Ice cream everyday

We love ice cream, being summer or winter, sweet or sour, all kind, all day πŸ™‚

I used to buy lots of ice creams, but the so called natural is extremely expensive, and the ones in the market shops are full of chemicals, so I decided to make my own.

I started with an ice cream machine that uses a ball that you keep in the freezer for 24 hours than you can use it to make the ice cream, but the bowl broke after few uses and the other machine that I bought after was at no good, it just did not manage to freeze the ice cream mixture. So I started to make ice cream the classic way, putting the mixture in lolly trays in the freezer or in a bigger container, but this way the ice cream got too frozen and full of ice.

So I decided to make a little investment and buy myself an automatic ice cream machine that uses a compressor to freeze the ice cream in about 30 minutes.

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Now we eat ice cream every day πŸ™‚

The recipe I use is simple, just mix together: fruits, milk and cream and sometime a bit of sugar if the fruits are too sour.

Strawberries ice cream

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Sweet cherries ice cream

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Almond ice cream (instead of fruits I put almond flour)

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The options are limitless πŸ™‚

Summer vacation Journal

To keep my child a bit busy during this summer vacation I decided to make a Journal where she can write down impressions from places where we go together. Nothing complicated, just a funny activity for the summer days.

I made a template (Romanian and English) so you can print it if you like it πŸ™‚

Just click on the picture to open the large file and save it.

Happy Summer Vacation !

Roses

I just love roses, simple, double, wild, colorful and joyful view. Last weekend I managed to get to a nice event hosted by “StaΘ›iunea de CercetΔƒri Horticole – USAMV Cluj-Napoca“.

I don’t have enough word to describe their beauty so I’ll just put some pictures πŸ™‚

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The chicks

I know I have not been saying anything for a while, but I was busy with lots of things πŸ™‚ In the meantime I managed to relocate all my chicks to their new home and I was surprised how well they are getting along, the big ones with the small ones.

They are all so pretty and the Silkies are so friendly.

Here are some of them, I just could not picture them all πŸ™‚ ans some of them just wanted to be pictured fore more than once πŸ™‚

Silkies

15

14

10

9

7

6

4

1

Ameraucanas

8

2

3

Ayam cemani

11

And of course, my beloved Pippin πŸ™‚

13

12

5

Sneezing chicks

A couple of weeks ago, my silkie chicks start sneezing. I started to get worried when the sneezing become severe and they were keeping their beaks open, sign that they could not breath normally. I concluded that they are ill and start asking questions how to treat them. All the answers I got were to give them antibiotics.

I don’t agree with antibiotics on humans, except the most sever cases, so why should I agree with them on my chicks? I start searching the internet and found a natural remedy, but unfortunately it is available only in the USA.

So I decided to recreate it in my kitchen combining the majority of the ingredients listed on the package.

I also made the some echinacea tea to help their immune system and offered it instead of water.

Meanwhile I kept looking for the causes of their sneeze, because it was just sneeze, no other symptoms, just continuous and annoying sneeze.

Finally I found the cause – hay bedding. Two weeks ago, before moving them out to the balcony, I changed their bedding from pine shavings to hay. It seems that on some chicks, in my case silkies, hay bedding can cause severe respiratory problems. So I changed back to pine shavings, kept giving them echinacea tea for few days and use the mixture of oils direct onto their nose, under wings and into their tea/water. Not long after started this treatment my chicks are back to normal, no sneezing at all πŸ™‚

The original product is good for all kind of problems on birds, and I assume that my mixture will also have some of the original product benefits. If you are interested you can find more info about the original product online.

If you want to try my recipe:

50 ml of sunflower oil (at that moment I did not had corn oil at hand)

20 drops of each essential oil (make sure is for internal use) – oregano, rosemary and eucalyptus (I replaced the camphor oil with eucalyptus as in our country we don’t have internal use essential camphor oil)

I keep it at room temperature and every day I put 2 ml of mixture into 500 ml of warm echinacea tea, than after 3 days I replaced the tea with tap water but continued to add the 2 ml mixture for another couple of days until all the sneezing disappeared. I also rubbed the mixture using a cotton swabΒ onto their nose 3 times a day on the first 3 days and in the evening I put few drops under their wings.

Essential oils – good for humans, good for chicks too πŸ™‚

Strawberries-mint flavored butter

Last night I made some fresh butter from water buffalo fat.

Yes, the water buffalo milk butter is white πŸ™‚

But then I saw the fresh strawberries on the table and I decided to make some sweet flavored butter. I mashed some strawberries, add a tablespoon of sugar – you can just add any other sweetener or none – and a teaspoon of mint powder.

Then mix them all together

Yummm – on a slice of bread

Meet the new chicks

As you probably know, I wanted some Ayam Cemani chicks, so I went to buy some eggs. As a bonus, because the man who sold me the eggs was not sure how good they are, gave me some Barnevelder Gold eggs. So I ended up with 10 eggs of Ayam and 10 of Barnevelder. It was a good thing because only 5 of each hatched. I also could not resist and put again some of Ameraucana eggs in the incubator along with the others.

So I ended up with 14 new chicks πŸ™‚

Ayam Cemani

The Ayam Cemany ware the smallest chicks I have ever seen, but they were born hungry πŸ™‚ So I think they will rapidly grow into gorgeous chickens.

Barnevelder Gold

Ameraucanas

They are so adorable πŸ™‚

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