Green Eggs and Goats

Competition BBQ Sauce Recipe and a Weekly Menu Plan

Green Eggs and GoatsThis has been a good week on the homestead, but also one full of uncertainty. Our Jersey cow, Beulah, is due to calf next week, but I made the huge mistake of not confirming her pregnancy, and now I'm afraid that she might not be pregnant at all since she is showing zero signs of calving any time soon. She's beginning to get frustrated with me lifting her tail to check every time I get near her!


In other news, my husband, Eric, got the first bed of our aquaponics system up and running in our new greenhouse this weekend, so I am free to start planting today! I'm so excited to see this project that we have been working on for so long come to fruition!  

Finally, this week on my other blog, I talked all about the time when we used to cook competition BBQ. It was great fun taking a walk down memory lane, and I decided that it was finally time to share my top-secret sauce recipe. It is not too sweet, not too sticky, and it has just enough vinegar to give it a great pop of flavor. It is also easy to make, and I have cut the recipe down so that it now makes a batch for a normal family. (I used to always start with a gallon of ketchup!)

Homemade BBQ Sauce

Before we moved to the country, we literally had people call us at suppertime to ask if we had any sauce to share. Now they will finally be able to make it themselves if they really need a sauce fix! Click here for the homemade BBQ sauce recipe!

Finally, I'm passing along our weekly menu plan in the hopes that it will inspire you to get in the kitchen and cook for your family this week! Dinner doesn't have to be a big production, but having a plan can certainly help to keep you out of the drive-thru line!  

Menu Plan March 30

Here are some of the recipes to go with this week's menu plan:


Asian Rice Noodles

Easy Everyday Bread

If you enjoy my recipes and menu plans, please check out my Green Eggs & Goats blog and like us on Facebook!  

You might also want to check out my book, The Homestead Kitchen, on Amazon! It is filled to the brim with simple advice for getting control over your kitchen along with seasonal menu plans and more than 40 delicious recipes!

Weekly Menu Planning Help

Green Eggs and GoatsHi there! Long time no see! I've been very busy on the homestead lately! You can read about all of our current crazy projects (including the aquaponics greenhouse!) here in my State of the Farm Address!

One thing that is really important to me is cooking delicious, homemade food for my family, but with our busy homesteading, homeschooling, music and karate schedule, it is often so hard to do this. Menu planning is a lifesaver for me!

I have been very diligent lately at creating weekly menu plans that feature as many farm-fresh ingredients as possible, so I wanted to take a minute to share the plan for this week with you! You can use this plan as is, or simply as a jumping off point of inspiration to plan your week and conquer your kitchen.

Weekly Menu Plan March 23 

A blank page is included at the end of this post, or you can search for "menu planning sheet" for different versions. To print, right click on the menu image below, save the image to your desktop, and then print.

I just hope it helps to inspire you to cook for your family!

Here are a couple of recipes that will come in handy with this menu:

Perfect Pimento Cheese

Perfect Pimento Cheese Recipe

Shrimp & Grits

Shrimp & Grits 

I hope you will enjoy this menu plan, and I hope to see you again very soon. As always, to keep in touch with what's going on, feel free to join me over at my Green Eggs & Goats website!  


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Everybody Wants to Go Swimming

Helloooooo there!

Beulah Belle the Jersey Cow here!

Talk to your cows

Remember last winter when it was so cold and I swore I would never complain about the heat again? Well I LIED!!! It is HOT in Alabama! Our pond is down terribly low, but I still like to stand in it and that silly pig likes to wallow in the mud at the edges.

The dog seems to be in there as much as the ducks and geese! In fact, I sometimes think she is trying to round up the ducks and geese to keep them from drowning. Or maybe she just likes to watch them scatter. You never know with dogs.

In other news, the farmers say that half of our chickens are either trying to hatch eggs or have little chicks running around with them. So we're back to "No, Beulah, don't step on the chicks!" *Sigh* It's hard to be the cow.

Anywho, here are a few posts from the Green Eggs & Goats website that you might be interested in:

Healthy Energy Drink (with Apple Cider Vinegar)

Have you fallen for The Great Skim Milk Hoax?

Cookbook Review: The Nourished Kitchen

Quick, Healthy Lunch Recipe: Asian Rice Noodles

Perfect Pimento Cheese

5 Laws of Homesteading

Also, check out the 5 Laws of Homesteading and see what you would add to the list!

That's about it for now! Happy homesteading everyone!

Pigs and Figs

Helloooooo there!

Beulah Belle the Jersey Cow here!

We have had an eventful week here on the farm! Two of our pigs went off to freezer camp, but one pig just wouldn't load, so she is still here in the pasture for the next month. She chases Farmer Heather all the time, and it is just the funniest thing! The problem comes when she blocks the gate, and Heather can't get out to milk me.

