10 Things I Am Grateful For Today…

This 10 things Tuesday has a few stories attached to it today so bear with me as I share…

10. I am always thankful for my home and all that includes.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

9. I am grateful that I have supportive friends who support me in times of need (see # 1 and 4).

8.  I am thankfull for my job as we have a new director starting soon and it may all change, as she has no background in my field and is known to close centers like mine (lets hope not).

7. My chickens who give us wonderful eggs to eat and share.

 

 

 

 

 

 

6. My doggies. They make us happy when we have had a rough day (see #1 and 4).

 

 

 

 

 

 

5. I am grateful the pastor of our old church will be starting a plant church near us by the fall so we will be able to attend church under his leadership again.

4.  My mom (and family). I said my mom specifically as she is soon to go through two surgeries on her eyes as she has been declared legally blind in one and has to or she will be blind eventually. She should be fine, but it is still not a good thing to happen.

3.  I am happy we got to rescue a dog from certain death today. As we were driving to work we saw a dog running down the middle of a windy narrow back road. We stopped, put her in our car, and there was no tag so we called the county and used the county ID tag to get the owner information.We then promptly delivered the dog back home. Her name was Oreo and she was a cattle dog/terrier mix. Her owner says she keeps running the invisible fence and can jump over the other one they had. As we left my husband said “you should have gotten her picture to share on your blog” I almost kicked myself as she was a cute dog and I would have loved to share her picture.

2.  The ability to openly love God and Jesus and share my beliefs without fearing death. Someone may not agree, but it is my belief. ( This is tied also to my #1 God protecting my family).

1. I am most grateful that my husband was not hurt in a minor car accident today and that only my car incurred the damage.

I am grateful we made it through the day as it has been a busy eventful one.

The chicken or the egg

While collecting eggs yesterday my husband found some weird ones in the nests. They were not very big and they were totally soft. Now we give our girls oyster shells they can eat as they want so we knew that was not the issue, so I went to look in the recent Chicken magazine by Hobby Farms as they just had something on this. The article said it could be numerous things like lack of calcium but it says this is cured by the oyster shells), it could be from newly laying hens (possibility), they said old hens do this also (we only have young hens), or it could have happened while the chicken was laying and got scared by a loud noise or other disturbance (possibility). So we had 2 of these and figure it may have happened before as we have found remnants of egg in the box with no distinct shell pieces. We are going to keep an eye out on this. If any of you have any ideas please share.

In better news today is a nicer day out.

The chickens are sure enjoying foraging after the rain…

The dogs are loving the nicer weather to play outside in.

 

Easter Supper and Deviled Eggs

We had quite a meal today…

It included… ham, deviled eggs, brussels sprouts with bacon, stuffing, green bean casserole, pop overs, and that in the back is sparkling apple cider 🙂

Cheddar onion pop overs

As you can see I had a pretty good plate…

 

 

 

 

 

 

I also liked our mums centerpiece.

 

 

 

 

 

 

I thought I would share my recipe for my deviled eggs and see if any of you had other ways you make them.

Ingredients: 12 egg yolks, 2 big spoon full of your favorite mayo, 4 tbsp spicy brown mustard, 4-6 tablespoons sweet relish, 2 tsp garlic powder, salt and pepper to taste, and paprika to top.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mix the egg yolks, mayo, mustard, sweet relish, garlic powder, salt and pepper.

Fill it into the egg shells (I use a piping bag with a big tip as the relish usually gets stuck in the smaller ones)

The empty piping bag and tip I used and 2 that were too small

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Top with paprika and serve 🙂

 

 

 

 

 

 

Do you have any other ingredaents you use?

Easter Preperation… including chickens, eggs, therapy dog work, and at the center Jesus

The day before Easter… over 2,000 years ago a dark day, Jesus was thought to be dead, today most people go on as usual. Today Baxter and I will be doing some more therapy dog work. Yesterday we went to a nursing home to visit people for the holiday and today is his therapy dog day at the library.

