A Couple Months Of Photos From The Red Double Wide – Dec 2015 & Jan 2016

Hope you all had a great Christmas and New Year and are surviving the winter weather.  Here are a few pics from the last couple of months.

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Jess turned this oak stump into…..

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this bowl and gave it to my mom for Christmas.  He claims he broke every tool he has on it. (I think it was worth it) 😉

Golden Laced Wyandotte in the snow

My ladies did not think much of all the snow and ice.

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But……

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First egg!

they finally started earning their keep!!  I’m getting 8 or 9 eggs a day now.

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We’ve had snow and ice and slush and rain and now mud….more moisture than we know what to do with!

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We got to go sledding….

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Guess who had the most fun!?

Rebel in the snowRebel LOVES the snow and the excitement of sledding turned him into a little terror!!

sprouting wheatWith all the snow and ice the chickens weren’t able to get out and munch on any greens so I started sprouting wheat for them.  They LOVED it and it’s much easier for them to digest than whole wheat kernels.

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We also fed them dried sun flower heads that we had saved from the garden.

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Just a few random pics from January.

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Can’t believe February is already here!!  Have a good one everybody!

 

 

 

A Month Of Photos From The Red Double Wide – Nov. 2015

Wow, November is over……Christmas here we come!!  Lots happened in November, as I look back through the month of pictures it seems like these things happened 6 months ago not 3 weeks ago!!  Time sure does fly when you’re having fun. 🙂

We started off the month with a trip to the Oregon Coast.

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The aquarium was tons of fun!

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I finally finished harvesting the rest of the dried beans.  I only got 4 pounds this year so I think I need to plant more than 3/4 of a row of drying beans next year.

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I shared a photo Jo took last month of the barn owl and this month she got an even better shot of him (or her?)!  Anyway, he (or she) has been hanging around a lot so we decided to name him (or her) Ollie…..can Ollie be a boy or a girl name???

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Photo By: Jo

Still waiting for these ladies to start laying eggs.  We are down to one month!!

White Leghorn Chickens 3 months old

Earlier in the month we had frosty mornings and….

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rainy afternoons with lots and lots of rainbows!

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Our neighbors horses kept escaping from their pen and headed strait for our green lawn every time.  The girls had a blast petting them while they grazed.

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A couple days after the horses came visiting I woke up to this guy in our garden.  For some reason the girls didn’t go pet him. 😉

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The last week or so the weather has been cold, cold, cold!

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And frosty, frosty, frosty…..

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Hope you all had a grand Thanksgiving and are looking forward to Christmas.  The girls got the tree up and decorated over the weekend.  I LOVE that they are old enough to do this (by themselves) and still young enough to want to!! 😀

A Month Of Photos From The Red Double Wide – October 2015

Happy Halloween!

Here are a few pictures of our month.

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We harvested 4 wheelbarrow loads of squash and pumpkins out of the garden!  We gave away A LOT and still have plenty to eat through the winter.

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I’m so happy with our onion harvest this year.

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Photo Taken By: Jo

Jo’s puppy, Rebel.

DSCN7260 (480x640)The cutest nephew came to visit!

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Jo made shrimp egg rolls for a school project.  They were honestly the best I’ve ever tasted….she got an A, I LOVE homeschooling. 🙂

DSCN7303 (640x480)We also finished harvesting the sunflowers.  The chickens will love these this winter.

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The barn owl came back for a visit.

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Photo By: Mary

Warning, scary chicken ahead…..

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Poor, poor, poor Tiny….molting season is not being good to her!  Last month she won a grand champion ribbon and this month she would definitely win the ugliest chicken award. 🙂

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These little ladies out grew the small coop so we moved them to the big one.  I keep pointing to the nesting boxes and telling them to get with it!  Unfortunately, I still have two months to wait.

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Love all the fall colors!

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These two have been giggling for days because we are headed to the Oregon Coast on Monday.  Their bags have been packed for about a week now.   🙂

I just got an Instagram account and I’m a little obsessed! (it’s so fun!)  So come follow along! (the icon is above my picture at the top of this screen) I’ll be sharing photos of our beach trip next week, and any other pics I snap with my phone.

Hope you all have a blessed November!

 

Homemade All Natural Insect Spray For Your Garden

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Uuug!  I have never had this much trouble with nasty little insects devouring my garden!  At first I thought it was due to my deep straw mulch.  My husband warned me before I put the straw in the garden that it would create the perfect environment for earwigs.  He was absolutely correct!  The little buggers love to hide in the dark, moist straw during the day and then come out and graze on my veggie plants all night!!  But I can’t blame the whole problem on the mulch.  We have earwigs and ants EVERYWHERE this year.  It’s just simply a bad year for bugs.  (Darn it!)  It’s so frustrating to watch all your hard work slowly disappearing!

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They seemed to like the squash, cabbage and kale the best!  I think most of the damage was done by earwigs, but I have also seen aphids and grasshoppers.

