Monday, December 20, 2010
Tuesday, October 5, 2010
|Molly the Leghorn (I think) & Kala Polka Dot the new Barred Rock|
|Annie the Buff Orphington hoping for a special treat.|
Thursday, September 23, 2010
Friday, September 10, 2010
On a much sadder note my poor pumpkins seem to be dying and I can't figure out why. I also found out today Los Poblanos does a u pick pumpkins which is pretty cool.
Anyway made some chai mix this morning so I enjoyed a nice hot cup of chai while I fed the girls some carrot tops...a little known fact is: if you store your carrots in the fridge with the tops on they will drain the carrots of nutrients and so the carrots don't last as long. So chop those tops off and feed them to your chickens!
Wednesday, September 8, 2010
The kids are not allowed to play on the rocks in front of the chickens cause the rocks get pushed down and we have to re-rake till we move them. So Ash made a sign and decided to protect the chickens from the falling rocks. The sign translated is supposed to let Aislin know she is not allowed on the rocks.
So since I left you last we have built our little coop in the backyard completely from things that we found or received for free from fellow freecyclers. We had hoped to have a big coop raising party but then we realized we had no money to throw a party and so we decided to wait another week which would have been fine but apparently chickens are sort of like mutants when it comes to growing. So we went out to check them Sunday morning and found they had all like doubled in size so we had to act fast.
They are enjoying there new digs though and I think it came out just fine for a free coop;)
The garden is doing very well. We have a lot of cucumbers and tomatoes ready for harvest I have been harvesting pears all week and will be canning a lot of them for the winter. I will post some info about canning when I start the process since I don't have a pressure canner I will be using the water bath pressure method which is just fine for acidic foods or even foods you add a bit of citric acid to. Overall as the weather is starting to turn a bit I realize that the garden experience this spring and summer has been mostly good. I have learned a ton. I now know when is the best time to plant tomatoes. How to effectively burn a tomato plant to death, How quickly squash bugs will eat your little squash plant, The awesomeness of the praying mantis, How to effectively freeze a tomato plant, Birds love seeds, birds are smarter than you think, Bees are our friends, good soil is the trick to growing anything, Albuquerque soil mostly sucks.
All together I killed garlic, a potato, 2 large tomato plants and a squash plant, some strawberries, and tons of beans and peas. I later realized something was eating them from underground (still unsolved).
I realized that those cool little snails are my hugest enemy and now pay Ash 5 cents for every one he finds.
Chickens are good for your health I wake up with the sun every morning to let them out and feed them and suddenly I have all this time to enjoy my garden and the nice breezy grey of the morning when I can read my bible or just enjoy the silence. I have learned that the garden is frozen in the morning like it did all this hard work through the night and is taking in a deep breathe or praise for it's life. The chickens have helped me enjoy that and soon they will help me enjoy a fresh egg with it!
Oh the beauty or creation just passes us by way too much!
Tuesday, August 17, 2010
I also finished my first self watering container and am planning a larger one very soon. I am hoping to start the master gardener course here but am looking at the application and it is slightly intimidating so I will keep you posted.
I haven't been posting as much since Alfy has been doing webwork and currently has the run of the computer but he will be getting a work computer and I will be getting old betsy. So I will post a ton more. I have so many things to talk about but for now just wanted to let you know what was up:)
Monday, May 24, 2010
Sunday, May 23, 2010
Wednesday, May 19, 2010
Wednesday, May 12, 2010
Monday, May 10, 2010
I had mentioned making toothpaste in one of my previous blogs so I thought I should give you an update and share the recipe. This recipe is not good it is actually awesome. I will not use store bought toothpaste again. Alf actually brought a good size tube of fancy paste home from his parents house and it totally pales in comparison. This toothpaste is whitening my teeth, and keeping them feeling shiny like when you get your teeth cleaned at the dentist and it leaves your mouth minty fresh. So try it.
6 tsp baking soda
1/3 tsp salt
4 tsp vegetable glycerin ( can me found at whole foods in the skincare area)
4+ drops of peppermint oil ( add the oil to taste )
2 packets or splenda or sweetener of choice.
Mix all ingredients to a paste-like consistency. store in an airtight container.
I have mine in a little tupperware in the bathroom.
Alf says he prefers it over the other toothpaste too so I have to gives little experiment an A+.
Sunday, May 9, 2010
Saturday, May 8, 2010
Friday, May 7, 2010
Anyway, I have been wanting to get some sewing done and didn't have time to take on the dress but I wanted an owl to add to my decor. So I drew out a little pattern and sewed him up. I think he came out looking pretty cute. I let Ash take care of him but he has been warned not to go "all Boy" on him as he is delicate. he has been watching over the fish.
