A friend of mine tried the first batch of pickled okra. It was SALTY- so I adjusted the recipe a little and used the last of the okra and banana peppers from the garden. I am so in love with the blue jars! I can not wait to plan some more canning for next year- and I am working on stocking up on my jars. I still have some nectarines- some strawberries and some oranges that I need to make some jam/jelly with! But the good thing about it- it is slow season- so I have more time to make these. AND they make great Christmas gifts- so I hope my family is prepared to get some homemade gifts this year!
I have been cooking more from scratch, and the more I cook, the more of a habit it becomes! So this past weekend I made pork chops for one day last week- and I made some chicken for us to eat. One night we had it with mashed taters- and the night I cooked it I made homemade fries. I am getting my cooking groove back! And I am so excited for that!
The girls had some fun- we use our pumpkins to feed the animals as a natural dewormer. The newer hens were not so sure about it- but once they figured it out- then yes- it was a wonderful treat. Tooty and Sheldon got to half and smash the pumpkins with a sledgehammer- they had such a good time. It was warm enough that Tooty even wanted to run the sprinkler- so while we were putting up the sprinklers from the garden- she got to have a little fun.
So we partially prepared the animals for winter. It is getting cold- and that means prepping for winter. It means scrubbing feeders and waterers and laying new hay down. It means cleaning out the pens and preparing for a deep litter system. It means the ducks got a bunch of hay to take up some mud! They hay bale that the pumpkins sat on- gets reused for on the ground- cause it really isn’t good for eating. The pumpkins got given to the animals as a wormer. Winter prep is still not done- but by the end of November will be completed!
The girls have been laying a steady 4 eggs a day- although it is molt season so I can’t tell who is and isn’t laying. There is 7 in this coop- and poor Spaz hit her first real molt- she looked horrible and there are feathers everywhere!
We feed them a little sunflower seeds in the shell every day!
Did you know you can be frugal and feed your chickens your mums? I bought 3 from my daughter’s fundraiser for music for school- and boy did those girls enjoy them!
The littles are not laying yet- but I keep my eyes peeled every day for eggs! The coops got cleaned out last month. I should show you an after picture if I can- they ate everything down to the stems.
I also found out something was digging- may have been my pooch- near the coops- so I filled in the holes so I don’t step in them. And in the meantime- also got covered in ants from an ant bed! Gracious- we are a hot mess!
Fall is definitely here- and by the weather we can tell. Mornings and evenings get chilly but it is still warm during the day. So much to do with so little time- we are cracking down on Winter and need to prepare. We have had so much going on that it has been hard to get work done. And I believe I have seasonal affective disorder, when the sun starts going away- depression starts to hit in. It has been harder to get things done- I think I am in a funk.
The kids had fun trick or treating for Halloween. We went with friends and had a late start but both of them talked about how much fun they had.
Both my husband and I celebrated birthdays this month. Starting in October we really get hit with the holidays. Tooty had a camp out weekend with Girl Scouts in the middle of the month. She had a great time, so while I was helping Sheldon went to the shooting range with her daddy. They had a great time as well. That was one weekend down. Hubby worked one weekend, and was gone the whole weekend from volunteering at the racetrack for the Talladega Super Speedway race on Sunday, so there went another weekend. It sure has been busy.
I like being busy- but we still have so many projects to be done!
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!
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!
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!