Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Butcher Day, A Family Affair

It's official, we are chicken farmers. We have completed the life cycle of cornish cross meat chickens, and I think we all are better for the experience.  Teaching our children where our food comes from is something that is very important to both Cody and I. We all now have so much more pride, respect and knowledge about the poultry we provide to our family. 

We had 13 birds to butcher, 10 of which we left whole and three we separated into a bag of breasts and a bag of leg quarters. Of course we put the wings of all 13 birds into their own bag for hot wings this Fall.

It doesn't look like we'll be doing another round of meat chickens this Summer, but next Spring and Summer we hope to get a couple rounds in before Fall. Hopefully we will be able to raise a couple turkeys next year as well. 

Stay tuned.

Sunday, August 7, 2016

Another Summer Storm

We've had quite a few storms this Summer, more than I would have imagined we would have. I wonder if it's like this every year??

After feeding the chickens this morning I came in and grabbed my camera to snap a couple pictures of the super cool clouds.

These clouds reminded me of stormy days at the beach.

The final countdown is on for these stinky birds. Color me pink, but I had NO IDEA that chickens smelled SO BAD. The layers and guineas don't smell nearly as bad, I guess since they eat less they poop less and thus stink less. But these meaties are eating, pooping, stinking machines. But so far raising our own meat chickens has been really rewarding, knowing exactly how they were raised, what they were fed and how they were treated has brought a lot of pride to myself, and I think even the girls are ''getting it".

The other day I decided to mow the paddock that the chickens are in, and jokingly said to the girls "hope the lawn mower doesn't give them a heart attack" and after explaining what a heart attack was and that it would kill them Reagan pops off with "then we can have chicken nuggets!!" Yes sweet girl, we can. 

I hear a lot of "I don't know how you do it all", well like this usually:

I've been so lucky that the kids have taken to "farm life", the girls are out of their minds happy here and have both really come into their element. Lincoln seems to be on the five year plan for walking, so he happily strolls around while we go about our chores. Whether it's weeding the garden beds or feeding the chickens if Lincoln is awake he can be found not far away chillin.

The plums are starting to turn purple! It's so exciting to watch the fruit ripen, and we will have a whole mess of plums if the bugs don't get to them first.

Our little pumpkin plant, hopefully we get one for Fall, I know Reagan sure is counting on it. 

Happy Sunday!

Wednesday, August 3, 2016

Farmhouse Kitchen Update

Our farmhouse kitchen remodel has been moving right along! In fact we have CABINETS!! Brand new beautiful cabinets. 

The corner cabinets were the first things to go when we got the keys to the house, so it's been a long time coming to have somewhere to stash our dishes and pans. 

Lets take a walk down memory lane, just for good measure.

Here it sits on move in. 
(And if you need to refresh your memory, HERE was our plan for the space.)

Here was the kitchen as of yesterday. GUTTED. 

Drum roll pleaseee..........


Okay, so now what's left. 
Gas line
A little trim work
Counter tops
Back splash
Is that it? I feel like there is so much more. The counter tops will be a big undertaking, and I'll be honest I'm a little nervous about it, but too late to turn back now. 

Have I shared our plans for the counter top? I don't remember if I have...? Well anyway, we are pouring concrete counter tops, white concrete counter tops to be exact. I found THIS tutorial almost a year ago, and I have been itching ever since for beautiful white concrete. Our shipment will be in next week, then it's on like donkey kong. I'll try to get lots of pictures during the process so I can share how it went.

Uncle Riley & Aunt Sarah's Wedding

This is kinda the Christmas post debuting at Easter, seeing as my brother's beautiful wedding was in June. But here we are none the less. 

We had such a great time, the girls were so excited to be apart of their big day and thought it was so special to wear their pretty dresses and get dolled up.

Sarah and Riley couldn't have picked a prettier venue, Mt Rainer was in plain sight and the grounds were so beautifully landscaped.

Aren't they just the cutest. It's so great to see my baby brother so happy.

The girls danced the night away.

Congrats Riley and Sarah!! Wishing you all the best in your new adventures.