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Predator!

See all the feathers in the chicken run?  We were fortunate last night that feathers were all that were lost!  At 1am, a horrible screeching sound woke us.  We knew immediately that something must be attacking the chickens.  Papa ran out there with the rifle and spotlight.  Whatever animal was  ...

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March (and Feb) 2011 crafting

I’m finding it’s rather difficult to get much crafting done with an infant to take care of, and the craft room still looks like a tornado hit it, but I did manage to get a few items done in the past couple of months. My sister had a birthday at the end of January.  I wasn’t sure what to get her  ...

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Simple Kitchen Scrubbies

You can purchase netting or tulle at most craft or fabric stores, but I particularly like getting the 6” spools of tulle at Hobby Lobby because it’s “contained” on the spool.  When they have them on sale, you can pick them up for a couple of dollars and they will make 6 to 9  ...

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Vanilla ice cream

I actually made this recipe back in July but wasn’t very happy with the results, so I never got around to posting it. Did I overcook the custard (the recipe warns about not getting it above 180 degrees)?  Was there just too much butterfat in the mixture?  Whatever happened, the flavor was good  ...

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Chicken update – May 2010

What are you looking at?!? I would have thought by now we wouldn’t have much to show you about the chickens on a weekly basis – but they are still growing!  I just can’t seem to keep up on taking pictures and posting. A few weeks ago we bought some leg bands to help us identify individuals  ...

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Homemade granola

I really like granola. Especially the homemade variety. In the past couple of months, Papa and I have had the opportunity to try a couple of samples. In early March we were at Norskedalen for “Sweet, Sweet Spring” (maple sugaring). A local organic farmer had samples of homemade  ...

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Hot Milk Cake

I have not made this cake in a long time.  The other night I wanted to make something for dessert that I knew would be quick and not “fussy”.  As I was flipping through my recipes (I use a photo album to hold recipe cards), I spotted this one and remembered how much we enjoyed it in the past.  ...

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Shawls and sunshine

The sun has finally decided to appear after weeks of rain, snow and just plain cloudy/gloomy days.  It feels weird to have to put on sunglasses again to go outside.  But it also means that it has been slightly warmer and definitely more inviting outside. The disadvantage to having a warm-up in  ...

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FO Friday – Mint Delight

Update 5/4:  The winners have been announced.  You can see them at http://www.threadanimals.blogspot.com/.  I didn’t win this time / again – but I don’t care.  I’m pretty proud of my bear and purse.  I like that they made mine “Best Travel Companion” 🙂 Hurray! I finished this with two days to  ...

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Stash Organization

Do I have a great husband or what?! My original stash organization (cardboard boxes tipped on their sides) worked for a while. But I keep adding to my yarn stash, so the boxes went higher and higher, and eventually started leaning. I was just waiting for the day when I’d bump them too  ...

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