Saturday, February 27, 2010

Crazy Season Has Begun

So, for having no entries for nearly a month, you get two in one week. The week started out kind of slow. Both Hubby and I got sick, and that is usually when things start to get exciting around here. And I'm just warning you now that this entry will be kind of disjointed. We had a lot of different, unrelated things happen this week.
You can totally tell around here that Spring is peaking it's green head around the corner. We had some visitors on Tuesday. Duke was sitting on our LovSac looking out the back window, when he would suddenly get hysterical and want to go outside. He did that about five times and we figured he was chasing something, we had our suspicions it was deer. I eventually shut the blinds. Later in the day I peek out the window and saw something unusual. I crept out the back door with my camera and found this:
There were two does eating the green grass in the septic field, probably because it's the only green grass around. They just mozied around for a bit then walked off. It was neat, because Duke usually keeps them away.
The chickens are finally really starting to get more interesting. We've started to get eggs again, and with that, the poor hens are getting their backs scraped up by the roosters. So to help them I made them some aprons. I know you are all thinking, why would you make your chickens aprons? And what the heck are chicken aprons? Well, here are a few that I've done so far.
I thought it would be fun to paint some of them, just to give them personality. I have more to make, so I have to think of more things to paint on them.
Desi was so interested in the process that I made one just for her. She's not too happy wearing it, but I had fun taking pictures of her.Here is our Buff that gets the most attention. They actually don't seem to mind the aprons. They have elastic that hooks under their wings, so it doesn't interfere with their normal functions.Here is the dark cornish that has just a plain one on.I had the windows open this week since it's been warmer (45-55ish), the fuzzy babies really liked it. I found them doing this as I was working at my desk. All the critters, birds, and insects are coming out, and they both like to watch the going ons.We also celebrated Hubby's birthday this week. He requested a 4-Layer Yellow cake with Chocolate frosting. It turned out pretty good, and Hubby was happy. So, with Hubby's birthday, things came in the mail from various parents. He specifically wanted a break bleeder. Why you ask? To vacuum seal jars, that's why. I know it's sounds weird, but it is a much cheaper way than buying a whole big food saver for over $100.
All you need is a break bleeder from a auto store (ie Harbor Freight), the mason jar sealer accessories for a food saver, DRY, SHELF STABLE FOOD (ie. spices, dehydrated vegies), mason jars and new lids (and a labler if you have one, if not a sharpie will do). Instructions below:Pour your food into a clean, dry jar. Leave some head space, about 1/2 - 1 inch depending on the food. We have a bunch of pepper that will take us a while to use, so it was the first victum. We are planning on doing this with the spices that we a lot of, as part of our food storage (like garlic powder, onion powder, basil, oregano, chilli powder, cumin, coriander, just so you know).Put the new, clean lid on. You don't need the ring at this point.
Put your adaptor on top the the jar with the metal lid under it. The adaptor comes in regular mouth and wide mouth. You can get them off for about $5-$10 if you cannot find them at the store.This is the funky part. If you are using the hose that came with the bleeder, you'll have to hold the hose in the adaptor. We are currently trying to get a food saver hose that snaps into the adaptor. We pressuriezed our jars to about 20. Warning: The more pressure, the more likely you will have an imploding jar! Please do not over pressurize, 20 is probably the maximum.Here is what we did so far. From left to right: the quart jar has our sun dried tomatoes from the garden a couple of years ago. They are still good, but now they'll be good longer. The middle is popcorn, mostly to try it out. And the thrid is the pepper. Along with the spice mentioned above, we are also planning on doing nuts, chocolate chips, and more dehydrated veggies. Thanks to the parents that sent it, it works great!

We did have some trauma this week. We lost the last of the big chickens: Fred, Casanova, and the two Dark Cornish. Monday morning Hubby went out to feed everyone, and found Casanova dead and the others missing. We were sad to loose Fred, but grateful we didn't have to find his body.

On the plus size, IT'S CHICKEN SEASON! We stopped by our local farm supply and picked up 9 new fuzzy babies to add to the flock. We ended up with 3 New Hampshire Reds, 3 Barred Plymouth Rock, and 3 Ducks. Yes we got some cute baby ducks. They are comfy and cozy taking a nap in their new home, and look forward to the lazy swimming pool days with the ducks.
I guess that's all for now, I'm tired and need to feed my cold some decongestant.


Jessica said...

so cute! I love your chicken capes. So awesome

Melissa said...

im glad you left a comment. i didnt know you had a blog. we are excited for primary. im impressed with all hte stuff you have done lately

Angie's Chit Chatting Corner said...

Hi, I found your blog by way of another and I was wondering if you don't mind giving me the measurments for the chicken aprons. I have that same problem and it doesn't look good.

Thanks, Angie