You know we try and keep it all romantic around here at Mike and Molly’s House but sometimes we just gotta peel away a few layers…
You may have read how the mice moved into the yurt but that’s only one of the places they like to move in to. Each fall they move into our house. Moving in is not even an accurate description; they are brought in…alive!
We have two cats. The older one is our beloved black cat, Buji, who is a beautiful sleek panther like cat. He loves adventure and spends most of his time outside running up and down trees catching and eating mice and gophers. I’ve attached a melange of bells on his neck to keep him from eating all the birds in our yard. Our younger cat, Kitten-AKA; Splat-AKA; Little SH*T, Mike found in a drainpipe while taking classes at the community college a few years back. Strange thing is Mike is not the kind of guy that picks up strays…stray materials-yes, but not stray animals. He did this particular time and now we have this chubby cat who swats at you when you pass by her. Try and give her a scratch on her belly and she will rip you to shreds. She mostly hangs out with the dogs…in the house…on the couch…sleeping. If Archie is on my lap she will hop up and sit on his head. Archie just sits there not moving. She has one special talent…catching live mice, bringing them into the house and dropping them on the floor. Once dropped they scurry off under something. She takes a few sniffs at whatever they are under, shrugs and heads out to get another one.
I know, I KNOW!!! I’m on a cupcake kick right now! Just enjoy it, it will pass. I just had to share one of my all time favorite white cake recipes. I love the taste of this cake and I triple-dipple love the texture. I’ve made it maybe a dozen times and every time there is one teensey-weensy little issue. While it’s baking in the oven the batter always lifts up to the sky, bubbles over the sides and falls leaving a crater in the center. I’ve tried a few tricks like lightly slamming the batter filled cupcake pan on the counter top several times before placing it in the oven. This is supposed to get any bubbles out but it doesn’t work. I’ve also messed with the amount of baking powder but to no avail.
Why oh why would I want to share my tragic cupcakes that turn out looking like this with you?
Inside this ugly duckling of a cupcake lies the best tasting vanilla cake eV-er!
Because, my dear readers, it is still a luscious tasting experience. AND the last time I made them I added something that made them even better! Remember the chocolate cupcakes that had the rich drop of ganache in the center? Well now I’m doing something similar with these! » » »
I love liquid soap and I can’t stand bar soap (It’s icky sticky and yuck!). The problem is that you can get great quality bar soap for a fraction of its liquid counterpart. I’ve experimented before with making liquid soap with little success. I finally found a recipe that is equal or better to any liquid soap out there. Silver Fir Farms is a soap maker and over a year ago she was sweet enough to not only share her recipe for liquid castile soap but couple it with an instructional video. Get her recipe here and watch her video below: » » »
Dinner, it just keeps coming up… We (Mike) cook (pretty much) every night. It can be tough to come up with something nutritious and fast each evening. One of our standbys is stir fry.
Mike: The best part is that no matter what you have in the fridge you can always work it together into a stir fry.
Molly: Who doesn’t love stir fry? Especially on jasmine rice!
Mike: That’s right! Because it wouldn’t be Jasmine Chicken Stir Fry if it wasn’t on jasmine rice.. Seriously though, jasmine rice is a great rice to serve with stir fry. It’s a long grain, aromatic rice originally from Thailand. If you haven’t tried it you should.
This recipe is just based on what happened to be on hand tonight. » » »
I love graffiti. (I’m not a fan of tagging though.) I like the idea that you wake up one morning and chaos has ensued on a wall. Pretty, interesting, chaos. Gone is the plain block wall replaced by art that says something left by someone you probably don’t know. I wish one day it would happen to the outside wall of my studio.
In the universe of graffiti there is something out there called ‘yarn bombing’. It’s a form mostly lead by women. The bomber knits or crochets over public objects typically in the dead of night. I love the fact that women have found a unique voice in the graffiti world. It tends to be colorful and soft but explodes out of the landscape. You can’t can’t notice it!
I knew yarn bombing had hit the big time when I came across this ad in last months ‘People’ magazine…
Does your town have a chicken coop tour? I love that they are becoming all the rage. People are embracing the idea of backyard chickendry as the norm rather than something their eccentric neighbor does. My friend Doug just emailed us this article on how the crazy nutty folks in Davis, CA do their coop tour.
This Sunday, July 29th from 9am-2pm Homegrown New Mexico and Edible Santa Fe are presenting this year’s event showcasing seven gardens and coops. It’s not too late to check out these exceptional properties and get some inspiration. You can just show up and buy tickets on the spot. All proceeds go to keeping Homegrown New Mexico’s classes free! Last year we were out of town and missed it, darn it (stamping feet) but this year we will be there.
What? What’s that you asked? Why aren’t we on the tour? Well, we live outside of Santa Fe city limits. We’d be the firefly ship on the outerboundries. We are helping out as the camera crew though so we hope to see your smiling faces along the tour!
Does your town have a coop tour? I’d love to hear about it!! If you do have one link it in the comments or email us.
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Crispy kale chips seem to be spreading like a house-o-fire over the last year as a healthy tasty snack alternative. At the grocery store a small bag goes for about $3! As some of you have discovered it’s pretty durn easy to make and a heck of a lot cheaper than buying it at the store.
No matter the year we seem to have an over abundance of dark greens. Mike can’t just plant one he plants many. We end up eating mountains of the stuff, blanching more, and taking the extras to the food bank so it turns out to be a win-win. This year is no different….
I head out to pick some kale. Now this year I have two big change-up’s for my crispy kale chips. The first is to use ‘Dinosaur Kale’.
We are deep into our chicken season and it seems like there is a chicken at every turn. This year we decided to raise and process 200 chickens. Hmmm, what to do with almost 200 chickens?! That is the question. For now we are going with the ‘if we build it they will come’ attitude.
Mike: Yep, cause’ that has worked so well for us before!
Molly: Alright, we are out at the Farmers Market in Eldorado on Fridays through June and a new totally awesome market on your way out to Las Campanas at the wine store.
We started this a few years ago to see what it was like to raise our own food.
Molly: Having raised chickens for eggs for over a decade I wanted to challenge myself. When I researched how chickens are raised for food my eyes were opened to the great wide world of the industrial poultry business. I just could not see being a chicken farmer using these industrial techniques where the conditions seem awful and disease was a huge issue. Right away I read everything I could get my hands on small scale chicken farming. This education sent me to the conclusion that I would raise my own chicken using these guidelines: