Random fun pictures…

I love my chicken socks! I need a few more pairs!

We got our first double yolker!

Shrek has some weird obsessions! We didn’t let this cat out of the bag, he climbed in!

Flowers i got for my birthday! They made my day! Thanks to the hubby for surprising me!


Canning firsts…

This past weekend i needed some room in my freezer, and i still do. We are slowly working on cleaning it out to defrost it. I took out bananas, figs, and the banana peppers. I was gifted some more okra, so i had that ready too. I had already thawed a turkey to cook. So needless to say, i cooked and washed dishes all day saturday. 

Tooty helped me make 2 loaves of banana bread, they did not last long! 

I love my spoon rest, a gift from my mom!

Guess what this will become?

I don’t even eat pickled okra!! But you can always use it for bartering!

They are put up!

Next up banana peppers!

I love canning!

Fig jam, i am excited about this one!

Tooty baked in her easy bake, since she couldn’t help with jam, i even burned myself in spots from the popping..

And then dinner was served! I also had steamed green beans, fresh!

Dessert was good, cookies i ordered from a fundraiser, it helped clean the freezer as well!

Let’s see what i can do this weekend!

Roo what?

So we have 2 roos! One is the 5 toe mystery chicken. Turns out i have an Americana roo and a jersey giant roo. Time to split the coops! We are looking at doing some major reworking of the coops! The girls are molting. We cut the grass this weekend and what was funny was my older hens knew what was coming when they heard the mower and got excited. We bag the grass and put it in all the pens. It is quite funny to see how they react!

For now enjoy the roos! I didn’t want roos but these guys seem to be pretty amazing for now!

Garden Update- July 5th

So I forgot to get a picture of the harvest this week. I got some pickling cucumbers, cherry tomatoes, cucumbers, and banana peppers. I am hoping I will have enough to pickle the banana peppers and the cucumbers this weekend.

This is the volunteer pumpkin plant. You can see it is starting some blooms. I found them when I picked up the plant to move it, partly to stop it from making more roots, and to move it to point away from my house.


I planted some more potatoes in my second bag. the first is ready to harvest. We will have to see how many I got and evaluate the bag system!

The herbs are doing well. I need to trim my mint back this weekend, it is growing a little wild there. I can’t decide if the green pot is cilantro or parsley? Can you tell? The basil is coming back after I cut it way back- so that is nice!

I think the cherry tomatoes are coming to an end. I only had the one plant- but next year I will have several, it has done great in the pot. The other tomato plant was saved enough to where there is 2 or 3 tomatoes, not ripe yet- but I think that may be all we get from that. The 2 rows are definitely growing better now. I had some plants that fell, and the tomatoes had rotted- so I have to prune those back a little, but there are green buds and growing tomatoes everywhere. I am hoping for a good harvest for salsa, and some to eat.

I still have 2 pickling cucumber plants, and 2 cucumber plants, and the more I harvest- the more they grow. There are new growths everywhere!


I have 3 squash growing, and the plant has come back. It will get sprayed again soon. It seemed to help with the bugs. I am hoping to get some squash this year. I only really need 1 plant as I am the only one that eats it in my family.


The watermelon plants- I have 2 are flourishing. I am going to check for some more buds, and then move the plants just like the pumpkins so I can train them where to grow, and so they don’t root into the ground. Supposedly if they root into the ground- it produces smaller fruit.

The pepper plants are doing great. This is something I will definitely plant more of next year. They are slow producing right now, but I think that it’s because there is a limb covering some of their sun. Plus all the rain we have had is drowning my plants. I see more when the garden is dryer.

The okra is just starting to produce which is making me happy, again like the peppers- it needs some more sun, I think.


This is the cantaloupe plant, and it is slow growing. I am not sure I will get fruit from it or not. We will have to see.

How is your garden? I have a feeling mine is going to pop all at once, and harvest and canning will have to go quick! What have you been harvesting?

