Adventures at Backwoods Academy and Collyott Farms

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Weekly Special over @ The Farmhouse

We don't do this often but I thought we would share our weekly special with you this week - it's a great way to stock up for those summer gatherings!!

Buy 5 dips at regular price and receive 2 FREE!!!!

You can view them online at

Spinach Herb
Garlic Galore
Pantry Ranch
Dilly Dip
Zesty Tomato
Con Chile Queso (see crockpot recipe below)
Tomato Horseradish
Down By The Bay (seafood dipper)
Salsa Mia
Over the Border (hot)
Tropical Cheesecake
Sweet Curry Dip & Dressing

** All natural, no MSG

**Warning - these dips may be addicting - we are not responsible for any addictions as a result of devouring these yummy dips

Oatmeal Delights

OK so you know how I mentioned I am trying to substitute "honey" for "sugar".  Our entire family is 10 days into a 30 day fast off of white sugar and white flour - my kids have been allowed to cheat a couple of times, you know the cupcake that was passed out to everyone on the ball team - well I decided NOT to be that cruel.  Anyway as only a sugar addict would I'm tearing through my pantry like a "MAD" woman wanting something anything - a candy bar - an entire cookie bowl full of cookies, cupcakes SOMETHING!!!

Well being the Good Girl that I am I decided to create the  best of both worlds a SNACK but made with honey and unbleached whole wheat flour.  Here is the Oatmeal Delights we had - and yes they were edible and good. 

1 cup of butter, softened
1 cup of honey
2 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 1/2 - 2 cups Whole Wheat Flour (going to try with Rice Flour next time)
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon salt
3 cups Oats (I used Quacker as that is what I had on hand - would like to try with some whole organic oats!)

1.  Heat oven to 350 degrees

2.  Mix together butter, honey, eggs and vanilla in a bowl.

3.  Then mix together flour, baking soda, cinnamon, salt and oats.   Gradually add to honey mixture.  If you need more flour or oats add til thick and will drop off a spoon.

4.  Drop dough by the teaspoons onto a cookie sheet and bake about 10 minutes are until done - should be golden as the honey darkens the dough!!

OH then ENJOY!!!!

We are still playing with the ice cream recipes- when I find one I can't live without I'll share so far not much luck - Happy Day!!

Thursday, June 9, 2011

Dumb Rooster!!

So I posted on Facebook yesterday "Don't chase me in my own backyard or you will become my supper!!"  Well I have this dumb rooster who got out of his fenced in yard a couple of days ago and he chases ONLY THE FEMALES humans- you can already tell he male can't you --- "birdbrain"

Well hubby was gonna catch him last night so I could make some yummy chicken soup today - - well we did'nt get it done and I wake up this morning to find some bit of "wildlife" enjoyed my rooster - so see I had to go and get mad at him all over again --The wildlife around here eat well at my pocketbooks expense = lol!

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Why Homeschool: Interesting study - corn syrup causes you to gain ...

Why Homeschool: Interesting study - corn syrup causes you to gain ...: "A sweet problem: Princeton researchers find that high-fructose corn syrup prompts considerably more weight gain : ---------- A Princeton U..."

I soooo try to stay away from the evil of high-fructose corn syrup - it's amazing what all you can find it in - even baby formula - why really does a baby need this - blech!! I have been learning to use "HONEY" as a sweetener. There are tons of health benefits to honey as well. We'll share some of those sometime - but right now my next project will be to attempt to make some homemade ice cream using honey instead of sugar - you know that wonderful summer treat - I LOVE ice cream and hope this turns out yummy. Stay tuned for pictures and recipes later this week...................

Chicken Chile Con Queso

I made this yesterday in the crockpot and am enjoying some leftovers now!!!  Nothing makes a house more inviting then a YUMMY crockpot concoction simmering.

Chicken Chile Con Queso uses one of our yummy dip mixes - little bit of cheesy chile flavor - definate southwest flavor - -

1 whole chicken (grassfed is best of course!)
1 Con Chile Queso mix from Collyott Farms (
1 can of your favorite flavored diced tomatoes (we used fire roasted garlic by Hunts)
1 can of corn
any other vegetables you prefer - we once used canned zucchini instead of corn - so make this an original!!

Put your chicken in the crockpot...

Then add your tomatoes, corn and/or other choice veggies

Then top with your Chile Con Queso Dip Mix

Add about 3/4 cup water over mix

Bake at either HI/Lo according to your crockpot directions.  High should probably be about 4-6 hours and Lo about 8 hours or more. 

Then ENJOY!!!  Goes great with mashed potatoes, buttered noodles, salad and bread.  Here we have used the crockpot juices as a gravy for the potatoes.  Let us know what you think - -