Saturday, March 31, 2012

Farms happenings this week.

Farm Update - One of our hives died - :(
Weird clouds overhead!
New Chicks - YAY. Now I only ordered 7, but I adopted 8 more.... I'm like a kid in a candy store when the chicks come in. :)

Thursday, March 8, 2012

Thinking about spring

I've been thinking about spring lately and planning what I want to plant in the garden and if I want to add any more critters to the farm. I was surprised when I went to the garden boxes last night to find onions! Yeah... I have onions! My strawberry plants are over run by grass. And 4 asparagus plants struggling to survive. (I thought asparagus was prolific and spread quickly? We've had these 4 plants for about 3 years now... hmmmm)This year I want to try growing a pepper that, when dried, can make paprika. I want to try raising potatoes in a box/bucket. As for critters, I want ducks. I so miss those cute adorable birds. I hope my girls will help me build a better pen to keep those nasty coyotes away from these birds. I think I will go to the feed store tonight and place my order. Additionally, I have 'quick' checked on the bee hives and fed them about two weeks ago. I need to make more "bee juice" as we don't have many things blossoming right now. I hope they can make it through the rest of this crazy late winter/early spring weather. The wind has been another interesting force to contend with lately. I came home one evening to find the chicken waterer blowing about the chicken yard, alpaca feeding bowls blowing around the pasture and a cardboard produce box in my neighbors corral. Also, our little puppy (a Jack Russell mix) has learned to 'round up' the chickens. We had to cull our rooster because he was attacking us when we would feed and collect the eggs. That is not acceptable behavior for a long life on a farm. So now our puppy helps the girls find their way home to the warm coop in the evening. Until next time....

Thursday, January 26, 2012

Cupcake liners

Yesterday, I made some cupcakes for the Robotics team as it was my turn to take dinner to the kids. I dusted off my "filled cupcake" recipe and it was a hit. I'll post the recipe soon. I was looking for my cupcake liners and found that my cupboard was getting bare. I sorted through my hodgepodge of liners only to find that I had a plethora of fall themed liners. So I decided to use the familiar pastel cupcake liners ... you know the kind in pale pink, yellow and blue. Since my family couldn't eat the cupcakes I set aside for the team I decided to make another batch. I needed more liners. So I stopped at my local Walmart store to pick some up. I found "designer" cupcake liners... from Wilton. But where are by "Baker's" brand liners? After searching the internet and I discovered that Reynold's is now the manufacturer of the pastel cupcake liner. However, they don't have any in stock...neither does! No offense to Wilton and other designer brand cupcake liner manufacturers, but I only need my pastel liners. Let me know if you see these "old fashioned" liners around town.