a few of my favorites for Valentine's Day . . . 



Thought THIS might be sorta fun!

A few things: 1. I'm pretty bad at this. ( By which I mean both crochet and video tutorials.) 2. I have a particularly dumb sense of humor. 3. Why did the quality come out so poor? 4. This probably won't even be helpful at all.

But maybe it will be! Press play and find out!



We end up with a few too many eggs at our house fairly frequently. Our girls are cranking! And there are only so many scrambled egg with creme fraiche lunches you can prepare before you start to feel like you're not living up to your potential in the kitchen.

And then it dawned on me: Quiche! Such a weird word I don't really like saying it! But I'd always wanted to learn to make it!

Why was quiche so huge in the 80s I honestly don't get it? Apparently it's making a comeback? That's a funny thing to consider.

The whole thing is a funny concept, quiche. Egg pie. I mean, it makes all the sense in the world, it's healthy and light (or not-light, if you don't want it to be), and it's a great fridge buster for all your on-its-way-out produce . . . but it's the whole fancy lady party element of the quiche with the bridal showers + shell light sconces + pale pink sofas that I find most curious. You say "quiche" and I instantly think of Troop Beverly Hills. Which is dumb, there wasn't even any quiche in that movie! Just body waves and perms. 

We happen to have a Costco sized bag of broccoli burning a hole in our fridge, and no cheese in the house minus parmesan, so this is what we happened on this time.

This time also Brandon got a heart in his quiche crust. Next time he's getting devil horns.  ;) 

Here's my favorite way to do a quiche so far! 

2 tlb butter
1/2 onion, diced
1 tsp garlic, minced
2 cups fresh broccoli, chopped
2 carrots, peeled + sliced 
1/4 cup cooked bacon, chopped
A few sprigs fresh oregano, chopped (about 2tbs)
6-8 eggs, beaten
1 1/2 cups milk
1 1/2 cups parmesan cheese
1 tsp salt
1/2 tsp black pepper
1 unbaked pie crust (premade, not premade, the world is your oyster!)
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F
2. Fry up some bacon! Low heat please. Once finished and cooling, pour out excess grease and sautée onions and garlic  in the same pan over medium heat until translucent (no me gusta crunchy onions)
3. While waiting on the onions, whip eggs in a large bowl until frothy. Add milk and cheese.
4. Add all your veggies + extras and hoo-diddles! 
5. Roll out your pie crust, lay it over your greased pie tin or tart pan, gently smoosh it into place, then pour your egg mixture on in.

(Raw onions in this one, because I hadn't learned my raw union quiche lesson just yet.)

Bake for 60 minutes at 350 degrees or until the center is no longer wibbly.

Then take lots of photos of it in various settings because you have an Instagram account and that is what's expected of you!


Second favorite quiche set up at our house so far: shredded cheddar cheese + cooked maple sausage, chopped up all crazy. Oh yeahhh.

Let me know if you make it and how it turns out!!



Holla atcha from Holbrook Hibernation Station!

Okay, I exaggerate. We've had sunshine three times in the last three weeks!! It's not all that bad! Unless you're a chicken and your water's frozen and the heated water thinger isn't working right for some reason. That sucks.

(Might suck even more to be the one who has to replace said water. Knock it off, winter!)

We're just over here plugging along merrily. Professor TheBeebs is well, quite spritely, and in rather good health for his rather advanced age. :) He has one of those stadium style classes this semester with more than 100 students staring at him blankly and he reports he has zero stage fright whatsoever! What a stud!

Huck is thiiiiiis close to reading but don't tell him that. He professes an undying love of McDonald's pancakes and isn't this starting to sound like an annual Christmas letter?

The chickens continue to be naughy bodies, as you'd expect.

Look at those brats.

We've been having in-coop days more often than normal, thanks in large part to Sir Ice Cream the Cocky Rooster Jerk. Once that turkey went into puberty and fully unleashed himself in all his manly dudeliness and things, The Ladies + The Babies started going totally bonkers.  All frisky and opinionated. Just the other day I found the pack of them all walking east on the sidewalk in front of our neighbor's house going who even knows where? Chicken field trip! Ice Cream was such a bad influence. So, we sent him to the farm! No but actually we did send him to a farm.

Okay wait. The whole story! I know you want it!!

(Obvious Disclaimage: This gets long, meandering, and pointless pretty quickly. Your risk, etc.)

ONCE UPON A TIME, there was a moronic lady named Natalie. 

