shoveling snow - a weekly task

an aging Allie

Oliver LOVES chewing his bones

Emerson LOVES the snow!

It was a beautiful, sunny day today.  Chilly, but lovely.  We've had bits of snow throughout the week and are rumored to have quite a snowstorm tomorrow evening into Tuesday.

I don't have any idea why it took me so long to try one, but I finally bought a french press for coffee last weekend.  I always hear "the best coffee you'll ever drink is made with a french press" and "you have to use a french press - you'll love it".  Alright, alright.  Everyone who has said that to me is correct.  It's easy and absolutely delicious.  Smooth with just the perfect amount of acidity.  Sorry keurig - you're taking a back seat!  If you haven't yet tried it - all the lovely things you've heard are true.  :)

I shared with you last week we were participating in a Chili contest at our Farmer's Market this weekend.  I also shared with you that J was positive "we" would win.  Unfortunately, he was wrong.  Out of the 15+ chili's entered, a venison chili won first place for the 2nd year in a row.  It was a ton of fun and made for a busy day - congrat's to the winner!!  The good thing was I made enough chili Saturday night to also have it for dinner and tried a new Corn Muffin recipe to accompany it that was out of this world!  I'll be sharing it this week.

On to farm news.  The Coop Girls are back into full egg laying mode.  It's nice to see a little stockpile growing in the refrigerator.  Did you see the photo of Big Allie above?  The poor girl is aging.  I couldn't believe when I went out to photograph them yesterday how much older she looks in just the past week and a half.

Speaking of chickens.....we have rats.  Ugh.  Not a nice problem to have.  We actually had a family of rats living under our coop.  They are all gone except, we believe, one.  The MENSA rat.  This thing is amazing.  He can outwit J with anything he comes up with to try and catch him.  We keep saying we need to buy a game cam to put out in the outdoor coop to see what goes on.  As much as I dislike rats, I would love to watch him carefully maneuver around every single trap and steal almost every bit of food left to bait him.  J gets infuriated, as you can imagine, every morning he goes out there and sees he is outwitted again.  Quite honestly, we've wondered when we would end up with a rat problem since our closest neighbor is, well, I believe a hoarder.  He has quite a selection of farm animals, although it can be difficult to see them among all the stuff spread throughout his property, and has feed, hay, etc. all over the place.  Nicest person in the world, I just wish we had a bit more of a buffer to avoid this.

On the menu this week:  Spinach and Cheese Manicotti with Salad and homemade bread; Stovetop Steak with Creamy Mushroom Tortellini and Broccoli; Jerk Chicken Quarter with Mac and Cheese and Squash; Chicken & Veggie Stir Fry with Rice; Chicken and Dumplings; Baked Cod with Dill Sauce, Rice and Green Beans.

Hoping you've had a wonderful weekend!!

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Anonymous said...

Staci - your photos are awesome. We love our french press, don't use it that often, but enjoy it when we do. ICK on the rat. I have a critter cam up watching the coming and goings at night here. We have a little mouse that comes each night and eats out of the dog food bowl. I give him that indulgence - even though i probably shouldn't, but he is darn cute. I have to admire any creature that out-smarts us, we had a raccoon that did that a year or so a go - he finally got dispatched on the road. I thought it was kinda a bummer for him to go that way, since he was so smart otherwise. Good luck with the rat.

Rita B Caldwell said...

Hugs to Oliver and Emerson.

Have you tried peanut butter on the rat traps. Worked for us!!

Michaele said...

congrats on the eggs! You hens are beautiful. You menu looks better than any fine diner in NE. I need someone to cook for me.

daisy g said...

Never a dull moment around there, huh? I hope y'all are staying safe this week. It's supposed to be pretty bad, but I know y'all are a hearty bunch. Take good care.