Chicken Processing; Behind the Scenes, Everyone Does Their Part

Here’s just a little behind the scenes of what our day was like when we processed chickens.

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Planting Flowers and Such

Well the rain finally let up so we managed to get out there and get our flowers planted. Miley is enrolled in plant science for 4H so we’re hoping to have some good flowers to pick from in July so she can enter them in the fair.
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If the Garden Fails, At Least We’ll Have Plenty of Weeds To Eat!

I do believe that the weeds have officially taken over the area of the garden that we didn’t mulch. They’re so thick you can’t even see the ground, nor can you see any of the beans we planted. I’d have to say that the beans are pretty much doomed, wouldn’t you?
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Yay! We Have a Clothesline!

Oh, I’ve wanted a nice clothesline for so long and now I’ve finally got one! Between the electric rates here and our inefficient house, we’re stuck with ridiculously high electric bills. We’ve researched ways to make our house more efficient but unfortunately with the type of house we own there’s not a lot we can do that wouldn’t cost a fortune. So instead we’ve been taking baby steps to get away from depending on the grid so much. Hopefully having this clothesline will help reduce our energy costs.  Continue reading

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300 Subscriber Give Away Winner Announcement


It’s time to announce the winners of our seed give away!
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How We Protect the Garden When It Storms


I love spring time and everything it brings except storms! Lately we’ve had several warnings but luckily the storms missed us. In this video we’re going to show you how we prepare the garden when storms threaten.

 

This has been shared on the Homesteader Blog Hop.

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Survivor Is Truly a Survivor!

Remember my post a while back about our koi fish, Survivor, we got to put in the stock tank? Well, here lately he’s had some pretty bad luck.  Here’s the story…

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Seed Giveaway

Oh, I’m so excited! The seeds I ordered a week ago arrived in the mail the other day. The green house finally got in the 6 packs of tomatoes and green peppers that I’ve been waiting for, so I picked them up. I’ve got the majority of the other seeds I’m wanting to plant rounded up, so now all that’s left to do is plant. Once that’s done, I’ll officially have my garden in. Sounds simple, right? Well…not exactly, because there’s still plenty of back aching planting to be done. But at least it’s all gathered up so there’s no more excuses to not get it planted.

There’s also another reason I’m excited. The other day when I logged onto my Youtube channel, I discovered that I now have over 300 subscribers! Before that, when I logged on here after being gone a while, I discovered there had been quite a few new visitors here!

I want to say thank you, thank you, thank you so very much!!

To celebrate, I’m having a giveaway!

I’ve decided to give away some Miniature White Cucumber seeds, which are one of my favorite things to grow in the garden. I planted these seeds last year and had very good luck with them. They grew and matured fast, produced well, tasted amazing and made awesome fermented and refrigerated pickles. Another reason I chose to give this particular variety away is because it would work great in containers or small spaces as well as in a larger garden. I figured that way they should work great for everyone, no matter how much space you have to work with.

Before I get to the details of the giveaway, I have a little story to tell you about growing them last year. I planted quite a few, so I had a nice sized little patch. They grew and produced very well. We ate a bunch, made pickles… and ate more. Then fair time came around and we got busy so I just quit picking them and let them grow. They grew ginormous, and so did the weeds! Once the fair was over, it was time to put in a fall crop of beans. I wanted to plant them in the spot where the cucumbers were growing, so I took the DR Trimmer and whacked the weeds down. As I did that, I also ran into all those ginormous cucumbers and whacked them into pieces which went flying everywhere. It was actually quite a lot of fun smashing up all those cucumbers. A week or so later, my hubby tilled up the spot and I planted the beans. When the beans came up, a bunch of cucumbers came up right along with them. In fact, they came up like weeds. I decided to just leave them and see if they would grow and produce. They did and we ended up with a nice, unexpected fall crop of cucumbers. After that, I decided these were a must have on my “Plant Again Next Year” list.

Here are the rules of the giveaway:

I have 10 small packets of seeds to give away and there will be 3 different ways for you to enter:

    1. Leave a comment below and tell me what your favorite thing is to grow in the garden and the variety that works best for you.
    2. Visit my facebook page and leave a comment on my giveaway post.
    3. Visit my Youtube channel and leave a comment on my giveaway video:

Each place you enter will have its own separate drawing. There will be 3 separate drawings, with 3 winners each, for a total of 9 winners. I will then throw all entries together and draw one more winner from that for a total of 10 prizes to be given away. The contest starts now and will close at 10 pm central time on Friday, May 13, 2016. Results will be posted Monday May, 16, 2016.

I want to thank each and every one of you for reading, subscribing, following me on this crazy adventure! I’ve enjoyed the comments, conversations and have learned so much from you all. I’m looking forward to more conversations and lots more learning because there’s still plenty to learn! If you enjoy following me, please share. If I can get to 500 subscribers on Youtube, 300 followers here or 900 followers on Facebook, I’ll host another giveaway and offer something a little bigger.


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Simple Way to Cut Butter Into Flour

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Cutting butter into flour is always a lot of work to me. In fact I usually put off making anything that involves having to cut butter into flour. Just ask my husband how long it’s been since I’ve made him a pie… yep, he’ll tell ya it’s been longer than a year.
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Yes, It’s Been a While

Wow, it seems like for ever since I posted anything here. And you know, I’ve missed it. I didn’t intend to quit posting here, it just happened. As I’ve mentioned before, I started a YouTube channel. The reason I decided to start it is because I’ve found it hard to keep up with all that’s going on around here through blog posts. There just isn’t enough time in the day to get everything done. With videos, it makes it just a little bit easier because I can capture the content while we’re out working, then edit it and have it ready to post. Where posts seem to take more time because we go out and work, take pictures, edit the pictures, then I have to come in and write, then edit. If I focus on writing, I tend to fall behind on the work that needs to be done around here and if I focus on the work, I fall behind writing. Since I’m not much of a multitasker, I decided to focus on making videos for a while to see if it’d be something I’d like. It’s been great because I’m learning all sorts of new things and have met a lot of fun like-minded people.
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