Spring Meat Chickens Week 5 Update: Oh boy, are they growing fast! They've doubled in weight since last week, now weighing in at an average 148g, and are smashing food and bedding. As hoped, the cross I've created means they're feathering up quick, and should be on pasture in two weeks. The costs are going up exponentially; we're up to $17.87 in total, or $4.46 per birf
I want to see them driving a tractor on our farm. I want to see them riding horses and quads all over our property. I want to see them working hard and taking care of their animals.
I want wide open spaces. Room to explore. Neighbors only in the far distance. I want to raise and grow most of our food. A big farmhouse for family and friends to gather in.
That’s my big dream. That’s why I’m working this side business. You might all just think I’m crazy but I’m going for it! I want to give my kids everything (within reason of course) ♥️ and to do that I have to stretch and grow and push myself to get over my fears and just do it anyways.
Chickies are 9 weeks old and still need Mama Hen to stand guard and tell them when to bathe, what to eat, and when to go to bed. They occasionally almost make a real cluck here or there but they still mostly peep like little flufflings. I especially love their feather coloring and their bright yellow feet!! .
My husband and I were chatting yesterday about how weird it is to hear a good rain shower or thunderstorm. It’s been a long while since it’s rained well in our area.
The entire weekend has been cooler, wetter, and calmer than several weekends before it. I’m soaking it all in with hot coffee and day dreaming of the future.
Now I bet you’re wondering what does this caption have to do with this photo. Am I right?
Well, this is one of the cows on Annemarie’s farm (@sullifarmandkitchen). Each time I come across it, I think about how working hard towards my dreams will pay off. Seeing someone so determined to go after what they want in life is motivating me to keep pushing forward, and you should too!
Don’t let anything hold you back from turning your dreams into reality! You’re worth the effort!
Roasted butternut squash ravioli was the perfect supper to celebrate the first day of fall. I grew my best ever butternut squash this year and they’ve been curing for about a month so flavor is perfect and the color bright. My new pullets have started laying too so fresh eggs for fresh pasta. Perfection.
Over the past year, we started raising rabbits. I now cook with rabbit a couple times a week. I usually just swap it out for chicken or pork in my favorite recipes. Last night I made a “beef with broccoli” type stir fry but used rabbit instead.
The other amazing thing with rabbit is how productive they are. Rabbits can produce 6 pounds of meat on the same feed and water that a cow will produce 1 pound of meat.
Rabbit meat is:
✅ One of the easiest digestible forms of meats ✅Contains the least amount of fat and cholesterol of all meats
✅Almost cholesterol free
✅Delicious, mild tasting, and extremely versatile .
So I'm a homesteader & LOVE it! We haven't fulfilled all our homestead dreams yet but will when the time us right. You often hear people say homesteading is "getting back to a simpler life". Whuch migjt make u think its easier, to be honest its anything but easier.
Its much easier to go buy a loaf of bread then make it from scratch (& I still totally go buy it sometimes), its much easier to hit the farners market or grocery for fresh eggs & produce. However when you raise & grow your own food man its fun! Its fun to see your kids get excited about feeding chickens & planting seeds, gatgering eggs & harvesting food. While it might not always be simple, it sure is a good way to live & a GREAT way to raise kids!
The ping pong balls are three weeks old and are getting their first experience on grass. They have begun to escape their brooder and and are pooping all over the garage. They will go into a, very spacious, chicken tractor this weekend and will be on grass full time as they grow out. #backyardchickens#cornishx#raiseyourownfood
It was kinda a drizzly day yesterday but mostly cleared off so we could sit outside and enjoy our supper. About the time we were finished we were blessed with the beautiful rainbow that is sadly captured through my iPhone camera. It was super brilliant and we could see the whole rainbow 🌈. Supper, well what is not to love about this pizza! A homemade crust with homemade basil pesto for the sauce followed by a light sprinkling of mozzarella and Parmesan cheeses, followed by homegrown zucchini ribbons, tomatoes, garlic and thyme. Artichoke hearts round out this yummy pizza. The recipe, which I modified a little is from @halfbakedharvest #eatoutside#eatoutsideoften#creatingextraordinarymomentsdoingordinarythings
It’s pretty much like we added more children to the family #crazychickenlady . Just look at these sisters free-rangin’ though! ❤️
I’m AMAZED at the amount of people who tell me they want backyard chickens! I think there should be a movement for the HOA’s to allow chickens! What say you? Are you dreaming of chickens??
I’m so thankful that I was born in the southwest, because otherwise I may not have ever met salsa verde! Roasted Salsa Verde! I love this stuff! I love using it to make Chile verde, stuffed chilies, eat it with tortilla chips, on eggs or just eat it right out of the jar 😂. There isn’t a way that it’s not delicious. Roasting all the veggies is the most time consuming part of this job but well worth it because I like the extra roasted flavor blast it brings to the salsa. My tomatillos were small this year and my green chilies big but that’s just how it goes in the garden some years.