent Highlights: A Baby Cow, Planning a Pie Garden, Dirty Jobs, and More

*Sneak Peek: Party on the Farm!

*Farm Bell Recipes: Disappearing Brownies

*Blast from the Past: The Best Kind of Barn

*Feature: When Pie Goes Horribly Wrong

I baked a pie last week that didn’t work out so good. (Long story.) I gave it to Clover for a sweet reward neither of us had expected.

Clover: “Is good, Woman. Very good.”

She likes me! She really likes me!!! ALL I HAD TO DO ALL ALONG WAS GIVE HER PIE.

*Kitchen Extra: Cinnamon-Vanilla Coffee

I love having my cow in milk again because that’s the only time I use cream in my coffee. Otherwise, I drink it black. I keep jars of vanilla sugar and cinnamon vanilla sugar by my coffee maker. To make vanilla sugars, just split open a vanilla bean and poke it into a jar of sugar or cinnamon sugar. The vanilla goodness will seep into your sugar and it tastes wonderful. You can also do this with brown sugar.

For an autumn treat, make pumpkin pie spice sugar by adding dashes of ginger, nutmeg, and ground cloves to your cinnamon vanilla sugar. Add to your coffee along with cream!

(For a pint-size jar, I use one split bean. For a quart size jar, I use at least two. You can keep replacing the sugar and use the same bean for some time.)

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*My Favorite Thing Right Now: Farm Babies!

It’s the 2011 Chickens in the Road Calendar!

This year it’s all farm babies, all the time! Get it from Lulu here: The 2011 Chickens in the Road Calendar.

*Recent Highlights: A Baby Cow, Planning a Pie Garden, Dirty Jobs, and More

I thought Beulah Petunia was going to go Kaboom, and then she did! See Baby Cow, The Movie. Find all my farm animal stories here.

Try this unique and old-fashioned recipe for Corn Cob Jelly, an Easy Two-Minute Dessert for Company, and discover light, fluffy Angel Biscuits. Don’t miss a thing in my kitchen! Get all my recipes.

Check out Then They Arrested Me for all the fun at the high school concession stand! I don’t know about you, but around here, we’ve had The Summer It Didn’t Rain, but come on over if you want to do some Dirty Jobs! (We’ve got plenty.) See all my country living stories.

Make Round Soap with Milk then start using Simple, Green Homemade Cleaners, and come with me for A Visit and a Vintage Craft Stash. Browse all my posts in crafts.

Join us for an Outdoor Labor Party, see me finally fall in love with my garden in Late Bloomer, and let’s start Planning a Pie Garden. Be sure to see all my garden stories.

*Sneak Peak: Party on the Farm!

It’s almost time for this year’s party on the farm! If you can’t be here, don’t worry, you can still see all the pictures and stories from the party on the blog soon. See the 2008 party on the farm here and the 2009 party here. It’s gonna be fun!

*Farm Bell Recipes: Disappearing Brownies

I couldn’t even take a picture fast enough.

This recipe was posted by rileysmom on Farm Bell Recipes recently and I thought it was intriguing right away by the use of graham cracker crumbs in place of all-purpose flour. When CindyP posted about her experience making them (see her post here), I couldn’t wait any more and I made them that day. Morgan said, “THIS is your new brownie recipe.” And they disappeared so fast, I’m going to start calling them Disappearing Brownies.

How to make Quick Fudge Brownies:

1 1/2 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips
1 1/2 cups graham cracker crumbs
14-ounce can sweetened condensed milk
1 slightly beaten egg
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/2 cup chopped walnuts or pecans

Melt one cup of the chocolate chips; stir in graham cracker crumbs, sweetened condensed milk, egg, and vanilla. Mix well. Stir in remaining chocolate chips and nuts. Spread mixture in a well-greased and floured (can flour with baking cocoa) 9 x 9 baking pan. Bake in a 350-degree oven for about 35 minutes. Cool on wire rack; cut into squares.

See rileysmom’s recipe on Farm Bell Recipes to save it to your recipe box and get the handy print page: Quick Fudge Brownies. They really ARE quick!!! And fudgy! And they’re Morgan’s new favorite.

Would you like to contribute a post to Farm Bell Recipes? You can! See all the information here for submissions. We’d love to hear your voice!

September Farm Bell Recipes blog contributors:

Beth — One Old Goat
Charley Cooke — Cooke’s Frontier
CindyP — Chippewa Creek ~ Our Life Simplified
Dede ~ wvhomecanner — Yahoo’s Canning2
farmer — Rose Hill Farm
kellyb — Yahoo’s Canning2
lalacooks — Gluten Go Bye Bye
Launi — Gracious Rain
LauraP — The Land of Moo
Moopsee — Yahoo’s Canning2
Patrice — Everyday Ruralty
Sheryl — Providence Acres
Vicki in So. CA. — Oak Park Community Garden
Tow Lady — The Tow Lady

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*Blast from the Past: The Best Kind of Barn

A trip back to the hay meadow, and a dog that wouldn’t be left behind.


The old barn was beautiful, but what Boomer did on the way back wasn’t all that pretty. See the whole story in The Best Kind of Barn.


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