Easy Breakfast Egg Muffins

Custom Egg Muffins

When we have a surplus of eggs, I start trying out some new ideas. This morning, I decided to attempt making some breakfast egg muffins.
What I have decided I love about these is how easy they are to customize.
I don't always prefer meat in the morning, but I love a Greek Omelet.  I used a six piece muffin tin, but you could make as many as you want, and each one be different. You can add sausage, bacon, ham, basically anything you want to try.
For my recipes today, I made two Greek omelet muffins, two cheddar cheese muffins, and two multi-cheese muffins with cheddar, swiss, feta, and gouda. (yes, I have a thing for cheese)
However, experiment and adapt them to whatever you like. Next time, I am going to add some herbs and even spinach.

My ingredients~to make 6
1 can crescent rolls (you could use biscuits)
4 eggs
Shredded Cheese~ Cheddar, Swiss, Gouda
Feta Cheese
Diced tomato
Diced Olives

~Spray muffin tin with non-stick spray, and line each cup with one crescent roll.
~Scramble the eggs well, and then add to each cup. (Don't overfill~ I did and it over ran the pan)
~Add your fillings, along with a big of salt and pepper.
~Bake in 350ยบ oven for approximately 20 minutes. (Just test them and remove when fairly firm)
~Let cool for a couple minutes, then pop them out of the pan.

Blissful Dust Bath

I enjoy routines. It just makes life more orderly and less complicated. Our chickens and guineas like
routines as well. One part of the daily chicken/guinea keeping routine is the distribution of their
favorite treat, grapes.

Every morning I carry a "bunch" with me to the coop, wash them and
head to the swing in the woody section of the chicken yard. I can hear the patter of little
"feet", following close behind me. I usually don't have to say a word, but occasionally have to get
their attention by saying, "come on chick, chicks" in an excited voice.

As I take my seat on the swing, almost immediately Minky, one of our Ameracaunas, jumps up on the arm of the swing, right beside me. She wants to be the first one to get a treat. Chachi and the other hens are at my feet waiting in anticipation for each morsel of grape that I will hand feed them.
Of course, they compete with one another to see who will get the next piece of grape.
Occasionally they squabble over who gets my attention, and sometimes I can see them cower in submissiveness when one hen pecks another on the head.

While I am feeding them their grapes, I talk to each one, calling them by name. On this particular  morning, I noticed Buffy, our Buff Orpington wasn't at my feet, waiting for her morning grapes. I was concerned about her. When I finished feeding the others, I went looking for her.

I looked in the nesting boxes, and inside the coop, but didn't see her. Finally, I spotted her lying in a mulched area on the other side of the coop.  I was startled at first, because she was lying perfectly still. I didn't see any movement! As I walked towards her, I saw her move. She was taking a dust bath! Whew! I was so relieved!  She had never missed her treats over a dust bath before! She
was in bliss. She didn't care what was going on in the world.
I am intrigued every time I watch one of our hens, Chachi, our rooster, or the guineas take a dust bath. It is truly amazing! I wonder what is going on in that little brain of theirs. Do you enjoy
watching your chickens or guineas take dust baths?  If so, do you have a story about it you can
share with us?


Easy Homemade Slaw

It's getting cold here in North Carolina! Yesterday, we were ready for a little
comfort food for supper!  Our menu included,  pulled pork barbeque sandwiches
with slaw and homemade brunswick stew. We thought we would share our easy homemade
slaw recipe.
Here are the ingredients:
apple cider vinegar
Here is how I prepared it:
First, wash and dry the cabbage head. Since this was for our sandwiches and we
didn't need a great amount, I cut the cabbage head in half.
Grate the cabbage
Next, I added a heaping tablespoon of mayonnaise, about a teaspoon of
apple cider vinegar,
a sprinkling of sugar
a sprinkle of salt and
a dash of pepper.
Now, give everything a stir.
Taste to see if it is as tart, sweet, and salty as you want it.
For a nice presentation, serve on a bed of beautiful green cabbage leaves.
This slaw is delicious as a side to green beans or pintos.
It is also great for hot dogs or hamburgers!
Blessings, Penny

Litter Box Training Your Indoor Rabbit

There have been lots of questions recently about how Sugar, as an indoor rabbit, was litter box trained. Surprisingly, litter box training my rabbits was extremely easy!  Rabbits prefer themselves and their cages to be clean, so they will naturally prefer the use of a litter box.
The only thing you really have to do is take a few signals from your rabbit.

If you already have a bunny at home in a cage, just notice the location in their cage they are already using, they are more than likely already returning to the same spot every time. Then, all you have to do is add the litter box in that spot.  I also put a few of the rabbits pellets in the litter box to help the bunny realize what you are expecting from them. I used a paper towel to soak up some urine from the bottom of the cage. Placing this in the bottom of the litter box the first time puts their scent in the box, and it draws them to it. If they decide to use another section of their cage, simply move the box to that area. They will eventually figure this out. It took mine around 3 days to get it perfect, but they never urinated outside their box again. My male rabbit was about 6 months old when I trained him, the females were around 5 months old. I have never attempted training rabbits younger than this, so it may vary somewhat by age.
 This is the litter that I use. It is all natural, and has a bit of a woody scent, pine. NEVER use cedar shavings this can cause respiratory issues. The neat thing about this litter is it is completely biodegradable, I always toss it in the garden during the winter, or add to the compost pile. The litter expands with the first rain, and will usually breakdown within just 1 or 2 days of rain.