Staycations are fun…

I know we had a vacation just a little while ago- but that was out vacation for the whole year. I only get so much time off of work, and the hubby and I planned for us to have a staycation week this past week on the 4th. I worked Monday and I will work on Saturday, but it has been nice to catch up on some things on the homestead. We didn’t get to do anything “fun” so to say- but it was nice for the kids to just be home and for us to just spend time together- even it some of it was working.

July 4th we had an amazing day, had a bunch of awesome friends over for fireworks, and dinner. I spent all day cooking and cleaning up to have an awesome afternoon. The show was amazing- we did more than last year- and will have to plan some more for next year. All of the kids have fun- and I enjoyed having people over.

As out staycation ends- it does make me wish that I could just leave the 9 to 5 and stay home to take care of the homestead more and add some more things quicker. I am staying at my rat race job until our car is paid off. It just made me realize how grateful I am to have the time I did this week, and how grateful to have what property I do have to be able to have a mini homestead. So much so that I re-evaluated the goals we have for this year. But that is what goals are for to re-evaluate. It is very hard to work in the rat race and homestead- but we are doing it. That is another post for another day.

I hope everyone had a great 4th of July- and celebrated our independence. I am grateful to live in a country that I can homestead- and have the freedom to pretty much do anything.

Part of this week has been burning down the burn pile of limbs we have trimmed, and the parts of the tree that fell down. We had to use the barrel as the pile has been so wet from where it continues to rain (the garden is grateful!).

It is pretty much down to nothing, and we are planning on finishing some tree trimming by the garden and finishing the pile out this weekend.

By the way, I just learned this weekend, it is illegal to burn cardboard. We were just burning brush- but that is nice to know. By the way- both my husband and I volunteer for the local fire department. We are just volunteers- we aren’t big enough to have a paid department. I haven’t been able to run calls much as to I have the kids- and I have been working. Hubby runs when he can but works the Talladega races every year, twice a year, to earn the department money.

We also got a shed to put all the gardening stuff and feed in. It finally got put together this week. It took us awhile in between the rain. But now the carport and the back porch are all decluttered some, and all of the animal stuff and garden stuff are in the same space!

By the way- yes that is 4 sheets of plywood on top of my car. It is definitely nice to have the floor in there though. The building kit came with a flooring kit so the plywood should not rot as fast. There is still a plan to get the loft kit to get the hay off the floor- and to get some shelves in there so we can have more room for tools, and other stuff. We still have to rig the light as well, right now we just have a little light by the door that I can click on to see if it is night time.


We also got to fashion the other hose by the goat pen. The original hose was too long, so we cut it, and hubby used the rest of it to make an additional hose so we can water chickens, or use it for washing things out. It is nice to have.

Just some of the projects that got done on our staycation!

Weather, weather, oh my!

Last weekend we had some rain in between everything. Last year we were in a drought, well we have come out of it, and the rain just keeps coming. It seems every time I plan some work outside, it just rains and rains.


We have been wanting to buy a weather station and finally was able to get it. You can see our nifty station on the top of the big coop! It can predict weather as best as it can after awhile too, it is pretty good I can start recording it in the new garden journal, it will be fun to look back on.

wp-1498609495787.jpgThe little girls finally got a roost put up, and they are enjoying it. We are looking at expanding this week, there just isn’t enough room now that they have grown so big! I do have to scrub the water and feed buckets this weekend, these girls poop on everything, and if you can’t tell, they stand on it all!

The work is never done, and I hope that the rain holds off, so we can get some more work done. And that way the girls aren’t walking in mud all the time!

Garden Update- June 25th


This was our harvest over the weekend! Yummo! I can’t wait to have more!

Tomato plants- the cherry tomato is doing well, and I have nursed the potted plant back to health. I am going to have to do some pruning on the big plants- I have found blossom end rot, and I need to try to fix it! I don’t really have any tomatoes yet, and I would cry if it ruins all the plants!

Cantaloupe, Watermelon, and Okra…nothing yet on these babies! I don’t think my okra is getting enough sun! We are trimming that tree this weekend. We have had so much rain, everything is squishy, it drys up just a little, and then we get downpours again!

