July 2010 Chickens in the Road Newsletter

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July 2010 Chickens in the Road Newsletter


*Story: Clash of the Titans

*Kitchen Extra: Avalanche Bars

*Embarrassing Photo of the Month: Clamped Down

*My Favorite Thing Right Now: Any Sailor

*Recent Highlights: Letters from Boot Camp, A Laundry Bar, Beauty and the Beast, and More

*Sneak Peek: Homemade Cleaners

*Blast from the Past: Bedtime Story

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*Story: Clash of the Titans

There’s no doubt about it now–Clover’s having babies!

Clover: “No, I’m not.”

Me: “Yes, you are. You just don’t want me to know because I’m going to milk you!”

Clover: “I don’t want you to know because it would make you happy. You’re not milking me anyway.”

Me: “I see chevre.”

Clover: “I see your tiny brain. There aren’t enough ropes in the world for you to tie me down this time, Woman.”


Memo To: Clover

Subject: Milking

Dear Clover, I’m excited that you are so excited about our upcoming milking partnership. I can’t wait to work with you again. Though, I have to say, after milking a cow, your udder looks really tiny.

Love, Woman


Memo to: Woman

Subject: Milking

Dear Woman,

Your brain is even tinier than I thought it was if you think you can milk me.

Love, Clover


Me: “I’ll get you, my pretty.”

Clover: “You have a tiny brain.”

Me: “You have a tiny udder!”

This is wonderful already!

Find all my stories from the last time I milked Clover here.

*Kitchen Extra: Avalanche Bars

I’ve been wanting to make this recipe ever since I saw it posted on Farm Bell Recipes. White chocolate, creamy peanut butter, Rice Krispies, marshmallows, and chocolate chips. How can you go wrong?

See the original posted recipe here for the handy print page or to save it to your recipe box.

How to make Avalanche Bars:

1 package (12 ounces) white chocolate chips
1/4 cup creamy peanut butter
3 cups Rice Krispies
1 1/2 cups mini marshmallows
1/4 cup mini chocolate chips

Melt the white chocolate chips in a double boiler. Add the peanut butter, stirring to blend. Add the Rice Krispies. Let the mixture cool 15-20 minutes. Add the mini marshmallows and chocolate chips. Press into a greased 8 × 8 pan and top with more chocolate chips, if desired. Chill in the fridge until set then cut into bars.

This is quick, easy, and delicious!

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*Embarrassing Photo of the Month: Clamped Down

Another seriously tragic revelation.

My pasta machine may be sitting on the edge of my dining room table forever because I can’t get the clamp to loosen. I’m slightly mechanically-challenged. Don’t even try to get me to change the head on a water hose. (The pasta drying rack is still in pieces, too, as you can see!)

*My Favorite Thing Right Now: Any Sailor

Support a sailor.

Go to Any Sailor to send cards, letters, or care packages to a sailor in harm’s way.

Or go to the main site, Any Soldier, for info and links to adopt soldiers, airmen, Marines, or Coast Guardsmen.

*Recent Highlights: Letters from Boot Camp, A Laundry Bar, Beauty and the Beast, and More

Poky and Jack finally meet in Beauty and the Beast, read Suspect Arrested in Egg Case, and see Casper the Terrible go to Paw Camp for some training. Find all my farm animal stories here.

Try the homemade version of a popular cookie in Making Fig Newtons with Mrs. Bennet then check out my cheddar-palooza in Cheese Factory and my new old gadget in The Butter Mold. Don’t miss a thing in my kitchen! Get all my recipes.

See The Great Fencing Project followed by The Herding Party as we finally get a new pasture for the sheep! Then read highlights from my son’s Letters from Boot Camp. See all my country living stories.

Make A Primitive Plant Poke Pretty and go homemade all the way with your laundry detergent mix with A Laundry Bar. Browse all my posts in crafts.

Watch me try A Celery Experiment then see things go from worse in But I Just Got My Garden Planted to more worse in A Not So Bumper Crop. Be sure to see all my garden stories.

*Sneak Peak: Homemade Cleaners

I used to make my own homemade cleaners, but haven’t done so in a while. Maybe that’s because I haven’t been cleaning all that much? I want to get back to using homemade cleaners and will be posting some of my favorites soon. I guess that means I have to clean something….

*Blast from the Past: Bedtime Story

With all the eggs I have nowadays, it’s hard to believe that I used to be desperate for them.

So desperate that I read my chickens this cute little story.


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