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Friday, August 10, 2012

Farm Friday - Expiration Casserole

I posted this on my old blog some months ago, and for lack of anything original to write (read, I'm stretched too thin right now to come up with something new), I'm reposting it today.....


One good thing about having farm critters: you never have the guilt of throwing (almost) perfectly good food in the trash.

Every week when I get home from the grocery store, I spend a few minutes going spelunking in the fridge, pulling things outa there that have seen better days. Lunchmeat past the date but not yet to the point where your face goes all scrunchy? Let Annabelle the farm dog chow down. Rock-hard, stone-cold pizza? That's what we've got goats for. Lettuce turning the color of dried-up boogers on the bathroom wall? Helloooo rabbits.

But the most fun is putting together a dish for the chickens. See, I figure they're the only ones on the farm that actually pull their weight. I feed them, they feed me, but to feed them costs money, to the tune of roughly a dollar a day (or another way to look at it, a dollar a dozen eggs). So I like to supplement their feed with a creative culinary approach.

This week that amounted to about a half dozen yogurts past their date, a box of pasta I cooked up for them that I think we moved here from the kitchen of the old house, the sugary dust from the bottom of the bin of Lucky Charms, and the remains of a casserole of unknown origin. For international flair, I added some Italian bread with the mold torn off, as well as some French toast that had been well-aged. I mixed it all up in a cauldron with a giant wooden spoon while my eye twitched. It was fun.

Even more fun, though, was dumping it into a pan for the chooks. My trash is their gourmet dining and they were scrambling over each other like geeks at a Best Buy sale, each vying for the choicest morsel. One of the ladies would grab a particularly savory-looking noodle, then run off with it, yogurt splashing, while the others chased after her.

Ohhh, it was a hoot, I tell ya'.

And that's what passes for entertainment for me these days.

That's a true story, people. Sad, but true.


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In case you didn't know it, I'm like the queen of blog-hoppin' lately. It's kind of like square dancing but without the dated outfits, smelly gym, and elderly caller.

Here's the schedule I keep:
Monday: Homestead Revival's Barn Hop
Tuesday: Heavenly Homemaker's Gratituesday
and Wrinkled Mommy's Tuesday Archive Link-Up
Wednesday: My Life and Kids Finding the Funny
Thursday: A Rural Journal's Rural Thursday Blog Hop
Friday: Deborah Jean's Dandelion House's Farmgirl Friday
Saturday: Camera Critter's Life With Dogs Pet Blogger Hop and Country Momma Cooks Saturday Link-Up

Since today is Friday, that means I'm linking today's post with Deborah Jean's Dandelion House's Farmgirl Friday, but I'll also be linking this same post up with some of the hops listed above in the coming week. Come join the fun!


  1. I do the same thing for my chickens. They love cleaning out the fridge day!

  2. It makes an awful chore bearable, doesn't it?

  3. I give my dogs expired lunch meat all the time as long at is still smells OK. I'm envious of your chickens. I want some.

    1. I'll save some for you, Debbie. Stop by sometime....

  4. There's another good reason for keeping chickens! Hopefully we'll be ready for them next spring!

  5. Oooh, I hope you can make it happen, Prudence! They're so much fun....

  6. New follower! Loved the post, seems like you're right up my alley with feeding the chickens anything and everything! We like to give them rotten crap and watch them argue like old ladies also! I miss my chickens, we should probably get more!! If you're up for a new blog to read by all means I'd love a new follower! Kelsey from Keeping Up With Kelsey

  7. They probably loved it! You got a great photo out of the feeding event.

  8. I'm sure they love you for it too. :)



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