Thursday, June 22, 2017

June 22

Well the week is almost over and by have we had a busy time of it. Last weekend 
Both my nephew and Joel's cousin had their Graduation parties. 
Also my two middle boys returned home from a trip to my Grandmother in Idaho with my parents. We also had these little guys hatch. I had eight to begin with but two had bad legs and never made it and then my kids Cat had killed all but these two. 


     These are little quail, I had bought a dozen last year and after that we just love them. These are what they look like as adults. I have them in an old unused Rabbit hutch.
Then this guy has been showing up every day. The kids think its fun to see him walking around the fields. 

Buckaroo has been enjoying the nice green pasture. He has really been loving the half down trees.
The girls have been enjoying their pasture. I can barely see them in some of the brush. 



We have also been working in the gardens every day.


All this work these pour guys are just worn out. 
Eris has claimed Mahala's barbie castle as her own. 







Friday, May 19, 2017

Just one of those days

        Well I have been having one of those days. I feel about ready to sit down and cry, so instead I am writing. As i am sitting her typing this post I have a to do list that is growing and time is ticking to when my kids will be home.
         This morning  when I got up and looked right out the window; I found some chickens loose. They have been penned up this whole week sense my garden is getting put in. They seem to think it is there own salad bar. I went out right after getting the kids up for school and found that something had pulled some of the wire open and now the chickens were slowly escaping. After I got it closed again I checked to see how all the chickens were. I'll be honest I don't know if anyone is missing sense I found no bodies and only some feathers that could be normal or left. through out the morning I have worked to get all but one chicken and a guinea back in the coop.







       As I was doing chores I found that my girl goats had found  a way into our bucks pen. I was able to get them back and fix the fence. Then made three trips over to the church. It was our week to clean but for some reason it didn't want to let me in. After three calls to try and get in I have just gave up.
 






  I have been trying to get everything done this week. We have been working on redoing my strawberry patch, getting almost my whole garden in and trying to get everything ready for a birthday party. You see Joel had his birthday on the 17th and William will have his on June 6th. William will be gone with My parents and Harold as they go to Idaho to visit my Grandmother. So we plan on doing his and Joel's birthday together and this weekend is the only time to do it. So all the things I have been trying to do today and my whole list is growing and the time is shrinking. 😁





  I will also be gone all day tomorrow as my three older sisters and I are spending the day with my Mom. We have plans to go to a garden in St. Cloud and to some green houses along with lunch. I am not sure what else we are going to be doing. Well that is how things are going for me. This is life and though I am stressed out often I love it. Hope you enjoyed the pictures.

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Muffin mix

   Hey everyone, in our house I try not to have my kids eating cold cereal. As you know I have four children. And they eat a lot, I have watched as they ate a whole box of  and then an hour later say they are hungry. ( I do keep some cold cereal for when I am sick or unable to make more right a way.)
One of the Breakfast meals that is great for busy school mornings and the kids love is Muffins. I have made this big mix so I have less work on baking day. Today I am telling you how to mix and make these muffins.

First you need to mix the dry ingredients together. I us a really large bowl for this. 



        Once all the dry ingredients are mixed it needs stored in a air tight container. I us an old glass olive or pickle jar.




    Now when I need to bake some muffins I just take out what I need. I doubled this last batch sense I want to freeze some.

Once everything is mixed you fill the muffin tins. (excuse my old stained pans) 



Then you bake at 400*F for 18-20 minutes. 
 
let cool on a rack before putting away. 

 
                                          Hope you enjoy.



    Muffin Mix

Dry ingredients:
8 cups flour
3 cups sugar
3 TBS baking powder
2 tsp cinnamon
2 tsp nutmeg
Mix together  and store in an air tight container. 


To make muffins:


2 3/4 cup muffin mix
1 egg Beaten 
1 cup milk
1/2 cup melted butter
Mix into dry ingredients then add your choice of fruit, berries or chocolate chips. 
Fill muffin tins and bake at 400 for 18-20 minutes.  

Thursday, April 13, 2017

Spring is here


Well I believe that spring is officially here.We have had some rain last weekend with more 
coming tomorrow night. I am slowly getting my freezer emptied, and once again usable. (SHH don't tell the family but I was able to buy some ice cream for a special surprise some day)
Yesterday I worked outside most of the day. I worked on getting as much of our drive way behind the house cleaned. We don't use that area during the winter sense the sewer lines run under it. (Two months of a frozen sewer and you'd understand.) 
This girl thought that I wanted to play and took my sweet shirt when I put it to the side when I got to warm.  Thankfully she didn't damage it any.



The weather has been so nice that all the kids want to go out side as much as possible. The new swings have been a great hit. 



I have found that some of my flowers are coming up! I love having the color around the yard. But I am having to figure out where to move everything once we move into our big house.






The chickens have also been enjoying the warm weather. They are free ranging as much as possible before I get my garden in, They tend to think that it is just for them so while it is in they are penned into a run. (though I have extra rows of plants just for them.)



Yesterday I also decided to clean out the rabbit cage instead of making the kids. This is usually their job but I noticed some nest building and thought it was a good idea to get fresh bedding for them. ( I was right, I found four little kits in a nest this morning)




While I was cleaning I also moved my little girls here to a grow out pen. One of them will be going to their new home next week. And I am hoping to sell the other two soon. 



Misty is still here and will stay for a while longer. She is full of energy and a personality all her own.




My Dad should be here for Saffy some time this weekend. He is taking her for a while to ride her and then bring her back before taking Misty. 