Thursday, May 6, 2010
Wednesday, May 5, 2010
Monday, May 3, 2010
Homemade Liquid Hand Soap Recipe
1 bar of soap or soap scraps you have on hand
7 cups water
1 TBS glycerin
1 TBS honey
1. Grate the bar of soap.
2. Pour 1 cup of boiling water into a blender with the grated soap and set it on “whip.”
3. Add 1 TBS of glycerin, 1 TBS honey, 7 drops of peppermint oil, and 7 drops of lavender oil. Stir.
4. Let the mixture cool for 15 or 20 minutes and then “whip” it again.
5. Add cold water until the mixture measures 6 cups total.
6. Whip the mixture again.
7. Pour the mixture into a storage container without the lid and let it cool.
8. Fill a pump dispenser with your soap. Be sure to shake well before using.
The cherry tree and the apricot tree are sprouting pretty little fruities!
Sunday, May 2, 2010
Saturday, May 1, 2010
I have been working on a concert to raise money for a playground at East Central Ministries and tonight was the night. It was fun to say the least. We had a great crowd and raised a little bit to add to the puzzle and we also got a good list of volunteers to add to building day. I got to share the stage with a young local named Jenny Gonzales whose voice is like silk. Then I played a set and we finished the night with the Albuquerque Boys Choir who topped off the night with bango, pvc pipes, accordion, kazoos and more. I loved every bit of it. Thank You to everyone who pitched in to make this happen! If you'd like to help with the building or funding of this project please email me.
Thursday, April 29, 2010
Tuesday, April 27, 2010
Monday, April 26, 2010
Thursday, April 22, 2010
Monday, April 19, 2010
Friday, April 16, 2010
I asked for three things for my birthday.
Monday, April 12, 2010
Today was a beautiful day, one of those that makes me rethink moving. The air was fresh and light and the garden is starting to get little hints of green. The Cherry tree is just gorgeous and has been blooming this week. Today when I went out to water the garden I heard the tree buzzing. Tons of honey bees were working on getting our tree ready for harvest. I for the first time, felt a little respect for those hard working bees. I told Alfy that I was no longer afraid of bees and I wanted to stay he laughed. I guess he knows it will wear off in a day or two.
Thursday, April 8, 2010
By far our favorite family snacking treat is cheese and crackers but I hate buying crackers every other week especially because the healthier are pretty pricey. So today I figured I would try to make some myself. First, they are organic whole wheat blend and second, the batch was huge and they taste great. By far the simplest recipe I've made in awhile. The recipe is extremely forgiving and flexible which is why I liked it so much.
Tuesday, April 6, 2010
My Misty friend has been plugging a great local brewery, Hallenbrick Brewery, down the street from me for awhile and I woke up today with a desire to play music so I figured why not try it out on their open mic night. I hear their home brew is amazing but they were out so I just tried a local pale ale and it was pretty tasty. The place was packed and I learned how to play Shuffleboard which I guess prepares me for playing with my old hubby when we have to move to an old people community in the next few years.
Sunday, April 4, 2010
We got a special delivery this morning from my dad who has recently gotten the hook-up on eggs. Since I can't really get chickens till we move I have had to succumb to buying overpriced organic local farm eggs. I do feel good about eating them but conflicted knowing it would be easy to get my own eggs everyday if we weren't moving. Anyway this morning we went to visit my dad's church and he asked me if I could take his eggs and keep them in my fridge so I went in to get them and there on his desk was a whole coffee container full of beautiful colored eggs!! Someone from his church supplies some local growers markets with eggs and has adopted my dad into his egg stash family. My dad was surprised at my excitement and told me I could take as many as I would use. I did leave some for him even though I would use them all. Anyway it was exciting to get such a great gift on easter. In return I took one of my sangria experiments over for easter lunch and it was delicious! Everyone else agreed, although they will not be commenting on the organic, no hormone, hotdogs I brought as well;)
Saturday, March 13, 2010
The Los Ranchos Growers Market had a special St. Patty's day celebration and the kids and I were not gonna miss it. They were even selling chickens which we had to drool over and bypass because we can't get any till we move. We did get some "wild" mushrooms and some plants a tomato, bok choy, garlic and spinach. We hope these will make it to the garden but it's still pretty cold out so we will have to give them extra love. The garlic, I am sure, will do just fine.