Herbs are doing well! Not sure, I think the first pot is a weed! The second is Cilantro and it is slow growing but still growing, I will take that! The mint is starting to grow, grow, grow! I will need to prune it back and I may try making some extract or tea! I pruned the basil way back and it is still growing very well, which means plenty more Basil later!

I do have 2 Bell Pepper plants, and they are both growing more peppers as we speak. The banana pepper plant took forever to start, but now it is producing left and right! Pickling a small batch this weekend maybe!

My cucumbers are doing great, I should have a bunch for pickling soon I hope, they grow pretty slow too! And I think Hubby may have killed one of the plants when he was cultivating to get the weeds out. It looks a little sad- I was trying to nurse it, but I don’t think it is coming back!


I am hoping that the squash bugs don’t kill my one lone last squash plant, I am diligently checking it daily to make sure it has time to grow!

How does your garden grow?

Chickie Update..

So the babies all have most of their feathers, and are certainly growing more and more every day. They will be needing more room soon! I took pictures of all the babies again this weekend, and am now figuring out coops and coop space.

These are my Aracauna/Americauna’s. I have 5 of them, and I am so dang excited about the Lavender colored one! I can’t wait to see them keep growing and see the different patterns.

I am thinking these are either New Hampshire Reds or Rhode Island Reds, I just can’t remember what was in the cage together when I bought them.

These are my 2 Buff Orpingtons. They are quite feisty too!

These are my White Cochins, there are 5, and they stay dirty! They are the tamest of the bunch so far!

These are my White Jersey Giants, there are 3. They are tamer as well!

These are my Barred Rocks- and they are the weird ones of this bunch. They spaz out when I go to do something in the coop.

This is my rare breed, and now that the feathers have developed, I can try to figure out what it is. I am thinking it is a Dorking. And I can’t tell if it is a male or female- it has no tail feathers yet- and has feathered legs, 5 toes, and the feathers are still growing on it’s head. So if you see something, and can identify let me know!

I am totally loving on these babies! We are trying to handle them more, so they are used to us.

Garden Update- May 18

This is picture heavy!

We were able to harvest some more tomatoes- we had another one but ate it on the burgers we had over the weekend. I also got some cucumbers- how exciting! Woot!

This is the volunteer pumpkin plant, the cantaloupe plant, the fava beans and their flowers, and the watermelon plants. It looks sad because I am trying to train it to spread into the grass not the tomatoes. Lesson learned, next year better planning! Oops!

All of the tomato plants, I think my potted ones besides the cherry tomato I am going to lose. I have to doctor and baby them back!

These are all cucumber plants, don’t mind the weeds, apparently they spread like everything else while I was gone! I will have to weed it this weekend!

The squash growing in the garden is great, although I do have to treat it this weekend, I can see some squash bugs! I think I may lose the other squash plant! 😦 The okra and peppers are doing great- I have 2 more peppers coming, and some buds on the other plants. The banana peppers are finally growing. I need to fertilize some this weekend.

The mint is doing well, so glad it won’t overpower anything. The basil is getting tall, I am going to harvest some this weekend. I am not sure what the little guy is, and the other one I believe is cilantro. He is growing quite fast now.

How is your garden? What are you harvesting!

One thing I have learned is to prepare a little better! And plan a little better!


Chicken Update

The total is down to 27 but the rest of the hens seem to be healthy as far as I can tell. We are going to try to handle the babies and handle the girls more so they can get used to us.

The babies are now getting to get outside some. We are figuring out which direction we are going to expand. They all have feathers now, and will need much more room soon!


They have learned fast how to use the ramp!



I will have to try to get some more individual pictures soon! The colors coming in are beautiful!


The Golden Comets are definitely coming into their colors, and the Cherry Eggers are getting some black on them now!


Spaz still runs them off occasionally, but she seems to be not as protective because we only have her left. There is one cherry egger that seems to not be scared, but these girls still flock together!