I am waiting on babies from these four. They seem to be in no hurry and proving that they didn't get breed as early as I had planned.





Tuesday, March 7, 2017

March has arrived

 March has arrived here in central Minnesota. Yesterday we set a new record, the earliest tornado in history. Thankfully it wasn't in my area and I haven't heard of any injuries. An egg customer of mine had it go through their place, thankfully they only had some windows broken and a door tore off of her house. 
   So what was I doing in this state wide tornado watch? I walked outside with my camera to check on the animals and get some pictures (the wind had finally calmed down for a couple of hours.)
   As I walked I could hear the thunder rumbling and seen some lighting in the clouds across the road from us.



  The animals seemed to be enjoying the short brake in the wind. most were just laying around, but as usual when they seen my and started to talk wanting fed. 


The goats are doing well, we have had an easy winter with them so far. I am expecting babies next month or so.

The  rabbits surprised me with some kits. We had two batches born two weeks ago. One had just three that didn't make it. And the second had six but only three have made it. The temp had gone from fifties back down to teens, so I blame the weather mostly. But these last three are chubby little things with their eyes just about open. 
I only have two of my 15 quines left. (thanks to a raccoon.) But these two fallow the chickens everywhere. from roosting in the chicken coop to sitting on my deck and pecking on the windows at me.  I am hoping I have one of each so I might get some hatching eggs from them. 


 Talking about eggs I found this green egg in a nest box this week. I was thrilled. Last year I had ordered a rainbow collection of egg layers. They guaranteed that I would get at least five breeds that laid from chocolate brown eggs to white and Easter eggers. The raccoon had also enjoyed some of those so when I had only brown and white eggs coming I figured that I lost the other colors to the pest.

    What is spring like where you all are at? How do you spend your spring?



Thursday, February 2, 2017

House update


Well I have some updates on our house. Though some of these aren't the newest, I took them 
this last week. 
Okay Now for the show and tell. Anyways, My cousin was sweet enough to lend us her spray painter. so while Joel was busy spraying the  main color in all the rooms besides the kids and the two bathrooms. I did those with the kids and rollers.  This picture is one of the bathrooms, this is the color for both. 
Then we have William's room. Depending on where the sun is this in the sky the color changes. 

This is Harold's room is the next in the show. He like the dark green. 

Then here is Ethan's he also liked the dark color. Between Him and Harold this is the reason why we chose to do a white ceiling. 

Then my sweet little girly girl chose pink. This is no surprise there though I was hoping for a desert rose this one goes from bumble gum to a nice light pink depending on the sun. 


Then a great news, We have lights on the first floor. The Electrician is only able to come over on 
weekends. Joel also been working on the stair cases. 

This will one day be my dinning room. The wood here will soon be the floor in the music room. 

Here is some of our staircase. Joel has been working in the evening on this. It is great that we now have lights to make this possible. 

This is the rest of the stairs. 


Joel was able to put the stairs together and is still varnishing them  
This is the last of the pictures that I have. Thanks for stopping in. 

Friday, January 13, 2017

Trying to get back into it..

  Hey, It's been a busy last few weeks. We have been working on the house almost none stop. We have gotten the whole place painted, and now are looking into the flooring and cupboards.
    The only thing is now I have to catch up on everything that I put off. I have to get myself back into my routines and just plain doing things again.

My view from my future kitchen sink.


     We had hoped that the house would be finished by now and that we would have been living in it sense Christmas, But that wont happen. We will be lucky to be in it this spring. So what does that mean to the things I have to get back too? Well I have put off my fall cleaning and some of the deeper cleaning. I need to get back into those things. I want to get the kid's rooms back into shape after Christmas and all the new Lego sets that have been put together needs to find a new home,
    I also have put off some of my canning for as long as I could. Now I need to start getting our potatoes all canned before they start growing new ones. I have slowly been moving them from the basement in Five gallon buckets as I finish canning  the last bucket, I am also starting to pull the pumpkins out to feed to the goats, horses and chickens.


   I also need to get my sewing machine out and get some of my projects done. i haven't even had it out at all this winter. Though the list just keeps growing. along with the mama doctoring of stuffed animals that the kids have been bringing to me.


   Then with the busy time I was barely able to get any of my winter prep done in the barn. unfortunately with the weather rarely reaching above zero I probably wont get much done. But I can still plan what I want to do as soon as it warms up, Some of the things are building new pens for the quail and I need to take the chicken run's wire down and redo it. last fall I had some hens find ways out. But now they are free ranging as much as possible. Then there is the ever cleaning up keep of nest boxes and removing the bedding. I have just been putting fresh bedding down till it warms enough that I can get it clean.
   I also want to do something for the goats, We will be needing to move them around a bit this summer so I would like to start getting the new fencing up for them. Also I want to have things changed a bit for next winter.

    Then the pigs that we will be getting this spring. I need to not only rebuild their pen, (I had last years in the garden till they were butchered) I am also need to find them a new shelter. The calf hut that we had been using with great success was torn apart this winter when we had some strong winds. Pieces have frozen down into my strawberry patch.


I am also needing to start planing my garden. What I am going to grow and if I want to try to grow anything for the sole purpose of feeding to the animals, Last year I had over planted the green beans so I was able to feed the pigs, and birds the surplus. It really helped with the cost of feed.




I am also getting back into making a menu. For the last few weeks I have been slack on the menu planning. Which hasn't helped in the grocery area, or the stress of supper time. So I am going back to the two week meal planning.
 These are just some things that I am thinking on. Are there any things that you would like to get back to?