Loudy Pants the Pig

Just leave it to old Beulah to fix things! I headbutt that fool pig across the pasture, and she stops pestering the farmers for awhile! Make sure you read the full story below!

In other news, the guinea that we thought had been eaten by a fox showed up with seven little guinea keets. Sigh. Just when I thought I was going to get a little peace and quiet!  

Oh, well, until next time, here are some stories you humans might be interested in:

Beware of the Pig – more about Loudy Pants the Pig

Cinnamon Fig Jam and Shrink Labels – There's a giveaway on this one, be sure to check it out!

Portobello Mushroom Risotto – Just yum!

Pigs on Parade and More

Helloooooo there!

Beulah Belle the Jersey Cow here!

Yesterday was an exciting day here on the farm! First, it turns out those fat piggies aren't as stupid as they look, because they figured out how to get their gate off its hinges and escape! Farmer Heather was trying to lure them back with food while keeping the bucket between them and her. It was a sight!

In the end, she couldn't fix the pen, so they had a big day out roaming the pasture, wallowing in the pond and sleeping in the compost bins. Silly pigs!

Pigs on Parade

Then, just when we thought the excitement was over for the day, we got a report from a neighbor that her friend was down by our pond standing on the head of a snake! Luckily Farmer Eric was home to handle that one! Heather doesn't do snakes.

Oh, and I almost forgot, the farmers got a new dog that is supposed to keep all the animals nice and safe. Meet Ginger the wonder dog! She's half Great Pyrenees and half Golden Retriever, so I guess she'll either scare the foxes away or bring them home to play. We'll see!

Ginger the wonder dog

That's all the news for now, here are a few posts from the blog that might keep you busy until next week!

Declare Independence from Processed Foods

Chicken Foot Broth

How to Milk a Cow

Happy Independence Day from Green Eggs and Goats

Helloooooo there!

Beulah Belle the Jersey Cow here!

Happy Independence Day! Or as the animals here call it, happy shoot-fireworks-and-scare -the-pants-off-of-us day! Well, we don't wear pants, but you get my drift ...

Pallet flag

Anyway, summer is in full swing here at the farm. It seems like the farmers spend half their time just filling water bowls or watering their garden, which looks delicious, but they aren't nice about sharing with us animals at all! The chickens, however, have been enjoying horn worms that the farmers pick off the tomatoes. YUCK is all I have to say about that!

That's about it for now!  For more fun updates about what's happening on the farm, you may want to check out these blog posts:

Top 10 Reasons to Raise Meat Chickens

Grow Your Own Food Summit

Free-Range Chickens: Pros and Cons

9 Things to Know About Duck Eggs

6 Tips for Gardening With Children

This is Beulah Belle the Jersey Cow signing off! Have a safe and happy 4th everyone!

Beulahs Tips for Keeping Goats in the Fence

Hellooooooooo! Beulah Belle the Jersey Cow here! I’ve heard the farmers say that unless a fence can hold water, it can’t hold goats either. Well, around here, that seems to be true, as the farmers are constantly chasing goats back into our pasture from one side or the other. Today I wanted to share with you a couple of tips for keeping your goats in the fence. Maybe my farmers will even read it and finally be able to keep the goats where they belong!

Beulah Belle the Jersey Cow close up

1. Buy good fencing. Don’t try to make do with barbed wire. Goats need good sturdy fencing, and if they have horns, make sure your holes are too small for them to get their heads stuck in. We wouldn’t want the little boogers getting stuck! They make an awful racket and it puts the farmers all in a tizzy.

2. Use electric fencing when necessary. If you have goats that you just can’t keep in the fence, you may need to look at running a “hot wire” or two. (But if you have a very loquacious cow, I would recommend keeping the “hot wire” away from her.)

3. Don’t put anything goats could climb on too close to the fence. This includes hay. They will just climb right up and jump over. Hee hee! You should have seen the day the farmers realized the goats were jumping into their vegetable garden!

4. Keep a close eye on your goats.  If you think they are getting out, keep an extra close watch so that you can repair any weak spots in your fence as soon as possible. A goat can turn a weak spot into a hole big enough for a cow to get through pretty quickly. Just sayin’

Chip the Goat 

5. Consider the breed.  I don't know if it is universal or not, but the full sized breeds here at Green Eggs and Goats are much less likely to attempt escape than the dwarf goats. Who knows if they are just contain less mischief or if they just don’t fit through the holes as well, but that is how it works around here. Of course I’m big and full of mischief, but I’m not a goat, so this clearly doesn’t apply to me!

So, there you have it! A cow’s list of how to keep a goat in the pasture. If you enjoyed this list, please be sure to sign up for Beulah’s Moooooosletter so that you can get all the weekly Green Eggs & Goats news from a cow’s perspective!