Natalie brought Ice Cream The Chicken into the Holbrook family one Saturday in September when the Latah County Fair was in town and we sort of accidentally happened to be there in the Poultry barn right at opening. And did you know, those cute baby chicks and ducks they have, YOU CAN BUY THEM? For, like, three bucks. The value of a chicken life! So long as you get there early. 

Well. I bought six. Dumb. I told the chicken dude I wanted Araucanas or Americaunas. They lay blue eggs. Sometimes pink or green! Already we had two Rhode Island Reds going on (Linda and Tootsie, who are THE NAUGHTIEST) plus two Buff Orpingtons (Tiny Tim and Tiny Cuddles, who are the sweetest little babies and always do as they're told), so we wanted not-brown eggs this time. You really have to think about balancing the aesthetics of these things, you know, so, that was my request. The chicken guy was all, Sure thing I'll do my best! But, you know, it's hard to know their gender sometimes, let alone their breeds.

So wait now, you are wondering: Did this give me slight pause? I'll admit it, it TOTALLY DID, but I ignored it because that's how I like to live. Fast and loose.

Anyway, by the time they were ready for pick-up at the end of the fair weekend, two of my designated six had passed on to chickie heaven (common, apparently), and so we went home with four plus a six dolla refund.

They all fit in one kid's shoebox! Size 7. One of them escaped in the poultry ring when we were collecting them and it was all panic! panic! Hens clucking in their cages in alarm as all these huge adults ran around trying to catch this tiny little fluff ball. But we caught her! It was most likely Mars. Dang you, Mars. Mars is always busting out of places. She's kind of a brat, actually.


Huck and I went home with our four chickies--three Araucanas, one Rhode Island Red, as far as we could tell--and off we went to set them up in a homemade brooder in the basement but more on that later because all these chicken how-to requests I keep getting seem like fun and if I don't save all that for later THIS WILL NEVER END.

Ice Cream, Venus, and Mars: the three Araucanas. Huck named them. They were his babies. Hillary Clinton was my baby. She's a mystery, that one. I just feel like Rhode Island Reds deserve the kind of names you'd find in a secretary from the 1970s or something. One of Huck's three Araucanas, the one designated Ice Cream, pretty quickly became distinctly larger than the others + seemed to be growing much faster. Also, Ice Cream had green feet, not yellow, which is a detail that probably only interests me, but it's worth noting anyway. 

Ice Cream was also the bravest of the bunch and put up the least fuss at being held. Gender related? Probably not? I feel like I am wading in the wrong end of chicken feminism here and I don't want to say the wrong thing!

Whatever this is getting boring. I'll skip to the end. Something was up but we didn't know what, until last week. I woke up to some crowing. At first I thought it might be Linda. Leave it to Linda to be so obnoxiously vocal that she learned how to crow, but! Then I saw it happen in the flesh! Er, in the feather! 

Speaking of feathers, Ice Cream had some real fancy plumage going on all of the sudden, like, gleaming emerald tail feathers that came up out of NOWHERE. 

And then Ice Cream hopped on the back of Tootsie and Tootsie squawked in alarm and it was pretty clear from there what we were dealing with.


Other interesting things to note about this is how it completely changed the dynamic within the flock, especially with The Babies (not as much as with The Ladies). I'd been replaced as alpha chicken by that stinker and NOBODY was listening to me anymore. So he had to go. (Also he is illegal in this part of town, so, he really had to go.)

Can you believe I'm still talking about this?

Well, I wanted to eat him, it felt like the responsible thing to do. I don't even eat chicken ever is the weird part. But the town butcher only handles non-poultry (goat, lamb, cow, people), so it was on me. I looked up humane ways to slaughter him, reviewed the plucking process online (boiling water? dunked by the feet? uuuuhhhhh), and then ultimately decided I wasn't the one to do that kind of thing,the value of a chicken life is way more than three bucks OR dinner if you ask me). So we found him a caring home down the highway a bit, where the cocks are legal and an Ice Cream like he can be free to roam and harass whichever hen hotties he fancied.  

The babies are reeling with all this change, but the team seems happier to stay put on our side of the fence now that the testosterone level has diminished. Hillary Clinton has been a little bit heartbroken. They were going steady, see. They shared a nesting box at night. She still sleeps on her side of the box, all by her lonesome. It's awfully sad. 

But at least I no longer have to worry about cracking a fetus into my omelette?

Guys this world is a pretty brutal place when you eat things. Yeesh. 

boots, jeans, jacket (necklace from a dude on the street in NYC)

and bag!

DRY ICE! (I'm wrapping this up soon, promise.)

Also, I dressed like John Cusack the other day, so that was pretty exciting.

Anyway, now to take us out . . . 
this might be fun. ☟☟


Farmer Natalie over + out.