gifts from the coop girls

breakfast!  homefries, bacon, eggs and cheese


Allie and Trudy


homemade pan pizza

daffodils are coming!

emerson pooped from playing outside
 Happy Easter!  It is a BEAUTIFUL day here, actually, it's been a beautiful weekend.  Yesterday we purged.  Doesn't that feel so good?  Better yet, we were able to go through stuff while outside enjoying the weather.  We got about 1/3 the way through the stuff we want to get through.  We should be able to finish it up next weekend.  We brought a load of stuff to a local thrift store and the woman who was taking the donations was giddy.  I'm glad someone else will be able to use the stuff.

The Coop Girls are showing signs of Spring worms so we did a little worming today.  I use a general de-wormer with Ivermectin in it and then we don't eat the eggs for 7 days.  Sometimes we get by with only doing it once a year and other years we do Spring and Fall.  Only when they show signs.

The neighbors chickens have been trying to get in our coop again.  They get so confused.  Luckily, it's easy to tell them apart since they have a rooster so the hens are pretty ratty looking.  Loads of feather loss.  We've got about 1/3 to a 1/2 acre between us and they spend a few hours working the land until they get to our stone wall.  Then, over the wall they come and when they see the delicious looking goodies inside our coop they try to get in.  We shoo them home and we do it all over again the next day.

I took the dogs to the park on Friday and they had a blast.  Oliver didn't know which way he wanted to go first so he just ran everywhere.  Well, as far as his leash would allow.  Emerson was exhausted by the time we left.  I thought the poor guy was going to lay down and protest walking any further but he managed to make it.  We'll be taking them again today so we can wear them down again.  It really works out well!

I'm currently making Oatmeal Sandwich Bread and Berry Cobbler with Buttermilk biscuits for tonight.  The house smells yummy.  I have a couple of bags of frozen berries left so I'm starting to use them up in anticipation of the fresh ones that should be here in another month and a half or so.  I'll be making smoothies with the remainder.  I made deep dish pizza Friday night and it was delicious!  I'll share the pizza crust recipe this week.

Also working on filling 3 lotion orders - 36 jars of body butter!!  Actually, 37 because I just used up a jar of my own.  :-)  If you aren't on our Cobble Hill Farm Handcrafted Soap Facebook page then you don't know that a bridal magazine reached out to me to see if I would be interested in having some of my soap featured in their magazine.  Without any thought whatsoever I replied YES - of course we would love that!!  They fell in love with our Winter and Honeybee soaps so I mailed them off last month in order for them to be photographed.  Which reminds me - for those of you patiently waiting for some of our out-of-stock soaps to be replenished, I will be in full soap production in May and you should see them reappearing soon.

I took an inventory of what we have left for preserved foods and started making a list of what I need to make/prepare this year as our produce is ready.  I'll try to share the canning/preserving recipes I use as I make them.

On the menu this week:  Ham with Twice Baked Potatoes and Asparagus, Chicken Teriyaki with Potstickers, Grilled Pineapple Spears and Broccoli, Baked Cod with Rice and Green Beans, Tacos with Baked Stuffed Jalapenos, and Chicken Relleno Bake {perfect way to use up my frozen poblano's} with Mexican Rice.

Wishing you all a wonderful weekend and a Happy Easter!!


daisy g said...

Yes, purging does a body good. Knowing others can use your castoffs is even better.

Your menu sounds wonderful, as usual.

Congrats on the bridal magazine feature! You are really going places, my friend.

Always love your weekend posts.

Danni said...

Hi there,
What are the signs your hens are giving you that indicates to you a need for de-worming? Loose droppings? Or do you actually see worms?

Staci at Life At Cobble Hill Farm said...

Daisy - thank you!

Danni - thanks for your question! Although diarrhea can be a sign of worms, I don't bother de-worming unless there's more significant signs {weight loss, weak, stop egg laying, etc.} or unless they get gapeworm. Unfortunately, mine seem to get gapeworm most often, which can choke them to death, so I worm when I see them yawning, shaking their head vigorously and lurching their head and neck forward with their beaks open, trying to dislodge the worm.