Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Chicken Chatter # 2

Previous posts are found HERE.

The baby chickens are now 17-20 days old and are growing so fast!  Most of them are well on their way to having most of their wing feathers.

We started out with 105 and week before last lost 5 during Tropical Storm Ana.   Last week we lost 3 more, 2 to a snake that got into the chicken coup and 1 to natural causes.  We're now down to 97 and those 97 are keeping us busy!  We feed and water them twice a day and they are always waiting and ready when mealtime comes around.  They have begun to hop and jump and can even get themselves up on top of the watering and feeding jars.  It's almost like they're playing king of the mountain!

Next week, it's time for a bigger home!

Hope you're enjoying our 'chicken journey!'

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Monday, May 18, 2015

DayBook Entry # 2

For Today ...  May 18th, 2015

Outside my window ... the sun is shining and a nice breeze is blowing.  I love this time of the year before it gets too hot to enjoy the outdoors.

I am thinking ...  that ‘rest time’ for 4 year old twins is a good thing!   

I am thankful ... for the community of like minded people the A Working Pantry Facebook group has become. 

I am enjoying … the sounds of the twins as they run around and around the chicken coup that houses the baby chicks.  The twins talk to the baby chicks just like they could answer them back.  I don’t know which is more fun; watching the baby chicks or the twins interacting with them! 

I am creating ...  a time in my week for sewing.  I’m trying to decide which day of the week would be the best one to set aside as my sewing day. 

I am going ...  to continue praying for a dear friend who lost her job last week. 

I am wondering ...  what I can do to promote my e-book,  Yes, You CAN Have a Well-Stocked Pantry     

I am reading ...  Finding Joy by Sarah Floyd    
I am seeing … a full week ahead! 

I am hearing … my husband call out to me to bring him a hoe ... he had seen another snake ...the third in a week's time!

I am hoping ... for a nice quiet evening.

In my kitchen …. there is nothing cooking.  My husband and I were so tired when the twins' mommy came to pick them up we decided that something quick and easy was in order for supper.  We had some errands to run in town so our quick and easy meal turned out to be dining with Mr. Bojangles.  I had their roasted snack bites and a serving of coleslaw.  It was quite good!

One of my favorite things ... my big wrap-around front porch.  It has half the square footage of my house.  Lots of events and activities have taken place on this porch!

Around the house …  I need to do laundry!

A scene from my day …

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Sunday, May 17, 2015

Pantry Challenge #20 ... 2015

We are spending a lot of time outside mowing yards (ours and a friends) and working in the gardens.  There is so much to be done this time of the year.  The winter time of rest is over and our busy season has begun.

With a good portion of our time being spent outside, did I get anything done in our pantry?

Let’s take a look …

My to-do list from last time:   

Freeze Eggs … Done!  I froze 1 dozen.

Finish vacuum sealing Cheerios … Didn’t get done!

Finish vacuum sealing tea bags  Done!  I added 2 quarts of tea bags to my pantry.

Vacuum seal oats … Didn’t get done!

In addition:

I slow cooked a roast with carrots and onions in the oven one afternoon but instead of making gravy with the broth I strained it up and added the liquid from a jar of home-canned mushrooms that I had sautéed to go with our meal and then froze the combined liquid.  It will become soup broth in the future or meat broth for another roast.

We received a check for medical expenses we had overpaid and used it to purchase some marked-down meats to add to our pantry.  We purchased 2 hams and 2 pork shoulders all at greatly reduced prices.

I purchased a blouse on clearance at Sam’s Club for $3.02.

I completed a Pinecone Survey and earned $3.

I earned $25 through Swagbucks and $5 through Bing.

We added $4.80 to our change jar.

I've been busy repurposing this week as well. This pickle jar and these popcorn tins!

My updated 2015 gardening journal can be found HERE!  I update it several times a week.

Here’s my pantry to-d0 list for next week:

Finish vacuum sealing Cheerios

Vacuum seal oats
And now, as I alluded to in the last pantry challenge, I have been putting the finishing touches on re-launching an e-book I wrote titled “Yes, You CAN Have a Well-Stocked Pantry!” and I am happy to say that it is finished.  This e-book is a common sense roadmap to building your own well-stocked pantry  ….  

Yes, You CAN Have a Well-Stocked Pantry!
Now it’s your turn, what have you done to build up your pantry or live frugally?

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Saturday, May 16, 2015

A Garden Walkthrough ...

Each morning I go out and give my gardens a walkthrough.  This means I slowly walk and look and assess what needs to be done.  It's such a quiet peaceful time for me and I look forward to it each morning.
I thought you might like to walk with me today ...

Our first stop is our blueberries, they're still green and there isn't a lot of them, but there's more than there was last year ... (Can you find the blueberries?)

By the front porch is my elderberries and as you can see they are blooming!

The grapevines have baby grapes ... can you see them?
Next to the elderberries is this big pot of nettles ... they are getting close to needing to be harvested again!

Next to the nettles is this big pot of plantain ... it too will need to be harvested before much longer.
The strawberries are blooming and I even found a green one or two!  Yikes! Do you see that grass!!!

Here's one garden ... there are things planted in it and yes, they are coming up, they are just so small that you can't see them in the picture.  You can see my row of flowers though ... or at least the ones that I transplanted.  The entire row is planted with flowers and I can't wait until they all start coming up!  I hope to have plenty of flowers for cutting and bringing in the house.

Here's another garden, there is squash, cucumbers, zucchini, okra and potatoes in this garden.  You can just barely make out the squash in the middle of the garden.  (Notice our sandy soil!)
It won't be much longer before the garlic is ready to harvest.  See how it is yellowing and beginning to droop?
Our raspberry bushes are loaded with little green raspberries.  I'm watching them closely ... as soon as they turn red I'll be harvesting them.
Last, but not least is the garden we share with a friend.  We spent a good part of the day in it staking the tomatoes using metal post and bailing twine.  This garden is full with every row having something planted in it ... some of it is so small you can't see it in a picture yet.
Have you enjoyed my morning walk-through? 

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