Thursday, May 16, 2013

Hot Chocolate for breakfast, flinging poo in the garden, and chicks.

This morning was a special morning for no reason at all. Noah asked for milk and I suggested hot chocolate milk (milk, maple syrup, cocoa powder, cinnamon, vanilla).

And then I made some “granola” by mixing the ingredients to the no bake energy bites (oatmeal, unsweetened shredded coconut, peanut butter, raw honey and cocoa powder). And while the hot chocolate cooled, I put some cream in the mixer for whipped cream. After I scooped out what I needed of the whipped cream, I let it run until it turned to butter. mmmm.

It was just one of those mornings where I look past all of the mess and still make more of a mess. It was just right.

Realize there is a mess. A big mess in my kitchen. And I also plan to work in the garden and get filthy this afternoon if the boys take a nap at the same time… I’m okay with messy.

We’ve been getting things in our garden the past couple of days. So far: Potatoes, horseradish, watermelon, cabbage, onions, parsley, cauliflower, beets, marigolds, lettuce, spring mix, arugula, mustard, spinach, radishes. Some of those are iffy. They might not come up, but we are hoping. We are also trying to mulch with straw for the first time because we got overrun with weeds last year.

yup. Mom pulling all that out took at least a 1/2 hour. It was worth it.

fell asleep 1/2 hour into gardening.

We have a pile of composted manure in our backyard that we take loads down in the wheel barrel or in the lawn mower trailer. So I was flinging poo the last couple of days. Just sayin.

The chicks are getting big! I’m keeping a journal when I think of it to record the things that happen along the way so that I can look back at it. Did you know that chicks raised by a momma hen get their good gut bacteria by eater her poop? They aren’t born with it, so adding yogurt mixed in their food helps them out. A few of our had pasty butt… I hope you aren’t eating right now. I “took care of it” and then gave them a mix of 1 c mash, 1tbs yogurt, ½ of 1 scrambled egg, and water mixed together.

I told you that we got three different breeds. Well, NH Red are maturing so much faster than the Barred Rock or Buckeye. One “buckeye” that is either a large male or not a buckeye at all is keeping up with the NH Red, but other than that, they are really ahead of the rest. They are also the most aggressive, so they might be beating the rest to the food too… All three are heritage, but NH Red were bread to be faster maturing birds. We’ll see how they do.

So I think that is it for now. I’ve got to go make some lunch. I’m thinking a scrambled egg something or other. Maybe with tons of veggies and cheese mixed in there. Mmmm.


  1. Nope! I had finished my lunch.... :)

  2. Wow! You guys are really working hard at this. What an inspiration you are. Praying your garden does well, Michelle




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