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Last week at this time, I was in the operating room of our local hospital undergoing a 3.5 hour surgery that I still could not believe was actually happening to me, even though I had known for over a month … Continue reading

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2015 strawberries

I’ve been thinking I should start a new category called Farmers’ Almanac since most of these posts are personal record keeping in nature. It’s interesting to compare weather, dates when we harvested different things, and other notes from year to … Continue reading

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We extracted our first appreciable amount of honey from hive #1. Steve recently got more bees to start #2 and will possibly split #1 to start #3. There were 6 full frames ready which was about 1.5 gallons of honey. We’re … Continue reading

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chicken update

Our chickens are a little over 10 weeks old now. They should start laying at anywhere from 18-24 weeks, so we are hoping for eggs sometime toward the middle to end of August. They seem to be doing well and are … Continue reading

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around here

There’s a bunch of blooming, buzzing, & birdwatching going on around here.  

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We’ve been talking about getting chickens for a few years and finally did it. We’ve had them for two weeks now and they have already grown like crazy. They are in a large wooden crate in our garage staying warm. … Continue reading

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2015 syrup season

The 2015 maple syrup season is over! We finished boiling the last of the sap last night. The  color of the last syrup batch was considerably darker which is common as the weather warms up and the sugar content changes in the … Continue reading

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It looks like the thaw is finally here. With high temps over 40 as far out as the forecast goes, we tapped a bunch of maples last Friday. Here is part of the intricate path system between trees. 😉 The snow … Continue reading

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white chicken chili

Here is the recipe for White Chicken Chili that I made for the Watermark 2015 Soup & Chili Cook Off. I started with this recipe from The Pioneer Woman: I’ve made it that way before, but have since simplified it … Continue reading

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