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Monday, April 4, 2016

Gerogia Trip

We just got back from Georgia a couple of days ago. It was really good to spend time with family, attend the Peaches to Beaches yard sale and hit a couple of plant nursery's there.

We went to Tyty Nursery to buy some muscadine and scuppernong grapes to grow. They had a couple of varieties that should do well in Kentucky. I would recommend this nursery if you are looking to buy fruit of any kind. They know their fruit and have a lot of variety.
 
 It was a beautiful day and the nursery is beautiful.



Beautiful architecture.













We also visited the County Farm in Appling County. I have heard my sisters talk about going there for years to buy plants to sell in my sister's flower shop. Never did I imagine what the County Farm was! You just have to see this place! They have over 40 green houses and the prices are very reasonable. There was just too much to see.




















It was a great trip and some good time spent with family.

Have a great day!
Mae

Monday, February 22, 2016

Easy Mexican One Dish Pasta

Here is a new recipe for you to try. It makes a very large amount of food so I cut it in half for the two of us and still had plenty of leftovers for lunches that week. It is quite tasty and pretty economical. It really isn't one dish since you have to boil the pasta, but it's still easy, quick and not very messy. I don't have a picture of the completed dish and this one is a little dark. You can still get an idea of what it looks like.


Easy Mexican One Dish Pasta 
2 lbs ground beef
2 pkg dry taco seasoning
2 boxes macaroni and cheese
2 cups salsa
2 cans tomatoes with chili peppers
2 cans black beans, rinsed and drained
1 16 oz tub sour cream
Corn chips, crushed

Cook ground beef in electric skillet until brown. Drain. Add taco seasoning, tomatoes, salsa, beans and cheese packets from macaroni and cheese. Mix well. While beef is browning, cook macaroni
 according to package directions, until noodles are done. Add noodles to ground beef mixture. Stir well and simmer a few minutes.  Before serving, add the sour cream and mix well.

Top with crushed corn chips and serve.

I don't care for beans normally but this was quite yummy.

Have a great day,
Mae


Tuesday, October 13, 2015

First Time Processing

This past weekend was the first time we processed our own chickens. It took us 4 hours on Saturday and a couple hours on Sunday to get them all done.

Saturday was the processing day and Sunday was packaging day. We killed, scalded, plucked, and cleaned on Saturday. This is a picture of the cones we used. There are two on each side. We have 8 cones total but only used 4 this time, since we were only processing 26 birds.





Doing the dirty deed.
Scalding



Our plucker doing it's job

We purchased a used Featherman Pro Plucker, and it does a wonderful job. They birds came out with only a few feathers still attached but I think that was because we either didn't scald them long enough or we didn't run the plucker long enough. But I remember plucking chickens by hand when I was a kid and trust me, this is the way to go!

We cut 10 chickens into parts including boneless skinless breast. 2 chickens were in the scalder just a little too long so they went straight into the crockpots and now we have 3 bags of shredded chicken in the freezer and had a chicken casserole last night. All the others were left whole. We have a few of them sold. We marked 10 of them for sale but I hope all 10 don't sell. I would like to keep enough to get us through until Spring when we raise some more.

It was a lot of work, but well worth it. We have chickens in our freezer that we know where they came from, how they were treated, and what they were fed. We also know that they were processed cleanly.

Have a great day!
Mae


Wednesday, September 9, 2015

Growing the Farm

This summer has been quite different from the past summers on the farm. We produced only 1 tomato in the garden and so far that has been the extent of our garden this year. The spring and early summer were just too wet for our garden. Then when it did finally dry up the weeds had taken over.  But other things have happened that have been really good.

We have raised our second flock of 50 meat chickens and sold all of them. We are working on the third flock. This flock was supposed to be for our personal use so we only ordered 25. We received 28 but lost one of them. And some of them are already sold.

We had a Farmer's Feast here in the county and provided 25 chickens for it. It was a really nice dinner on one of the other farms in the county. People from all over the county were invited and several from outside the county. I hope this will help in advertising and bring in a few more clients. Our eggs are available for purchase at one of the local hardware stores and we have raised the price on them to $3.00 a dozen. So we have increased sales and price, making us a little more money.

We are in the process of purchasing our own chicken processing equipment which will save us a $4.00 processing fee. It was $3.00 last time we had them processed but the processor told us they were going up. It will also give us more control of the environment that they are processed in.

Next year we are going to try our hand at raising turkeys and possibly rabbits for meat purposes. We already have clients interested in both. There are also plans to put in a large strawberry patch where our garden was this year and move the garden to a different area.

Even though we didn't really produce any vegetables on the farm this year the chicken industry is growing for us.

It seems that there is just so much going on with the farm all of a sudden. God's timing is always perfect and his blessing should always be treasured.

Have a great day!
Mae


Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Summer

Summer is really different this year. We have had so much rain our chances of getting anything from the small garden we planted are pretty slim.

Last night we had a really bad storm. Lots of wind, blew branches all over the yard and toppled the patio set.

Sunday evening we did have a chance to ride the UTV around the farm and pick blackberries. Most of them still aren't ripe yet so we only had about 2 cups after we picked all that we could get to on the fence rows and the domestic ones we have planted. I went on a search for something to make from that little bit of blackberries, and this is what I found on Pinterest:  https://www.pinterest.com/pin/278026976972915942/.   I made it last night and it turned out really good. Greg and I both liked it. Here is my picture. I took the picture this morning and the glaze has kind of seeped into the cake but it was still delicious.



 This was my breakfast this morning. I really like how the berries seem to just liquify and become wonderful little pockets of yumminess.



 It seems like it's really hard to find recipes that only call for a little bit of fruit or vegetables so I am creating a Pinterest board for recipes like that. You can follow it here: https://www.pinterest.com/maen/a-lot-with-a-little/.

 Have a great day!
Mae