This week we started getting our first speckled eggs from the chickens. All the new girls are laying now so we are getting lots of eggs 🙂 Due to this, the request from the family for Easter is lots of deviled eggs (my family loves them).

This week I also tried a new Easter treat to share with the people I work with (my husband and Dad got one too)… edible Birds Nests 🙂

I was told they are yummy and delicious as I gave them all away and forgot to try one myself.

Recipe:

They are easy to make just melt one bag of peanut butter chips (or white chocolate, or whatever you like, or want the nests the color of). I used peanut butter as I wanted that color and taste.

Melt them in a pan, over medium/low heat, stir it the whole time as it will melt quickly. When it is melted stir gently in one can or 1/2 a bag of chinese noodles till coated.

Then I took a muffin tin, sprayed it generously with cooking spray (spray it a lot as these will stick) and then used it to form the baskets to set up. It takes about 15-20 minute to set (if you want to set them faster put it in the fridge for 10 minutes).

Then use a butter knife to pop each nest out of the tin (be careful to pop each side first before popping the whole nest out).

Then I let them set for a minute and then added in malt ball eggs I found at the local store (you could also use jelly beans or other types of candy that would represent the eggs). I liked the malt balls (especially the blue ones) as they look just like little eggs. Then you can keep them at room temperature in an air tight container or I think they would freeze well.

This whole process took me under 30 minutes and my coworkers LOVED them. I also think you could use them as place setting just add a little slip of paper with the person’s name behind the eggs.

I also already started the Easter Baskets for fun. The dog’s is done…

Yes, they are spoiled...

 

When Baxter and I get home I hope to work in the garden and get started on supper for tomorrow and begin my Easter sugar cookies (more on these later). I hope you have a beautiful and blessed Saturday.

 

 

10 Reasons I LOVE chickens

Today was a beautiful Virginia day 🙂 The sun was shining, it was warm (but not hot), my husband was out mowing the lawn, the chickens were out pecking at the grass clippings, and the dogs were playing. It was one of those days that make you smile and feel blessed. As I was outside watering the garden and my newly potted vegetable seeds I was thinking of all the reasons I love to live on some land and why I love having chickens. I thought I would share my top 10 reasons I love chickens.

10. The eggs

 

 

 

 

 

 

9. Chicken noises

8. Raising the chickens from babies

 

 

 

 

 

7. Knowing my eggs are fresh

 

 

 

 

 

 

6. They way “the girls” run to us when we go into the yard

 

 

 

 

 

 

5. My egg basket

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

4. They eat bug of all kinds (especially the stink bugs we hate)

3. Collecting the eggs

If she will let me 😉

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2. The comedy of watching the chickens in the yard

 

 

 

 

 

 

1. Did I mention the Eggs ???

 

 

 

 

 

 

What are your favorite reasons for having chickens? If you don’t have chickens, yet want them, what is your top reasons for wanting chickens?

 

Barn of the day and this day…

 

Another barn we found on our trip… I am currently with the kiddos I am watching for my friend and will post more on the adventures of the kiddos and dogs later. The chickens are in the yard and we have a couple more chickens laying now. The eggs are delicious 🙂

A new coop…

I have been so busy since coming back from vacation. Today we spent most of the day building a new nesting place for our chickens (I’ll try to get a picture when we are done). Their old one is getting too small and since the new birds have started laying they need more room. We are extending their old coop to give them more laying boxes.

It also made me reflect on how these girls were just babies a few months ago and how much they have grown…

When they were a few weeks old...

When we got them they could fit in the palm of my hand (see above).

And now I am lucky to get them under an arm…

4 of the girls now...

But now you can see personalities come out… who is dominate, who is the runt, and who likes what. It is neat to watch them and I am loving the fresh eggs. Yumm…

Tomorrow the coop gets painted on the outside and the girls can enjoy their new laying boxes.

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