Wednesday, April 23, 2014

The Chicks Have Arrived!

The chicks have arrived! 75 of them.

Here they are after they have been put in the kiddie pool.  The lighter colored ones are the Cornish X.

All warm under the lights.

And this picture should be titled Dixie Chicks. Dixie is loving the babies!

It's always exciting when new animals arrive on the farm! I just hope she realizes that the cute little yellow one is food.

Have a great day!
Mae


Friday, April 4, 2014

Planning & Doing

Now that Spring is finally here we are making plans and preparations on the farm. We have ordered 75 chicks from Cackle Hatchery. We ordered their Hungry Man special. This will be our first try at meat chickens. We decided to go ahead with the Cornish Cross and try to slow their growth a little. Everything we have read says since that is the meat we are used to, we will like it better. And since we are hoping to eventually sell the meat chickens we decided to stick with what people are used to. We will also get 25 brown egg layers with the order. This will give us more eggs to sell. The chickens will arrive on the 21st of April.

We have also ordered two packages of bees. Our bee hive has been empty since late fall. So we ordered bees for that hive and a new hive. We will pick up the bees on April 27th.  We are going to buy another hive on the 18th.

We are also looking into getting rabbits. Since the kids are staying with us Dixie has decided that she wants to raise rabbits.  The first 4-H rabbit club meeting that she can attend is the 21st of April. We want to have at least one rabbit ready for her by then.

Daniel and I also planted some potatoes. It is a bit early here for planting potatoes. But we thought we'd experiment with the barrel again. It has been warm enough here for them, so far.  I am afraid they might drown with all the rain we have been having.

Daniel also installed on of our rain barrels by the side of the house, and it is overflowing today. We have had over 3 inches of rain in the last two days.

I am making garden plans and once it is dry enough, hope to get some peas, lettuce and cabbage planted.

I am so glad Spring is here!

Have a great day!
Mae

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

New Money Making Opportunity

Have you heard of MyPoints.com? It is an easy way to earn a little extra money. When you sign up for MyPoints you get emails. You earn points just by clicking on the emails. Points can be redeemed for gift cards or Pay Pal cash.  You can also earn points for printing and using coupons for groceries. And by shopping online through MyPoints. Please use the link above or click on the graphic below, if you decide to give it a try.








Thanks,
Mae

Monday, March 17, 2014

Changes

We all go through changes in our lives. Some are good, some not so good. I remember when we moved to Kentucky in 2003 it was such an exciting adventure. Our son was already living here and he got married in Florida a couple of weeks before we moved up. Our daughter was moving up with us. The whole immediate family would be close.  Then a few years later our son and his wife moved back to Florida.  That was a sad day for us. Now they are moving back.  Needless to say, we are EXCITED! We will be going down later this week to help them move back up. I am looking forward to a little bit of that good ole Florida sunshine & warmth.

We are also about to embark on a new adventure. We are going to raise some meat chickens.  We have been raising chickens for about 7 years now, but only for eggs. We will start with about 25 chickens to test the costs of raising them, how much work is involved, etc.  Our plan is to eventually be able to sell the chickens. But right now the processors are quite a ways from us.  So the gas to take the chickens for processing will have to be figured into the cost. Kentucky does not allow you to sell meat that you process on your own farm.

We will also be ordering more bees in the near future, to try to get our hive established again. And we will be adding another hive. We will also order marked queens because they are really hard to find, otherwise.

The money challenge is still going pretty well. I am over half way through the 52 weeks at this point.

I haven't tried a new recipe for a while but will post one soon with a review.

Have a great day!
Mae

Thursday, March 6, 2014

Sunshine!!!

We are having a warm spell and the sun is shinning!!! How happy I am! This seems to be the longest winter I have ever lived through. According to the Farmer's Almanac we are still due for some snow flurries towards the end of the month but April is supposed to be about 5° higher than normal.  Can I say I was excited to read that?

The sunshine today has me looking forward to gardening, opening the pool, barbequing, sitting on the porch swing, and just being outside. I can't wait.

In a couple of weeks we will be making a trip to Florida to help my son and his family move back up here. Just another reason to be excited.

The Weekly money challenge is still going well. I haven't put anything in this week because my pay was held up by the University. Thankfully we had enough in savings to cover until I did get paid but the money that was leftover in our envelopes was used until I could replace it.  Hopefully I will be able to put extra in this week.

We are also in the process of trying to refinance our house. This will be $130 a month cheaper on our house payment and save us 5 years off of our mortgage.  Just the 5 years will save over $78,000. With the lower payment that will be a savings of over $100,000 over the life of the loan. Woohoo!

Lots of blessings today!

Have a great day!
Mae


Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Walmart

I was sick over the weekend, I am not sure if it was a stomach bug or a new medicine I am taking. I tried to go grocery shopping but I really needed to stop at Wal-Mart to buy a heater for my desk at work. I have been freezing to death.  While I was at Wal-Mart I decided to look through their grocery section.  The longer I was in the store the worse I felt. So I decided to go ahead and get what I had to have there.  Needless to say I didn't get much. I really for the life of me can not figure out why people think it is the cheapest place to do your grocery shopping.  I have know for a long time that it is not. But since I wasn't feeling too well, I did it. And have been regretting it ever since.

There was not one thing in that store that I buy on a regular basis that was cheaper at Wal-Mart than at Kroger when it's on sale.  For instance Kroger had chuck roast on sale for $2.99/lb. Wal-Mart's was $5.98/lb. That is a huge difference. Most things I normally buy were about $1.00 more than Kroger's. I realize that what I buy at Kroger is usually on sale and their prices can be quite high. But Wal-Mart does not do loss leaders like most grocery stores.

There are certain things that can be cheaper at Wal-Mart or that you can find at Wal-Mart when you can't find it anywhere else and I believe that we need Wal-Mart. It has brought a lot of jobs and purchasing options to small towns all across this country. But I for one will not be doing my weekly grocery shopping there.

Have a great day!
Mae

Monday, February 17, 2014

2/17/14

We had a fairly quiet weekend with more snow on Friday and then more on Saturday night.  Today it is raining. Hopefully, a lot of this snow will melt.

The 7Up Lemon Bundt Cake didn't turn out as well as I had hoped.


As you can tell, it stuck to the pan. Really stuck to the pan. It taste alright but it sure is ugly. Greg doesn't like it at all, so I can see that half of it will go to the chickens. I really like the glaze because it is very lemony but the cake itself, not so much.  I guess I will chalk it up to the recipes not to make again.

The 52 week money challenge is still going well. This past weekend I added $53.00 to the jar.

My new recipe to try this week is:
RANCH HOUSE CROCK POT PORK CHOPS w/ PARMESAN MASHED POTATOES  (link)

I may just make regular mashed potatoes but the pork chops sound really good and easy.

Have a great day!
Mae