Need a delicious dinner for this evening? Give this one a try! It's one of my family's favorites!
Every time I make it the food somehow seems to all disappear! :)
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Without a doubt our 13 x 16 kitchen is the liveliest room in the house. Not only because it is a place for gathering when family and friends come around, but also a place where we Sturtevant gals (mom, me & my four younger sisters) strive to prepare delicious, and healthful meals for the troops. Throughout the day a continual stream of kids migrates through our kitchen to either grab a snack, work on a food project, or get a drink of water. And in the evening the sound of chatting, singing, pots and pans banging, and feet scurrying about can be heard as we girls work quickly to get dinner on the table as soon as dad gets home from work.
I believe a kitchen tells a lot about a person or family whether it be through the color and décor theme, the messages gracing the walls, or the foods found in the pantry. Therefore, I love touring other people's kitchens! And because of that I decided to give you all a little in-depth tour of our beloved and very used kitchen using pictures and captions. Hope you enjoy!
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I'd like to introduce you to our new family Guernsey Dolly and her 6 1/2 month old heifer calf Addie which we acquired just after last Thanksgiving.
These two beauties are adjusting well to their new home, just as my sister and I are adjusting to the twice daily routine that comes with keeping dairy cows. This is a routine we aren't totally unfamiliar with, however. One and a half years ago we bought Jenny, a sweet Jersey who came to us with a respiratory issue. Caring for her for the 6 months we had her helped us gain many valuable skills and experiences which we are very grateful for. We learned how to hand milk, heal mastitis naturally, and understand a dairy cow's different behaviors and quirks.
Since our days with Jenny, we have made new and better pens for Dolly and Addie and we are no longer milking by hand in the barn. Our brothers built us a new “milking parlor," with electricity for bright lighting AND powering our new milk machine.
Since successfully weaning our robust calf Addie, Dolly is consistently giving 2.5 gallons of milk each day. In future updates I hope to show you in detail what we do with all this nutritious white stuff like separating the cream, making butter, clabbering milk and more. Stay tuned!
If you are a backyard chicken enthusiast then you've probably noticed the effect that winter has on your flock. As we head into colder and darker days the birds give fewer and fewer eggs. It's discouraging as a farmer to see the number of eggs in the nest boxes dwindle. This year has been especially bad for our farm and with the lower supply we've unfortunately had to turn away customers.
The good news is that we will have more eggs in the spring. Egg production for chickens is naturally seasonal. Chickens are made to produce more during the spring and summer as these seasons give their offspring the best chance to survive.. Chickens have been designed so that light exposure causes a release of a hormone that is responsible for the laying of eggs. As light decreases so does egg production. To remedy this some folks add lights to their chicken coops or houses. If you decide to do this, be careful as it can be a shock on the hens to suddenly have longer days, and while this increases production, the use of lights will impact the health of the birds and quality of the eggs, but more on that later. There are other ways to improve winter egg production and most of them boil down to making sure the hens are comfortable since winter in the Northwest can be hard on a species that originates from the tropics. To keep our chickens warm and sheltered from wind, rain and snow we put our layers in large hoop houses. The change in season also drives a change in diet for chickens. The hens need more energy to stay warm and extra fat is useful as insulation so when it starts to get cold we give the hens some extra corn and wheat to supplement their regular feed.
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