fluffy chicken bums


Emerson and Oliver

pie pumpkins

Fair warning - I am bragging about our weather again.  Yup, it's just beautiful!  I can't believe we've been so fortunate for such a long period of time.  The warm days and cool nights are assisting the Fall color change on the trees so not only is the weather nice, but driving to and from anywhere is stunning.

Friday we had a group of friends over for a small dinner party.  Getting together to talk, laugh and reminisce makes for such a wonderful evening.

Also on Friday Jack had his annual check-up with his favorite Doctor.  Although you'd never know she is his favorite because he acts like a brat when he goes to see her.  He is so laid back at home, but put him in a carrier and take him to a different location and he thinks he's a wild animal.  Hisses, spits, snarls, you name it, he does it.  It was confirmed {again} he's a big boy.  13.8 pounds of craziness to be exact.  And lest you think he's changed his ways because there have been no Jack stories for a bit, oh no, not at all.  He still gets into his fair share of trouble, although it's not quite as often as it was when he was a bit younger.  As I type he is "hunting" birds in the backyard.  He is crouched down on his cat post, watching birds through the open window and pretending to pounce on them.  When his excitement is so overwhelming he doesn't know what to do, he races through the house at high-speed.  Then it's back to his post.

That's our crazy boy.

Saturday we had the market in the morning and a bit of Fall clean-up and more soap making in the afternoon/evening.  Once again, our enormous scallions were a hit at the market.  I do not use any chemical fertilizers - only our compost.  They were about 2+ feet tall when we pulled them.  Huge!

The Coop Girls LOVE Fall clean-up.  It means they get to zip around the yard and garden without getting booted from any of their favorite areas.  We have ordered, from a local chicken keeper, additional layer hens to add to the Coop that are a few months old - Cuckoo Marans and Buff Orpingtons.  These breeds will lay a dark brown egg and a light brown egg.  I'm hoping they will be coming in the next couple of weeks so we can get them adjusted before Winter.

Speaking of chickens.  If you live in the Saratoga Springs/Capital Region area and are looking for a source of locally grown, non-GMO chicken feed, our friend Sam is selling exactly that.  He has both layer and meat bird feed available.

Fall is here and with that we're planting a few mums in the front as well as putting up some of our dried cornstalks and pumpkins.  It's my favorite season.  We didn't make it to the apple orchard this weekend so it's on the "to-do" list for next weekend.  Pie pumpkins are ready so I'll be roasting those today and freezing the puree that comes from them.  I might just make a loaf of Pumpkin Cream Cheese bread with some of the fresh pumpkin!  Roasting the plethora of ripe tomatoes we've harvested this morning is also on the list.  I'll pop them in the freezer and use them to make homemade sauce throughout Fall and Winter.

On the menu this week:  Homemade Pizza and Grilled Wings with Salad; Grilled Steak with Homefries and Beet Greens; Fish Tacos with Cilantro-Avocado Cream, Mexican Rice and Spicy Coleslaw; Baked Stuffed Pork Chops with Rice and Baked Winter Squash; Chicken and Pasta with Vodka Sauce and grilled Cabbage Slices; and Stuffed Poblano Peppers with Red Beans and Rice and more delicious garden-fresh salad.

Hoping you're having a wonderful weekend!!

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Michaele said...

I love the colors in your post. You always inspire me. You dinners sound amazing and now I really craving a fish taco! Keep on enjoying each day.

Paige said...

Beautiful photos! Lovely!

daisy g said...

Oh my, your home-grown produce is stunning! So glad you are enjoying wonderful weather. Send some cooler temps down here to Central FL, okay? ;0)
Your "Weekend" posts are among my favorites.
Enjoy the week!

Sharon-The OKI StampQueen said...

Had to laugh about Jack's vet visit. Our "Poppa Cat" is extremely laid back...until you take him to the vet. He has run off with the thermometer cover stuck in him, broken the blood pressure cuff... And then there is Inky-the now middle cat---he hisses,growls, bites-the vet and two techs had him pinned to the front window of the office/exam room and were wondering how they were going to get him from there to where they needed him to TRY to examine him--he's a whole 10 lbs! God help me! "Bad Cat" on the other hand is the "good" Russell cat-and thank God for that! He's had all kinds of issues (not that the other two haven't!) but he at least behaves for them---they did 3 enemas and x-rays without having to sedate him (early stage kindey failure, hyperthyroidism, new issue-heart mermur (was constipated severely). I got a stoller cat carrier from Discount Ramps-best purchase EVER!!!

Flat Creek Farm said...

I always love your posts! You do inspire me in so many ways. Always enjoy the critter posts, fur and feather ;) And wow, your menu sounds ah-mazing!! I keep meaning to order some of your natural deodorant (felt like I needed to whisper that part.. lol). :) -Tammy

Big Rigs 'n Lil' Cookies said...

Just catching up on a lot of reading today. I am so far behind, mainly because of the weather... whatever is the air here this time of year has had me in terrible shape! Love the pics of your fluffy chicken butts!!