The Chicken Chick®: January 2018

Jan 5, 2018

Monkey Bread Cupcakes (Cinnamon Sugar Pull-apart Bread)

Monkey Bread Cupcakes (Cinnamon Sugar Pull-apart Bread)
Monkey bread cupcakes is the smell of Christmas morning in our house! If you've never had it, you don't know what you're missing. If you've never made it, it's time! Monkey bread is traditionally baked in a bundt pan, but I like baking it in individual serving sizes by baking it in a cupcake pan instead. It creates the illusion of portion-control for this obscenely decadent, ridiculously delicious dessert that passes for breakfast food once a year. My recipe is a compilation of many different versions from the four corners of the web-o-sphere and my daughter's Girl Scout troop and I think we've nailed it. Take the help from the refrigerated dough section of your grocery store. I've made it with home-made dough, but the finished product pales in comparison. Less work, more yum? Count me in! I hope you'll try it and love it too. 
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Jan 2, 2018

Caring for Broody Hens in Extreme Cold

I received a sad and shocking message from a chickeneering friend in town this week; when he went to collect eggs mid afternoon, his favorite Silkie hen was in a nest box, deceased. Temperatures have been in the single digits and she hadn't been there more than a few hours. Her passing was not in vain, however, as we can learn some important lessons for our own flocks from her untimely end.