The City Chicks

The life and times of a couple of urban farmgirls!

Dammit Doll Exchange May 24, 2010

Filed under: City Chicks & Farmgirl Friends,In the Craft Room — Flour Girls & City Chicks @ 8:24 am
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This week I somewhat blindly signed up for a Dammit Doll Exchange/Swap with some of the girls over at MaryJane’s Farm.  I say blindly because I wasn’t quite sure exactly what a Dammit Doll was.  Sure they gave a brief description of one and how easy the pattern would be to make etc.  Either way I like the idea of one and I loved the saying that will be sent with him.  So I designed my own pattern and I liked it so much I think I will be making up a few more to sell in my etsy store. 

On a little side note…when I sent my hubby a picture of it once I was done he asked, “well who is supposed to look like?”  Really I didn’t model it after him.  It just turned out that once it was complete it took on his image.  He’s pretty cute huh?

Hugs~ The City Chicks

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There here… May 20, 2010

Filed under: Our City Chick's (the feathered ones!),The Urban Homestead — Flour Girls & City Chicks @ 4:15 pm
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Yes, they have arrived.  What you may be wondering?  Well if you have been reading the ramblings of the City Chicks for a while you probably already know…The Chicks are here! The Chicks are here!  The post office called us at 6:40 a.m. yesterday to let us know that are chicks were ready to get picked up.  Who knew the USPS would call anybody that early.  They proceeded to call us two more times even though they didn’t open until 8:30.  Apparently they must have been nervous or scared of the peeping box.  The chicks all arrived safe and soundly. *Even though the hatchery put the wrong address on the box.  Luckily Omaha is not that big of a city! 

 Jade has already started naming them in pairs.  Izzy & Bella for the Buff Orpington’s, Tilly & Milly for the Dominique’s, and no names for the two Ameraucana’s yet.

Well I’m off to get the house ready for Farmgirl Friday.  Have a great day!

Hugs~The City Chicks

 

What a great start to the week…

Filed under: Oh the treasures we find — Flour Girls & City Chicks @ 3:59 pm

Sunday was an absolutely gorgeous day outside so I decided that Jade and I should take a drive down to see our favorite little shop owner Connie.  Her store Prairie Piecegoods always has something new and exciting every time we go in.  Sunday was no exception.  While going through a box she had yet to unpack I came across a fabulous tan vintage hand-tooled leather purse.  It truly was love at first sight.  I had already acquired a darling little black one for my vintage purse collection a few months back.  Of course, it seems that nothing I ever want to purchase is tagged at Connie’s store; so I was holding my breath waiting  for a hefty price when I bravely asked how much she would want for it.  Brace yourself… I got the little beauty for a mere $10! 

Now if I can just get her hubby, Doug,  to part with the box of old slides that has been sitting there for months collecting dust.  He says that he is waiting for his siblings to go through them first since they belonged to their parents and grandparents.  Maybe I’ll wear him out one of these days.  I am hopeful those Kodachrome slides will be all mine!

Hugs~The City Chicks

 

Didn’t anybody… May 13, 2010

Filed under: The Urban Homestead,Through the Garden Gate — Flour Girls & City Chicks @ 7:15 pm

Didn’t anybody tell Mother Nature that it was Springtime?  Here at the U.H. we are all starting to get a wee bit restless.  It seems as though the sun has not let her precious light shine in at least a week.  Yes, it has given me a reason to clean up the sewing room.  However, it feels too clean now and I can’t decide what to make next! 

 But then today, about an hour ago, the light peeked through the clouds.  So I simply couldn’t resist grabbing the camera and going for a little stroll through the homestead.  Lord, has that rain been doing wonders for the new strawberry patch…not to mention the weeds loved getting there feet wet too.  As much as I have disliked the weather it appears that Mother Nature was just doing her job.   Things are blooming and growing like crazy. 

May Showers have brought Strawberry Flowers!

 

This is the bush that is technically the neighbors but it is right along our driveway.

 

Well I’ve gotta go get back outside now.  Those weeds are going take over if I don’t go and start getting at them now.

Hugs~ The City Chicks

 

Almond Cupcakes with Spicy Chocolate Buttercream

Filed under: From our Kitchen — Flour Girls & City Chicks @ 6:51 pm

Last week Jade made these cupcakes for Cinco de Mayo.  They were deliciously addictive; not too sweet and just the right amount of spice and complexity for those daring enough to try them.  Everyone who tried them raved about how good they were. (*except her boyfriend who would live on microwave burritos!)

Almond Cupcakes

  • 2 sticks butter, soft
  • 2 c. sugar
  • 4 eggs
  • 3 c. all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 tsp. baking powder
  • 2 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp. sea or kosher salt
  • 1 c. whole milk
  • 2 tsp. almond extract

Directions

  • Preheat the oven to 350° F
  • Sift together the flour, baking powder, cinnamon and salt.  Then set to the side.
  • Cream the butter until light and creamy.  Add the sugar and continue to mix until it is completely mixed and fluffy.
  • Beat in the eggs one at a time until they are all incorporated.
  • Add the almond extract.
  • Then begin to add the sifted flour mixture and the milk, alternating a little of one before adding a little of the other.
  • Line your cupcake pan with paper liners.  Fill each liner 1/2 -3/4 of the way full. 
  • Bake for 25 minutes or until the cupcakes spring back to the touch.

Spicy Chocolate Buttercream Frosting

  • 2 sticks butter
  • 4 1/2 c. powder sugar, sifted
  • 1/4 c. milk
  • 1/2 c. cocoa powder, we like Dutch processed
  • 2 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1 tsp. chili powder
  • 1 tsp. cayenne pepper
  • 1 1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
  • Coarse sanding sugar, optional

Directions

  • Cream the butter then add 1 cup sugar, cocoa, chili powder, cayenne pepper and 1/4 c. milk.  Mix together until it is thoroughly combined.
  • Add vanilla and mix well.
  • Then start adding the sugar a little at a time until.  If the buttercream is too thick you can add a bit more milk.  Just continue to mix in all the flour until it is your desired consistency.
  • Frost the cooled cupcakes and sprinkle them with a little coarse sanding sugar.

Happy Baking~ The City Chicks

 

Happy Mother’s Day May 9, 2010

Filed under: Holiday Cheer — Flour Girls & City Chicks @ 8:23 pm
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Seeing as how today is Mother’s Day this post will be short and sweet because there are not enough words to describe the value I hold for my mother here on this blog.  We have a relationship that is like riding on a crazy rollercoaster.  The kind of coaster you wonder if you will ever get off of but at the same time you just can’t get enough so you stay on for another ride.   So on this Mother’s Day I will remember this poem and be grateful for having a Mother who has taught me so much about being the type of mom I am with my own children today.

Happy Mother’s Day~Christina

 

Finger lickin’ good wings May 4, 2010

Filed under: From our Kitchen — Flour Girls & City Chicks @ 7:04 pm

Around the homestead we eat a lot of spicy hot buffalo wings.  Yesterday however, I was really craving something asian to eat.  So after doing a little asian chicken wing google search I cam across this amazing recipe at the Good Mood Food blog.   They are so easy and simple to prepare and taste so delicious that I just had to share with you all.  You simply must try them.  We kept it simple and just ate them with some organic long grain rice as a meal but they would be great as a finger food when people visit.

Hugs~ The City Chicks