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.
1 pinch sea salt (optional)
1 pinch coarse black pepper (optional)
1 tsp extra virgin olive oil (optional)
I like to cover the guacamole and let it 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.
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….
In the case of MrMoonCat vs.THE CHICKENS, the defense offers this photographic evidence:
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!
Well, it’s been so long since I’ve posted that I pretty much had to learn how to do it all over again! Life has kept us very busy here at MoonCat Farms since I last checked in many moons ago. There’s too much to cover in one post so I’ll just start fresh with one of my favorite and frankly, most time-consuming interests. My chooks…
Mr. MoonCat’s parents call them their “grands”. When they come up for a visit, they enjoy helping me with the little feathered fiends. In fact we’re looking forward to a visit next month when I will be enlisting their help in vaccinating the flock and accomplishing a few other chores that seem to need a few willing extra hands. Plus, we just have fun playing with the birds and spending time outside. The chickens reward their “grands” by sending them back to Arizona with a bunch of beautiful farm fresh eggs!
|Rudy Roo – Barred Plymouth Rock|
Rudy Roo is called a Barred Plymouth Rock or just a Barred Rock. He runs with my laying flock of mostly Rhode Island Red hens and a few girls of questionable parentage. He’s a very gentle bird that takes great care of his girls and is pleasant for us to be around. (His neck shouldn’t look all fuzzy like that, he’s been sticking his head through the fence to reach the rosebush and messed up his feathers. I will be putting up more chicken wire soon, as Mr. MoonCat accused me of trying to strangle poor Rudy!)
|“I’ll Be Back…” Iowa Blue hen|
This little gal giving us all the stink-eye is an Iowa Blue hen. She’s a smallish bird that lays a small creamy colored egg. They are a personable breed that is enjoyable to be around and as you can tell by the up close and personal photo, very nosy! (BTW, they aren’t blue..just those Iowa people coming up with a name for their birds… 🙂
Just a quick post to introduce you to the baby of the house. “Ernie” is a polydactyl cat with extra toes on each of her paws. She actually has little “thumbs” on her front feet which makes her two times the menace of the other cats ~ she can open drawers and latches like a person! I’m baby-proofing several cabinets now. I did try to get a better photo of her feet, but she kept swatting at me so I’ll wait until the monster is asleep for that. You can see a bit of her thumb in the second photo.
As for her name, it obviously stems from a beloved and well-known figure in American history. What isn’t quite as well known is that the Nobel prize-winning author Ernest Hemingway had a his house full of these “abnormal” polydactyl cats. In fact, even decades after his death his home in Florida is still a haven for the descendants of his original six-toed cat that he received as a gift from a ship’s captain.
These type of cats are said to be much more common on the East Coast than here in the West. I personally hadn’t come across one until we adopted Ernie after someone dumped her at our non-pet friends’ house. At the time we had a hard time telling if she was indeed a girl, so I called her Ernie and Mr. MoonCat was calling her “Hemi”. Got a little confusing since we already have a “Hammy” in the house.
As usual, I can’t make any excuses for the severe neglect that this dear little blog of mine has been suffering. My only excuse is that I’ve been super busy in the great outdoors. Mr. MoonCat and I have been working on expanding the chicken runs and temporary coops. I have great things planned and my hardworking, ever-suffering hubby usually is the one to make them into reality. Good thing he loves me…
A few pics to show why I’ve been preoccupied elsewhere:
|My two-day old babies|
|Are YOU talking to ME?|
|My baby blue roo|
When I am inside the house I spend a lot of time:
Saying “Aren’t they cute?”:
Then acting as referee:
|She’s MY mommy & I want to lay in her lap
~Notice my normally rotten Porkchop just
ignores them & continues with his nap
And, trying to convince a large hound that I can still see him behind a tiny pillow:
|“Maybe she’ll think I’m part of the sofa..”|
So that’s just a tiny peek at what we’re doing around here. I won’t make any promises as to when I’ll see ya next ~ I’m not very reliable that way lately….