Friday, July 24, 2015

Guacamole - It's What's For Dinner



This time of year Mr. Mooncat and I don't really like to eat a heavy dinner. (This also translates to "I" don't like to spend a lot of time in the kitchen when we're dealing with temperatures in the high 90s, low 100s!) We tend to either snack or just have an appetizer instead of an actual main course. 

My favorite guacamole recipe is a bit of a hodgepodge of several I've come across over the years. I play around with it quite a bit, but this one seems to be the hubby's favorite, so we stick to it - the fact that it's easy helps.


image courtesy of Knorr, Inc. 

Makes 4-6 servings.

4 Large Avocados
3 Roma Tomatoes, diced
1 Red Onion, medium - diced
1 Fresh Lime, juiced (lemon can be substituted if desired)
2 TBsp chopped Cilantro, fresh preferred
2-3 large cloves finely chopped fresh garlic
1 pinch sea salt (optional)
1 pinch coarse black pepper (optional)
1 tsp extra virgin olive oil (optional)

In a large bowl, mash avocados and lime juice (& optional salt). Add in the tomatoes, onion, garlic and cilantro. Finally stir in the pepper and (optional olive oil.)

I like to cover this and chill in the refrigerator for 2-3 hours before serving, but it can be served right away if desired. I think the flavors tend to be better blended if you wait though.

Sunday, July 19, 2015

Still Kicking and Clucking

It's Alive....

After a way too long hiatus, I'm back. In a way, a lot has changed and nothing has changed - if that makes sense. It will take me some time and many posts to bring you up to snuff. I appreciate you all still being here.

I am looking forward to getting back into the swing of things and sharing our little world again with you lovely people. I've missed you!

Here's a clue on what I'm still doing....






Friday, April 20, 2012

The Defense Rests

In the case of MrMoonCat vs.THE CHICKENS, the defense offers this photographic evidence:  



MrsMoonCat states:  "My husband is very supportive of my chicken obsession.  He helps me out and encourages me in growing our endeavour.  But, he tells the guys that he is just indulging his crazy wife.  He says that he puts up with the feathered fiends to appease me and doesn't have anything to do with any of the birds.  I don't understand why he doesn't want anyone to know that he enjoys being out with them almost as much as I do and has his favorites in the flock."

MrMoonCat replies:  "Uh, no comment.  I need to go feed my chickens."

The defense rests..

Friday, March 16, 2012

Spring is Sprung in the Coop

Nature's Incubator

I initially started raising Giant Cochins with the thought they would be broodies for my Blue Andalusian chicks.  Andalusians just have no interest in taking care of their own kids.  They produce a bajillion of them, then they are just "dead-beat" parents and don't want to take the time to hatch or raise them!  Spring fever has hit hard and they are popping out eggs like crazy in that pen. I was in need of some help to get the blue babies hatched. 

So Cochins to the rescue...or NOT.  I waited and waited for one of my beautiful blue Cochin gals to go broody.  You would think out of 9 hens, one would cooperate?  Nope. Nada.  So I took the plunge and ordered an incubator off of eBay.  Guess what?  The pretty little lady pictured above and below decided she wants to raise some chicks!  The very day after I spent a small fortune on an "alternative" way to get those babies hatched.  

Goofy bird...

"We are NOT amused"

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Baby Blues at MoonCat Farms

I'm sure the title of this post had you thinking of something else.  Never fear, we aren't pregnant and we aren't blue at all around here, but our new babies are!


Welcome to our first hatch of the year (from Monday).  24 eggs went into the incubator and exactly 21 days later, these pretty babies made their way into the big wide world outside their shells.  I'm especially happy with these 17 hatchlings because they are the first chicks from my young breeding birds. 

In the first week of incubation, 4 eggs were found to not be fertile while 1 started and died.  The other 19 eggs went the full three weeks.  2 eggs didn't hatch for unknown reasons, but 17 did and 17 out of 24 is still very good.  The fertility and hatch rate should both improve as the breeders get a little older ~ and more experienced :)

The fuzzier chicks are Giant Blue Cochins with the others being my Blue Andalusians.  As you can see in the photo, there are some differently colored birds in the brooder.  Most birds that carry the common blue or "Andalusian" gene have the possibility of producing Blue, Black or Splash chicks. I am pleased with the group of mostly blue babies:  10 blue (5 Cochins/5 Andalusians), 5 black (3 Cochins/2 Andalusians) and 2 Splash Cochins.  Splash chicks will be a whitish based bird with blue or black "splashes" of color.  More about the blue genes later.

More photos and blathering on about my birds to come soon!