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Oreo Muffins

February 17, 2011

Ok…so is there really a better way to eat oreos????  Probably not.  And I don’t know why I think I am going to build a better mouse trap, but here goes.

Found this recipe by accident on Kraft Foods.   I don’t normally read the reviews, but I did this time.   The recipe met with very mixed reviews.  Some said good just as is…others, too dry….still others, not sweet enough.  I took the advice of one lady, so this is the recipe as I made it.


1-3/4 cups flour
1/4 cup  sugar plus 1 Tbsp
1 Tbsp. CALUMET Baking Powder
1/2 tsp.  salt
1/3 cup cold margarine or butter
1/4 cup sour cream
1   egg
1 cup milk
16   OREO Cookies, coarsely chopped (about 2 cups)
Mix together dry ingredients…all but oreos.  Mix together wet ingredients.  Combine, but don’t over mix.  Let set a few minutes to soak up the moisture and then stir in oreos.  Bake in sprayed muffin tin or use liners in your tin at 350 for 30 minutes.  Cool and try them out.
Before I go on, I have a little side note….
MIL got me and the girls a bunch of these last year.   They are the bomb!!!!  They are thin and don’t hang on to the muffin/cupcake and just need a quick swish in the dishwater.  Unlike the colored ones, which are cute and have their place, but  hang on to half your muffin only to dump out in your lap and you have to scrub the ridges, even after soaking.  I love ’em.  She just got me some more from one of her catalogs and that was a good thing.  They do tend to disappear every once in awhile….unseen in an empty sandwich bag or in a pile on the counter that you dump in the trash.  I use them all the time…unless, that is,  the goodies are going to school.
These are ok…they are moist enough..could use a tablespoon more sugar.  I don’t know what I was expecting, but………I guess this wasn’t it.  I might make them again, but I think I would rather dunk the 16 oreos.
They appeared on the scene just before a nasty spring snow storm blew through.  They weren’t unexpected.  We were just unprepared.  A little girl and a little boy….Espresso and Cappuccino.

There’s a Moose on the Loose

January 16, 2011

My neighbor texted me on Friday while I was in town that there was a moose in her yard.  Thinking she had had one too many frozen margaritas, I called my Honey, who hadn’t gone to work yet and asked him to go check.  And sure enough, there it was.

I guess everybody’s first thought was  “Where’s Mama?”  We have been hearing alot of rifle shots lately, closer than normal, so I bet Mama is hanging to cure at someones house.  Out here on the Rez, the Natives can hunt anytime…it’s just us white folks who can’t.

There are moose around, but until now, you couldn’t have proved it by me.  Even my Honey, who moved out here when he was 12, hasn’t seen one.  They are in the hills way east of us or down in the “bottoms”.  It’s an overgrown area where the Tribe runs cattle that borders the American Falls Reservoir.

I didn’t think much more about it, but when the gkids went out to do chores yesterday afternoon, they came smokin’ in the house.  “There’s a moose out there”.  I grabbed my camera and took a few shots. Gramps gave the kids the talk about watching for it when they go out to play or do chores and not to corner it because it would run over them.  6 year old Bubba looked up at him and said, “Ya mean like Grandma got run over by a reindeer?”.  Outta the mouths of babes.  ROTFLMAO!!!   Have a great Sunday.


April 15, 2010

Sorry its been so long again.  We keep getting busier and busier as every day passes.  My Honey finally got two days off this week, but he is off to Boise for three days to check some “new” equipment.  Almost a month of 12 hour days was a bit much.  But we all shall survive.

Got chicks Tuesday afternoon.  Hooray.  They were suppose to be here mid May, but the feed store got some in earlier than they thought and I got the phone call.

I had originally ordered 25 black sex links.  They only got 20 in and another lady had ordered 5, so I let her take the 5 and we filled the rest of my order with golden sex links.  I’m not sure what a sex link is, but they are suppose to be good egg layers and tolerate the cold.  The temp here got down low last night and so did the temp in the chicken house.  The little fuzzie butts were all fine, huddled up under the heat lamp in the brooder.  Last night was suppose to be the chilliest night this week.  Fingers crossed.

