The chicks are growing!!

The chicks are growing!!

I can’t believe it has been almost 3 weeks since we got the chickens. Time has flown by so quickly!! We now have them separated into 2 bins with 4 chickens in each. We did lose one of the original batch and got a new one. She is a pullet and called “Calamity Jane”.   She is in the tub with Little Longhorn and Peep. Those are the only 3 with names so we need to figure out a few more, suggestions welcome!! You can see CJ’s little butt hanging out there on the right. The girls accepted her right in and she is one of the girls now. Very happy about that, we were not sure how that was going to go. We took them outside on Sunday because it was 75F! It was their first time outside. We didn’t get to take all of them out, we took about...

Adventures in chickenhood

Adventures in chickenhood

We took Morley to a home decor store just to kill time and walk around. He met new people, which is always good for him since he is shy. He was so cute today! He got a little hair cut, a little less shaggy. His face needs to be cleaned up a little but he was done that day. (Morley had to be sedated last time and I have worked with him so I wouldn’t have to sedate him again and it paid off!!) Don’t mind the leash. It’s my backup, I couldn’t find the black one! We have been talking chickens for months now and decided to go to Atwoods to see what we could see {again}. We heard the chicks and went over and I showed them to Morley. Usually, he doesn’t care about anything but he was looking at them and was interested! We got 8 chickens. 4...

Sledding Fun!!

Sledding Fun!!

We didn’t get anywhere close to the snow that the North East has gotten but we did have enough to sled earlier this week! Adrian pushing M Lou was telling M he was ready to go again!!   They both rode down together and tumble. Lou ran down as he always does. He doesn’t like to ride but he likes to chase! Morley is saying “thank goodness that’s over with..it was cold!!”   And he promptly passed out  ...

Love sign

Love sign

So I’ve seen this LOVE sign on pinterest and I wanted to make something similar. I don’t have contact paper or a fancy machine. I wanted to spend as little as possible and use what I had around the house. The only thing I paid for was for the paint. Score! I took an old sign that was painted, sanded it down and wiped it clean. My lovely assistant Adrian stained it for me. I think this is his job now, to stain things for my projects (and cut them, and figure out how to hang them!) I printed some letters that I thought would work. I made some rosettes and covered the heart. I actually cut some felt in the shape of the heart and glued the rosettes straight on that. I have a tutorial on rosettes here. So my plan was to outline the letters with painters...

String Heart

String Heart

So I saw this heart and fell in love with it. I wanted to make a smaller version for my collage wall (which will be shown when it’s mostly finished). We had an old piece of wood left and my lovely assistant Adrian stained it for me  He stained it the same color as the mantel since it will on a wall in that room. I printed a heart, overlayed it on the wood and started putting nails in it. It wasn’t my forte. They are not very straight…adds to the rustic feel right??   Originally I was going to use yarn but what I had at home was too thick so I used cross stitch floss.   I can’t wait to put it on the wall! It isn’t perfect and I didn’t center it right…I was in too much of a hurry. I am sure my handy dandy...

Udon Noodle & Meatball Soup

Udon Noodle & Meatball Soup

This is my twist on udon noodles. Very westernized but delicious     I cooked for 3 people so I only used 1lb of ground beef. May have gone crazy with the celery though! No one likes bok choy but me so I went easy on that. Ingredients: Udon Noodles Carrots Celery Ground Beef Bok Choy Chicken Broth (2×49.5oz cans) Salt and Peper   1.Cut the carrots, celery, bok choy up. 2. Put the chicken broth, salt and pepper in a soup pot and bring to a boil. I added half a can of water. How much water/broth you use is totally up to you. I prefer chicken broth to vegetable broth but again, that’s up to you. 3. Add the veggies and the meatballs.  I only salted and pepper them but you can put whatever you would like or buy them premade. I skim my soup...

Homemade Pretzels

Homemade Pretzels

So I followed the recipe from Sally’s Baking Addiction but I have comments! There is yeast in it and I knew they would expand but I didn’t realize just how much. So note to self, make the pretzels scrawny looking! I am not a huge baker but I am trying to get use out of my kitchen aid and make things at home more and more.  So it says it’s 30 minute pretzels, I am pretty sure it took me about an hour. I did use my kitchen aid and the paddle attachment to mix everything. I also used all purpose flour only, no wheat flour. She did say that it would be more fluffy. I also only used the broiler for 3 minutes and not 5. Definitely watch when you are broiling! What took the longest for me was to roll it out and shape them. I skipped the baking soda and...