Goodbye, Boston.

 Last night, we re-homed one of our cockerels; Boston.
He was our Americauna Easter Egger.
We knew in time, we were in all likelihood, going to have to get rid of one, if not both, of the roosters.
We never intended on having one in the first place!

For those who do not know the back-story;  We ordered 8 vent-sexed 1-day old chicks, as females only, last July. But as time passed, we realized we not only had 1, but 2, roosters on our hands.  6 hens, with 2 roosters, is a very bad idea. A ratio of 6 to 1 isn’t much better!  But we figured we had at least until the end of the year, when the hens started laying, to figure out what we needed to do. Or until a neighbor complained about the cocka-doodle-doo’ing, bright and early. We believed it would probably become clear which of the two, if not both, had to go, as the months passed on.  It became clear much sooner, however, that that one, was Boston.

02_Auracana-Easter-Egger-Cockerel What happened, is [Continue reading]

It’s the Chicken Coop Reveal!


Finally, we are ready to show you the chicken coop that has been in the works for 2 months! We know many of you have been waiting to see it, and we have to tell you, we're pretty darn excited to show it to you! PLEASE NOTE: There are many photos in … [Continue reading]

A Countdown Pillow


There is nothing like using crafts as a coping skill! Sometimes, you need to. And that is just what the 3 littles and I did this summer. My oldest daughter, Alexis Grace, (17)(and the littles' big sister), went away for 2 weeks!! (To a summer … [Continue reading]

Back-To-School Mantels / Home Decorating Ideas


There is something about the back-to-school season, that I have always loved.  With all of the fresh new supplies and clothes, and the whole new school year stretched out before us, with so much yet to be learned, it's just always been an exciting … [Continue reading]

Our 8 Four Week Old Chickens, and One Sad Surprise


Well Friends, our sincere hopes and intentions were to let those of you who were interested, watch the chickens grow up, with us. But what I have found is, they grow in size faster than I can possibly keep up with! It's crazy!  Sometimes the growth … [Continue reading]

Come Meet Our Chicks!


Many of you know, I have been wanting chickens for a dang - long - time. It felt like forever, waiting to be able to get them! But that day has finally come. I have loved every second of the process of learning all about keeping chickens, learning … [Continue reading]

Protecting the Strawberries Growing in Gutters


 I've been procrastinating doing this post that some of you have been waiting for, on the topic of how we're protecting our strawberry plants from birds, squirrels, and other small creatures that may be drawn to our delicious berries, and have their … [Continue reading]

Our New (Second) Bathroom – Finally!


 Now, to all of you, this is likely just going to look like an ordinary bathroom. And in many ways, you'd be right.But to our family of 6, who has lived with one bathroom all of our growing family life, it is the end of never using the bathroom, … [Continue reading]

Wild Orange Lip Balm – Recipe and DIY How-To


I'm so happy I now know how to make our own awesome lip balm!  It's all-natural, made right at home, and in our extensive experience and personal opinion, it's the best lip balm we have ever tried. This one is Wild Orange; made with real wild orange … [Continue reading]

Strawberry Planting in Rain Gutters


 We've have grown strawberries in our gardens going for five seasons now, and we have thoroughly enjoyed it!While strawberry plants generally comes back and produce for 3-4 years before they are done, we managed to squeeze one more year out of ours. … [Continue reading]

The Benefits of Lavender Essential Oil and 25 Ways to Use It.

lavender flowers on a farm, provence , france

Of all essential oils, Lavender is the most widely used essential oil in the world, and certainly one of the most versatile. It permeates a delightful scent which most can appreciate, and as most know, has proven to relax one to the point of … [Continue reading]

Ham, Swiss, and Asparagus Rolls on a Bed of Potato – Recipe


 Our family really loves to try new recipes.  We love food in general, and certainly love to be gathered around the table together, with lots of it. We have many favorite meals that we have on a regular basis, but it's always fun and exciting to try … [Continue reading]