I got on-line and looked up MANY different natural and organic bug sprays.  I came up with my own simple spray that REALLY works!  My plants are looking MUCH better!

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This is an early morning picture and has lots of shadows, but I hope you can see the very bug eaten leaves and then the new growth in the center after I sprayed them!  I still lost some of the little plants that were just to far gone by the time I sprayed them but the bigger plants are recovering nicely.

To make this spray I used garlic, an onion, cayenne pepper, peppermint castile soap, peppermint oil and water.

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Start by chopping the cloves from one head of garlic and 1 onion into tiny pieces.  You can use a food processor if you have one.  When you have them all chopped up put them in a pot with 6 cups of water and 1 teaspoon of cayenne pepper powder.  Bring your concoction to a boil then remove it from the heat and let it cool completely.  Strain the liquid into a squirt bottle and add 2 tablespoons of peppermint castile soap and 5 drops of peppermint oil.  Shake it up and you’re ready to spray those nasty pests away.

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Spray early in the morning before the hot sun is out or just before dark.  Be sure to shake well before each use and spray the top and bottom of each leaf.  If you have any left over, store it in the fridge for up to a week.

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Ingredients
  • 1 whole head of garlic, peeled and cloves removed
  • 1 good sized onion, peeled
  • 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 6 cups of water
  • 2 tablespoons peppermint castile soap
  • 5 drops peppermint oil
Instructions
  1. Chop up all the garlic cloves and onion into small pieces.
  2. Put the cayenne pepper, water, chopped onions and garlic into a pot and bring it to a boil.
  3. Remove the pot from the heat and let it cool completely.(over night is good)
  4. Strain cooled liquid into a squirt bottle and add the castile soap and peppermint oil.
  5. Shake well.

I’ve only had to spray my garden twice, but we only had rain once and we don’t water with sprinklers, so you may have to spray more often if the leaves are getting washed off.  Try to avoid spraying directly on the part of the plant you are going to eat.

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A Week Of Photos From The Red Double Wide – 7/18/2015

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Here are a few photos of what we’ve been up to.  The week started off with much cooler temps (finally!) and it even rained just enough to make sweet smells and a little rainbow!

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The temps quickly climbed back up into the 80’s

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What better to do on a hot day than take a cool bath……he LOVES his baths.

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I’m so excited about all the baby watermelon in my garden!

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We got a big box of fresh peaches from a local orchard.  We made peach cobbler, froze some, and ate the rest.  Oh so good!

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How gross is this!  Unfortunately I’ve seen way more wasps this year than honey bees.

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The meat chickens are now big enough to let free range for a few hours everyday.

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We finally cut down the dead birch tree in our lawn….ok, not WE.  Digger cut it down and the girls hauled off the pieces.  I took pictures and supervised.

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This is Grandpa Clyde, and HIS favorite thing is mowing lawns.  He still comes out every Saturday (at the age of 96!) to help us with ours.

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Mary left today for church camp so we should have a pretty quiet week around here!  Hope you’re all enjoying your summer.

 

Raising Ranger Broilers (Meat Chickens) – Part One

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Two summers ago we raised several Cornish Cross Meat Chickens.  Meat chickens were a brand new adventure for us and even though we lost a couple and taking them to the fair was a disaster, we had fun, and they tasted GREAT!  I blogged about the whole experience and you can read each weeks post starting here.

This year my girls wanted to take meat chickens to the fair again but didn’t want to take Cornish Cross.  I did some research and Ranger Broilers seemed to be the next obvious choice.  They are bred to be a fast growing meat chicken just like the Cornish Cross, but they are good foragers; unlike the Cornish Cross that like to sit in front of the feeder and stuff themselves.  I am excited about comparing these two breeds.

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We ordered 15 chicks from Meyer Hatchery and they arrived June 11th.  When we got them home we realized that they had sent us an extra chick.  A few days later, I began to suspect that the extra chick was a Cornish Cross.  A few days after that I was sure of it, now I can compare the two breeds while they grow!!

All 16 chicks were active, cute, and very entertaining.  All of us agree these are the quietest chicks we’ve ever had.
ranger broilers 2 weeksAt 2 weeks they are still pretty cute but that doesn’t last for long.

Ranger Broilers 3 weeks

As you can see the Cornish Cross sticks out like a green bean in a fruit salad…..ok, that was bad, but I was trying to come up with something other than “he sticks out like a sore thumb” and well, that’s the only “appropriate” one I could think of.

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We weighed them at 4 weeks.

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The Ranger broilers weighed in at an average of 2 pounds 6 ounces, and the Cornish Cross weighed 2 pounds 10 ounces.   At 4 weeks they have eaten about 60 lbs. of feed.  As soon as I think they are big enough we will let them out for at least a couple hours every day so they can forage for grass and bugs.  So far, other than growing just a bit slower than the Cornish Cross the only difference between the two breeds is that the Rangers seem to be more curious and friendly.

