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!

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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!

Save it for later..

So because the weekends are busy, and i am getting accustomed to a different schedule, i have decided to save it for later. We had some nectarines that needed to be preserved, i bagged them and froze them to make jam later. I put up some more peppers and some okra in the freezer as well. When you don’t have time, freeze it, then when winter comes, you can use it! The freezer is filling up fast!

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!

Chicken Update

The girls are getting so big- and I so enjoy going out and talking to them! They both have such different personalities and are certainly growing into some good looking girls! They are not teenagers anymore! Not sure but we may almost be ready for eggs! They have already molted- and I felt so bad! It looked like something had gotten them- until they came down from the coop- and I saw the loose fluffy butt feathers. They enjoyed what was left of a veggie plate from Tooty’s birthday- and enjoyed smashed pumpkin parts from Halloween!

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Violet’s fluffy butt- and Spaz- she cracks me up!
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Violet

I am not missing!

I have been a bad blog writer! I have not posted in a month. So sorry followers- life got a little busy- and I have not been the best in writing- so be prepared for some posts in the next week or two to update you as to what has been going on at the homestead. You did read the title right? I am a hot mess- so that is why the posts have not been flowing. I haven’t forgotten about you- I just had so much going on- I didn’t get on the computer to write.

Wow-  no posts in over a month- so sorry loyal readers!

But here’s what’s been happening on the homestead-

  • We celebrated Halloween with the kiddos- involving a Fall Festival- a Halloween party at a friends- and trick or treating on Halloween.
  • We accumulated another animal- we are now owners of a lone Texas A & M Quail. Post to follow.
  • I ticked a goal off my list- well part of a goal- I learned how to butcher a deer leg. Post to follow.
  • We celebrated Tooty’s 6th birthday- pictures in this post.
  • We had a great Thanksgiving with family- I cooked the whole meal- and learned to not get distracted. We will just say that I forgot to turn the oven on for the corn and green beans- and the corn took forever- I made way too much! My bad! We are so thankful to having our own house now- and had a lot to be thankful for this year!
  • I finally went to the cardiologist- which involved a lot more appointments- this is an ongoing issue I have had since I have been a baby- and I haven’t gone in 3 years so I bit the bullet and went. I have had my echo done- and am wearing a monitor- I get to take it off on the 30th- Thank the Lord! I go back December 12th to see about it all- I also had bloodwork done- and am waiting to get back with my Primary to see about my elevated T4- thyroid issues. So needless to say- Momma is taking care of herself- I can’t take care of the homestead if I am not 100%. I am feeling much better since he gave me the prescription I started taking 3 years ago- and let it run out and didn’t do anything about it- yes I know- poo poo on me. He doesn’t think I need it- and it may be psychological- but I do- I have been more productive and happy since I have been taking it.
  • Christmas is coming- and I am so excited! I have my own house- so I can decorate it.
  • The Grease Monkey got a promotion at work- woot woot!
  • I got a new car- now I don’t feel like I am driving in the death trap- a big stressor on me. And yes- it is brand new- and we have payments. I wasn’t too keen on payments- but to not have to worry about having a reliable car- or breaking down with my kiddos- it’s a plus. We have a plan to pay off the car early- and thankful for father-in-law, who co-signed- we have no interest- so it’s just the car we are paying for!

I will leave you with some birthday pictures of Tooty.

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This was at her party, the next Saturday after her birthday. She loved her new baby doll- and was excited about the shirt- an awesome friend of ours made it for her!

 

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This was on her actual birthday- she got her own bow! She wanted to be like sister- and I can’t wait to get mine so we can all practice together!

And here comes Fall.

Fall just happens to be my favorite time of the year- I just love fall. Tooty decided to start decoration for Halloween- and we have so much more to decorate! With fall comes pretty flowers-

wp-1474413264743.jpgMums that the elementary school sells for music every year- so now that we have the house I can’t wait to find a space to plant them to keep them coming back every year! They are so big and are beautiful!

wp-1474413248605.jpgThe lonely Geranium I saved before the dog got it- and have been trying to nurse back to health- it will be planted some time soon…

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Front door décor- I painted and sealed the monogram- and that stays up year round!

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Part of the front porch- we do happen to love the birdies- and love leaving food out for them- I do have a little more work to do- but here is the start of the front porch decorations.. I am so happy I just had to share. So watch the progress- and look out for some more updates,

Do you have any Fall friendly plants, share some pictures in the comments? What is your favorite part of Fall?