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Keeping up with the “norm”

In high school I had a theory that I was the epitome of average.  Average height, average weight, average intelligence, average interests, average hair color…. you get the idea.  There was nothing about me that stood out.  I was normal. Not much has changed in the many odd years since then.  I’m still pretty average. […]

Garden 2017

As you may remember, my 2016 garden was pretty much a failure.  (You can read about it here.)  I only managed to harvest one small meal’s worth of okra.  There were a lot of factors that played into my failure, not the least of which was my own lack of attention to my garden’s needs. […]

Don’t Let New Year’s Resolution-Making Be Cliche

It drives me crazy when people dismiss holidays because they are “cliche”.  The couple that doesn’t celebrate Valentine’s Day because they believe in showing love every day, or in this case the individuals who don’t make New Year’s Resolutions because NY’s Resolutions are just made to be broken.  But what if they’re not?  What if […]

My Gardening Failure

Turns out I don’t have much of a green thumb.  All of the planning, money, work, and stress and we managed to get 3 black bean pods, 2 pinto bean pods, and 1 small serving of okra.  Jealous of my fresh food plethora, aren’t you? To be fair, I had basil but didn’t harvest it […]

Chicken Jail

  When we first moved into our new house the chickens had free range of the yard.  Their only barrier was the chain link fence that ran the length of the left side of our yard.  Over the last year we have started fencing in the back yard to contain the animals.  (And by “we” […]

Canning, Freezing, and Preserving

When I was growing up I spent many an hour stringing and breaking green beans with my Nana.  She canned quart size mason jars of green beans by the bushel.  And honestly, there was absolutely nothing more wonderful than sitting down to Thanksgiving dinner and eating freshly canned summer green beans. The last bit of […]

Our Veggie Garden: Plethora and Drought

Here it is August and I had really hoped to be drowning in produce.  Cooking, canning, freezing, preserving, even giving away fresh produce that we grew in our garden boxes.  Ok, I at least wanted to cook ONE meal of freshly grown foods. To date I have harvested a total of 5 bean pods:  2 […]

Freeloading Chickens

Oh good grief!  We currently have 10 chickens, 1 rooster, and 1 turkey.  And we currently get exactly ONE egg a day.  No need to go back, you read that correctly. 1 Uno O-N-E

Pick-your-own Farms

Last week I drug the family out on a pick-your-own adventure.  In the lovely 90° weather with some insane percent humidity (thank you North Carolina weather).  Needless to say, the family was miserable.  But honestly, I love the pick-your-own farms and they love fresh berries and muffins so I wasn’t terribly upset about making them […]

A Boy Named Pink

Seriously, our luck with getting hens is like… well, bad.  It’s bad luck.  We added 8 birds to our flock this year and to date at least one is a rooster, but quite possibly 1 more.