A Week or Two in Pictures (3/12 – 3/27)

We started the week off with a gorgeous – HUGE – full moon.

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After a bout of cool weather, Spring hit and the temperatures have been lurking somewhere about the 50-60° range. It’s been so warm that I’ve moved my seedlings outside along with my citrus trees.

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One of my lemon trees has been doing especially well and is covered with sweet smelling blooms. I attempted to hand pollinate some of the blooms but after moving it outside, I’m hoping that the bees will take over the job for me. I just realized yesterday that I had an orange tree. My citruses were all left at mom’s for the year or so I was transitioning to Robb’s house and included a lime tree. One tree died and I was so certain it was the orange. I was sad to discover that it was my lime!

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Robb and I went down to the beach last weekend and had a great time, depsite the rain. We ate at Two Roads Tavern, picked up donuts from Duck Donuts, and had a fun time at the Manteo Aquarium. For more of a recap and a review of Two Roads Tavern, visit The Edible Coast.

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This past Sunday was a great day for outside chores. We messed with the chicken coop (the chickens received new straw under the coop and new pine shavings inside of the coop), planted Swiss Chard and Brussels Sprouts, and generally enjoyed the good weather.

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Our newest chicken, Ipsy, is the chicken on the left hand side (below photo). She is a Silver Laced Wyandotte and as you can see, she is missing quite a few feathers on her backside from an overzealous rooster. Since I’ve brought her home, she has already put on a little more weight and I can see feathers starting to grow back.

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The straw from the chicken coop gets put into the garden to give the plants an extra boost.

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We officially listed our house for sale! We are going by the route of “for sale by owner” and I am confident that I can get the house sold. We are determined to move forward with finding a place with more space so we can grow our homestead.

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I tried to get a nice picture with Belle as we were all relaxing on Sunday, this is the one that came out the best. She saw the camera and just started acting like a diva.

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I decided to make fish tacos on Sunday, so I made a fresh pico de gallo. Unfortunately none of the produce was from our garden but hopefully the next time I make it – it will have all homegrown items (except for lime… sadly).

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Our delicious Alaskan halibut tacos with cilantro, pico de gallo, coleslaw, and a lime crema. What a great end to a busy weekend!

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Henny & Roo March Box Reveal

I had a big mail day this week – 5 packages and a magazine! One of the smaller packages (a little envelope that you can’t see) held a surprise for my mom and my boyfriend, so I really don’t count that as one of MY packages. 🙂 But one of the items I was most excited to receive was my March Henny & Roo box.

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With my old flock of chickens, I purchased monthly Henny and Roo boxes on a regular basis (example). Henny and Roo is a line of subscription boxes that are geared towards chickens and chicken owners. One of my favorite boxes in the past included a coupon for LIVE mealworms. That was a treat that my old girls loved.

Feeling bad that I haven’t spoiled my new flock, I ordered a March box.

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Here’s what my box contained:

  • Two Hen Painting Greeting Cards [Tammy Phelps | The Colour of Water] – These are super cute and I can’t wait to use them.
  • Chicken Keeper’s Keychain [thesilverchicken.etsy.com] – This is definitely going on my key ring!
  • Coupon for free bag of Dumor’s Organic Poultry Feed at Tractor Supply Co.
  • Package of Chubby Mealworms
  • DooKashi for Poultry
  • Countryside Magazine
  • Henny & Roo Rosemary Coop Spray – It’s funny, one of the posts that I have been contemplating recently was on a spray for the coop. This rosemary coop spray smells so good and helps to keep the coop fresh and repel insects.
  • Candling Flashlight – For checking on chicks developing in the eggs
  • Nesting Box Liner – which is utilized as the packaging material. I love that I can reuse it.

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These girls have never experienced the wonder of what is mealworms and they quickly became obsessed with these delicious little morsels. Happy chickens equal delicious eggs in my mind and I enjoy spoiling them every now and then.

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Happy Belated Pi Day!

I finally made a pie for Pi Day (3/14….)! My boyfriend has been asking me since we’ve started dating to bake him an apple pie and I finally came through for him. I’m so proud of myself.

Excuse the horrid cell phone pictures. When the pie came out of the oven, all we wanted to do was eat it while it was still hot, so I snapped a quick photo.

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It tastes a lot better than it looks, I promise. Want to give it a go?

Robb’s “About Time” Apple Pie

Filling:

  • 1 c. light sour cream
  • 3/4 c. sugar
  • 2 tbsp. all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract (I used real vanilla extract)
  • 1 egg
  • 3 c. apples, peeled and chopped
  • 1/3 tsp. nutmeg
  • 1 9″ deep dish pie shell

Topping (this makes a lot of topping. Cut down on the sugar in this pie by using only half the topping):

  • 1/2 c. brown sugar
  • 3/4 c. all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 tsp. nutmeg
  • 1/2 c. old fashioned oatmeal
  • 1/2 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1/2 c. margarine (which equals one stick usually)
  • 1/2 c. chopped walnuts

– For the filling: Mix together the sour cream, dry ingredients, vanilla extract, and egg. Fold in the apples and pour in to the pie shell.

– For the topping: Mix together the topping ingredients with your fingers and add to the top of the pie.

– Bake at 325*F for 1 hour.

On Sunday, my boyfriend started building the chicken coop we’ve been discussing for a few weeks. We’re using mostly reclaimed wood from a nearby farm. We are only wanting 3 or so chickens, anymore would be way too many for us to keep up with.

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My boyfriend sent me this photo yesterday of the progress he made after he got home from work. Not only did he work on the chicken coop but he got his garden turned up so he can start planting soon. There aren’t enough hours on these gorgeous evenings. I spent yesterday repotting more tomatoes and helping mom put up more gourds for the Purple Martins to hopefully nest in.

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