Sunshine-

Sunshine is still alive! No eggs for awhile- I am trying to figure out if she is done or not. I really need to get some more friends for her- but I am afraid she has been alone for too long. I think the ducks disturb her- their pen is right next to hers. I have to clean her pen a little- and she doesn’t take much food or water- so right now- she is a pet!

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Chickens like what?

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!

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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!

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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!

Enjoy some pictures below!

Goat Update-

So I finally found something the goats will eat…. you do realize I have some picky goats.

We had some pears about to go bad- and MJ enjoyed nibbling!

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In the meantime- I had to chase Kevin around because of this…

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We have to winterize and work on the goat hut some for this winter- but I did put a fresh batch of hay in there so it wasn’t so muddy! Enjoy!

Fall is here..

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.

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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!

The Homestead Box Review

The hubby and I decided to try out The Homestead Box– click to check them out. We had watched a few reviews some YouTube homesteader channels we follow did. So what The Homestead Box is- it is a monthly box that includes items to hone in on your skills. Or introduce important homestead skills. There are 3 levels of boxes. We chose the pioneer box. It does cost $100 a month- but there is no obligation and you can cancel at any time. We made the decision because it appeared to be a great idea- and who can’t learn and do more? Who doesn’t love to get a package every month? I would rather spend money on that, then spend money on makeup or bath products. I’m not knocking it- this is just my thing!

So you have an intro box- this is the box you get when you join. Then the next month you get that month’s box. Each box has a brand spotlight- which is some of the featured products, and each box also has a project card- it tells you how to use the products that are included.

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This is the card that came in the box. No brand spotlight for the intro welcome box. But you can see all levels there. The first is in black- that is what you would get in the vintage box. The gray level is what you would get in the classic upgrade, and then the orange is what is in the pioneer box.

We are excited about the Opinel knife- that has had good reviews from everyone that has used it. It is mega sharp! They include seeds in every package from different companies. This time we got 4 packages of herb seeds. I am excited to plan the garden and use some of these products! Each box usually always includes a book as well. I have this book, so prepare for a review and giveaway soon! We joined in October so we did not get the October box, but I am thoroughly looking forward to November’s box. It is based out of Georgia so it get’s to us here in Alabama pretty quick.

They also offer 3 different gift packages as well. Previous months themes have included…

  1. Jan 17- Intro Box (Tool and etc Care)
  2. Feb 17- Seed Starting Box
  3. Mar 17- Fruitful Foraging
  4. Apr 17- The Kitchen Garden
  5. May 17- The Good, The Bad and the Buggy
  6. June 17- Ultimate Heart and Harvest
  7. July 17- Canning and Pickling
  8. Aug 17- Summer BBQ
  9. Sept 17- Emergency Preparedness

I so wish I would have know earlier- those boxes had some awesome items and some awesome themes! Things I certainly want to research and delve into. I am not sure what October’s theme is- they ship boxes on the 15th. So look for my monthly post on the reviews- and then look for posts as to how we used the items in the boxes!

Do you currently subscribe to this service? If not what do you think?

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!