Breakfast on the Farm
Farmer Jeff was awakened, again, by the hound dogs. This time at 5 am. Bless his heart, he decided to surprise me with breakfast. Not any breakfast, but breakfast cooked in the Pizza oven (freshly plastered!) and with his home cured and smoked bacon. Oh...and our farm fresh eggs! He had built the fire and was chopping onions by the time I rolled out of bed at 8! I felt so lazy!!!
He made wonderful baked Chilaquiles with corn tortillas, roasted chiles from New Mexico, (see the senses of fall/smell blog) and our roasted chile and tomato "salsa ranchera" sauce that we canned last fall. He mixed it all together with sauteed onions and a little bacon (more YUM!!!)
We have been working so hard on the yard and on the outdoor kitchen. This was the first breakfast we have eaten out there, so it was a very special occasion! We have re-done the floor of the outdoor kitchen, Farmer Jeff plastered the pizza/bread oven, and I...um...well, I trimmed and weeded and fertilized the roses!
We are also having a lot of fun these days with our VERY new little chicks. We have been looking for Marans hens or chicks, or even eggs, for the last year and then found out that our magical farm supply place was going to get some of these "exotics"! We ordered 6 but then decided to take 8, along with the 2 Brabanders (VERY rare) who lay white or ivory colored eggs. So...the nursery is set up again in the garage and the other babies have been moved to the pen out in the coop.
We are so happy to live on our farm with all of the animals, and each other. We do have to work to keep it all alive and healthy, but it is worth every second. We are the luckiest folks alive!
(This little baby is one of the Brabanters. She reminds me of the Sun Bears from Malaysia that I grew up seeing at the San Diego Zoo because of the "rising sun" markings she has on her head. She has been named "Sun Bear" in their honor.)