Litter Boxes

I noticed one problem pretty quickly in training my bunnies! Their fur would usually carry a few 'balls' out of the litter box as the jumped out. This would leave the occasional rabbit pellet on the carpet. I located this neat litter box and it really helped. Instead of tracking in and out over their old litter, waste falls through the wire and is trapped underneath.

Timothy Hay

    One final trick that I learned was that rabbits will sometimes eat and poop at the same time! I added a hay rack right over the litter box and I filled it with Timothy Hay! This attracts them to the area to feed on the fresh hay, and without even realizing it, they are using their litter box. (However, if you give treats or prizes outside the cage, this does not mean they will poop outside!)

Territorial Droppings

Rabbits are not perfect, and litter box training is a process. Sometimes your rabbit may forget, and you have to start over with training, but don't get frustrated with them. Also, they are very territorial and hormonal animals. They use their pellets to mark their territory. If they feel threatened by another animal, droppings will appear more frequently.  If they detect the smell of another animal they are unsure of on you, they may drop pellets at your feet. This is intentional, and not a miss at using the litter box. Males are especially prone to territorial droppings. My male lion head is very specific with this. He can be out all day long, and never leave a single dropping. As soon as I get home, he will jump on my lap and leave me a couple just to say, you are mine. Luckily, rabbit pellets are small and hard, and usually do not have a  smell. You will get used to cleaning up the few they may leave around.
Just pay attention to their signals. My issue is the fact that I have female rabbits in another location, as well as cats at the office. When I get home, he gets very territorial about me and where I have been! I am his, and he is determined to let theses other animals he detects know this.
If you do not have any other animals, and are not around other animals, this may not be an issue for you at all after the first few days.

Win this Beautiful Horse & Chicken Art Print

Convert a Horse Stall to a Chicken Coop - Photo by Brittany May/Happy Days Farm (HobbyFarms.com) #coop #chickens #chickencoop

On a recent trip to Amish country in Pennsylvania, I snapped this cute shot in a horse barn I was visiting. I would love to send four of you an art print, ready for framing. All you have to do to enter is follow my blog!  

Pineapple & Papaya- A Natural Life-Saver for Rabbits

Rabbits continually groom themselves. Just like cats, they end up ingesting their own fur. Unfortunately, unlike cats, rabbits are not able to vomit. This means that what enters the stomach, must proceed through the digestive track.  At times, fur may become impacted in the digestive track causing serious and life threatening complications- known as both, hair balls or wool block.
It is generally easy to spot the symptoms of wool block or a hair ball coming on your bunny.

  • They will start to become lethargic.
  • They will start eating and drinking less and less, eventually stopping.
  • Their stools will become smaller and smaller, maybe even being strung together with tiny pieces of wool.
This can all happen in a single day. Rabbits have to eat, even 24 hours without food is dangerous. In this case, an emergency trip to a good vet will probably be necessary. If it hasn't progressed too far, the vet will probably give them a dose of a good rabbit laxative, which will probably be the solution. There actually are a few rabbit laxatives available on the internet that can be used if the problem is caught early enough.  I have used these products a couple of times, but I prefer to prevent this problem, and the use of laxatives if at all possible. These laxatives can be dangerous, but are preferable to allowing the rabbit to continue deteriorating.
  • Good, high fiber, quality pellets in their everyday diet.
  • Timothy Hay in unlimited quantities in the cage/hutch.
  • Daily greens (such as romaine lettuce) and veggies!
  • Limited amounts of fruits
  • Exercise- time out of cage, preferably at least 2 hours every day!
Papaya and Pineapple
Papaya and pineapple are an excellent preventative treatment for a sluggish digestive track due to ingesting fur.  Pictured above is organic dried papaya bits, (no-sugar added) purchased from Whole Foods. The use of fresh papaya and pineapple is preferable, but dried is extremely effective and easier to keep on hand, and at times, rabbits will actually prefer the dried to the fresh. The enzymes in both pineapple and papaya are actually able to break down the fibers from their wool, making it pass through their systems much easier.
 I use these sparingly, because of the high sugar content of fresh or dried fruit; however, I do give it to them daily. What is wonderful about dried papaya is the fact that rabbits love it so much! I have actually trained my rabbits using just these tiny papaya bits. I let them out for play time in the morning before work, and all evening after work. When I am ready to put them up for the day, or the night, I go get one tiny piece of this, and they run and jump back in their cage on their own. It took some time for them to get the idea, but I only gave them this treat when they were in their cage. I make sure to always say 'treats' prior to giving it to them, and now, they run to get it!
Another important tip to keeping healthy rabbits would be, getting to know them.
Spending time with your rabbit, just as you would a cat or dog, is extremely important. In doing this, you will learn their individual personalities. This is extremely important in being able to identify sickness early enough to treat. Once you learn their habits, it will be easy to notice when they aren't eating or drinking as they usually do. When they aren't thrilled to get a usual treat they love, it will be noticed by you quicker.
Pardon my pun, but it is possible for your rabbit to simply have a bad 'hare' day, but understanding them is the key to identifying problems early enough to save their lives! If you are scared or worried, take them to the vet. Your vet can help you learn what is normal for your rabbit and what is a potential problem.