When WyoNella and the boys came, they brought me 6 chicks from Wyoming.  Four of them have survived.  Had them in the house under a heat lamp.  They are about 3 weeks older than the new girls and we will have to separate them shortly.

These are Rhode Island Reds.  We shall see how they do.  Sure am looking forward to fresh eggs in the fall and chicken in the freezer.

Had a real flop with the coconut cake at Easter.  The whole side fell out.  LOL  Sure looked funny, but tasted good.  Oh well.

I found a great recipe for Banana Chocolate Chip Cookies I will share next time.  A great wasy to use up icky bananas other than banana bread.  Well, off to check the temp under the brooder.

Birdie Biscuits

January 13, 2010

I found a recipe in our local Sunday paper for making homemade birdseed biscuits.  I thought it might be a fun thing to do with the grandkids and it has been really cold out, so why not a little extra for our outside friends.


3/4 cup birdseed

1 tbsp flour

2 tbsp water

Mix together and pack into a sprayed cookie cutter that is sitting on a foil covered cookie sheet.  Insert half a straw into seed mixture to make hanging hole.  Bake at 170 for an hour until the biscuit is hard.  Let cool and then remove straw.  Thread ribbon through hole and hang outside in a sheltered spot.

This recipe makes 2 3-inch or 1 4-inch biscuit.  Ahahahaha.  Not a good idea around here.  I started out with 3 cups of seed and upped the flour and water accordingly.

This is the first batch that Bubba made.

This is a very messy project, but not too much so that we didn’t try it again when the girls got home from school.

But we were all MOST disappointed.  We ended up with 2 birdie biscuits.

And a cookie sheet that looked like this

I thought maybe the first bunch hadn’t been compacted very well, but on the second bunch we were extra careful to get the seed scrunched down.  Soooooo…….we are going to try adding a little lard and hope that helps stick things together.  I will let ya know.


December 23, 2009

WyoNella has requested the recipe for Gulhwein, I sent a jug home with her and apparently it disappeared over Thanksgiving.  Here it is.  Enjoy,kiddo.


750 ml wine

2/3 C sugar

1 lemon, sliced thinly

2 cardamom pods

2 star anise

4 cloves

2 bay leaves

2 cinnamon sticks

Throw it all a pan and warm.  If you use a crock pot you will want to double the recipe.  Mostly because the crock pot is too big for that little amount and besides, the more….the more better.  You can use any drinkable red wine, but I use the Blackberry because when we were in Germany, my Honey liked the blueberry gulhwein and I can’t find that around here.
Well, think  we are about ready for Christmas (round 1) here.  The only one still put out of joint about the whole thing is my blogging buddy Kylie.

She got moved from in front of the french door to in front of the kitchen window, so we could put up the Christmas tree.  We have a bird feeder outside the window and there are still some some of my little yellow friends around that like to come and eat.  Here she is trying to scare them away….not that she would eat their food anyway…people food is her thing.

Big Bully!!!

New Family Members

May 11, 2009

DeeJaye and I drove up to Roberts this morning and picked out two new family members.  Announcing the arrival of………..Zeke and Zoe.


Zeke came with his name.  He is a yearling LaMancha buck.  Very talkative.


Zoe is a Tennessee Fainter.  She has had a set of twins, but they took them away from her.  She may be pregnant again.  We shall see.  So far she has not fainted.  We shall see with this zoo around here.  And her name….the only “z” female name I could come up with.


I am going to let them stay in the goat pen for a couple of days before staking them out on the ditch bank to eat weeds.  They should have a wonderful diet.

Had a great Mothers Day.  Nice and easy with not a whole lot of work.  We had strawberry shortcake for dessert and Laredo enjoyed it the most.


MIL came home from town today with presents for me.  10 pounds of butter, 5 pounds of bananas, 5 pounds of apples and we had just made a trip to COSTCO.  The apples will wait for a while, but….HELP… I need ideas to use up the bananas.  I had no idea just how many bananas are in 5 pounds.  And I have 4 over ripe bananas waiting for BrazenBites ugly muffins.