July 4, 2016

CSA Box- Week 6

Sneak-peek of my CSA box for week 6.

Lots of goodies.

Blueberries
2 Greenhouse tomatoes (I gave one to my boss for his birthday)
Onion Bunch
Yellow squash-4
Bonita squash-2
Zucchini-3
Kale
Bag of Peas
Bag of Salad Mix





Backyard Chickens Update #12

My chickens are doing great and they love cooked spaghetti noodles as treats!!  🙂

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They turned 8 weeks old on Monday, June 6th.
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***I'm so far behind on blogging so I'm hoping to get caught up today***

Healthy Chocolate Zucchini Bread

How good does this look?  It’s very good and it’s a healthy version too.
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Ingredients

3/4 cup sugar ( I used stevia)
3 tablespoons vegetable oil
2 large eggs
1 cup applesauce
2 cups all-purpose flour (I used gluten free)
2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa
1 1/4 teaspoons baking soda
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 tsp pure vanilla extract (I used my homemade vanilla extract)
1 1/2 cups finely shredded zucchini (about 1 medium)
1/2 cup semisweet chocolate chips (and a little extra for the top)
Cooking spray (to spray on your loaf pan)

Preparation

Preheat oven to 350°.
Place first 3 ingredients in a large bowl; beat with a mixer at low speed until well blended. Stir in applesauce.
Lightly spoon flour into dry measuring cups; level with a knife. Combine flour and the next 4 ingredients (through salt), stirring well with a whisk. Add flour mixture to sugar mixture, beating just until moist. Stir in the zucchini and chocolate chips.
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Spoon batter into a 9 x 5-inch loaf pan coated with cooking spray. Bake at 350° for 1 hour or until a wooden pick inserted in center comes out almost clean. Cool in pan 10 minutes on a wire rack, and remove from pan. Cool completely on wire rack.
You can serve a slice with some fresh whipped cream if you’d like.
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June 5, 2016

Farm Stand 6/4

Yesterday morning, I got up early so I could get all my errands done and get back home to lounge around in my jammies and spend time with my chickens.

I first stopped off at my favorite farm stand.  I picked up a lot of goodies.  :)

Here's everything I got.

watermelon
new Basil plant


3 peppers
green beans
broccoli


I get a 10% discount because I'm a CSA member with this farmer.  My total for all of this was $13.85.

The watermelon is sooooo good.  I'm glad I picked it up.

I took out my old basil plant from my kitchen garden and planted it in the ground near the greenhouse.  I put my new basil plant in the kitchen garden.  How cute?  :)

Farmers Market 6/1

After the memorial service for Bill (Aunt Karen's husband) I dropped off Nate back at work.  I was taking my mom back to my house so she could get her car.  The Farmers Market at the hospital was happening so my mother asked to stop.  So we went.  

We walked around.  There wasn't many vendors but there was plenty to see and buy.

Here's some veggies and fruits....








I saw this little herb garden.  I loved it.  The container is adorable.  I'm not sure how much these were.  I didn't see any signs with a price.  :(

We stopped at a lemonade vendor and and my mom treated me to a nice refreshing lemonade.  We both got strawberry lemonade.  It was sooooo good, cold and perfect for the hot day.

My mother picked up some lettuce and fresh tomatoes.  She had plans to make BLT's for dinner.  MMMMM!  I saw a chives plant I wanted from one farmer.  I had no cash so my mom got it for me with her tomatoes purchase.

After I got home, my mom went home and K texted me.  She was almost to my town from the memorial service we attended.  I told her to stop by my house so she could see the chickens.  :)

Then we went to target.  We both bought way too much stuff at target.  haha  What else is new?  Target does that to you.  :)

One thing, I bought myself was this cute little herb garden pot.  K said she has this exact pots and tray for her kitchen window herb garden.  The little pots snap out to clean the tray.

When I got home I potted my new chives, old chives and my old basil plants.

New Car

My husband and I had talked about getting a new vehicle early next year.  My husband was going to trade in his Dodge Charger for a Challenger.  The Charger was starting to have a few problems so we figured it was best to go ahead and trade it in now.  We decided the Friday before Memorial Day we'd drive out to the dealership I found that had the exact Challenger my husband was looking for.  We signed our lives away.  haha  We are really happy with the new car.

Saying goodbye to the old car....

Saying hello to the new car....


It's such a smart car.  So much technology.

Strawberry Picking 2016


Last weekend, I made it a point to get to a local farm and pick strawberries.  There is nothing better than freshly picked strawberries.  I went to Millers Farms out in Locust Grove.  When I was a little girl, my family and I always picked berries at Belvedere Plantation but they haven’t done berries in a long time.  I’m glad there’s other farms here in our area where we can pick your own.  🙂
I wore some boots because I knew it would be a muddy mess and it sure was.  And yes, my boots have chickens on them.  Why wouldn’t they?  haha
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So many delicious red berries….I might have ate this one right after I picked it.  You have to taste test right?
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I filled up an entire box with fresh berries.  I was kind and dropped some off over at my parents house for them to enjoy.  🙂
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Backyard Chickens Update #11- CHICKS ARE HOME

My friend and I put all the chicks in the playpen.  We grabbed each one and let the Roos go and then I decided which girls I wanted.

I brought a big box with me.  Melissa poked a bunch of holes at the top and we put the chicks in the box.  Then I brought them home.  They only peeped for about 10 minutes and then they were quiet all the way home.

As soon as I got home, my husband came out and grabbed the box and we put them in the coop.  They started running around and checking things out.





My chickens are home!!  I picked up three last weekend.  I’m allowed to have five total.  I will get two more later.  Most of the ten chicks that hatched turned out to be Roos instead of Hens.  🙁  Hopefully, I picked right and all three are hens.  haha
I put the chicks in the coop so they’d get used to their new home.  Here’s the smallest one peeking in the top area to explore.
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The little one I hope is a hen.  haha  It’s hard to tell at this age.  The little one is the last one that hatched during the week all the others hatched.  I think Molly is a cute name for her.  What do you think?  The grey one I think I should name Buttercup because I have a cute picture of her standing next to a bunch of buttercup flowers when she was really little.
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This one I don’t know what to name her.  I think Grace is a good name for her.  She's graceful.  My husband is holding her here and she ate some food from his hand.
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They all like roosting together on the roosting bars.
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Fluffy butt….
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