I’ll post an update in a few weeks and then a final post after we butcher them at the end of August.  Thanks for following along!

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A Week Of Photos From The Red Double Wide – 7/11/15

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Now that I have a little more time on my hands, I’ve been taking tons of pictures; so I decided to make weekly post of photos.  Hope you enjoy!

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This enormous toad was hiding under our honeysuckle bush.

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This is his “holy moly it’s hot out here” look.  I only know this because I had the same look on my face.

DSCN5346 (640x480)This is my favorite pic this week……heck, this might be my favorite pic of the year!  The girls got to walk next to the church float in the 4th of July day parade!  Can you spot 5 pieces of candy flying through the air?

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The garden is growing like crazzzy, well at least the parts that the bugs haven’t eaten.  I picked my first zucchini yesterday, it was YUMMY.  🙂

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DSCN5535 (480x640)The meat chickens are growing quickly and are definitely in the ugly stage right now.

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After watching some episodes of I Love Lucy, Jo decided to dress up like someone from the 50’s.  Just makes me smile!

The temps have actually swooped down into the 80’s the last couple of days.  After weeks of being in the 100’s it’s a welcome change. 😀

Have a super week everyone!

April and May 2015 – A Couple Months Of Photos From The Red Double Wide

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Happy June everyone!  The weather is so summer like here (96 today)  but, we are still a week and a half away from finishing up the school year.  I’m to the point that I’m counting down the hours instead of the days….bring on summer vacation!  The weather has been so warm that we have been able to get tons of stuff done outside this spring.  My garden is planted and everything is up!!  I think that’s a record for us, I’m usually still trying to get things in the ground towards the end of June.

Here is a few pics of what’s been going on around here the last couple of months.april tillingDigger tilled the garden at the beginning of April.

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Best buddies keeping an eye on everything.

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Maple tree in the spring.

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My sisters ewes lambed in early April.  These cuties will be her 4-H lambs.  I love me some baby lambs…..I just don’t want them at my house. 🙂

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Oh how I LOVE spring time!

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I love this guy too….even more than spring time. 😉

mulch for the gardenI decided to try the deep mulch method this year in my garden.  Digger dumped a bunch of straw bails in the garden for me.

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The girls helped me spread the straw.

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Jo’s favorite part of spring is barn kittens.

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Some friends gave us an abundance of onions.  Homemade beer battered onion rings are AMAZING!

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Baby corn!

More pics of my growing garden and maybe the recipe for the onion rings will be coming soon! 😉

Have a great June and may our great God bless you abundantly!

 

 

March 2015 – A Month Of Photos From The Red Double Wide

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What a month!!  It has been so beautiful, and the unusually mild weather has brought with it early signs of spring.  Some of which are beautiful and cute and some….. well, lets just say I could live without ticks and snakes being out already.

I don’t ever remember being able to do so much “spring cleaning” outside of the house in February and March.  It has felt great to enjoy the sunshine and get my hands dirty already. 🙂

Hope you enjoy some pics from March.

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Photo By: Mary

 

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Photo By: Mary

 

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The orchards down on the river are all in bloom!!
The orchards down on the river are all in bloom!!

 

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Mary made these cute little coconut macaroon nests with chocolate covered almonds for the eggs.
Mary made these cute little coconut macaroon nests with chocolate covered almonds for the eggs.

 

We finally got last years pigs in the freezer!  Oh how I love a freezer full of pork and that my parents raised!!
We finally got last years pigs in the freezer! Oh how I love a freezer full of pork that my parents raised!!

 

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First time mowing the lawn this spring! This is one job I don’t have to ask her twice to do. 🙂

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I got my raspberries trimmed back and thinned out now they are growing like crazy.
I got my raspberries trimmed back and thinned out, now they are growing like crazy

 

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Hope you all have a productive and fun April.  Happy Easter!

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February 2015 – A Month of Photos From the Red Double Wide

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I know the weather was crazy in some places during February but here we mostly enjoyed breezy sunshine and temps in the 50’s during the day.  It got me dreaming about gardens and baby animals.  Hope you are getting to enjoy some sunshine too wherever you are, even if there is snow on the ground!

Here are some photos of our February.

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The ladies started laying a few eggs again.

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This is his “I really want to chase that chicken” look.

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This is the view I enjoy when I go for a walk.

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The dogs obviously found something way more interesting to do than walk with me.

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Oh look, the red double wide…..fancy that!

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This is my favorite chicken, so sweet!

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The official pooper scoopers!  As you can see one is scooping poop and the other is pretending that she was not just singing into the end of a long stick. HAHA gottcha!

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Jo and Digger repurposed this old cabinet into a “cat house”.  Now the dogs can’t eat the cat food.  It’s kinda funny to watch them try though!!

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In the classroom, we celebrated Valentines Day and studied Polar Bears.

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I wish I had his worries!!

Have a wonderful March everyone!!

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