Saturday, June 11, 2016

Fences-to keep some things in and some things out

So we let our chickens free range during the day and it's wonderful. They are fun, and funny and friendly and they roam around our ranch (hubby disagrees with the title hobby farm) and eat stuff. They come running when someone throws veggie scraps to them (except asparagus- they won't eat that) and they eat bugs and worms after it rains. They really eat everything (except asparagus) that we feed them, but that's also a problem because they would eat the garden if we let them. IMO there's no reason to go to all the work of planting if our lovely chickens just think our garden is there very own personal smorgasbord.
So I went all trump and built a fence.

Now you know that I am queen of cheap and have no desire to spend a lot of money when we have perfectly good resources on the prop. We have willows. We have willows around our pond, but the hubby hates them.   I just keep thinking, *free material*.
I only used the dead ones though for two reasons. 
1. If I use live ones they can propagate and that would mean more willows for hubby to hate and 2. Since hubby hates them, he arranged for someone to come and remove them for a conservation project.
I totally underestimated (as always) the time it would take to build this garden fence, but three days later and some seriously stretched hammy's and I was done. The kids helped some, but I mostly built it while they were in school.
There. Veggies in. Chickens out.
It's a little blair-witch-project-esque, but that's good because then it doubles as a scarecrow. 

Thursday, April 21, 2016

Chickens and pigs and ducks, Oh my!

We are officially farmers.

Hobby farmers I'd say, but farmers nevertheless.

In an effort to become more self sufficient we are investing in farm raised animals and when I say investing you should know that it's just that--an investment.

Because I like to do things on the "cheep" my hubby and I don't exactly see eye to eye, but we do agree that raising animals artificial growth hormone and antibiotic free is the way to go.

In addition to raising a garden, harvesting wild game in the fall and bottling our own food, we are adding fresh eggs and home grown pork to the mix.

Also, the kids love it! Even the two that expressed disinterest in having chickens are two of the best helpers. The coop gets cleaned thoroughly every Saturday and chickens get fed and watered every day and eggs gathered at least once a day. The kids love to give them treats that consist of veggie scraps and they also love to just sit and watch them. They say that they are soothing to watch.

I told the kids that we will not be naming them and to not get attached, but that didn't last long. They aptly named the chicken with a toe missing after my sister who is also missing a digit and as such, Sherrie will NEVER be dinner.

I can't imagine eating our ducks raising them from ducklings so we will enjoy their eggs and algae eating benefits. And I understand that ducks can act like watch dogs. This I have to see.

Our spring fed pond already has fish and we just added a Koi to the mix. We like to go down to the pond and play Spot The Koi.
We also will be having another litter of puppies in a couple of months. See our Facebook page if you're interested in silver and charcoal Labradors.

For someone who doesn't like animals in the house, we sure have our share of them. They do have a way of growing on you though.

Tuesday, March 8, 2016

New Adventure

So a year ago last February an idea popped into my head to open a shop. So I've collaborated with a friend in the Valley and we're going to open shop soon.

The name which it shall be known as is ...



So here shortly, our doors will be open and our Grand Opening will be Memorial Day Weekend.

We have a Facebook page too. Like it if you would be so kind. You won't be sorry...




Thursday, February 18, 2016

what I've been doing all winter...

So this is what I've We've been doing since Nov. 29th. Our Silver Factored Black Lab had a litter of 9 puppies. She had 3 Silver, 3 Charcoal, 2 Black, 1 Chocolate--and a partridge in a pear tree...

 Seriously, I could do about nothing else except take care of puppy related things.

They were the cutest things ever.
 We are really happy that we found them all  loving homes.  

Now maybe I can get laundry caught up.









Can. Not. Handle. The. Cuteness.

We all miss them so much, but love getting updated pictures from their new parents.

Here's one...
She was my fave.
Silver female.


How gorgeous is she?!




Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Coconut Chicken Curry

This chicken curry dish has been added into our dinner rotation.

My hubby could eat Chinese every night and I could eat Indian every night. (Okay, for like three nights.)

Here's the link to the recipe that our whole family loves, gobbles up and asks for more.

I heart curry. 


This recipe could be converted into a slow cooker recipe, buuuuuuttt
not if you're in a hurry...

...for curry.  :)

Sunday, September 6, 2015

Veggie noodles! Who knew?

So we are still eating low carb...
We haven't fallen off the wagon...

... yet.


Have you seen the Veggetti thingy at the stores in the "As Seen On T.V." section?

Well if YOU are on a low carb diet like WE are or are on a veggie based diet, or are on a eat-your-veggies-in-a-most-pleasing-way diet, you might want to give this a go.

Orrrrrrrrrrr are on a trick-your-kids-into-eating-their-veggies diet...

Ok, I'm done.

Anyway, no, I'm not being paid to promote this product. I suppose no one from their company will ever see my little blog, but for the few of you who read this, just know that if you've been wanting to try this...dooooooooo iiiiiiiiiiiiittt.

Of course it helps that we have a master chef on staff, but still

Friday, September 4, 2015

DIEt time

So we're trying something new at our house, It's called "watching what we eat."

Sucks, but the doc told the hubs to eat a low carb diet until he got blood test results back.



Kind of a perfect summer garden meal. Especially if you live in Mormon country and have mysterious zucchini show up on your door step, or in your car while you're at church... hahaha. No, but seriously...

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Sunset, Sunrise

Idaho is having lots of fires and even though there aren't any really close to us, the smoke has made it's way over to our little valley. And it has settled in.

Makes for some beautiful sunsets and sunrises.

Not that Idaho needs smokey hazey air to have beautiful skies...



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