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…It really is on the way. Just hold on a little longer, it’s coming.
     

     Do you know how I know?  I can hear the sounds of spring.  I love to hear the frogs croaking, the birds singing, and I’ve even heard a few bumblebees buzz past me!  Also, in our laundry room at the moment I can hear six little chicks.  Yes, we have new chicks to add to our ten laying hens.

 

      They are very cute.  My favourite are the Speckled Sussex.  They are the brown ones with the raccoon-like eyes. The others are Buff Rocks and Anconas.  We only picked out six new chicks since we already have our nine hens and one rooster that are probably six years old.  I think we’re planning on moving the little chicks outside pretty soon.  They are starting to smell more like chickens everyday.  This morning I cleaned out the ‘kid pen’ for them to move into since they’re still too small to move in with the grown hens.  (The ‘kid pen’ is a room off our barn for the baby goats, when we have them.)  It will be nice to have the little birds out there for a while.  My sister, Stephanie, helped me dung out the chicken coup as well.  Next we’ll have to tackle the goat barn… that is always a lot of work.  I might get to that today, we’ll see.

 

     We’ve been outside a lot lately.  It’s been so nice.  We’ve planted five new fruit trees!  An Italian Prune, Spartan Apple, Transparent Apple, and two Pie Cherry trees.  Our yard is diminishing as our ‘orchard‘ grows.  I love it.  Someday this place will look even more amazing with ancient established fruit trees like my great grandparents and great great grandparents properties have now.  This property is wonderful though.  The barns and sheds that my Daddy has built, the garden space that has been enlarged a few times, the flower beds where Mama plants all sorts of things in,  they all add to the welcoming feeling of home.  If you haven’t noticed, I love home. 

     This morning, for breakfast…
     I Made Scones.
    
Yes, they were so good. I used whole wheat flour and they were still good.  I enjoyed them with a latte, Thanks to my friend Erin.  She had a Bialetti Espresso Maker sitting on her fridge which she claimed she hadn’t been using much.  She took it down, handed it to me, and said I could play with it.  And it really works!  I had been eyeing those Bialettis in the Williams Sonoma catalog for a while.  Thank You Erin!  You’re a doll.  The only problem is… now I’ll have to practice self-control!  I don’t need to get into a habit of drinking coffee everyday… It would be so easy, trust me.  I love the making of espresso drinks.  Working at the espresso bar at church has been really great.  I’ve been able to learn so much and I’m getting better at chatting with people I don’t really know.  I’ve enjoyed it.  I must confess though, I’ve been having more coffee, chocolate, sugar, etc. then I should lately.  A box of dark chocolates and stress are not a good pair.  We’ll just say… I’ve eaten a lot of chocolate this past week.  I’d like to go eat another one of those scones right now too… terrible of me, I know.  I guess I’ll go back outside and get some more work done though. 

     Enjoy the rest of your week and take some time to admire the daffodils that are starting to show their cheerful color.

 

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     Most of our harvesting is now done.  I wanted to share out potato digging picture.  It is my favourite.  Digging potatoes is always a fun, looked forward to, family thing, I guess.  We dug up some gorgeous red potatoes and some very odd-shaped yellows. 

     Life has been filled with everyday things.  I work, I come home, I clean, I eat, and best of all….I sleep beneath my lovely down comforter.  I love my Home.  (especially after a day with somebody else’s kids in somebody else’s house.)  Today, I drank my peppermint tea and read Dickens by the fire in the quiet early hours of this house.  Since then I’ve been doing dishes and cleaning.  Getting ready for a gaggle of women coming over for tea tomorrow.  I started a bit of chicken soup simmering, my head is feeling slightly ‘gling-glong’ this morning.  Not sick…. just heavy. 

     We’ve done a few fun projects here lately.  We dipped our own beeswax candles a little while ago.  The smell of beeswax drifting through the house is lovely.  We’ve made donuts a few times.  The most recent were Old Fashion Pumpkin Spice donuts.  They were so good.  Oh! I tried to recreate a soup that I’ve had at Tericotta Red, very cute little Asian restaurant.  It turned out alright.  Let’s see…I’ve been doing some knitting.  Can’t tell you what, Christmas is coming you know.  Still working on my Barista skills. It can be quite stressful behind the machine alone.  I kinda like it though.  That is the one and only adventurous thing that I do, really.  Most of my weeks are the same but with the espresso stand… It adds some needed craziness.  

Here are a few pictures from my October….

     It’s still hard to believe that October is gone. 

Dear November… you sneaky son of a gun… give us what you’ve got.

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What are you eating?

     This morning Mama showed me a trailer for a movie that she’d like to see.  It’s one of those movies that really makes you think- what are you putting in your mouth.  Our family tries to eat mostly fresh from our garden or locally grown organic produce,  whole grains, natural sweeteners like agave nectar and honey.  We get our meat from a small, local farmer who is a family friend and raises a handful of beefalo each year.  We milk our own goats and make our own dairy products.  We generally know where our food is from BUT it’s amazing to see (and be aware of) what is going on out there in the food and agriculture industries.  

Our Garden Lettuce
Our Garden Lettuce

     You really ought to watch the trailer for the new movie called Food, Inc.   After watching that I felt so good going out into our garden and picking some homegrown, organic lettuce for my lunch salad.  It was delicious with a drizzle of homemade balsamic vinaigrette over the top.  Oh so yummo.  I heartily encourage you to consider what is going into your families’ mouths.  Don’t ignore what is going on.  If we as consumers are conscious of what we’re buying, maybe sales of packaged, processed, nutritionally empty foods would drop.  Therefore the industries would realize that the ‘cheap’ food they are creating isn’t in demand.  “We are voting with our money,” Blogger kimiharris says ( thenourishinggourmet ).   I personally would rather pay a few extra dollars for something that I know is going to help further the local, organic farmer than give all my business to the monopolizing corporations that care little about the quality of their products.  Seriously…chew on it, What are you eating?

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