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Feb 28, 2018

Apple Crisp w/Pecan Oatmeal Topping & Beef For Dinner, Chicken Recovery Success


 Apple Crisp w/Pecan Oatmeal Topping-
With a cold, snowy weekend it was a perfect time to bake! A furry friend even came up on the deck to score some cat food out for the neighbor's cat-


Saturday morning, cold and snowing-


I wanted to make an apple crisp, to use more of our home canned apples. Since I had a nice big bag of pecans in the freezer I added some to the mix. I used this doubled this basic recipe Martha Stewart Apple Crisp, added 1 cup raisins, nutmeg, then topped with about 1 1/2 cups chopped pecans. Baked up with a great crunch on top! After I took dessert out of the oven I made dinner, using one of the beef chuck roasts I bought on sale-


 I used this as a basic recipe Beef Pot Roast I added 4 large carrots, 2 small Yukon gold potatoes, 1 cup beef stock, with 2 Tsp Worcestershire sauce. Searing the meat FIRST is key! At the end I added 2 cups fresh mushrooms, then adjusted the seasoning before serving. I used my dutch oven enameled cast iron pot since I was home. Works great in a slow cooker as well!


Gwynne (Welsh for white)

Chicken Recovery Success-
After my favorite hen became really ill and I doctored her up last week, I'm happy to report she's back to normal! I transitioned her back to the coop gradually over the weekend. The coop was closed due to the snow and I turned on the heat lamp for extra warmth. She ran out today for treats, spinach and bread, looking alert and happy. I think this was a good experience as far as using observational skills. When your animals seem OFF pay attention! You get to know their patterns of behavior, eating, etc. With attention and some TLC you can save yourself a lot of grief. We even got 2 eggs today! She must be laying again.

Snow's melting

12 comments:

Angela said...

Apple crisp looks yummy! Rain galore here in GA!

Nancy @ Little Homestead In Boise said...

Yes it's a keeper! It's warming up here, with rain/snow in the forecast. Ready for spring!!!

Kristina said...

I have a hen not looking so good, but I've had her for a while. The apple crisp looks very good.

Kristina said...

Do you still have your Etsy store? Just wondered if it is doing well. I've opened mine, but haven't opened it for business just yet.

Nancy @ Little Homestead In Boise said...

thanks

Nancy @ Little Homestead In Boise said...

yes, I have sold a few items and it still open. Dave and I are working on building some items to sell through the store but they're still in the planning stage.

Susan said...

Congratulations - it is not easy to bring a chicken back from illness! She looks terrific! And so does that apple crisp!

Mama Pea said...

Did you come to any conclusion as to what was ailing Gwynne in the first place? Sometimes really hard to diagnose a chicken . . .

Nancy @ Little Homestead In Boise said...

I'm not really sure but you seem to be wheezing through her nose so I'm assuming that she came down with some kind of a respiratory issues but one that I was able to fix fairly easily

Dottie said...

Yummy looking apple crisp. My daughter is in Boise and she just picked up a chicken house off craigslist. I live over in Oregon close to the coast so even though we have chickens we don't have the cold weather like Boise. Will she need to keep the chicken house heated in the winter there?

Nancy @ Little Homestead In Boise said...

Sorry didn't see your post. We only heat when it's in the 20's or lower. But that's us.

Nancy @ Little Homestead In Boise said...

Safety first when it comes to heat!!!